Letters to the Editor in March 2014

Read our letters to the editor for March 2014, including our Where in the Hudson Valley “Iron Ally” contest answer

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Where in the Hudson Valley…?

In our February challenge, we asked readers to identify the location of the “Great Chain” monument. Resting on the hallowed grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the circular statue is comprised of 16 links from the iron chain that spanned the Hudson River during the Revolution. The 65-ton blockade stretched from West Point to Constitution Island, preventing enemy vessels from advancing; it also rendered them vulnerable to Colonial cannon fire. Congratulations to Nancy Grim of West Point for being the first to pinpoint the location of this iron barricade. Click here to see if you know the whereabouts of an 18th-century weather vane.

This great memorial is located at the West Point Military Academy. In addition to the artifacts and river views on the campus, there is an extraordinary museum there as well.
Mark Hoffstatter
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This chain overlooks fantastically gorgeous views of the Hudson River. Back in 1778, this was a fort and not a military academy. Today, however, you must bring a photo ID to enter. Times are changing, but it’s well worth the trip and extra “attention.”
Bergie Lebovitch
Great-great granddaughter of Col. John Beardsley, West Point class of 1842
Wappingers Falls

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West Point is the answer. My son is a cadet there!
Judy Senft
Cheshire, CT

Bravo for Breakfast

After reading Olivia Abel’s comments about the Culture Cafe in Beacon (Editor’s Note), we decided to have breakfast there. She was right on. All I can say is yummy. The food was outstanding and Mark and Stephanie, the cafe’s owners, socialized with us as if we were longtime friends. Add to all of this a very reasonable price, and you have a five-star eatery not to be missed.
Rita Delvalle
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Thank you very much for including Maggie’s Krooked Cafe in the January issue featuring breakfast favorites in the Hudson Valley. I’ve received the magazine my entire life, so having a spot on your pages means lots to me.
Maggie N. Landis
Owner, Maggie’s Krooked Cafe

You Gotta Have Faith

Today I picked up a copy of Hudson Valley magazine to see the beginning of the “Religion in the Valley” articles. This will be an interesting series.
Mary Starr

Wild Oats

I enjoyed your recent article about oatmeal (“Ode to Oatmeal”). My husband and I flew out of the country not too long ago — and breakfast was not included on the plane. We requested coffee, a cup of milk, and a cup of hot water which got a puzzled look from the flight attendant, but she complied. So we had coffee and hot instant oatmeal for breakfast. People around us were saying: “Why didn’t we think of that?” Bless instant oatmeal.
Carolynn Tiebout
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I loved your story about oatmeal. For a slightly chewier variation, try a blend of rolled oatmeal, rye, and barley. I put a half-cup of the mix in a bowl, add three quarters of a cup of water, and microwave at power level six for two-and-a-half minutes. In the summer, try taking quick-cooking oats, adding cider (not apple juice), and letting it sit for five minutes to soak up the liquid. Add nuts, raisins, etc., and enjoy the filling breakfast without having to eat something hot on a hot day.
Antonia Houston
Hopewell Junction

The Family History

I received a copy of your January 2013 issue and saw the article “War Story” in the Chatter section. My husband’s relative, Francis E. Brownell, is the soldier who killed the owner of the Marshall House while in the company of his colonel, Elmer E. Ellsworth, of the 11th NY Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Brownell’s actions marked the first action in the Civil War to merit the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Linda Brownell
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The Big Air Bag at Windham Mountain is no longer the only one in the Northeast, as we erroneously printed in our February “Head for the (Local) Hills” article; it was, however, the first in North America. In our December history story, “Nice Ice Baby,” we incorrectly stated that the Orange Lake Ice Yacht Club operated out of New Hamburg; it was actually based in the hamlet of Orange Lake.

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