In this week’s Winter Wellness special section, starting on page 10, Dan Aubrey takes readers on a walk through area trails and parks that are connected to both nature and regional history.

One such walk follows the Lawrence Hopewell Trail to the historic Brearley House, just off Princeton Pike. But there is far more to the trail than that. On view through January 31 at the headquarters branch of the Mercer County on Route 1 in Lawrence is an exhibit of photographs from the trail by Susan Jacobsen of Ewing, who says of the trail, “I’m a visual person, and I saw the beauty in it. It’s interesting how the trail would change all the time, even from one day to the next. I love seeing it in different seasons.”

For more on the trail, visit www.lhtrail.org or see U.S. 1, June 27, 2018.

To The Editor: WCC Is Not a Done Deal

The possible takeover of Westminster Choir College (WCC) by Rider University is not a done deal.

Rider University’s attempt to impress upon the public that moving WCC students, in the fall of 2020, to Lawrenceville is the end of the story, is part of a misinformation campaign to get the public to believe that nothing more can be done to keep WCC in Princeton.

This is not a lost cause and it is not a done deal. On the contrary, there are currently three different lawsuits challenging Rider’s legal rights to grab WCC for monetary purposes.

These suits will take a few years to resolve, cost a lot of money, especially to Rider, which is losing money on it every year, and when it is resolved WCC may be an empty shell, unless the Princeton public will unite to support keeping WCC in Princeton.

If the public wants to keep WCC in Princeton it needs to write letters to the editors of the local papers. The public should communicate their wishes to the mayor of Princeton and to each member of the Town Council as well as to the president and members of the Princeton Board of Education.

Rider’s latest step is not what they originally wanted to do i.e., sell WCC, the college, and its property. That did not happen, and Rider is stuck and is trying to get its money anyway it can, even if it will cause the demise of one of the best choir colleges in the world.

Any elected Princeton official who encourages Rider to continue this destructive path, by showing interest in buying WCC’s property, is in effect aiding and abetting in the destruction of this jewel of Princeton.

If the public will rise to the occasion Rider may finally realize that there are no buyers to the property and will be willing to negotiate a settlement that will leave an independent WCC in Princeton.

Ralph Perry

Random Road, Princeton

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