Witch hats help raise $2,000 for hospice

Photo by Jason Kaplan The first Witch Hat Party was held on Oct. 24, to raise money for Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties. The event required guests to wear a witch’s hat and make a $10 donation. Nearly $2,000 was raised.

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The first Witch Hat Party was held on Oct. 24, to raise money for Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties. The event required guests to wear a witch’s hat and make a $10 donation. Nearly $2,000 was raised.

Cornwall resident Maureen Giegel has been a hospice volunteer for four years. Understanding the need for support from the community, Giegel decided to organize a fund raiser for Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc.

Giegel said the hospice organizes its own fund raisers, but noted they could use more money throughout the year.

Giegel’s love of witches led her to organize a witch’s hat party. It also helped that the fund raiser fell a week before Halloween.

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Civil War cannon removed for repairs

Photo by Jason Kaplan The Civil War cannon has been removed from the Veterans Triangle in the Town of Cornwall, until repairs can be made to the cannon’s decayed wooden base.

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The Civil War cannon has been removed from the Veterans Triangle in the Town of Cornwall, until repairs can be made to the cannon’s decayed wooden base.

Those who have recently passed by Veterans Triangle in the Town of Cornwall may have noticed something missing. The Civil War cannon was recently removed because its wooden base had decayed. Town Historian Maryanne O’Dell is now looking to raise the $9,000 to $15,000 needed to repair the relic.

O’Dell will attend the American Legion’s November meeting to discuss the repairs and ask the post for help. O’Dell is also looking into possible grant funding.

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Lost bond is just one attic treasure

Photo by Ken Cashman Maureen Terwilliger admires an artifact from the turn of the 20th century as Karen Fels looks on. The women visited the Cornwall Historical Society on Oct. 27 for a presentation on attic treasures.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Maureen Terwilliger admires an artifact from the turn of the 20th century as Karen Fels looks on. The women visited the Cornwall Historical Society on Oct. 27 for a presentation on attic treasures.

Where ever she is, Alice E. Johnson is a little richer than she realizes.

Bob Schwarzler, the president of the Cornwall Historical Society, shared that information at a Monday night meeting at Munger Cottage. It was a segue to a program on attic treasures.

Some years ago, he was remodeling a room for one of his daughters when he discovered a $50 Series E Savings Bond that was issued on June 20, 1944 to Miss Alice E. Johnson or Mrs. Katharine Johnson of 15 Clark Street, Cornwall-on-Hudson.

Mr. Schwarzler theorized that the bond (which was issued two weeks after D Day) might have slipped off a desk and fallen into a crack in the wall. Hopefully, no family member got blamed for its disappearance Today, the bond would be worth more than five times its face value.

There were other pieces of memorabilia at the society’s Oct. 27 meeting. Jane Harkinson took over the program from Mr. Schwarzler and referred to a few of them. She told the audience that Barbara Devitt (a member of the Quackenbush family) had donated a blacksmith’s ledger that was used by her ancestors in the 18th century.   Mice had chewed a portion of the pages, but otherwise the ledger was in good condition.

Mrs. Devitt also contributed a January 1800 edition of the Ulster County Gazette, which reports on the death of George Washington on Dec. 14, 1799.

Richard Randazzo brought copies of the Newburgh Evening News from the 1940s that had been preserved under the linoleum of his parents’ house.

Other artifacts included class pictures, skates from the Angola Roller Rink, a 1942 wedding dress, a telegraph key from the West Shore railroad line, and a weather vane that once belonged to the Storm King Engine Company.

After the weather vane was discarded, Mip Faurot fished it out of a dumpster, and sold it to Jay and Betty Ziegler in 1986 when he moved to Virginia.

Several of these artifacts are on display at the Historical Society’s museum, which is one level above the main entrance at Town Hall. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

As for the bond, Mr. Schwarzler reported that the Johnson family had moved to the Carolinas. He said that he’d be happy to send the bond to their daughter Alice if he was able to find her.

