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Bagpipes.  Tom Burnham will be playing the bagpipes at church on Sunday, August 28th (tomorrow) so it’s a great opportunity to hear some special music at our church service.


Photosphere Inside Bridge
WITHOUT trespassing
Photoshere by Tom Lawrence, posted August 27th, 2016

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Tom Lawrence mounted his Ricoh Theta S spherical camera on a tripod, then used some clothesline to lash the tripod to the end of a 16-foot long two-by-four found on the construction site and used the whole contraption to hoist the camera up inside the bridge while standing on the beach below.

He wants you to know he was NOT trespassing
on the bridge restoration worksite!  The red knob in the photo belongs to the tripod.


Knotweed in the Campsite
Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership
Contributed by John Thompson, CRISP Coordinator
posted August 27th, 2016

  Photo courtesy John Thompson. 
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Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria japonica var. japonica)

This common streamside and roadside invader can reproduce from the tiniest root fragment and a new plant can grow out of a single leaf. The stems are hollow and the large, heart-shaped leaves grow alternatively from stems. Japanese knotweed has been expanding along many Catskill rivers and streams. Japanese knotweed displaces native vegetation due to its aggressive growth and by forming dense stands that shade out other plants; it lowers quality of habitat for fish and wildlife; and can contribute to streambank erosion problems. Japanese knotweed is exceedingly difficult to manage as any disturbance can lead to its spread and control can take many years due to the energy storage capacity of its rhizomes.

  Photo courtesy John Thompson. 
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At the Beaverkill Campground a combination of the “fold-over” and chemical control methods were used. An effort was made to minimize the chances of vegetative spread. Folding the knotweed at its first leaf has been found to be effective in conjunction with herbicide spraying for control. The Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) is currently mapping Japanese knotweed along the Beaverkill, especially upstream from the Beaverkill Campground. If you have Japanese knotweed on your property, please contact John Thompson, CRISP Coordinator, email: jthompson@catskillcenter.org or phone (845) 586-2611 x103. We’ll be happy to visit your property to expand our knotweed mapping project. Knotweed patches will be mapped by GPS and we will subsequently use that information to develop a management strategy for the Beaverkill. Additional information on the CRISP program can be found here http://catskillcenter.org/crisp/

General information on knotweed control:

Only use manual control methods (e.g. mowing) if you can commit to doing it multiple times per season, at least two times per month in the growing season for at least three years. All parts of the plant should be collected and disposed of safely- Plant parts can re-sprout so do not allow them to spread to new areas. If you do mow a patch of the plant, you should clean equipment before you use the equipment outside of the knotweed patch so that you do not spread plant parts.

  • Herbicide control has been found to be effective. Ideally spray in late August to September after plant is in flower.

  • To add to control efficacy or plants grow too tall to spray without a lot of overspray, bend the stalks down three to four weeks prior to when you expect to spray and then spray the regrowth.

  • Whatever control method you use, this will be a long-term project. Plan to continue controlling the knotweed plants continually for at least a few years for full control with follow-up yearly monitoring for a three more years thereafter, searching for new growth. One year of control is not fully effective so do not give up after one year of control.  (full text in pdf format)
  At the Beaverkill Campground a combination of the “fold-over” and chemical control methods were used.
Photo courtesy John Thompson. 
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  Folding the knotweed at its first leaf has been found to be effective in conjunction with herbicide spraying for control.
Photo courtesy John Thompson. 
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Birding the Beaverkill
Support Audubon September 30 - October 1
RSVP by September 19th
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The Acrow Bridge is extracted.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10am. 
The Acrow bridge is pulled close to the end of the stone ramp.  Thirty feet of the Acrow bridge are still inside the covered bridge.  Photo Virginia Lawrence.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10am. 
The Acrow bridge is pulled to the very end of the stone ramp.  A scary operation.  Photo Virginia Lawrence.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10am. 
Bob Millis, heavy equipment operator, with the excavator. 
Photo Virginia Lawrence.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10am. 
The bridge restoration crew begins to dismantle the Acrow bridge frame by frame.
Photo Virginia Lawrence.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 3pm. 
The Acrow bridge has now been completely removed from the wooden bridge.  Photo Virginia Lawrence.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 4pm. 
The bridge restoration crew will continue to dismantle the Acrow bridge on Thursday the 25th.  Photo Virginia Lawrence.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The Acrow Bridge is prepared for tomorrow's extraction.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 4pm.
The bridge restoration crew installs beams in the floor of the bridge to serve as counter-weights for Wednesday's extraction of the Acrow Bridge from the wooden bridge.  Photo Virginia Lawrence.
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Open Space Institute // Alliance for New York State Parks

Proposed Beaverkill Master Plan

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Contributed by Patricia Adams, July 31

The Campsite has been very busy this summer with hundreds of day use people as well as all 52 campsites filled every weekend, even though the bridge continues to be under construction.  John Roucek and Darlene Rodrequez, with their staff, Alex Serdiouk and Derek Shultis, have done a remarkable job of keeping the area safe, clean and welcome to all.

