Site Updates

April 6, 2019

Added Otter Connection report on March for Our Lives Washington DC

November 6, 2017

Added Keith Clarke’s name to the Final Portage List of deceased Otter alumni.  Keith passed away yesterday, November 5th.

August 12:

Posted five entries from the July, 2017 Buffalo area reunion.

July 29, 2017

Added home movies of Otter supplied by Bob Hoffarth and probably taken around 1963 or ’64

April 31, 2017

Added new post with photos of camp watercolors by Edith Ortner.

Updated existing post about early camp directors to include photos of awards presented to Howard Ortner for his distinguished career in athletics including as coach of the Cornell University basketball team.

April 24, 2017

Posted listing of area lodgings available for 2017 reunion and directions to Friday evening dinner site and to Saturday Yorkshire Hall reunion location.

February 22, 2017

Added names of Harry Sinclair and George Rosenburg to Final Portage listing of deceased alumni.  Added Reunion Update II post.

January 7, 2017

Added Carter Birely’s name to Last Portage List (Died 8/1/16)

June 12, 2014

Added Photo including Mark Sanderson to the article on Jane Wardwell Roberts Memorial Remembrance.

June 10, 2015

Added report on June 6, 2015 Jane Wardwell Roberts Memorial Remembrance in Fitzwilliam, NH with photos of Otter attendees.

April 22, 2015

Added information on June Remembrance Program for Jane Wardwell Roberts and official obituary.

February 15, 2015

Updated Post regarding obtaining and maintaining alumni contact information for all alumni.

February 14, 2015

Posted additional memories and photos of Jane Roberts.

February 11, 2015

Posted In Memorium message regarding the passing of Jane Wardwell Roberts

January 11, 2015

Added Emy Young Boag camp photos from 1964 – 1968

September 22, 2014

Added video:  Reflections on the Camp Otter Experience including interviews with Gretchen Himmele Munroe, Martha Otis and Jane Wardwell Roberts.

Added Post on the photos and art of Peter and Alice Dustin based on a 2007 trip to Algonquin Park.

September 18, 2014

Added reunion weekend photos from Peter Dustin to various galleries including Thursday Dinner, Friday SS Bigwin ride, Otter siblings and Saturday Camp visit.

September 16, 2014

Added Friday Reunion Photo Galleries of Luncheon, SS Bigwin Ride and Dinner

Added Gallery of Otter Siblings

Added Photo Gallery of Saturday morning visit to Dorset Museum

Added Photo Gallery of Saturday lunch

Added Photo Gallery of Saturday afternoon visit to Lake Otter

September 11, 2014

Added Muskokan newspaper article about the reunion at the end of the Post-Reunion posting.

Added Post Advice From An Otter

September 9, 2014

Added first post-reunion report and photos..Oh What a Time We Had.

September 7, 2014

Deleted outdated posts related to Reunion planning and organization.

July 19, 2014

We are continually updating several posts relating to the September 4-6 reunion including such items as the Agenda, FAQ, and Look who is Coming to the Reunion.  If you are planning on attending, check these posts regularly for the latest information AND be sure to regularly check your e-mail for latest updates and important information about the event.

May 23, 2014

Added additional names of alumni we have been unable to locate or contact.

Added initial Draft Agenda for Reunion Weekend.

May 19, 2014

Added Post about missing Otter alumni and seeking help from friends re. reconnection.

May 2014

Added Page about 2014 Reunion including links to important resources and registration form.

Added FAQs and means to leave questions and get answers about the Reunion.

Feb. 22, 2014

Added new Post on memorabilia….photos supplied by Drew Kahle and Wilma Jean (Crewson) Nickasen

Feb. 20, 2014

Removed password-protected contact lists for all alumni.  Ongoing efforts by Larry Rublee are steadily generating a new and much-improved listing with up-to-date contact information.  We will be making this list available shortly.

January 26, 2014

Posted four videos of Drew Kahle home movies from 1960-63 of Otter, Otter activities, Dorset, Dorset Regatta and start of a co-ed canoe trip.

October 7, 2013

Added article with large collection of photos from early camp days, drawn from the Crewson family collection and generously loaned to us for scanning by Wilma Jean Nickason, grand daughter of Bill and Jessie and daughter of Olga Crewson.

September 27, 2013

Added article on possible Otter Alumni reunion for summer or early fall of 2014 at or near Dorset.  Full details on a possible program included and instructions on how to respond if you are interested in attending.

Added article on trip to Dorset and Algonquin by Jim Boguslowski, Larry Rublee and Doug Webster to explore possible resources for a 2014 reunion and spend a few days camping in the Park. Includes photos and descriptions of the trip.

September 30, 2013

Added article with contents of Camp Otter Memories, a memoir of life at camp, self-published by 1930s-era camper Peter Crandall.  Peter returned to Dorset a few years ago and met with relatives of the Crewsons and Brad Robinson.  Includes numerous photos and interesting perspectives of Camp Otter in earlier years.

Added article with collection of Camp Otter advertisements, most of them published in the Cornell Alumni News between the very early years of the Camp and the late 40s. Read how the Camp was “marketed” over the years.

