Letters to the Editor in April 2016
Read our letters to the editor for April 2016, including our Where in the Hudson Valley “A President at Rest” contest answer
Where in the Valley...?
We asked readers to identify the location of a onetime president’s lavish gravesite and were overwhelmed with responses. The befitting memorial is the final resting place for Chester A. Arthur, located in the Village of Menands. The gravesite of this 19th-century lawyer-turned-21st-American-president remained unadorned for almost three years after his death in 1886. Luckily, Arthur surrounded himself with good people. His friends were so displeased with their buddy’s undecorated grave that they banded together and raised $10,000 to commission an appropriately ornate and thoughtful tombstone. In response, well-known sculptor Ephraim Keyser crafted a life-size bronze angel gracefully laying a palm frond atop the granite sarcophagus that Arthur and his wife share. Two thumbs up for David Feibusch of White Plains for being the first to correctly identify the gravesite’s locale and its occupant. Click here to pinpoint the location of a larger-than-life statue.
A most wonderful place to take peaceful walks and to see a great sculpture.
This is one of the most pleasant cemeteries to roam through.
A number of my family members are buried here. I remember going every so often with my parents to place the wreaths and plant the flowers. My parents are now both buried at this cemetery, and I carry on the tradition to care for the family graves.
Healthy Home, Healthy Mind
I wanted to offer a comment of appreciation for the article written by Tina Traster, “When Things Need Fixing,” featured in the February issue. The article does a nice job of highlighting the importance of psychological well-being within our homes, especially in response to the ever-growing challenges in our world today. As a mental health professional, oftentimes clients will address with me their mental wellness through their work or relationships, but their environment is never considered, at least initially. Environmental impressions through impact of our surroundings such as our homes, neighborhoods, towns, and regions are paramount to our overall wellness, whether it be from replacing old potholders to removing overgrown bramble in the garden to a community cleanup effort. I hope Hudson Valley magazine will consider more articles of this nature, especially since the beauty and history of our region can offer so much in continuing to promote and enhance a healthy Hudson Valley.
I lost my husband last September and have merged two houses into one, cleaned every closet, painted nearly every room, polished floors, rearranged two nine-foot bookcases, and rid myself of already read books. Keeping busy is helping me get through one day at a time.
Danette Shepard Onofrio