SOMERS, N.Y. – Three members of the Somers community were honored Saturday when the Somers Land Trust dedicated an area of the Angle Fly Preserve to the memory of each.
The late Peter A. Burckmyer, a conservationist and founding member of the Somers Land Trust, was a guiding light in the town’s acquisition of the Angle Fly property. The trail formerly known as the yellow trail has been dedicated to Burckmyer, with a plaque denoting his contribution.
John Behler, who died in 2006, was a professional herpetologist at the Bronx Zoo and was highly influential in helping the town raise funds to preserve the Angle Fly property. Behler is commemorated with a plaque at the footbridge spanning Angle Fly Brook. It will henceforth be known as the John L. Behler Footbridge.
Florence “Mickey” Oliver, who was town historian until her death in 2011, was the moving force in the preservation of Somers’ historic Reynolds Farmstead. She was also a member of the Somers Open Space Committee. Oliver’s plaque is at the Reynolds Farmstead near the entrance to the Angle Fly Preserve.
Town officials, representatives of the Land Trust, Friends of the Angle Fly, and family and friends of those being honored were on hand for the dedication ceremony. Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy paid tribute to the selfless volunteerism of the three honorees.