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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

Click here to read the details of these grants

FOC Newsletter, Chairman's Letter, Summer 2013

I hope everyone has survived the July heat wave. On behalf of the Friends, I want to first thank everyone who volunteered for I Love My Park Day. We are still overwhelmed by the large number of volunteers that worked hard to clean up storm damage and assist with repairs. The Preserve is a much better place because of their participation.

In the last few weeks, visitors to the Preserve certainly must have observed all the bustle occurring around the Grist Mill and the Hatchery. The Friends have been very busy, and you will soon be benefiting from the fruits of our labor.

With the support of our members, who have generously donated to our bi-annual appeals, and our two New York State grants, I am pleased to report that work has commenced on the Mill project. WGP Contracting has been working diligently replacing beams in the grist mill and will eventually add windows and doors. We couldn't ask for a better, more dedicated crew. Their work is supreme. During their downtime on the Mill project, they also reconstructed six chimneys atop the main house that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

When their work is done, the Mill structure will be stable and be a stunning complement to the other historic structures. We hope you will stop by and see the results of WGP's skillful work. Look for project updates on the Friends' Facebook page and website.

Work is also continuing at the Hatchery. The necessary permits will be filed soon, and shortly thereafter we will construct the new well at the hatchery. Requests for bids from contractors will be going out in the next few weeks.

We cannot stress enough how your support has made all that the Friends do at the Preserve possible. Your generosity, combined with our fundraising successes, means we are on our way to completing these and other projects. However, we still have a long way to go. Please check our Facebook and website pages for an upcoming on-line campaign to complete the Mill work. It's an exciting initiative; one we hope you will participate in.

Several fun activities are planned for the next few months; please be sure to check the Friends Coming Events and Programs page. Of special note is our first Annual Membership Meeting, which will feature refreshments and an exciting presentation about the Preserve and our endeavors on its behalf. Two other popular programs are planned, Birding and Breakfast and a Photography Workshop with a walk to photograph the fall colors.

We hope you will join us for these, or just visit the Preserve to see the work in progress, or just take a walk to enjoy Long Island the way it used to be.

Bob Labuski

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