Angelika Graswald, as seen at a pretrial hearing in June 2016.
DA calls kayaker case oddest ever
“It was one of the oddest cases I’ve ever seen,” the district attorney admitted, as we sat in his office discussing Angelika Graswald and the death of her fiancé.
“I’ve never had a case where the two sides were so evenly split,” David Hoovler observed. Some people claim he let a murderess go free. While just as many people say she was 100 percent innocent. Page 1A
Hidden graveyard to get a makeover
You can’t see the Sands Ring Cemetery from the road, but it’s in the heart of the community. Take a few steps off Main Street (not far from the Methodist Church) and suddenly you’re at the gate.
After maintaining the cemetery for years, the Town discovered in 2015 that a trust fund had been established in the 1930s for the graveyard’s upkeep.
At last Monday night’s Town Board meeting, Supervisor Richard Randazzo reported that the Town can now access those funds for maintenance and renovations. Page 1A
Thanksgiving service has an anniversary
History was made on Nov. 27, 1968. Clergy from four local churches gathered for the first ecumenical worship service. More than 325 people of all denominations attended the event and raised $224 for Church World Service to aid the sick and starving in Biafra-Nigeria, Africa.
Each year, on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Cornwall’s faith communities come together for a joint service. This year, the 50th anniversary of the Cornwall Community Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 at St. Thomas – St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cornwall-on-Hudson. Page 1A
Village historian Kathleen Christensen with Nathaniel Stillman, who donated his family’s genealogical book to the museum at Village Hall.
The museum at Village Hall recently acquired a genealogical book that belonged to the Stillman family. The acquisition was a gift from Nathaniel Stillman, a former Cornwall-on-Hudson resident.
Village Historian Kathleen Christensen reports that the book includes documentation, pictures and a family chart that dates back to the birth of Charles Stillman in 1810.
Helen M. Contarino
September 24, 1939-November 12, 2017
Helen M. Contarino, of Cornwall, entered into eternal rest at home on Nov. 12 with her loving family by her side. She was 78 years old.
The daughter of the late Henry Govier and Helen (O’Regan) Govier, Helen was born on Sept. 24, 1939 in the borough of Manhattan.
Helen was retired after working as a National Credit Manager for Arrow Electronics in Purchase, N.Y.
Storm King School Department of Visual and Performance Arts will put on the play “Almost, Maine” this weekend.
One of the most often produced high school plays in the United States is hitting the Walter Reade, Jr. Theatre this weekend. The Storm King School Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present “Almost, Maine” on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Director Anne Fulton said the play is perfect for the students because it consists of nine scenes, but each one is a self-contained play. All but two students have just one part, so no one is under a ton of pressure to learn lines. Each scene is about 10 minutes long. Seniors Scott Rolon and Jack Besterman have roles in two of the scenes
Mildred Dyseven Gayton
Died November 4, 2017
Formerly of Cornwall
Mildred Dyseven Gayton, 83 of Jacksonville, N.C. and formerly of Lake Harris Landing in Leesburg, FL. and Cornwall, N.Y., passed away Saturday evening at her home in Jacksonville.
Mildred worked for many years as a Leesburg Regional Medical Center Volunteer. She loved music, and especially enjoyed any and all musicals ranging from Broadway to local productions.
Christopher Raxworthy (right), a conservation biologist, at the Museum of Natural History led a family group on a behind the scenes tour of the museum.
It’s Friday the 13th, just a few weeks before Halloween. You’re planning the first outing for a new group that includes kids and their parents. Where would you take them — a horror movie, a haunted house? How about going behind the scenes at the Museum of Natural History! What could be spookier than a well-preserved reptile or amphibian!
The new group is the Parents Committee of the Black Rock Forest Consortium. It’s open to families with youngsters between the ages of 5 and 17. It’s goal is to use the consortium’s resources (including the forest) to advance scientific understanding of the natural world.
November 25, 1940 – October 29, 2017
formerly of Highland Falls
Chrystle M. Bonebrake Anderson, 76, wife of Howard “Andy” J. Anderson, of Summerville, SC passed away Sunday, Oct. 29.
Chrystle was born Nov. 25, 1940 in Cornwall, a daughter of Daniel Bonebrake and Marion Miller Bonebrake. She was raised in Highland Falls, where she graduated in 1958 from Highland Falls High School. After holding several positions throughout the 1960s, Chrystle married CWO Howard J. Anderson while at the University of Illinois/Urbana. She spent the next decade travelling the world with her husband, ending in Summerville, SC, where she chose to spend the rest of her life.