````New York SCS/NRCS Retirees

Volume 22, Issue 1 JUNE 2008

President Lee McDowell writes: I underwent eye surgery in October 2007 at Crouse Hospital to repair a Macular Hole. Later in February 2008 the same eye was operated on for a Detached Retina. Prognosis looks good. Brooke and I did our three work time share in Cancun in April 2008. Our teenage granddaughter, Leah, spent one week with us there which was an interesting experience to say the least. However, it was fun. We do the usual church and community activities. We also stay busy doing gardening and domestics around the home and property. We do lots of short trip travel visiting family and friends.

I hope your year has gone well and look forward to seeing many of you at the annual meeting and picnic.

Treasurerís Report
As of this date, we have $137.88 in the Treasury. Itís dwindling down with just enough to send out this newsletter, and perhaps $40.00 to spare to pay the pavilion fee for our annual meeting. We gratefully accept donations of any denomination. Donations may be sent to Fred Gilbert, 4818 Candy Lane, Manlius, NY 13104!

2007 Annual Meeting
Our annual gathering at Seneca Lake State Park was held August 2, 2007 with twenty retirees and spouses present. Dennis DeWeese, ASTC-Operations, updated us on state NRCS activities.

Please mark your calendars for the SCS/NRCS retireesí picnic for July 17, 2008. New York SCS/NRCS retirees, spouses and friends will meet at Seneca Lake State Park, Shelter #3. Seneca Lake State Park is located off Routes 5 & 20 between Waterloo and the City of Geneva. Weíll gather at the pavilion by the bathhouse beginning at 11:00 a.m. Please bring a dish to pass, place settings, and your choice of grilling entrée and beverage. The fund raisers will be a 50/50 raffle and the popular "pound" auction. For newcomers, that means bring a wrapped item weighing a pound Ė be creative!

Please pass this information on to those that you may have an email address that we do not. If you could also share that address with Fred or Nancy, we will add it for future notes. Fredís email address is: flgilbert@msn.com. Nancy is: mlee0006@rochester.rr.com.

NRCS RETIREES - OCTOBER 2006 TO PRESENT
Frank Pasquale, SCT, Area 1
Bruce Ayers, Biological Science Tech (Plants), BFPMC
Robert Hartrick, AC, Batavia AO
Neil Cheney, RC&D Coord.,, Black River RC&D, Watertown
Nancy Lee, SAO, Syracuse SO
David Sullivan, Geologist, Syracuse SO
Brian Timothy, DC, Wyoming County (Warsaw)
Clyde Giaquinto, CE, Syracuse SO
David Dupont, DC, Steuben County (Bath)
Robin Mangini, DC, Oneida County (Marcy)
Don Lynch, Ag. Engineer, Area 3, Marcy
Julian Drelich, SC, Area 2, Walton
William Duckery, DC, Dutchess County (Millbrook)
Mark Franze, DC, Albany County (Voorheesville)
Patrick Sullivan, DC, Franklin County (Malone)
Richard Rasmussen, DC, Saratoga County (Ballston Spa)
Dianne (Rightmire) Naylor, Secretary (BFPMC)
Steven Carlisle, SS, Seneca Falls

Nancy Lee attended the retirement party for Steve Carlisle in April at the Seneca Falls American Legion and saw several retirees. Bob Ingham, (DC, Cayuga Co.), is enjoying retirement. He helps the Cayuga SWCD with conservation training. Neil Le Roux (DC, Seneca Co.) and wife, Janet, enjoy visiting the children and grandchildren. Bob Wintamute (DC, Wayne Co.) and Dave Dupont (DC, Steuben Co.) are working on the pipeline. Neil Cheney (RC&D Coordinator, Watertown), is very active with the Black River RC&D Council and conservation projects in the area. Eileen Dyson (secretary, Soils, SO) have retired from the Seneca County SWCD and is enjoying her grandchildren.

John Dickerson (Plant Materials Specialist, SO) has sold his home in Marcellus and moved to Milan, Ohio to be near family. His wife, Gail, has one more year before she can retire from the NYS School System so she will be following John to Ohio after she retires in 2009.

