Friday, December 30, 2016

First Day Hike in the Mapleton Preserve


Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands invites everyone to a First Day Hike in the Mapleton Preserve on Sunday, January 1, 2017, from noon until 2 pm. For anyone who made a resolution to walk more, this is a great opportunity to start the new year off on the right foot with an easy hike through the Mapleton Preserve.

The walk will start at the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. Dress for the weather whatever it is. The walk is free and all are welcome. For more information, call 609-683-0483 or visit the FPNL website.

Photo: Jonathan Michalik

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Debbie Reynolds

1932 – 2016

Photo: Cliff Lipson

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Carrie Fisher

1956 – 2016

Someone is staring at you in Personal Growth.

Photo: Riccardo Ghilardi

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Postcard



Saturday, December 24, 2016

'Twas the night before Christmas . . .




A Visit from St. Nicholas
by Clement Clarke Moore

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;


"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!


His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night."

Monday, December 12, 2016

FirstService Residential Dropped the Ball—Again

Early this morning without any notice or warning from management, a construction project began on my home. Six trucks, 10 or 12 workers, ladders, scaffolding and other equipment suddenly appeared. Soon there was chaos on my roof—pounding hammers, removing of nails, stomping footsteps. After searching for the foreman, I was told they are replacing the wood trim on all 24 townhouses in Parcel 1, a job that will take about a week and a half. He added that I might want to move my car to a safer location and watch out for falling lumber when I enter and exit my home.

It is difficult enough to wake up and discover your front yard has been turned into a construction zone, but it is even more inexcusable that our management company, FirstService Residential, did not notify homeowners in advance of the project. We are constantly reminded of bagel breakfasts, "holiday" celebrations, etc., but there was no notification about this major construction on our homes. Isn't management supposed to serve residents? Who is responsible for carrying out the simple courtesy of letting us know what is happening to our homes?

Saturday, December 10, 2016

It's Emily Dickinson's Birthday













I'll tell you how the Sun rose
by Emily Dickinson

I'll tell you how the Sun rose –
A Ribbon at a time –
The Steeples swam in Amethyst –
The news, like Squirrels, ran –
The Hills untied their Bonnets –
The Bobolinks – begun –
Then I said softly to myself –
"That must have been the Sun"!
But how he set – I know not –
There seemed a purple stile
That little Yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while –
Till when they reached the other side –
A Dominie in Gray –
Put gently up the evening Bars –
And led the flock away –


Emily Dickinson was born on this day in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. For more of her poems, click here.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Celebrate the Season at Princeton Abbey


To celebrate the holidays, Princeton Abbey is hosting a concert featuring Princeton Pro Musica's Chamber Chorus on Sunday, December 4, 2016, from 1 to 3 pm. All are welcome to attend at no charge, compliments of the Princeton Abbey.

"As a new business in the Princeton area, we want to give back to those who have welcomed us so warmly," explains Katherine Walden, with the Princeton Abbey & Cemetery. "We look forward to sharing the Abbey with the community at this special time of year and are honored Princeton Pro Musica is helping us celebrate the season with song."

The program will feature traditional holiday choral pieces and will also include audience participation. Light refreshments, with hot chocolate and cookies, will be provided afterwards.

The Princeton Abbey is located at 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Question of the Week


This is what it looked like outside a neighbor's house this morning. Crows were picking through the plastic bags and flew away just before I took this photo.

Are trash cans optional in Princeton Landing? FirstService Residential? Covenants Committee? Anyone?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving Day Walk at Mapleton Preserve


Join Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands for a walk in the woods on Thanksgiving morning. FPNL's annual Thanksgiving Day Nature Walk in the Mapleton Preserve takes place on Thursday, November 24, 2016, at 10 am. The program will begin at the main office for the D&R Canal State Park, 145 Mapleton Road, Kingston. Come work up a Thanksgiving appetite while searching for signs of what our local wildlife is having for dinner. Learn about turkey tail mushrooms (photo above) and enjoy the abundance and subtle beauty of late fall.

This walk is free and all are welcome, but preregistration is requested. Please call 609-683-0483 to reserve a spot. For more information, visit the FPNL website.

