The One-Legged Sandpiper

"Knee deep and just a little behind"

Monday, April 12, 1999
Sunday, April 18, 1999

Number Twenty-Two

Calidris alba?

on line.


Sales Office almost ready for business.

Take a walk on the boardwalk.
Ocean Beach Page now as a Lavallette "Boardwalk Walk" on line.

Eastside Marketplace Web Site goes public with two online forms, a humble beginning.

Another back issue on line.
02-25-99 - Special Report: The Big Snow Storm.

A history of Ocean County, part two, in this issue.

HTML lesson three in this issue.
Learn How To Create your own website.

Pipers online.

Piper On Ice
Special Report - The Big Snow Storm
Weekend Warrior Piper
In like a lion
Is it winter yet?
R.I.P. Millennium Falcon, 1986-1999
N.J. or bust, whatever that means
20 Issues and counting
Knee deep and WAY behind
Calidris alba?

This issue: A History Of The Ocean County Seashore, part two.

The best surf boat picture ever, now in the Beach Web Page.

Here's The Church. Part two in this issue.

Here's The Steeple part three, local competition.

Coming Soon.

Travel and Geography section.
Rent-A-Dreds And Living Large In Barbados.
Hopefully a report from the Orkney Islands in Scotland.

Piper going to multi-page format, Soon. (Smaller pages load faster).


Danger Kitchen Index and Archives, an online cook book.


News Sunday April 5, 1999 through Sunday April 18, 1999
Green Side Up Gardening News.
Local News and Events
Links to interesting sites.
Eastside Marketplace, Providence, RI.
Ocean Beach New Jersey.
HTML lessons. Learn how gently and thoroughly.
Here's The Church A pictorial and historical look at my home.
Here's The Steeple A look at attics and bell towers and such.
Danger Kitchen Food, cooking and eating.
Piper News News and developments related to the Piper.
Credits, sponsors and contributors.
Download Icons.


More fire wood inside, cold and windy, but sunny.
Cold and windy, 30s at night.
Frost in the morning, cold and windy all day.
Warmer and sunny all day, cloudy with rain predicted tonight.
Gray and looking like rain in the morning. Thirties tonight, fifties during the day.
Started great, ended lousy. Rain.
Started great, same as Saturday, storm clouds blew in from the west, then clear again.

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News Sunday, April 12, 1999 Through Saturday, April 18, 1999

I've received the following via Email from three different sources. Let's give it a shot.


It's time we did something about the price of gasoline in America! We are all sick and tired of high prices when there are literally millions of gallons in storage. Know what I found out? If there was just ONE day when no one purchased any gasoline, prices would drop drastically. The so-called oil cartel has decided to slow production by some 2 million barrels per day to drive up the price. I have decided to see how many Americans we can get to NOT BUY ANY GASOLINE on one particular day! Let's have a GAS OUT! Do not buy any gasoline on APRIL 30, 1999!!!!! Buy on Thursday before, or Saturday after. Do not buy any gasoline on FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 1999. Wanna help? Send this message to everyone you know. Ask them to do the same. All we need is a few million to participate in order to make a difference. We CAN make a difference.

Feel like staying on top of social and political issues in a casual way?
Try the following link:

Just in case the Forsythia blooming tricks you into thinking its spring, look at the frost still on the Corvette at 9:00 in the morning.


Yet another load of fire wood.

Fire Wood

The ceiling of the entry hall. Part of the new color scheme is visible.

Entry Hall

Another view of the entry hall showing the hatch opening and bell rope.

Entry Hall

The ladder to the attic receiving some paint.


The cargo hatch with its temporary plywood cover. Without the cover, all the heat in the shop would rush up and out of the bell tower.

Cargo Hatch

The new hatch covers for the cargo hatch. These must be strong enough to serve as a floor in the Projection Room.

Hatch Cover Framing

The hatch covers painted and ready for fitting.