New Members of ARSCSE:
   David Dupont
   Julius Toenniessen
   Nancy Lee

President John Wulforst is looking forward to handing the reins to Lee McDowell at the annual meeting in July. John has been busy this past year developing planning maps in his hometown of Wayland in Steuben County. He also has taught some soils subjects to sixth graders in the local parochial school and is planning on assisting with the soils program at SUNY-Alfred. John and Joan will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 28. Their oldest son works and lives on Long Island in Suffolk County. His daughter and family are in Olympia, Washington. The next son is a corrections officer at the Livingston facility and the youngest son is employed by an office supply company in Rochester.

Judy Baker - Judy writes: I thoroughly enjoyed a Jenney Family Reunion in Plymouth, MA last August. I took advantage of the occasion to play tourist and family historian, visiting historic sites, cemeteries and courthouses in Plymouth and New Bedford. Travel plans this year include family events in Lancaster County, PA and perhaps another family history tour of West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania. Family events, work for the library, the church Board of Trustees, and local politics keep my busy here at home and then some. Have a great summer, and I will look forward to seeing everyone at the July picnic.

Paul Dodd -- Retired State Conservationist Paul Dodd writes: Rose and I are doing well. I will be teaching American National Government at Columbia College here in Syracuse during the summer semester. We did not make it to Florida as Rose had emergency gall bladder surgery in December that was serious enough to require a long recovery period. My latest book, "Politics Ainít That Complicated" has stirred quite a bit of interest, undoubtedly due to the political heat generated by the election campaign; I am getting some calls for media interviews. We went to Georgia earlier this year for a very successful book signing arranged by SCS friends, George and Ellen Norris. Some of my earlier books continue to sell pretty well, especially "The Gospel According to a Mountain Momma."

Our "little" hockey player, grand daughter Lisa, has completed her junior year at Colgate. Although they lost out in the post season, she was pleased with her teamís effort and looks forward to being a team leader as a senior, Great-grandson, Cole, is proving to a great "help" in the garden. He is three and a delight.

Fred and Mary Gilbert Ė Retired State Soil Scientist Fred Gilbert and wife, Mary, live in Manlius, New York. Fred and Mary Gilbert spent a good part of last summer helping Mary recover from heart by-pass and repair surgery. In August into September, we traveled to Washington by car touring North Dakota en-route (why? Because we had not been there before - it was really a good tour if you like big agriculture and interesting landscapes as well as seeing the international Peace Park and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park). Our daughter and husband had just moved from Seattle across Puget Sound to Port Orchard so we helped (so we think) with the settling in. We did have an interesting day traveling to Mt. Rainier National Park and Mt. St. Helens which is getting active again. We spent a week in Columbia, Missouri on the way back East visiting our son, Matt. We went back to Port Orchard at Christmas where we were joined by our son for the holidays. At home we continue to be involved in our local political committee and Fred continues to chair the Town of Manlius Planning Board.

Fred also works with Bob Myers occasionally on wetland projects. He Sees Keith Reece and Al Hatch who lives not far away in Fayetteville. Many former SCS/NRCS employees participated in the NYS Wetland Forum in Waterloo in April including Steve Carlisle, Bob Myers, Roger Case, Larry Day, and Fred Gilbert.

Tyrone and Shirley Goddard Ė Tyrone writes that he stays busy these days as Board President of H.O.M.E., Inc., He is also heading up White-Skipworth Residences Corp. , a company founded to develop, build and own the apartments we are constructing through a grant from HUD and the City of Syracuse. The apartments are under construction and slated for completion by July 1.

He is involved in several community service organizations. I enjoy it and keep very busy. I still take every other Friday off, a throw back to the old SCS work schedule.

Shirley also stays busy with H.O.M.E., Inc. She has been appointed to two state commissions with regard to persons with disabilities. Our children are doing fine. My son lost his wife at Thanksgiving 2006 and seems to be recovering slowly. But, heís doing well. He moved back in with us in January. He recently resumed dating. Heís now a case manager for persons with psychiatric disabilities. My daughter and her family are about to move from Jacksonville to Connecticut for a new job. Shirley and I are very pleased since they will only be about four hours away so weíll get to see our grandchildren more regularly. Their third child is due in June. The oldest is a little girl who will be four this summer. The middle child is a little boy who will be two this summer. My daughter sometimes complains about parenting them but Tyrone doesnít have any problems. They tell him what they want and he gives it to them. No problems!

