No rainy day blues

Photo by Jason Kaplan Town campers were forced to spend Friday indoors due to the threat of thunderstorms. That didn’t dampen the kids’ spirits, however, as they found other things to do. They played basketball in the gymnasium, watched a movie, or worked on a puzzle. Colby Van Dam and Megan Maffei played a board game called “Name 5.” 

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Town campers were forced to spend Friday indoors due to the threat of thunderstorms. That didn’t dampen the kids’ spirits, however, as they found other things to do. They played basketball in the gymnasium, watched a movie, or worked on a puzzle. Colby Van Dam and Megan Maffei played a board game called “Name 5.”

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Obituaries – July 21, 2017

Susan Bunte

June 14, 1947 – July 11, 2017

Highland Falls

Susan N. Bunte passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at her home in Highland Falls.  She was 70 years old.

Daughter of the late Max and Fannie Glusman Hirschberg, she was born June 14, 1947 in Newburgh.

Susan worked in the Military Pay & Finance Department at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and was a former employee in the finance office of the Village of Highland Falls.

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This week’s issue – July 21, 2017

Photo by Ken Cashman Many viewers claimed their spots more than an hour before show time. Close to 300 people came to Donahue Memorial Park to see “E.T.” on July 15.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Close to 300 people came to Donahue Memorial Park to see “E.T.” on July 15. Many of them claimed their spots more than an hour before the show started.

Movie-on-the-Hudson a hit

The first time Cold Spring showed a movie in its riverside park, less than 100 people attended. Cornwall-on-Hudson had better success, attracting 250 to 300 people to view “E.T.” at Donahue Memorial Park. Former Mayor Ed Moulton spoke before the movie, providing a history of the park. A couple of local restaurants offered a picnic option on their menu. The movie committee provided concessions and the Taco Boat served its specialty. The next movie, on Aug. 26, will be “Goonies.” The committee will be meeting to discuss a possible third movie in September. Page 1

What are you doing Monday night?

When it was time for public comment on July 13, Bill Rolon ambled to the microphone in the front of the auditorium and addressed the school board. “I speak for the community,” he said with a smile. He wasn’t representing the community. He was the only member of the public to show up for the discussion of the facilities plan.

While the board members valued Mr. Rolon’s input, they were hoping to hear from more people. They have scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. on July 24 at the high school, and they are urging the public to attend. Page 1

Petting zoo comes to Firemen’s Fair

The Firemen’s Fair returns to the field behind Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School, July 26-29. This year’s carnival will offer a couple of new activities for visitors.

Get those hands ready for petting creatures big and small. This year’s fair will feature a small petting zoo. Storm King Engine Company Chief Jeff Armitage said the fair has featured a petting zoo in the past and the fire company tried to bring one back for several years, but either the bigger zoos cost too much money, or nothing was available. This year a reasonably priced vendor was found out of Dutchess County.  Page 1

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Trustees investigate ADA compliant sidewalks

The crosswalk in front of Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School is not wheelchair accessible. The Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees is considering spending around $18,000 so the crosswalk is ADA compliant.

The crosswalk in front of Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School is not wheelchair accessible. The Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees is considering spending around $18,000 to make the crosswalk is ADA compliant.

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ADA compliance. Superintendent of Public Works David Halvorsen said he received one quote, in the amount of $18,000, to make the sidewalks in front of the fire house and Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School ADA compliant. Cuts need to be made into the sidewalk to provide wheelchair access to the cross walk. The school district has already created a ramp to access the school grounds. Halvorsen said the problem is the contractor would need to be registered with the state Department of Transportation, and because Hudson Street is a state road, flaggers and an engineer would need to be present until the work is completed. Halvorsen is also hearing because it’s a small job, it isn’t really profitable. Trustee David Carnright asked if grant money is available since the project would benefit the school district. Mayor Brendan Coyne said he’d reach out to Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblyman James Skoufis. Coyne said he’d like to see the project completed before the school year begins.

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Eagle project provides new homes for animals

Tom Keller expects to receive his Eagle sometime this month. His project entailed constructing a new rabbit hutch, dove cage, and shelving unit for the Wildlife Education Center.

Tom Keller expects to receive his Eagle sometime this month. His project entailed constructing a new rabbit hutch, dove cage, and shelving unit for the Wildlife Education Center.

It might not be a deluxe apartment in New York City, but a few animals at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Wildlife Education Center are living in luxury after receiving an upgrade to their homes.

Tom Keller, a member of Cornwall’s Class of 2017, recently completed his Eagle project by constructing a new rabbit hutch, dove cage, and a shelving unit.

Keller explained his mother provides veterinary services to the animals at the museum, and having spent some time there he realized a need for new habitats.

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Third Gagnon wins Sands Award

Kathryn Gagnon is the third sibling to receive the Sands Award for the highest grade point average among graduating eighth graders.

Kathryn Gagnon is the third sibling to receive the Sands Award for the highest grade point average among graduating eighth graders.

Cornwall Middle School might want to think about changing the name of the Sands Award to the Gagnon Award.

To date, three of the six siblings who have graduated from eighth grade, have received the award for highest grade point average in their class. The latest recipient is Kathryn. She follows her sister, Megan, who received the award in 2011, and her brother, Jonathan, who earned it last year.

“I was really happy,” Gagnon said when she heard her name announced at the moving up ceremony last week. “I couldn’t stop smiling. It was just amazing to walk up on stage and receive that applause.”

Gagnon wasn’t aware she’d be receiving the award until that night, but it was something she’s been working toward.

Throughout the year, Gagnon knew she had a high grade point average, but so did her friends. Her average after three quarters was a 99 or 100.

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Obituaries – July 14, 2017

John Arthur LaTerra

March 13, 1946 – March 14, 2017

Formerly of Cornwall

John Arthur LaTerra of Locust Grove, Va., passed away after a long illness on March 14 at age 71. Born in Brooklyn on March 13, 1946, he was the younger of two sons born to Sicilian immigrants.

John was a member of the Cornwall Jaycees and organized the youth dances on the tennis courts during the summer of 1972. He was also the driving force behind the Black Rock Fish and Game Club’s Pheasant Preserve. John was a computer programmer in the final years of his career, but he was trained as a horticulturist and it was his true passion. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, Va.

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Here comes the bride

Photo by Ken Cashman Less than two hours after they said “I do,” the bride and groom slipped away from their reception and ordered vanilla ice cream cones at Weir’s. Blake McGready and Emily Zwart were married at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church on July 1.  The bridal party followed them to the ice cream stand.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Less than two hours after they said “I do,” the bride and groom slipped away from their reception and ordered vanilla ice cream cones at Weir’s. Blake McGready and Emily Zwart were married at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church on July 1. The bridal party followed them to the ice cream stand.

Obituaries – July 7, 2017

Judith A. Blaine

September 9, 1937-July 1, 2017

Cornwall

Judith A. Blaine of Cornwall passed away peacefully  on July 1.  She was 79.

The only child of the late John and Annamae Giebler Steffens, she was born on Sept. 9, 1937 in Manhattan.

Judith moved to Cornwall in 1952 and graduated from Cornwall High School.  She retired after working as an executive secretary at Cornwall Hospital.  She was also a member and past president of Highland Engine Co. Auxiliary.  Judith was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who will be deeply missed by many.

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