The North County News has done it again. Their sloppy reporting this week calls attention to their continuing need for accurate fact checking. In a story detailing the history of the affordable housing project in Croton to be known as Symphony Knolls, reporter Adriane Tillman describes the property as having been owned by “Levenia McClure who lived in the house at 15 Mt. Airy Road into her 80s.”
For the record, Ms. McClure’s name was Levina—not Levenia. A genteel lady who served juice and cookies at parties for her pupils, Levina McClure figures in Home Before Dark, Susan Cheever’s memoir of her father, John Cheever. Both father and daughter took piano lessons from Levina McClure. One of John Cheever’s first stories written in Westchester was titled “The Music Teacher.”
Also for the record, Levina McClure was born October 27, 1911, and died June 1, 2003. This would have made her almost 92 at the time of her death. By our reckoning, it can quite accurately be said that she lived into her 90s.