Skip the 'state of the union' on Tuesday, January
and join the 'state of Niskayuna' rally and gathering
at 7 p.m. Town Hall, Niskayuna, where the action is.
Urge a NO vote on the Special Use Permit.
The vote is close.
One swing vote could save us from a Mall
at Ingersoll/Duncan/Schuyler/Stanford lands.
Parents: Bring your children.
It is their future, as well as our past, we speak out about.
Thanks, Carole, for more information about our Captain Richard Duncan.
We share his history with our Canadian neighbors.
We wonder if this Mary buried in Schenectady is his only wife. And
we're very curious about the children. I hope we will eventually
find answers to all of these questions, new to us, but may have been
well researched by the folks in Canada. I am delighted that we have
opened up our connections with people who are both connected and
active in a history we have long neglected.
This research is certainly to be continued...........
We had a very warm response to a Canadian Loyalist educational visit,
from a teacher at Paige elementary school today and hope all can
be arranged for a visit on Monday or Tuesday. Other possible sites
being explored. Since Shaun Wallace is bringing smaller size clothes
of Captain Duncan's era, that can be tried by young children, it
will be fun for them to have this touch with a history they don't
know much about, either.
Saving this historical site is a challenge at this point, but is
so important. I hope we do have a media event at the Public Hearing.
Ernie Tetrault has ensured the Channel 16 public access team, who
are set to video tape it. Selling copies of the taping will help
cover the costs of our professional videographers, with some donations,
we hope. It will be able to be viewed over the month between the
public hearing on Tuesday and the vote on the Special Use Permit
I got a call today from a woman who is a shut-in on Balltown Road,
in her home. She regretted not being able to attend the meeting and
said that many other older friends are in the same situation. But
she has followed the mall vs. history issue, and called me because
of the ad and articles in today's Niskayuna Spotlight. She also had
seen the television coverage and the interview Ernie Tetrault did
of me some months ago.
She asked me to write up some of her statements and present them
for her, as she has an injured hand as well as being on oxygen. I
assured her that I'd do that. All over this area are people who are
just enraged at the thought of losing that land to stores that would
destroy the beauty of whatever piece of the building allowed to stand.
The developer/construction maven, John Roth, plans to make rubble
of the 1840 section as well as the very useful mid-20th Century section.
We do have legal plans if the Town Board votes to let this special
use permit go ahead. A few people are involved in the data that will
support our moves in this regard. But, we may get the members of
the Town Board to recognize that we have every right as a town, to
follow the many laws that lend themselves to protection of a cultural
heritage of this quality. The State laws even allow for the town
to purchase important edifices for historical preservation.
Sent: Friday, January 19, 2007 11:58 PM
Subject: Captain Richard Duncan's burial site?
> Dear Linda and John,
> You might already have answered Shaun's question regarding Captain
> Duncan's burial site but in case you haven't here is what I found
> SCHIST last Thursday. In the Duncan file and in the record notebooks
> deaths, births and marriages, I found that Captain Richard Duncan
> January 30 1819. Since he was born in 1749 he was 70yrs old when
he died. I
> didn't see any mention of where he was buried but I would guess
> buried at the Presbyterian Church Cemetery (I am assuming in Schenectady)
> since his wife Mary was buried there in 1815 (b.1770) Anyone know
> Presbyterian Church is in Schenectady? Is there a cemetery there