Photo: Karen Linder

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Leonard Cohen




 1934 – 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

An American Tragedy

"Late last night, as the results were coming in from the last states, a friend called me full of sadness, full of anxiety about conflict, about war. Why not leave the country? But despair is no answer. To combat authoritarianism, to call out lies, to struggle honorably and fiercely in the name of American ideals—that is what is left to do. That is all there is to do."

Read "An American Tragedy" by David Remnick in The New Yorker.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Vote

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Fall Back

Remember to move your clocks back one hour tonight. Daylight saving time ends at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 6.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

"Schools of Kingston" — KHS Meeting and Talk


On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 7:30 pm, the Kingston Historical Society will have its annual meeting and talk. After a very brief business meeting, there will be an illustrated presentation on the "Schools of Kingston." The program will include reminiscences of six former students of one or both of the school buildings which remain in Kingston, the Kingston Free School built in 1871, on Academy Street at Route 27, and the Laurel Avenue School built about 1923, on the corner of Laurel Avenue and Union Street. The program will be led by George Luck, Jr., at the Laurel Avenue School.

Both schools have had additions since being built, but changing times led to both schools being "decommissioned" about 1988 and 1998. Fortunately they still exist. The Laurel Avenue School was recently renovated and is now being used as the YingHua International School.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn the history of these old buildings that we drive by all the time. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit KHSNJ or call 609-223-3877.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

"She's done the work . . . "

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

We Highly Recommend . . .

Fall is here and it's time to start thinking about our heating systems. PLNews doesn't often recommend services, but there's a new one that we think is a definite winner. We've dealt with owner Eric Muench for years. Now that he's started his own business we want to recommend him to all our friends and neighbors. Call Infinity Heating & Air Conditioning at  609-712-HVAC (4822) for high quality, honest and reliable service. 



Friday, October 14, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded today to singer and songwriter Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions with the great American song traditions." What a gift to be able to take a break from political news.

We wish our brothers Peter and Joe were here for this.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Grab Back



Sunday, October 9, 2016

He's So Vain

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Update: Lily Is Still Missing

Lily, the white Lilac Point Siamese, is still missing. Lily's owner is not giving up hope and is offering a reward with no questions asked if someone may have taken this beautiful cat into their home. If anyone has any information about Lily, please contact Olga at 609-514-0377.


A neighbor in Parcel 3 is still searching for her lost cat Lily. Lily is a white Lilac Point Siamese that went missing on August 18. Lily's owner is heartbroken. Lily's litter mate Luke is depressed and does not want to eat.


Our neighbor asks everyone to check the area around their homes, including their garages and basements. If you see Lily, please call the owner right away at 609-514-0377. A reward is offered with no questions asked.

We know how much Princeton Landing residents love their pets. Please help find Lily.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

National Public Lands Day at Mapleton Preserve


Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands will host its annual National Public Lands Day work session in the Mapleton Preserve on Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 2 to 4 pm. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands invites the public to play a part and contribute to the restoration of the Mapleton Preserve, the former home of Princeton Nurseries and a significant historical site in Central New Jersey.

FPNL's focus this year is tending trees in the Arboretum, clearing brush and vines from ornamental trees, and collecting litter. Volunteers are asked to bring their own loppers, pruning shears, saws, rakes and shovels. Sturdy shoes, work gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats are also recommended.

The entrance to the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park is at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. For more information, visit the FPNL website or call 609-683-0483.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Charmian Carr

1942 – 2016


Photos: Valerie Mason/Getty Images; Bettmann Archive

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Thank You, FirstService Residential


We're happy to see that the damaged monument sign in Parcel 6 has been replaced. Thank you, FirstService Residential.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Shikantaza at Jazz Café Friday Night

Shikantaza (clockwise): Bernhard Geiger, Tanya Saunders, Doug Miller, Brandon Lewin.

