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May There Always Be News Wars

Elizabeth Williamson had a good piece in the Wall Street Journal Friday about the newspaper war on Martha's Vineyard between the fabled Gazette and the townie's TImes.

Twenty-five years ago, Deirdre and I went to the Vineyard to interview the Gazette's Henry Beetle Hough, one of my heroes. There was another weekly newspaper competing with it at the time, and the Times was about to be launched. I covered the newspaper  "war" in a sidebar.  

As I wrote in a comment to Williamson's story, "We can only hope that someone will be writing about the conflict between at least two sources of news on the island — indeed, anywhere — 25 years from now."

Rockefeller State Park Preserve

I played a doubleheader yesterday, came home, showered, and then clipped a pedometer I've been wearing for the past week to my shorts. I've now officially declare my nerdish experiment complete: It looks like I walk about two miles a day, not including exercise like softball or racquetball, which doubles the distance or more. 

Yesterday, I took 13,429 strides, which are 26 inches, for a total distance of 349,154 inches, or a little more than 5.5 miles, excluding the softball games. That included a great stroll around a small section of the 1,233-acre 

Teatown Lake and New Croton Dam

We went to Teatown Lake Reservation east of Ossining about 15 years ago, and decided to head back last Saturday, August 15,  for a spin around the lake. The mile and a half trek was just right for the hot and humid weather. For once, Sadie the dog didn't take a day or two to recover.

Instead of reversing tracks and heading straight home, we drove around a little bit and found ourselves on a road with signs that seemed to be sending conflicting messages: Bridge Ahead and Dead End. I had to find out what that was all about, and we were rewarded with the

Rockwood Hall

On July 26, Deirdre and I trekked the grounds of Rockwood Hall in Sleepy Hollow. It's the former estate of William Rockefeller, brother of John D. Once upon a time, a 204-room mansion was perched above the Hudson but it's long gone. I did get to try out my GPS successfully, but it would be very hard to get lost on the well-marked trails with the river to the west. in 1895, a New York Times reporter visited the estate and wrote up a laundry list of its magnificent features. The story concludes:

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