Baseball season may be long gone, but for fans of 19th-century slugger Dennis “Big Dan” Brouthers, his legend lives on. The Valley native and Hall-of-Famer, dubbed the “Iron Man of Baseball” and the Babe Ruth of his era, grew up (and is buried) in Wappingers Falls, where a Main Street monument exists in his honor. Another Dennis — a Mr. Ketcham from Otisville — correctly pinpointed Brouthers’s memorial for our prize. This month, our contest takes a time-out; look for its return in a future issue.
As a volunteer firefighter for over 15 years, I was a little disappointed when I read your recent article on salaries (“Who Makes What,” December). Most of the towns you listed in the Hudson Valley area are covered by volunteer firefighters. All of Rockland County’s firefighters are unpaid. The salaries listed are incorrect and undermine the hard work my fellow firefighters and I perform for free.
Editors’ note: Each town reports the average combined salary of both police and fire departments; please note that a number of firefighters, including those in Rockland County, are volunteers. Visit www.empirecenter.org for the complete list of public payroll records.
I loved your story on the Culinary Institute of America (“Secrets of the CIA,” November). My family and I eat at one of the restaurants on just about every trip to visit family in the Valley. We have also taken the tour of the school twice.
I do have a correction to make. The CIA is not “the only residential culinary institution to offer both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs.” My youngest son graduated from the New England Culinary Institute in Essex Junction, Vermont, in June 2009 with both degrees.
Lynn Johnson Houze
I look forward to the “Best Of” issue. An idea for the future is to select the “best” from the upper, mid-, and lower Hudson Valley, thus drawing attention to the length of the Valley. This year’s results seemed more like Mid-Hudson Valley “Best Of.”