The jazz trio Shikantaza will perform with Tanya Saunders at the South Brunswick Jazz Café on Friday, September 9, 2016, from 8 to 10 pm. The word shikantaza, translated literally as just sitting, refers to a form of Japanese Zen Buddhist meditation. The musical group (Doug Miller on piano, Bernhard Geiger on acoustic bass, Brandon Lewin on percussion, and featured vocalist Tanya Saunders) explores the jazz canon, making familiar works uniquely their own, as well as offering original compositions developed improvisationally. Their music draws inspiration from many genres. To read more about Shikantaza and to listen their music, click here.

The South Brunswick Jazz Café is located at the Herb Eckert Auditorium in the Senior Center, South Brunswick Municipal Complex, 540 Route 522 in Monmouth Junction. Admission is $6 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 pm. This performance is a BYOB event. There will be one intermission. For more information, call 732-329-4000, ext. 7635, or click here.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Please Help Find Lily


A neighbor in Parcel 3 is still searching for her lost cat Lily. Lily is a white Lilac Point Siamese that went missing on August 18. Lily's owner is heartbroken. Lily's litter mate Luke is depressed and does not want to eat.


Our neighbor asks everyone to check the area around their homes, including their garages and basements. If you see Lily, please call the owner right away at 609-514-0377. A reward is offered with no questions asked.

We know how much Princeton Landing residents love their pets. Please help find Lily.

Friday, July 29, 2016

FirstService Residential Dropped the Ball

UPDATE: It is now over 6 months since this damaged monument sign was reported to our management company FirstService Residential. The damage was done by our snow removal contractor BrightView (formerly Brickman) during a winter storm. BrightView had piled snow over the entire monument making it impossible for emergency vehicles to see the addresses for homes in Parcel 6. When the hidden monument was reported to management, a worker from BrightView was sent to uncover the sign. When the sign was uncovered, the damage was revealed. It was immediately reported to management. 

BrightView is responsible for any damage they cause to the property during snow removal. FirstService Residential is responsible for seeing that BrightView repairs the damage.



The house number sign on this monument was damaged by our snow removal contractor this past winter. The damage was reported to our management company, FirstService Residential, over 5 months ago. The number sign has not been replaced yet. These damaged markers are very visible on the Loop Road and contribute to a shabby image for Princeton Landing.

Why is it that snow damage can't be repaired by the July 4th weekend?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton Makes History


"When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit."

                                   — Hillary Rodham Clinton

Photo: National Archives & William J. Clinton Presidential Library
Photo by William Vasta, White House Photographer

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Just Peachy Festival at Terhune Orchards

Terhune Orchards is hosting its annual Just Peachy Festival this weekend, July 30 and 31, from 10 am to 5 pm, rain or shine. Join the Mount family at the farm to celebrate one of our state's favorite fruits—peaches.

A special event at the festival is a "Summer Harvest" farm-to-fork tasting section that features local chefs who will use locally sourced ingredients to prepare recipes for visitors to sample. Terhune Orchards is partnering with Zone 7 for this special offering. The tasting area will be open at noon and continue while supplies last. Admission to the special tasting section is $15 per person. For more details on participating vendors and their menus, click here. Event is rain or shine; in case of rain, tasting will take place in the big barn.

Kids' activities will include rides through the orchards on tractor-drawn wagons, pony rides and games. Adults can visit the winery tasting room to sample wines, including the award-winning Just Peachy wine. There will be live music both days from noon until 4 pm. 

Food will also be available for purchase at Pam's food tent, offering peach treats like peach pie, as well as other summer fare including barbecued chicken, hot dogs, salads, gazpacho, apple cider donuts and cider slushies. Pam Mount's popular canning and freezing class will be held on Saturday from 10 am till noon. The class is free. Register here.

