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If sleeping under a tree for 20 years is all it takes to inspire a sculpture of yourself on one of the Catskill’s most prominent peaks, then throw us a pillow! Not-so-sleepy visitors to Hunter Mountain can try waking its newly chiseled Rip Van Winkle statue, which commemorates the famed lazybones to his very last whisker. The slumbering stone, carved by local sculptors David Slutzky and Kevin VanHentenryck, took shape over a 14-year period and was correctly identified by contest winner and Hunter resident Jon Harris. For this month’s brain teaser, you can test-drive our latest query about an unusual trolley stop in Dutchess County.
I met the Rip Van Winkle craftsman this past summer.
My husband and I saw the sculpture on our one-year anniversary while taking the Hunter Mountain Skyride this past August.
Hungry for More
I bought your magazine in the Albany/Rensselaer train station hoping to find some interesting “Cheap Eats” (Nov. 2009). I was terribly disappointed to find that you have decided that the Hudson River stops somewhere in the middle of Columbia County. There is no mention of good food in Albany, Greene, or Rensselaer counties or any of the other fine towns located on the middle reaches of the Hudson River. Perhaps you could consider a more representative title for your magazine.
We beg to differ. Bell’s Café-Bistro in Catskill, and Cave Mountain Brewing Company in Windham, are both located in Greene County. As for Albany and Rensselaer — readers, we’d love to hear your recommendations.
Not So Thirsty
I am writing to clarify a quote from the November 2009 article titled “A Resident Outraged.” I was quoted as saying the EPA told me to boil our water and to take shorter showers. The EPA never would have suggested that, since boiling water contaminated with TCE emits the chemical into the air. Instead, I was told not to drink it. Regrettably, this was misunderstood during the interview. Also, the statement that “the property is practically worthless” is not true; real estate transactions [on Creamery Road] have continued to proceed within market value.
Thank you for your in-depth profiling of our plight.