Walt Grajko - Walt retired as the State Conservation Engineer in the Syracuse State Office. He writes: He would like to report that his son, Timmy, was discharged from the Marines and arrived home last Christmas Day after serving four years with combat duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. He received several medals including a Purple Heart after being wounded in Iraq. He is now taking advantage of the G.I. Bill and is attending Stony Brook University in Long Island pursuing a degree in business. Needless to say we are very proud of him and happy to have him home safe and some sound (just kidding).

I continue to work remodeling the second home we bought in the Thousand Islands. Almost finished and I look forward to spending more time on the golf course. He plays golf every week with Steve Machovec in our golf league and even managed to spend a day in early spring traveling to the Binghamton area where I shared lunch with Machovec, Fred Gaffney, Tony Esser, and Gary Lamont.

Will and Gerry Hanna Ė Will and Gerry celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary at the end of April. Will spent a week at the end of February in St. Bernardís Parish doing a little volunteer work (mostly hanging sheetrock (with a central NY organization called "Southern Comfort." Still a lot to be done down there as Katrina put the entire parish under more than eight feet of water (not much government help for those people). Gerry and I, of course, get over to Connecticut see and babysit our three grandsons as often as we can.

Robert Hartrick - Bob is the retired Area Conservationist in Area 1 at the Batavia Area Office. Bob writes: Bob is enjoying retirement. The only work he has done is around the house. Had my woods logged last summer so starting on cutting up over 400 tree tops for firewood, opened my pool up, home repairs and little "to doís" that I could not get to when working. Been turkey hunting and shot a nice bird May 7th but still after bird number two. Will be traveling to N. Quebec CA the end of this month for a 10-day walleye-pike fishing grip. My father is currently in the hospital and very sick (NOTE: Bobís father passed away in mid-May).

My grandson, Alex, just turned 3 in March and is a real handful and extremely smart. Grandpa has to watch what he says in his company! We try to visit them in Norton, MA as often as we can which is near the Patriotís Foxboro Stadium. Playing some golf and play in the Polish Falconís League every Wednesday night. Health is fair, just trying to stay ahead of the doctor visits but Iím sure everyone else has their issues, too. I self inject chemo treatments for Chronís every two weeks so after treatments Iím pretty tired for a few days but other than that, my blood sugars and pressures are under control. Never say that job stress and pressures do not affect your health because Iím living proof of that!

Brad Higgins - Bradís latest news is he fell on the ice getting out wood for our fireplace insert. The bad part is that I broke my left leg (the one that has had two hip replacements). The doctor is hoping that the leg will heal without surgery. The break is in the area of the artificial hip and too high up to put in a cast. Iím able to walk with a walker or crutches. I hope by the time of the retiree picnic, Iíll be back to normal.

Bradís son is an emergency room doctor at Mount Auburn Hospital in Boston, and he treated a woman and a girl that were attacked by a hawk at Fenway Park in Boston.

Robert Hilliard - In a Christmas card to Judy Baker, Bob writes: My health is good and I will be 85 in April. This last year was one of traveling as usual: Texas Gulf Coast in February and March, Lake Placid, NY at Xmas, Nova Scotia, Canada in the Cabot Train in October and Chincoteague, VA in early November (for oysters). Other than that, my two grandkids keep me busy here at home with soccer and hockey games. All of my family was here at my house for Thanksgiving. Very nice! I hope we can continue. The girls do all the cooking and preparation, and I preside over the drinks.

Nancy and Mel Lee - Nancy is the retired State Administrative Officer at the Syracuse State Office. She writes: Mel and I started enjoying my retirement with a trip to Puerto Rico in March 2007, followed with a week in April in the Amish Country in Lancaster County, PA, and a three-week trip to the West touring Idaho, Utah, Montana and Wyoming. Also included were trips to PA to visit family. We are planning another two week trip to Utah, Idaho, Washington and Oregon in July 2008. Will be back just in time for the retireesí picnic.

Mel and I keep busy with church activities and following our son, Andy, girlsí varsity lacrosse team in Waterloo which he has coached the last five years. Still neither Andy nor Karen are married and thus no grandchildren to brag about. However, we have two grand "dogs" that we sit with when their parents go away.

