Posted by: David Giacalone | January 12, 2018

mid-January ice jam watch on the Mohawk

red-check update (noon, Saturday, Jan. 13): The ice cover along the Stockade broke about 10:30 am Saturday, and our coverage can be found at the posting “Saturday ice jamming on the Mohawk.

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above: Mohawk River along the Schenectady Stockade, Jan. 11, 2018

below: west view from Esplanade, Jan. 12, 2018, 5:17 pm



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above4 Washington Ave, raised above the floodline

Over the past couple of days, there has been extensive media coverage of potential ice jamming and resultant flooding along the Stockade stretch of the Mohawk, due to a two-day warming spell (Thursday and today, Friday, Jan. 12) after our long deep-freeze, and heavy rains forecasted for Friday and Saturday.  On Thursday and Friday evenings, there were tv crews at Riverside Park, and web and hardcopy stories in the Daily Gazette and Times Union.

Ch13crew12Jan2018 This morning (Friday), WNYT NewsChannel 13’s Early Today, the #1 morning news show in the Capital District, had a crew broadcasting from Riverside Park from 5 AM to 7 AM, with veteran reporter John Craig stationed at the end of N. Ferry Street, on the Riverside Park esplanade; and, reporter Abigail Bleck arrived while I was there. [see images to the right and below] Click to see a video clip with John and Stockade Association Vice President Colleen Macaulay.

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above: [L] a view of Asa Steckel and Subrina Dhammi in the Ch. 13 studio introducing John Craig; and [R] John Craig interviewing Colleen Macaulay . .

I stopped by the esplanade about 6:45 am and enjoyed chatting with the Ch. 13 crew. The consensus seemed to be that there will not be flooding along the Mohawk over the next few days. Should there be any impending or developing flood or ice jam situations over the weekend, I will cover the situation and post photos here.

  • If you really need to see Stockade ice jams, go to our posting from April 2014 to see icy images from 2009 to 2014, which has a photo-spread of my book Jamming on the Mohawk.
  • MohawkLevel2AMJan12 As of 8 AM Friday, January 12, 2018, the National Weather Service is predicting that the Mohawk at Schenectady [Freeman’s Bridge, actually] will not rise to the 220′ flood stage level over the weekend. There is, of course, a disclaimer that the predictions do not take into account ice.

Evening update, Friday, January 12, 2018: The National Weather Service [NWS] continues to predict the Mohawk cresting at Schenectady, a few feet below flood level, Saturday afternoon, and then receding.

NWS measures the Schenectady level of the Mohawk River from Freeman’s Bridge. The side-by-side images below let you compare the Stockade water level with the Freeman’s Bridge chart, at approximately the same time (click on it for a larger version):





Posted by: David Giacalone | December 25, 2017

a Christmas Stockade stroll


. . Lawrence with Tree at his Circle, circa 3 P.M. . 

 There were very few folks out on this windy Christmas afternoon, but the Stockade still looked lovely. Enjoy a short stroll-ful of 3 dozen photos in the cozy warmth of your home or office, with the Slideshow below. I hope your Yuletide has been heartwarming.

. . another Lawrence on Front St. . . 

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. . click to see Bear The Cat in the Window . . IMG_5466


rear of 23 Front St. along Riverside Park

Posted by: David Giacalone | December 17, 2017

one-page Riverside Park 2018 calendars

 Christmas, with the late-December Holiday Season, seems to be coming quite quickly this year, and before it arrives and our focus is elsewhere, I want to thank all those who have visited “suns along the Mohawk” in 2017 — with additional, special appreciation for those who have worked to make the Stockade a special place to live and visit, and those who have expressed their appreciation for this site.

As a small token of my thanks, I’ve put together a number of Riverside Park one-page 2018 calendars for your enjoyment, use, downloading, printing, etc., for your noncommercial use. Each is formatted for 5″ x 7″. Click on a calendar to see a larger version and access the jpg. file for downloading.

