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 Newsletter of The Sleeping Giant Park Association                                                    winter 2007 • issue 87

                          PRESIDENT’S LETTER
                                                         The Sleeping Giant definitely didn’t get a chance to hibernate this
                                                     year. At least through mid-January when I’m writing this, the very mild
                                                     temperatures and snow-free weather feels more like spring. It’s not unusual
                                                     to see a packed parking lot on a mild weekend, but this year just about
IN THIS ISSUE                                        every day brings a full parking lot and a steady stream of hikers heading
                                                     out onto the trails.
Park Manager         2                                   For the Sleeping Giant Park Association, 2006 was a great year. Our
                                                     membership is up, our volunteer hours are up, and last year the turnout
Editor’s Letter      3                               for our hikes was great. 2006 was good, but 2007 is going to be even
                                                     better. Here are a few things we’re working on:
 Projects         4/5/8
                          Membership: The SGPA can’t survive without the support of its members. In the past, a large
                          membership base has helped The Association defeat threats, such as radio towers, pipelines, and park
Ski Trails           5    closings. This year we’re going to continue our membership drive, and I’m going to start by asking
                          each of you to help. Introduce your friends and family to The Giant. Tell them about what we’ve
Commentary           5    saved and what we do. Ask them to consider becoming a member. The membership dues are still
                          inexpensive, and every dollar raised goes toward helping The Giant.
Trail Crew News      5
                          Schools Outreach: Kids (of all ages) and The Giant go together. The best time to introduce people
Membership News      6    to nature is when they are young, and over the past few years the SGPA has been working with local
                          schools, scout groups, church youth groups, etc. to introduce children to The Giant. Sometimes it’s a
T-Shirt Travels      6    volunteer project. Sometimes it’s environmental education. Usually, it’s a bit of both. The feedback
                          from students and teachers has been fantastic.
Living Legend        6
                                                                                                    continued on page 2 – President
Tarzan Rangers       7

Bluebirds            8
                          NEW YEAR’S
                          DAY HIKE
Capital Fund
 Drive               9    Keith Stetson

                              At least a dozen folks were
Giant Masters        9
                          glad to see the heavy rain let
Giant Kids        10/11   up by noon on New Year’s Day,
                                                                                                                                      Dick Majka

                          so that this annual hike could
Holiday Social 12/13      take place at 1:30 pm. This
                          being the favorite of all SGPA
Giant Kids                theme hikes for many, we lined up on the park road near the map board, and followed Chris
 Answers            12
                          Fagan’s lead, starting off the new year on the right foot in unison. We picked up the Blue Trail in
Hike Schedule       14    the Picnic Area, and took it to the Red Diamond up to the Quarry, where Chris made some remarks
                          about invasive plants. We turned onto the Violet Trail, took it to the Red Triangle up to the Green,
Lyme Disease        14    and over to the (Giant’s) “chest”.

Trading Post        15                                                                                  continued on page 2 – Hike
From the Park Manager
Lori Lindquist
                                                                                        Hike – continued from page 1

                                                                                                                                                   Dear                Friends
      The mild winter has brought out an abundance of hikers. It’s been more like an
extended autumn than winter around here, and people of all ages have been out
on the beautiful weekends enjoying the park. Remember to be trail wise and wear
appropriate footgear, watch for ice on the trails, carry water and snacks, and take a
                                                                                                                                                                                           of the
trail map with you to enhance your safety and enjoyment.                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cindy Abate

