Articles from September 2015

State of the Hobby – Tahgajute Lodge #247 J3 Ceremonial Team Patch

I had previously written about the Tahgajute Lodge #247 J3 Ceremonial Team Patch, one of the toughest items from Tahgajute Lodge #247.

One recently showed up on eBay.

Clicking on the image will bring you to the auction results for the next few months.

this one was probably hurt since it does not contain the lodge name or number, but their were still for unique bidders on this on driving the price up to over $ 56.00.

The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.”
— Thomas Jefferson


7th Annual Empire State Trade-O-Ree Nov. 7, 2015 – Verona NY

Hope to see you at the 7th Annual Empire State Trade-O-Ree on Nov. 7, 2015 in Verona NY.

WHEN: November 7, 2015 9:00 am-3:00 pm (dealer setup at 7:45 am)

WHERE: VERONA FIRE DEPARTMENT (Station #1) 5555 Volunteer Ave. Verona NY 13478

Directions: (from NYS Thruway I-90…TOR is less than 1 mile from end of exit ramp): *Take Exit #33 (Verona-Rome-NY Route 365). *Head East on Rt. 365 (Eastbound) towards Rome. *At 2nd light from exit, take left onto Spring St. *At stop sign, make left onto Main St. *Turn right onto Volunteer Ave. *Fire station is at the top of the hill.


You can find all of the details available the in the 2015 Empire State TOR.

Will you be there too?

“Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence.” —Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833


Throwback Thursday – Man-A-Hattin Lodge #82 event issue eN1956-2

Ten years ago in August 2005, I was posting about a previously unlisted event issue from Man-A-Hattin Lodge #82.

Here is second Man-A-Hattin Lodge #82 event issue, that was previously unlisted in the Blue Book. This will change the current eN1956 to eN1956-1 and this will likely be the:
eN1956-2 – – ORG – – BLU SSC 1956 Arrowrama Beaver Totem pierced by Arrow right. ORG WWW




“The love of justice and the love of country plead equally the cause of these people, and it is a moral reproach to us that they should have pleaded it so long in vain.” —Thomas Jefferson (1814)


Onteroraus Lodge #402 OA Centennial Flap S60

Here is Onteroraus Lodge #402’s entry for the OA Centennial, utilizing elements of their early and recent flap designs.

Onteroraus Lodge #402 OA Centennial Flap S60

Onteroraus Lodge #402 OA Centennial Flap S60

The stats for this one are:
S60 M/C R M/C M/C RED FDL; YEL Centennial 1915-2015 OA100 Logo

“Public affairs go on pretty much as usual: perpetual chicanery and rather more personal abuse than there used to be.” –John Adams


WNYTA 34th Scout Memorabilia Trade O Ree & Auction September 18 & 19th 2015

Western New York Traders Association In Conjunction With The Greater Niagara Frontier Council 34th Scout Memorabilia Trade O Ree & Auction

When: Friday September 18th 5 PM – 11 PM
Saturday September 19th 9 AM – Auction – Saturday – 1:00 PM
Admission: $1.00 per person. Scouts under the age of “18” in full uniform are admitted for free
Tables:$ 15.00 Wall, $ 10.00 island
Location: North Forest Presbyterian Church 300 North Forest Rd., Williamsville, NY 14221 US

All Proceeds to Benefit Greater Niagara Frontier Council B.S.A. programs.

Address questions to: Dirk Norwich, Trade O Ree Chairman
or to Paul Freitag, TOR Co-chairman (716) 829-9025

You can find more info here.

Always a good local TOR, I’ve been a regular attendee for many years and I’ll be there again later this week. If you have any of my NYS OA needs I’ll be there trading both days.

“But the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of an enlarged and permanent interest, is but too often drowned, before public bodies as well as individuals, by the clamors of an impatient avidity for immediate and immoderate gain.” —James Madison (1788)


Ashokwahta Lodge #339 2015 NOAC Set S25/X4

Here is another one of several new issues from Ashokwahta Lodge #339, this one is for NOAC 2015 held at MSU in East Lansing, Michigan.

Ashokwahta Lodge #339 2015 NOAC Set S25/X4

Ashokwahta Lodge #339 2015 NOAC Set S25/X4

The Green color is much brighter than it appears in the scan.

The stats are:

“The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition.” –James Madison


Sept 11, 2001 – Year Fourteen

Today is the Fourteenth Anniversary of that sunny Tuesday morning when the Towers fell. Driving through lower Manhattan this weekend we saw the Freedom Tower rising into the sky as the work continues on the site. From West Street much of the finish work is completed, on the Church Street side the work continues.

I can still remember the paper and debris flying through the air over a half mile away, the burnt pulverized concrete dust falling from the sky. The smell, which lingered for weeks afterwards. And the long walk home that the summer morning with the smoke plume rising in the sky.

From a couple of years ago:

Late in the morning of the Tuesday that changed everything, Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney was on a runway at Andrews Air Force Base and ready to fly. She had her hand on the throttle of an F-16 and she had her orders: Bring down United Airlines Flight 93. The day’s fourth hijacked airliner seemed to be hurtling toward Washington. Penney, one of the first two combat pilots in the air that morning, was told to stop it.

The one thing she didn’t have as she roared into the crystalline sky was live ammunition. Or missiles. Or anything at all to throw at a hostile aircraft.

Except her own plane. So that was the plan.

Read the rest or hear it here.

And as an author to an Author I have to admire the plotting touch, where the three burly and brave guys who spearheaded the fight back in flight 93 were a born again man, a Jewish man, and a gay man. Can you imagine any group designed to give more heart burn to the enemies that brought down the towers and who tried to use flight 93 as a weapon?

Their lives were forfeit, but they died free men. They died heroes. More importantly, they died Americans.

Read the rest.

Never Forget.

WTC 09-11

Hat Tip to to Cap’n Bob (