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Age of Supreme Court Judges including Retirees, 1970-2017

This chart shows the age of every Supreme Court Justice appointed after 1970, including those who have retired or deceased. Those justices who retired or deceased are highlighted dark gray, and their age is the year they left the court. Elena Kagan at age 56 is the youngest and most recently appointed Supreme Court justice. Two justices -- Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Ginsberg are above 80 and are highlighted in red. Justice Stephen Bryer, highlighted in yellow is age 70. Remaining justices, are under age 70.

New Salem

New Scotland is a town in Albany County, New York, United States. The population was 8,648 at the 2010 census. The town is southwest of Albany, New York, the state capital. New Scotland is centrally located in the county. https://www.wikiwand.

Votes on Supreme Court Nominees, 1970-present

Traditionally, Supreme Court Justices have been approved by the United States Senate by nearly the entire body. Only one nominee, Robert Bork has been voted down by the US Senate, 48-52. Clarence Thomas was approved by only 52-48, and the only other narrow margin was Samuel Alito at 58-42 (two short of a filibuster-proof majority). Barack Obama's nominees were approved 68-31 Sotomayer an 63-31 Kagan. While confirmations have become more partisan in recent years, generally most nominees are ultimately approved with 60 percent plus of the vote.

Map: Featherstonhaugh State Forest

Map: Featherstonhaugh State Forest


This 697-acre State Forest was named after George W. Featherstonhaugh, a British gentleman who moved to the area and married Sarah Duane, the youngest daughter of James Duane, the patron of Duanesburg. Featherstonhaugh practiced scientific farming, crop rotation, held county fairs with agricultural competitions and served as the first US geologist and agricultural commissioner. He is also considered the father of the steam railroad.

Forest Management
Featherstonhaugh State Forest is managed for multiple uses, including timber production, watershed protection, wildlife habitat and recreation. Recreational opportunities include hiking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife viewing.

1.4 miles of designated snowmobile trails
3.7 miles of designated cross country ski/hiking trails
0.2 miles of graveled access trail specifically designated for mobility impaired use

Featherstonhaugh Lake is a 38-acre warm water lake approximately 9.5 feet deep on average. Fish species include largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed and golden shiners.

Good morning! Happy Sunday. Two weeks to Palm Sunday. Partly cloudy and 29 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind.The skies will clear Wednesday around 6 am. I woke up this morning to very yellow skies with the sun, now gone filtering through the clouds to the north. Sleet to the south but it’s expected to change to rain by the time it reaches Albany. 

Today will have a slight chance of freezing rain before 11am, then rain likely. Cloudy, with a high of 38 degrees at 4pm. 10 degrees below normal. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 52 degrees. The record high of 74 was set in 1986. 6.1 inches of snow fell back in 1899.

The sun will set at 7:15 pm with dusk around 7:43 pm, which is one minute and 9 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 12 hours and 29 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 54 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will rain, mainly after midnight. Low of 36 degrees at 10pm. Six degrees above normal. Southeast wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 40 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 11 occurred back in 1975.

Grocery shopping, truck washing and a few other things on the agenda for today. Nothing to exciting as I wait for the nicer weather to come around. I’m sure it can’t be more than a few weeks away. I think it’s going to be Apple cinnamon waffles this morning…. Hopefully they won’t be too sugary. 

As previously noted, there are 2 weeks until Palm Sunday when the sun will be setting at 7:31 pm with dusk at 8:00 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 46 and 27 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 55 degrees. We hit a record high of 77 back in 1991.

Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 34 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a north breeze at 6 mph. The skies will clear Wednesday around 6 am.

Went to the store and they didn’t have my size for pants for work but the guy explained how to order online. I did buy some extra dress shirts and honestly I think I will be able to wear one or another pair of the pants more than one day at work next week. They don’t get that dirty wearing them only for work. 

Made up some more graphs, maps and updated the Google County Map Tracks on my blog today. Worked on some other code and templates for future use. Walked down to the library for a bit. Been watching some videos and reading about the mini house / off grid home movement. I love the simplicity of some of those mini houses. Less technology means less to break. And so relatively inexpensive. I’ll have to share some of the videos I’ve been watching lately. 

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 29 degrees at 3am. Typical for tonight. North wind around 6 mph. In 2016, it got down to 34 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 2 occurred back in 1960.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 13% illuminated. The moon will rise around 4:23 am. The New Moon is on Tuesday night with chance of showers expected. The Full “Pink” Moon is on Tuesday, April 11th. The sun will rise at 6:47 am with the first light at 6:19 am, which is one minute and 45 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 11 hours and 31 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 54 seconds over last night. Definitely the nights are getting shorter and mornings aren’t so dark, despite the time change two weeks ago. 

Tomorrow will have a slight chance of freezing rain between 9am and 10am, then a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high of 40 degrees at 6pm. Nine degrees below normal. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 52 degrees. The record high of 74 was set in 1986. 6.1 inches of snow fell back in 1899.

Big Red is remarkably muddy and needs a good bath tomorrow. I also need to run to Walmart and get dress socks and food for next week. Then Sunday dinner at my parents house. Baking cookie brownies for them come morning. Hopefully I won’t sink so far out of sight and sling so much mud driving on their dirt driveway. I doubt the weather will be good for hiking. 

Going to be a busy week at work next week, but I expect an on time budget and things will get quieter in April. Kind of lucked out with timing this year. I am hoping in four weeks when I have off, I will be able to have a nice trip to the North Country and hopefully the Deer River will have good fishing. 

In four weeks on April 22 the sun will be setting at 7:46 pm, which is 31 minutes and 55 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain and temperatures between 76 and 58 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 61 and 40 degrees. The record high of 86 degrees was set back in 1985.

Looking ahead, April Fools Day is Next Saturday and Earth Day is in 4 weeks.

Today was rather cold and wet … Compared to the very mild year of last year it was about ten degrees colder but just about as cloudy. It was a very mild start to April last year. We are expecting a warm up later in the week but nothing like this…

Saturday 03/26/16. Mostly cloudy, a high of 52 and a low of 34.

Sunday 03/27/16. Mostly cloudy, a high of 58 and a low of 40.

Monday 03/28/16. Cloudy and rain, a high of 50 and a low of 41.

Tuesday 03/29/16. Partly cloudy, a high of 46 and a low of 34.

Wednesday 03/30/16. Partly sunny, a high of 60 and a low of 27.

Thursday 03/31/16. Cloudy and rain, a high of 71 and a low of 49.

Friday 04/01/16. Mostly cloudy and rain, a high of 70 and a low of 42.

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