Added article from The Minden Times about E.B. White’s association with Camp Otter.

February 26, 2013

Added a photos to existing galleries of BW Camp Photos and Color Photos from the late 50s

Added two photos posts:  More Black and White Camp Photos and Photos: 2000 Reunion

Added the 1990 Reunion Program including logos for Otter and for the Reunion and a reunion T-shirt.

February 24, 2013

Added David Olson short story contribution, Honey Dipping to Alumni Contributions Category.

Added two articles about E.B. White’s connections to Otter from the Ottawa Citizens Weekly of September9, 1999.

Charlotte’s Web: The Canadian Connection

E.B. White Goes to Camp

February 22, 2013

First, as you have probably figured out, I’ve removed the CATEGORY Site Updates and instead made it a menu item on the top of the page.  The reason?:  Instead of cluttering up the Recent Posts menu on the side of the page with lots of single update posts, I will now maintain a single page and add to it over time with the latest date and listing of the changes made, from the newest to the oldest.  If you have recently joined the site and are just catching up, scrolling down this page will give you a chronological list of updates.

As for changes today, I added a post with a June, 2000 Buffalo News commentary article submitted by Jim Boguslawski and written by George Walker about the Camp Otter Experience and what it meant to those who attended.

Added a list of Camp Memories called It’s Been 50 Years Since I’ve… submitted by Drew Kahle

I’ve also updated addresses and e-mails for Dave and for Jeff Olson in the database.  (You will need to have a site registration and password to get into those areas.)

February 21, 2013

Created new ALUMNI SUBMISSIONS Category and added to it:

A short story submitted by Dave Olson called The Portage

A request from Dave for alumni input to help with the drafting of a planned movie based on Otter experiences.

February 19, 2013

Added a new category – Memorabilia for the posting of photos and copies of documents detailing camp life and history.

Under that category, posted three Otter News Newsletters and other items:

Otter News 1961

Otter News 1962

Otter News 1963

Roster for1963 Otter Girls Football Team

A Packing List and Shipping Instructions for Camp Clothing and Gear Required

If you have items like this in your own home collection, let us know.  We’ll work with you to get copies and get them posted on the site.

Added another photo of Howie, Charlie Rogers and Boys Counselors to Black and White Photo Gallery

February 17, 2013

Added video footage from the 2000 Camp Otter Alumni Reunion held at the Tannenbaum Lodge in Ellicottville, NY.  The video is divided up into four segments:

Section 1 11:11

Section 2  10:48

Section 3  6:24

Section 4  11:50

Added 1960 Camp Home movies video  14:42

February 16, 2013

Added Larry Rublee photos to the 2005 Reunion gallery.

Added two more galleries of Rublee-supplied photos to Photo Gallery II and Gallery III.

Added the following Videos:

Dorset and Camp Arrival 

Camp Otter Typical Day Part 1of 2

Camp Otter Typical Day Part 2 of 2

Camp Otter Special Events Activities

Camp Otter Canoe Trips

Camp Otter Candid Photos 

Camp Otter Last Campfire 

Camp Otter 2000 Reunion Grand Island NY

Another set of video footage, including the 2000 Reunion at Tannenbaum Lodge will be added soon.

If you are registered, but have not yet done so, enter your e-mail address in the “Follow Window” on the home page.  Then you will get an e-mail notification when new pages are added to the site.  You must be registered to do this, to make comments on blog posts and to get into the secure areas with alumni names and addresses and e-mails.

February 13, 2013

Added Post with Camp Otter and Taps Lyrics

February 12, 2013

First, here’s a quick and easy way to keep track of new posts on the site.  On the home page of the site is a Follow button.  Fill in your e-mail address and then, any time we add a new post to the site, you will get an e-mail notification.

  • Added a post on the Camp Otter brochure created by the Rogers in the late 50s to help market the camp.  We’ve tried to ID folks in the many photos in the brochure but your input may help us identify others.
  • Tweaked the Address and E-mail lists to include new information on alumni (specifics of those updates can be found at the head of each and the date of the update is part of the post and its title.)  NOTE:  You must be a registered site user and use our supplied password to enter these two secured areas.  See our post on how to register elsewhere on the site.
  • Added numerous IDs/captions to 2005 Reunion PhotosBlack and White Camp Photos, and Color Photos from the 50s

We encourage you to let us know when you see posts, photo captions or other information with missing information and think you have a correction or missing data.  Click Contact and send me the information providing as many specifics as possible on what pictures and/or post you are referring to.

2 thoughts on “Site Updates

  1. Doug Webster says:

    Susan….just sent you a full listing of all alumni and contact information. For any other alumni who would like a copy of this information, send me an e-mail and I will send it out as a spreadsheet attachment.

  2. Susan Clarke says:

    Hi Doug! Thanks for such a FANTASTIC time! So well organized and oh so fun taking a walk down memory lane with so many wonderful people. Would you please send me Jane’s snail-mail address and email (if she is still using that way for correspondence)? Thanks.

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