By Matt Youngfrau
BETHEL August 17, 2001 This weekend marks the 32nd anniversary of the original Woodstock celebration on an alfalfa field near Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel.
In keeping with years past, several events and celebrations have been rumored to take place this weekend, and Bethel officials have been watching the situation closely.
The Woodstockers Reunion Political Rally was scheduled to take place at Louis Cappelli's farm east of White Lake. However, the town was granted a temporary restraining order based on the fact the farm is not zoned for the event. After the decision was rendered, event organizer Jim Cutler decided to cancel.
Roy Howard and Jeryl Abramson of Bethel, who have hosted events for the last five years, are not having music or camping on their grounds. In addition, a stage formerly located on the property has been removed. However, the couple said they will be having a yard sale all weekend, and vendors have already begun to set up.
The Sullivan County Sheriff's Department said they will increase patrols in Bethel this weekend, but Abramson stated she and Howard will cooperate and report any illegal activities to the police.
Other rumored events include Spiritstock and Greenpeace. However, nothing has been confirmed. Town officials have stated they will be diligent in cracking down on any illegal activity.