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August 22, 2013

Memories of lake, camps shared at meeting


According to Lord, there have been compost bins installed at various access points around Otsego Lake for people to put any plants they find dangling from their boats.

Someone in the audience asked Lord about enforcement of this new law and how that would work.

“It gives the lake stewards a little bit of authority, to say this is a law you need to abide by,” Lord explained.

It is also an opportunity to educate people about the dangers of invasive species and have law enforcement back up efforts, Lord continued.

Lord also said staff and volunteers will be needed to inspect boats as they come in and out of the lake.

The OLA honored Bunn, who had the longest served presidency of five years, with a plaque that commended him for his leadership focusing on OLA programs that helped bring relevancy to the association.

This was followed by a slideshow by Cindy Falk, a professor at the Cooperstown Graduate Program. The presentation was full of images of historic camps on Otsego Lake from the New York State Historic Association’s Smith-Telfer and Florence Ward photography collections. The historic images dated back to the 1920’s and some went as far back as the late 19th century. There were also modern pictures of the camps taken by Richard Duncan that showed just how much, or in some cases, how little the camps have changed.

People in the audience whispered words of recognition as the images appeared, saying things like “that camp is right next to ours.” One little boy shouted out excitedly when he recognized an old photo of the Kalorama camp: “That’s my house!”

Suzan Friedlander, a curator and museum consultant shared some photos in the 1920’s and 1930’s of the Overnight Children’s Camps including Minnetoska, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Ethical Cultural Society; an interracial, interreligious camp, Pathfinder Lodge, Camp Fenimore and Camp Chenango.

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