Van Winkle statue found, returned to park
David Zuckerman is reporting in The Daily Mail the wooden statue of Rip Van Winkle that disappeared from Wayside Park in Haines Falls has been found and returned. The seven-foot-tall Van Winkle was found Sat., Aug. 20, behind the Ulster and Delaware Railroad Station off Route 23A, on the same property as the Mountain Top Historical Society. DeDe Terns-Thorpe, historian for the town of Hunter, said he was found with a red envelope attached to the front, bearing the words “Thank you.” The envelope contained a 50-dollar bill. Terns-Thorpe said she was happy to see the statue back. She plans to use the $50 to make signs asking visitors not to litter or cause damage to Wayside Park. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.