. . Wishing all a joy-filled and safe New Year . . 

Our very special neighborhood park deserves and requires our vigilance. That might be why we have that cannon at the end of North Ferry Street.  We want to preserve what makes it so special, for everyone who loves and enjoys it or will in the future, and not — as some Schenectady officials have stated in public — to keep it only for the people of the Stockade.

  •  Some other danger may appear on the horizon, but the most important looming battle, in my estimation, is to ensure that the recently adopted Bike Schenectady Master Plan does not diminish the safety or enjoyment of its sole walkway for the many types and generations of current users. For a detailed analysis click here.
Posted by: David Giacalone | December 3, 2017

focus on the 2017 Stockade Tree (with Supermoon)

 . . Nov. 30, 2017

. . the moment of lighting, 5:40 pm: 

IMG_5445 . . with supermoon, 6:50 pm. . 

When completed tonight, this posting will have many photos of the 2017 Stockade Holiday/Christmas tree, which was lit this evening (Sunday, December 3), and the now-traditional Afterglow party at the St. George’s Great Hall; plus, a few bonus shots of tonight’s “supermoon” over Lawrence Circle. 

Here’s a small Supermoon set:



IMG_5454-001 . . [L] Supermoon is in the upper right corner, peeking through tree branches . . 

This next set of images was taken on November 29, when the Tree was delivered and erected by a crew from the Schenectady Parks Department, at Lawrence Circle (at Front, Green and N. Ferry Streets). The beautiful tree was again donated by the Saratoga Tree Nursery, a division of the State DEC. Susannah Hand helped select the lovely tree, and Stockade Association vice-president Colleen Macaulay supervised tree decoration and the Lighting ceremony.



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DSCF3639 . . like the daytime photo at the top of this posting, this photo was taken November 30, 2017 . . 

The following Slideshow presents images from this evening’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, which began at about 5:30. The photos in the Slideshow are in the order taken:


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The Afterglow Party. It was good to see so many friendly faces, and such a nice spread of snacks and treats, in the Great Hall of St. George’s Episcopal Church. [By the way, this evening, as often happens lately, Council member Vince Riggi was the only City Hall official to attend an important Stockade event.] I missed a lot of tables and tableaus, but I think this Slideshow is a good sampler from a traditionally enjoyable neighborhood event.

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Posted by: David Giacalone | December 2, 2017

Festive Trees and Kitchen Jazz at the YWCA

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 The Schenectady County Historical Society and the YWCA of Northeastern NY kicked of their fundraising Festival of Trees last night, with a Night of Lights soiree at the Historical Society (32 Washington Avenue) and a Christmas party for staff, residents and volunteers at the YWCA (44 Washington Ave.).   I attended the Y’s Party, to see Kitchen Jazz perform holiday tunes, with Richard Genest of Arthur’s Market and Sylvie Briber (above right) on vocals; they are backed up by Dave Kitchen, guitar, Jim Connelly, bass, and Norm Ainslie, drums.; with Doug Chilton (above left) sitting in on piano for the party. Kitchen Jazz was smooth and loose and the party guests enjoyed their seasonal musical renditions.

. . above: the lovely party room with Kitchen Jazz on stage . .

As you’ll see in the following slideshow, there was a plethora of well-decorated trees.

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Posted by: David Giacalone | November 25, 2017

Small Business Saturday on Jay Street

  A bank of gray clouds beat me to the Jay Street pedestrian walkway today (November 25, 2017), for a look at Schenectady’s version of Small Business Saturday, which started out under a lovely blue sky with white cloud puffs. [See a Gazette editorial urging “Support your local businesses today“]

From the Lazare parking lot between Liberty & Franklin Streets, I snapped a shot of City Hall and then walked over to the pedestrian walkway, into the Open Door Bookstore, then walked down to State Street (which seemed rather empty), and back up Jay past City Hall, finally visiting my friend Kathy Fitzmaurice’s Katbird Shop on Liberty St. My SBSat stroll is captured in this slideshow.

