Steven Schimmrich, writing at Hudson Valley Geologist, remembers Rosendale's Dietrich Werner, who died in December.
What affected me the most about Dietrich's death was that the week he died I was working on a project having to do with the Rosendale Cement industry and I was thinking of calling him the following week to get together to discuss it. He knew more about this topic than anyone I know. Researching local history was a labor of love for him and a lot of local knowledge passed away when he did.
Shortly after Werner's death, Ulster Logic published a tribute written by state assemblyman Kevin Cahill.
I'm not sure when Dietrich became a Rosendale police commissioner, but many of us took great comfort that someone from the counter culture could assume such a position of responsibility. For me, it affirmed my faith in our legal system.