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Letters to the Editor in May 2015

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Where in the Valley…?

Tick, tock: it’s now time to reveal the location of the beautiful clock tower we featured last month. It was erected in 1908, and celebrated its 90th birthday in 1998. In honor of the anniversary, volunteer Tom Schroth fixed the tower’s four clocks, so that today they remain timekeepers over one of the most historically rich areas of the Hudson Valley. The Historical Society Museum lies below this clock tower; it is home to a unique mix of eclectic artifacts. The building was a gift from Albert J. Akin, a Quaker who founded the Bank of Pawling and the Mizzenhop Hotel on Quaker Hill. Have you guessed it yet? That’s right; it’s the Akin Free Library. Congratulations to Kevin Denton of Pawling for being the first to correctly identify his town’s historic library. Click here to guess the location of a lone flagpole.

My husband’s ancestors go back to the mid-1600s and owned farmland nearby to Quaker Hill in Pawling and we love this area very much.
Karen M. Haynes
Hopewell Junction

What a wonderful building!
Corky Hyatt
Pawling

The museum in the basement is right out of a Jules Verne novel — whatever a Victorian gentleman found interesting and in no particular order.
Kevin Denton
Pawling

Good Eats

I read the recent Cheap Eats issue (March) with interest and was glad to see a variety of locations included. But I wanted to plug a great Mexican restaurant in downtown Poughkeepsie — El Patron, on Main Street. The owners are super friendly and very community minded; the food is delicious and very affordable (think $6.95 for a huge burrito); they have Tex-Mex favorites as well as many Oaxacan specialties. Thanks for promoting local businesses!
Emily Dozier
Poughkeepsie

Cheap Shot

Just wanted to register my disappointment that Big W’s Roadside BBQ, in Wingdale, NY, was not included in your “Cheap Eats” article (March). As a subscriber to your magazine, I would have expected a more comprehensive listing of Hudson Valley eateries. We are so fortunate to have this humble but Zagat-rated, New York Times-endorsed, BBQ joint right here in our own backyard. Simply put, they make the best, authentic Southern BBQ north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Alfred
Poughquag

Corrections

In our record store feature (April), we listed an incorrect phone number and Web site for Kiam Records. Their phone number is 845-353-5426; the Web site we listed was for the Kiam Records label.

In our River Towns Revival story (April), we incorrectly stated that Troy is eight miles south of Albany; it is actually eight miles north of the state capital.

In our Ultimate Guide to Hudson Valley, we failed to include HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s three hospitals:

  • Mary’s Avenue Campus. 105 Mary’s Ave., Kingston. 845-338-2500; www.hahv.org
  • Broadway Campus. 396 Broadway, Kingston. 845-331-3131; www.hahv.org
  • Margaretville Hospital. 42084 Rte. 28, Margaretville. 845-586-2631; www.hahv.org

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