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Books: Waterfalls of New York State

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New York is home to the most famous waterfall in the world, Niagara Falls, but the state also boasts more than 2,000 other waterfalls. Todd Moe talks with David Schryver, co-author of the new book, Waterfalls of New York State. It celebrates over 100 of the more scenic falls.

David Schryver will sign copies of his book Thursday night (6 pm) at the Dexter Public Library, and Saturday (3 pm) at the Brewer Bookstore in Canton.

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Schryver, taught high school math at Edward-Knox Central School for 33 years and retired in 2006, said his interest was sparked when his son made a comment about Lampson Falls. Schryver had never seen the falls, even though he had lived in Edwards, NY for several decades. He started looking around for more waterfalls because, he said, there is just something comforting about their appearance and sound.

He found there was very little in print about water falls in St. Lawrence, Lewis and Jefferson counties, So he first developed a website for waterfalls. It kept growing, which led him to license the web address, which in turn led to him meeting co-author Scott Ensminger. Ensminger had been contracted by Firefly to write a book about waterfalls in New York State. He called Schyver for help.

Every entry in the book is a two-page spread, including a photo, a write-up on the waterfall, and a sidebar with statistics and information about the falls, its waterway, and how to get easy access.

Edward Smathers, a professional photographer from the Albany area, took the photos. Schryver said Smathers work is “phenomenal,” with every waterfall having at least one color picture. “It’s not just a guide book, it’s almost like a small coffee table book type of thing.”

Most waterfalls are little bit of a trek to get to, said Schryver. Some are not easily accessible, such as Rainbow falls, which is a 12-mile round trip walk from the nearest parking. Some, however, can be seen from the road.

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