The third-grader was surprised that her grandmother knew almost all the songs in the school play. What the youngster didn’t know is that her grandmother would like to sing along with the cast. Lots of people will have that temptation when they see the COHAN production of “Give My Regards to Broadway.” The show will be presented at Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 7 and at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8.
“COHAN” cleverly stands for Cornwall-on-Hudson Artists of Note. As you would suspect from the show title and the acronym, the play features the music of George M. Cohan. But, as the young announcers inform us, this is not the Cohan biography (“Yankee Doodle Dandy”) and it’s not a revival of a Cohan musical (such as “Little Johnny Jones”). It’s the story of a down-and-out theatre company that has trouble paying its heating bills. The performers complain about frost bite, and the piano player gripes that he should be wearing gloves.
Giovanna Fichera, Lindsey Patterson, and Charles Manzari represented Cornwall in the New York State ski meet last week. Although each had difficulties on the slope during the two-day event, they agreed that it was great just to be among the state’s elite varsity skiers.
Patterson, a senior, was happy to end her high school career with a trip to Bristol Mountain Ski Resort.
“I didn’t think I was going to be able to make it to states by myself,” she said. “I thought I was going to have to have my team behind my back. I was really sad all of the girls couldn’t make it, but I was also very happy I made it myself, that I actually pushed myself to that point after hurting my knee and after all these years of racing and not making it to states.”
Patterson tore the MCL in her knee during a powder puff football game earlier in the school year, but was cleared by her doctor just as the team started practicing for the season.
The first day of the ski meet featured the slalom, but Patterson only completed one of two races. In the other, she missed going around one of the gates.
“By the time I realized it, it was too late. I tried to hike back up to redo the gate, because you can, but it was so much work. A couple people passed me. At that point it was game over.”
Trying to hike back up the mountain proved to be difficult because of the icy snow. Each time she took a step up she would slide back down without gaining any ground.
Making her third trip to states, Fichera also had her difficulties with the slalom, even if the problems weren’t her own. The sophomore was disqualified from her first run and was unable to compete in the second. The judges said she missed one of the gates, but Fichera believes they mistook her for another skier. She and her coach tried to protest, but to no avail.
Patterson and Fichera were able to complete both runs in the giant slalom the following day, finishing 52nd and 47th, respectively.
Unlike his teammates, Manzari had a bit more luck finishing his two runs in the slalom. Leading up to the state meet, Manzari set a goal of finishing in the top 20 in slalom. He finished 18th overall. But the second day of the competition proved more difficult for the junior.
Manzari came close to his goal in his first run, finishing in 22nd place. Four gates into his second run, however, his pole snapped in half. Thirteen turns after his pole snapped, Manzari lost one of his skis.
“When I broke the pole I didn’t realize it at first. I went to initiate my next turn with a pole plant and I didn’t have anything there, so I was a little off balance, but after that I just knew I didn’t have that pole plant, that I’d have to set my edge in hard on my left hand turns. Right before my ski popped off I pretty much knew it was going to happen. I was pretty upset right after that, but I couldn’t do anything about it.”
When the ski came off, Manzari made his way off the course. He was unable to finish the race and dropped to 52nd place in the giant slalom.
“To go all the way up there and not be able to get all four runs in, it’s a bit of a let-down, but I had fun,” Manzari said. “I reached my goal in the slalom, so overall I was pretty happy with my results.”
Manzari has one more shot of making it back to states next year as a senior. He plans to train harder and compete in sanctioned races again with the United States Ski Association. His one goal is to beat Hans Poelmann, from Warwick, who edged out Manzari in the division and section championships.
Fichera has two more years to try and make it back to states. Her goal next year is to finish first in the section championships.
Some high school athletes only compete in one or two sports each year, but then there are those, like Cathy Eliasson, who are active during the fall, winter, and spring. Earlier this year, Eliasson played soccer. She just completed her final basketball season and is now preparing for softball. The Cornwall senior has been competing in each of these sports since she was about six-years-old and never seems to tire.
“I feel like it’s a good division of time. For soccer it’s about three months. You play it for so long that sometimes you’re ready to start something new. Then it’s basketball. Basketball is always so much fun. That’s about four months. I never really want basketball to end. And then from basketball it goes into softball so it’s definitely a good division of sports. You get a taste of everything.”
If the snow ever melts from the diamond, Eliasson has high hopes for the season. She’d like to win sections, after falling short last year.
June 9, 1948-February 21, 2014
Leon Grable departed this life on Feb. 21 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 65 and a resident of Cornwall-on-Hudson.
The son of Joseph Bay Grable Sr. and Susie Mae Salad Grable, he was born in Deveraux, Ga. on June 9, 1948.
He devoted 40 plus years to the Federal Government at West Point and retired as a supervisor in 2011. He also successfully operated his own company for 40 years. He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Newburgh.
CTEC lets students do the talking
Shannon McGrade was one of the first people visitors met on Feb. 20 when they came to CTEC for Media Day. The 12th-grader was stationed near the door in front of a cosmetology exhibit. She was happy to answer questions. And so were the other exhibitors, who were glad to talk about their specialties.
About 70 Cornwall students take courses at CTEC (pronounced “sea tech”), which is an acronym for Career and Technical Education Center. Page 1
NYMA to answer Town next week
The NYMA Board of Trustees is considering the Town’s proposal and is hoping to reply to the Town early next week.
The Town has not disclosed the nature of the proposal, but at a meeting in February Supervisor Randy Clark described it as a real estate transaction. Page 1
Planning Board attracts spectators
It wasn’t a full room, but the Town Planning Board had spectators on March 3 as it reviewed the plans for the Maplehurst property and Cornwall Commons.
The Maplehurst plans are still in flux. The developer has reduced the proposed number of units from 36 to 31. There would be nine on Willow Avenue, eight on Mailler, and the rest would be in the interior of the three-acre property. Each home would have a two-car garage. Page 1
Women hoping to start a tradition
The women of St. John’s Episcopal Church have started a monthly discussion group that meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. While the group meets in the church cloister, women from outside the congregation are welcome. Page 2
The Town Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4 and vote to go into executive session with its attorney to discuss the recent conference with the DEC.
The board expects to come out of executive session in time for its scheduled work session at 7 p.m.
Colonel (retired) Kevin Farrell calls the experience “his brush with Hollywood.” He was in England recently as a senior technical advisor for a film that will feature Brad Pitt.
The colonel, who lives in New Windsor, had the right credentials for the job. He graduated from West Point in 1986, commanded at several levels in combat, and retired as the Chief of Military History at West Point.
In a recent telephone interview, he said that the opportunity to work with the film industry was not unusual. The Army has a liaison in Hollywood. So do the other branches of the military. They have two goals — to promote the image of their service and to serve as a resource for movie-makers.
Cornwall fans could sense the excitement before the boys basketball team sprinted onto the gym floor. There was a lot at stake when the Dragons hosted Goshen on Feb. 20. The winner would claim the league crown and the top seed in the playoffs.
It was Senior Night, the stands were packed, and the junior varsity had warmed up the crowd with a come-from-behind victory. The visiting Gladiators must have felt like they were being led into the arena, and everyone was rooting for the lions.
It didn’t get better once the game started. The Dragons made their first five shots to take a 10-0 lead. Their opponents never recovered, as the home team romped to a 62-38 victory.