The author of 

will speak and do a book-signing 
at the 
Foster-Armstrong House 
at 320 River Rd.,  Montague, N.J.
 on Sat., March 25th at 2 p.m.

        Bibi Gaston uncovered 5,000 pages of Old Timers letters at the Library of Congress. She has written this book to tell of her great-granduncle, Gifford Pinchot, Chief Forester of the U.S. Forest Service from 1905–1909 and the experiences of his fellow forestry pioneers.
        Pinchot served as governor of Pennsylvania from 1923 to 1927 and again from 1931 to 1935. His father had built Grey Towers, which later served as a home to Gifford Pinchot and his family. It is now being administered by the US Forest Service, the federal agency founded by Pinchot which currently maintains the Grey Towers National Historic Landmark in Milford, Pa.

The sun rises due east and sets due west today no matter where you are. The equinoxes are the best times to find due east or west 
from your house or any other landmark.
Today is the anniversary of 

New York City saw up to five feet of snow, 
winds of 45 miles per hour and higher, and snowdrifts of 50 feet and higher.  

From the Archives of the NJ Herald:   March 13, 1941

Blizzard almost duplicates 1888

"The heavy snowfall that started Friday evening and extended from Virginia to New England was a very forceful reminder of the famous blizzard of 1888. While in Sussex County the depth of snow reached but fourteen inches. In some sections, the snow was fully as deep as in 1888.

"However, the fourteen inches of snow in the county made harder work for the men operating snow removal equipment than would ordinarily have been the case, because of the high wind that blew the snow back into the highways almost as fast as the plows pushed it out. "

Gov. Christie has declared a state of emergency 

as our 2017 blizzard approaches N.J.

The National Weather Service has recommended people living northwest of I-95 "should be thinking about sheltering in place from around 2 AM to 2 PM. In other words no unnecessary travel."
The National Park Service is seeking written comments to be submitted on the proposed strategy for prioritizing historic properties as well as potential treatment options by the end of March.

Their informational documents include a flowchart showcasing the strategy, as well as a newsletter that describes the strategy and treatment options in a different way.

All materials presented at the public meetings held on March 8th and 9th, 2017, are also available here

It is being administered through a partnership with MARCH - Montague's historical society - which also cares for the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse.

The Minisink Reformed Church building and the Montague Grange are also properties owned by the National Park Service, and cared for by the Church congregation and the Grange membership. 

The remaining historic properties in town currently in need of partnerships or alternative proposals, and care through a Historic Property Stewards Volunteer-in-the Park program, are the DeRemer site [house dates to 1872], the Nelden-Hornbeck farm [aka "Roberts Farm", and the Mabel Roberts parcel [house originally known as Clark-Hornbeck].

Comments on the strategy can include input on issues, viability, and suggestions for alternative strategies. The strategy will be used to prioritize historic properties, and how each individual property would be prioritized will be released for public input in late Fall 2017.

A meeting is scheduled today from 6 to 8 p.m. at East Stroudsburg University's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, Room 336, 562 Independence Road, near the intersection of Route 209 and 447 and just off Exit 309 of Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania.
The National Park Service is in the process of creating a Historic Properties Management Plan to address the future of all  historic structures acquired during the Tocks Island Dam Project acquisitions, which created the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

Release date:  February 23, 2017

 NPS Announces Public Meetings for Historic Properties Management Plan

BUSHKILL, PA- National Park Service (NPS) Superintendent John J. Donahue announced today that public scoping for the Historic Properties Management Plan (HPMP) for Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will take place from Thursday, February 23 to Friday, March 31.   “This plan will provide guidance for park employees and managers when making strategic maintenance and preservation decisions about our historic structures in the future,” said Donahue.  “It will be a very important and useful tool and public input is essential.  At this time, we want to share what we’ve accomplished and solicit public comment on the proposed actions that we have developed.”  

To provide information about the project, answer questions, and solicit public comment, two public meetings have been scheduled.  The first meeting will be held from 6-8 pm
on March 8 in the cafeteria at North Warren Regional High School, 10 Noe Road, in Blairstown, NJ.  A second meeting is scheduled from 6-8 pm on March 9 in Room 336 of East Stroudsburg University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center located at 562 Independence Road in East Stroudsburg, PA (near the intersection of Routes 209 and 447).  The public can also review documents and background information and provide comments online during the scoping period at
Comments may also be mailed to Superintendent John J. Donahue, Attn:  HPMP, 1978 River Road, Bushkill, PA, 18324. 

Preparing the HPMP is one of several mitigation measures intended to mitigate for adverse effects to cultural resources in the park from the construction and operation of the Susquehanna-Roseland Transmission Line. In 2012, the National Park Service released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) for the S-R Line Project, which included a requirement that such a plan be prepared. When completed, the HPMP will incorporate evaluations of historic significance, physical and structural condition, and potential future uses and will recommend treatment options for each structure or property in the park.  It is expected to be completed in late-2018.

For more information on Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and this project, call park headquarters at (570) 426-2452, Monday through Friday from 8 am until 4:30 pm; visit our website at; of follow us on Facebook at