Open Space Preserved in Princeton

There is a constant battle in New Jersey; preserving open space versus developing more ratables to collect taxes. It happens in every town in the state. Recently, there was some good news on the preservation front.

More than 150 acres in Princeton is now permanently protected, thanks to a partnership among several government agencies and nonprofits. The 153-acre property was purchased for $8.8 million from the Lanwin Development Corp. and the family of the late Bryce Thompson.

Princeton’s latest preservation project. (Credit: The Watershed Institute)

A partnership of organizations, the town of Princeton, the Friends of Princeton Open Space, Ridgeview Conservancy, The Watershed Institute, Mercer County, the state Green Acres Program, and New Jersey Conservation Foundation worked on the acquisition. Nearly $3 million in private donations were received. The land is now jointly owned by Princeton, the Friends of Princeton Open Space, The Watershed Institute, and the Ridgeview Conservancy.

The acquisition is part of an initiative called “Princeton’s Emerald Necklace” that aims to connect open spaces throughout the town and provide greater access to open space. This open space protects over 4,000 trees from deforestation that form part of a mature forest on this site.

Bald Eagle Rescue in Tuckerton

This past week, local residents, wildlife enthusiasts, the Mercer County Wildlife Center, Tri-State Bird Rescue, and Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager came together in a tricky bald eagle rescue attempt. You can watch the amazing rescue video and read the entire story on the Conserve Wildlife Blog.

On Tuesday, February 17th, the call came in that two bald eagles were stuck in a tree and appeared to be injured. A local resident on the scene knew someone who worked for AC Electric who had a truck with a cherry picker on it. Ben went up in the cherry picker to rescue the two eagles. Unfortunately, one had already died, but their talons were interlocked and they were precariously hanging from a tree limb.

Ben wound up using a hand saw to cut the limb to bring down the two eagles. It took three grown men to get the talons separated in order to save the remaining live eagle. Ben then transported the eagle to the Mercer County Wildlife Center and met with Director Diane Nickerson.

Dr. Erica Miller, a leading expert in bald eagle care and rehabilitation, sutured up a wound on the bird’s leg and found several fractures in the other leg. The bird was treated and transported to Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc. in Delaware for further care.

While this story doesn’t have a happy ending, it does show the lengths New Jerseyans will go to protect our precious wildlife.

Keeping up with Hamilton’s history

The following is a reprint of Tom Glover’s column on Nj.com

Kuser Farm Mansion

Kuser Farm Mansion. Credit: Nj.com

The Hamilton Township Public Library’s Local History website is approaching the 750,000 visits! Since its inception in 2005, the site has grown to more than 8,000 “pages” or posts as they are called. To those who are on the computer, access can be gained by entering http://glover320.blogspot.com/ in the “URL” space on your computer.

Visitors from all over the country, and indeed a number from around the globe, are visiting on a daily basis to see some of the incredibly interesting photos and articles from our 100-plus year collection of various hard-bound Trenton Evening Times, Daily True American, Sunday Times Advertiser, and Daily State Gazette newspapers, along with many other sources in the digital archives.

FOR LOVERS OF LOCAL HISTORY
The upcoming 2014-2015 season will see the Historical Society of Hamilton bringing local history subjects to area residents at their monthly meetings which begin on March 3, 2014. Past society meetings have featured programs relating to generally non-local and more generic subjects that are of national interest such as southern New Jersey and Colonial America. The new programs will concentrate on truly local subjects relating to the Hamilton-Trenton-Mercer County area. There will be fascinating programs featuring photos and articles relating to the historic neighborhoods of Sandtown (Yardville), Sand Hills (Mercerville), Trenton’s Chambersburg, Bromley, Broad Street Park, White City, Woodlawn Park and numerous other local areas, all of which have proven to be of intense local interest over the many years I have been bringing those subjects to my readers.

There are countless photographs and articles from our ever-growing collection of truly local history.

It is time to share some of these treasures with those in our community who are interested. These programs will be in the form of on-screen presentations using a computer program similar to PowerPoint, and will be projected on the Hamilton Library’s huge movie screen.

Incoming Historical Society President James Federici and Lois Majarowitz are currently working with me on the program schedule for the year 2014 which formally begins with the March meeting. The meetings are held at the Hamilton Township Public Library on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. There are no meetings during the summer months of June, July and August. The December meeting is the annual Wassail Party held in the John Abbott II house on Kuser Road, which is the headquarters of the society. We are currently working on five programs for the year 2014 and they will be announced in the near future. For those of my readers who have computers, visit the Hamilton Historical Society’s website at www.hamiltonhistory.org.