Hatch Covers Painted

A view showing the new color scheme. These colors were chosen to capture the feel of a turn of the century Adirondack Mountain Lodge or cabin. Also to use up some of the hundreds of cans of paint stored on the mezzanine.

Color Scheme

The original church bulletin board, left in place and repainted.

Bulletin Board

The hatch covers in place. A snug fit after some minor trimming.

Hatch Covers

The floor looks a little rough after 130 years of abuse. Probably most of it since I've been here. Underneath is beautiful clear straight grained oak. Just when you think you have most of the tools you need, you don't have a floor sander.


The painting is complete.

Painting Complete

The bell rope back in place. Thirteen turns on that noose. I'm not worried, if anyone tried to hang themselves with it, the bell would be heard for miles around. Kind of a built-in hangin' alarm. It's an OSHA thing.

Entry Hall

The cargo hatch covered and trimmed and painted. Done.

Hatch Done

Doesn't this look like a great spot to sell furniture?

Sales Office

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Green Side Up

Note: The forsythia are blooming. This means it's time to start looking for fiddleheads along the Connecticut river. What is a fiddlehead you ask? It's the "just up" sprouts of a type of fern that likes wet shady areas. They're best when about three or four inches long, and picked by snapping off the stem at ground level. They uncurl as they grow, and look like the curled upper end of a violin or fiddle, hence the name. It takes a little practice to find the right ferns. The wrong ones taste just like you'd expect a fern to taste. Not good. They're cooked like a vegetable and have color, texture and taste like a cross between green beans and asparagus. They should be in supermarkets in a few weeks. Like Shad roe, they're only around for a short time in the spring so keep alert.

From: Barbara J. Hunting
Date: Tuesday, April 13, 1999 6:41 PM
Subject: lilacs

Dear G.S.U.:

For those of us that are transplanted Northerners living in the lovely South, any pictures of Lilacs would be most welcome - they are missed terribly here.
Unfortunately (ok, not unfortunately), we don't get cold enough for them to survive down here.
So, if and when the lilacs grace you with their presence (and unbelievable fragrance), a photo would be nice.....
Many thanks for listening, and I'll keep reading and watching the 'Piper!

As soon as they bloom. With the good camera as well, in a zip file download to use as wallpaper for your windows desk top.

Hostas for planting near the tractor shed, the first landscaping in a while.

The Hostages have been released. They will be filling in gaps between the evergreens along the fence between the tractor shed and "fire pit" wood shed.

Time to start working again on the Ugyl Area again. This is where all of the ugly stuff is stored (piled), soon to be concealed behind a fence and gates.

Daffodils are up. Compare this picture with the one in the Eastside Marketplace section.

Finally some action from the sugar snap peas. Not consistent results germination wise.

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Even the Saturday morning trip to the town dump can turn up some beautiful scenery. This house has one of my favorite yards in this area. Views looking east over a marsh, with woods behind. The view east extends to the Rhode Island border. The back yard has an in ground pool that over looks the scene.

Just down the road, towards yet another old mill and pond, is this property. A view of a great pond, with a dock, and a view of the Quinnebaug River valley with the western hills in the distance. Must be great sunsets here.

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This week's offering is a mixed bag of Miscellaneous links. (You have to Check out the castle link)

A Great Castle Web Site

Food and Booze and stuff

Some dumb laws (rumored to be true)

Windows Utilities

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Check out the Eastside Marketplace Web Site for the Customer Card and Comment forms.

This is an image captured with the new Kodak DC-265 Digital Camera.

Click on the picture to see an enlargement with detail, detail, detail. The enlargement has been reduced to 50% of the original so much detail was lost even in this shot.

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A History Of The Ocean County Seashore
Part Two

In 1745 Rueben Tucker bought the island south of Long Beach. In 1765 he opened his home for the "health ad entertainment of pleasure seekers." Here was Ocean County's first resort.

In 1822 Fulsam's Advertising Agency in Philadelphia published this ad, "Sea Bathing -- Mt. Holly and Manahawkin Stage to James Cranmer and Stephen Inman's Boarding House on Long Beach."

