Photo by Jason Kaplan
Dylan Corso, Greyson Bille, and Juliana Barry check out an ear of corn. Elise LaRocca, from the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, spoke to kindergarteners, in Shari Clerkin’s class, about the Lenape tribe.
On Nov. 16, Elise LaRocco spoke to Cornwall-on-Hudson kindergarteners about the Lenape who lived in the Hudson Valley. The Hudson Highlands Land Trust sponsored her visit.
The Lenape, like other Native American tribes, didn’t have hospitals, schools, shops, or grocery stores. They relied on nature and were never wasteful. After killing a deer for food, they used the antlers as digging tools in the garden or as fish hooks. They could turn the skin into winter clothes, pillows, and blankets. Rocks were used to make fire pits and as tools.
The men in the tribe were responsible for hunting while the women grew the crops.
Katherine DiLillo won first prize in the Lions Club Peace Poster Contest.
TUNES FOR TAYLOR
Middle school teacher John Taylor is home from Afghanistan for almost a year, but Cornwall students are still collecting “Tunes for Taylor.”
Last fall, the middle schoolers sent iTune gift cards to Mr. Taylor and the other members of his unit. The soldiers were so grateful that the kids decided to do it again — even though Mr. Taylor is back at his old job.
Knights of Columbus Council 7460 is hosting a special showing of “The Polar Express” on Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in St. Thomas of Canterbury School.
“Wear your comfy pajamas,” the Knights say. “Bring a cozy blanket and your favorite stuffed animal.” Pop corn, hot cocoa and a special gift are part of the price of admission. (Adults are admitted free.)
Photo by Ken Cashman
Samantha Nelbach (Providence), Lauren Pinkham (Stony Brook) and Chrissy Cannella (Hartford) have agreed to play soccer for Division I colleges. The girls were guests of honor at a Nov. 10 reception at the high school.
Soccer stars commit to play in college
They haven’t signed a letter of intent yet. That won’t happen until February. But Chrissy Cannella, Sam Nelbach and Lauren Pinkham have verbally agreed to play for Division I colleges.
Chrissy, who missed her senior year with injuries, will represent the University of Hartford. Sam, who led the Dragons in scoring as a sophomore and senior, will be playing for Providence. Lauren, a Section IX All Star on defense, is heading to Stony Brook.
The Athletic Department hosted a reception for the girls and their families on Nov. 10. Coach Amanda Greenblatt, and several school administrators, attended the event to congratulate the athletes.
Around 1:30 a.m., Storm King Engine Co. #2 responded to a crash between a car and train on Dock Hill and Shore Roads.
“Reports of a car engulfed in flames at the Shore Road crossing on the busy CSX Freight line had [first] responders fearing the worst as the car was inaccessible on the Hudson River side due to the passing train,” said Director of Emergency Mangement Kurt Hahn.
The train was cleared and volunteers learned the driver, Lisa Castanon, 44, of Wappinger Falls, had escaped from the car prior to the crash. The woman was treated, by COVAC for injuries, and was later airlifted to Westchester Medical Center where she’s being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Investigations by the Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department and CSX Railroad are ongoing, but it was determined Castanon was traveling southbound on Shore Road and failed to bear left at the railroad crossing where her vehicle got stuck on the tracks/gravel.
It was also determined Castanon was operating her vehicle while intoxicated. She was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and is due back in Cornwall Justice Court at 5 p.m. on Dec. 17.
The tracks were re-opened to traffic around 3 a.m. after a safety inspection by CSX.
Photo by Jason Kaplan
Richard Brewster DeKay, a 13th generation descendant of the Pilgrims who came to North America on the Mayflower, flips through an old family photo album.
DeKay ancestor was on the Mayflower
As a child, Richard DeKay didn’t have much patience for the stories his family would tell, but a part of him now wishes he had paid more attention. As he’s grown older, however, DeKay has come to appreciate his family’s rich history – one that dates back to 1620 with the arrival of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Mass. Page 1A
Board tables vote on veterans
The Board of Education was expected to vote on the veterans tax exemption, Monday night, but when the topic came up for discussion, Larry Berger made a motion to table. He said Melanie Mulroy-Robinson was unable to attend the meeting because her husband was in an accident. “I believe it is important enough to have a full board,” said Berger. Page 1A
Churches observe a secular Saturday
The sign at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church was a little out of date. It referred to a clothing rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those were the old hours. The new time for the event was a little different, and most everyone was aware of the change.
The church was one of five houses of worship to host special events in the area on Saturday, Nov. 21. With experience, the organizers of the clothing sale learned that nine o’clock is late for some shoppers. Page 1A
The school board postponed the vote on a partial tax exemption for veterans, because a member of the board wasn’t able to attend the meeting. Melanie Robinson was absent because her husband was in an accident.
The school board is due to meet again on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at Lee Road School. A year ago Mrs. Robinson voted in favor of the exemption.
At tonight’s meeting in the middle school cafeteria, the Board of Education will vote on a partial tax exemption for veterans who served during war time.
The meeting will start at 7 p.m. Last fall, the board voted 5-4 against the exemption. In the spring, the public supported the measure for a second time in an exit poll conducted on the day of the budget vote.
Our Lady of Lourdes defeated Amsterdam 47-27 in a state semifinal Class B football game.
A week earlier Lourdes had edged Cornwall by a single point in overtime. The Warriors now advance to the finals in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
After opening and verifying absentee ballots, the Orange County Board of Elections posted final tallies on its website yesterday afternoon.
In the race for Town Council, Michael Summerfield (1,256 votes) and Kerry McGuinness (1,253) were elected to four year terms — winning narrow victories over Peter Erwin (1,200 votes) and Jim McGee (1,172).
In the race for town supervisor, Mr. Sollami received 17 write-in votes. Fourteen people referred to him as “James,” and three other people wrote in “Jim.”