Letters to the Editor in March 2013
Read our letters to the editor for March 2013, including our Where in the Valley “Rock Solid” contest answer
Photograph by Frank Roberts
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Nestled in a grassy triangle between Routes 52 and 82 in Fishkill is a boulder that pays homage to Wappinger Indian chief Daniel Nimham. A native of the Fishkill Creek region, Nimham was elevated to chief sachem of his tribe in 1760, and used his position to try to reclaim lands stolen from his people during the French and Indian War; he even traveled to faraway England to plead his case before King George III. When the Revolution erupted, he and his son joined the Stockbridge Warriors — a company made up of Wappinger, Mohican, and Munsee Indians that fought on the Colonial side. Both men served under Washington at Valley Forge and later with Lafayette. Nimham’s life was eventually claimed at the battle of Kingsbridge, the site of which is now Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
Congrats to John Hupcey, who first spied this crossroads cenotaph — although perhaps he should share the prize with his childrens’ teacher (see his letter below). Click here for this month’s contest, which also centers around a big boulder — this one thousands of years old.
Too easy! I know this thanks to my daughters’ fourth grade social studies teacher at Kinry Road school, Mr. Miles, who taught them all the local history, roads, and landmarks. I still remember it after helping them with their homework many years ago.
I pass this broad face boulder many times. It is at the junction of Routes 52 and 82 in Fishkill in front of the Brinckerhoff House. I researched this monument many years ago when I was a Cub Scout Den Mother. I believe the troop was in the Nimham division.
Difference of Opinion
I love your magazine; it is beautifully photographed, and I really enjoy the articles. But the December issue, I must say, contained an article which caused me to do a double take. Was this article for real? Pencil sharpening as an art (“On Point,” Chatter)? I am sure the subject of the article would disagree, however, I found it hard — no, impossible — to take the article seriously.
We received our November issue and we loved the article on Olivia’s Art for Animals (“Worth a Thousand Words,” Chatter). Thanks again so much. Olivia especially loved that you put her American Pit painting on the opening page.
Albertus Magnus High School Director of Admissions Noreen Power has passed along some additional information about the school that was not included in our February cover story, “The Best High School for Your Child.” The current enrollment is 500 students. From the 2012 graduating class, 80 percent went on to attend four-year colleges, and 20 percent attend two-year colleges. Students can take college-level courses through St. Thomas Aquinas College and Rockland Community College; the school uses Naviance college readiness software, and there are Smart boards in every classroom.