The 31st annual Tour de Goshen on Aug. 19 will benefit Inspire, the CP Center, headquartered in Goshen. Sponsored by Joe’s Fix-it, there will be four rides from 11 miles to 25, 45 and 62, all along scenic routes. It’s an event that’s great for every ride,” said Karla Leon, a member of the community relations team who also is an administrative assistant at the nonprofit.

The ride will begin at the Recreation Park of the Village and Town of Goshen on Craigville Road. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. Rider donation is $10 for children under 10, and $20 for those 10-20. If paid before Aug. 13 the fee will be $40 for adults with an added registration fee of $5. To pre-register visit or stop by Joe’s Fix It for a reegistration form. Riders also can register on the day of the race.

All proceeds will benefit Inspire, a nonprofit established in Goshen in 1946, and lovingly supported by a far-reaching community through the years. Often it was a pace-setters for catchey events, like the two-day telethon with local stations that raised lots of money.

In recent years, the Tour de Goshen has been the big moneymaker. All riders will receive free heroes, pasta, salads, and hot dogs starting at noon. Riders also will receive free Hammer Gels Clif bars, GU and bananas. Helmets are required and riders under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian’s signature .

A sponsor like Joe’s Fix Its, which is really written as “Joe Fix Its,” an error on the sign when originally received, way back then, is a double compliment to the sponsor, volunteers and families who make the event successful. Truth is, every year since its beginning when I’ve written the name of the popular business in Goshen, I’ve received complaints that my spelling and grammar were an embarrassment. This year I only want to hear how appreciative people are about the reminder and how they plan to be part of the fundraising. The owner of the business, Joe Dunlevy, a man who loved his community, died in 1994. His son, Brian, who grew up in the Village, took over the business in 1983 and is proud to be part of community events. Inspire Kids are a special lot. My grandson, Thomas, was one of them, and even invited as a poster child one year. For more information call Joe Fix Its at 294-7242 or Better yet, stop in and thank Brian for helping to make lots of people happy.

Coming up

**During the month of August, Rondout Lighthouse Tours will be available on Fridays. Prior to Aug. 10, they were conducted every weekend on Saturday and Sunday until mid-October, and included a narrated ferry ride on the Rondout and a guided our of the interior of the lighthouse, including access to the tower room. Tours on Saturday and Sunday start at noon and follow every 45 minutes with the last one leaving at 3:45 p.m. Tickets are available on same-day status, first-come basis Tours on Friday are at noon, 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.

The Museum store is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children 4 - 12. Each child under 12 must be accompanied by a parent.

Tours take approximately 70 minutes and include a 15 minute boat ride to and from the lighthouse. For information call the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston at 338-0071.

This & that

**The Miles of Hope’s Breast Cancer Foundation established in 2004 to fund services for people affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley was started by Dana Effron and Cathy Varunok, who saw a need for increased services for people with breast cancer. The Medical Gap Care Fund was established to help. This year Miles of Hope increased the funding to $45,000, making it a unique gift to Cornerstone Family Healthcare which administers Gap Care Grants for residents of Orange, Rockland and Sullivan counties. All money raised will benefit Hudson Valley residents. Congratulations.

**Dawn Ansbro of Goshen is the new executive director of the SUNY Orange Foundation. She began the job Aug. 06, bringing with her more than three decades of experiences to the position, including extensive work in development, strategic planning, marketing, public relations, community outreach, and fundraising. She succeeds Dr. Russell Hammond, who is retiring Nov. 30.

**The Village of Walden Summer Youth Employment Program conducted its annual Graduation Ceremony in the Bradley Assembly Room of the Walden Municipal Building in Municipal Square. Since the program was started in 2009, 140 Walden teens have graduated.

This year’s graduates are Janiya Bradley, Ethan Bown, Jayda Caltanco, Michael Campbell, Donovan Cesar, Jackson Connolly, Myles Corday, Alexander Gil, Nicole Hammond, Kali Karanjeet, Elizabeth Linton, Emily Murphy, Sydney Sepulveda, Anthony Stanley, and Tam Vu.

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