Stuyvesant prepares for its day, August 11

STUYVESANT–The Town Board took up the topic of the annual Historic Stuyvesant Day at its July 12 monthly meeting.

One of the events happening on August 11, designated as Historic Stuyvesant Day, is the Ken Hummel Memorial 5K run/walk to raise money for the Committees for Historic Stuyvesant Day and Youth Programs. Registration for the race is at Town Hall or by mail in advance. There is a race for kids beginning at 8 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9.

Following the run is the community picnic at the Ken Hummel Community Park, where the town will provide hot dogs, drinks and side dishes. Town Historian Juanita Knott is encouraging community members to bring dessert to share.

There will also be nature-oriented games for young and old as well as entertainment during the 5K run at the playground across from Stuyvesant Town Hall. More information about the event is at the town website

Also at the meeting Mike Locker requested to have his late brother Tom Locker’s art work displayed at Town Hall during Historic Stuyvesant Day. Tom Locker, a long-time resident of Stuyvesant, wrote and illustrated over 30 children’s books. Mike said some of his brother’s work has not been exhibited before.

In April Mike Locker proposed creating a pavilion on Sharptown Road in memory of his brother, and at Thursday’s meeting he gave a brief update on the project. He recently met with the Columbia Land Conservancy to create a map of the area because the park is divided into conservation and park land. He would like to develop a trail where he plans to place tree markers identifying the trees along the route.

Mr. Locker also discussed downsizing his original plan for a pavilion, which he initially said might cost as much as $30,000, saying the project could be done for less. Mr Locker did not offer a revised estimate but discussed acquiring Adirondack benches from the Boy Scouts and placing the benches around the park.

In other business Town Supervisor Ron Knott gave an update on the continuing progress at the Stuyvesant Falls Hydroelectric Plant, saying that recently 500 feet of concrete was poured around the turbines and that the plant is still expected to be functioning on schedule by October of this year.



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