Thanks for you support.
I am not sure yet that the County will tear the building down or if
indeed the building on the property purchased by the County is one in
the same with the Old Church but my research so far tends to lead me to
believe that it is and some area residents believe the same as me. I do
however need to research the deeds to confirm this to the best extent
Sally is still alive and well and far as I know. It was Richard
Muscarella that passed away recently.
Journal-News, Wednesday, January 22nd, 2003.
Richard A. Muscarella of Carmel, NY, died January 20, 2003. He was 72,
born on November 25, 1930 to Antony and Assunta Albanese Muscarella in
He was a past President of Kent Historical Society, and Putnam County
Historian from 1995 to present; past President of the Carmel/ Kent Lions
Club, member of the Putnam Italian Club, Charter Member of the Kent
Cruisers, past President of United Columbian Association 1964 and was a
Board Member of the Stonewall and Site Preservation of Putnam County.
He is survived by Elaine Otto of Carmel, his sons Richard J. Muscarella
of Reston, VA and Steven Muscarella of Richmond, VA, his sister Jane
Oddo of Dunedin, FL, and his brother Anthony Muscarella, of Highland,
NY, one granddaughter Nicole and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting will be Thursday and Friday from 24 and 7-9 pm at
ADAMS-CORDOVANO FUNERAL HOME, 15 Church Street, (Off Route 6), Carmel,
The Funeral Mass will be Saturday 10 am at St. James the Apostle RC
Church, Carmel, NY, and interment at Raymond Hill Cemetery.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Richard A. Muscarella Memorial Fund, c/o Kent Historical Society, PO BOX
123 Kent Lakes, NY, 10512. Checks to be made payable to Kent Historical
We do seem to live in a throw away society here in America. I can
understand where you are coming from with my paternal roots being
German. My Father came to this country at the age of 12 in 1924. I
have visited several of those magnificent and lovely churches in
Germany. Sometimes I wonder where we are headed because nothing seems to
last these days. My last refrigerator lasted me 30 years and I sold it
with my house. The new one I bought 6 years ago will maybe last 12, if
I am lucky. History is a new thing here - When we have something 100 or
200 years old it is Old. In Europe a church that old would be a baby.
I was in some churches in Europe that dated to 1220. 700 years from now
many will wonder what was going on here in the 1700 and 1800's and then
it will be too late.
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Sent: Friday, March 14, 2003 6:24 PM
Subject: Re: [NYPutnam] Old Highland (North Highlands) Methodist
I have no information on this church, nor do I have much information on
Putnam County. However, I think it is terribly sad that they plan to
this church down.
Most of the European churches and cathedrals have been preserved, a
need to learn from them. We somehow believe that tearing-down and
with something modern or more useful is progress. Thanks for all of your
I am also sorry to hear of the loss of Sally Sypher, your historian. She
of great help to us when we visited Putnam County several years ago.
Dorothy J. Cowan
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