This week’s issue – September 30, 2016

Photo by Jason Kaplan Cornwall High School student Megan Harvey helps Michael Cahill learn how to float. The varsity swimmers are giving lessons to children of military families and emergency personnel.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Cornwall High School student Megan Harvey helps Michael Cahill learn how to float. The varsity swimmers are giving lessons to children of military families and emergency personnel.

Swimmers give back to the community

About 20 children are participating in a four-week course designed to introduce kids to the water and the basics of swimming.

The boys and girls varsity swimmers have volunteered their time, as part of a community service program called “Hometown Heroes,” providing lessons to children whose families are in the military, law enforcement, or emergency services within the community. Page 1A

Volunteers answer call on parade day

On the morning when the county firefighters were due to parade, a tanker veered off the Thruway, turned over in the grassy median and leaked vinyl acetate across the road. The accident occurred north of the Harriman toll booths, at a spot where three lanes merge into two.

The Woodbury Fire Department responded, and the Monroe firefighters would have joined them, but they were due to host the parade. So Cornwall got the call instead. Page 1A

School group looks at buildings

People call the building on Dragon Drive “the new high school.” But it’s already 13 years old. And the other school district structures have been around for at least a half a century.

A Facilities Committee is looking at these buildings and considering what may have to be replaced in the next four to seven years. But their mission goes beyond that. They’re also considering how changes in enrollment and education may affect the facilities. Page 1A

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Timber!

Photo by Jason Kaplan Shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 23, a tree fell on Maple Street knocking down power lines and cutting electricity to 15 homes. Once Central Hudson made repairs to the line, the Town of Cornwall Highway Department removed the tree. Rotted roots were the cause of the tree’s demise.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 23, a tree fell on Maple Street knocking down power lines and cutting electricity to 15 homes. Once Central Hudson made repairs to the line, the Town of Cornwall Highway Department removed the tree. Rotted roots were the cause of the tree’s demise.

Saturday ceremony marks milestone for NYMA

Photo by Ken Cashman Faculty member Susan Pasquale attaches a cadet pin to the lapel of Giorgi Tsiklauri. The pinning was part of a Sept. 24 ceremony in the gymnasium.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Faculty member Susan Pasquale attaches a cadet pin to the lapel of Giorgi Tsiklauri. The pinning was part of a Sept. 24 ceremony in the gymnasium.

In its first full year under new management, NYMA observed a milestone on Saturday, Sept. 24. Its students became cadets in a ceremony in the gymnasium.

Supt. Jie Zhang said the event would have been held on the parade grounds if the school had received complete uniforms for the people who enrolled at the last minute. But a few of the latecomers were missing caps, which would have kept them from participating outdoors.

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Sugar Smacks lured dean to West Point

Photo by Jason Kaplan Since taking over as the new Dean of the Academic Board at the United States Military Academy, Brigadier General Cindy Jebb has been keeping busy overseeing the staff, faculty, and cadets.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Since taking over as the new Dean of the Academic Board at the United States Military Academy, Brigadier General Cindy Jebb has been keeping busy overseeing the staff, faculty, and cadets.

On June 24, Cindy Jebb was promoted to brigadier general and officially confirmed as the new Dean of the Academic Board at the United States Military Academy. Jebb, an 11-year resident of Cornwall before moving to West Point, is the 14th person to hold the position and the first female to do so. President Barack Obama nominated her for the position, making the announcement in May.

“I feel so honored to have this opportunity,” Jebb said last week during a meeting with a small contingent of journalists. “I feel humbled when I see the great people who came before me. I have this opportunity to build upon their legacies. There’s almost no words to express how honored I am to be here to serve and work with these phenomenal staff, faculty, and cadets. There’s a lot at stake going forward so it means we have to continually advance. There’s no room for complacency. That’s what motivates and inspires us. We’re here for a common purpose.”

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Book battlers get their stories straight

Contributed photo Nine students represented the Cornwall Public Library in the “Battle of the Books,” which was held at SUNY Orange.

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Nine students represented the Cornwall Public Library in the “Battle of the Books,” which was held at SUNY Orange.

Read a novel a week, and you’re likely to get the contents confused — to forget which character was in what story. But that would be a drawback in the “Battle of the Books.”

The “Battle” sounds like a free-for-all with readers hurling paperbacks at one another. But it’s much tamer than that. It’s a quiz program, where students get to represent their library.

They prepare for the competition by reading eight books during the summer. The sequence doesn’t matter. What’s important is keeping the details straight.

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Judge adjourns Graswald case

Judge Robert Freehill was expected to make a decision, tomorrow, with regards to what evidence would be allowed in the trial of Angelika Graswald, who is accused of killing her fiancee, Vincent Viafore, in a kayaking incident last year.

That decision will have to wait until Oct. 21 as the case has been adjourned due to the David Carlson murder trial which began today.

Graswald’s attorney, Richard Portale, was unable to comment, on the second delay, due to a gag order which is still in affect. Freehill was originally going to make a ruling at the end of last month, as well as set a date for the trial to being.