Saturday, January 21, 2017

FW: Faith McCutcheon (Part 2)

Part 2 (continued from Part 1)


Faith uncovering Priest Rose's headstone:


Faith and Ben at Ben's 82nd birthday party in 2007:


Faith at our recently found David Hawkins Cemetery 1994:





Faith with son David at the Memorial Day parade in 2008:


Faith and Gloria Brown at the Azel Hawkins Cemetery in 2010:


Faith and Ron at the Rose Cemetery 2008:


Faith with Catherine Kellogg circa 2000:


Faith and Ben looking for the foundation of Priest Hawkins house:


Faith dumping some of the 3,000 oyster spats we raised in 2004:


Faith with Charlie Brown 2004:


Faith and her sister Phebe in 2009:


At the Old South Haven Church yard sale:


Thank you Faith! 










Faith McCutcheon (Part 1)



From: HamletReporter []
Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2017 5:33 PM
To: Hamlet Reporter Blogger (
Subject: Faith McCutcheon


From: Martin Van Lith []
Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:25 AM


Dear All,


Unfortunately, I have sad news to report. Faith McCutcheon passed away on Wednesday. She was 94. Her daughter Katie said that the family does not plan to have a wake or memorial service. However, there may be something from a community organization sometime in the future.


A little of my background knowing Faith. I had known Faith's husband David from Brookhaven Lab but didn't really know Faith until one day in 1988 when we met doing roadside and Marsh cleanup at the end of Beaver Dam Road. Shortly afterward, we both joined the BVA and began a friendship that lasted until her death on Wednesday. She loved to share her history and the history of our beautiful hamlet. We spent 20+ years together doing this. 


Faith's maiden name was Champlin, her father's family were dairy farmers in Bellport:  


Her mother was Phyllis Fraser, Malcolm and Katherine Church Fraser's daughter.


Her childhood friend, growing up in Brookhaven, was Tom and Elisabeth Post-Morrow's daughter, Betsy.


Faith and I served together as board members of the BVA for 9 years, 1989 - 1997. Among the many things Faith did for me was to introduce me to raising chickens. We also worked together supporting the Wertheim Refuge, and she got me interested in Brookhaven hamlet's history, showed me where the cemeteries were, and, right up until her 80s, helped maintain them. She also introduced me to all of her friends and family. 


Here are some pictures of Faith through her 94 years of life in Brookhaven hamlet:


[In following photo, Faith McCutchen was Faith Champlin at the time.  Year was 1938, not 1936]

Faith, Phebe and Geoffrey McCutcheon 1935:



Faith's childhood home:


Oil painting of Faith by her grandfather Malcolm Fraser:



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Beaver Dam Creek Trail Opens

The Post Morrow Foundation has completed Phase 1 of their new Boardwalk over the Marshland and along Beaver Dam Creek (aka Fire Place Creek).  Access is via the Woodland Trial with the trailhead located off the parking lot at the Post Morrow headquarters, Bay Road, Brookhaven, NY


Sunday, September 4, 2016

FW: Post-Morrow Autumn Bash

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Subject: Post-Morrow Autumn Bash


Post-Morrow Autumn Bash

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Post-Morrow Foundation Autumn Bash

Saturday, September 17th 2016
3pm - 6pm
RSVP required

MISSION: Proceeds will support the mission of the Foundation to protect the
environment of the Brookhaven Hamlet area and to preserve its cultural
heritage. We are especially interested in expanding our trail system along
Beaver Dam Creek.

THE AUTUMN BASH WILL FEATURE: Signature cocktails,
delectable appetizers, live music by the Black Tie Affair, silent
auctions, and live auctions.

Event parking at the Brookhaven Elementary School at
101 Fireplace Neck Road with shuttle service to the Foundation at 16 Bay
Road (1/4 mile).

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

RE: Newsday article- Carmans River making a comeback

From: Richard Thomas
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2016 11:20 PM
Subject: RE: Newsday article- Carmans River making a comeback


Carmans River woos back herring, other fish, Brookhaven says

Walter Czekaj, a recreational fisherman from Islip who said he plies the waters of the Carmans several times a week, said he has noticed more fish in the river, as well as otters and osprey that feed on fish.

The otter had become extinct on Long Island, according to a report published in 1842.

However, otters had begun to be reappear on the island near the end of the nineteenth century, with single specimens being killed at Yaphank, Calverton, Brookhaven, and Patchogue in the period between 1875 and 1901.

Arthur H. Helme wrote an article entitled "Notes on the Mammals of Long Island, New York," for the Abstract of the Proceedings of the Linnaean Society of New York for the Year Ending March 11, 1902, p. 19.  (This particular article was revised July 15, 1902.)

Mr. Helme wrote:

                Lutra Canadensis (Schreber). NORTHEASTERN OTTER.

