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Photo by Jason Kaplan But someone’s gotta do it. Samantha Wentland was one of 199 middle school students who stayed late on Dec. 12 to make gingerbread houses. The kids licked their fingers clean whenever they got covered with icing.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
But someone’s gotta do it. Samantha Wentland was one of 199 middle school students who stayed late on Dec. 12 to make gingerbread houses. The kids licked their fingers clean whenever they got covered with icing.

Shopping, grants, BFF and news bites

Maryanne O’Dell with the prizes she won in the Nov. 29 Shop Hop

Maryanne O’Dell with the prizes she won in the Nov. 29 Shop Hop

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“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.

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Ceremony draws an unexpected crowd

Photo by Ken Cashman Sen. Bill Larkin prepares to cut the ceremonial ribbon at the Caldwell House. To his left (viewer’s right) are Mayor David Heintz, Mayor Brendan Coyne and owner John Finneran.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Sen. Bill Larkin prepares to cut the ceremonial ribbon at the Caldwell House. To his left (viewer’s right) are Mayor David Heintz, Mayor Brendan Coyne and owner John Finneran.

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.

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Obituary – December 19, 2014

Jennie Pellegrino

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.

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This week’s issue – December 19, 2014

Photo by Jason Kaplan A new crosstown line offers bus service from the hospital’s Cornwall campus to the Newburgh campus with stops in Vails Gate, New Windsor, and Newburgh in between.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
A new crosstown line offers bus service from the hospital’s Cornwall campus to the Newburgh campus with stops in Vails Gate, New Windsor, and Newburgh in between.

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
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Unity Center honors both Larkins

Bill and Pat Larkin were honored at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center on Dec. 4.

Bill and Pat Larkin were honored at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center on Dec. 4.

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.

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‘A Familiar Suite’ provides variety of dances

Reprinted with permission by Karen Kaiser-Sharp  Step it up Productions will offer a different take on “The Nutcracker” at 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturday at Cornwall High School.

Used with permission by Karen Kaiser-Sharp
Step it up Productions will offer a different take on “The Nutcracker” at 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturday at Cornwall High School.

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.

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Crowd enjoys a cold Extravaganza

The Middle School Select Chorus sang carols at the Extravaganza during the day and at the tree lighting at night.

The Middle School Select Chorus sang carols at the Extravaganza during the day and at the tree lighting at night.

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.

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Obituary – December 12, 2014

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.

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