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And Were Back!!

Finally back online. Will see if I can add some new content soon.


“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” —John Adams (1770)


Eagle Scout Challenge Coin

If your a Prime member and need a last minute gift or stocking stuffer for that Eagle Scout in your life? Here is one to consider.


Running Toward Danger: Real Life Scouting Action Stories of Heroism, Valor & Guts

Looking for a Christmas Gift for that Scout or Scouter in your life? Here is a new hardcover book that might please that reader. Available via the Amazon link below.

Running Toward Danger is a book that will shock you, give you chills, and make you cheer! It is one of the least-known and least-presented major awards offered by the Boy Scouts of America. But similar to the Eagle Scout medal, it also is highly celebrated–perhaps more.

It’s the Honor Medal for Lifesaving.

In its various forms, it embodies the Medal of Merit for saving a life, the Honor Medal for doing so at personal risk, and the Honor Medal with crossed palms for extreme personal risk–all that has made Scouting an honored American icon for over a century. During those decades, a little more than a thousand of the highest medals have been awarded to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorers, Venturers, Varsity Scouts, and adult volunteers. And every one of those rescues is an unforgettable story.

The hardcover:

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“It is the fundamental theory of all the more recent American law … that the average citizen is half-witted, and hence not to be trusted to either his own devices or his own thoughts.” H. L. Mencken


Lucky 4000

The previous post, ISCA Council and Lodge Merger List Updated was the 4000th post since the blog began back in January 2004.

The blog has grown from its humble more infrequent postings and while I have not posted as much as would have liked recently, there have been long stretches of being updated virtually every day, with information on new and newly discovered issues from the 70+ lodges from New York State. The scope of the blog has broadened a bit since than. In addition to Blue Book Issues, I now try to cover Section and Area Conclaves for the New York Lodges, neckerchief slides and bolos and other items of interest to collectors. I have been able to do this only with the strong support of my loyal readers and contributors.

Not sure if I ever thought I would hit 4000; but I’m still enjoying the ride, so let’s see where the next 1000 posts will lead.

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“The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.” J. Paul Getty


Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year!
There is no better way to start the new year than to thank my dedicated readers, subscribers and of course the contributors to this blog. When I started this almost 10 years ago, I never thought it would still be going strong with nearly 4000 posts in the intervening years.

To those who send me information, trades and comments prefer to remain anonymous, I respect your wishes.

You know who you are and you have my anonymous thanks.

Many have been mentioned in individual posts, and I would like to thank all of of those who leave regular comments, supply scans, questions, ideas and information for new posts and series.

May the New Year bring you good health, good fortune and that elusive need.


Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

More to come as life, family and work settle down after the holidays.