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.
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.
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 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.
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 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:
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 the following Videos:
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 Photos, Black 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.