• Millbrook Independent No Longer Being Print Published

    Posted on May 13th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    We started this website when the Millbrook Round Table stopped publishing, thinking we would keep our neighbors up to date but soon thereafter the Millbrook Independent published a print weekly. I understand that has gone the way of the Spotted Owl and the Dodo bird.
    Here we encourage local news which occasionally finds its way into this site between old baseball stories and Peter Sellers videos.

  • Millbrook Needs A Movie Theater!

    Posted on May 13th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    A While ago I posted an article about a movie theater in Millbrook. We still need one. The below picture is of the Miller Agway which used to be a movie house. Any ideas will be encouraged and printed.miller's agway

  • Leon Russell- the Best of Old Time Rock and Roll

    Posted on May 13th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    “Queen of the Roller Derby” is a fantastic rock and roll song.

    And for those who dont remember the fine art of roller derby this is a poor video but you’ll get the idea of the rough and tumble sport.

  • Nipsy, Bad Boy

    Posted on May 13th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    Nipsy has been going out at night. I suspect he goes to a local sports bar with the other cats, has buffalo wings and drinks much too much. he came home hammered at 4AM last week and needed some private time.nipsy toilet

  • Old Baseball Game Report

    Posted on May 13th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    Below is a description of the longest baseball game ever played, 26 innings. Both pitchers went the distance and it would up in a 1-1 tie, stopped because of darkness. Unless a pitcher has a no hitter going they usually yank him after 5-7 innings. It has made the game a lot slower and duller.

    On May 1, 1920, the Boston Braves hosted the Brooklyn Robins in a National League matchup. Brooklyn was in second place in the National League boasting an 8-4 record. While Boston, on the other hand, was off to a bit of a slow start at 4-5. In front of 4000 fans at Braves Field, it was supposed to be just another good’ ol day at the ballpark. No one in their right mind, however, could have ever imagined they would be part of baseball history.
    It was the story of two titans on the mound, as the Braves’ Joe Oeschger squared-off against Brooklyn’s Leon Cadore. After Brooklyn scored in the top of the fifth to take a 1-0 lead, the Braves tied the game in the sixth on a Tony Boeckel single. With the game now tied 1-1, Rabbit Maranville stepped up to the plate and doubled off Cadore. With aggressive base-running, Boeckel tried to score from first base, but was taken out at home on a great relay play from Hood to Cadore to Krueger, denying the Braves from taking the lead. It would turn out to be a key out for the Dodgers as the game ended up as a masterful pitching duel.
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    The out at home from the Dodgers set the tone for the rest of the game, as neither team would be able to score again. Finally, after 26 innings of play, the game was called on account of darkness, ending in a 1-1 tie. The most impressive part of the game was the pitching, as both starters pitched the entire 26 innings. Leon Cadore scattered 15 hits, walked 5 and struck out 6 batters for the Dodgers. Boston’s Joe Oeschger was even better allowing only 9 hits, while walking 4 and striking-out 7 batters.
    The May 2, 1920 Boston Globe describes the tension and excitement that had taken place the previous day:
    “Twenty-six innings and the score 1 to 1, when the game was called on account of darkness.
    Baseball history was being [made] at Braves Field yesterday when comparatively few believed it would be possible to even start, let alone to play, even an ordinary game. A new world’s record in major league baseball was made, the longest previous game on record being played in Boston by the Boston and Philadelphia teams of the American League, Sept. 1 1906, but that one went only 24 innings.
    Joe Oeschger of the Braves and Leon Cadore of the Robins pitched the full 26 innings, and undoubtedly established a record which will stand as long as they live.
    It was one of the greatest games ever played, but on account of the threatening weather only about 4000 of the faithful turned out to see the game.

    It goes without saying that every one of the 4000 remained to the end. They say the most wonderful pitching stunt ever performed, and some classy playing in thrilling situations, such as one sees only once in a lifetime.”
    It was a Hall-of-Fame performance by both pitchers in what still stands today as the longest Major League Baseball game ever played.

  • Bees 2015- Only Two Colonies Left

    Posted on May 13th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    bee boxes april 2015Honeybees’ Mysterious Die-Off Appears to Worsen
    In an annual survey, thousands of beekeepers reported losing 42.1 percent of their colonies in the 12-month period that ended in April.

    A prolonged and mysterious die-off of the nation’s honeybees, a trend worrisome both to beekeepers and farmers who depend on the insects to pollinate their crops, apparently worsened last year.

    In an annual survey released on Wednesday by the Bee Informed Partnership, a consortium of universities and research laboratories, about 5,000 beekeepers reported losing 42.1 percent of their colonies in the 12-month period that ended in April. That is well above the 34.2 percent loss reported for the same period in 2013 and 2014, and it is the second-highest loss recorded since year-round surveys began in 2010.

    Most striking, however, was that honeybee deaths spiked last summer, exceeding winter deaths for the first time. Commercial beekeepers, some of whom rent their hives to farmers during pollination seasons, were hit especially hard, the survey’s authors stated.

    “We expect the colonies to die during the winter, because that’s a stressful season,” said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, an assistant entomology professor at the University of Maryland who directs the survey for the bee partnership. “What’s totally shocking to me is that the losses in summer, which should be paradise for bees, exceeded the winter losses.”

