This week’s issue – January 19, 2018

Oliver Jang was runner up in the 2017 Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Locally, Morgan Gagnon finished first and took second in the district competition. See page 1A

Oliver Jang was runner up in the 2017 Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Locally, Morgan Gagnon finished first and took second in the district competition. See page 1A

County is studying climate impacts

No one knows when Douglas Spaulding will get some relief from the erosion that is devouring his lumberyard on Mill Street, but the county is taking steps to keep things from getting worse. It is trying to mitigate erosion along the Moodna Creek and other watersheds. Page 1A

Village residents can expect higher taxes

Cornwall-on-Hudson residents can expect to pay a little more in taxes this year. The current proposed 2018-19 budget calls for $2.6 million to be raised by taxes, an $8,000 increase over the current year’s spending plan.

The first draft of the budget was unveiled at last week’s work session, but the public hearing was kept open until Monday night’s business meeting to allow the board to make revisions without having to republicize and conduct another public hearing. Page 1A

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Obituaries – January 19, 2018

Gloria C. Brisman

May 20, 1930 – January 10, 2018

Highland Falls

Gloria C. Brisman passed away Wednesday, Jan. 10 in her home. She was 87.

Daughter of the late Julius Dubrin and Sadie Wershba Dubrin, Gloria was born May 20, 1930 in Brooklyn. Gloria was the widow of Jerome I. Brisman. She was the manager of the tour division for West Point Tours, Inc. in Vails Gate.

Gloria leaves behind the tree of family and children that she and her beloved husband Jerry grew. She will be missed by her daughter Judith Brisman; her three sons Jeffrey, Robert and Jay and their wives Pamela, Karen and Elizabeth; her nine grandchildren whom she adored; and her three great-grandchildren whom she wished to know longer.

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Frozen fun!

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Photo by Jason Kaplan  An Arctic blast of cold weather, lasting two weeks, aided in freezing the water in Rings Pond. Last week the ice was measured as being over six inches thick, certainly sturdy enough for some leisure skating or a game of hockey.

Many animals speak in “Madagascar Jr.”

Photo by Jason Kaplan Ann O’Connor gives the young thespians stage directions during a rehearsal of “Madagascar Junior.”

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Ann O’Connor gives the young thespians stage directions during a rehearsal of “Madagascar Junior.”

The directors had three reasons for choosing “Madagascar Junior” as the Lee Road School show.

-They liked the friendship theme.

-The kids were familiar with the Dreamworks movie

-And the script had several speaking parts.

The number of speaking parts was important, because the directors wanted to give a few lines to each fourth-grader in the cast. And this year, there were more fourth-graders than in previous productions.

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Obituaries – January 12, 2018

Ann Marie Aiossa

February 25, 1926-December 27, 2017

Cornwall

Ann Marie Aiossa, a longtime Cornwall resident, entered into eternal rest on Dec 27 at her home with her family by her side. She was 91.

The daughter of the late Joseph Lanno and Josephine (Eratico) Lanno, Ann Marie was born on Feb. 25, 1926 in Brooklyn.  She was married to the late Marco V. Aiossa, Sr.

Ann Marie was a Certified Nutritionist through Cornell and in her earlier years the co-proprietor of Mark Vincent’s Bridal Shop in Cornwall.

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Beating the bitter cold

Photo by Jason Kaplan Steven Davis, a carrier with the United States Postal Service, has been enduring the recent frigid temperatures while making his daily deliveries. His secret to staying as heated as possible is warmers in his gloves and sneakers, three layers plus a coat for his upper body, as well as an additional layer under his heavy pants.

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Steven Davis, a carrier with the United States Postal Service, has been enduring the recent frigid temperatures while making his daily deliveries. His secret to staying as heated as possible is warmers in his gloves and sneakers, three layers plus a coat for his upper body, as well as an additional layer under his heavy pants.

Hikers learn which trees will survive climate change

Black Rock Forest Director William Schuster points out small cottony puffs on the underside of the Eastern Hemlock’s branches. These contain the larva of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.

Black Rock Forest Director William Schuster points out small cottony puffs on the underside of the Eastern Hemlock’s branches. These contain the larva of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.

A fresh powder covered the ground as 20 people gathered in Black Rock Forest on a Saturday afternoon for a winter walk.  The excursion was led by Dr. William Schuster, executive director of the Black Rock Forest Consortium.

During the 90-minute, mile-long walk to the Upper Reservoir and back, Schuster highlighted five of the conifers, or cone-bearing trees in the forest, and commented on how they would react to global warming.

Of the over 60 species of trees in the forest, 10 of them are conifers. Schuster said the conifers were among the first trees to develop evolutionarily. During a time when there weren’t many animals on the planet, these trees would disperse their light, winged seeds through the wind. As animals become more prevalent, these trees developed other means of seed dispersal, using these animals as a secondary option.

Conifers have a  conical shape with branches that bend down so they are less likely to snap from the weight of snow.

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Top stories of the past

These are the top sports stories of the last 17 years.

2017: Homecoming Happiness: The Dragons scheduled NFA (the Class AA champion) for their homecoming football game, and then treated their fans to a thrilling 31-28 victory.  

2016: Year of the streak: Led by the tennis team (56 straight victories), several varsities compiled impressive winning streaks.

2015:  Bubblegum pink: Keeping a promise, Coach Dave Feuer dyed his hair bubblegum pink after his relay team won a state championship.

Marathon in Marlboro: Boys won section soccer crown after two overtimes and a shootout.

2014: Defining perfection: The tennis team defeated every opponent 7-0. The team played over 200 sets and won them all.

2013: Debut at the Top: In its first year of high school competition, the boys lacrosse team won the section championship.

2012 Baseball and McNally: The Dragons won the state Class A championship and Brian McNally signed with the Washington Redskins of the NFL.

2011 Wallkill Reversal: After three straight losses to Wallkill, the football team downed the Panthers 28-14 to regain the section title.

  1. Lo says “no” to keeping Derek Jeter’s historic home run ball and becomes an overnight celebrity. Christian Lopez was a 2006 Cornwall graduate.

2010 Aisling’s Triumph: The Cornwall runner won the national cross country championship by 150 yards.

2009: Quest to be Best: Aisling Cuffe won the state and northeastern championships on her way to the national finals.

2008: Show with Monroe: Over 2,000 fans circled the field to watch the Dragon football team open its season against the state finalists from Monroe-Woodbury.

2007: Six out of Six: In one weekend, six Cornwall teams competed for section championships and all six won.

2006: The March to the Dome. The varsity football team won 10 straight games to advance to the state finals in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

2005: The Day of the Dragon. Between Friday noon and Saturday night Cornwall teams won six section titles.

2004: Basketball Doubleheader. The boys and girls’ teams both defeated Wallkill to win section titles before a large crowd at West Point.

2003: Football Championship. Cornwall won its first football title in 25 years, clinching the Section 9 crown with a win at Dietz Stadium in Kingston.

2002: Post-Season Showdown. After the Cornwall and Kingston tennis teams were undefeated during the regular season, they scheduled a special match to see which team was better.

2001: A Trip to Staten Island. The Little League All Star Girls advanced to the state semifinals in Staten Island.