Letters to the Editor in July 2012

Read our letters to the editor for July 2012, including our Where in the Valley “Church Revival” contest answer

Where in the Hudson Valley…?

Write to us: edit@hvmag.com

When they think of church architecture, most people imagine ornate basilicas and Gothic cathedrals — certainly not Greek columns. But Newburgh’s Dutch Reformed Church has them (four, to be exact). The structure owes its distinctive Greek Revival stylings to 19th-century architect Alexander Jackson Davis; it’s regarded as the last existing church by Davis that was constructed in this style. Congratulations to Heather Pillsworth of Washingtonville, who correctly answered our quiz. This month, identify the exact spot upon which a village’s founder raised his family.

I work next door and see this beautiful architectural masterpiece daily!
Kerry Butrick
Via hvmag.com

Years ago while on a tour of the interior of the church, I picked up a paint chip and used its Benjamin Moore match for the exterior of my house. So pretty. Information regarding the church and the restoration efforts of this treasure can be found at www.preserve
Elizabeth Evans

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“Remembering Levon Helm” by Kitty Sheehan (June) was one of the most uplifting and poignant articles I’ve read since his passing. As a fan of his music and life, I have read almost every article that’s been published since his death, and this was the only one that captured his true spirit. The author saw Levon as most of us did — as a man that drew people to him — and she felt that sense of intimacy that you could only get from being at one of his Rambles. Although I never met Levon, I feel a great sense of loss, but I’m comforted knowing that he will live on through his family, his fans, and his community.
Jody Proct

» Read our complete collection of stories about Mr. Helm here

Nod from a neighbor

Saugerties (Top Towns, Apr.) is a classic small town that has a hipness all its own (without being pretentious about it). I always skip the malls for gifts and find way better stuff in town. The people are friendly and it’s always a blast to go there.
Kurt Weidner
Weidner Memorials, Kingston

» Read Top Towns 2012 here

Happy heart

As one of the nominated nurses at the Hudson Valley Magazine Excellence in Nursing Awards, I wanted to say thank you for a wonderful evening. Every one of your employees went above and beyond to make this event a success. I am proud to be a nurse and wanted to take this opportunity to again say thanks for recognizing our profession. It was truly a magical evening!
Londa E. Maxson, LPN
HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley

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» Check out photos from the 2012 Excellence in Nursing Awards here

Out with it

I was dismayed to see that “Gay Life” was being covered in the magazine (Pride in the Valley, June). If there is ever such a section again I will cancel my subscription. I would argue that at least 50 percent of your readership would not welcome such coverage. I have disposed of that issue. This is not the type of “coffee table” information I would expose family or guests to.
Brian Kelly

Spilling the beans

I was disappointed to receive the Top Docs (June) issue of your magazine. As we head into summer, the pages of your June issue should have been dedicated to the amazing CSAs and farm markets around the Valley. I’d love to see some of the newer farms in the area highlighted, as they are doing fantastic things for agriculture in the Valley.
Jennifer Burke


The office of Dr. Arvind Kamthan — one of this year’s Top Doctors (June) — is located in Middletown, not Ellenville. Click here for the most up-to-date list of our 2012 Top Doctors.


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