St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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Being Different


Being different doesn’t make you an outsider it makes you unique and make you stand out while looking at an unchanging world.
Ayjee Grogan

The Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla, NY

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My father would take my brother and I here when we were kids. We would hike into the wooded area to the right of the dam and walk up the steps to the top to view the huge 2.1 thousand acre reservoir.

Today (July 3rd) is the county’s annual fireworks show.  My friend and I arrived at 6:30, set up our lawn chairs, visited the foods vendors and listened to the band.




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I couldn’t resist to take a stroll around the plaza and take some photos.  It was pretty much the way I remember it, with the exception of more trees.   The pond (to the left of this photo) area in front of the dam I couldn’t gain access to because it was the site from which they shot off the fireworks and was roped off.




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In the far corner of the plaza is  “The Rising”, the 911 memorial.





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Circling the base of the memorial are the names of all the Westchester County residents who died on September 11th.



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To the left of “The Rising” is the Armed Forces memorial.

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It was a nice evening. The county put on a good show.  We had the perfect spot (away from the huge crowd) to view the show and although we were sitting in the grassy area of the plaza I didn’t get one mosquito bite. 🙂

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Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th
Happy Birthday America


The Kensico Dam was completed in 1917, is 307 feet high and 1,843 feet long and forms the Kensico Reservoir.  The 2,143 acre reservoir received its water from both the Catskill and Delaware aqueducts.  At full capacity it hold 3.1 billion gallons of water.