Along the Lakeshore: May 1

Remembering Bill Gregory

Surprisingly, there were a couple of bufflehead pairs in front of my dock on April 24. I thought they had started their trip to nesting-ville, as I assume they have lots of miles to go. The lake is full and the creek is at maximum regular flow. There’s about an 18 to 24-inch rise for emergency flow if necessary. If we go to a 24-inch additional flow, the water will be flowing into the CVS buildings’ lower doors.

It’s time for dock owners to be getting ready to use their boat hoists. This is the third notice in this column that I have a 12-foot-long by six-inch by 1/2-inch boat hoist bunk with blue carpet and stainless steel angles for attaching to the hoist. It floated in some time during the winter and I rescued it. Someone among the 5,500 subscribers to this paper must know the owner. It represents a substantial investment to replace it and I can’t understand why someone hasn’t contacted me to retrieve it. I can be reached at 685-2015.

I received news that my friend Bill Gregory has died in Arizona. Sue and I visited Bayne in their home just after Bill had his first stroke. Then he had further complications with jaw and mouth tumors. It has been a long battle for them both. Most feel that he battled for all he was worth and now it has finally ended.

Bill was the class of ‘51 at Skaneateles High School and ‘55 at SU. He yearned to fly and took Air Force flight training, then joined the 174th Air Guard based in Syracuse. He served in the Air Force in Korea after the peace was signed and he served in France when things heated up and close ground support needed to be readily available. He eventually retired from the 174th as a brigadier general. He started his commercial aviation career after his return from Korea as a pilot with Mohawk Airline which soon became Allegheny and then USAir.

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