The zombie apocalypse!

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By Jason Kaplan Zombies took over Main Street on the evening of Oct. 18, as about 80 individuals dressed as the undead to help raise money for the Hudson Valley SPCA. They walked from Brid’s Closet to Town Hall and then back to the Main Street shop where they enjoyed a potluck dinner. The group raised $300 for the animal shelter.

By Jason Kaplan
Zombies took over Main Street on the evening of Oct. 18, as about 80 individuals dressed as the undead to help raise money for the Hudson Valley SPCA. They walked from Brid’s Closet to Town Hall and then back to the Main Street shop where they enjoyed a potluck dinner. The group raised $300 for the animal shelter.

Galleon leaves Newburgh a day early

Photo by Jason Kaplan The Spanish Galleon, El Galeón Andalucía, was docked in Newburgh’s riverfront marina from Oct. 12 through 17. The ship disembarked on Saturday, a day early, in order to stay ahead of Hurricane Gonzalo.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
The Spanish Galleon, El Galeón Andalucía, was docked in Newburgh’s riverfront marina from Oct. 12 through 17. The ship disembarked on Saturday, a day early, in order to stay ahead of Hurricane Gonzalo.

A Spanish galleon docked at Newburgh’s riverfront marina on Oct. 12 and was expected to be open to public tours through Oct. 18, but Hurricane Gonzalo forced the crew to leave that Saturday in order to stay ahead of the storm on their way to the next port-of-call in Savannah, Ga.

The El Galeón Andalucía is a replica of the late 16th century merchant vessels and war ships that made up the early navies of Europe. The ship is 170 feet long and weighs about 500 tons. It was completed in Spain in 2009 after three years of research and a year and a half of construction.

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Obituaries – October 24, 2014

Helen McGovern Csakany

August 22, 1920-October 19, 2014

Helen McGovern Csakany of Woodside, N.Y., passed away on Oct. 19 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh. She was 94.

The daughter of Thomas and Mary Healy McGovern, she was born on August 22, 1920 in New York City. Helen was a retired telephone operator for The New York Telephone Company in Elmhurst, N.Y.. She was known for her kind heart, impeccable appearance, and candid honesty. Helen was hardworking, family-oriented, and always thoughtful of others. She was extremely generous and never missed a donation to St. Jude’s. She was loved and respected by her friends and family and will be greatly missed.

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This week’s issue – October 24, 2014

Photo by Ken Cashman American Legion members salute after unveiling the Medal of Honor Monuments  on Oct. 18. Bill Fogarty is in the foreground. Vinnie Mannion is to his right.

Photo by Ken Cashman
American Legion members salute after unveiling the Medal of Honor Monuments on Oct. 18. Bill Fogarty is in the foreground. Vinnie Mannion is to his right.

Drizzle doesn’t disturb ceremony

Saturday, Oct. 18 was a big day for Cornwall. About 250 people gathered on Main Street for the dedication ceremony. Re-enactors in period uniforms stood in front of the four Medal of Honor monuments, as members of American Legion Post 353 took turns at the podium and read a copy of the inscriptions. Page 1A

Village seeks to increase well production

The Village Board of Trustees took the first step, Monday night, toward doubling the yield from the Mountainville wells from one million to two million gallons a day by declaring itself lead agency. At the meeting Mayor Brendan Coyne cited potential future growth as the main reason for pursuing this project. Page 1A

Fosstveit a finalist in Easter Seal contest

Cornwall High School senior Kelsey Fosstveit is no stranger to competition. – she’s been entering art competitions for the last 11 years. Her most recent accomplishment is being named a finalist in the Easter Seals national competition. Page 1A

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An afternoon stroll

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By Jason Kaplan His wife having just given birth, Joe Piqueras opted to take their 2-year-old daughter, Anna, out for the afternoon to give mom and baby time alone. Anna enjoys a snack as her father pulls her in a wagon toward the town park.

By Jason Kaplan
His wife having just given birth, Joe Piqueras opted to take their 2-year-old daughter, Anna, out for the afternoon to give mom and baby time alone. Anna enjoys a snack as her father pulls her in a wagon toward the town park.

High school hosts 6th Engineering Day

Photo by Jason Kaplan Environmental engineer Carol Smalley (center) assists Hannah Commitz, Trace Toweson, and Maximo Olavarria as they attempt to build a roller coaster using spaghetti and marshmallows.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Environmental engineer Carol Smalley (center) assists Hannah Comitz, Trace Toweson, and Maximo Olavarria as they attempt to build a roller coaster using spaghetti and marshmallows.

October 10 marked the sixth year in which Cornwall High School held Engineering Day for all its math students. The event was started by retired teacher Kathleen Zammit and continued by Michael Flannery to entice more students, especially females, to choose engineering as a career path. The event was sponsored by the Parent Student Teacher Organization.

Last week, nine engineers,  associated with the Mid-Hudson Society of Civil Engineers, volunteered their time to speak to students about their profession.

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Author won’t mention everything on Monday

Contributed photo Author William Alexander with Mont Saint-Michel in the background

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Author William Alexander with Mont Saint-Michel in the background

It’s hard to know what Bill Alexander will talk about when he speaks at the public library next Monday. The Cornwall resident is the author of “Flirting with French.” It’s his third book, and it debuted on the Indie Best Seller List. But don’t expect him to tell you that, because it’s not his style.

He’s not likely to mention his public relation chores for his publisher, because he wants to talk about the book and not himself. But it’s interesting to note that on Sept. 16, he did 20 consecutive radio interviews while sitting at his desk at home.

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Bailey maintains the QB tradition

Photo contributed by Paul O’Flaherty Austin Pavia breaks through the line for a first down against New Paltz in the fourth quarter. The Dragons won the Oct. 10 game, 40-0.

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Austin Pavia breaks through the line for a first down against New Paltz in the fourth quarter. The Dragons won the Oct. 10 game, 40-0.

The Dragons were wrapping up a 40-0 victory over New Paltz, when an official came to the sidelines with a question. “How does Cornwall keep finding these quarterbacks?” he wanted to know.

He was referring to Jason Bailey, who completed his first 13 passes of the game. On one of them, Kobie Thomas seemed to float through the air before catching the ball in the corner of the end zone.

The Dragons did well in all aspects of the game. “No one gets past us,” a Cornwall defender remarked after he and his teammates had forced the Huguenots to punt. The comment could be mistaken for bragging, but it was actually a statement of fact. The defenders limited the opposition to three first downs.

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