                                                                                                                               Keith Stetson
      Thirteen new maintainer positions have been funded for the State Parks. These
positions have been desperately needed for a long time, and should be filled just in
time for the spring openings of the parks. Sleeping Giant State Park will fill a                                                                We have so much to celebrate in The Sleeping Giant’s rich natural and human resources!
maintainer position that was recently vacated when an employee retired.                 We stopped there to toast the start
      The Connecticut No Child Left Inside program and the Great Park Pursuit                                                                  ß   With highest admiration, we applaud retiring Board           ß   Take a hike with a mouse! Dick Majka, SGPA
                                                                                        of 2007 with some sparkling cider,
have generated national attention. Last year’s programs went so well and were so                                                                   member, Winnie Kotchian, Editor-in-Chief of the                  webmaster and naturalist photographer, meticulously
                                                                                        overlooking the usual panoramic
well received that the DEP is going to continue these programs this year. The                                                                      Giant News, for the past eight years, who has                    programs and updates our web site with the new
                                                                                        view of Quinnipiac University,
Great Park Pursuit 2007 is now in the early planning stages. You can look to the                                                                                      transferred the editorial duties              Ski Trail map, colored trail map, Giant Masters’ Log,
                                                                                        New Haven, and Long Island
DEP website in the near future for more information on how to sign up, and                                                                                            to this editor and her team. We               volunteer group photographs, environmental group
                                                                                        Sound taht was obscured by fog.
become part of the Great State Park Adventure. See you out in the parks.                                                                                              thank Winnie for her dedicated                links, Trading Post items, and much more.
                                                                                        Trying out the recently completed
                                                                                                                                                                      time and professional journalism          ß   Pack it in your backpack! The GIANT KIDS pages, a
                                                                                        “stairs” connecting the first
                                                                                                                                                                      on behalf of the SGPA to bring you            new family feature, offer Scavenger Hunts to explore
   CT Department of Environmental Protection related web sites:                         switchback along the way, we took
                                                                                        the White Trail down to the Tower                                             the literary pulse of The Sleeping            The Sleeping Giant Park trails and web pages. Become
   1. “No Child Left Inside”:                           Path and parking lot. Though we                                               Giant Park. Walking in her                    an expert and future leader-in-the-field. Find the
   2. State Parks:                             experienced an occasional drizzle,                                            gracious steps will be a giant feat.          hidden answers in this issue!
   3. State Park Quiz:                                   all enjoyed a nice 2.5 hour hike in                    ß   Thanks to you, our dedicated members, 500 copies of          ß   Spring cleaning the Giant’s trails can be fun, helpful,
                                                                                        unseasonably mild weather. Why                             our premier Sleeping Giant Calendar 2007 have been               and ensure safety for our hikers with leaders, Ross
   4. Sleeping Giant State Park: www./                                          don’t you join us next year?                               sold! This keepsake publication was the brainchild               Lanius, Volunteer Projects Chair, Dom DeGennaro,
                                                                                                                                                   of Barbara Beitch, and in timely fashion, Johanna                Trail Maintenance Chair, Phil Costello with special
                                                                                                                                                   Becker and Tom Vocelli mailed and distributed all 500            trail projects, and yours truly, as School Outreach
President – continued from page 1                                                                                                                  copies in time for the holidays. For her skills at knowing       Chair for students and teachers planning field study
Hikes: The best way to get to know The Giant is to hike it. Our Hiking Committee will be organizing and leading 14 hikes in                        how to present the captivating photos and copy, we con-          and Community Service. Together, let us support the
2007 starting with our New Year’s Day Hike and ending with our December Holiday Hike and Social. In between, they have a                           gratulate Linda Olender, the graphic designer, and our           goals of the SGPA President, Mike Miller, to preserve
variety of hikes planned, each with different themes and covering a variety of interests. Please check out our Hike Schedule                       photographers, writers, and committee, who are named             and study the Giant’s precious environment. See the
in the newsletter and visit our website for a variety of news, maps, and info.                                                        on the back page of this issue. We are also delighted to         Volunteers page for details.
Trails: There are over 32 miles of hiking trails on The Giant, along with Horse and Cross Country Ski Trails. All are main-                        present Linda’s fresh new design of the Giant News.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                ß   Looking for a gift “In Honor Of” or “In Memory Of”
tained by our volunteer Trails Maintenance Crew. Last year The Trails Crew patrolled and brushed back all 32 miles of trails                   ß   Hike and learn from the experts: historians, professors,         a person who has treasured the beauty of nature?
on The Giant, repainted the blazes on about eight miles of trail, cleared trees across the trails, and cleaned 427 pounds of                       botanists, geologists. Exciting, scheduled hikes await           Consider The Sleeping Giant Park Association, a non-
litter from the park. This group is active year-round, and their continuous efforts are the reason that we have such a great                       you, organized by Barbara and Irwin Beitch and the               profit organization. Read Dag Pfeiffer’s report on our
trail system.                                                                                                                                      Hiking Committee. Record your hike on every trail to             Capital Fund Drive – you can help expand our Park!
Environmental protection: Even something as mighty as The Sleeping Giant faces environmental issues. Heavy trail use                               earn the Giant Master Award. Off or on the trails, join          Acquiring new land is the dedicated objective of
can cause erosion and damage vegetation. Invasive species threaten the ecology of the park. Development around the park                            us in membership. Contact Chuck Schall on our web                John Kotchian and his diligent committee.
presents obvious problems. The SGPA has formed a committee to study and address these and many other environmental                                 site’s “Membership” link or mail the enclosed form.
concerns. Stay tuned, there will be a lot more on this to follow.                                                                                                                                               ß   Share your discoveries on the trails: sketches, photo-
     Behind the scenes, a lot is also going on this year. Uncounted volunteer hours go into tasks such as the newsletter,
                                                                                                                                               ß   Do you enjoy reading authentic history? Step back                graphs, letters, poetry, songs, riddles, quotations, etc.
                                                                                                                                                   in time and visit our 86 Giant News issues from the              for consideration in the spring issue of the Giant News
Land Acquisition, finance, hike planning, and all of the things that keep the SGPA going. I’m proud of The SGPA, and
                                                                                                                                                   noteworthy, historical collection of Park Archivist,             by April 15th. Send them to the Editor via the email
I’m grateful for all of the people working to care for The Giant. I would like to thank everyone connected with The SGPA,
                                                                                                                                                   Gil Spencer. Every page of every issue has been                  trail:
including Board Members, volunteers, and all the members of The Association, for the wonderful place you have
                                                                                                                                                   scanned on this virtual library by SGPA webmaster,
given us all.                                                                                                                                                                                                   ß   Together with Park Manager, Lori Lindquist, who offers
                                                                                                                                                   Dick Majka! Click Giant News link, then Giant News
                                                                                           See You On The Trails!                                                                                                   winter safety measures in this issue, and all SGPA
                                                                                                                                                   Archive, and the Archive number from a collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Board members, I invite you to The Sleeping Giant
                                                                                           Mike Miller, SGPA President                             started by founding editor, George Heston, in 1984.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Park, naturally chilled for your health and enjoyment.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Consider This
Volunteer                                                                                                                                      COMMENTARY
                                                                                                                                                     by Winnie Kotchian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Johanna Becker