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. . above: [R] The Open Door Bookstore; [L] The Katbird Shop

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SBSat2017-JayStODBlocal p.s. One benefit of a locally-owned book store, such as The Open Door, is that they are more likely to carry works by local authors or artists that not backed by an established publishing house. One example at the Open Door is Sylvie Briber’s “The Inscription in the Window“; another is my own collection of photos with haiku, “Haiga on the Mohawk“, and a set of postcards.

Posted by: David Giacalone | November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving [pot]luck at Arthur’s Market



I hope all my Stockade neighbors and friends had a Thanksgiving meal as tasty, heartwarming, and enjoyable as the potluck dinner I enjoyed with a dozen others at Arthur’s Market yesterday. Not wanting to intrude with my camera, I took only a few quick photos. The above collage shows the buffet table and the main dining table. Not shown, but definitely not ignored by the guests, were five fine pies and some cute cupcakes that ended the meal with a gentle exclamation point.

 My sense is that hearts and tummies were full. I saw old neighbors and familiar faces, and hopefully made some new friends.

. . best Thanksgiving wishes to all . . 

Posted by: David Giacalone | November 11, 2017

Stockade-athon 2017 (s)warms the Stockade

What a beautiful day for a road race. Especially here along the Mohawk River, in the Schenectady Stockade, the namesake of the Stockade-athon 15k Road Race. Below, you will find more than 150 photos taken in the Stockade as the road race sped by — in about a dozen minutes.

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  • You can find race results here, thanks to organizer Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club. And, click for the Course Map and their Facebook page. Go here for Gazette race-day coverage, by Mike MacAdam.
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    finish line photos (Gazette, by Marc Schultz, Nov. 13, 2017. B1)

    The Top Three Male finishers were: Ricardo Estremera (in 47.47, BIB 489); Matt Brooker (BIB 3); Steve Soprano (BIB 1470).

  • The Top Three Female finishers were: Mollie Turner (in 56.44, 19th place; BIB 24); Christine Macfarlane (BIB 935); Claire Collison (BIB 328)

(9:30 A.M.) By late afternoon, there will be over a hundred photos in this posting, showing Stockade-athon runners coming through the Stockade and its lovely Riverside Park. As a teaser, here are a handful, showing the leaders on Washington Avenue, my first glimpse of women runners, and the end of the cohort passing the park esplanade.


. . (above): Julius Mbugna (BIB 975, finished 6th); Scott Mindel (BIB 5, finished 4th); Jacob Andrews (BIB 2, finished 5th); Kent Lemme (BIB 7, finished 11th); Matt Brooker (BIB 3, finished 2nd)


. . (above): the race winner, U. Albany coach Ricardo Estremera, is seen directly behind Julius Mbugna (BIB 975).

  . . IMG_5049.MollieDTurnerJPG . . [L] Mollie Turner (in Black) was the first woman into Riverside Park and finished first . .  Sadly, I did not turn back around soon enough to catch the leading women coming into the Park, and had to settle for capturing them after they passed me.




  • Race entrants may use our Stockade-athon photos for any purpose, and others may use them for any non-commercial purpose, without further permission from the proprietor of this website, David Giacalone, the photographer. If posted online, please credit “suns along the Mohawk” and David Giacalone, perhaps with a link to this posting.

. . plus, Stockade resident Dale Miller (in red shirt), waves to the photographer:


2 P.M. – SLIDESHOW 1 – 

This slideshow has four dozen photos in the order they were taken this morning. I’ve included as many as possible and hope runners (or their friends and families) will enjoy finding and seeing themselves.

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This second batch has two slideshows, with 95 photos in total, taken as the runners entered and traversed Riverside Park. As with the earlier slideshow, I have included as many of the “usable” images as I could, to commemorate the runners of all levels of skill and stamina.

