Thank you George Ribas

George Ribas painted a colorful and historic depiction of Kerhonkson's train station. We just had to show it off on our home page. Thank you George! Our next group meeting will take place this Monday at the Elementary School at 6:30. 

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Congratulations Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to our "Hudson Valley Beautiful" Photo Contest winners: Pat Peters, Frank Vacante, Marcilene Smith, Marianne Markle, Steve Aaron, Albert Schoessow, Victoria Barringer, and Dace Serafimovs. Join us on Kerhonkson Day - Saturday, September 12th to view their winning photographs.

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Looking for Kerhonkson Day Volunteers

Kerhonkson Day is coming up this Saturday September 12th from 9am-4pm. We're looking for volunteers to help us pull off this year's event. Last year we sadly had to cancel the day due to a lack of extra hands. Volunteer shifts are only 1 to 2 hours long and you can sign up for one or more shifts. Click here for our list of volunteer roles, responsibilities and shift times. Send an email to kerhonksonfriends@gmail.com with the shift you would like to cover.

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Updates From Around Town

Catskill-Shawangunk Greenway 

From John A Adams, originally posted on our Facebook page on 02/15/15

 Photo by Brian Rubin for Shawangunk Journal

Photo by Brian Rubin for Shawangunk Journal

We hope this sets a precedent for connecting farmland, that serves as a mountain gateway and uses farm lanes as trails, to rail trails. That is what the proposed Catskill-Shawangunk Greenway Trail could do at Colony Farm. Tourists in New Paltz will be able to ride their bikes from the rail trail to protected farmland and see cows grazing in the fields. That's all we are asking for in Wawarsing,to be a recreational gateway town.

Here is the Friends of Colony Farm proposal for .1 of the Ellenville Million... Colony Farm AgPark in the CATSKILL-SHAWANGUNK GREENWAY The Town of Wawarsing has passed resolutions in favor of creating the “Catskill-Shawangunk Greenway” at Colony Farm and the surrounding state-owned farmlands, a total of 500 acres. The Commissioner of the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Services has written in support of the town’s application for funding the “Colony Farm Agritourism Feasibility Study”, as have many of our town, county and state public officials. The feasibility study was first recommended by former Congressman Hinchey’s office, then by Hudson Valley Economic Development. Congressman Gibson supports the C/S Greenway. Colony Farm is a 250 acre dairy that could be the home to an agpark with facilities for making artisan cheese, ice cream and Greek yogurt. Its road frontage on the Rt. 209 Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway just 10 minutes from the entrance to Minnewaska State Park makes it an attractive site for a retail dairy store, ice cream shop and café and possibly a Rondout Valley Agritourism Welcome Center, picnicking and a farmers market. Colony Farm could be restored to production such as “grass-fed” milk from pastured cows. Similar farms attract 100,000 annual visitors. The Ulster County Planning Department’s Summary of Requests for the redevelopment of the former prison farm in Wawarsing also includes trails for hiking and biking that would create a critical mass of trails in what the NYS Open Space Plan calls the “CATSKILL-SHAWANGUNK GREENWAY”, using the O&W Rondout Valley Rail Trail as its backbone. Bike routes will bring trail connectivity between the rail trail, Minnewaska and Catskill Park. The Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan includes “Colony Farm / Catskill ShawangunkGreenway”- a project idea to “re-purpose the former NYS prison farm in Wawarsing as (the) Catskill- Shawangunk Greenway and hang-gliding site”. The site is already approved by the Corrections Dept. Agritourism at Colony Farm would redefine the Ellenville area’s image as the recreational gateway community for the public parklands of The Catskills And The Shawangunks (The C.A.T.S.!) and bring outdoor fun back to our town. The Ellenville area is the gateway to the Catskills! Please support the funding of the Colony Farm Agritourism Feasibility Study.

Also see WAMC's coverage of this story on Dec 12,2012

June Meeting Highlights

Town of Wawarsing councilman Terry Houck announced progress on the rail trail through Kerhonkson. The stretch of trail between Kerhonkson and 44/55 was recently brush hogged and should be ready for use. This is the section of trail the Friends of Historic Kerhonkson cleared a few years ago. Also, expect work soon to clear trees on the part of the trail between Kerhonkson and Accord.

Ulster County representative Lynn Archer announced that cleanup of the Rainbow Diner would begin by August, 2014.

Planning for Kerhonkson Day has begun. Please come to our next meeting on July 16th at 6:30 if
you would like to help out.

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UPDATE: June's Meeting

Important information regarding tomorrow night's meeting.  We are postponing the regular meeting until the following week Wednesday June 25th at 6:30.

New Rail Trail Signs

The new rail trail signs are up, and they look great! Follow these signs for the rail trail parking area and trail head. You can find more details in this week's Blue Stone Press.

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