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Map & Compass Class Draws Big Crowd

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More than 30 attendees learned map and compass skills at a workshop jointly sponsored by our chapter and the NY-NJ Trail Conference. Hank Osborn, East Hudson Program Coordinator for the Trail Conference, taught the class, which was held at the Poughkeepsie Day School library.

Map and Compass skills are useful when bushwhacking, when one gets disoriented, and when the batteries die or signal is unavailable for hand-held GPS devices and phones.

Poisoned Bait Meat Claims Unintended Victim in Catskills

Alan Via is well known in ADK circles. A long-time hike leader, volunteer, and author of the book The Catskill 67: A Hiker’s Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks under 3500. Alan visited MHADK and gave a presentation on the subject of his book. And it was there that many of us also got to know, vicariously, his four-legged hiking partner, Bookah.

AlanViaBookah-450Sadly, a March 1 report in Albany’s Times Union newspaper revealed that Bookah died while hiking in the Catskills with Via, the victim of strychnine-laced meat that someone had placed deep in the woods.

Reporter Chris Churchill writes, “Via has come to believe the meat was left by a hunter hoping to protect the deer population by killing a coyote. There’s no way to prove that, of course, but there aren’t many plausible reasons for why strychnine would be placed so deeply in the woods. Via hopes publicizing Bookah’s death can prevent a repeat of his experience.”

Via shares this story as a caution to dog owners and to those who use poisoned bait in the woods for any reason. Read the full story in the Times-Union. http://m.timesunion.com/local/article/Churchill-Poison-doesn-t-belong-in-the-woods-5280955.php

Catskills and Dinner

Doug and Jeff Senterman at MHADK dinner meeting

Jeff and Doug Senterman, respectively Catskill Region Program Coordinator for the NY-NJ Trail Conference and Volunteer Lean-to Chair, visited our club at its February 24 dinner meeting to give a short, lively, and informative presentation on the history of the Catskill region, with a focus on trails. The presentation preceded dinner at the Milanese restaurant in Poughkeepsie. At dessert, we honored several long-time members: Jane Geisler, Al Poelzl, and Adrienne Weise.

History of Catskill Park & Trails Will Be Subject of Our Feb. 23 Meeting, Dinner

Join us at our Chapter Meeting Sunday, February 23, 2014 starting at 3PM for a little business, social, and a talk. Then stay for dinner (sign up below). The meeting will be held at the Milanese Restaurant, 118 Main St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
Trail Conference senior staff member Jeff Senterman will give a presentation on the history of the Catskill Park at our February meeting.

Trail Conference senior staff member Jeff Senterman will give a presentation on the history of the Catskill Park at our February meeting.

At 4PM we will have a special guest speaker from the NY-NJ Trail Conference.
Jeff Senterman, who is the Trail Conference’s Senior Program Coordinator, will tell us the story behind the creation and development of the Catskill Park and its trails. Jeff will focus on the history behind the park and be inviting audience participation throughout the presentation. We were very fortunate to get Jeff to speak to our group.After Jeff’s presentation dinner will be available for those who wish to stay. Cost of the meal is $27 per person and includes tax/tip. The menu will consist of 3 entrée choices: Eggplant Parmigiano,  Chicken Marsala,  Stuffed Fillet of Sole   *Dinner also includes salad/penne pasta and water/coffee/tea. All other beverages are extra charge.
If you plan to attend the event please email Brenda Harding at brendaharding99@yahoo.com by February 18. Please say whether or not you plan to stay for the meal as well.