. . . There is in the collection of the Long Island Historical Society a fine mounted specimen, presented by the late William J. Weeks of Yaphank.  It was killed by George Albin . . . There was a specimen taken near Yaphank, somewhere about the year 1875, and possibly this may be the specimen now owned by the society.
                Mr. A. B. Gerard of Brook Haven, Long Island, kindly writes me, "The last Otter killed in this section was in Carmans River by Edward Bartran [sic, it should be Edward Barteau] station agent at Brook Haven in 1898.  The one before that by George Albin of Bayshore and sold to Wm. J. Weeks of Yaphank and presented by Mr. Weeks to the Long Island Historical Society."

It's no wonder the otter had a difficult time re-establishing itself on Long Island if, on seeing one, the first impulse was to kill it and present it to the historical society.

Mr. A. B. Gerard was Captain Abither Bell Gerard.  He ran a ferry, a large sloop called the Fanny Fern, that went between Squassux Landing and the Smith Point Hotel.  Alfred Nelson says ". . . Captain Gerard was rather natty.  He had a blue coat with brass buttons and a captain's hat . . ."  He married four times.

                      Captain Abither Bell Gerard

Between 1875 and 1969, eight otters were trapped or shot on Long Island, and according to Peconic Baykeeper, there were only a handful of sightings between 1920 and 1957.  They were on the Peconic River, Shelter Island, and at Lake Montauk.  It was believed that these were single individuals that had somehow made it over to Long Island from Connecticut.

By 2008 however, otters were again breeding on Long Island and were sometimes spotted in rivers and ponds along the north shore from Oyster Bay to Greenport and also in East Hampton.



Sunday, March 27, 2016

Carmans River woos back herring, other fish, Brookhaven says

Carmans River woos back herring, other fish, Brookhaven says

The Carmans River is experiencing an environmental comeback. A scene in Shirley, March 22, 2016. Photo Credit: Ed Betz

Recent sightings of herring and other fish in the Carmans River — the 10-mile-long estuary that runs from Middle Island to Great South Bay — are a sign that efforts to revive the imperiled waterway are paying off, officials say.

Schools of blueback herring and alewives have been spotted swimming upstream to spawn, thanks to improved fish passages built in recent years and the removal of dams that had blocked fish from moving north from the bay, officials said.

The payoff for Brookhaven Town officials came earlier this month when Anthony Graves, the town's chief environmental analyst, reported seeing large numbers of herring in the river near Montauk Highway in Brookhaven hamlet.

"We've done a lot of damage over the years to the river," Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said recently. "But left to its own devices, nature can heal itself."

Efforts to protect and rehabilitate the Carmans began in recent years after centuries of neglect.

Dams built along parts of the river almost 300 years ago to power grist mills had the unintended effect of disrupting spawning routes for native fish. The river also was lined with duck farms, campsites and houses that filled the river with untreated sewage runoff, causing high levels of nitrogen that cut off oxygen for wildlife.

Brookhaven has passed tougher zoning restrictions to reduce development along the river, and town officials plan to require improved sewage treatment systems at new homes.

The state Department of Transportation in 2008 installed a fish passage to replace a dam in the Sunrise Highway roadbed at Hards Lake in Southaven County Park in Brookhaven hamlet. Graves said herring have been seen since then as far north as the Long Island Expressway.

Town officials have announced plans to remove more dams. And federal authorities plan to build fish passages on Yaphank Creek, a tributary of the Carmans, later this year.

Walter Czekaj, a recreational fisherman from Islip who said he plies the waters of the Carmans several times a week, said he has noticed more fish in the river, as well as otters and osprey that feed on fish.

"There's more and more of them every year," Czekaj said one day recently as he prepared to spend a few hours fishing the river. "Now the fish can go and spawn there upstream without the dam there. . . . It helps everybody."

The state Department of Environmental Conservation stocks the river with rainbow and brown trout, supplementing the river's supply of native brook trout.

Larger numbers of fish are among the factors that have brought back birds such as osprey and bald eagles that all but disappeared from Long Island because of environmental degradation 50 years ago, officials said.

Federal officials plan to restore 283 acres of tidal marshes at the mouth of the Carmans in Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, a former estate in Shirley.

Ditches were dug in the 1940s in an unsuccessful attempt to stem flooding, refuge manager Michelle Potter said, adding that such systems only managed to serve as breeding grounds for insects.

"It shouldn't have been a mosquito factory," she said.

The Carmans River comes back

Running for 10 miles through the town of Brookhaven, the Carmans had long been degraded environmentally. But through a number of key efforts such as improved fish passages and removal of old dams, fish such as herring are returning in great numbers.

Named for a 19th century resident named Samuel Carman, the river is fresh water for most of its length before it enters the tidal waters of the Great South Bay. It passes through Southaven County Park and is bordered by the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge.