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Happening Today:

11:00  Town Hall

7:00  Keystone Sing-a-Long

Wanna take a ride on an Aircraft Carrier?  Join the Veteran's Club on Tuesday, September 19th in PAC at 7:30 where Charlie Reckner will tell you all about his trip on the USS Nimitz.

We now have the new restaurant menus which start on September 24th for your review.  Click here.

The RESIDENT SATISFACTION SURVEY begins on September 18 and runs thru October 6th - Please complete it.  Scroll to the bottom of this page for more details.  You are expected to be brutally honest.

New signage going up in Keystone - click here.

         KITCHEN VIDEO

We have the video shown at the RAC Town Hall available for your viewing pleasure.  Click here.

September 22 is the deadline to submit the form to change your flex meal plan.  For more info, click here and scroll down a bit.

Click on your Community to see the window washing schedule:

   Liberty

   Keystone

The walls are going up.  Click on the image to see lots more.  (As of September 1, 2017)

There are Internet sites that offer free learning videos.  Take a look.

Buy/Sell/Free/Want  Always new items !!   Free walker, a bike.  Vertical blinds, bike rack.

BUY/SELL

New golf cartoons on Humor page!!! and Why Seniors  become confused.

This page is the responsibility of Gail Dahlen.  Contact her at tensnut@comcast.net for any additions/changes.

HISTORY CLUB

Contact: Fred Antil

607-592-0753; fha1@cornell.edu

 

Meetings: 2nd Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. on the KC Music Room

 

An opportunity to explore the great events and ideas in history in order to better understand the culture in which we live.  This is done through the use of videos, tapes, books and written material including maps, timelines and analyses.

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History was made right in our "back yard". See the item about John Fitch and the steamboat by clicking here .

 

 

The “Transportation Revolution” Started Here 

One Sunday in April 1785, as John Fitch was walking home from church, a riding chair sped by and an inspiration struck.  Wouldn’t it be great to use steam to drive a carriage or propel a boat?  Fitch set out to invent a suitable steam engine on paper, but soon learned that a huge steam engine had already been invented in England to pump water out of mines.  His inventive mind was invigorated. First experiments on the model were on a pond close to where the General Davis Inn is currently located (East of Street & Davisville Roads). He made a 23-in. wooden model of his steamboat concept in James Scout’s workshop in Warminster, and presented it to the American Philosophical Society.  Fitch tried to convince the Continental Congress that his invention would “facilitate the internal navigation of the United States, adapted especially to the waters of the Mississippi.”  They listened but offered no support.  His was a great invention ahead of its time.

Undeterred, Fitch was able to raise $300 by selling stock in his Steamboat Company – just enough to get started.  He moved to Philadelphia, built a 45-ft. steamboat and took delegates to the Constitutional Convention for a cruise on the Delaware River on August 22, 1787.  Then he built a faster, 60-ft. steamboat in 1790 that carried passengers and freight nearly 3,000 miles between Philadelphia and Trenton – the world’s first commercial steamboat service.  Unfortunately, he lost money on every trip.  Investors abandoned him.  Although granted patents both here and in France, he never built another boat.  Sadly, he died a pauper in 1798.

As Fitch predicted, others became rich and famous from his invention.  Soon, boats powered by steam plied the rivers, then crossed the oceans; steam locomotives spanned the continent on rails; and steam-driven vehicles gave people horseless mobility.

The “Transportation Revolution” was launched in Warminster and Southampton.  The John Fitch Museum at Street & Newtown Roads heralds that achievement and commemorates the genius, industry and perseverance of John Fitch.

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