ESSEX – The Belden Noble Memorial Library spruced up its inside together with portray the partitions through the COVID shutdown.

One clean wall was a canvas in want of ornament for resident Jim Van Hoven.

“I am not on the library board, my spouse (Colleen) is,” he mentioned.

“However, I have been very within the library over time. I am a former faculty administrator. I have been in a whole lot of locations the place you go right into a highschool or a college constructing, and they’ll have an athletic wall of fame or group wall of fame.

“I am considering to myself, I do know lots of people in Essex. I’ve been right here a very long time, and a whole lot of the them have printed books of 1 variety or one other.

“Then I believed, why do not we’ve an Essex library wall of fame to focus on this?”

Van Hoven bought began on this concept and talked to a few of his author-friends.

“This factor simply type of grew,” he mentioned.

“The extra I talked to folks, the extra I realized about different folks. We have gotten to the purpose the place we have recognized 25 folks, a few of whom are deceased, however just lately deceased, who printed both a e book of poetry, fiction or nonfiction.

“By printed I imply they’ve truly gotten a writer and printed the e book up and both offered it or distributed it to folks. It isn’t simply certainly one of these one-off issues. We determined to honor these folks by having their photos and just a little temporary biography of them on the wall of the library. We simply completed placing that up.”

The library acquired a grant from the Essex County Arts Council to fund the prices of the supplies used to create the wall, which options: Laura Couchey Abate, Andrew Buchanan, Sid Couchey (1919-2020), Shirley Ross LaForest (1935-2020), Rick Dalton, George Davis, John Davis, Steven Engelhart, Morris F. Glenn, Alice P. Inexperienced, David Hislop, Harry Hutson, Steven Kellogg, Kristin Kimball, Miriam Z. Klipper, Katherine Manthorne, James Lancel McElhinney, John Mesick, Jeff Moredock (1939-2020), Dr. H. Nicholas Muller, Allison Pataki, Owen Pataki, George E. Pataki, Katherine Preston, and Richard Robbins.

“Essex is a neat little place,” Van Hoven mentioned.

“It is solely 680 of us that stay right here. Once you take a look at that and you discover that 25 folks have printed, I believe that is a somewhat outstanding state of affairs.”

All the authors or their relations have donated copies of their books to the library.

As soon as they’re cataloged, the books will likely be out there within the Dorothy “Doffy” Voorhis Studying Room.

“I’ve had a lot enjoyable doing this,” Van Hoven mentioned.

“I met some folks I did not know, and I realized loads about people who I believed I knew however I did not know loads about them. It actually has been very rewarding for me.”

The library additionally created a booklet that includes Essex on Lake Champlain literati.

George Hearn, of Broadway musical theater fame, mentioned concerning the hamlet in an October 13, 2006 New York Instances article:

“There’s an actual lifetime of the thoughts. There’s loads expertise right here – theatrical, literary, but it surely’s not self-conscious the way in which that Aspen or Woodstock is. I consider Martha’s Winery 40 years in the past.”

“That is what George mentioned about Essex again in 2006,” Van Hoven mentioned.

“And, I believe it is actually fairly true in the present day. We have had extra folks transfer into the group, who’ve literary backgrounds of 1 variety or one other.

“And naturally, this COVID factor has chased some folks up right here from Manhattan. It is actually type of neat.”

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Laura Couchey Abate is an ENL (English as a New Language) instructor in Albany. She holds an MS in Instructing English to Audio system of Different Languages and has served refugees in varied capacities for greater than 25 years. Laura can be a contract author who collaborated along with her father, Sid Couchey to supply the youngsters’s e book Champy by the Masters. She loves mountaineering, enjoying guitar, and spending time along with her teenage sons. Laura grew up in Essex and nonetheless enjoys the lake in summer time, all the time looking out for Champy. She just lately reminisced: “Rising up in Essex was magic. There have been a whole lot of youngsters in my technology and we felt protected, liked, and loved the great thing about the lake and all {that a} small city has to supply…ice cream, penny sweet after church, Fourth of July festivities, biking, understanding everybody’s canine’s title…and this little library. We ice skated within the parking space within the winter after the firefighters flooded it for us and held carnivals there in summer time. I took origami classes on this again room from Bernie Douglas (a Whallons Bay Schoolhouse summer time resident) with a bunch of different 5-year-olds. Essex will all the time be part of me!”


