Letters to the Editor in January 2014

Read our letters to the editor for January 2014, including our Where in the Hudson Valley “All Aboard” contest answer

Where in the Hudson Valley…?

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Last month, we challenged readers to identify the location of a statue that pays homage to the Valley’s vast locomotive history. Constructed from recycled steel and cables that were once a part of the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge (now the Walkway Over the Hudson), the piece’s design reflects the movement and speed of a steam engine. Michael Ciccone, the Saugerties-based artist who created the statue, got the idea for the piece when he was working to restore the railroad bridge. Though the statue currently resides in front of Poughkeepsie’s Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, plans are in the works to return it to its roots: The sculpture will soon call the Walkway’s deck its home. Congratulations to Robert Taylor, who first spied the whirling wheels from his own window (see his letter below). This month, see if you know the whereabouts of a new riverside mural.

The sculpture you show is on the lawn of the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center. I know this because I live in the house on the far left of the photo. I have lived there for a number of years and remember that the old building was once owned by the Vassar brothers.
Robert Taylor

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End of an Era

The “Year in Review” article (December) incorrectly states that Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana resigned as county executive. He did not announce his resignation, but announced in April that he would be retiring at the end of 2013. He will serve out the remainder of his term.
Conor Gillis
Staff Assistant Orange County Executive’s Office

Home Sweet Home

I was born in Newburgh and some of my family are still there today. I moved to Maryland when I was 13, but I visited up there every summer and still do. I remember seeing the “falling rock zones” when I was smaller and always thinking my parents’ car was going to be crushed. As I got older, I remember the “tickle bumps” — as we called them — when we drove a little too fast over the hills and left our stomachs behind. From traveling on the Thruway and our ears popping to looking at the Hudson River in the evening, I still love the Hudson Valley. Good memories!
Corina Lynn Beauchamp
via hvmag.com


In our November article, “Preserving Nature,” we erroneously stated that Mohonk Preserve receives 15,000 visitors each year. The 50-year-old site actually sees an average of 150,000 visitors per year.

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railroad sculpturePhotograph by Frank Roberts

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