Please Take This High Mountain Survey

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I am a big fan of High Mountain -- especially the views from the summit and the history-infused Clove, and I am pleased to pass along the news that The Nature Conservancy recently contracted with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference to overhaul the trail network at High Mountain.

The goal is to make the trails more sustainable, more accessible to a wider audience, and easier to navigate. To achieve this, we might be incorporating some of the more engineered but unofficial mountain biking trails into the network.  

TNC recently launched a public survey to help inform their decision-making as they work through this process. They’d love to get your thoughts, and encourage you to share it with any friends or family in your network who visit High Mountain.  The survey will be live for the next 3 weeks or so, and TNC  is hoping to get as many respondents as possible.

Here is the link:

Thanks for your participation.


Sad News about Queenie

I am sorry to report that Queenie Norian, a wonderful person and long-time Celery Farm devotee, has died. I will always remember her gentle smile and her love of nature, especially the Eastern Box Turtles that laid eggs near her backyard.

This from the Vander Plaat Funeral Home:

Armene Norian Obituary

Screenshot 2024-02-07 at 8.29.19 AMArmene (Queenie) Norian’s near daily walks through the Allendale Celery Farm have come to an end. Her next walks will be in wondrous surroundings with family and friends she has not seen in a long time. 

Surely her first walking companion will be her husband of 45 years, Haig Norian, with whom she raised 4 children: Maral Perrotta, Lori Norian, Raffi Norian, Garo Norian, and enjoyed welcoming spouses Sam Perrotta, Derrick Chin, Luciana Norian, Diana Norian, as well as nine grandchildren into the family she cultivated and nurtured with great pride and care. 

Born Armene Allalemdjian on June 15th, 1939 in New York, New York, she was the daughter of Souren and Lucy Allalemdjian. She graduated from Green Mountain College with a degree in art and worked as a graphic artist for American Girl magazine and Condé Nast before having her children.  She is survived by her twin, Penie Papazian and siblings Mihran Allalemdjian, Vahe Allalemdjian, Pookie Allalemdjian, Veron Allalemdjian, Vartan Allalemdjian and Ardem Schmelke.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Feb 17th at 11 am at West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe St., Ridgewood NJ. Immediately following the service, a reception will be held at the church in DePhillips Hall. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Fyke Nature Association online at or via mail to PO Box 141, Ramsey, NJ 07446.

Jerry Barrack's Photos on View

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Three of Jerry Barrack's photos from the Celery Farm are now on long-term view in Allendale, thanks to Jerry's generous donation.

Jerry's aerial photo from a quarter-century ago is in the reading room of the Lee Memorial Library (above).

In honor of Stiles, Jerry's photos of a male Wood Duck and a flock of pepper birds at dusk are on a wall of the Thomas, Freeman and Giglio Insurance Agency in Allendale's flat-iron building where Stiles  attended to the townspeople's insurance needs. (You can see a painting by Stiles' friend -- Allendale's Geroge Takayama -- as well).

(Thanks, Jerry!)

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