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Willow Grove, PA, a set on Flickr.
Interesting place in the course of human aerial and other events.
Part of a larger archaeology testing of the Naval Air Station Willow Grove, PA as the US Navy turns over some properties for other uses. Site of the development of the Pitcairn-Cierva Autogyro and successful airmail carriers before sale of field to the US by Harold Pitcairn. Research here also led to numerous developments in aviation and aerospace, i.e., in navigation, GPS. A rented Trimble GeoXH GPS with ESRI ArcPad for GIS integration and recording of tests and features was used.
I just came back from there, near Norristown, PA. It’s next to Willow Grove where VP Biden’s wife is from. The NAVY has left the joint reserve services there and I was part of an archaeology survey for cultural resources required before it’s turned over in part of all (8000 ft. runway) to the local governmen. I could see how growing up there as a person of color might have been a problem, a religious area, or so it appears by the various religious orgaizations as “business” signs along the various highways, something can’t say I’ve see that much elsewhere. Very suburban about 20 miles from Philadelphia, it’s also becoming very large scale business centered. “Vertical Screen” 24/7 “background” checking “green” world headquarters opened on the “brownfield” site of former Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) there in Warminster, PA.
Comment: I just read the other day Rod Stewart, the singer is a modeller and models “Three Rivers” from the 1940s sometimes seen in the hobby magazines or online. Then there’s Neil Young’s connection to Lionel. Years gone by someone hand-lettered a Long Island Railroad highway overpass bridge “LIONEL” near Stony Brook University in NY. MIT’s layout is also legend. I’ve recently used the RPI layout of northern New York in my study of North Creek, NY, where Teddy Roosevelt caught a special train for Buffalo, NY, having been sworn in as the new President, McKinley had died from a gunshot wound eight days before. Rail was extended from the garnet mine rail-head to Tahawas, where, titanium oxide was mined said to have painted the tanks in Europe white during WWII, once cited as the “world’s largest titanium mine” closed in the early 1960s. The RPI layout helped me imagine a previous time, where perhaps the first skiing was done by the public, inspired by the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. One of the last stage-coach robberies happened there around 1903. There’s a train-ride and back to Riparius, NY there during the summer along the beautiful Hudson River, where once the hemlock trees supplied four tanneries raw material to tan 10,000 animal skins, reportedly from all over the world, in the late 19th century.
There’s also a historic miniatures model for different time periods there in North Creek to depict the different time periods there, about HO scale I think which helps describe the hamlet. One “great outdoors” store had a stream with fish running through it underfoot a large aquarium. The historic “Ski-Bowl” now has a connector to nearby Gore Mountain which the State of New York now runs.
"Good, better, best" might not necessarily mean "bigger". In the archaeology testing around a current wind farm on a mountain ridge, near Sleepy Hollow Rd., in the federal U.S. Green Mountain National Forest, nearby Bennington, Vermont it was seen to be replaced by new turbines as tall as the Statue of Liberty. There were some local objections. This newer use of LIDAR might help with the siteing and design, though why on the taxpayers property is still a question in my mind and local opinion, bear country. Comment: Physorg.com
RE: Hold No New Lease Sales in the Beaufort and Chukchi Sea
As an anthropology trained archaeologist, I worked in the early history of the village of Skagway, where Alaska’s first railroad was built, through the mountains, into the Canadian Yukon as part of the often ill-advised gold-rush. I’ve seen molybdenum mined in British Columbia hauled by that train and shipped out of Skagway before the mines closed and the entertainer Dolly Parton purchased some of their old locomotives for Dollywood. Today tourism is the primary economic impetus that keeps the trains running in Skagway. And that is another point about dangerous drilling and shipping. I think we should be working with our neighbors more and preventing ecologic calamity. In that I support the larger statement of “Earthjustice” and their conclusions.
I am encouraged by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE)’s decision to take a deliberate and fully informed approach to the scoping process for the 2012-2017 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program. As a part of this informed approach, it must be understood that oil and gas activities on the Arctic OCS present unique and unknown risks. The lack of scientific information, the lack of effective spill prevention and response capability for the Arctic Ocean, and the potentially significant impacts of oil and gas activity on wildlife and subsistence practices make additional leasing inappropriate at this time.
To avoid irreversible impacts to marine life and the surrounding ecosystem of the Arctic, I urge you to exclude the Beaufort Sea and the Chukchi Sea planning areas, including Hope Basin, from the 2012-17 leasing schedule.
Thank you for considering my comment.
I think they’ve torn down the house on Regis Philbin Ave. in the Bronx, NY (a part of Cruger Ave. between Sagamore and Bronxdale Ave.) that Regis Philbin grew-up in or did he have it moved? (Google view: 1990 Cruger Ave., Bronx, NY) They used to make religious statues behind it. It’s been for sale for the many years I’ve lived around the corner. The Bronxdale Pool is an Art-Deco walk-in medical center now, restored, anyone who used to swim there like my mom did, might want to know. He has a record for longest time in front of a TV camera.
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New York News, Weather, Sports & Traffic – WCBSTV.com: “…expected to reach the 13-foot marker, just passing the modern-day high of 12.9 feet set in 1984.” I recall I and another had just finished one archaeology survey of the Little Sprout Brook in Paramus, NJ when this job started in 1984, a flood-control survey for potential historic and prehistoric significant sites along about 100 miles of the Passaic River in New Jersey. It was using a new “GIS” (geographic information system) used at the Army Corps of Engineers that mapped pixels from a computer screen, i.e., 600’x900′ feet, that were ranked “low-medium-high” potential for having either historic or prehistoric significance or both. The study pixels were randomly selected by the research designer and we mapped them on fairly recent maps scaled at 1″=200′ feet from aerial survey, about 1 1/2 years old. We then went out to find the “pixel”. We also found in a few cases the aerial survey was not recent enough, i.e., a “ranked” pixel “wetland” or other, had been filled and built on, or there was something wrong with the methods. As it was, the flood of 1984 had come and just barely, as I recall, about 50% of the to be shovel-tested “pixelated” areas were under flood-water at the time. Unfinished by Soil Systems, Inc., I heard it was later finished by another company located in New Jersey.
A series of levees had been proposed in different places but fought by each community as I recall up and down the river and a proposal for a flood-control tunnel the last to be approved project to control this flooding. Other surveys, more accurate are in progress that determine where, for example, land was made that is being used off the taxes and in those cases an amnesty drawn up with the resident or owner, or full property value will be charged I learned later on a survey of the Hackensack Meadowlands while at Grossman and Associates, Inc.