Andy Buchanan was born in London and attended Balliol Faculty, Oxford College, graduating with a BA in Trendy Historical past in 1980. After commencement, he labored on the London buses after which educated to develop into a talented machinist. After shifting to america in 1992, he spent a number of years serving to to design and manufacture synthetic hearts in New York Metropolis. Andy accomplished his MA (2005) and PhD (2011) at Rutgers College. After shifting to Essex together with his spouse Mary Nell Bockman for the mountaineering, climbing, and kayaking he started educating at UVM in 2007. A specialist in International and Army historical past, Andy has printed a number of articles on World Struggle II within the Journal of Modern Historical past, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Journal of Transatlantic Research, and International Struggle Research. Along with his two books on World Struggle II matters, he has additionally contributed e book chapters on the army and social historical past of the Champlain Valley. Andy has for a few years been one of many leaders of the trouble to revive the Whallonsburg Grange Corridor, serving at totally different occasions because the group’s president, vp, and organizer of the favored Lyceum Lecture Collection.


(1919 – 2012)

Sid spent most of his grownup life dwelling and dealing from his residence/studio on Lake Shore Highway in Essex. He started cartooning at an early age and graduated from the Faculty of visible Arts in NYC. Whereas dwelling within the metropolis Sid met and married Ruth, his love of a lifetime. They moved again to Sid’s hometown and by no means left. Sid bought his break in cartooning within the 1960’s when he bought work with Harvey Comics, drawing the beloved characters Little Dot, Little Lotta and Richie Wealthy. He was nicely revered by his friends within the cartooning group and followers eagerly sought him out at cartoon conventions. In 1994 the occupation honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Domestically, Sid created Champy, his rendition of the Lake Champlain Monster, Rascal Raccoon who fought to discourage alcohol abuse and the 1980 Olympic mascot. He collaborated together with his daughter, Laura, on the illustrated “Champy within the Model of the Outdated Masters” and labored with native authors, illustrating many books of regional curiosity. Sid had a deep religion and a robust ethical compass.



 Shirley was born and raised in Essex, attended a one room schoolhouse and was valedictorian of her 1953 Willsboro HS class. She graduated cum laude from Plattsburgh State Academics Faculty and commenced a educating profession that took her and her husband Jim to quite a few states and the US Belief Territory of the Pacific the place they lived for six years. Shirley and Jim accomplished their skilled careers within the Washington, DC space, the place she taught faculty and labored in a number of positions within the US authorities. They retired to Essex in 1995. Acknowledging her household’s deep roots in Essex and her love of historical past, she was appointed City Historian that yr and served till her passing in July 2020. Throughout these years Shirley provided many public packages on native historical past and arranged shows on the City Corridor. She authored 14 publications on Essex historical past together with a historical past of the Essex Neighborhood Church and collaborated with Morris Glenn on a historical past of Whallonsburgh. In 1998 Shirley started publishing an annual Essex Calendar full with classic images. Her closing venture was a timeline that spans 255 years of Essex historical past, from 1765 to the current.


In 1953, at age 5, Rick Dalton spent the primary of 10 summers together with his mother and father and 4 siblings on Willsboro Level. In 1988, He and his youngsters returned to the lake when he bought a home simply north of Essex. That property grew to become a yr spherical residence twenty years later when he and spouse Karen bought the Essex Inn and introduced their nonprofit, CFES Good Pathways, throughout the lake from Middlebury, VT. Because the founder and head of CFES, Rick has spent three a long time serving to underserved youth, 100,000 of whom have attained faculty levels. He has written 200 articles and op-eds on faculty entry and success, and his e book, Faculty For Each Pupil: A Practitioner’s Information to Constructing Faculty and Profession Readiness, co-authored with Ed St. John, was printed in 2016. Routledge printed his most up-to-date e book, Rural America’s Pathways to Faculty and Profession: Steps for Pupil Success and Faculty Enchancment in April of 2021. Previous to founding CFES, Rick served as Director of Enrollment Planning at Middlebury Faculty. He has a BA from Colgate College, an MA from Middlebury, and an Ed.M. & Ed.D from Harvard College.


