New Windsor man found dead in village

The death of a 44-year-old New Windsor man is currently being investivated by the New York State Police Department, in conjunction with the Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department,.
Shortly before midnight on Aug. 24, local police responded to a 911 call at 19 Church St. for an unresponsive male.
Bryant J. Furchak was found, beside his 2008 gray Nissan Xterra, dead from a single gunshot wound. The weapon recovered at the scene is believed to have belonged to Furchak.
The State Police Department is asking anyone with information pertaining to the movements of Furchak in the hours prior to his death, or anyone who was in the vicinity of Church Street and Hudson Street on Sunday night between the hours of 11 p.m. and midnight, to call the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Montgomery at 845-457-1389.   All calls will remain confidential.
Police say there is no indication of a broader danger to the Cornwall community at this time.

Fatal shooting

New York State Police is currently investigating a fatal shooting which occurred at 19 Church St. in Cornwall-on-Hudson earlier today.

Shortly before midnight, on Aug. 24, Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department responded to 19 Church St. where officers discovered the body of a middle-aged male dead by a single gunshot wound. The New York State Police, in conjunction with local police, is investigating the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police in Montgomery at 845-457-1388.

A team effort

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Photo by Jason Kaplan When Patty Darcy learned fellow junior varsity softball and basketball teammate Christen Hurley’s father, George, was diagnosed with cancer, she decided to organize a car wash and bake sale to raise money to help the family with medical expenses. The athletes washed 40 cars, on Sunday, and raised $1,352.86. Darcy said she appreciated all those who donated to the cause.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
When Patty Darcy learned fellow junior varsity softball and basketball teammate Christen Hurley’s father, George, was diagnosed with cancer, she decided to organize a car wash and bake sale to raise money to help the family with medical expenses. The athletes washed 40 cars, on Sunday, and raised $1,352.86. Darcy said she appreciated all those who donated to the cause.

Jones Farm prepares to celebrate centennial

Jones Farm was originally operated as a dairy farm. Raymond or Chauncey Jones, second generation, milks a cow.

Jones Farm was originally operated as a dairy farm. Raymond or Chauncey Jones, second generation, milks a cow.

Businesses come and go, but one Cornwall mainstay has not only withstood the test time, it’s stayed in the same family for 100 years. Three generations currently work side-by-side to keep Jones Farm running – third generation farmers Doris Jones Clearwater and husband Belding, fourth generation farmer David Clearwater and his wife Terri, fifth generation Catherine Clearwater and husband Christopher, and part time help from fellow family members Kenneth, William, and Leslie.

In honor of the landmark occasion, the Jones Farm family invites the public to celebrate their centennial, with hayrides, refreshments, live music, and more, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Angola Road farm. Since its purchase in Dec. 1914, the farm has undergone a number of significant changes transitioning to the product that’s well known today. A part of the farm’s success can be attributed to the family’s ability to change with the times.

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This week’s issue – August 22, 2014

Bob Conley, shown in this file photo, will be retiring from his highway superintendent’s job on Aug. 29.

Bob Conley, shown in this file photo, will be retiring from his highway superintendent’s job on Aug. 29. Read more about it on page 1A

Cornwall Library website receives makeover

Following in the town’s footsteps, the Cornwall Public Library quietly launched its new website on the morning of Aug. 11. The previous site was live for six years. Page 3A

Learning tennis by having fun

For Roksha Michael-Razi, making sure the kids are having fun is the key to teaching them how to play tennis. She uses games to teach the basic strokes and parts of the court. Through the games the students develop the skills they need to play. Page 6A

Time flies for youngest cheerleaders

It’s not hard to learn a cheer. The rhythm and rhyme help you remember the words. In their first two weeks of practice, the Mighty Mites have learned nine cheers. The challenge in working with the youngest cheerleaders in the Cornwall Youth Football League is getting them to do everything at the same time and with the right motions. Page 6A

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Striking a Pose

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Photo by Jason Kaplan On Aug. 7, the Cornwall Public Library closed its summer reading program with the annual fashion show. Lindsay Portelli models a dress designed by Kate Fisher. The dress gives a historical nod to the paniere silhouette of the late 18th century.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
On Aug. 7, the Cornwall Public Library closed its summer reading program with the annual fashion show. Lindsay Portelli models a dress designed by Kate Fisher. The dress gives a historical nod to the paniere silhouette of the late 18th century.

Gridders can handle tough schedule

Photo by Kan Cashman Besides catching passes, Tyler Peddie plays safety and returns kicks,

Photo by Kan Cashman
Besides catching passes, Tyler Peddie plays safety and returns kicks,

“It’s a pretty tough schedule,” Tyler Peddie admits, “but I think we can handle it. I feel like we’re coming together as a team.”

On Aug. 8, Tyler and the other receivers were working with Coach Eric Holzapple. The guys moved left and right, and caught tennis balls that were fired by the coach at short range. It’s a drill to develop good hands.

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Intern to report on road conditions

The village bandstand will need to undergo some renovations before it’s ready to be part of the 30th anniversary celebration next year.

The village bandstand will need to undergo some renovations before it’s ready to be part of the 30th anniversary celebration next year.

Around Village Hall

Summer roads program. As part of his internship, Richie Ibsen is required to report his findings to the Board of Trustees. Over the summer, Ibsen analyzed and prioritized the village’s roadways based on their need for repair. He’ll be speaking to the board at Monday’s regular meeting.
FEMA. The Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson received $40,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a result of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy.

Police department. Laptops have been installed in each police car. The 2014 Ford Intercept SUV was recently put into service. The 2006 Chevy Tahoe is going to be surplused out of service and turned over to the fire department.

Road striping. Department of Public Works Superintendent David Halvorsen hired a company out of Pearl River. The county used to stripe roadways for the village, but the county executive declared it’s no longer beneficial. The village only paid for the cost of paint, not the labor. The plan is to add striping to Hudson Street, Dock Hill Road, River Avenue, and Mountain Road up to the bridge.

Garbage truck. The new truck is expected to arrive later this month and be put into service immediately.

Code Red. Water Superintendent Robert June said the emergency communications network should be up and running within the next two weeks.

Bandstand anniversary. The Village Bandstand Committee is planning a 30th anniversary, tentatively scheduled for June 6, 2015. The bandstand will need to be renovated before the celebration. Mayor Brendan Coyne said the village has about $5,000 in grant money which could be used to repair the structure. He suggested the committee collect phone numbers and e-mail addresses from concert attendees in order to solicit additional donations. Coyne said the village would look to make repairs in September or October, once the concert series is complete.