    The mystery of Colony Collapse Disorder has brought honeybees into the public eye. But the story of their plight — and its impact — is more complicated. By RetroReport on Publish Date September 28, 2014.
    Bees are not in danger of extinction, but their health is of major concern to agriculture, where honeybees’ pollination services are estimated to be worth $10 billion to $15 billion a year.

    Nobody knows with certainty why honeybee deaths are rising. Beekeepers once expected to lose perhaps 10 percent of their bees in an average year. But deaths began to spike in the middle of the past decade, when a phenomenon in which bees deserted their hives and died en masse — later named colony collapse disorder — began sweeping hives worldwide.

    Those mass die-offs have abated somewhat in recent years, experts say, but colonies remain in poor health and overall death rates remain much higher than in the past.

    Dr. vanEngelsdorp said increasingly poor nutrition could be a factor in the rising summer death rate. Rising crop prices have led farmers to plow and plant millions of acres of land that once was home to wildflowers; since 2007, an Agriculture Department program that pays farmers to put sensitive and erosion-prone lands in a conservation reserve has lost an area roughly equal to half of Indiana, and budget cuts promise to shrink the program further. Dr. vanEngelsdrop and other scientists cite two other factors at work in the rising death rate: a deadly parasite, the varroa mite, and pesticides.

    In recent years, some experts have focused on neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides used almost universally on some major crops in the United States. The European Commission has banned the use of three variants of the pesticide on flowering plants, citing risks to bees, and questioned whether they should be used at all.

    The Environmental Protection Agency said last month that it was unlikely to approve any new uses of the pesticides until more tests on the risks to bees and other pollinators have been completed.

    Neonicotinoid manufacturers say that the pesticides are much safer than others they have supplanted, and that in any case, they are safe when used according to instructions.

    In a news release, an entomologist at one of the major neonicotinoid manufacturers, Bayer CropScience LP, called the survey results good news because wintertime bee deaths appeared to have stabilized at a lower rate than in the past. The entomologist, Richard Rogers of the company’s Bee Care Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, said that scientists had yet to establish a normal range for summer bee deaths.

    The annual survey released on Wednesday did not directly address the causes of honeybee deaths. But it said varroa mites were a much bigger problem among so-called backyard beekeepers, who keep fewer than 50 hives, than among commercial beekeepers, who are probably on higher alert for deadly infestations.

    The survey’s authors called the spike in summer honeybee deaths troubling, noting that in the past more bees have died during the winter months than in good weather.

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  • Road Trip

    Posted on April 30th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    I went up to the Finger Lakes to pick up some bee nucs this past week. It was an amazing adventure which needs some background. One of my best friends is a successful and talented businessman. He was however a blacksmith on a commune when he was young. Fast forward, when I told him I was going up to Canandaigua, NY he asked where and I said Middlesex NY. He said that’s where he was a blacksmith and I had to stay over there for the night (bee pick up time was 4:30AM). The place is called East Valley Farm but also the Rochester Folk Art Guild. Paul who has lived there since 1972 met me, showed me around and found me a nice room to sleep in. He fed me and treated me like an old friend and I took some pictures. I may just pack up and move up there for a few years, although I’m not sure what I could do besides meditate.
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  • Vitamin Supplements and Dr OZ

    Posted on April 26th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    I sent the below letter to the editor of the New York Times. I don’t know whether they will publish it but here it is.

    Frank Bruni’s article about Dr. Oz reminded me of another chapter in Columbia University Medical School history. In the late 1960s Columbia announced that they had received a patent for a cigarette filter which would cut down on the incidence of lung cancer. it was called the Strickman filter and if successful it would have provided Columbia with an enormous financial windfall.
    Needless to say tests showed that the only thing it succeeded in doing was making it almost impossible to inhale smoke through the filter. Columbia was embarrassed and damaged by the fiasco, as they should be by Dr. Oz’s non professional and self promoting behavior.

    Dr. Oz is a phony and even though he is an apparently respected heart surgeon at Columbia University Medical Center, he wont be opening me up and tinkering with my ticker.

    I have a friend who is a famous and very talented doctor who says there is no scientific evidence that supports the use of supplements. He also says that GNC doesnt sell one product that will help your health in any way.

    Ok let’s hear from those who disagree. Climate change deny-ers go for it.

  • Flurries and Flowers

    Posted on April 26th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    This past Friday April 24th we had snow flurries. Friday night we had a frost. When I went up to the kennel to let the dogs out there was ice on their water bucket. This is the latest I can ever remember snow and frost but my neighbor sent the below picture this afternoon. It is a yellow flower that looks like a dandelion but I can’t tell for sure but Spring is finally on the way. No sign of flowers on any of the fruit trees and the bees arent moving around much yet.yellow flower

  • We’ll Meet Again

    Posted on April 26th, 2015 The Millbrook Times No comments

    Vera Lynn was a famous singer during the Second World War. Her most famous song was We’ll Meet Again. She is 98 and still singing.

    I found another version,from a reader who is from Kentucky and has a great voice and is a well known mandolin player, at least well known around Louisville. She said the Johnny Cash version was recorded when his wife June Carter Cash was on her deathbed. It isn’t typical of Johnny Cash but a beautiful rendition of this old song. Listen for the great guitar accompianist in the background.