                                                                                                                                                                                                 QUESTION: Which trail on the Giant loops around upon
                                                                                                                                              Editor-in-Chief of the Giant News
                                                                   Waterbars                                                                              1998-2006                              itself to return where it started?
                                                                   Ross Lanius / Volunteer Projects Chair                                      Following George Heston, the                      ANSWER: The Ski Trail.
    Waterbars are diversions on the trail to channel off water, and thereby reduce erosion. Waterbars may be created by                   originator and editor of the first
                                                                                                                                          Giant Newsletter in 1984, and Randy                  You can go cross country-skiing on
“Acts of God”, such as a fallen tree lying with a downward slope across the trail. This is a rare occasion. Waterbars are
                                                                                                                                                                                          well-marked (of course) trails on the
typically the work of humans in wood or stone. You will notice new cedar waterbars on the beginning of the Green Trail at                 Miller, was an honor and privilege,
                                                                                                                                                                                          northwestern part of the Giant making
Chestnut Lane, a recent Boy Scout’s Eagle Project. Waterbars become filled with silt and leaves. Unless cleaned frequently,                as well as a challenge to serve the
                                                                                                                                                                                          two different loops. The trails are
the surface water will overflow the waterbars and continue down the trail, causing more erosion.                                           SGPA as faithfully and as well.
                                                                                                                                                                                          marked with a picture of a crossed pole
    Here is where you can help: become a volunteer trail maintainer. Check and clean two or more waterbars each time                           Many thanks are due to George              and ski, (which sometimes look like a
you are out hiking. It will take less than two minutes. With hundreds of hikers using the trails and cleaning waterbars, trail            and his ready assistants over these             hockey stick, but nonetheless), and
surfaces will not erode as quickly. This help will give the Sleeping Giant Park Association trail maintainers more time to                years. Some of those assistants are             they more or less follow some of the
tackle the major trail erosion areas.
                                                                                                                                          familiar names: Madelyn Williams,               horse trails on that side of the
    Next time you are enjoying a hike on the Giant, please help by cleaning out a few waterbars with a stick or your boot,
                                                                                                                                          Nancy Sachse, Ann Walko, Barbara                mountain. It’s wonderful to have this
and deposit the debris on the down-slope side of the waterbar. Make sure other hikers see you. Help make your volunteer
                                                                                                                                          Field, Dolores Gall, Diane Hinze, and           opportunity right in our backyard – no
effort contagious. In advance, thanks from all the Giant hikers. If you wish to help improve the Giant by actively working
                                                                                                                                          talented photographers, Dick Majka,             traffic, no lines, no fees, and no crowds.
with other volunteers, email the Volunteer Projects chair at
                                                                                                                                          Russell Williams and Irwin Beitch.              The Trail has some thrilling ups and
    And to those hikers who are now cleaning waterbars, your fellow Giant hikers thank you.
                                                                                                                                               The dedicated SGPA Board                   downs, where beginners should                 Ski Trail Blazes Freshly Painted
                                                                                                                                          members are the backbone of the                 probably take off their skis, and go down

