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Photo by Suzanne Tagliaferro What’s under the typical porch? You wouldn’t expect to see a bird’s nest. But that’s what an inquisitive homeowner found after hearing mysterious noises underneath the house.

Photo by Suzanne Tagliaferro
What’s under the typical porch? You wouldn’t expect to see a bird’s nest. But that’s what an inquisitive homeowner found after hearing mysterious noises underneath the house.

Schools renovating energy systems

Photo by Ken Cashman Workers dug up fuel tanks during the first week of July as the school district prepared to change its heating systems from fuel oil to natural gas

Photo by Ken Cashman
Workers dug up fuel tanks during the first week of July as the school district prepared to change its heating systems from fuel oil to natural gas

Students may not realize that summer vacation is a week shorter than in the past. But Walter Moran knows it. As the superintendent of facilities, he has just 60 days to oversee a complete renovation of the school district’s energy system.

Back in April, the State Education Department approved a New York Power Authority (NYPA) plan to make Cornwall more energy efficient. That left a narrow window to get bids and line up contractors, so that work could begin as soon as the school year was finished.

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Heavy rain dampens recycling efforts

Photo contributed Recycling bins for bottles and cans were placed on the Town Hall grounds for the July 4 festivities. Rain limited the number of bags of recyclables, which were donated to the Girl Scouts to redeem.

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Recycling bins for bottles and cans were placed on the Town Hall grounds for the July 4 festivities. Rain limited the number of bags of recyclables, which were donated to the Girl Scouts to redeem.

Kathi Ellick, president of the Cornwall Conservation Committee, purchased 20 bins to encourage the recycling of redeemable bottles and cans during the Fourth of July festivities. The plan was to benefit the Girl Scouts, but unfortunately heavy rain for much of the afternoon made the effort less successful than initially predicted.

The recycling effort netted about four large garbage bags full of bottles and cans, but the goal was to collect double or triple that amount.

“Our intention was to get them out earlier in the morning before the pet show,” Eillick said. “We could not put the bins out until after 4:30 p.m., due to the rain.”

Ellick said the cardboard bins were too expensive to have them ruined by leaving them out in the rain. She and some of her friends split the cost of the bins – 10 for $70. She purchased 20 and the shipping was an additional $130, plus $17 in tax.

The bins were purchased through Coca Cola. They are three feet high and 18 inches square. One side reads, “Please recycle” while two sides have the company emblem. The Girl Scouts covered up the logos with pictures to help encourage others to recycle.

Only half of the bins were assembled, decorated, and scattered throughout the Town Hall grounds. Ellick is hopeful the bins will make another appearance during September’s Fall Festival.

Awards presented at the CCHS graduation

Alex Kosik, Samantha Fowler and Ryan Mellino

Alex Kosik, Samantha Fowler and Ryan Mellino

CCHS Scholar’s Awards in Honor of Mike Lug:
-Top scholar: Marianna Frey
-Top mathematics scholar: Rose Foody
-Top science scholar: Branton Toback
Brian Mintz Memorial Scholarship: Brett Johnson
Matthew Mintz Memorial Scholarship: Tom Ormiston
Kenneth B. Kumpel Memorial Scholarship: Kevin Abbott, Daniel LoBlanco
Glen McGinnis Scholarship: Tom Ormiston
Hudson Highland Nature Museum Scholarship for Environmental Stewardship: Callie Noland

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Obituary – July 18, 2014

Michael A. Priore

September 4, 1931 – July 9, 2014

Michael A. Priore of New Windsor passed away at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh on July 9. The son of the late Carmine and Mary Riccio Priore, he was born on Sept. 4, 1931 in Manhattan, N.Y. He was 82 years old. He was the beloved husband, soul mate, and teen age sweetheart  of Camille Domanico Priore.

Michael was a manager for many years at NY Telephone Company in the Bronx. He served his country in the Army in Korea. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

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This week’s issue – July 18, 2014

Photo by Jason Kaplan Kindergarteners Nora Hogan, Owen Sousa, and Jake Pryne play a board game while Katie Chernyak and Bethanny Ginda watch.  This is the first year the younger children have been invited to the village’s Summer Recreation Program.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Kindergarteners Nora Hogan, Owen Sousa, and Jake Pryne play a board game while Katie Chernyak and Bethanny Ginda watch. This is the first year the younger children have been invited to the village’s Summer Recreation Program.

Kindergarten campers having fun

The Cornwall-on-Hudson Summer Recreation Program accepted kindergarten kids for the first time. Five youngsters are in the first three-week session, and camp director Jennifer Pryne says they’re a good addition to the overall program. Page 1

Town asks reps for Homestead help

The Town plans to repair the Sands Ring Homestead without placing any burden on the taxpayers.

“We’re happy to fire out grant after grant,” Supervisor Randy Clark said at a July 14 meeting. The Town has filed a Consolidated Funding Application for a half million dollars. But help will be needed from other sources, which is why representatives of the county, state and federal government were in the Town Hall conference room on Monday afternoon. Page 1

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Missing person alert

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Raymond Locascio

The Town of Cornwall Police Department and the New York State Park Police are looking for a missing person.  Raymond Locascio, age 62 of Cornwall, was last seen in Monroe, N.Y. on Tuesday, July 8 at around 2:30 p.m.; he was going to Peekskill. Raymond Locascio is described as a white male, 200-215 pounds, 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing blue jean shorts and either a blue t-shirt or blue polo style shirt with the logo “beavex” on it.

Mr. Locascio wears eyeglasses and was most likely wearing a blue or black fitted baseball cap. He had been operating a green 2006 Ford Taurus with a New York license DJD 8622. The vehicle was located in a parking area off of Route 6 within the Harriman State Park on Thursday, July 10. Anyone with any information is urged to call the New York State Park Police Detective Division at (845) 786-2781 or the Town of Cornwall Police at (845) 534-8100.

 

Summer theater camp presents “Hairspray”

Photo by Jason Kaplan A cast of 33 campers with Hudson Valley Summer Stage will perform “Hairspray” on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Cornwall High School Auditorium. The middle and high school students needed only nine days of rehearsals to pull off the production.

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A cast of 33 campers with Hudson Valley Summer Stage will perform “Hairspray” on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Cornwall High School Auditorium. The middle and high school students needed only nine days of rehearsals to pull off the production.

Ever since Hudson Valley Summer Stage’s production of the Broadway musical, “13” four years ago, director Karen Eremin has wanted to do “Hairspray.” Her dream is finally coming true as the summer theater camp performs the popular Broadway musical at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the Cornwall High School auditorium.

One of the challenges Eremin faced in the past was not having an integrated cast, but this year 33 middle school and high school students will appear on stage, marking the largest cast for the theater camp. When “Hairspray” was made into a musical, John Waters, who wrote the original television script,  made the comment, fat girls and drag queens can have leads in their school plays.

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