Admission to the festival is $5; children under 3 are free. Admission fee includes wagon rides, pedal tractors, barnyard of animals, music, play tractors and children's games. (Additional activities will be available at additional cost.) The farm store and the winery and tasting room are open without an admission fee. Parking is available at the farm, located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton. Get the details about a local road detour here.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

First Annual Hog Fest at Brick Farm Market


Brick Farm Market in Hopewell will host its first annual Hog Fest on Saturday, July 23, from 11 am until 8 pm. Entertainment starts at 2 pm and includes acrobats and face painting. Ocean County Bluegrass Band will provide music. Food will be served all day. The menu includes Slow Smoked Pasture-Raised Hog in sandwiches or tacos, House-Made Hot Dogs, Chorizo Burgers with local smoked cheddar and vinegar slaw, Berkshire Burgers, Eloté (Grilled Mexican Corn) with chipotle aioli, queso fresco and cilantro, Raspados (shaved ice with house-made organic syrups), Slow Roasted Goat 'en la Caja China' roasted on premises for tacos after 4 pm, and a condiment table with house-made BBQ sauces, onions, cilantro, ketchup and relishes. As always BYOB.

Brick Farm Market is located at 65 East Broad Street in Hopewell.

Friday, July 1, 2016

FirstService Residential Dropped the Ball



The house number sign on this monument was damaged by our snow removal contractor this past winter. The damage was reported to our management company, FirstService Residential, over 5 months ago. The number sign has not been replaced yet. These damaged markers are very visible on the Loop Road and contribute to a shabby image for Princeton Landing.

Why is it that snow damage can't be repaired by the July 4th weekend?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fourth of July Jubilee at Morven


In honor of Independence Day, Morven Museum & Garden will host its annual July 4th Jubilee on Monday from noon to 3 pm. This event celebrating our American heritage is at the home-turned-museum of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.


Live bluegrass music will be provided by The Back Door Band, and refreshments will be available by Oink and Moo BBQVisitors are invited to participate in colonial life activities, sign the Declaration of Independence and meet Benjamin Franklin as he strolls the museum and grounds. There will be demonstrations of early American domestic life including ice cream making, paper making, music and more. There will also be a performance of Over Here, Molly Pitcher! by Stacy Flora Roth.


Admission to the July 4th Jubiliee is free. Guests are invited to use the Princeton Theological Seminary or Monument Hall parking lots. There is also parking on the street, however, there will not be parking at Morven since so many children will be on the grounds. Due to the outdoors activities, this event will be cancelled if there is prolonged rain. Morven is located at 55 Stockton Street in Princeton. Click here for directions.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Waiting On Shore



" . . . the dead are not far from us . . . they cling in some
strange way to what is most deep and still within us."

— W.B. Yeats

Waiting On Shore
Sculptor: Niall Bruton
Rosses Point, County Sligo, Ireland

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards

This Sunday, June 26, Terhune Orchards will host its annual Firefly Festival to celebrate the beginning of summer. Terhune Orchards will be open from 3 to 9 pm for an evening of nature, music, wagon rides and firefly hunting. Children can make their own wings, antennae and bug boxes. Miss Amy & Her Big Kids Band will perform. Circus Place, New Jersey's premier circus training facility, will showcase their Youth Circus Performance Troupe. Students will perform aerials, acrobatics and juggling. Visitors can also participate in interactive workshops and learn to juggle, spin a plate, balance feathers and walk a tight wire.

Grilled chicken, pork sandwiches, hot dogs, corn on the cob, apple cider, donuts, pie, cookies, homemade salads and more will be available at Pam's Firefly Food Tent. There will be pony rides and wagon rides through the orchards all evening. Adults can stop in Terhune Orchards' tasting room to sample their award-winning wines.

Parking is available at the farm, located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton. There is a $5 charge for the craft activities, but admission to the festival is free.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

President Obama Endorses Hillary Clinton



"I'm with her."

                                                                — President Barack Obama

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

FPNL Annual Meeting and Program


On Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 7:30 pm, Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands will hold its annual meeting and program in the Education Building at Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park, 145 Mapleton Road, Kingston. After a short business meeting, Dr. James Lendemer will present Looking at Lichens, a slide presentation on these fascinating and little known organisms. The event is free. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. For more information, please call 609-683-0483.

Almost everyone has seen a lichen (pronounced "like-in"), but few people know much about these small plantlike beings that have no roots, stems or leaves. They are a fusion of two unrelated organisms, usually a green algae and a fungus, that grow slowly and can be especially susceptible to habitat disruption. Many species are sensitive to air pollution, and lichens are used throughout the world to assess and monitor air quality. An important part of the food chain, lichens are also used by various animals as nesting materials, dyes, and medicines, and serve as a food source for reindeer and caribou.

