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Congratulations to readers who knew where to find the detail in last week's Where in Chester? clue.

Matt Van Der Meulen writes, "This is the side of the Episcopal Church on Main Street. The picture is actually showing the Maple Avenue side of the building. A fitting 'Where in Clue' as they just had their Sanctuary Re-Dedication Ceremony on Sun 12/21 thanks to much work and commitment from their congregation."

You got it right! So did Kyle T. Smith, who writes, "This is the stone fireplace at my church, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 101 Main Street!"

Finally there's Chester historian Clifton Patrick, who gives some background: From “The First Hundred Years (A History of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Chester, NY)” by Margie Nehrich, August, 1998: The St. Paul's Episcopal Church “building, although not entirely finished, (the windows and pews were still lacking) was dedicated to the Worship of Almighty God on the Feast of the Transfiguration, August 6, 1898. The sermon was preached by the Rev. George G. Merrill of Tuxedo with addresses by Archdeacon William R. Thomas and the Rev. George C. Betts of Goshen. Other clergy officiating were the Rector, the Rev. J. Holmes McGuinness, and the Curate, the Rev. Mr. Smyth, Jr.....On January 21, 1919, Dr. J. Holmes McGuinness was appointed by the Vestry as a committee of one to raise funds for the proposed addition to the church and to proceed with the work. The addition would provide a room 26 feet by 60 feet, and a large kitchen with a 26 feet by 26 feet Guild room on the second floor. Theodore Miller and Son and John Halstead were the contractors, The first use of the new parish house was August 31, 1919.”

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