The One-Legged Sandpiper
"Knee deep and just a little behind"
Monday, April 19, 1999
Sunday, April 25, 1999
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Eastside Marketplace Sample Order Form on line and ready for inspection/comments.
Danger Kitchen Index and Archives, an online cook book.
Rudolf Bass, Inc. Woodworking Machinery Show April 22, 23 and 24.
Web site sees 100th visitor 4/20/99.
Web site contest sees 100 dollar first prize.
Eastside Marketplace Adds Adobe PhotoDeluxe 1.0, and Adobe PageMill 3.0 to stable of graphics tools.
Another back issue on line.
02-20-99 - Number 10 - Saturday Evening Piper.
A history of Ocean County, part three, in this issue.
HTML lesson four in this issue.
Learn How to create your own website.
You Can Read All About It In The Sunday Piper
Piper On Ice
Special Report - The Big Snow Storm
Weekend Warrior Piper
In Like A Lion
Is It Winter Yet?
R.I.P. Millennium Falcon, 1986-1999
N.J. Or Bust, Whatever That Means
20 Issues And Counting
Knee Deep And WAY Behind
This issue: A History of the Ocean County Seashore, part three.
The best surf boat picture ever, now in the Beach Web Page.
Here's The Church. Part three in this issue.
Still Coming Soon.
Travel and Geography section.
Rent-A-Dreds and Living Large In Barbados.
A report from the Orkney Islands in Scotland. No word yet.
Piper going to multi-page format, Soon. (Smaller pages load faster).
Saturday Evening Piper
News Sunday April 19, 1999 through Sunday April 25, 1999
Adirondack Style furniture business related news.
Green Side Up Gardening News.
Local News, Events and History
Links to interesting sites.
Eastside Marketplace, Providence, RI.
Ocean Beach New Jersey.
HTML lessons. Learn how gently and thoroughly.
Here's The Church A pictorial and historical look at my home.
Here's The Steeple A look at attics and bell towers and such.
Danger Kitchen Food, cooking and eating.
Credits, sponsors and contributors.
Cloudy and rainy all day. A nasty storm blew in from the west at sunset.
Clear and cool all day. Cooler at night. Windows open sleeping weather.
Clear and warm all day, warmest night so far.
Rainy all day. Cold and windy, more like October.
Rainy, cold and windy all day. In the thirties again at night. More firewood.
Sunny and cold. Very windy all day. Just like October.
Sunny and warm, maybe 60. Windy all day. Supposed to be in the thirties again tonight.
News Monday, April 19, 1999 Through Sunday, April 25, 1999
THE GREAT "GAS OUT"
Don't forget, just skip buying gas on April 30, 1999. This is the reason.
The last in feed guide in place, until the hydraulic in feed tables are done.
The "Pilot House" back under construction. This recently cleaned out space will be a Full Bathroom and laundry room in one. A bathroom for the shop, and a place to de-shop before entering the living space.
Ready to be covered over, the base of the unused chimney will soon hide beneath the bathroom floor. The wiring that was routed around the old chimney must be moved as well.
Cold enough for a fire, still. Mysterious fog hovering over the roof also. Temps in the 30s at night.
A troublesome accident on the route 10 connector in Rhode Island on the way to Providence. A Semi full of recycle bound paper rolled over on the ramp.
The future walk in closet for the master bedroom being cleared after use as a filing room. A dozen or so boxes of paper work waiting to be filed remain to be moved out.
The first of the five remaining floor guides ready to be assembled. One for the radial arm saw, two for the sander, and two for the shaper.
The framing for the wall between the utility area in the "pilot house", and the bathroom. The utility area is a space between the walk in closet and the bathroom, to be used for wiring, piping, duct work and a furnace for the pilot house rooms.
The entry hall has new light fixtures. The fixtures fit the decor, and their sturdy, low profile, glass globes will likely survive being bumped by items being hoisted into the attic through the ceiling hatch.
This week was the week to attend the Bass Woodworking equipment show. Featuring the latest hi-tech equipment, as well as ancient power tools weighing tons driven by electric motors as big as oil drums.
THE GREAT "GAS OUT"It's time we did something about the price of gasoline in America! We are all sick and tired of high prices when there are literally millions of gallons in storage. Know what I found out? If there was just ONE day when no one purchased any gasoline, prices would drop drastically. The so-called oil cartel has decided to slow production by some 2 million barrels per day to drive up the price. I have decided to see how many Americans we can get to NOT BUY ANY GASOLINE on one particular day! Let's have a GAS OUT! Do not buy any gasoline on APRIL 30, 1999!!!!! Buy on Thursday before, or Saturday after. Do not buy any gasoline on FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 1999. Wanna help? Send this message to everyone you know. Ask them to do the same. All we need is a few million to participate in order to make a difference. We CAN make a difference.
Two big events this week in the soon-to-be furniture business: The final table alignment
for the table saw work station is complete. The next step is alignment and adjustment of the power feed system
and out feed side. The other significant event was the conversion of the original DOS based database
used to drive the production end of things, and track the sales and tax end of things. The system
needs plenty of work to update it, but should be ready to print test production sheets by the end of this week.
