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Kenoza Lake

June 18, 2021

Posted 6/18/21

Greetings to all on this glorious June day. Nippy last night, 38 degrees!

Remember that famous quote by George Berkely, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it …

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Kenoza Lake

June 18, 2021


Greetings to all on this glorious June day. Nippy last night, 38 degrees!

Remember that famous quote by George Berkely, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” For those of you who have ever been to the house on Pucky Huddle Road where I live, you will of course recall the huge red oak tree that is right across from our front porch.

On July 4, 2019, a branch crashed off and slightly grazed our front gutter. No cars were hurt, nobody was hurt. Just a small break in the gutter. On Monday evening of this week on a calm night, no wind, no storm, Ray and I heard a huge crash. Our first thought was that it was a bear tearing around.

We turned on the porch light and were saddened to see that a huge limb of our beloved Red Oak tree, what we call “the Majestic Oak,” broke away and crashed. There was some rot in the branch. So sad. This tree must be at least 100 years old. The only good thing was that it just crashed onto the other side of the front lawn, not damaging the house or any cars.

A few weeks ago, we had three red fox pups. Now it seems we have two and they know if they show up at dusk that they may be treated with some old bread. Two weeks ago, I had a nice visit with Mr. Art Hassis of Kohlertown and he asked how Rudy the Raccoon was.

I am saddened to report that I have not seen any raccoons at our house since last fall when we had three of them. I don’t know if a disease wiped them out. I have seen only one dead raccoon in the road in Sullivan County. Very strange.

A few days ago, Debbie Dunwell of Kenoza Lake emailed some information about her daughter Breanna. On May 29, 2021, Breanna Dunwell graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing, with a minor in Documentary Photography.

In addition, she graduated Cum Laude with Departmental Distinction and The Richard K. Meeker Award in Creative Writing. While at Hartwick she was a choreographer and dancer with the Orchesis Club, as well as a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, and The National Society of Leadership and Success. Breanna was a 2017 graduate of Sullivan West Central School. She is the daughter of Debra Heidt-Dunwell and the late Richard M. Dunwell, Jr. Congratulations to you Breanna! We are very proud of you and wish you well as you start the next chapter of your life.

Last weekend I drove by the Kenoza Lake post office and was horrified to see that all of the perennials were weed whacked off. Mon Dieu! I spoke with Sharri the Jeffersonville postmaster, who has responsibility for the Kenoza Lake post office. She too was mortified. At least they didn’t dig up the bulbs. I will investigate getting little signs put up to remind the landscaping crew that there were flowers there. A big shout out to Janet Puerschner and Liz Kloss for tending to the Renaissance flowers at the Kenoza Lake United Methodist Church.

Yesterday, June 16th, I watched the arrival of Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland. 35 years ago, to the day, I moved to Geneva, Switzerland. Watching the motorcades cross the bridge in Geneva brought back a lot of memories. I lived in Geneva for one year, between 1986 and 1987, working with what was then Price Waterhouse. One of the things that struck me about Geneva when I first moved, was how small a city it really was with a population of around 205,000. There are four official languages in Switzerland with French being the official language of Geneva.

I will never forget visiting the village Gruyere, Switzerland, where every house had porch boxes adorned with red geraniums.


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