This week’s issue – August 26, 2016

Photo by Ken Cashman The EKG can be administered in the ambulance and transmitted to a cardiologist. On Aug. 15, Bob Szeli of MLSS used his boss as a patient to show how the EKG works. The screen displays oximetry waveform, pulse rate, respiratory rate, and pulse oximetry (partial pressure percentage of oxygen in arterial blood).

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The EKG can be administered in the ambulance and transmitted to a cardiologist. On Aug. 15, Bob Szeli of MLSS used his boss as a patient to show how the EKG works. The screen displays oximetry waveform, pulse rate, respiratory rate, and pulse oximetry (partial pressure percentage of oxygen in arterial blood).

Help available before you reach ER

Bob Szeli has brought people back to life. “The first time it happens,” he says, “it’s eye opening. It’s a high you ride on for weeks.” But it’s not a unique experience. In his eight years as a paramedic for Mobile Life Support Services (MLSS), Mr. Szeli has revived 10 patients who didn’t have a pulse.

That would support the idea  that paramedics are bringing the emergency room to the patient. And if they’re doing that, then the distance one travels in an ambulance isn’t as important as it used to be. Page 1

IRS scam alive and well

In the spring of 2015, the Orange County Office of Consumer Affairs issued a warning about telephone scammers claiming to be IRS agents. The problem hasn’t gone away.

“The IRS scam is alive and well,” Karen Pinder reported in a recent email to The Cornwall Local. She received three phone messages in a week reporting that the IRS had a suit against her and advising her to return the call. Page 1

DOT reviewing traffic light request

Cornwall may be getting closer to having a traffic light at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Route 94.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has started a six-month traffic study, and has asked for accident reports from Town of Cornwall Police Chief Todd Hazard. In the last four-and-a-half years, there have been 45 collisions at the site. Many have occurred after drivers realized they weren’t clear, and stopped short after attempting to cross the intersection or make a turn. Page 1

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Barrels of fun?

Photo by Ken Cashman The Village DPW placed traffic barrels above the man hole covers and catch basins on Avenue A, because they were five inches higher than the road. The DPW had lowered the road as a preliminary step toward repaving it. Work was due to start this week.

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The Village DPW placed traffic barrels above the man hole covers and catch basins on Avenue A, because they were five inches higher than the road. The DPW had lowered the road as a preliminary step toward repaving it. Work was due to start this week.

Anchorage foes cite lack of input

Photo by Jason Kaplan Mayor Brendan Coyne was one of several speakers at an Aug. 18 press conference at Plum Point. Along side him are Audrey Friedrichsen, Paul Gallay and Sen. Bill Larkin. The press conference participants objected to the Coast Guard plans for more anchorage sites in the Hudson River.

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Mayor Brendan Coyne was one of several speakers at an Aug. 18 press conference at Plum Point. Along side him are Audrey Friedrichsen, Paul Gallay and Sen. Bill Larkin. The press conference participants objected to the Coast Guard plans for more anchorage sites in the Hudson River.

With the Hudson River serving as an appropriate backdrop, state, county, and local representatives, as well as environmentalists, met at Plum Point in New Windsor, on Aug. 18, to speak out against the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposal for 43  berths (allotted places for ships) at 10 new anchorage sites along the river.

The Coast Guard has cited safety as the reason for the proposal. The new locations would allow commercial vessels to anchor in the event of ice or bad weather.

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Cornwall car show to benefit police

Photo contributed Saturday Night Cruisers Car Club will bring its car show to Cornwall on Sunday, Sept. 4.  The event will help raise money for the local police departments.

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Saturday Night Cruisers Car Club will bring its car show to Cornwall on Sunday, Sept. 4. The event will help raise money for the local police departments.

Aficionados, get your engines started. On Sunday, Sept. 4, from 2 to 6 p.m., the Saturday Night Cruisers Car Club will be hosting its first car show in Cornwall. Sponsored by the Greater Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, the event will benefit the town and village police departments. The rain date is Sept. 5.

Chamber vice president Joseph Dvash took the lead on organizing the car show along with members Stacey Lyle and Luann Richards.

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Conference call on Cornwall ER plans

On Aug. 18, Assemblyman James Skoufis received a conference call from the Department of Health in response to his letter about the closing of the Cornwall Emergency Room.

Mr. Skoufis told us that the Department of Health attorneys will be looking to see if the hospital plans violate the Stillman trust.

He reported that the  Department of Health has not yet signed off on the hospital’s request. “They’re aware of the sensitive nature of this issue, and of the local opposition to the hospital’s application,” he said.

Hang on tight

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Photo by Jason Kaplan Brett Zimmer does his best to avoid a pool of water. Butterhill Day School closed its summer camp with various games including an obstacle course and a tug-of-war. The girls won the first round, but the boys retaliated the second time.

Boy Scout overcomes Eagle project obstacles

Photo by Ken Cashman Brendan Gonyo (center) has completed his Eagle Scout project. He created a new stone path in front of the American Legion cabin and beautified the area.

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Brendan Gonyo (center) has completed his Eagle Scout project. He created a new stone path in front of the American Legion cabin and beautified the area.

Sometimes when a Boy Scout presents his Eagle project, the first, or even the second attempt,  doesn’t make it off the drawing board. Such was the experience of Brendan Gonyo who is seeking to attain the highest rank in scouts.

Over the last two weekends, Gonyo and his crew of volunteers have been sprucing up the exterior of the American Legion cabin, but it wasn’t the only project he had proposed.

One idea entailed visiting area gravesites to find the names of the deceased who received the Purple Heart during their military career. His intention was to make sure the names were included on the Purple Heart Hall of Honor’s database.

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Tots show talent at “Music in the Park”

Photo by Ken Cashman Ilaria Bergonzi (left) and Alayna Kane kept time to the music and kept spectators entertained on a Sunday night.

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Ilaria Bergonzi (left) and Alayna Kane kept time to the music and kept spectators entertained on a Sunday night.

The youngest members of the audience put on their own show on Sunday evening, Aug. 7.  Ilaria Bergonzi and Alayna Kane couldn’t reach double digits if they added their ages together. But that didn’t stop them from dancing at the Music in the Park Concert in front of Town Hall.

Ilaria, the smaller of the two, moved up and down in time to the music. Alayna swayed from side to side. The youngsters enjoyed themselves without noticing the spectators who were watching them — a group that included Supervisor Richard Randazzo and Deputy Supervisor Helen Bunt.

The guitar and percussion team of Teatum and Battiato provided the music for a crowd of 115 people, who escaped the heat of the evening by placing their lawn chairs in the shade. As a result, there was a stretch of open field between the musicians and the fans. Ilaria and Alayna were in front, where most everyone could see them.

On previous nights, there have been other attractions. “We’ve had a couple of really good sunsets,” Stacey Lyle observed on the morning after the tots’ performance. As the secretary of the Greater Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, she’s been at every event.

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Hall pays homage to non-combatants

Photo by Ken Cashman Father Matthew Pawlikowski spreads props on a table for his presentation at the Purple Heart Hall of Honor on Aug. 7.

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Father Matthew Pawlikowski spreads props on a table for his presentation at the Purple Heart Hall of Honor on Aug. 7.

“Where you are and who you are are not terribly important,” Peter Bedrossian said on Purple Heart Appreciation Day. “It’s what happens to you.”

Every year the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor hosts a special program on the Sunday closest to Aug. 7, the date when the award was created by Gen. George Washington.

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