“I was so happy,” Maryanne O’Dell said a few days after Cornwall’s Shop Hop. “It was such a surprise, but I worked hard to get it. I was very determined.”
Mrs. O’Dell, the Town’s historian and receiver of taxes, won the grand prize in the Nov. 29 Shop Hop. She qualified for the drawing by having her scorecard initialed by every participating business.
Thirty-three other people did that, but Mrs. O’Dell was the lucky one. She received a gift or a gift certificate from every business in the Shop Hop. Luann Richards, who organized the event, said the prize was worth more than $1,100.
The winner can enjoy free meals at a variety of restaurants and have her hair cut at several different salons. She also won a scooter. But since she didn’t expect to use it, she donated it to Toys for Tots.
John and Dena Finneran invited 200 people to their ribbon cutting on Dec. 14. They put RSVP at the bottom of their invitations, but not many people responded. Just to be safe, the Finnerans prepared for a crowd of 200. And that’s what they got.
The occasion was the opening of a completely renovated third building at the Caldwell House in Salisbury Mills. The guests for the ribbon cutting filled the spacious reception room on the upper floor. They were munching on hors’ d’oeuvres from Loughran’s Irish Pub around the corner, and watching a football game on the large-screen TV when Sen. Bill Larkin arrived for the opening ceremony.
January 15, 1928-December 15, 2014
Jennie Pellegrino age 86 of Marlboro, and formerly of Cornwall-on-Hudson, passed away on Monday, Dec. 15, at Wingate at Dutchess Nursing Home in Beacon.
The daughter of Michael Lupo and Julia Sorrentino, Jennie was born in Brooklyn on Jan. 15, 1928. She married Vincent Pellegrino who predeceased her on Feb. 28, 1996.
New bus line connects hospital campuses
Newburgh Beacon Bus Corporation expanded its service Monday, offering a crosstown line which begins and ends at the St. Luke’s Hospital campuses in Cornwall and Newburgh. The line has 11 stops, along the way, in Vails Gate, New Windsor, and Newburgh. This local service is provided by Transit Orange. Page 1A
Tunes for Taylor transported to troops
John Taylor, who teaches seventh grade social studies at Cornwall Middle School, has been deployed in Afghanistan since March as a member of the Air National Guard. He will be returning to the classroom in January.
The middle school’s Student Activities Council has helped send care packages overseas, and more recently, iTunes gift cards to Taylor and his fellow airmen. Page 1A
10,000 mile trek ends in Salisbury Mills
In 2013, Landon Cooper and his team ran across the United States to raise money for the cure of sarcoma cancer. The next year they wanted to increase their mileage. There was no way to hoof it across the ocean, so they decided to trace the perimeter of the nation — a journey of 10,000 miles.
The team stayed in Salisbury Mills this week. Their trailer with the lettering “Miles 2 Give” could be seen in the driveway of the Caldwell House. Page 1A
The Newburgh Armory Unity Center is busy on Saturday mornings. Parents start bringing their kids at eight o’clock for sports and enrichment programs.
Saturday, Dec. 6 was an exception. There was a crowd at the armory. But the activity was different. Hundreds of people gathered on the indoor soccer field to celebrate two events — the organization’s fourth anniversary and the start of work on a new learning center that is being named for Cornwall-on-Hudson residents Bill and Pat Larkin.
For those who haven’t gotten their fill of holiday-themed productions, Step it up Productions offers a different take on “The Nutcracker.” About 100 dancers will appear in “A Familiar Suite” at 4 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Cornwall High School.
Could you have a Winter Extravaganza in the spring or summer? It would be nice to try it in the warmer weather.
It was cold on Dec. 7 as the Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual event for a second time. The middle school Select Chorus went caroling up and down Main Street. As they walked, two of the girls hugged one another in an effort to stay warm.
John F. Igo
November 25, 1936-December 4, 2014
John F. Igo, 78, of Cornwall-on-Hudson died on Dec. 4 at Elant @ Newburgh after an illness.
John was born on Nov. 25, 1936 to the late John and Anne (Fallon) Igo in Boston, Mass. He was a graduate of Boston College High School and Boston College. He later received his master’s degree from Calvin Coolidge College.