Geo Davis is a poet errant who blogs, a storyteller who doodles, and a artistic danger evangelist who believes that story is initially about group constructing. “Shared experiences and co-created narratives bridge the widest divides whereas fostering respect and surprise for what may exist (or what is likely to be attainable) past the shores of our personal expertise.” George earned a BA from Georgetown College and an MA from St. John’s Faculty, and he taught at Santa Fe Preparatory Faculty and The American Faculty of Paris. A flâneur-cum-socialpreneur and world nomad turned serial residence rehabber, his present or latest ventures embrace Maison Margaux, Margaux Europe Group, XenOases, Essex Editions, The Rewilding Institute, Carpe Midlife, Champlain Space Trails, the Depot Theatre, Why No Children, the Christopher Emmet Hallowell Fund, and the Saranac Assessment. George’s books embrace Essex, New York Structure: A Doodler’s Area Information, and Midlife Disaster Postponed. George lives together with his bride and his canine in Essex and Santa Fe.


John Davis is government director of The Rewilding Institute and editor of Rewilding Earth ( For Rewilding, he serves as a wildways scout, editor, interviewer, and author. He rounds out his dwelling with conservation fieldwork, notably inside New York’s Adirondack Park, the place he divides his time between the village of Essex and his cabin east of Coon Mountain. John serves on boards of RESTORE: The North Woods, Eddy Basis, Champlain Space Trails, Cougar Rewilding Basis, and Algonquin to Adirondack Conservation Collaborative. John served as editor of Wild Earth journal from 1991-96, when he went to work for the Basis for Deep Ecology, overseeing their Biodiversity and Wildness grants program from 1997-2002. He then joined the Eddy Basis as a board member and continues to function volunteer land steward for that basis in its work to preserve lands in Cut up Rock Wildway. This wildlife hall hyperlinks New York’s Champlain Valley with the Adirondack Excessive Peaks by way of the West Champlain Hills, and is described in John’s e book Cut up Rock Wildway: Exploring Adirondack Park’s Most Various Wildlife Hall, printed by Essex Editions. John served as conservation director of the Adirondack Council from 2005 to 2010.


Steven is a local of the area and has a B.A. from SUNY Plattsburgh and an M.S. in historic preservation from the College of Vermont. Together with a number of different space residents whose ardour is historic preservation, Steven based Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) in 1990, grew to become its government director in 1994, and has served in that capability ever since. Reflecting on his 27 years at AARCH, Steven mentioned: “I’m extraordinarily pleased with the large issues that we’ve completed, together with saving Camp Santanoni, the Bow Bridge in Hadley, the Outdated Stone Barracks in Plattsburgh, and a number of other fireplace remark towers, however I’m equally pleased with our much less seen work – the myriad of ways in which we’ve labored with folks everywhere in the area to revive historic buildings and convey new life again to their communities.”

Steven grew up in a household that valued the ability of the written phrase. He’s the creator of “Crossing the River: Historic Bridges of the AuSable River,” a small e book about bridges and native historical past of the AuSable Valley. He has additionally written prolonged forwards for 3 books: “Nice Camps of the Adirondacks,” “A Information to Structure within the Adirondacks,” and “Locations of the Spirit.” Steven moved to Essex a number of years in the past.


Morris is a long-time summer time resident of Essex and for years has been the “go to” particular person concerning the historical past of Essex and the encompassing Adirondack area. Throughout his skilled profession, he was employed by the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Workplace and served on Authorities oceanographic survey vessels worldwide. He additionally labored on many mapping, charting and geodetic tasks for the U.S. Protection Mapping Company (DMA). Morris has served since 1995 as a member of the Board of Administrators the Essex County Historic Society and is a member of the Smithsonian Society for Industrial Archaeology and of quite a few different native and state historic societies and teams in New York State and Vermont. Morris has written for “The Antiquarian,” printed by the Clinton County Historic Affiliation, and a number of other regional journals. He has printed many books on native historical past, Lake Champlain, nautical historical past and the Adirondacks and has led excursions for lots of the packages sponsored by Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH). When they aren’t at their historic camp within the Crater Membership, Morris and Ellin stay in Oxford, Maryland.