This week’s issue – October 31, 2014

Contributed photo The building owners keep a candle lit in the basement for the spirit they call “The Vegetable Lady.”

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The building owners keep a candle lit in the basement for the spirit they call “The Vegetable Lady.”

The Vegetable Lady haunts agency

The surveillance camera captured the beginning of a crime. It showed a prowler slipping through the night and stopping at the side of the building. He bent over to peek through the basement window. But when he did, he recoiled in horror. He dropped his flashlight, turned and ran.

Ryan and Samantha Crosby know what  spooked the burglar. It was the ghost that inhabits their building, the spirit they call “The Vegetable Lady.” Page 1A

Cornwall tops for trick or treating

You’d better have an extra supply of candy this year. “The Daily Meal,” an on-line magazine, considers Cornwall the best place in America for trick-or-treating. The entertainment editor was impressed with Cornwall’s ambience as well as its supply of candy. Page 1A

Voters make 10 choices on Tuesday

Cornwall voters will have an opportunity to choose candidates in 10 different races on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. In a local race, Kerry McGuinness and Michael Summerfield will be vying for a spot on the Town Board. There will be three propositions on the back of the ballot. Page 1A

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Halloween curfew

As in past years, the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson is imposing a Halloween night curfew on people under the age of 18. The curfew will be in effect from 9 p.m. on Oct. 31 until 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 1.

Exceptions will be made for under age people who are traveling to or from a job, to or from a school activity, or who are out on an errand related to a medical or other type of emergency.

 

The zombie apocalypse!

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By Jason Kaplan Zombies took over Main Street on the evening of Oct. 18, as about 80 individuals dressed as the undead to help raise money for the Hudson Valley SPCA. They walked from Brid’s Closet to Town Hall and then back to the Main Street shop where they enjoyed a potluck dinner. The group raised $300 for the animal shelter.

By Jason Kaplan
Zombies took over Main Street on the evening of Oct. 18, as about 80 individuals dressed as the undead to help raise money for the Hudson Valley SPCA. They walked from Brid’s Closet to Town Hall and then back to the Main Street shop where they enjoyed a potluck dinner. The group raised $300 for the animal shelter.

Galleon leaves Newburgh a day early

Photo by Jason Kaplan The Spanish Galleon, El Galeón Andalucía, was docked in Newburgh’s riverfront marina from Oct. 12 through 17. The ship disembarked on Saturday, a day early, in order to stay ahead of Hurricane Gonzalo.

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The Spanish Galleon, El Galeón Andalucía, was docked in Newburgh’s riverfront marina from Oct. 12 through 17. The ship disembarked on Saturday, a day early, in order to stay ahead of Hurricane Gonzalo.

A Spanish galleon docked at Newburgh’s riverfront marina on Oct. 12 and was expected to be open to public tours through Oct. 18, but Hurricane Gonzalo forced the crew to leave that Saturday in order to stay ahead of the storm on their way to the next port-of-call in Savannah, Ga.

The El Galeón Andalucía is a replica of the late 16th century merchant vessels and war ships that made up the early navies of Europe. The ship is 170 feet long and weighs about 500 tons. It was completed in Spain in 2009 after three years of research and a year and a half of construction.

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Obituaries – October 24, 2014

Helen McGovern Csakany

August 22, 1920-October 19, 2014

Helen McGovern Csakany of Woodside, N.Y., passed away on Oct. 19 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh. She was 94.

The daughter of Thomas and Mary Healy McGovern, she was born on August 22, 1920 in New York City. Helen was a retired telephone operator for The New York Telephone Company in Elmhurst, N.Y.. She was known for her kind heart, impeccable appearance, and candid honesty. Helen was hardworking, family-oriented, and always thoughtful of others. She was extremely generous and never missed a donation to St. Jude’s. She was loved and respected by her friends and family and will be greatly missed.

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