Stone Walls and                                                                                                                           Association. They are notable for               on their haunches. Since the trail does wind around some trees, roots, and rocks
                                                                                                                                                                                          in some areas, it’s best to go when there is a thick cover of snow. It can certainly
                                                                                                                                          their willing and enthusiastic con-
The Sleeping Giant                          Ross Lanius
                                                                                                                                          tributions to the healthy status of
                                                                                                                                                                                          work for those who don’t have time to spend the weekend in Vermont.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Another nice feature of these trails is that they are pleasant to walk on when
     Stone walls are part of the New England landscape. The                                                                               the Park, and to the newsletter, as
                                                                                                                                                                                          there isn’t any snow. They traverse some quiet, leafy glades alongside pastures
Sleeping Giant is laced with stone walls, its legacy as farmland                                                                          the voice of Sleeping Giant and                 and orchards, and you might even see a horse!
over 100 years ago. They define fields of long ago. They line                                                                               its committed volunteers. I appreci-                 See our web site for a map of the ski trails:
trails. In the winter, they become more visible as the under-                                                                             ate having had an opportunity to
growth dies away.                                                                                                                         be a part of this vital organization,           Editor’s Note: We are grateful to Johanna Becker and Jack Dillon for refreshing the
     “…at spring mending-time”, Robert Frost and his
                                                                                                                                          the SGPA.                                       paint on all the Ski Trail patches to keep us on trail.
neighbor would “meet to walk the line. And set the
     wall between us as we go…” Rocks would fall from the
ravages of winter, animals, and hunters.
     If The Giant’s stone walls seem to be growing along the                                                                              >     >     >    >    >     >    >      >      >      >      >      >      •    <   <   <   <   <     <      <   <     <    <     <       <
trails, your observation is correct. For several years, youths
of the community have been mending and rebuilding them.                                                                                   Award Project by
The youths include high school students needing a gradua-
tion required service project or celebrating Earth Day, and                                                                               Eagle Scouts
Boy Scouts needing an Eagle project.                                                                                                          Two Hamden Boy Scouts whose Eagle projects were
     Would you like to participate in mending walls on the                                                                                on The Sleeping Giant were awarded their Eagle at recent
Giant? Adults, as well as youths, are welcome. Is maneuver-                                                                               Courts of Awards. Brian Williams constructed a bridge
ing large stones wishful thinking? How about mapping the                                                                                  on the Green Trail east of the Red Circle Trail. Alex
location of the walls? If you have a GPS unit, this is how you                                                                            Cantor constructed a stone case on the Red Circle at the
can join the Wall Mending Project.
                                                                                                                                          intersection with the Green. There are currently four active
     To find out more about the Wall Mending Project, and
                                                                                                                                          Eagle projects on the Giant, three are in the planning stage
join the dedicated volunteers helping to continue to make
                                                                                                                                          and involve work on the Red Circle Trail.
the Sleeping Giant a premiere state park, email the Volun-
teer Projects Chair at                                                                                                                                         photo: Ross Lanius / Alex Cantor
                                                                   photos: Ross Lanius / Stone wall along Tower Trail (top); Stone wall                                         with his parents, Mike and Beth Cantor.
                                                                   northeast of the Violet Trail
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Winter 2007 Membership News Travelin’
Chuck Schall / Membership Chair
    This past fall we’ve had many new single and family                    After proudly sporting
memberships. In addition, we welcome our newest Life                   Sleeping Giant attire
Members: Glenn Gordon and Dawn Yocum, Gail                             while bungee-jumping in
Cameron, Esther Smith, Allan White, Donald                             New Zealand and para-                                             This big, old rock called Sleeping Giant is, contrary to what one might think, a huge sponge. And all that water pouring
Cofrancesco, Susan Mabee, Richard Field, Mike Miller,                  sailing on the Grand                                         down from the sky doesn’t just run off in many of the gulleys you find along the trails. It also finds its way inside and, for all
and William J. Northup.                                                Cayman Island in                                             we know, forms many small reservoirs which fill up and overflow, ever so slowly and pop out in many places all over the
    As Life Members, they will receive laminated,                      previous years, retired                                      mountain. I’ll tell you about four of them.
personalized membership cards and a copy of Born                       Board member and globetrotter, Skip                               The most well-known and used spring, particularly by Boy Scout campers along the Gorge, is fed from several
                                                                       Gemmell, was sighted in Paris, France, at the top of         directions. The Gorge Cascade is the principal source, itself being fed from the swamp and shallow pond nestled
Among the Hills, the story of Sleeping Giant.
                                                                       the Arc de Triomphe in October with his wife Jean.           between the Blue and Green Trails
                                                                       They were joined by their daughter Laurie and a friend,      at elevation 510’. This is where the
                                                                       who won free, airline tickets to London on the Ellen         Red Circle Trail winds through and
    MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION                                             DeGeneres Show. Where in the world will the next             over many boulders, then down by
The Sleeping Giant Park Association                                    Travelin’ T-Shirt appear?                                    the Gorge, and borders the camp
                                                                                                                                    grounds (not for public use). So,
Please enroll me/us in The Sleeping Giant Park Association
as follows (Please print clearly):                                                                                                  this is where the spring can be
                                                                        A Living Legend in the                                      found, about 25 yards upstream
Date                                                                    Giant’s Own Time                                            where it flows in through the east
                                                                                                                                    bank of the stream. I suspect the
Ms/Mrs/Mr/Mr & Mrs                                                      (How to Bring the Sleeping Giant to Your Stage)
                                                                                                                                    Scouts take the precaution of
Street                                                                      Dag Pfeiffer has worn many exceptional hats of          boiling the water before use.
                                                                        distinction for the Sleeping Giant Park Association. He          Incidentally, the Giant Trail
                                                                        has offered his tireless energy to an abundance of          maps of the past identified springs
City                                     State        Zip               volunteering projects, as Past-President of the Board,      on the mountain with the symbol
                                                                        member of various committees, and current Chair of the      “S”. That was a long time ago, but
 Dues active January 1 – December 30.                                                                                               no more. So, you can’t find them
                                                                        Capital Fund Drive, to name a few.
 ❑ Single (Annual)                                           $ 10.00        As talented musician, composer, and author of           by the old map legends. There was
 ❑ Family (Annual)                                           $ 20.00    an extensive repertoire of compositions, plays, and         one exception to this in the Trail
 ❑ Life Member (One Person)                                 $ 150.00    musicals, he is the innovative author of Hobbomock,         Guide published about 15 years ago.             Tarazn Rangers drawing water by the Brockett Mann pulley. The couple on the right is
 ❑ Corporate or Commercial (Annual)                         $ 100.00    The Sleeping Giant, A Tale of Imagination about the         If you happen to have an edition of             Ray and Mildred Spencer, when they were courting, and who later became the parents of
                                                                                                                                                                                    Gil Spencer, the SGPA archivist.
 ❑ Corporate or Commercial (Life)                        $ 1000.00      legendary spirit of the Giant. To experience this           that vintage, look real carefully along
 ❑ Gift or Land Fund                                    $               enchanting, reading adventure, you can enjoy this
                                                                                                                                    the Green Trail just where the Yellow-Green Crossover comes in. This will be below the cliff and at the bottom where
                                                                                                                                    there are many boulders. Go in about 10 feet or so, and you will fi nd the spring and a small pool of water, and this has
       TOTAL enclosed    $                                              original text online on the SGPA web site by clicking
                                                                                                                                    historic connotations!! Read on.
 Please make checks payable to: SGPA                                    the About the Giant link.
                                                                                                                                         At one time, in the 1880’s more than a century ago, and for about 30 years or so, there were cottages on the peaks of
                                                                            Schools and organizations promoting performances
 Mail to: The Sleeping Giant Park Association                                                                                       the mountain. There were about 10 or so mostly along the ridge where the Tower now stands (actually this was the site of
          PO Box 185340 / Hamden, CT 06518-0320                         with young people, including English, music, and
                                                                                                                                    one of them). As you might suspect, water was a necessity and a problem. Some of these cottage owners must have carried
                                                                        enrichment teachers, may be interested in acquiring
 The SGPA is a volunteer, non-profit organization. Dues and gifts are                                                                a supply in. However, in one case, there was an ingenious solution, probably shared with others. It simulated a well in one
 tax deductible.                                                        the script for the musical or play titled, Hobbomock
                                                                                                                                    way, in that a bucket was lowered on a wire from the cliff top to the spring below, the one at the Yellow-Green Crossover
                                                                        The Sleeping Giant a Musical for Young and Adult
GIFT FROM:                                                                                                                          spot. (See picture.) This is explained in the book, Born Among the Hills, by Nancy Sachse on pages 46 and 47 in a quote
                                                                        Audiences. You are welcome to contact Dag by email:         from one of the earliest Giant helpers, Harry Webb. After they built their cottage, and these are Harry’s words, “we installed
                                                                                            a steel wire which ran from the top of the ridge to the spring below. On this wire we ran a bucket, which when let down,
Ms/Mrs/Mr/Mr & Mrs                                                           To learn more about Dag’s prolific musical career,      would hit the water and fill with water, and we would pull it up with a rope attached to the handle”.
                                                                        be sure to access the Sleeping Giant Park Association            And this is one more I have never told anybody about, which happened about 40 years ago, so I guess it’s OK to tell,
                                                                        web site, Click on the Giant News link,       without revealing names. This is about a spring on the north side of the mountain just off the Red Square Trail. My friend,
City                                    State          Zip              the Giant News Archives, and Archive 63, May 1999.          let’s call him Bill, retired back in the 70’s, and had been a business acquaintance of mine for many years. We both liked to
                                                                        There you can read Faces on the Trail. You will be
Send membership package to        ❑ YOU ❑ RECIPIENT                                                                                 hike the Giant. Bill was at least 25 years my senior and slowing down, but still took his “favorite” hike, the Red Square Trail,
                                                                        pleasantly amazed. (Increase the Zoom % for larger type.)                                                                                                             continued on page 8 – Springs

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Volunteer Project                                                                                                                                                                                                  Land Acquisition