Alice grew up in Witherbee, NY the place she attended faculty and was a three-season athlete. She presently lives a lot of the yr in Albany, however spends her summers at her Essex residence on Lake Shore Highway. In 1997, she based the Paden Institute and Retreat for Writers of Shade in Essex, the place writers are supplied technical help and a quiet atmosphere for writing. Alice is the Govt Director of the Heart for Legislation and Justice, which focuses on problems with felony justice, civil rights and liberties of concern to poor communities and people of coloration. Alice holds a BA in schooling, two MA levels, an MSW diploma and a Ph.D. in felony justice, all from SUNY Albany. She writes and lectures on racism, felony justice and jail reform and has co-authored a number of books, together with Legislation By no means Right here, A Social Historical past of African American Responses to Problems with Crime and Justice. She is presently finishing a memoir entitled, “We Who Imagine in Freedom.” Alice has competed for metropolis and statewide political workplace and has held management positions in a number of organizations involved with racial points together with the NAACP and ACLU. Her dedication to bodily health has had an influence on her skilled life. “Working has made me a greater author. After I get again from a run, I simply sit down and the concepts circulate.”


David Hislop labored as a psychologist for New York State however has all the time been keenly thinking about historic preservation. Within the Eighties he realized preservation work whereas serving on the manager board of the Rochester Historic Society for a few years. David was then an Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) board member for many years and its president from 2005 to 2011. He has served because the president and volunteer director for Historic Essex/ECHO, is a long-time member and presently Chair of the Essex Planning Board, and has taken on the restoration of a number of historic buildings, together with the 1867 Essex Union Corridor and Greystone Mansion. David has written and printed in Antiques & The Arts Weekly, Adirondack Life, Tremendous Artwork Connoisseur, and Nineteenth Century Journal. In 2002, he acquired an MA in Historic Preservation from Goucher Faculty, publishing his thesis on Essex-on-Lake-Champlain as an Arcadia Press e book (2009).


Harry Hutson has been a high-school social research instructor, organizational growth guide, human sources skilled, and management coach, together with 25 years as a director and company affairs officer in Human Assets with 4 multinational organizations. Harry has additionally served as a church youth director, elder and moderator. He presently serves on the Boards of the New England Heart for Kids (autism) and Baltimore Outreach Companies (homeless girls and kids.) In the course of the course of his profession, he has written or co-written books and articles within the discipline of utilized behavioral science. Harry continues to publish articles in enterprise {and professional} journals. His strategy to writing was formed at Hamilton Faculty the place, in freshman English, every scholar was anticipated to compose two “good” papers. He’s nonetheless studying the craft of composing sentences and forming paragraphs that give voice to his concepts. Harry holds superior levels from Stanford (MA), Indiana College (Ph.D.) and Harvard Divinity Faculty (MTS). Harry and his spouse, Mikey Dodds, purchased their residence in Essex hamlet a number of years in the past. They divide their time between Essex and Baltimore to be near household and associates within the North and South.


Steven was born and grew up in Southwestern, CT and attended the Rhode Island Faculty of Design the place he majored in illustration. He spent his senior yr in Florence, Italy and claims that have has stayed with him for a lifetime, influencing his artwork. Steven has printed over 130 titles, nearly all of that are youngsters’s books. He’s a winner of the Regina Medal for his lifetime contribution to youngsters’s literature and his books have acquired quite a few awards. He’s a member of the Board of the Nationwide Kids’s E book and Literary Alliance, a corporation that advocates for literacy. Throughout his lengthy profession Steven has travelled to colleges, libraries and schools in all 50 states presenting packages that promote and rejoice studying. Kids all through the world learn his books. Steven summered in Essex together with his household as a youth and each he and his three sisters finally have been drawn again to the world. Plenty of years in the past Steven and his spouse, Helen, bought Block Home Farm and whereas dwelling there they turned the barn into each a studio and a showcase for his or her intensive assortment of Americana. Steven has been a long-time buddy and supporter of the Belden Noble Memorial Library, which named its newly created Kids’s Room in his honor.


