June 21, 2005


Time: 10:31 a.m.
Place: Newburgh, N.Y.

Alan: We have hit Mile 63. We're making a pit stop at the lovely home of John Courtsunis.

Here's the chocolate man right now. Say a few words for Side Salad.

:::hands over the phone:::

John: I'm here with Alan and Chris, who have bicycled all the way from New York City on this beautiful day. They've made record time. I'm trying to convince them to trade in these two pedal bikes for a couple BMWs. I can't seem to get rid of them.

If it was 100 degrees, I could convince them that instead of having the motor inside them, they should have motors on their two-wheel machines.

Okay... well... that's it for now.

Alan: That was brought to you by John Courtsunis, owner of Commodore Chocolatier.

Anyway, things are going well. We're going to take a little pit stop here with the Courtsunis family and we'll take off in about 15 minutes and head up to Kingston.

Editor's Note: The Courtsunis family is no stranger to the news.

In July 2003, they made Barbara Bedell's column in the Times Herald-Record when John and Christine's son Gus raised money to send the Hudson Valley Wheelchair Team to national competition in Long Beach, Calif.

One of the most impressive gifts, according to Plunkett, came from 11-year-old Gus Courtsunis, whose parents, John and Christine Courtsunis, own Commodore Chocolatier on Broadway in Newburgh. The sixth-grader, who attends Horizon-on-Hudson Magnet School in Newburgh, had a week off around Easter. He used the time to raise money for the wheelchair team by selling raffle tickets for a 10-pound chocolate bunny. "This was an incredible feat," said Plunkett, a Vietnam veteran and former New York state trooper who has multiple sclerosis. "Gus spent many hours standing in front of his family's store on Broadway selling tickets. The team is very appreciative."
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