                                            Bluebird                                  Nest Box Program
                                                                                                                                  coloring to the males, although paler. They nest in natural cavities or nest
                                                                                                                                  boxes along the edges of woods, pastures, and in orchards. Bluebird eggs
                                                                                                                                  are light blue in color and are laid between early April and mid-August.
                                                                                                                                  In Connecticut, they will produce two broods a year. Their diet varies with
                                                                                                                                  the season and consists of insects, berries, and wild fruits.
                                                                                                                                      This year the SGPA has qualified to receive a bundle of rough cut
                                                                                                                                  lumber from the DEP to construct nest boxes. This will make up about 15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   John Kotchian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Land Acquisition Committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   follows opportunities to acquire land
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   within or adjacent to present Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   holdings of approximately 1500
                                                Everyone enjoys the lovely sight and sounds of the Eastern Bluebird, but          boxes, which will be installed in appropriate sites around the Park. If you      acres. Any land purchased is turned
                                            did you know that for decades their numbers were in serious decline?                  would like to participate in the construction and installation, contact          over to the State of Connecticut at
                                                There were many reasons that contributed to this, including loss of               Ross Lanius at The boxes will be monitored                  the time of closing. As always, fair
                                            habitat, pesticide use, severe weather, and competition from introduced               throughout the season and a report will be sent to the DEP in September.         market value and Department of
                                            birds, like starlings and house sparrows.                                             To participate in the monitoring portion of the program, contact Gail            Environmental Protection approval
                                                Luckily, people noticed and cared enough to do something before it was            Cameron at                                           are part of the negotiating process.
                                            too late. Public education and the establishment of nest box trails have                  For more information about bluebirds and this program, visit the DEP         Please contact John Kotchian,
                                            helped to increase their numbers. In 1980, Connecticut started a program to           website or               Committee Chair, at (203) 248-3764
                                            supply lumber and plans to volunteer organizations for constructing nest              read The Bluebird Monitor’s Guide by Jack Griggs. And the next time you see      with any suggestions for land
                                            boxes, and this has been one of the state’s wildlife success stories.                 a bluebird, remember how fortunate we are, once again, to have their             purchase.
                                                The Eastern Bluebird is a member of the thrush family, and is easily              presence grace our state.
                                            recognized by its bright blue back and reddish breast. Females have similar
             male eastern bluebird                                                                                                                                                           Gail Cameron          From the Journals
                              James Coe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of Recent Giant
Springs – continued from page 7
                                                                                                                                  Capital Fund Drive                                                                    “Thank you for doing such a
and with some reason, as he told me after he was too old to make it any more. You see, Bill liked a bit of schnapps once in a          At the beginning of our Capital Fund Drive, we set a goal of $250,000.      wonderful job with all of the Sleeping
while, and he also liked hiking, so in a way he combined the two. And here’s how. He had found this spring off the Red
                                                                                                                                  As of the end of the year 2006, donations have reached $82,000. More than        Giant trails! Of all the trails in New
Square Trail, and unbeknownst to anybody, sequestered a bit of his schnapps down among the rocks in this spring. No, it’s
                                                                                                                                  280 donors have contributed in amounts from $5.00 to $1,500. In addition, we     England, the Giant stands out as the
not there any more, so don’t go looking. But in my memory, this little spring hidden by some bushes, is a perfect little pool
                                                                                                                                  received three major donations. One was appreciated stock from an anony-         most clearly marked and best kept. A
about a foot or so wide into which the spring trickles from its edge. I suspect other curious hikers have found it. But, one
                                                                                                                                  mous member of the SGPA, which was cashed in yielding over $23,000. There        friend and I are proud to say that we
caveat, the quality of the water cannot be guaranteed. I suppose the schnapps was drinkable!!
                                                                                                                                  were also two donors who each gave the Association $5,000, namely, the New       have seen the mountain at dawn and
     Up on the Right Knee, we reach an elevation of 685’, after about a 100’ climb up from the Red Circle and White Trail
                                                                                                                                  Alliance Foundation of New Haven and Quinnipiac University in Hamden, the        dusk, the beautiful contrast of the
intersection. This is a pleasant lookout in both directions, where one would not suspect a source of water hidden just below
                                                                                                                                  latter being our neighbor across the street from the Sleeping                    quarry, and blue sky behind it and
the ridge on the south side. But sure enough, if you go off trail just a short way down, you will come upon a small pool of
                                                                                                                                  Giant State Park entrance. The cash received gives us the funds necessary to     snakes to baby raccoons. Thank you
water, and the source of a spring. From this spot, a tiny stream flows downhill. But, if you are curious, you can also find a
                                                                                                                                  acquire 3+ more acres of land, as soon as they become available!                 for encouraging other hikers to see
three-inch iron pipe, which taps into the water source, and also goes all the way down the hill to help the stream form a
                                                                                                                                       We sincerely thank all the members and corporations who responded to        everything the Giant has to offer.”
small pond. This is part of the property the Giant bought a few years back. There is also a red barn on the property, all
                                                                                                                                  our call and contributed to our 2006 Drive. They were honored in our Fall        Elizabeth Zambrano / Giant Master #130
visible from Mt. Carmel Avenue. Originally, the water was brought down the mountain by the nursery which used it for
irrigation. But, no more.                                                                                                         2006 issue of the Giant News. We are most grateful to all of them.                   “Hamden, CT is home to the most
     Now, I bet that many of the intrepid hikers of the Giant can come up with a bunch more springs. Especially, those folks           Our Drive continues in 2007. Whenever acreage is made available by          beautiful hiking trails in Sleeping Giant
who like to “orienteer”.                                                                                                          present owners on the Giant, we make every effort to acquire such land and       State Park. Its casual strolls offer subtle
                                                                                        George Heston                             add it to this State Park. Today, $25,000 buys one acre! That is why now,        beauty and its more difficult hikes are
                                                                                        Past Editor-In-Chief, Vice President,     more than ever, we depend on financial support by the membership and the          exhilarating with spectacular views as a
                                                                                        Capital Fund Drive, Member (40 years)     Corporate Community.                                                             reward. But the thing that can fill the
                                                                                                                                       Contributions are greatly needed and highly appreciated. Please send your   senses, and perhaps even touch the
Editor’s Note: In March 1984, George’s passion to “increase the membership’s interest in, and enjoyment of, the Sleeping Giant”
brought him to his typewriter where he authored the first of many Giant News issues, which you are invited to read on our web      donations to the Sleeping Giant Park Association, P. O. Box 185340,              soul, is simply looking, listening, being.
site by clicking the links, Giant News, then Giant News Archives. The complete collection of 86 issues was scanned with much      Hamden CT 06518-0340. Thank you.                                                 There is an energy within Sleeping
dedication by Webmaster Dick Majka.                                                                                                                                                                                Giant for hikers and nature lovers alike.”
                                                                                                                                  Dag Pfeiffer, Chairman                                                           Christopher Tino / Giant Master #135
                                                                                                                                  Capital Fund Drive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 continued on page 16 – Journals