Kristin was born in 1971 and grew up in central New York. She graduated from Harvard in 1994, then moved to New York Metropolis, the place she labored at a literary company, taught artistic writing, and free lanced for magazines and journey guides. In 2002, She interviewed a “wingnut” farmer named Mark, and took greater than knowledgeable curiosity in each him and his vocation. They based Essex Farm collectively in 2004 – the world’s first full-diet CSA, so far as they know – and he or she’s been professionally soiled ever since. Kirstin and Mark have two daughters, and he or she has three nice jobs: mom, farmer, and author. For the reason that publication of The Soiled Life in 2010, Kristin has written for O Journal about what it’s like to vary your life fully; for Vogue on bodily work, and for Gourmand Stay on all kinds of farm and meals associated topics (The Pigs Are Alright, A Corny Story, Tales of Terroir, Three Issues Each Moral Eater Wants To Know). Essex Farm has been featured in Meals & Wine and the Burlington Free Press, and Alix Girod de l’Ain Laffont wrote concerning the farm in French, in French Elle. Kristin printed her newest e book, “Good Husbandry,” in 2019.


In 1988, Miriam and her husband, John, purchased and renovated The Noble Clemons Home on Elm Road. That very same yr, she co-authored “Board Video games: The Altering Form of Company Energy.” It was impressed by her expertise at a Wall road regulation agency after graduating from Yale Legislation Faculty through the takeover period, a time when the flood of company takeovers, mergers and restructurings have been altering the form of company America and altering the bottom guidelines for company boards. The e book is predicated on eight of probably the most vital company transactions of the period and the following courtroom battles that set new requirements of conduct for Administrators. In the course of the 1990’s, Miriam and John travelled extensively in Japanese Europe. Each have been tasked with helping former Communist nations of their transitions to free markets. Miriam additionally served on the board of a PhD. Program at Charles College, Prague. For a number of years thereafter, Miriam labored as an Assistant District Legal professional in Manhattan investigating and prosecuting worldwide fraud. Miriam and John now divide their time between Manhattan and Essex. Their son, Nathaniel, and his spouse, Courtney, personal property in Essex and are lively in native philanthropy.


Katherine Manthorne, a specialist in fashionable artwork of the Americas, earned her Ph.D. from Columbia College. Previous to becoming a member of the school on the Graduate Heart of Metropolis College of New York, she was Director of the Analysis Heart at Smithsonian’s American Artwork Museum. Her fellowships embrace Tyson Scholarship at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Artwork; Terra Basis Professor, Free College, Berlin; and Senior Fulbright Analysis Fellow, College of Venice. Her scholarship had lengthy centered on panorama and hemispheric dimensions of American artwork, starting with Tropical Renaissance. North American Artists Exploring Latin America, 1839-1879 (1989) and persevering with in California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820 to 1930 (2017). Keen to raised spotlight the position of ladies inside the visible tradition of the Americas, her e book “Movie and Trendy American Artwork: The Dialogue between Cinema and Portray “(Routledge, out there in paperback, 2020) included a chapter on girls of the silent period. Two new books proceed that focus: “Ladies within the Darkish: American Feminine Photographers 1850-1900” (Schiffer Publishing, 2020) and “Stressed Enterprise: The Artwork and Lifetime of Eliza Pratt Greatorex” (U. of California Press, 2020). She lives within the Champlain Valley and New York Metropolis along with her husband, James Lancel McElhinney, and their cat Maeve.


James Lancel McElhinney is an creator, writer, visible artist, and blogger. Educated at Tyler Faculty of Artwork (BFA), Skowhegan Faculty of Portray and Sculpture, and Yale (MFA, Portray). McElhinney is the recipient of grants from Pollock-Krasner Basis Grant, and the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts.

Figuring out with historic expeditionary artists, McElhinney regards his works as conscious encounters with nature, historical past and science, pursuing data and concepts in ways in which depart no hint. His works are to be discovered the gathering of Hudson River Museum, West Level Museum, Albany Institute of Historical past and Artwork.