The production sheets track exactly how much material goes into a batch of furniture, and provide a checklist
for each millwork process, so the right number of parts of the right size and shape are made. A typical
batch of furniture in the shop may have six to seven hundred pieces in it. A batch with tables and
footrests, and a few loveseats and a spooning chair, may have sixty or seventy different parts and over a hundred pieces of some parts.
With some new graphics software available, enhanced and modified digital pics will start finding their way into the Piper, and Furniture websites. The Website should be fairly well fleshed out when the first batches of furniture are ready for sale in a month or so.
|Adobe allows you to take a basic picture, like this one,|
And make some changes to it.
|These changes can create some interesting effects.|
The software can also enhance pictures that are too dark or too light.
|Colors can be corrected, or emphasized. Lots of special effects. Look for some of these to show up in the website in the future.|
Green Side Up
Should be planted Start From Seed
Should be planted
Start From Seed
So What's Attawaugan?
Entering the village of Attawaugan from the north, there's nothing more than a sign to celebrate the event.
Attawaugan owes it's existence to the Attawaugan Company of Norwich Connecticut. The company opened a mill here in the early 1840s. Parts of the original mill's stone footings are still visible near the river. Caution must be used when walking around the grounds. A site plan I have shows many abandoned raceways, channels and cisterns used to channel and store water for the original mill. Most of these may still have water flowing through them, and their timber roofs are surely rotted and ready to collapse
The mill entrance viewed from the west. The tower held a 30,000 gallon tank until recently when it was removed to keep it from blowing down. The mill covers 130,000 square feet, on six levels. It has a 1200 foot deep well to provide service water, and also supplies the Powdrell and Alexander Memorial Water Company with water, which they sell to me and my neighbors. There's a two mile long 6 or 8 inch pipe to a 600,000 gallon reservoir in Ballouville. The reservoir provided the water power for the Ballouville mill as well as backup water for the Attawaugan mill.
A view from the north showing the chimney from the boiler room, a building nearly as big as the church that provided heat and steam for machinery.
This mill was somewhat unique in that it contained all of the machinery to turn raw bales of cotton into finished curtains ready to sell to the world. All under one roof, including the sweat shop in the attic.
Entering the village from Dayville to the south, the first significant building is the old grist mill, now turned into a house. This is rumored to be the same mill Horatio Brown used as a Sunday school before the Attawaugan church was built. .
The "mill" from the north. This building seems a little far from water, but there's evidence of another stream behind the "Superette" that may have run past the mill to the river.
We even have a store in town. Got almost everything ya could want right here at the Superette, Andy's that is...
Looking east from route 12 by the Superette, you can see the location of the original road to Ballouville. The road ran through what are now the back yards of the old mill houses past the church, and turned north to Ballouville. Church Street is now located where everyone's outhouses used to be and mine still is.
Attawaugan even has a fire house, with fire trucks and everything.
Entering the village from Ballouville to the north, the first beautiful sight as you round the bend in the road is my house, formerly the United Methodist Church of Attawaugan. Still watching over the village as it has for nearly 130 years.
Looking down Church Street, one can still imagine horse carts rolling by. The road wasn't put through until the thirties.
So That's Attawaugan!
Some good links this week. A few commercial and some local history. The "Here's the Church" articles may be contributed to the Historical Society in the future.
Ballouville History - Attawaugan Manufacturing
An Attawaugan Reference - Not in the Rand McNally Atlas.
Two sample order forms are available for inspection, but not connected to the Web Page.
Check out the Bloom Aroma Therapy partial order form.
the Rhode Island Product page, featuring Mayor's own Marinara Sauce.
Remember, these are not complete order forms. They're just set up to establish color schemes and page layouts and graphic content. The actual pages will be delivered by an online database.
Yet another public appearance for the beach house, also known as "The Conference Center".
This time it's yet another Pella Window catalog.
This is the best shot of all in circulation. It's been used dozens of times, and even turned up in a movie with Emilio Estevez.
|This one isn't the best one but... it's still the Conference Center.|
This is another product of the Adobe software. Click on the picture to see a larger version.
A History Of The Ocean County Seashore
A Salem newspaper story in 1869 reported that "Mr. Boynton who has saved so many lives this season, was offered 50 cents by a gentlemen after he'd been safely dragged ashore. Mr. Boynton gave him back 49 cents, remarking he didn't usually accept more than a life was worth. And that's it for part Three. Look for part Four in the next issue.
A Salem newspaper story in 1869 reported that "Mr. Boynton who has saved so many lives this season, was offered 50 cents by a gentlemen after he'd been safely dragged ashore. Mr. Boynton gave him back 49 cents, remarking he didn't usually accept more than a life was worth.
And that's it for part Three.
