Foundation plans its first project

Contributed photo Seven members of the Cornwall Community Foundation Board at the Nov. 15 event -- (from left) Allison Barry, Jill Cappa, Renee Tobin, Harvey Sotland, Nicole Roby, Julie Owens and Jeanne Parson.

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Seven members of the Cornwall Community Foundation Board at the Nov. 15 event — (from left) Allison Barry, Jill Cappa, Renee Tobin, Harvey Sotland, Nicole Roby, Julie Owens and Jeanne Parson.

Do you remember the Cornwall Community Foundation? The group has been out of the news for a while, but it hasn’t gone away.

Since organizing a testimonial dinner for Coach Glen McGinnis last spring, the group has enlarged its board and increased its membership. On Nov. 15, the Foundation hosted a party at a private home to introduce its first community improvement project.

The goal is to refurbish the middle school track so runners and walkers of all ages can continue to use it. At the party, guests saw a video prepared by 11th-grader Kyle Sullivan. It showed some of the advantages of the track that was recently installed at Valley Central High School.

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No Shave November draws attention to forms of male cancer

Edward Manion

Edward Manion

October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The following month is known as No Shave November. While men vow not to shave for an entire month, they draw attention to prostate and testicular cancer. At least 10 individuals, in Cornwall, have volunteered to give up the razor including the town supervisor, police chief, and eight officers.

Supervisor Randy Clark woke the morning of Nov. 3 and couldn’t find a razor. He planned to purchase one and shave that afternoon before the Town Board meeting, but he never made it to CVS.

Having already missed a day, Clark decided to skip the rest of the month and challenge the rest of the board to participate in No Shave November.

“After watching Al Roker and Matt Lauer last year and this year, they were having a good time with it, so I thought I could lighten the mood a little bit.”

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Gridders win; then go back to work

Photo contributed by Paul O’Flaherty Tyler Peddie (1) scores the winning touchdown with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Dragons defeated Rye 21-17 to advance to the state semifinals.

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Tyler Peddie (1) scores the winning touchdown with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Dragons defeated Rye 21-17 to advance to the state semifinals.

Coach Mike Connolly got right to the point in his post-game speech to his players. The Dragons had just defeated Rye 21-17 to advance to the state semifinals.

“I’m proud of you guys,” the coach said, “but now it’s time to get back to work.” A day after the Nov. 15 victory at Mahopac, the Dragons returned to the football field to get ready for a rematch with Queensbury, the defending state champion.

Since 2003, Cornwall has won 27 postseason games — 20 against Section IX opponents and seven in the state tournament. But until last Saturday none of the wins had resulted from a final-period rally.

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This week’s issue – November 21, 2014

Photo by Ken Cashman Neal Miller (left) and Harvey Sotland from the Cornwall Central School District review the referendum tallies with Karen LaRocca-Fels, the director of the Cornwall Public Library.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Neal Miller (left) and Harvey Sotland from the Cornwall Central School District review the referendum tallies with Karen LaRocca-Fels, the director of the Cornwall Public Library.

Voters narrowly veto expansion

By a narrow margin, voters said “no” to the library’s plan for expansion. The final tally was 514 in favor, and 529 against.

The turnout was about double what the library sees for its annual budget vote. But the response was not overwhelming. Leading up to the referendum, the library trustees had mailed fliers to 9,000 households in the school district. Page 1A

Town spares reserve; exceeds cap

In adopting a budget this year, the Town Board was faced with a choice — dig heavily into fund balance or go over the cap. The board decided to exceed the cap rather than attack its cash reserves.

The 2015 budget calls for a 5.37 percent increase in the tax levy and a 3.63 percent bump in the tax rate. Page 1A

Edgwick Farm featured in “Organics”

Talitha Thurau, Cornwall resident and owner of Edgwick Farm, is featured in the book “Organic” by Francesco Mastalia. The book, released last week, features over 100 Hudson Valley farmers and chefs.

Thurau said she was approached during one of Cornwall’s farmers’ markets where she was selling the farm’s goat cheese.  Page 1A

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Voters say “no” to expansion

By a narrow margin, voters said “no” to the library’s plan for expansion. The final tally was 514 in favor, and 529 against.

The turnout was about double what the library sees for its annual budget vote. But the response was low in comparison to the 9,000 fliers the library mailed to family units in the school district.

At times during the day, it was hard to find a place to park, as voters and library patrons filled the 49 spaces outside the library entrance. At 4 p.m., for example, motorists circled the lot until they found someone who was leaving.

The library had asked the electorate to approve a $3.68 million bond that would have covered the cost of repairs and expansion. The bond also included an allowance for relocating the inventory while the work was being done.

Two of the old voting machines were used for the referendum that was held in the library’s Community Room. It didn’t take long to get the tally. Superintendent of Schools Neal Miller read the results, which included 76 absentee ballots.

The library trustees, who were all in the room, seemed hopeful when Mr. Miller announced the number of “yes” votes. But their optimism changed when he read the “no” tally and reported that the proposition was defeated.

There were three paper ballots that could not be verified until the following day,

 

Potted plants

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By Jason Kaplan Ida Finnerty receives assistance, from Cornwall Garden Club member Michele Farr, cutting fabric to decorate her glass pot. On Nov. 5, the Garden Club showed seniors how to plant paper whites.

By Jason Kaplan
Ida Finnerty receives assistance, from Cornwall Garden Club member Michele Farr, cutting fabric to decorate her glass pot. On Nov. 5, the Garden Club showed seniors how to plant paper whites.

Commander’s Veterans Day speech draws cheers

Photo by Ken Cashman The members of the Veterans Day color guard varied in age. From left to right are Ed Flynn, Michael Kane, Tom Haughey, Vinnie Mannion and Nelson Oliveras.

Photo by Ken Cashman
The members of the Veterans Day color guard varied in age. From left to right are Ed Flynn, Michael Kane, Tom Haughey, Vinnie Mannion and Nelson Oliveras.

The cheers at the end of the Commander’s speech were in sharp contrast to the polite applause that is often heard on Veterans Day.

“We need to serve veterans as well as they served us,” Peter Kurpeawski told the audience at the triangle.

Representing American Legion Post 353, he said that all that veterans expect is that people will hire them, visit them in hospitals, and contribute to the agencies that help them.

Many veterans are homeless. “We can do better than that,” the commander said. “We must do better…. But many seem intent on balancing the budget at the expense of veterans projects.”

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