This week’s issue – August 18, 2017

“I would encourage anything that could modernize our school,” Dominic Cordisco of Cornwall-on-Hudson told the school board on Aug. 14. Architect David Sammel is seated in the front row of the high school auditorium.

“I would encourage anything that could modernize our school,” Dominic Cordisco of Cornwall-on-Hudson told the school board on Aug. 14. .

Miller suggests facility plan cuts

In a single sentence, Neal Miller summed up the dilemma with the district’s facilities plan. “We can do anything,” the superintendent of schools said, “but we can’t do everything.”

He listed his priorities at the Aug. 14 school board meeting — identifying the parts of the plan he would keep or cut. When he was finished, he did the arithmetic and the estimated cost, $56.1 million, was still too high. He’s hoping to get it down to $40 to $50 million. Page 1

Cornwall’s heard at KJ hearing

A seasoned poker player would have had trouble reading the county legislators as they sat on the stage at Central Valley School and listened to the arguments for and against the creation of a new town.

The decision is in their hands. If they allow a referendum, the voters in Monroe are sure to approve the Town of Palm Tree, which will include Kiryas Joel plus an additional 220 acres.

The audience and the speakers at the Aug. 15 public hearing were divided geographically. Most, but not all of the Monroe residents, asked the legislators to vote yes. Page 1

New rescue boat needs engine

Storm King Engine Company is facing a major expense as funds are being reallocated in the budget to purchase a new engine for its boat. The 14-year-old rescue boat was purchased from the City of Newburgh Police Department last year. According to assistant chief Mike Trainor, the cost of a used, re-manufactured engine would be about $7,000. He received two quotes for a new engine – $12,900 for one in Virginia and $15,200 for another in Kingston. The latter includes assembly parts for the throttle and shift cables. Page 1

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Final inspection

Photo by Jason Kaplan New York Military Academy concluded its Summer Intensive Leadership program on Saturday. About 60 participating students marched in succession for final inspection before school officials and cadets. The three-week camp entailed learning about science, art, literature, martial arts, leadership, and how to be self-reliant without the use of technology. The kids participated in sports, took survival classes, and learned how to shoot a rifle.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
New York Military Academy concluded its Summer Intensive Leadership program on Saturday. About 60 participating students marched in succession for final inspection before school officials and cadets. The three-week camp entailed learning about science, art, literature, martial arts, leadership, and how to be self-reliant without the use of technology. The kids participated in sports, took survival classes, and learned how to shoot a rifle.

Professor recalls childhood eclipse experience

During an Aug. 14 visit to the Cornwall Public Library, Prof. David Kashinski held models of the moon and sun. He explained that the two objects appear to be the same size, because the moon is so much closer to the Earth.

During an Aug. 14 visit to the Cornwall Public Library, Prof. David Kashinski held models of the moon and sun. He explained that the two objects appear to be the same size, because the moon is so much closer to the Earth.

Dr. David Kashinski is a professor of physics at West Point. When he was eight years old he viewed an eclipse without any protective glasses. That night he experienced the traditional symptoms — light sensitivity, watery eyes, blurred vision.

It didn’t take long for his father to figure out what was wrong. Being a welder, he was familiar with “the flash” — the visual problems caused by a sudden exposure to bright light. He brought David to the doctor and within a day or two the youngster was fine.

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Boys State intimidating but worthwhile

Photo contributed Boys State participants learned how to eat quickly. Meals were limited to 15 minutes.

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Boys State participants learned how to eat quickly. Meals were limited to 15 minutes.

Cornwall American Legion Post 353 sent eight teens to this year’s Boys State, an educational program designed to teach participants discipline and how the government operates. This year’s attendees were Adam Johnson, Eliot Perez, Patrick Vilda, Justin Gagnon, Lucas Arora, Sam Delacruz, Zachary Denning, and Erik Fosstveit. The program was held June 25 to July 1 at SUNY Morrisville.

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Obituaries – August 18, 2017

Helen K. Favre

September 15, 1924-July 21, 2017

formerly of Highland Falls

Helen Kimmenau Favre, a lifelong resident, passed away on July 21 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She was 92.

The daughter of the late Henry Kimmenau and the late Mary Meara Kimmenau of Highland Falls, she was born on Sept. 15, 1924. She retired after many years with the Transportation Department (motor pool) at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She also worked at the Ladycliff College Library.

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Cast overcomes ‘Addams Family’ gloom

Director T.J. Larke stands in to rehearse a scene with Raymond Capuzzi. Capuzzi, who plays Pugsley in “The Addams Family,” enjoyed being tortured on the rack.

Director T.J. Larke stands in to rehearse a scene with Raymond Capuzzi. Capuzzi, who plays Pugsley in “The Addams Family,” enjoyed being tortured on the rack.

The Addams family is described as creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky, so it only seems appropriate for the Step it up Summer Stage production of the musical comedy to have been met with doom and gloom since the beginning of the two-week program.

Benjamin Kohn was originally slated to serve as musical director for the 5 to 18-year-old thespians. Unfortunately, director Karen Eremin explained, Kohn was in a car accident the Thursday before auditions. He injured his wrists and suffered a concussion rendering him unable to perform his duties.

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Century-old Teddy Bear inspires kids’ book

Robert and Loretta Gould with the sketches that inspired a children’s book. Mrs. Gould named the central character Barnaby Benjamin Bear.

Robert and Loretta Gould with the sketches that inspired a children’s book. Mrs. Gould named the central character Barnaby Benjamin Bear.

John Gould (1906-96) was a prominent illustrator for The Saturday Evening Post and several national corporations. But he also sketched for fun. And one of his lighter creations has inspired a children’s book by a daughter-in-law he never met.

Mr. Gould was always sketching. When out for dinner, he might decorate a Styrofoam take-out box with portraits of the patrons  around him. Or, if he was in a playful mood, he might draw a spider on a paper table cloth and call for the waitress.

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The summer months fly by as camp seasons end

Photo by Jason Kaplan Village campers Ethan Greenblatt, Landon Lavallee, and Noah Chyla palaver while eating lunch.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Village campers Ethan Greenblatt, Landon Lavallee, and Noah Chyla palaver while eating lunch.

Nearly 240 children attended summer camp in the town and village this year. Unfortunately, their season of fun came to an end this week.

Both camps featured a number of trips including visits to Splashdown, Tarsio Lanes, and the firemen’s fair.  It remained cloudy, but warm, when the town campers went to Splashdown, but the village campers had a little bit of help getting wet from Mother Nature – it rained half the day.

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