Sowing seeds of green

Photo by Jason Kaplan Gary VanVleit and Harvey Barkley, employees in the Cornwall Central School District’s Buildings and Grounds Department, put down new soil and seed, on the field adjacent to the middle school, in preparation for the soccer season.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Gary VanVleit and Harvey Barkley, employees in the Cornwall Central School District’s Buildings and Grounds Department, put down new soil and seed, on the field adjacent to the middle school, in preparation for the soccer season.

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Play inspires COH student to ‘help the Annies’

June23_fosterQuinn Skinner attended the Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School’s production of “Annie, Jr.” and was inspired to organize a service project to help local foster children.

Quinn, a first grader in the village school, didn’t know what an orphan was, so she started asking questions. The answers convinced  Quinn she wanted to help.

“I felt sad that foster children don’t have a mommy or a daddy or a home,” Quinn wrote in a letter requesting donations. “Foster children usually only have a garbage bag to carry all their things. But we can change that if we help them.”

First she wanted to invite them over to dinner and have a sleepover, said Quinn’s mother, Mikki, but they decided to use the internet to find more feasible ways to lend a hand. Through Google, they came across some foster agencies which led them to the organization Together we Rise and the idea to put together duffel bags.

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Founder joins Girls on the Run anniversary celebration

June23_girlsSeeing a man and woman standing apart from the crowd at NYMA on Saturday morning, Molly Barker introduced herself to Senator and Mrs. Larkin. She told them that she was the founder of Girls on the Run, and had come from North Carolina to help the Hudson Valley Chapter celebrate its fifth anniversary.

It was a big celebration. That was obvious before you reached the campus, where the girls and their running buddies were getting ready for a 5K through the streets of Cornwall. By 8:30 a.m., traffic was backed up on Route 9W, as cars waited to make a left turn into the military academy. A long line of police and volunteers directed motorists onto a field that was packed solid with vehicles.

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Obituaries – June 23, 2017

Shirley Komonchak

September 21, 1920 – June 14, 2017

Highland Falls

Shirley H. Komonchak passed away Wednesday, June 14, at Wingate at Beacon in Beacon.  She was 96 years old.

Daughter of the late Harold Herbert and the late Hilda Stromberg Herbert, she was born September 21, 1920 in Doodletown. Shirley was the widow of John J. (Jack) Komonchak.

She was a member of United Methodist Women of Highland Falls, 4 Paws Humane Society of Highland Falls, and a retired elementary school teacher with the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery School District, where she taught for 29 years.

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This week’s issue – June 23, 2017

Photo by Jason Kaplan Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Chief Steven Dixon honored Officer Charles Hoffman with a life-saving award when he extinguished a car fire before it could be engulfed in flames, with the driver inside.

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Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Chief Steven Dixon honored Officer Charles Hoffman with a life-saving award for extinguishing a  fire before it engulfed a car in flames, with the driver inside.

Officers get life-saving awards

Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Officer Charles Hoffman and Town of Cornwall Police Officer Nicholas Schust received life-saving awards, during Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting, for rescuing a driver from a burning vehicle.

Before the officers received their plaques, Cornwall-on-Hudson Chief Steven Dixon detailed their heroics during the early morning hours of May 23. Page 1

Facilities plan may affect fifth-graders

Could Cornwall’s fifth-graders return to elementary school one day? That’s something the Board of Education will consider as it develops a facilities plan.

The board met with architect David Sammel on Tuesday night at the tail end of a four-hour meeting. Although Mr. Sammel had given the board members a report on projected costs, he didn’t discuss prices with them. Instead, he focused on some key issues that had come up in his meetings with focus groups. One of those issues was returning to the old configuration where students didn’t move up to the middle school until sixth grade. Page 1

Walk-through next week on Main Street

The Cornwall Economic Development Committee is developing a multi-phased project, called “Cornwall Rising,” to economically revitalize Main Street, and by extension, the greater Cornwall area. At 5 p.m. on June 29, stakeholders will walk through the area where phase one of the project is anticipated to take place.

Bill Braine, chairman of the committee, said phase one encompasses the area between Union Avenue and the municipal lot, including Bridge Street on the other side of the road. Page 1

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Cornell’s Master Gardeners lend a green thumb

Over the last month, Master Gardeners from the Cornell Cooperative Extention have been meeting with the third grade classes, at Cornwall Elementary School, and assisting them in the garden adjacent to the school.

Over the last month, Master Gardeners from the Cornell Cooperative Extention have been meeting with the third grade classes, at Cornwall Elementary School, and assisting them in the garden adjacent to the school.

The third graders at Cornwall Elementary School got a little bit of a late start, but they should still be able to sample the produce they planted in their garden before the school year ends.

Last month, Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension met with each of the five third grade classes to help them plant lettuce, radishes, and spinach. They were du to return for two more sessions – one toward the end of May and another in June.

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Perrone returns home with self-written musical

Photo contributed Cornwall High School graduate and New York University student, Livi Perrone, wrote a musical and will be bringing it to the Motocyclepedia Museum, in Newburgh. “Happily the Musical” will be performed at 8 p.m. on June 30.

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Cornwall High School graduate and New York University student, Livi Perrone, wrote a musical and will be bringing it to the Motorcyclepedia Museum, in Newburgh. “Happily the Musical” will be performed at 8 p.m. on June 30.

Livi Perrone, a 2016 Cornwall High School graduate, is no stranger to theater. She wrote her first original work when she was 13-years-old and has since written a number of adapted plays and musicals for young performers. Having completed her first year at New York University, for dramatic writing, Perrone has written an original musical, with Emmy award-winning composer, Sean P. Pallatroni, and will be bringing it to Orange County later this month.

“Happily the Musical” will be performed, by local actors and actresses, at 8 p.m. on June 30 at the Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh. Tickets will be available at the door.

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Obituaries – June 16, 2017

James Thomas Ebert

September 3, 1957-April 28, 2017

formerly of Cornwall

James Thomas Ebert, formerly of Cornwall, passed away in Long Beach, Calif. on April 28 after a brief battle with cancer.

A memorial service was held at Resurrection Church in Long Beach, and a private gravesite services is being held with the family.

Jimmy was passionate about serving his community especially being a voice for persons with disabilities. He served as Executive Director of Mid-Point Integrative Services, a non-profit dedicated to providing residency to displaced men and women.

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A (field) day of activities

Photo by Jason Kaplan Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School held their annual field day on June 2. One of the activities had the students pass a number of balls and Frisbees down a line, first between their legs, then over their heads. Fourth graders Elaina DeGrote, Zyanya Aguilar, and Eli Shrem made quick passes to their classmates.

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Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School held their annual field day on June 2. One of the activities had the students pass a number of balls and Frisbees down a line, first between their legs, then over their heads. Fourth graders Elaina DeGrote, Zyanya Aguilar, and Eli Shrem made quick passes to their classmates.