September 28, 2013

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Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard dedicated in Woodstock

WEST HURLEY – The late Levon Helm is well on the road to immortality. The famous musician and Woodstock-era icon now has a local highway named after him.

State Route 375, the winding stretch between Woodstock and the rest of civilization, was renamed “Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard,” at a brief ceremony near the intersection of Route 28 on Friday afternoon.

Family and friends, including Helm's daughter Amy (beneath sign) gathered for renaming ceremony

Helm’s daughter Amy, friends, family, and officials joined with over 100 onlookers to unveil the new road sign. Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, Town Supervisor Jeremy Wilber, and former congressman Maurice Hinchey were also on hand.

Amy, said this honor would mean the most to her dad.

“He loved Woodstock, he loved his community,” recalled Amy Helm. “This would mean the most to him. Of all the accolades he received since his passing, this would be the most,” she said.

Cahill noted Levon Helm’s influence to music, adding that legislative sponsorship for the dedication was overwhelming. 

“It was one of the most popular pieces of legislation that we passed in Albany this year,” Cahill said. “Popular and Albany are not too words that go together very well these days,” he joked.

Helm, who died in April of last year, was famous for his Midnight Rambles in Woodstock for years.

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