Dr. Lendemer is a lichenologist from the New York Botanical Gardens. He currently serves as Assistant Curator of the Institute of Systemic Botany, which has the largest collection of lichens in the western hemisphere. His research on lichen biodiversity has been used to develop conservation management policy.

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the historic, horticultural and natural resources of the former Princeton Nurseries Kingston site. Their goals include promoting restoration, development and interpretation of the site for the education and enjoyment of the public. As part of this overall goal, FPNL sponsors interpretive and educational walks and talks on history, nature and horticulture-related subjects. 

Photo: James Lendemer

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Princeton Area Farmers' Markets 2016


One of the great things about this time of year is the opportunity to shop for fresh locally grown and produced goods at the farmers' markets in our area. Here are some that are taking place around Princeton Landing. (There is also a link to the farmers' markets in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.)

Thursdays 11 am to 4 pm, starting May 19
Hinds Plaza, next to the Princeton Public Library
Princeton
For more info and participating vendors, click here.

Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm, starting June 4
Village Shopper, 1340 Route 206, just north of Route 518
Skillman (across from ShopRite and Montgomery Cinemas)
For more info and participating vendors, click here (then click on the "Farmers' Market" link in the upper right).

Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm, starting May 7
Princeton Junction Train Station, southbound Vaughn Drive parking lot, off Alexander Road
Princeton Junction
For more info and participating vendors, click here.

Wednesdays–Saturdays 9 am to 6 pm, open all year
Sundays 10 am to 4 pm
960 Spruce Street
Lawrence Township
For more info and participating vendors, click here.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Kingston Greenways Annual Meeting and Talk


On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 7:30 pm, Kingston Greenways Association will have its annual meeting and talk. This year's topic, Snowy Owls of the Canadian Arctic, will be presented by Jean-François Therrien, Ph.D., a senior research biologist at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Orwigsburg, PA. Dr. Therrien has been studying snowy owls in the Arctic for more than a decade with a team of scientists from Laval Universite, Québec. He will share a slide presentation about these magnificent birds after a brief business meeting at the Kingston Firehouse, 6 Heathcote Road, Kingston. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. For more information, please call 609-683-0483.

Snowy owls are a top predator in the Arctic. Some years, some of these large owls move south, a phenomenon known as an irruption. In recent winters, snowy owls have been observed across New Jersey in fields, marshes and beaches devoid of trees, landscapes that resemble the Arctic tundra to which they are accustomed.

Formed in 1998, Kingston Greenways Association aims to establish a permanent green belt around the village of Kingston consisting of natural environments, recreational parkland, agricultural and horticultural land, wetlands, streams and ponds, and sites of historical interest. The Association further aims to preserve and create connections of green among these for walking, jogging, bicycling and horseback riding. It also hopes to promote understanding of our local region through study and education, and to provide oversight and advocacy for open space in the Kingston area. 

Photo: Jean-François Therrien with snowy owl, taken moments before releasing her with a newly attached transmitter. Photo by A. Robillard

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Walking Tour of Kingston's Churches

On Saturday, May 7, 2016, historian George Luck will lead a walking tour of Kingston's two churches—the Kingston Methodist Church and the Kingston Presbyterian Church—assisted by members of the churches. This event is sponsored jointly by the churches and the Kingston Historical Society.

The tour will start at 1 pm in the cemetery driveway opposite the Methodist Church. George Luck will  point out the graves of some of those who have played significant roles in the life of the church and community and the site of Kingston's first church. The tour will continue up Main Street two blocks to the Presbyterian Church and into the sanctuary for a brief history of the church. Tour goers will walk back to the Methodist Church for a short history in its sanctuary, after which refreshments will be served in the church hall.

The walk provides a great opportunity to go inside Kingston's two churches and learn some of their history and role in the community from their own historians. Those driving are encouraged to park in the Methodist Church parking lot on Church Street. For more information, please call 609-924-1362.

Kingston Methodist Church

Kingston Presbyterian Church

Photos: Courtesy of Kingston Historical Society