There was a stage coach operating between Philadelphia and Tuckerton by 1816 (one round trip a week - 2 days to travel each way). Then by boat from Tuckerton to Tuckers Island On Long Beach Island cost 25 cents.

Wagons had preceded stage coaches, sometimes called Egg harbor Wagons or Jersey Wagons.

By 1822 Surf City had a large hotel called "The Mansion OF Health" By 1848 Harvey Cedars had a boarding house with a dance hall, and three locally celebrated fiddlers.

In the early 1800s Prince Muriat, one of Joseph Bonaparte's retinue, came to Manahawkin seeking a way across the bay to see his friend Bonaparte, who was on Long Beach Island. A famous citizen named Uncle Eli volunteered to row him across. A bad storm came up and the boat began to founder. Uncle Eli commanded the Prince to bail, but he would not.

Things got worse. Uncle Eli said, "If you don't bail, we'll sink," but it was beneath the Prince's dignity. He answered, "We'll sink then and I'll swim ashore." They made it.

Sheep, goats, and cattle were grazed on the barrier islands, the 18th and 19th centuries.

An 1880 pamphlet entitled, "Life at the Seashore" gave specific advice.
"a broad brimmed hat for the ladies is indispensable. Simple medicines should also be taken to the seashore, especially for diarrhea and constipation. When people are going to stay in an elevated story of a hotel, a half inch rope as a fire escape may be a prudent provision. Carry a small cord to be used when bathing and thrown out for relief in peril."

An 1885 book "summer Days In New Jersey" gave "Rules for Bathing" - - "If your teeth are of a kind that did not grow in your mouth beware lest a wave knock them out."

Before going into the surf "run briskly up and down the beach for 10 minutes." If the ladies wore "any lacings around the chest," they were advised to "throw them off and let the lungs have a hearty chance for all the air they can take."

After warming up - -

"Bounce through the surf with a hop, skip and jump, hold your fingers to your ears and your thumbs to your nostrils and put your head under water. Now dance, leap, tumble, swim, kick, float or make any other motion that seems good to you."

And that's how the Tourist was invented.

And that's it for part two.

Look for part Three in the next issue.

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Sunset 1

Another "Golden Pond" sunset, Tuesday, April 13, 1999.

Eight more people needed, about $1500.00 down each, and about $80.00 per month.

Sunset 2

Sunset 3

The sunsets keep getting better and better.

This can be 45 minutes of pure bliss every day.

Sunset 4

Sunset 5


And better.

Sunset 6

Sunset 7

No comment needed.

$1500.00 down, $80.00 or so per month, with rental income potential to offset expenses. 8 more people needed.

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HTML - Lesson 3
We're going to learn HTML the right way.

A short, easy, but important lesson this week. You're ready for easy pages the hard way after this

Click here to begin lesson three.

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Here's The Church

The following is the second part of "The United Attawaugan Methodist Church 1870-1970 100th Anniversary", a history of the church produced by the members for the centennial anniversary. You'll read it here exactly as it was written then.

Early Days Of First Church At Attawaugan

Described by Horatio Brown of Putnam

Established in 1870 with Rev. Nelson Goodrich as the minister

Rally Day Service

At a rally day service held at the Attawaugan Methodist Episcopal Church Sunday, a most interesting account was given of the early days of the history of both Sunday School and church. The narrator was Horatio A. Brown of Putnam, the organizer of the first Sunday School in Attawaugan and who had much to do with the starting of the church building. Mr. Brown came to that village in 1867 as a clerk in the company's store. Although he has attained three score and ten, he is still vigorous, and held the close attention of his audience as phrases humorous or pathetic he portrayed his early struggles in founding the Sunday School which later led to the erection of the church through the generosity of Messrs. Norton and Blackstone, and the friendly interest they took in the plan from it's inception.

