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Window-shoppers and art-appreciators on Beacon’s Main Street surely treasure resident Rick Price’s colorful mural, which depicts an Esopus Indian woman overseeing symbolic scenes of the city and the river that flows past it. The painting (first identified by contest winner Matthew Meltzer of Wappingers Falls) was revealed last May during the Valley’s Quadricentennial celebrations. The red-sailed ship in the foreground — the Woody Guthrie — honors the Beacon Sloop Club, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. (Pete Seeger’s Clearwater, with white sails, appears upriver.) Visit to see more of the artist’s work. And try your hand at our next quiz — about a spacey sphere — here.

The picture is called the “River Beacons,” and it shows all the things the Hudson River Valley has to offer, including festivals and river events.

Juliana Mansfield

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My husband and I visited Beacon for some holiday shopping and I fell in love with the mural!

Laurie Gershgorn
Cortlandt Manor

As a relatively new resident (since August 2009) of this fine city, I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Hudson Valley and how great Beacon’s Main Street really is.

Andrew Sporn

It looks like the Clearwater is sailing right out of the Esopus Indian woman’s body. I’m noticing her left hand is blocking the contents of a tube, which is coming out of an old factory, from flowing into the river.

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Vicki Fox

Mystic Motel

My family and I stayed at the Windmill as described in your March 2009 “Mailbox.” It was an inn (or more like a small resort, with a few multiunit cabins and a barn with horses) that did serve a mostly black clientele. It provided great memories; we were there circa 1960, as best I can recall. I would love to know the precise location in Poughkeepsie.

Shane Patterson
Via e-mail

Sorry, but we’re still stumped as to the exact whereabouts of the Windmill. Read up on our findings here. Readers, we’re counting on you: What can you tell us about this forgotten little inn?

making the grade examining the valley's public high schools


According to Principal Jonathan Bryant of Putnam Valley Central High School, the current percentage of graduates who go on to attend a two- or four-year college is 92 percent. See all of the statistics included in “Making the Grade: Examining the Valley’s High Schools” (Feb. 2010).

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