Look for part Four in the next issue.
|The start of another perfect sunset, Friday, April 23, 1999.|
Perfect time to start a fire in the field stone barbeque.
|You'd want to leave the Adirondack chair just long enough to freshen up your whiskey sour and turn whatever's marinating in the kitchen. .|
Even hotdogs and hamburgers would taste better watching this sunset.
|Saturday was a blustery day lake side. You can't see the whitecaps looking to the west.|
I haven't seen any members of the Alexander Lake Yacht Club out sailing yet. The steam launch has yet to make an appearance and the little tugboat replica is still "put up" for the winter.
$1500.00 down, $80.00 or so per month, with rental income potential to offset expenses. Only 7 more people needed.
HTML - Lesson 4
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Here's the Church
The following is the third part of "The United Attawaugan Methodist Church 1870-1970 100th Anniversary", a history of the church produced by the members for the centennial anniversary. You'll read it here exactly as it was written then.
Early Days Of First Church At Attawaugan
After the Sunday School had been held in the gristmill for a considerable time, these quarters became too crowded, so one day Mr. Brown Said to Mr. Straight, then the manager of the store, I'd like a layoff. What for? Well, I want to go down to Norwich to see if Mr. Norton and Mr. Blackstone won't put up some kind of shack * for us to use for our Sunday School.
Next issue: The first world war breaks up Sarah Alberta Caffrey's
Here's The Steeple
This will eventually be a pictorial study of steeples, bell towers, and other architectural curiosities.
|Saint Ann's Church. About a mile north in Ballouville, just on the other side of the Five Mile River bridge. This is a small steeple for the size of the building, but is very well proportioned, and pleasing to the eye.|
A great steeple. Just north and west of Ballouville. This building, according to the plaque on the wall, is the First Society building. It sits at the southern end of what was obviously a town green over a hundred years ago. There never seems to be any activity here, but the building is well maintained. I feel that this is one of the most beautiful buildings in the northeast corner of the state.
|I'd hate to have to paint this steeple. It's one of the best in the area. The steeple of my church used to be open like this one, but was closed in when it was rebuilt after the hurricane of 1938 blew the old one down. A good reason to keep up with steeple maintenance.|
This is the view looking north towards Putnam. Future research will yield a report on this little crossroads village.
|This building is believed by the locals to be the Attawaugan school house, from back in the days when Attawaugan was a thriving Mill village.|
This poor building is Saint Augustine's Church. The original steeple, very similar in design and size to mine, has been enclosed with this hideous louvered structure that ruins the proportions of the building and no doubt howls like a banshee in any kind of wind. This seems to be the only church in Rogers, another Mill village just south of Attawaugan. Rogers is unique in that the Rogers Company mill is still in operation, by the original company, after 150 years, in the original building, with a few additions. To complement the ugly steeple enclosure, they added an even uglier foyer on to the front of the building as well.
Danger Kitchen Online Index available. A slowly evolving cookbook
Serving Soup to Nuts for... oh... a couple of weeks anyway.
Corn and Scallop Chowder
> 1/2 cup olive oil
> 1/2 stick butter
> 2 large onions, chopped
> 2 packages of mushrooms, White, Baby Bella, Portabella, whatever. Lots of schrooms, sliced.
> 1 bunch Parsley, stems twisted off, and chopped.
> 32 to 48 oz of broth, vegetable, chicken or beef.
> 1 cup half and half > Fresh ground black pepper
> 2 cups white wine
> 3/4 cup half&half
> Heat oil in a pan with the butter.
> Put the onions in the oil fry until soft but not brown, stir every so often.
> Add the sliced mushrooms and stir to coat. Cook 2 minutes.
> Add the Parsley and stir, cook two minutes.
> Pour in white wine and broth and stir, cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
(Adjust the amount of broth for the desired consistency) > Add the half and half and stir thoroughly, cover, reduce heat and warm gently for 5 minutes.
> Season with fresh ground black pepper.
Optional > You guessed it, add bacon, fried crisp, drained and chopped, to the soup after the parsley.
Corn and Scallop Chowder
> 8 sliced bacon
> 1 cup thinly sliced celery
> 1 cup chopped onion
> 2 Tbsp flour.
> 2 1/2 cups diced potatoes.
> 2 tsp thyme.
> 2 tsp tarragon.
> Fresh ground black pepper.
> 3 cups chicken broth.
> 1 10 oz package frozen, or 2 cups fresh, corn kernels.
> 1 pound fresh bay scallops.
> 1 cup heavy cream.
> Fresh chives, chopped, about 1/2 cup.
> Fry the bacon until crisp and drain, retaining 2 Tbsp drippings.
> Cook celery and onion in the drippings until tender, about 10 minutes on low heat.
> Sprinkle vegetables with flour and stir to coat.
> Add potatoes, thyme, tarragon and fresh ground black pepper, mix thoroughly.
> Stir in the broth, and heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils.
> Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
> Add scallops and corn, stir, cover and simmer 5 minutes.
> Stir in cream; simmer uncovered 3 to 5 minutes more.
> Serve garnished with bacon and chives.
All recipes original unless otherwise noted.
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