Flashback Friday Archive 2021-22: Flashback Friday: Week of May 20

2022-05-20 TWIR Image-Buttermilk Falls

May 18, 1872 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

      The Messenger says that in Haverstraw “pigs wander about the streets unmolested.” Wonder if it means two-legged ones?
      Ringwood, in our extreme western boundary, is said to contain the finest residence in Rockland; it is valued at $150,000.
      The mountains near Stony Point are on fire. One thousand cords of wood were destroyed on Monday night, and G. G. Allison’s barn on Tuesday afternoon.
      The “Arctic” has arrived in the shape of a beautiful Italian marble fountain and has been placed in Mrs. Blauvelt’s drug store for the purpose of supplying her customers, and all other who may desire it, with soda-water.

May 16, 1932 90 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Evening Journal

       Has anybody seen a pretty yellow butterfly? One that seems to be a stranger in the particular vicinity where it may be seen?
       Mrs. M. Reilly, of Railroad Ave., West Haverstraw, was the owner of such a pet, but on Saturday morning she left her house door open. It was such a nice day and the butterfly had been indoors so long that the opened portal was gained in swift flight. The pet vanished into the wide, wide world.
       Mrs. Reilly, The Journal’s correspondent declares, has offered a reward for the return of her pet.

May 17, 1972 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       A proposed $1-million indoor skating rink and recreation center has won tentative approval of citizens appearing before the Ramapo Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
       The advisory board Tuesday held its first public hearing on the structure, which would be located at the old town incinerator site on Route 45, Pomona. The board will make a recommendation on the project to the town council when its hearings and deliberations are completed.
       At Tuesday’s hearing, attended by high school students, senior citizens and representatives of various veterans’ fraternal and civic groups, the consensus was that one of two rinks in the proposed structure should be convertible from an ice rink to a roller-skating rink. Those attending also urged allocation of space for exhibits, meeting rooms, concerts, and teen activities during part of the year.
       Advisory board chairman Bernard Schiffer said the rink is being planned with the help of a consulting firm headed by Jeffery Walsh, former Olympic ice-skating coach.
       Schiffer said the incinerator site was chosen to make the center accessible by public transportation.
       The advisory board will hold a second public meeting May 30. Architects and consultants who are planning the center are scheduled to be present.

       Historic Buttermilk Falls in Central Nyack moved a step closer to becoming a county park Tuesday. County planning director Aaron Fried reported to the county legislature’s planning and public works committee that the 168 acre site had been appraised at $1,350,000.
       The committee passed a resolution requesting the chairman of the legislature, Herschel Greenbaum, to apply for federal funds. Fried noted that the federal grant would provide as much as 50 per cent of the costs for acquisition of the land.
       “Buttermilk Falls is the last piece of open space on the southern edge of the Palisades range,” said Fried. The parcel, east of Greenbush Road, covers portions of Orangetown and Clarkstown. It will be used for “passive recreation” purposes including hiking, picnicking and nature study programs, according to the planning director.

This Week in Rockland (#FBF Flashback Friday) is prepared by Clare Sheridan on behalf of the Historical Society of Rockland County. To learn about the HSRC’s mission, upcoming events or programs, visit or call (845) 634-9629.


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