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                                        Giant Kids                                                                             Giant Kids
                                           Mouse                                                                                  Outdoor
                                       Scavenger Hunt                                                                         Scavenger Hunt
                                                                                                                           Can you name the plant and animals?
 Be a Giant detective! Find answers in this issue and on the Sleeping Giant web site: Click
the ‘Giant News’ link, then ‘Giant News Archive’. Click the Archive # you want, change the Zoom % to
enlarge the print, and track down the articles. Answers are printed in this issue. Good luck!

                                                                                                                1. White                                    2. American

                                                                                                                3.               4.                         5.

                                                                                                                6.               7.                         8.
                     ACROSS                                                 DOWN
 2. Last name of a Tarzan Ranger in Archive              1. High, visible structure built in 1939 – Archive
    # 45, same as our Park Archivist - In                   #53
    this issue                                           3. Giant Masters receive a certificate and this.
  5. Special hike on April 22, 2007 - in this issue         In this issue
  6. The number of years that the Sleeping Giant         4. Park Director tells of a State program called
     calendars has been printed – In this issue             No Child Left _____ - In this issue
  8. Sleeping Giant’s name according to legend –         7. Number of marked sites in the Nature Trail          9.               10.                       11.
     Archive #63                                            Guide. Hint: SGPA Web home page link
 10. Pipes that volunteers clean to help water flow –     9. SGPA president Mike Miller cites that the
     Archive #86                                            Giant land covers over 1,500 _____ -
                                                                                                                                                        SGPA Naturalist, Sandra Anagnostakis,
 11. Group who regularly maintains the trails – In          Archive #86                                                                                 offers two drawings 1 and 2, Fraxinus
     this issue                                                                            Answers on page 13                                           Americana and Ulmus Americana by
                                                                                                                                                        Maud H. Purdy.
                                            PARK WEB SITES                                                                                              Photography by Dick Majka
 e Be an expert on State Park Trivia. Go to the State Park Quiz:                 12.                                                           Answers on page 13
 e Want colored trail maps of the Sleeping Giant State Park? Explore our site:
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     Holiday Social 2006             Barbara Beitch / Hiking Chair