The village of Attawaugan is situated in the northern part of the town of Killingly on the Five Mile River. Here sometime over half a century ago was erected a cotton mill, which has kept up it's hum of spindles with practically unvarying uniformity ever since. * Among the early proprietors of the thriving mills of this and the neighboring villages of Ballouville and Pineville** were Henry B. Norton and Lorenzo Blackstone of Norwich where the central business offices of the Attawaugan Co. have always been located.

Mr. Brown told of coming to Attawaugan from Providence about the time he had reached his majority, and how he suffered from extreme attacks of nostalgia. He was especially subject to these fits of homesickness Sundays, as he found no church to attend, no Sunday school to go to. So he would go out and sit on a boulder near the mill dam and cast pebbles into the water and watch the ever widening circles they caused upon the stream. Though he did not know it, the pebbles were emblematic of the words of truth he was about to cast in the stream of human influences that should make for the lasting benefit of the village.

Mr. Brown was boarding with a Smith family on Attawaugan Avenue in the house at present occupied by Thomas Hughes. It was here, by the way, that he later found one whom he styled "the best girl in all the world". Before this occurrence, however, he had begun in a very small way to establish a Sunday School. One Sunday a little girl came to his home, and he told her a bible story. The next Sunday she brought another child. The number increased and finally he asked permission of the school committee to open the school house for the increasing number of children who came from Sunday to Sunday. This being granted, the building was used for quite a period.
Circumstance arose which compelled the withdrawl of this privelege and the young man was at his wits end to know what to do. That week however there came into the store the proprietor of the gristmill near the bridge below the mill, and said to the clerk, Mr. Brown, I hear you can't have the school house any more. That so? Yes. What are you going to do? I don't know. Well I've been thinking it over, and I'll clean out one end of my mill and you can come in there. Mr. Brown thanked the miller whose name was Augustine Basset, being most pleasantly surprised at this offer, as he had known that Mr. Basset was especially interested in the Sunday school.

Next issue: The mill gets crowded and Horatio Brown travels to Norwich

* The mill was shut down after a strike in the thirties.
** See pictures of the Ballouville Mill, and Pineville, in Piper Number 21.

Look for part three in the next issue

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Here's The Steeple

This will eventually be a pictorial study of steeples, bell towers, and other architectural curiosities.

St. Joseph's

This is Saint Joseph's Church on Route 101 in Dayville CT. Another small church with a steeple slightly taller then the one here.

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Danger Kitchen
This recipe was created Friday night to use up some ingredients laying around. The Sheep Cheese and Ostrich Ravioli were samples from hopeful vendors. It sounds like a recipe from Gourmet Magazine or a Special-Of-The-Day recited by a waiter in some fancy "Fern Bar". It turned out to be a great sauce.

Red Onion, White Wine And Cheese Sauce
(Fern Bar Sauce)


> 1/2 cup olive oil (Oh Popeye)
> 2 large red onions, chopped
> Small bunch Parsley, stems twisted off, and chopped. (Chop the leaves, can the stems)
> Fresh ground black pepper
> 1 1/2 cups white wine
> 3/4 cup half&half
> 4 oz Fiore Sardo Aged Sheep Milk Cheese crumbled *


> Heat oil in a pan with a cover.
> Put 3/4 of the red onion in the oil fry until soft but not brown, stir every so often.
> Add the Parsley and stir, cook two minutes.
> Pour in white wine and stir, cover and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
> Add remaining onion and stir.
> Add cheese and stir thoroughly, cover reduce heat and warm gently for 5 minutes.
> Pour in half&half and stir.
> Season with fresh ground black pepper.
> Sprinkle with 1/4 inch layer of geated cheese.
> Serve over warm pasta. Top with fresh grated parmesean.

This should be excellent over Salmon, Chicken or baked potatoes. We're trying it with sea scallops Saturday night.

Optional > Add bacon, fried crisp and chopped, to the sauce after the wine.

* Can't find aged Fiore Sardo sheep cheese? Try Blue, Stilton, Roquefort or other crumbly strong flavored cheese.