Full text on news page or in pdf format.


Nature Watch
Bobcats in Beaverkill
contributed by Patricia Adams, August 15, 2016

Photo by Zelda Adams.
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A small bobcat was spotted between the Adams house and the church on Friday, August 12th. It looks like a young bobcat that has been "pushed out" of the nest.  He/she seemed almost tame and we (John, Patricia and Zelda) were able to watch it for quite a while as he/she pounced, cleaned itself and then stretched out on a log for a rest.

Tom Burnham and his family also saw a Bobcat, on Sunday the 14th in their yard on Ragin Road.
We’ve seen Bobcats on and off for years. They are very shy and hard to see, but these two may be "kittens" just learning to fend form themselves.


Brandon's Bach
Tenor Sax in Church
contributed by Virginia Lawrence, posted August 15

At yesterday's service SUNY junior Brandon Sparkman, the Beaverkill Community Church keyboard artist, played an exerpt from a Bach cello suite on his tenor sax.  This will be Brandon's final musical offering for the season - next week at this time he'll be back in class at Fredonia.

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Burlgars at Campsite
Rangers' Cabin Broken Into over Weekend

Contributed by Virginia Lawrence August 3, 2016

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016 a State Trooper drove up to our house to report a break-in at the Ranger's Cabin next to the covered bridge sometime during the weekend of July 30-31.  He wanted to know if we had seen or heard anything unusual.  No, we hadn't. 

At this time, the cabin is used as the office of the covered bridge restoration construction team.  The burglars broke a window and a lock to get inside, but left empty-handed, unable to remove the computers which were there. 

The Trooper asked that anyone who sees anything suspicious at the campsite should call the State Police at (845) 292-6600.


Rambling Outdoors
Tales of Forest, Field and Stream
Lloyd Barnhart, July 29, 2016


The Roscoe Free Library now has  copy of Lloyd Barnhart's new book, Rambling Outdoors: Tales of Forest, Field and Stream.  

A number of the pieces in Rambling Outdoors have also appeared on this website.

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Early Sunday Morning
Photo Bruce Janklow contributed July 25, 2016


Photo Bruce Janklow.
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Bridge Restoration Update
The Boris Brothers and the Acrow Bridge
Contributed by Virginia Lawrence July 19, 2016

Supervisor Joe Boris for the Bridge Rehabilitation Project.
Photo Virginia Lawrence.  Click on photo to enlarge.
Master Carpenter John Boris standing in front of the Acrow bridge.
Photo Virginia Lawrence.  Click on photo to enlarge.


Yesterday I walked down to the Covered Bridge in the early morning where I spoke with the Supervisor, Joe Boris, who explained that in the next two or three days the construction team was going to remove some shims, and that something (?) would be lowered by about 3 inches.

When I got home, I realized I didn’t really understand what was going to happen, so I went back to find out more.  During the course of three more trips to the covered bridge the Boris brothers, Supervisor Joe and Master Carpenter John, explained the bridge rehabilitation project in a very clear way.

Rehabilitation Project

John said that the bridge was constructed with a slight arch from end to end known as a camber.  He illustrated this concept by lacing his fingers together palms down.  When the bridge is resting on the two foundations at either end the weight of the bridge pushes down (he pushed his hands down), the trusses tighten, and the whole structure becomes rigid.

The diagonal lattice pieces were held together with wooden dowels, “trunnels” or “treenails.”  In order to replace the damaged timbers it would be necessary to remove the trunnels.   However, the camber  of the wooden bridge would first need to be loosened by raising the wooden bridge off its foundations.  Again, John illustrated with his hands.

The wooden trusses are pegged together with wooden dowels, known as either "trunnels" or "treenails."
Photo Virginia Lawrence.  Click on photo to enlarge.

Here is where the Acrow bridge came in.  An Acrow bridge, made of steel trusses, was assembled inside the wooden bridge.   It rested on the new stone ramp at one end and on Ragin road at the other  Once in place, it was raised with shims (small wedges) so that the wooden bridge was lifted off its foundations by about three inches.  With the wooden bridge hanging in place, supported by the Acrow bridge, the structure was no longer rigid.  The trunnels could be removed and the timbers replaced.

The gray steel structure behind the construction worker is an Acrow Bridge, a temporary extendible bridge.
Photo Virginia Lawrence.  Click on photo to enlarge.

Time Line

In the next few days (July 19-22) the shims under the Acrow bridge will be removed, the Acrow bridge will be lowered about 3 inches, the wooden bridge will settle back onto its foundations, and lattices and trunnels will be tight again.  Joe told me the difference will not be visible. 

The Acrow bridge is due to be removed sometime in August, and that will be easy to see.


John Boris says that he’s worked all over the place in the State of New York, but that this specific location is his favorite.  He has seen eagles flying over and trout jumping out of the river.  He loves being here because of the site's peacefulness and beauty. 