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IMG_5277EdSalvo .. Special Hat Tip to Ed Salvo . . In 2013, we pointed out that Ed, after missing a year due to heart surgery, ran his 34th Stockade-athon. He keeps on ticking. 

Thanks for helping me celebrate Stockade-athon 2017. Posted with gratitude to the runners, volunteers, race organizers and sponsors, and all the kith, kin and fans.


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. . above: Eiko Bogue, at 80, finished 2nd in her age group.


Yesterday’s Preview is immediately below.

Click for links to our prior Stockade-athon-in-the-Stockade postings.

PREVIEW (Saturday, November 11, 2017).

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. . above: leaders along Washington Avenue’s “Campbell Row” in 2015 [L] and 2016 [R] .. 

 Thursday morning, I snapped a few photos on Washington Avenue, where the 2017 Stockade-athon 15k Road Race field will en masse enter the Stockade Historic District from State Street, about 5 minutes after the start of the race. Although it may not be quite as sunny at race-time, and the temperature will probably be under 30º, the following Slideshow is what competitors and spectators will see before Stockade-athon 2017 heads into Riverside Park, along the Mohawk River, and then departs the Stockade using Ingersoll Avenue and turning eastward up Front Street.

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BrittanyWinslow2016 . . Start time is 8:30 AM from Proctors, with Stockade entry about 5 minutes later.  See the Gazette article “Stockade-athon field wide open: With defending champions not scheduled to run, no clear-cut favorite for men’s and women’s races” (by Mike MacAdam, Nov. 11, 2017), for information about the race, including new rules about who can win prize money (resulting in a lesser incentive for runners from outside the Greater Capital Region to participate), and possible winners in this year’s race. MacAdams mentions last year’s second-place women’s runner-up, Brittany Winslow (image at left, entering Riverside Park), and last year’s third-place male, Julius Mbugua, as well as former Schenendehowa star Mark Mindel, as potential leaders. See also, “Stockade-athon keeps money local” (Nov. 8, 2017):

For the first time, the prize money will be limited to residents of Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Fulton, Greene, Columbia, Schoharie, Montgomery, Saratoga, Warren or Washington counties in New York, or Bennington County in Vermont and Berkshire County in Massachusetts. Runners who have been members of the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club since before June 1 are also eligible regardless of residency.

Neiles, who is a co-race director with Brian and Jessica Northan, Ray Newkirk and Jon Rocco, said organizers have met with some backlash over the prize money change.

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“It is causing a real ruckus among a lot of people, but that’s the decision they made,” he said. “They’re just trying something different. There are a lot of local people and area runners who would like to take home $600. You won’t see a lot of the hotshots of the past.

“There’s two schools of thought on this.” . .

Although there are several top-quality runners committed to the Stockade-athon, the lack of prize eligibility likely will discourage elite out-of-towners from running. For instance, the 2016 men’s champion, former Niskayuna High star Lou Serafini, would not be in line for prize money, since he lives in Brighton, Mass.

The race has added a few other new features and tweaks. Three-person teams can sign up for a relay in which each runs a 5k leg while competing for the Stockade-athon Cup. Neiles said they only have seven teams signed up so far.

  • Stockade-athonLogo You can find more information about this year’s race and its history, at the official MVP Health Care/HMRRC Stockade-athon website, where you can also find a Race Map, as well as live-streaming of race results. According to their Facebook page, “This year we will have live athlete tracking. Click on “AREEP Live Results” to start tracking your favorite runners.” [using hi-tech t-shirts, I believe] The race is organized by the Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club.
  • As usual, we will present photos of the Stockade segment as soon as we can, at this posting, capturing as much of the entire field as possible as they pass by.
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3img_0855 BTW: I am still nostalgic for the old race route, which had the runners arriving at Lawrence the Indian at the half-way point, allowing spectators here to properly cheer for racers of all talent and speed levels over 30 to 40 minutes; the current route means the entire field runs by in perhaps 12 minutes, and gets to enjoy much less of the Stockade and its hospitality.

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