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April 23, 2007

AMtY happenings.......

Greetings all Patriots and Friends of America's March to Yorktown..

Ahh, the Spring has finally Sprung here in Connecticut. You can almost watch the Srping floweres leaping out the ground, growing by inches a day, noticeably. The sky is clear after the horrendous Nor'easter what hung around for days and days, the temps are warm and the birds are truly a'singing and a'courtin'.......

Just a few notes to keep you all in the loop. In the past week we were featured on a local radio morning program, WILI, 1400 AM on Wednesday morning. Wayne Norman, always a gracious host and a bit of a history buff, as well, put us at ease (myself, along with Irv Stanley and Ed Shapiro of the Andover, Ct., Historical Society) and kept up the banter for a full two hours.....

Then on Friday evening, I was asked to give a brief chat concerning the 'March', at the Columbia, Ct., Historical Society, with a meal included and a very interested audience......

All of this leads up to this past Sunday, when, with the kind help of the good folks at the Andover Historical Society, a number of us were encouraged to discuss the march, at length. David Holloway, Rose Morin and Mike Fitzgerald were on hand, as was I, to give presentations and answer questions from the interested audience. Serge Gabriel, of the CT. W3R was also on hand and gave a presentation of the French help during the AWI. The program lasted a couple of hours and was well attended, considering it was the first truly gorgeous day of Spring, perhaps some 40 people in attendence.

I noticed folks in the audience from Windham, Columbia, Bolton, East Hartford, Ct. Historical Societies..... all these folks had given of their time to help us along the road. If it weren't for the CT. Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Connecticut Historical Societies, t'would have been a much harder road. They were giving us help long before we finally caught the eye of other Organizations.... In fact, it was the local Historical Societies (CT., NY) that kept us going on the road........ Many thanks to you all.....

The program went very well, I suspect we will be able to tweak our presentations in the coming months as the offers to speak keep coming....

EXCITING NEWS.........
David Holloway called today to say that he, and Mike, were going to go to Washington, DC, to chat with a Senate Committee concerning the W3R. I understand that Kim Burdick will also be involved. Ursala Reed, our old friend from the Philadephia area,is also involved, I believe. Spread the word folks, and try to get there to see the Boys try to put the W3R on the NPS Map. David did not know what building, or Room they were going to, so if any of you can help with that let us know. I am sure they will know by the time they get there, but perhaps the info would be useful for those of you that want to be there and join them...... the hearing is on Thursday, at 2:00 PM.....(more to follow, perhaps)

MORE EXCITING NEWS.....
I understand that the good folks of W3R Rhode Island, Roseanna Gorham and company, will be hosting 'AMtY', on Friday, May 4th, for a ceremony to complete the return of the infamous ' W3R Baton', back to Providence. Most of you should know about the 'Baton', if not, ask Ursala (grins)... the time and place have yet to be settled but we will let you know as soon as we find out. I expect that David, Rose, Mike and Richard will be in attendence there....

I also believe that some of us will be attending a W3R here in Connecticut on May 12th, more on that in the near future.......

TIS A LONG AND WINDING ROAD........

I Remain,
At Your Service,
Richard Swartwout
Chair, AMtY

April 11, 2007

Philadelphia Press conference......

Greetings again, Dear Patriots and Friends of AMtY......

May the joy of the day be with you, and yours, even if it is a Nor'easter!
I had an occasion to chat with David Holloway today and he has given me the following information to impart to you all......
There is a Press Conference, Scheduled to be held on Friday, April 13th, at Eleven of the Clock in the Morning, at the 1781 French Camp site at Phidelphia. I am informed that this site is at Schuykill (ain't that the infamous Surely-kill?) River area, near the intersection of Market St. and 30th Ave.....should any of you have an opportunity to attend, please do so. I expect that you will see David Holloway, Rose Morin, Mike Fitzgerald and Dave Fagerberg there. These are indeed the folks that had feet (and tires) on the ground, in that area, during the March... come say hello to some old (new?) friends. Look for a gathering of folks and in particular those wearing some funny clothes...!
Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend, 'work' keeps calling me (being self-employed, you have to pay attention to those calls). I wish you all well and trust that while Spring may have not really sprung yet, perhaps winter will not arrive, again!!? Be well, be safe........

I Remain,
At Your Service,
Richard Swartwout
Chair, 'AMtY'

April 10, 2007

The AMtY Route is still in motion........

Greetings Patriots and Friends of AMty....

Tis a pleasure to be able to address you all once again. Most of us are still waiting for Spring, to spring!!
About a year ago, I was in the throes of charting the Northern Route of the Rochambeau/Washington route, with designs that we might soon be walking upon it. Of course, that is all history now, the March itself was completed, but the work is going on. Here is an update of upcoming activities that will involve the members of AMtY.....
Of course, most of you are aware of the National Leeadership Conference of the W3R, being held in Baltimore, Maryland, this Saturday. Members of the AMtY road gang (Rose, David, Mike and Dave) are expected to be there, perhaps as early as Friday to attend a news conference as well.
Here, in east-central Connecticut, an AMtY presentation on the experiences of the Marchers while on the March will be held in the Andover Elementary School Cafeteria, Sunday, April 22nd at One of the Clock in the Afternoon. The event has been noted locally, with many invites going out to area Historical Societies. I am told the response has been very postive. The school is located on Rt. 316, in Andover, Ct. The event is open to the public and all interested parties are invited. We expect Richard, Rose, David, Mike to be on hand. Also, Serge Gabriel will be on hand to present a short talk on the French committment to the American Revolution.
On Wednesday, April 18th, both Richard and David will be giving a chat on the Wayne Norman radio show, in Wyndham, Ct. (Camp #4) The show will run from 7-9:00 AM and can be heard on WILI Radio, 1420 on the AM dial.
As you can see, tis a busy month of April for the AMtY group. Now, I haven't taken a look at the statistics lately, but we know that just two months ago, the AMtY web-site was still receiving some 30,000 hits a month, that is incredible. Particularly since the actual walk has been over since October! Please be assured that, because of the excellent donations from our supporters, the web-site will remain on-line for some years to come.
If your group is having something of interest concerning the W3R, let us know and we will post it.
Wishing you all the best, with a fervent desire for Spring to appear.......

I Remain,
At Your Service,
Richard Swartwout
Chair, AMtY