This week’s issue – March 6, 2015

Photo by Ken Cashman Alexandrra Sorgi of the Makeup Department checks lead actress Katya Martin during the March 2 rehearsal.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Alexandrra Sorgi of the Makeup Department checks lead actress Katya Martin during the March 2 rehearsal.

Film romance flourishes in hospital wing

The first floor of the hospital in Cornwall was alive with activity this week. The rooms were filled — not with patients, but with actors and actresses. All of them were busy filming a scene for “My First Christmas.”

Producer Jordan Levine was happy with his time in Cornwall. “Finding a hospital is not easy,” he said, “and the people here have been great.” Page 1

Propane center unpopular with public

People are saying “not in my back yard” to a propane distribution center that would be constructed on Route 94 between the Thruway and the historic Edmonston House. The site would be across the street from the former Tarkett Plant.

Actually, the public was silent when the Town of New Windsor Planning Board met on Feb. 25. There was no opportunity for audience input. But when Jim Petro (the Town’s land development manager) criticized the proposal about two dozen people applauded. Page 1

NYMA seeks bankruptcy protection

On March 3, New York Military Academy filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code. The school will remain open as it attempts to reorganize.

Parents, faculty and alumni learned of the school’s action in an e-mail from the president of the Board of Trustees. In a letter dated March 3, Anthony Desa explained the rationale behind the decision. Page 1

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Bowled over with joy

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Photo by Jason Kaplan Jonathan Oppelt, 2, attempts to knock down some pins during the Cornwall Middle School Drama Club’s annual Royal Ball and Super Hero Party. Girls arrived dressed like princesses and for the first time boys were invited to wear a super hero costume.  The event raised about $300 for the drama club.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Jonathan Oppelt, 2, attempts to knock down some pins during the Cornwall Middle School Drama Club’s annual Royal Ball and Super Hero Party. Girls arrived dressed like princesses and for the first time boys were invited to wear a super hero costume. The event raised about $300 for the drama club.

Museum honors long time supporters

Lynn Peebles and Doug Land, long-time supporters of the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, were honored, Wednesday, for their volunteer efforts.

Lynn Peebles and Doug Land, long-time supporters of the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, were honored, Wednesday, for their volunteer efforts.

On Wednesday, Lynn Peebles and Doug Land were honored in New York City for their longtime support of the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum.

“I’m delighted to be able to honor them,” said museum director Jacqueline Grant. “I think they’re wonderful people. They’ve very much deserving of this honor.”

Peebles and Land got involved with the museum in 1996 when they moved to Cornwall-on-Hudson.

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Vet asks board to revisit partial tax exemption

Richard Randazzo

Richard Randazzo

Dick Randazzo was thinking of the 2016-17 fiscal year when he spoke at the Board of Education’s Feb. 11 meeting.

A member of American Legion Post 353, Mr. Randazzo thanked the board for its work and research in considering a partial exemption for people who served in the military during wartime.

Although the school board members voted 5-4 against the exemption, Mr. Randazzo hoped they would reconsider it after they’ve adopted a budget for the next school year.

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Sidoti, McMillen provide headlines

Christa Sidoti

Christa Sidoti

TRACK & FIELD
The Lady Dragons entered the Section IX track and field meet on Feb. 24 with one goal. They wanted to close the gap. Christa Sidoti helped them do it.

For the second week in a row, the girls were runners up in a major competition, but this time they were much closer to Monroe-Woodbury.  Christa helped her teammates by winning the long jump and triple jump, and finishing third in the hurdles.

Winter has made outdoor training impossible, so the jumpers have practiced their approach in the corridors, and have done biometric exercises on the staircases. Despite the limited workouts, Christa posted personal bests in two of the three events. She surprised herself in the triple jump, finishing first a week after she failed to make the finals.

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Obituaries – February 27, 2015

Kelly Ann Wilcox

August 4, 1987-February 22, 2015

Kelly Ann Wilcox, of Newburgh (a former Cornwall-on-Hudson resident) entered into eternal rest peacefully  on Feb. 22 at home with her family by her side. She was 27 years old.

The daughter of David J. and Caleen M. Burns Wilcox, Kelly Ann  was born on Aug. 4, 1987 in NY Hospital in Manhattan. She  earned her Abilities First degree in Poughkeepsie.

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Making a new friend

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Photo by Jason Kaplan Gabriella Salvucci hugs a goat during one of Edgwick Farm’s (in Cornwall) winter tours. Guided tours, by reservation only, are offered Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the month of April.

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Gabriella Salvucci hugs a goat during a winter tour of Edgwick Farm on Angola Road. Guided tours, by reservation only, are offered Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the month of April.

People, wine, candy and news bites

contributed photo A customer fills out a raffle ticket for a gift basket at Cornwall Wine & Spirits.

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A customer fills out a raffle ticket for a gift basket at Cornwall Wine & Spirits.

WINE & CHOCOLATE
Cornwall Wines & Spirits hosted a wine and chocloate tasting event on Valentine’s Day and sold raffle tickets to benefit the Hudson Valley SPCA.

“Animals have been popular,” owner Kenn Brodmerkel said on the day of the event. He’s had donation cans at his store in the past.

On Feb. 14, people paid $5 to take a chance on gift baskets. Despite an all-day snow storm, the raffles raised $525.

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Library event attracts new members

Photo contributed On Take Your Child to the Library Day, Anna Bennett educated visitors about the United Kingdom as part of an International Day project.

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On Take Your Child to the Library Day, Anna Bennett educated visitors about the United Kingdom as part of an International Day project.

The Cornwall Public Library held “Take Your Child to the Library Day” for the second year in a row.

The Feb. 7 event attracted 95 participants, up from the 85 who attended last year. Last year 14 new library cards were issued compared to 19 this year.

“I think every once in a while people have to remember there is a library and we have an awful lot of stuff to offer,” said youth librarian Liz Fisher. “Even people who have been coming here from time to time say we didn’t realize you had this. We do a lot of tours for the elementary schools. The parents who come along on the tours are dumbfounded.”

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Track team first in five county events

Contributed photo  Conner Russell (middle) finished second in the 55-meter hurdles in the OCIAA meet on Feb. 14.

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Conner Russell (middle) finished second in the 55-meter hurdles in the OCIAA meet on Feb. 14.

Jillian Decker thought she had set a school record in the 600-meter run. But after some research, she realized that the record was a half second faster than she thought.

The Cornwall senior wasn’t unhappy. She won the race against a county-wide field, and her teammate Gabby Fanning finished second. The Dragons did well in the meet that was held at West Point on Feb 13 and 14.

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