Town's Lattice Truss.
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Joe told me the Beaverkill Covered Bridge was built in a style known as Town’s Lattice Truss,  patented on  January 28, 1820, by architect/civil engineer Ithiel Town. 


Bridge Restoration Update
The Stone Ramp
Contributed by Virginia Lawrence July 18, 2016

I was descending into a giant gravel pit.  July 18th.
Photos Virginia Lawrence. Click on photo to enlarge
Having only website photos to keep myself up-to-date on the restoration of the bridge during my 10-month winter absence, I was not prepared for what I saw when I walked down there yesterday evening for the first time since my return.  As I came down the hill into the campsite, the bridge was not fully visible at first.  My impression was that I was descending into a giant gravel pit. 

Eric Hamerstrom had explained in February that a new temporary ramp had been built up to the height of the bridge floor so that long steel truss supports could be slid into place through the bridge. They were to rest on the new fill at one end and on Ragin road at the other, and would support the bridge from inside while the damaged wooden timbers were replaced.

There were plenty of photos of this ramp, of course, but the ramp itself never caught my attention.  I was more interested in the progress on the bridge.

Yesterday (July 17th) was Sunday, and in spite of the ongoing construction, the picnic area was full. I had seen a convoy of a vehicles drive in around 11am.  When I walked down there at 6pm the beach goers just packing up to go home.

I went back down this morning (July 18th).  The beach goers were gone, but the construction workers had begun to arrive.     
Straight ahead the Rangers' garage.  The roof of the
Rangers' cabin is visible at the left.  July 18th.
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Stone ramp seen from the downstream side.
The gravel-covered beach is fully visible at left.
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Stone ramp seen from the upstream side.  About 10
Sunday beach goers are still gathered round their picnic tables.
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Closeup of the stone ramp seen from the upstream side.  
This stone ramp extends from the bridge to the
driveway of the rangers' cabin.
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Solarize Sullivan
is launching at the Catskill Brewery on Thursday July 28th at 6PM
contributed Ilene Ferber July 18, 2016

Solarize Sullivan is a program of Catskill Mountainkeeper that makes it easy to install solar at discount prices and reduce your carbon footprint.   Solar consultants walk you through the entire process from planning to installation.

To RSVP, please click here
For more info click here


Rust in Peace
Paintings by John Hamilton Adams

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Saturday, July 23-Monday, August 1

Opening reception 4:30 - 6:30 Saturday, July 23rd

John and his family, Toby, Lulu and Zelda, are moving back to Beaverkill after 4 wonderful years in California.  His new work is a compilation of rusty images from a steady diet of camping and road trips around the southwest combined with the dormant metal he knows so well here in the Catskills.  From old beer cans to beat up farm trucks this show will have everything in all sizes but only if it’s been kicked around long enough to look experienced.

Morgan Outdoors
46 Main Street, Livingston Manor


Goings On at the Church
contributed by Mary Hall June 7th

The Beaverkill Community Church opened for Sunday services on May 29, and will have services every Sunday at 10 AM through September 4, which will be the last service for the year until the Christmas Eve Carol Sing.  All are welcome to attend.

So far the scheduled speakers and events are as follows although this is subject to changes and additions as the season progresses:

August 21: Mary Hall 

August 28: Mary Hall

September 4: Closing service, Mary Hall


Bridge Restoration III
Latest photo contributed by Roger Lawrence, June 1st, 2016

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more photos of the Bridge restoration on the photos page



Heritage Edition

posted 12/08/13

Heritage Edition 2007
In 2007 the FOBC published the Heritage Edition, which includes all the stories from Volumes I (2003) and II (2006), as well as a new photo section.  The photos from this section are listed in the Photo Index.  

A few copies of the Heritage Edition are still available for purchase.  Please contact Ginny





FOBC Mission

The Friends of Beaverkill Community is a New York State not-for-profit corporation primarily dedicated to preservation and welfare of the Beaverkill Community, initially the picnic area of the Campsite, the Beaverkill Church, the Covered Bridge, and the Iron Bridge.

The mission of the Friends is three-fold:

1)  keep the membership informed about the status of issues of interest to the community, particularly governmental actions proposed for the area.  It has not been the position of the Friends to take sides on sensitive issues, merely to present information to the membership;

2)  collect and preserve materials relating to the history and lore of Beaverkill;

3)  create a written legacy to preserve the heritage of our valley for generations to come.  To date we have published two volumes of stories, and a heritage edition.

The website

The purpose of the website is to further the mission of the Friends by posting the material included in our three published volumes, and by keeping residents informed about issues that affect the community.  In addition, we have created an online calendar page to announce events in Roscoe, Livingston Manor, and other nearby communities, as well as a writers page where we have begun collecting stories and poems concerning the Beaverkill with the hope that we might one day publish a fourth volume.




The survey covers four distinct areas: the hamlet of Roscoe, the Rockland Flats, the Beaverkill neighborhood, and farms on Burnt Hill.  

Read the report here22 MB 116 pages pdf format



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