          Our annual Holiday Hike and Social on December 3,
     2006, was one of the most successful ever, with a turnout
     of a huge, enthusiastic group of hikers and singers
     celebrating the season. There was a hint of winter in the
     air, perfect for hiking and gathering later in front of a
     welcoming fire at the pavilion, compliments of Dom
     DeGennaro and the Trails Committee. We enjoyed
     homemade holiday cookies and Irwin Beitch’s famous
     mulled cider in two versions (one with and one without
     wine) and lent our voices in some spirited caroling.
                                                                                                                              Fireside Treats (Served at the Holiday Hike)
                                                 The talents of our ‘pavilion’ chamber music group have expanded this         Apple Spice Cookies                        Irwin’s Mulled Wine
                                             year. Chris Fagan on the flute and Barbara Beitch with her battery-driven                                                    (Recipe for a Small Army)
                                                                                                                                ½ cup butter
                                             piano keyboard were there as always, and Jean Incampo and her flute
                                                                                                                                1 cup dark brown sugar                   Ingredients:
                                             doubled the woodwind section. In addition to these three intrepid musicians,
                                                                                                                                ½ tsp salt                               4-liter jug (about 1 gallon) of blush wine
                                             this year Fran Schall revealed her talents; she played base and Barbara
                                                                                                                                2 tsp ground cloves                      3 gallons of pasteurized apple cider
                                             played treble on the electronic keyboard. We were fortunate to have a special
                                                                                                                                2 tsp ground cinnamon                    1 c. sugar (more may be needed after the fruit cooks in)
                                             guest musician, Rachel Harrington, doing a superb job as the percussion            1 tsp ground nutmeg                      1 large jar of maraschino cherries with the syrup.                   Crossword
                                             section on the bells, greatly enhancing the group’s rendition of Jingle Bells.     (Allspice can also be added              (NOTE: Queen Anne cherries may be pitted and substituted;            Answers
                                             Rachel has a standing invitation to join us in future years. As always, Ham        to the mixture.)                         however, they are more likely to disintegrate if overheated.)
                                             Milroy did a splendid job as Kapellmeister. We were delighted to see Dag and       1 egg                                    12 heaping tsp ground cinnamon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2   Spencer
                                             Nancy Pfeiffer; in keeping with the Giant tradition, when we got to our last       2 cups sifted, all-purpose flour         6 heaping tsp (or more, to taste) ground cloves                       5   Earth day
                                             song, O Christmas Tree or O Tannenbaum, Dag added a verse auf Deutsch.             1 tsp baking soda                        4 large navel oranges                                                 6   one
                                                 Johanna Becker and Cindy Abate ran the SGPA Trading Post, featuring            1 tsp baking powder                                                                                            8   Hobbomock
                                                                                                                                                                         2 large lemons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10   culvert
                                             our first-ever, SGPA twelve-month calendar. Sales have been brisk, and              1½ cups finely chopped or coarsely
                                                                                                                                                                         Directions:                                                          11   trailcrew
                                             everyone has been inspired by the beauty of the calendar created by Linda          grated apples (peeled, cored)
                                                                                                                                1 cup raisins                             1. Heat the wine and cider until hot, but avoid boiling.            DOWN
                                             Olender, the Board’s talented graphic designer. Barbara Beitch and Cindy
                                                                                                                                1 cup chopped walnuts                     2. Stir in the sugar.                                                1   tower
                                             Abate served as the support committee by researching and proofreading,
                                                                                                                                Approximately ¼ cup orange juice          3. Add the juice from the maraschino cherries.                       3   patch
                                             and several photographers, especially Dick Majka, contributed beautiful                                                                                                                           4   Inside
                                                                                                                                                                          4. Reheat the brew.
                                             images of the Giant in its four-season splendor.                                                                                                                                                  7   forty
DM                                                                                                                            Combine butter, brown sugar, salt,          5. After the wine/cider mix is very hot, add the cinnamon            9   acres
                                                                                                                              spices and egg. Beat until smooth.             and cloves gradually with stirring to keep the spices
                                                                                                                              Add half of the flour, salt, baking soda,       dissolved and to avoid clumping.                                 Outdood
                                                           photo credits: Irwin Beitch (IB),                                  baking power to the mixture and mix
                                                           Dick Majka (DM)                                                                                                6. Wash the oranges and lemons, and cut them into small             Scavenger Hunt
                                                                                                                              well. Add the fruit and nuts, and mix
                                                                                                                                                                             pieces (including the rinds).                                     1 ash
                                                                                                                              well. Mix in the remaining flour by
                                                                                                                                                                          7. One hour before serving, add the pieces of citrus fruit           2 elm
                                                                                                                              parts; if the mixture becomes too dry,
                                                                                                                                                                             to the brew.                                                      3 princess
                                                                                                                              add a little orange juice. You are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               4 deer tracks
                                                                                                                              aiming for a stiff batter.                  8. Simmer a while. Longer cooking causes disintegration of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               5 gray squirrel
                                                                                                                                                                             the fruit, but insufficient heating causes a spice gel to form.
                                                                                                                              Drop the batter by rounded                                                                                       6 raven
                                                                                                                                                                          9. Add the cherries.                                                 7 skunk cabbage
                                                                                                                              teaspoonfuls onto a greased or non-
                                                                                                                              stick cookie sheet. Bake in a 350°F oven   10. Before serving, taste and add additional sugar as desired,        8 woodland sunflower
                                                                                                                              on a rack just below the middle for            since the fruits tend to acidify the mixture. They also may       9 Indian pipes
                                                                                                                              about 6 minutes, then at the top of the        help to dissolve the spices.                                     10 Japanese
                                                                                                                              oven for another 6 minutes. Remove         NOTE: Mulled wine is a living entity, and its precise                   barberry
                                                                                                                              cookies to racks to cool. You should get   formulation is rather elusive. It is our experience that             11 moss
                                                                                                                              about 3 dozen soft, spicy cookies.                                                                              12 fungi
                                                                                                                                                                         appropriate music in the background enhances the results.
                                                                                                                              Dick Majka                                 Irwin Beitch

                           DM                                                                  IB
                                                                                                                              photo on this page: Irwin Beitch
DM    12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    13
2007 Hiking Schedule
                                                       February 18
                                                                            1:30 pm
                                                                                              Description of Hike
                                                                                              Winter Tree Identification Hike
                                                                                                                                         Trading Post
                                                       March 18             11:00 am          Almost Spring Hikers’ Hike                  Most items can be seen on:
     The SGPA Hiking Committee has
planned the following schedule of hikes                                                       (Experienced Hikers)                                                                                       P&H
for 2007. Most hikes will leave from the               March 25             1:30 pm           History-of-the-Giant Hike                   ADULT T-SHIRT (short sleeve)                       $15.00      $3.00
                                                       April 22             1:30 pm           Special Earth Day Hike                      black, gray or white/med/lg/x-lg
Bulletin Board Kiosk at the Park en-
                                                       April 29             1:30 pm           Spring Wildflower Hike                       ADULT T-SHIRT (long sleeve)                        $18.00      $3.00
trance on Sunday afternoons at 1:30 pm.
                                                                                                                                          black or white/med/lg/x-lg
Please check the listing for other start               May 13               8:00 am           Early Bird Watchers’ Hike
                                                                                                                                          KID’S T-SHIRT (short sleeve)                       $10.00      $3.00
times. The Sleeping Giant State Park is                June 3               1:30 pm           Hike-A-Giant Event
                                                                                                                                          black or white/kid’s large only                                            Kid’s T-shirts are
on Mt. Carmel Ave. in northern Hamden,                                                        (Registration starts at 1 PM)
                                                                                                                                          ADULT T-SHIRT former design (short sleeve) $10.00              $1.50          back in stock!
about a quarter of a mile from Whitney                 June 24              1:30 pm           Summer Solstice Hike                        gray or white/med/lg/x-lg                                                  (same design and
Ave. on the left side of the street across             September 23         1:30 pm           Fall Wildflower Hike                                                                                                       bright colors as
                                                                                                                                          SLEEPING GIANT CAP                                 $10.00      $1.50             adult shirts.)
from the Quinnipiac University entrance.               October 14           1:30 pm           East End Hike                               khaki & green with green embroidered logo.                                                              Back of shirt
Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and                 October 28           1:30 pm           Fall Foliage Hike                           Book Born Among the Hills
bring a snack and water, as desired.                   November 4           11:00 am          Fall Hikers’ Hike                           Third Edition of The Sleeping Giant Story
                                                                                                                                                                                              out of stock
                                                                                                                                          by Nancy Sachse.
Dress for the weather. You are welcome                                                        (Experienced Hikers)                                                                                                                            Former T-shirt
                                                                                                                                          COLOR POSTER*                                       $6.00      $3.00
to bring a camera. Please do not bring                 November 11          1:30 pm           Geology-of-the-Giant Hike                   18” x 24” The Giant in fall colors.
pets on scheduled SGPA hikes. These                    December 2           1:30 pm           Holiday Hike and Social                     EMBROIDERED PATCH                                   $4.00       $.75
events are free and open to the public.                                                       (Social starts at 3:00 pm)                  4” wide oval with Sleeping Giant design
For more information:                  January 1, ’08       1:30 pm           New Year’s Day Hike                         to sew on packs.
or 203-272-7841.                                                                                                                          DECAL                                               $2.00       $.75
                                                                                                                                          4 1/2” wide – same design as patch.                                                                 Postcards