McElhinney is the creator of a number of books together with “Sketchbook Traveler: Hudson River” (2020), “Artwork College students League of New York on Portray” (2015), “The Visible Language of Drawing” (2012), and “Classical Life Drawing Studio” (2010). He’s the writer of Tremendous-Press restricted editions, together with “Hudson Highlands: North River Suite Quantity One” (2017), “O.T.W. The Schuylkill River” (2018), “The Palisades: North River Suite Quantity Two” (2020), and “Grand River Sketchbook” (2020). Throughout quite a few rambles by means of the Champlain Valley, McElhinney all the time made word of Essex. Resonating together with his boyhood recollections of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the historic village appeared to beckon.


By the age of 9, I had develop into enthralled with historic buildings owing largely to the affect of my grandfather, a Methodist minister who had traveled extensively in Western Europe and the Mideast. Early on I knew that I wished to be a “restoration architect.” Subsequently, I attended the architectural faculty that provided the strongest curriculum in architectural historical past — Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Upon commencement I used to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Artwork in Copenhagen. Returning residence, I used to be provided a place as a designer at Eero Saarinen’s workplace in Birmingham, MI. After two years I returned to Albany and finally grew to become a companion within the architectural agency Mesick-Cohen-WilsonBaker. Over the a long time the agency has performed a major position in historic preservation. In June of 1971, I used to be retained as a guide by the newly established ECHO to survey the city with the purpose of making a historic district which finally led to Essex being positioned on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations. In the identical yr I acquired the Billings Stone Cottage on Faculty Road. With its restoration in 1984, I grew to become a part-time resident of Essex!



 Jeff was a author for greater than 50 years, producing articles, sermons, shorts tales, songs and over 100 poems. He grew up in western Pennsylvania and graduated from Westminster Faculty and Pittsburgh Seminary. Amongst different actions he was a farmhand, surveyor, people singer, lifeguard, ordained Presbyterian minister, instructor coach, headmaster of a number of unbiased faculties and an academic guide. In 1980, he and Etta bought a summer time residence in Essex. Jeff liked crusing, golf, and the atmosphere of village life. Jeff defined his dedication to writing in these phrases: “I really like phrases, I really like enjoying with phrases. Most of all I really like using phrases to offer an unfamiliar perspective. Every so often, others see issues the way in which I do. After they don’t I respect discovering a brand new viewpoint.” Jeff typically mentioned if he couldn’t discover an outlet for his artistic vitality, he would go loopy. Essex gave him inspiration, materials and an viewers for that vitality.


Nick, a local of Pittsburgh, graduated from Dartmouth Faculty and earned a PhD from the College of Rochester. He taught historical past on the College of Vermont the place he grew to become an instructional Dean and was lively within the cultural and political lifetime of the state. Between 1978 and 1985, Nick served as President of Colby-Sawyer Faculty in New London, NH. He then relocated to Wisconsin to function Director of its State Historical past Society after which grew to become CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Basis. Nick “retired” to Essex in 2002 together with his spouse Carol and resumed a profession as a full-time author of historical past and a frontrunner of many regional non-profit organizations, together with the Fort Ticonderoga Affiliation, which just lately honored him with its Henry Knox Award. He additionally serves on the Boards of The Vermont Historic Society, the Elizabethtown Neighborhood Hospital and the North Nation SPCA. Domestically, Nick served for a few years in town of Essex Planning Board and was a founding father of the Essex Neighborhood Fund the place he stays lively. Nick has written quite a few books on Vermont historical past, amongst them “Inventing Ethan Allen,” which was just lately judged one of many high 100 books ever printed on the period of the American Revolution.


Allison Pataki lives in New York’s Hudson Valley along with her husband and household, however has spent her lifetime having fun with summers within the North Nation, notably at her household’s residence in Essex. Allison is the New York Instances bestselling creator of “The Queen’s Fortune, The Traitor’s Spouse,” “The Unintended Empress, Sisi: Empress on Her Personal,” “The place the Gentle Falls,” in addition to the nonfiction memoir “Magnificence within the Damaged Locations,” and two youngsters’s books, “Nelly Takes New York,” and “Poppy Takes Paris.” Allison’s novels have been translated into greater than 20 languages and have been tailored for the display screen, with Allison as producer and screenwriting guide. A former information author and producer, Allison has written for The New York Instances, ABC Information, The Huffington Submit, USA At present, Fox Information and different retailers. She has appeared on The At present Present, Good Morning America, Fox & Mates, Good Day New York and elsewhere. Allison graduated Cum Laude from Yale College with a significant in English. When not engaged on her books or chasing her youngsters round, Allison enjoys touring, cooking, strolling her pup outdoor, and yoga. 