All recipes original unless otherwise noted.

Spirits, Evil and Other

The onset of warmer weather means that the end of Scotch weather is upon us. A sip or two during cold wet spells in the spring can be nice while sitting by the fire. For those who think that scotch is nothing more then a nasty tasting hard liquor, a visit to the following site might change your mind, or at least cast a different light on this interesting drink.

Note the Orkney Islands reference in this site. More on these islands in future issues.

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Piper News

What is a Sandpiper?

Sandpiper, common name applied to a family of about 80 species of shorebirds, and to several of the individual species. Sandpipers are mainly native to the cold regions of the northern hemisphere; they migrate to more temperate regions in the fall. Most inhabit seashores, although some species are found on marshes and wet woodlands and on inland ponds, lakes, and rivers.

Several groups of sandpipers are discussed in entries in this encyclopedia under their own common names (see CURLEW; DOWITCHER; SNIPE; WOODCOCK). Other groups or individual species that have their own common names include the knots, dunlin, ruff, sanderling, willet, godwits, tattlers, phalaropes, and turnstones. Members of the sandpiper family are characterized by long bills that are sometimes soft at the tip and by long legs, short tails, and long, flat, pointed wings, except in woodcocks, which have rounded wings. Among the birds usually called sandpipers are the smallest of the family, ranging from 13 to 29 cm (5 to 11.5 in). Many of these are called stints in England and peeps by American bird-watchers.

Bright colors are absent in the sandpiper family; all wear various combinations of gray, brown, buff, rufous, black, and white-often in intricate patterns. In some species, such as the willet of North America and the common redshank of Eurasia, a flashy white wing pattern is revealed only when the birds take flight. The ruddy turnstone, a circumpolar species, has a particularly striking pattern of rufous, black, and white. Many species have elaborate courtship displays, some aerial and others in which the male struts and dances before the female. In some the song of the male is as attractive as that of many songbirds, but it is given only on the nesting grounds, which for most of these is the far northern tundra. Most sandpipers nest in shallow depressions on the ground, but the solitary sandpiper of North America and the similar green sandpiper of Eurasia use old nests of other birds in trees.

The sandpipers most frequently seen away from shorelines are the spotted sandpiper of North America, whose white underparts bear black spots only in spring and summer, and the common sandpiper of Eurasia, which looks much like the former species in its unspotted plumage. The spotted sandpiper is about 19 cm (about 7.5 in) long; the longer tail of the common sandpiper adds about another centimeter. Both species are often seen near small ponds and streams, teetering up and down whether walking or standing. On sandy beaches the most common sandpiper is the sanderling, which is whitish gray in fall and winter and reddish brown above in spring; this is the little bird so often seen in flocks along the water's edge. It is the only sandpiper that lacks a hind toe. Smallest of the family at as little as 13 cm (5 in) long is the least sandpiper, a widely distributed American species, found both on seashores and inland. The abundant semipalmated sandpiper is slightly larger and owes its name to the partial webs between the toes, lacking in most sandpipers. Both of these species often occur in mixed flocks with other sandpipers on migration.

Scientific classification: Sandpipers make up the family Scolopacidae in the order Charadriiformes. The birds called stints in England and peeps in the United States belong to the genus Calidris. The willet is classified as Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, the common redshank as Tringa totanus, the ruddy turnstone as Arenaria interpres, the solitary sandpiper as Tringa solitaria, and the green sandpiper as Tringa ochropus. The spotted sandpiper is classified as Actitis macularia, the common sandpiper as Actitis hypoleucos, the sanderling as Calidris alba, the least sandpiper as Calidris minutilla, and the semipalmated sandpiper as Caladris pusilla.

"Sandpiper," Microsoft (R) Encarta. Copyright (c) 1994 Microsoft Corporation. Copyright (c) 1994 Funk & Wagnall's Corporation.

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Contributors: Howard Collins, Bonnie Browne, Barbara Hunting, Todd Johnson

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