                                                                                                                                          MAP (black & white)*                                $3.00      $3.00
What You Need To Know About Lyme Disease                                                                                                  18” x 24” trail map of the Giant.
                                                                                                                                          POSTCARDS (4 for $1.00)                             $1.00       $.75
     I hike the Giant frequently. Last June, I noticed a circular ring on my upper thigh, a classic symptom of the bite of a tick         Full color of the Giant.
infected with the pathogen of Lyme disease. I contacted my doctor who prescribed a three-week course of an antibiotic                     * Poster and map are rolled up and mailed in a tube, and you
and also scheduled a blood test for the disease. The blood test was positive, and I took the medication. There were no side               can dry or spray mount them to keep them flat.
effects and I never had any other symptoms. The following information is taken from the web site of the Center for Disease
Control (CDC) at:
      Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium and is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected, blacklegged ticks also
called deer ticks. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings, and the possibility of exposure to infect-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Large map
ed ticks. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Typical symptoms include
fever, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema mi-                                                                                                                                      Full color poster
grans (EM). This rash occurs in approximately 70-80% of infected persons and begins at the site of a tick bite after a delay                          Patch                                 Decal

of 3 - 30 days. A distinctive feature of the rash is that it gradually expands over a period of several days, reaching up to 12
                                                                                                                                                                                                price        price
inches. The center of the rash may result in a bull’s-eye appearance.                                                                                  item                 size    color       each         total
     Wear long pants, long sleeves, and long socks to keep ticks off your skin. Light-colored clothing will help you spot ticks
more easily. Tucking pant legs into socks or boots and tucking shirts into pants help keep ticks on the outside of clothing.                                                                                               Street
If you will be outside for an extended period of time, tape the area where your pants and socks meet. Use insect repellent
with 20% - 30% DEET on adult skin and clothing to prevent tick bites. Permethrin kills ticks on contact, and should not be
applied directly to skin. One application to pants, socks, and shoes typically stays effective through several washings.
     Take extra precautions in May, June, and July. If you do enter a tick area, walk in the center of the trail to avoid contact with
overgrown litter near ground level. Perform daily tick checks after being outdoors. Inspect all parts of your body and remove                                                                                              State                                Zip
ticks immediately using fine-tipped tweezers. If a tick is attached to your skin for less than 24 hours, your chance of getting Lyme                                                           shipping

disease is extremely small. But just to be safe, monitor your health closely after a tick bite and be alert for any signs and symp-                                                                                        Phone
toms. If you believe you may have Lyme disease, it is important that you consult your health care provider for proper diagnosis.

                                                                                           Personal Account and Article Excerpts         Fill out order form (please print) and mail with a check payable to               Mail the check to:
                                                                                                                                         SGPA. Be sure to include the total amount including postage and                   The Sleeping Giant Park Association
                                                                                           Chuck Schall                                  handling (p&h).                                                                   P.O. Box 185340, Hamden, CT 06518

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SLEEPING GIANT PARK ASSOCIATION                                    Journal – continued from page 9
OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS                                               “As I was hiking the Blue Trail from east to west, I
Mike Miller                  President                             noticed many people walking toward me who were really
Tom Vocelli                  First vice president                  out of breath! Then I came out onto the quarry. As the wind
Jeff Donofrio                Second vice president                 almost toppled me, I was amazed at the steep, bare rock
                               and legal affairs                   face before me. All those poor, gasping people had just
Gail Cameron                 Recording secretary
                                                                   come up this steep section and I understood the exhaustion
Felicia Tencza               Corresponding secretary
                                                                   on their faces. My new goal became hiking all of the marked
Phil Rapuano                 Treasurer
Herb Etter                   Past president                        trails in both directions within this year (and) I completed
Dag Pfeiffer                 Fund-raising chairperson              this on December 23rd, 2006.”
John Kotchian                Land acquisition chairperson          Eva Szigeti / Double Giant Master #136
Dick Majka                   Information technology
Irwin Beitch                 Hike-A-Giant chairperson
Barbara Beitch               Hiking chairperson
Ed Konowitz                  Finance committee chairperson
Ross Lanius                  Volunteer projects
Gil Spencer                  Archivist
Linda Olender                Graphic Designer
Cindy Abate                  Giant News editor and
                               Schools Outreach
Chuck Schall                 Membership chairperson
                                                                   SGPA Calendar 2007 Acknowledgements:
Johanna Becker               Merchandise manager
Dom DeGennaro                Trails maintenance chairperson        Graphic Designer: Linda Olender; Photographers: Dick Majka, Irwin
Phil Costello                Public relations and special events   Beitch, Chuck Schall, Linda Olender, Cindy Abate; Archivist: Gilbert
Sandy Anagnostakis           Park naturalist                       Spencer; Naturalists: Jim Sirch, Sandra Anagnostakis;Cover Photo:
Lori Lindquist               Park manager                          Joanne Schmaltz; Poet: Gilbert Spencer’s granddaughter,
                                                                   Jessie;Committee: Barbara Beitch, Linda Olender, Cindy Abate

Newsletter design and production: Linda Olender

Giant News is published by The Sleeping Giant Park
Association, a non-profit volunteer organization.
Comments and suggestions are welcome. See
address below.

The Sleeping Giant Park Association                                                                               NON-PROFIT ORG.
P.O. Box 185340                                                                                                     U S POSTAGE
Hamden, CT 06518-0340
                                                                                                                   Permit NO. 526
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