Saturday morning featured perfect weather for a cool-ravine hike to explore Stone Church in Dover Plains as part of Dutchess County Watershed Awareness Month.
Stancy DuHamel, chair of Dover’s Conservation Advisory Council (CAC), hosted the walk, which drew a few well known names. Most prominent was Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, who will lose Dover when her district is redistricted in January. Town of Dover Supervisor Ryan Courtien joined the group to show his support of watershed protection. Millbrook Central School District Business Administrator Brian Fried came along for the hike as well.
The Stone Church is the name given to a large cave whose entrance is the source of a stream popular with hikers. From the outside the cave emits a light that gives a cathedral-like experience with a powerful impact on those first seeing it. A “cool ravine” is a narrow ravine with steep, high, rocky walls flanking a rocky perennial or intermittent stream.
Nan Hayworth, who was recently honored as one of America’s Great Outdoors Congressional Champions, said that although Dover will not be in her new district, she will continue to fight for people outside her district.
“I will always be a representative for our cause wherever you live,” Hayworth said.
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