This week’s issue – July 21, 2017

Photo by Ken Cashman Many viewers claimed their spots more than an hour before show time. Close to 300 people came to Donahue Memorial Park to see “E.T.” on July 15.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Close to 300 people came to Donahue Memorial Park to see “E.T.” on July 15. Many of them claimed their spots more than an hour before the show started.

Movie-on-the-Hudson a hit

The first time Cold Spring showed a movie in its riverside park, less than 100 people attended. Cornwall-on-Hudson had better success, attracting 250 to 300 people to view “E.T.” at Donahue Memorial Park. Former Mayor Ed Moulton spoke before the movie, providing a history of the park. A couple of local restaurants offered a picnic option on their menu. The movie committee provided concessions and the Taco Boat served its specialty. The next movie, on Aug. 26, will be “Goonies.” The committee will be meeting to discuss a possible third movie in September. Page 1

What are you doing Monday night?

When it was time for public comment on July 13, Bill Rolon ambled to the microphone in the front of the auditorium and addressed the school board. “I speak for the community,” he said with a smile. He wasn’t representing the community. He was the only member of the public to show up for the discussion of the facilities plan.

While the board members valued Mr. Rolon’s input, they were hoping to hear from more people. They have scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. on July 24 at the high school, and they are urging the public to attend. Page 1

Petting zoo comes to Firemen’s Fair

The Firemen’s Fair returns to the field behind Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School, July 26-29. This year’s carnival will offer a couple of new activities for visitors.

Get those hands ready for petting creatures big and small. This year’s fair will feature a small petting zoo. Storm King Engine Company Chief Jeff Armitage said the fair has featured a petting zoo in the past and the fire company tried to bring one back for several years, but either the bigger zoos cost too much money, or nothing was available. This year a reasonably priced vendor was found out of Dutchess County.  Page 1

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No rainy day blues

Photo by Jason Kaplan Town campers were forced to spend Friday indoors due to the threat of thunderstorms. That didn’t dampen the kids’ spirits, however, as they found other things to do. They played basketball in the gymnasium, watched a movie, or worked on a puzzle. Colby Van Dam and Megan Maffei played a board game called “Name 5.” 

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Town campers were forced to spend Friday indoors due to the threat of thunderstorms. That didn’t dampen the kids’ spirits, however, as they found other things to do. They played basketball in the gymnasium, watched a movie, or worked on a puzzle. Colby Van Dam and Megan Maffei played a board game called “Name 5.”

Dragonfest: A grass roots event that really worked

File photo Two of the younger guests got acquainted at last year’s Dragonfest.

File photo
Two of the younger guests got acquainted at last year’s Dragonfest.

When the email came last summer, we could think of several reasons why Dragonfest wouldn’t work — the organizers started late, they picked a busy weekend, and no one knew what Dragonfest was.

Despite our pessimism, the event  was a success. Families showed up in the daytime, and a second wave of guests arrived at night. Many of them stayed past the time when the party was supposed to be over.

Now Cornwall is bracing for Dragonfest II at the Black Rock Fish and Game Club. The party will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2 and continue until whenever. Based on last year’s experience, no one has mentioned a closing time.

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Olivia Perez’s anti-hate essay wins top prize

Olivia Perez

Olivia Perez

Students in grades 10 to 12, throughout Orange County, were eligible to enter the third annual Stop Hate essay contest, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County, the Newburgh Ministry, Inc., and the Orange County Human Rights Commission. Of all the participants, Cornwall High School sophomore Olivia Perez was declared the winner.

“Winning the contest is very overwhelming because I was one essay out of so many in all of Orange County,” Perez said. “The fact I won really showed me if I put my heart to it, I can do it. I felt proud to be from Cornwall and be able to do that.”

The purpose of the contest is to promote tolerance and understanding through education. This year’s topic focused on the issue of refugees, by comparing the plight of Syrian refugees with that of Jews just before the Holocaust of World War II.

