Village takes out water project bond

As Central Hudson moves lines to a new pole cuts the old, other companies have not been quick to move their utility lines.

As Central Hudson moves lines to a new pole cuts the old, other companies have not been quick to move their utility lines.

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Bond. It’s been 10 years since the Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees has had to take out a Bond Anticipation Note to cover the cost of a project. However, during a special meeting on Tuesday, the board approved a bond resolution not to exceed $350,000 to complete the Black Rock Water Treatment Plant clearwell rehabilitation project. The initial estimate for the project was between $120-150,000 and it was believed the work could be completed out of the operating budget for the Water Department. After bidding the project three times, the lowest bid came in at $251,000. The village has already realized $23,000 in change orders and about $70,000 in engineering bills to date. When the project began, the extent of the damage to the water tank was unknown. The project needed to be completed because it’s anticipated the New York City Aqueduct will be shut down for an extended period of time.

Tax cap. The board approved a resolution to set a public hearing on Dec. 19, at 7:02 p.m. As it has since inception, the board will seek the ability to exceed the tax cap when preparing the 2017-18 budget.

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Spring sign-ups; fall reminiscence

Photo by Ken Cashman Dom Marzigliano (left) congratulates teammate Kyan Patten after a touchdown against Saugerties on Oct. 21. Dom scored in a recent All Star game

Photo by Ken Cashman
Dom Marzigliano (left) congratulates teammate Kyan Patten after a touchdown against Saugerties on Oct. 21. Dom scored in a recent All Star game

Marzigliano scores in football All Star Game

Dom Marzigliano concluded his high school football career with a fourth-quarter touchdown in the Exceptional Senior All Star Game at Newburgh Free Academy on Nov. 22. His four-yard run helped Team National defeat Team American 21-10.

Cornwall had eight players selected for the game, more than any other school in Section IX.

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This week’s issue – December 2, 2016

Photo contributed Casey O’Mara, of Cornwall-on-Hudson, won Central Hudson’s annual photo contest by taking this shot of an open field on Pleasant Hill Road.

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Casey O’Mara, of Cornwall-on-Hudson, won Central Hudson’s annual photo contest by taking this shot of an open field on Pleasant Hill Road.

Prize money helps pay for lens

Last week, Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation announced that Cornwall-on-Hudson resident Casey O’Mara had won the fourth annual Fall Foliage Photo Contest. Ironically or fortunately, depending on how one looks at it, the $250 prize covered a majority of the cost of a new camera lens which helped O’Mara win the contest. Page 1A

Teen safe after attempted abduction

The Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department is actively investigating the attempted abduction of a 13-year-old Cornwall Middle School student that occurred last week.

The incident took place on Nov. 22 while the girl was walking home from school. A car drove up to her and a female passenger reached out of the front window and tried to grab her. Page 1A

COVAC nears deal with Town

It took a year longer than originally anticipated, but if all sides agree to a proposed contract, the Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps will operate independent of the Town of Cornwall starting in June.

For the past few months, the Town Board has been meeting with COVAC representatives to discuss a contract which would allow the ambulance corps to operate on its own. Page 1A

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Special meeting

The Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Village Hall in order to adopt a bond resolution for the Black Rock Water Treatment Plant Clearwell Rehabilitation Project, set a public hearing date for an introductory local law to override the tax levy limit established in GML 3-c,  discuss the appointment of two (2) Motor Equipment Operators (MEO’s) in the Department of Public Works, and to discuss other matters that may come before the board.

First snow

Photo by Jason Kaplan The Hudson Valley unexpectedly received its first snow of the season, on Sunday. The snow and slush snarled traffic on Storm King Mountain and made driving tough on early morning drivers. At the end of the storm, however, a picturesque scene was left behind. These snow-capped peaks of Mt. Beacon could be seen from the Route 218 overlook.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
The Hudson Valley unexpectedly received its first snow of the season, on Sunday. The snow and slush snarled traffic on Storm King Mountain and made driving tough on early morning drivers. At the end of the storm, however, a picturesque scene was left behind. These snow-capped peaks of Mt. Beacon could be seen from the Route 218 overlook.

Knights of Columbus guests early for annual meal

Nicholas Festa was one of several young servers at the Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Dinner for senior citizens.

Nicholas Festa was one of several young servers at the Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Dinner for senior citizens.

“There are people who’ve been sitting here since Monday,” one of the guests at the Knights of Columbus dinner quipped.

He was exaggerating, but the St. Thomas of Canterbury parking lot was full long before the official 12 o’clock start time for the annual feast.

The latecomers had to leave their cars at Village Hall. No one was turned away at the door, as the Knights treated 215 senior citizens to a turkey dinner with a large assortment of desserts.

Jim Lulves was the emcee for the day. With tongue in cheek, he cited three reasons for his selection. He’s big enough to be seen throughout the room. He’s good looking (“You should’ve seen me with hair,” he joked.) And the assignment keeps him away from the serving table.

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Wall of Fame honors students

Photo contributed Each month Cornwall Middle School teacher, Steve Kessler, recognizes students in his class by placing their photos on his wall.

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Each month Cornwall Middle School teacher, Steve Kessler, recognizes students in his class by placing their photos on his wall.

A wall of fame usually recognizes the best of the best in a certain field. Steve Kessler, music teacher at Cornwall Middle School, believes that honor should be extended to those who try to be the best they can be. When he came to the district 14  years ago, Kessler created his own Music Wall of Fame.

“I just wanted to recognize the kids who are not the top musicians but who have a great attitude and are trying their best and just give it their all,” he said. “They may not be the ones who are always recognized. Sometimes it’s not your first chair player. It could be the kid who’s trying, giving it his all, but he’s never going to be there. Sometimes it is the star kids. It’s a way to recognize a variety of kids.”

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Students uncover artifacts during dig

File photo John Brady, manager of Black Rock Forest, speaks to fourth-grade students on Oct. 28, the day they prepared for their archaeological dig.

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John Brady, manager of Black Rock Forest, speaks to fourth-grade students on Oct. 28, the day they prepared for their archaeological dig.

Earlier this month, students from all three fourth grade classes, at Willow Avenue Elementary School, put shovels to the earth in the hope of uncovering an artifact from the American Revolution.

Students prepared for the excavation adventure by visiting Black Rock Forest the week prior and creating a time line of events of local interest and national importance.

The day of the dig found them back in the forest, particularly near the former Continental Road, which, in the 18th century, ran through the forest and connected the New Windsor Cantonment with West Point.

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