Owen Pataki graduated from Cornell College in 2010 with a level in historical past. He additionally studied movie. In 2011, Owen joined the Military and after Fundamental Coaching he served as an Military/Cavalry Officer. He additionally graduated from Airborne Faculty, Air Assault Faculty, Military Reconnaissance Course, and served as a Platoon Chief in a Dismounted Reconnaissance Troop. He then deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 with the tenth Mountain Division, stationed at Bagram Airfield. Following his service within the army, he attended the Filmmaking Program at Met Movie Faculty at Ealing Studios in London, additionally working as a Screenwriter/Director. In 2015, he took half within the Reconnect Hungary Program (that was co-founded by his sister Allison.) He now lives in New York Metropolis the place he’s working as a screenwriter and filmmaker. “The place the Gentle Falls” is his first novel and his second; “Searchers in Winter” is because of be launched within the spring of 2021. Owen is a frequent customer to Essex the place his mother and father personal a farm.


 George Pataki was born in 1945 and grew up on a farm in Peekskill, NY. After graduating from Peekskill Excessive Faculty, he matriculated at Yale College and accomplished his regulation diploma at Columbia College. After a profession at a New York Metropolis regulation agency he grew to become Mayor of Peekskill from 1981-1984, adopted by 4 phrases as a member of the NYS Meeting representing the 91st district. He then efficiently ran for the NYS Senate and served there briefly earlier than operating for Governor in 1995. As a Republican, he was given little hope of defeating incumbent Mario Cuomo in a historically Democratic state, however he prevailed. George served three phrases as Governor, from 1995 by means of 2006. In 2002 he and his spouse Libby bought and rehabilitated South Farm in Essex, reestablishing it as a working farm. Following his retirement from politics the Pataki’s divide their time between Essex and Garrison, NY. George presently works for the agency of Norton Rose Fulbright on vitality, environmental and company issues. His e book, “Past the Nice Divide,” chronicles his experiences and views throughout and following the 9/11 disaster.


Katharine Preston studied anthropology as an undergraduate at Brandeis College, studying from Indigenous American cultures concerning the place of people within the pure world. She went on to achieve a Masters in Forest Science from the Yale Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Research and a Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological Faculty. After spending a few years working for presidency, non-profits and academia within the environmental discipline, in 2005 she and her husband, John Bingham, retired to a hay-and-pasture farm in Essex. Katharine and John are lively Associates of the Iona Neighborhood, an ecumenical group devoted to social justice primarily based in Scotland however dispersed worldwide. In 2019, she wrote “Area with a view: Science and Religion in a Time of Local weather Change,” printed by Wild Goose Publications in Scotland. She continues to visitor preach and write about justice points surrounding the local weather disaster on her weblog ( and in varied different publications.


Richard Robbins is presently SUNY Distinguished Instructing Professor at SUNY Plattsburgh. He acquired his Ph.D. in anthropology from the College of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has spent his whole educating profession at Plattsburgh. A few of his most formative tutorial experiences embrace discipline analysis amongst Cree, Inuit and Naskapi peoples in Canada, Acadian farmers and fisherfolk in New Brunswick and amongst spiritual communal societies in america. A sabbatical on the Science Research Unit on the College of Edinburgh would rely as certainly one of his most stimulating mental experiences. His books have appeared in Chinese language, Korean, Polish, Arabic, Italian and Spanish translations. He has acquired the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Instructing and the American Anthropological Affiliation’s Trainer of the Yr Award. He appeared additionally within the hit antiglobalization documentary, “The Sure Males.” He, his spouse, Amy, and daughter, Rebecca, moved to Essex from Plattsburgh in 2010 and by no means regarded again.

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