September 12 2015

CCS 4th Grade Presentation 18-Sep-2015

Each year I give a presentation to the 4th graders at Cambridge Central School. I introduce them to some history of their community.

Each year I start by explaining about the two hamlets North White Creek (East End) and Cambridge Corners (West End) and the famous Cambridge Swamp in between. This year I follow that with stories about the various schools in the village, the "mysterious" fire at the Old School in 1947, and the time capsule placed inside the 1950 cornerstone by BOE president Clarence Coulter. I wrap up with a tour of the 3 gorgeous covered bridges in our area: Buskirk's, Rexleigh, and Eagleville.
Listen in and find out if you're as smart as a CCS 4th Grader ;- )
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September 6 2015

Glimpses of Our Past - CambridgeNY

On 11-Sep-2015 I am giving a presentation at the Cambridge Guest Home (aka Meikleknox) on South Union Street. I decided to turn it into a podcast as an experiment. The presentation starts with history of Meikleknox and the McClellan family. Then the presentation shows several old photos of locations around the village followed by a photo of what it looks like today. Enjoy, Ken

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June 25 2011

Alarm clock signals changing times for Cambridge graduates

I had the privilege to be the guest speaker at the CCS commencement exercises on Friday 24-Jun-2011. My speech is attached (click Listen Now below this text). Text highlights are listed below from an excerpt of Evan Lawrence's article in the Glens Falls Post Star

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CAMBRIDGE -- Ken Gottry, guest speaker at Cambridge Central School's 120th commencement, started his talk with a sound familiar to all CCS graduates: a loudly ringing alarm clock that got the attention of everyone in the packed high school gymnasium.

"This alarm clock is your friend," Gottry told the 83 graduates and the hundreds of relatives and friends who had come to see them receive their diplomas.

Just as bells in school tell students when to start and when to stop classes, people need to pay attention to the cues that tell them when to begin, and just as important, when to end something. Gottry, a member of CCS's Class of 1968 and a local historian, gave the soon-to-be graduates three quick classes, with the bell marking each change of topics.

In his "Ancient History" class, Gottry shared two of the three maxims carved in stone at the Oracle of Delphi: know thyself, and nothing in excess. "Know what makes you happy, angry, and sad," Gottry said. "What made you happy yesterday may not make you happy today."

For his next class, Gottry gave a very brief history of Cambridge Central School, from his grandfather Hitchcock's farm to the completion of the original part of the school building in 1952.

Finally, Gottry told of an island in the South Pacific where natives have no word for "no." Instead, they say "not yet." Gottry advised graduates not to think of themselves as not having or not achieving something, but rather as not yet at their goal.

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June 6 2011

Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival 2011

The 11th annual Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival was held on June 3-5, 2011 in Cambridge, NY. The weekend kicked off with a carnival at Cambridge Central School on Friday evening. It was too windy to launch but the fireworks went off later without a hitch. Saturday morning saw launch #2 followed by a day of sales, shops, and suppers throughout the village. The Taste of Cambridge on the lawn of the Cambridge Guest Home followed launch #3 Saturday evening. The evening was capped off with the ever-popular Moon Glow. Sunday morning saw launch #4 and a pilot's breakfast at the Masonic Temple.

I hope the photos in the next two posts show what a lovely village we have and what a great event we stage every year. Why not join us next year!

Please be patient when viewing videos. I'm still learning how best to lay out the material so that it's informative and still easily downloaded.

Friday - Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival 2011

Friday night was the carnival at Cambridge Central School. Launch #1 was delayed and shortened due to winds, but that didn't stop the fun and games. Fireworks lit the sky of the West End shortly after dark. 


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Saturday - Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival 2011

Saturday was a gorgeous day in Cambridge Valley. Launch #2 started the day at 6am, followed by activities all day throughout the village. Saturday night was launch #3, the Taste of Cambridge, and Moon Glow. Sunday's launch #4 always seems to be the most spectacular and this year was no exception. 


Sometime is wrong with this video but I'm not sure what. If you click play online you hear audio but don't see the video. If you click the download button and play from your hard drive it seems to play fine. I'm working on fixing the play-online option
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