We love retirement and being able to decide when we want to do something, or even if we want to anything or just enjoy the day!

Steve Machovec - retired Assistant State Conservationist for Operations. Steve writes: Just enjoying retirement and staying busy with home remodeling projects. Oldest son, Matt, is getting married in October and I am the proud owner of a new Beagle puppy "Smoke", birthday present from my three sons. Still trying to play golf and continue with my hunting and fishing activities.

Frank Pasquale, Jr. And Kitty - Frank is retired Soil Conservation Technician serving several counties in the southwestern counties in Area 1. Frank writes: Kitty and I are doing fine. As a Deacon in the Catholic Church, I have taken a position as a Pastoral Administrator for two parishes here in Allegany Co. I am quite busy, but as when working with NRCS, quite content.

Erwin and Gwenn Rice - Erwin writes: The Rices do not have any great doings to write about. The everyday things are like frequent trips to the doctorís office, drug store for us both even though we are in pretty good health. Gwenn is active with her bridge, art and church groups. Iím still an elder in our church in Marcellus, NY and attend many meetings in several retirees groups. Yard and garden are my major sources of exercise. I still enjoy coming into the State NRCS Office to see what is going on in the NRCS. This past year has been one of house renewal and upkeep, mainly a new roof, replace windows and garage door. We recently enjoyed a five week visit without grand children in Florida. While there I signed up for the Polk County senior games. There were over 200 participants, local and snow birds. I tried the discus, shot put and softball through and placed as well as I could. For the last 20 years several people I know and myself have taken part in the NY State Senior Games. We have scheduled a weekís visit in May to visit in Fort Collins to celebrate our granddaughterís high school graduation. And, in July, we plan to attend the SCS/NRCS retirees picnic.

Luther Robinson - Luther writes: Retirement is good.

Bill Kick reported in that he and Nora are well and enjoying the races at Vernon Downs.

Brian Timothy - retired District Conservationist for Wyoming County (Warsaw). Brian retired from NRCS in January 2007. We received news that Brianís health was not good. Brian found out at Christmas time that he had only 10 percent of his liver functioning. He awaited a liver donor although his son was a match. On April 8, 2008, a donor was found and the transplant was performed. At last word, Brian was home and doing well. Please keep Brian and his family in your prayers.

Keith Wheeler - Keith writes: I am still "kicking"...although a bit slower. We moved to State College, PA a couple of years ago, where I am Chairman and CEO of a company called ZedX Inc. We develop decision support software for the agricultural, energy, and environmental sectors. Karen and I are enjoying State College. We have taken up fly fishing in a big way - and this area provides some of the best fisheries in the Northeast. We have also taken up photography and are looking to do nature photography in retirement. Our kids, Courtney and Ross, are doing well. Courtney is working on her PhD at the University of Oregon in Psychology and Ross is graduating from Union College in Schenectady in a month and is currently hunting for the elusive first job.

I am still involved quite heavily in sustainable development issues, and spend my time on numerous boards; including the International Union of Conservation and Nature in Gland Switzerland (I chair the Commission on Education and Communication), and I am the President of the Foundation for Our Future in Shelburne VT, and President of the Paul F-Brandwein Institute in Unionville NY, and am a Trustee of the Keystone Center in Keystone Co. These efforts allow me to continue to stay engaged in the global environment, agriculture and energy areas and also facilitate some wonderful travel to unique corners of the globe.

Dick and Helen Arnold -

It is obvious that some folks kick harder than others. Helen and I moved from Fairfax, VA to West Lafayette, IN about a year ago. It was getting more expensive and difficult for us in the DC area and getting to the grocery store was not such a fun trip anymore. We loved our home of some 20 years and its relative seclusion, but then an opportunity to buy a house that was a back yard neighbor with daughter Becki came along, and we bought it. It took another 6 months to sell our house and make the move. We are still renovating parts of the house a year after moving in. Also have had lots of fun learning all the wild flowers that grow on the backyard slopes (some 20+ so far) and cutting out honeysuckle, and planting shrubs and flower gardens. The joy is that we are along the 18th fairway of one of Purdue Univ. golf courses and the sunsets are delightful. Our son-in-law Brent has taken a new job at Michigan State Univ. and they will move there later this summer. We will miss them but it is less than a day's drive away.

