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January 19, 2008

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Tim Abbott

There is a similar contest hosted by the Kent, Connecticut Fire Department to predict the precise time the ice goes out on the Housatonic. http://greensleeves.typepad.com/berkshires/2007/02/ice_watch.html

Thomas MacEntee

Boy did this post bring back memories for me! I was not much of a skater growing up due to flat feet, weak ankles and general leg problems that continue to this day. But I did enjoy the comraderie that took place during skating especially at night.

Our small village would usually have the fire company flood part of the lawn in front of the high school and it would remain frozen up through March most years.

I also remember, like you, stories from older relatives about the Hudson being frozen over and perfect for skating.

My best memory, and it is something I believe continues to this day, is a local wagering pool as to when the ice would break on the Delaware River near Narrowsburg, New York. Winters tend to be slow so this was the big bit of excitement especially if there was a mid-winter thaw in late January. I also remember some years were the Army Corps of Engineers would have to dynamite some of the ice flows up river for fear that they could take out a bridge or two!

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