Mark, I made it through the recent floods okay, but many of my friends had water ruin their homes. It was quite tragic … lots of tears and difficult times ahead. I, thankfully, live on the top of a hill. It was the worst disaster I had ever seen.
– Lindsay, Apalachin
Dear Editor, The summer issue is wonderful. Beautiful pictures, interesting articles. And the best, so far, is the adventures on the Canalway Trail by Cindy Ross. I was born in Syracuse, and go back every summer to see friends and relatives, so the Erie Canal is nearby. However, I just realized, after doing genealogy for 36 years, that my ancestors were in Rome, New York, when Governor Clinton was turning the first shovelful of dirt. That’s my Revolutionary War ancestor Jeremiah Steves. He died in Rome in 1840. His children came to Onondaga County. I have a living cousin who is a Sims, and the sexton in the Belle Isle Cemetery is also a cousin. However, on page 66 the author says Jordon and Port Byron are east of Syracuse. Even your map shows Port Byron to the west, and Jordon is still west.
– Shirley, Wayland, Massachusetts
I enjoyed David Blatchley’s story about the history of Dwyer Memorial Park and the Little York Pavilion. Overlooked was the square dance era of the late 1940s through the early 1950s. When we square-danced to the music of the Western Ramblers of WENY Radio in Elmira and the Bar O’Ranch Boys of WKRT Radio in Cortland.
– Don, Freeville, New York