Letters to the Editor in December 2014

Read our letters to the editor for December 2014, including our Where in the Hudson Valley “Ring Leader” contest answer

Where in the Valley…?

In our November issue, we asked readers to identify the whereabouts of a very large bell. Congrats to Diane Fanelli of Hyde Park, who correctly identified the old ringer’s current home in Kaplan Hall on the campus of SUNY Orange in Newburgh. Our thanks to Newburgh Historian Mary McTamaney for filling in the gaps in the bell’s 172-year history. This month, click here to see if you can locate a futuristic building.

I worked next door to the courthouse for many years, and am glad the bell was preserved.
Pat Lopez
Rock Hill

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Potown Love

What a great magazine you sent to our Sharp County, Arkansas Historical Society (“Battle of the Poughkeepsies,” September). I will take it to our upcoming meeting. Thank you so much. I hope your readers enjoy it as much as we do. Recently we received some new documents, and one is a 1936 letter from your New York Poughkeepsie that was sent to our Arkansas Poughkeepsie. It was a fun read. By the way, putting our Poughkeepsie’s population at 400 was pushing it. There are less than 100.  
Eva Royal, Sharp County Historical Society
Ash Flat, Arkansas

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Category Complaint

I do not subscribe to your magazine nor do I usually purchase it at the market, however the “Best of Hudson Valley” issue (October) caught my eye, so I added it to the groceries on the belt. For the most part I enjoyed seeing the readers’ picks, but then I got to the category “Kids & Pets.” I find it offensive that children are associated with animals. Next time I’ll read it in the doctor’s office and save the five dollars.
Amy Towne
via www.hvmag.com

Sweet-Smelling Smith Bros.

When I worked as a college intern at the IBM Computation Lab on High Street in 1960, we could detect the aromas in the ventilation system coming from the nearby Smith Bros. factory (History, November). Hence, every day we knew the cough drop flavors being manufactured.
David Kessler
via www.facebook.com/HudsonValleyMagazine

Kudos to the Chef

In the November “Best New Restaurants” article, the write up on Schatzi’s was a huge disappointment. In August of 2013, Schatzi’s opened with Chef Tim Farley at the helm. His culinary creations assisted in putting Schatzi’s on the radar. All the menu selections were his creation, and that hasn’t changed. Yet all the credits in the article do not indicate this. In late August 2014, Chef Tim left Schatzi’s to pursue another, more lucrative opportunity. To totally ignore his contributions to the success of Schatzi’s is not acceptable. 
Linda Farley

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