  1. Since retiring from USDA-NRCS in 2000 I was a Fulbright scholar in Moscow for one fall semester, went to soil congress in Chile, visited soil friends in Argentina, attended soil classification workshops in Hungary and Russia and have finally settled down. I review soil papers for CATENA, GEODERMA, PEDOSPHERE ( A Chinese journal), and several others. Have written short articles for several encyclopedias and a chapter or two for some books. I have even agreed to edit the English of a book on soil classification and correlation with emphasis on World Reference Base - but it hasn't started yet. Had a nice chat with Steve Sprecher who I hope all of you will get to know in the future.

We live at 1145 Glenway St., West Lafayette, IN 47906-2203, have e-mail: ct9311@aol.com, and phone: (765) 838-1416. Dick and Helen Arnold

Steve DeGloria Ė (SCS/NRCS Friend and Former Chair of the Dept of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell) writes:
I am on sabbatical leave from my faculty position at Cornell for one year. I return to Cornell full-time in mid-August 2008. My eight-year term as Chair in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences ended 30 June 2007. I have been on leave since last August. I am based at the USDA-NRCS National Geospatial Development Center in Morgantown, West Virginia, and having a great time there. Good people, good environment, and very peaceful and uncomplicated, especially after eight years as department chair. I am also involved in a couple of
international assignments.

I taught a three-week module in resource inventory, remote sensing, and GIS to 19 Ethiopian students who are in a new Cornell MPS degree program in International Agriculture and Rural Development focusing on integrated watershed management. They are in residence at Bahir Dar University in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, on the shores of Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile. Teaching the module was a very intense experience as it was equivalent to a three-credit semester course, so everyday I was busy in the classroom and laboratory and didn't get much of a chance to see the local surroundings or dip my toes in the Blue Nile. The crocodiles would have had a field day with this naive soil scientist.

Currently, I am in Hangzhou, China, for six weeks in residence completing my two-year term as Chair Professor in the College of Environmental and Resource Sciences at Zhejiang University. I return to the States on 29 May, then resume my sabbatical leave at NGDC in Morgantown in mid-June after the Northeast Cooperative Soil Survey Conference in Narragansett, Rhode Island, and a Smithsonian-sponsored GIS workshop in Front Royal, Virginia. My Cornell program will remain essentially the same upon my return. I will be teaching four courses in environmental information science, geographic information systems, global positioning system, and spatial modeling and analysis. Research will be focusing on digital soil mapping, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy of soil properties for soil survey, and land use/land cover change analysis using various types of remotely sensed data.

Still no pedology position at Cornell as Jonathan Russell-Anelli and I serve as caretakers of the program. We hope to appoint Jonathan as Senior Lecturer/Senior Extension Associate in the near future to assume more responsibilities with respect to the National Cooperative Soil Survey in NYS. Between the two of us, we will do our best to hold down the fort. There continue to be a few on-going faculty position requests to the Dean, one of which is our redefined pedology position focusing on terrestrial biogeochemistry and global climate change

This came from Gene Hanchett former AC in Albany: Be meaning to answer your request for news -no excuse for not doing it sooner.  Nor much news.  I think most of you know that Garnet died February 2004. I an getting along quiet well. Had a colon operation a while ago-good news there. I have a friend  from Church who lost her husband about 3 months before Garnet went.  We  get along well and travel some. I plan to stay here as long as I am able..  Charles and family are still in Columbus, OH. Expect him to stay there as he has been there since 1979.   

If you are aware of NY retirees who have reached eligibility for Senior Conservationist Ė 83 years young, please contact Neil Bogner, National ARSCSE Secretary-Treasurer: PO Box 523615, Springfield, VA 22152-3615, arscse@verizon.net. Neilís phone number is 703-451-5247.

AGAIN - REMINDER: RETIREES' PICNIC, JULY 17, 2008 AT SENECA STATE PARK, GENEVA, NY.

ANY NEWS SEND TO NANCY LEE AT mlee0006@rochester.rr.com or phone (315)539-3355; USPS 1254 ROUTE 96, WATERLOO, NY 13165.

ANY DONATIONS TO DEFRAY MAILING COSTS SHOULD BE SENT TO: Fred Gilbert, 4818 Candy Lane, Manlius, NY 13104.

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