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October 4, 2013

‘Pops, Patriots and Fireworks’

Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    


Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    


Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


Katonah

  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road


Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    


Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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At 60, Mianus River Gorge environmental success story keeps on growing


By ANTHONY R. MANCINI

The Mianus River Gorge is hosting a sold-out 60th anniversary celebration on Oct. 8 honoring benefactors who were instrumental in the organization securing two major land purchases to add to the more than 1,000 acres of land protected by the Gorge.

“The focus of our celebration is really on the land here, preserving land in general and celebrating that idea,” said Tim Evnin, chairman of Mianus River Gorge’s board of trustees, on Monday, “We thought it is appropriate to honor two of our most significant benefactors and also benefactors that were directly responsible for saving property.

The Mianus River Gorge was founded in 1953 to protect the Mianus watershed, which contains one of the last bastions of old-growth forest left in the area, the 400-year-old hemlocks that grow along the banks of the Mianus River. In 1964, the preserve was designated a national natural landmark by the National Park Service and since its inception the nonprofit has bought or secured over 700 acres of land and has protected more land through conservation easements.

The organization managed obtain its 764 acres by either negotiating with private owners to buy the land or receiving it through donations. Mianus River Gorge is now made up of 82 different parcels, all secured over a long period of time.

The organization is honoring Ann Rockefeller Roberts for her work in securing the Twin Lakes area in Bedford located next to Long Ridge Road. The property is a major component of the watershed and it took the organization 25 to 30 years to acquire the entire property.

“It protects just a spectacular piece of property with beautiful rock outcroppings and another deep gorge. That was a property that was important to her personally and also a critical priority property of ours,” Mr. Evnin said. “Having her help us lead the charge, she was really the galvanizing person, both with her generosity and determination to get it done.”

The board is also honoring Jean Paul and Carol Ann Valles, who helped the Gorge obtain the sections of land dubbed the gateway properties, one of which is located near the entrance to the preserve on Mianus River Road in Bedford

“Jean Paul was the chairman of the Gorge before me, so he was actively involved in the day-to-day at the board level and did wonderful things in that role and so we’re celebrating him for that,” Mr. Evnin said. “They were critical supporters in preserving two properties.”

The Gorge will showcase the work of Bedford photographer Bill Abranowicz at the celebration. Mr. Abranowicz has been involved in an ongoing project photographing the Gorge during all four seasons.

“He’s been very generous with his time and is excited about the project,” Mr. Evnin said.

The chairman said Mr. Abranowicz’s photos of the preserve are planned to be made available in a book and displayed in a gallery at a future date.

Rod Christie, the executive director of the Mianus River Gorge, said on Monday that although the organization has accomplished much over its first 60 years, the work is never over and the Gorge is looking to acquire more land to secure the natural state of the area.

“We have a priority list of parcels which is 40 strong. Some are here surrounding the Gorge, some are throughout the watershed, some we may be able to purchase, some we may not,” he said. “They may be handled through conservation easements or some sort of working with the landowner to try to improve the forest conditions and their property so that they benefit the watershed.”

Mr. Christie said that every property they seek to own is studied and determined to be an integral piece of the Mianus River area. The organization also conducts studies performed area collage, graduate and high school students, which are intended to answer important question about conservation and how the land can be further preserved.

“One of the most important things about this organization, now that it’s 60 years strong is that everything that’s happened here is based on science,” Mr. Christie said. “Every project that we do has a purpose. If we were to look at it in terms of how they’re all interconnected you would see that every project we have has a purpose and they relate to each other in some way.”

The celebration will be held at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, an organic farm located in Pocantico Hills, on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30. The event is sold out; however, tickets might be available if there are cancellations. Visit mianus.org for more information.


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