Lots of New Shrubs

Another Eagle Scout project and donations from a local nursery have resulted in all these new shrubs being planted. The capped posts are for me to tie up my boat – very POSH – I must say! AND -there is the world famous (best dog in the world) BARKLEY! It looks like he’s waiting for the boat, but unfortunately, the boat slips are late opening this year! Maybe today we’ll get delivery of our pontoon?

Our First Mow This Year!

Spring has been a little late coming this year, but at last the grass is growing, the birds are singing and everyone seems to be happier, at least those folks walking The Oxbow do.

The daffodils are almost over, except for the batch I planted in the spring. They are a little later blooming, but it was a good thing, because it extended the pleasure of seeing them.

After this mow, The Oxbow trail is the best I have ever seen it, Simply beautiful, tranquil and it is a pleasure to sit on our new benches, breath in the fresh air, and watch and listen to all the many birds here. We seem to have attracted a lot of wildlife. The Blue Herons, Red Kingfishers, finches and even an otter last week. He was running across the trail up and into the wood.

As I (Mike Caswell) have retired from the day to day running of The Bow, Eric Gavelis has taken over the permit from the Canal Corporation to look after the project. Under his direction, the new benches were installed, and our first mow carried out by Mr Kim of #1 Oxbow Rd, and Eric.

They are looking to do this work themselves so want to purchase a lawn tractor they can designate to this work. If you feel like making a donation, please leave a message here.

A new photo of the Bow cottages

This photograph emerged today on Facebook, posted by the Perinton Historical Society.

Apparently, the photo was taken about 1958.

Its interesting to see how all these buildings have really good docks, and obviously great waterfront property. From what previous inhabitants have told us, this was a really fun place to live, especially for the children.

A New Cross-Country Track!

The Oxbow Trail has been incorporated into the school cross country route.
After running around the Minerva Deland track, the kids drop off down a slope near the stream, and then run along The Oxbow Trail.

Think back a few years when this trail was almost swallowed up with Ragweed, and many noxious plants. No one came here, no one could even see they were on a shoreline.

It’s a completely different place now, and I love talking to people who really appreciate what the Scouts (troop 208) and ECNA members have done!

Please Be Seated!

I am delighted to announce that we have new bench seats along The Oxbow Trail. This is another EAGLE SCOUT project. This time the scout is Bryan Webb.

Brian designed and made these SIX benches, and with the help from a few volunteers dug the post holes, installed and cemented them in today.

All the lumber and cement was donated by 84 Lumber in Victor.

Bryan has placed them close to the shoreline and picked the best views. These will make watching the world go by a real pleasure.

Bryan’s father has a brush-hog and he kindly gave The Oxbow a final season haircut.

Our thanks to all the helpers and those who donated to the cause. We now have enough money to do our first mow in the spring.

Lunch for the workers was provided by PERINTON PIZZA

If you’d like to donate, here is the link https://gf.me/u/ywyg73

Spring Haircut!

We’ve sprung from a deep winter to early summer in a couple of weeks, and the grass is making up lost time. You could almost hear it growing over the past few days.

So, we’ve employed our man with the brush hog to for our spring haircut. He’s done a fantastic job and carefully mowed the grass, but left patches where there are Lily of the Valley, Ferns, Siberian Bugloss, day lilies and in full bloom now, Night Stocks.

Our inspection yesterday morning was a delight, the perfume of the Night Stocks and freshly mowed grass was a pleasure to inhale.

This mow costs $200 a time and was paid for by Mike Caswell & Doug Kucmerowski (from Brockport).

We anticipate we’ll need to do this a couple more times, but Fairport residents need to chip in here. It’s too much to expect us to carry a $600 cost.

So, come on folks. If you use the Oxbow, for walking your dog, strolling, fishing etc. chip in $5 or $10 to help us out here please.

Here’s our GOFUNDME web page.

Many thanks

We look forward to seeing down the Oxbow!

A Host of Golden Daffodils!

We planted several hundred Daffodil bulbs last fall and this spring, and over the past few days, they are just beginning to flower.  There are a few places still to burst out, but I expect the next few warm days will help them. The last couple of weeks of April should be when The Oxbow is at its prime for daffodils.

We have also replanted several spots with Snowdrops.


Does anyone know what these little white ground covering flowers are?


These blue flowers are perennials too, and have bulbs. Does anyone know what they are?


IMG_0307Join the Erie Canal Neighbors Association and help us look after The Oxbow.

Plants needed. If you have perennials to dispose of, please let us know. Email us here please