English teacher Kelly Robinson-Finn told her students about the essay contest at the end of March. Perez was one of Robinson-Finn’s advanced students who opted to enter.

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Football will be different this fall

File photo (Lupo) Kieran Kreider gains yardage against Wallkill in last year’s section semifinals. He was injured later in the game, and missed the balance of the season.

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Kieran Kreider gains yardage against Wallkill in last year’s section semifinals. He was injured later in the game, and missed the balance of the season.

Football fans can expect a lot of changes in September. Poughkeepsie has moved out of Cornwall’s league, and FDR has taken its place.

The regular season is shorter. Cornwall will play seven games and face just one non-league opponent.

Home vs. Goshen, Sept. 1
At Saugerties, Sept. 9
Home vs. Wallkill, Sept. 15
Home vs. NFA, Sept. 23
Home vs. FDR, Sept. 28
At Monticello, Oct. 7
At Port Jervis, Oct. 13

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Obituaries – July 21, 2017

Susan Bunte

June 14, 1947 – July 11, 2017

Highland Falls

Susan N. Bunte passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at her home in Highland Falls.  She was 70 years old.

Daughter of the late Max and Fannie Glusman Hirschberg, she was born June 14, 1947 in Newburgh.

Susan worked in the Military Pay & Finance Department at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and was a former employee in the finance office of the Village of Highland Falls.

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Special Town Board Meeting

The Town Board will hold a special meeting in Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25. Topics at the meeting will include.

An audio visual permit

A request for quote for the sewage treatment plant

The appointment of a full-time police officer

And interviews of candidates for the Buildings and Grounds Department.

 

 

An eye for tye-dye

Photo by Jason Kaplan Cornwall-on-Hudson campers Will Bengyak and Dilnura Fayzullaeva carefully apply various colors to their tye-dye T-shirts on Monday. The Summer Playground program drew 110 participants this year.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Cornwall-on-Hudson campers Will Bengyak and Dilnura Fayzullaeva carefully apply various colors to their tye-dye T-shirts on Monday. The Summer Playground program drew 110 participants this year.

Trustees investigate ADA compliant sidewalks

The crosswalk in front of Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School is not wheelchair accessible. The Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees is considering spending around $18,000 so the crosswalk is ADA compliant.

The crosswalk in front of Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School is not wheelchair accessible. The Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees is considering spending around $18,000 to make the crosswalk is ADA compliant.

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ADA compliance. Superintendent of Public Works David Halvorsen said he received one quote, in the amount of $18,000, to make the sidewalks in front of the fire house and Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School ADA compliant. Cuts need to be made into the sidewalk to provide wheelchair access to the cross walk. The school district has already created a ramp to access the school grounds. Halvorsen said the problem is the contractor would need to be registered with the state Department of Transportation, and because Hudson Street is a state road, flaggers and an engineer would need to be present until the work is completed. Halvorsen is also hearing because it’s a small job, it isn’t really profitable. Trustee David Carnright asked if grant money is available since the project would benefit the school district. Mayor Brendan Coyne said he’d reach out to Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblyman James Skoufis. Coyne said he’d like to see the project completed before the school year begins.

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Eagle project provides new homes for animals

Tom Keller expects to receive his Eagle sometime this month. His project entailed constructing a new rabbit hutch, dove cage, and shelving unit for the Wildlife Education Center.

Tom Keller expects to receive his Eagle sometime this month. His project entailed constructing a new rabbit hutch, dove cage, and shelving unit for the Wildlife Education Center.

It might not be a deluxe apartment in New York City, but a few animals at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Wildlife Education Center are living in luxury after receiving an upgrade to their homes.

Tom Keller, a member of Cornwall’s Class of 2017, recently completed his Eagle project by constructing a new rabbit hutch, dove cage, and a shelving unit.

Keller explained his mother provides veterinary services to the animals at the museum, and having spent some time there he realized a need for new habitats.

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