Monday, March 5, 2012

News from York County


Cabin Fever Saturday set for March 24 at New Quarter Park
February 27, 2012

If you're ready for spring, York County Parks and Recreation and Appomattox River Company have the cure for your Cabin Fever.

Join them at New Quarter Park on Saturday, March 24, for the annual Cabin Fever Saturday celebration. Outdoor recreation and nature organizations will set up booths and host demonstrations at the park from noon until 3 p.m. Cruise the booths and consider joining one or two to get fit and find like-minded friends.

If your club, organization or outdoor-related store wishes to exhibit from noon to 3 p.m., call Molly Nealer with York County Parks and Recreation at 890-3513 or Vic Sorenson with the Appomattox River Company at 890-0500 as soon as possible to reserve a space. Booth space will be allotted in the area near the park office and parking lot.

While at New Quarter Park, you're invited to come early or stay late to hike, bike, play disc golf, kayak, picnic and have fun outdoors. The park features an 18-basket disc golf course, more than seven miles of mountain bike trails, paved and gravel paths for street/family biking, over three miles of hiking trails through the woods and across ravines, a basketball court, a softball field, a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits and children's playgrounds. There are shelters and scenic overlooks with benches that invite you to sit a while to talk, take in the views and have a picnic.

For more information about this and other programs at New Quarter Park, call York County Parks and Recreation at 890-3500 or visit the Parks and Recreation pages of the York County website Directions to New Quarter Park, a 545-acre park surrounded by Cheatham Annex/Cub Creek, the Colonial Parkway and Queens Lake/Queens Creek, can also be found on the county's website.

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Mr. Lincoln's Air Force
March 5, 2012

"Mr. Lincoln's Air Force" is the title of an upcoming presentation on Civil War balloon observation by Dr. Tom Crouch, Senior Curator of Aeronautics with the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

There will be two opportunities to see this outstanding presentation, one at the Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland Street, in Williamsburg, on Monday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m., and again at the Yorktown Victory Center, 200 Water Street, Route 1020, in Yorktown, on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

Observation balloons were employed by the military as far back as the French Revolution, but it was not until the American Civil War that the true value of aerial reconnaissance to an army in the field was recognized. Dr. Crouch will provide an overview of the creation of the Aeronautic Corps, the first military aeronautical unit in American history. The Corps' service in combat during the Civil War (1861 to 1863) will be discussed, as well as Confederate army balloon operations.

Dr. Crouch, a Smithsonian employee since 1974, has served both the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) and the National Museum of American History (NMAH) in a variety of curatorial and administrative posts. Prior to coming to the Smithsonian he was employed by the Ohio Historical Society as director of education (1969-1973) and as Director, Ohio American Revolution Bicentennial Advisory Commission. (1973-1974). He holds a BA from Ohio University, an MA from Miami University and a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. All of his degrees are in history. In addition, he holds the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, conferred in June 2001 by the Wright State University.

He is the author or editor of a number of books and many articles for both popular magazines and scholarly journals. Most of his work has been on aspects of the history of flight technology. Crouch's leading books include: The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright ; Eagle Aloft: Two Centuries of the Balloon in America ; Wings: A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age ; Bleriot XI: The Story of a Classic Airplane ; A Dream of Wings: Americans and the Airplane, 1875-1905 ; The National Aeronautics and Space Administration ; Apollo: Ten Years Since Tranquillity Base ; Charles Lindbergh: An American Life ; and, The Giant Leap: Ohio Aerospace Events and Personalities, 1815-1969.

Throughout his career, Dr. Crouch has played a major role in planning museum exhibitions. He was involved in planning exhibitions for the Neil Armstrong Museum, Wapakoneta, Ohio; the Ohio Historical Center, Columbus, Ohio; and both the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History.

In the fall of 2000, President Clinton appointed Dr. Crouch to the Chairmanship of the First Flight Centennial Federal Advisory Board, an organization created to advise the Centennial of Flight Commission on activities planned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of powered flight.

This event is sponsored by the York County Historical Committee in association with the York County Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Committee. For more information, call 757-890-3508.


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