story of the day, from The Daily Freeman, newspaper in Kingston, N.Y. It's a three-mile stretch of road that I know well (though not near Big Pink). "The Town Board has endorsed a proposal to name Route 375 in Woodstock and Hurley for the late musician Levon Helm.
resolution was approved during a Tuesday meeting at which town leaders
said Helm contributed to the community with benefit concerts for such
causes as music education. 'Levon gave numerous concerts to
benefit the Onteora school music program, even going so far as to make
available to the marching band drumming corps his studio for practice,'
the resolution stated. 'Levon, as part of his world-renowned Midnight
Rambles, collected and made contributions to area organizations such as
Toys for Tots, the Ulster County SPCA and to area soup kitchens.'
a multiple Grammy Award winner and longtime Woodstock resident, died
April 19, 2012, at age 71 after battling throat cancer. He gained fame
with The Band in the 1960s and 1970s — as a dummer, singer andmandolin
player — but it was the star-studded Midnight Ramble concert series in
the barn studio at his Plochmann Lane home that endeared him to people
across many generations."