Flower pickers

Photo by Jason Kaplan Ron and Eileen Tulloch volunteered to help the Garden Club set up for its annual plant sale last Saturday. They then perused the selection to make a purchase ahead of the rainy weekend.

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Ron and Eileen Tulloch volunteered to help the Garden Club set up for its annual plant sale last Saturday. They then perused the selection to make a purchase ahead of the rainy weekend.

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Town Hall meetings “in” this year

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney helps Angelica, a sixth-grader, formulate a question at a May 13 Town Hall Meeting at Cornwall Central Middle School.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney helps Angelica, a sixth-grader, formulate a question at a May 13 Town Hall Meeting at Cornwall Central Middle School.

Lots of constituents want to “speak with Sean” these days. Congressman Maloney has been drawing hundreds of people to his Town Hall meetings. The turnout in Cornwall was smaller on May 13, but the event was arranged on a day’s notice.

About 80 people came to the middle school auditorium on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Some traveled a distance to be there, and others have followed the Congressman from one Town Hall meeting to another. Although the session lasted a half hour longer than scheduled almost everyone stayed until the end. Mr. Maloney seemed surprised. “You guys are free to leave whenever you want,” he told the audience.

The guests weren’t bashful about asking questions. Many of them wanted opinions on health care reform or the firing of the FBI Director. But some people inquired about local issues.

When Brian Hunt mentioned a lack of service and direct flights at Stewart, the Congressman was sympathetic. “You’re talking to a guy,” he said, “who flies to Washington, D.C. twice a week.”

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Skoufis hints at future hospital scoop

Mary Lou Carolan, director of the Cornwall Public Library, proposes a toast to Assemblyman James Skoufis who will be getting married this month. Mr. Skoufis was at the library on May 11.

Mary Lou Carolan, director of the Cornwall Public Library, proposes a toast to Assemblyman James Skoufis who will be getting married this month. Mr. Skoufis was at the library on May 11.

Assemblyman James Skoufis  had a scoop for the audience at the Cornwall Public Library. “You’re going to see something positive on the Cornwall Campus of the hospital,” he said. But he wouldn’t divulge what it was.

Mr. Skoufis was at the library for a “Community Conversation” on May 11. He was secretive about the hospital’s plans, but he shared his opinions on everything else — including his personal life. He will be getting married on May 20.

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Black Rock Forest adds to preserve

Photo contributed Two pieces of property totalling 90 acres have been protected by the Open Space Intitute. One parcel has been conveyed to the Orange County Land Trust and the other to Black Rock Forest. The two parcels help connect the forest with Schunnemunk Mountain.

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Two pieces of property totalling 90 acres have been protected by the Open Space Intitute. One parcel has been conveyed to the Orange County Land Trust and the other to Black Rock Forest. The two parcels help connect the forest with Schunnemunk Mountain.

The Open Space Institute recently teamed up with Black Rock Forest and the Orange County Land Trust for another land grab as part of an effort to connect and create contiguous pathways between large swaths of protected land so wildlife can roam freely and have a higher chance of surviving in an area which is heavily developed.

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Obituaries – May 19, 2017

Marcia “Lisa” Meyer

Died May 13, 2017

Formerly of Cornwall

Marcia “Lisa” Meyer (nee Chutkowski) died peacefully on May 13 in Clearwater, Fla. at the age of 63. Lisa is survived by her son Rodney, his wife Danielle, and their sons Keith and Garret of Denver, Col.; and by her son Joseph, wife Jessica, and their children Lillian and Joseph of Hudson, Fla. She is preceded in death by her husband Rodney “Rod” Meyer of Council Bluffs, Iowa and both her parents, Lois and Joseph Chutkowski of Cornwall. The funeral will be held at St. Alfred’s Episcopal Church in Palm Harbor, Fla. on May 19.

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This week’s issue – May 19, 2017

Photo by Jason Kaplan Every two years a mock drill is conducted in front of the junior and senior classes at the high school. This year the script was changed and the accident was caused by distracted driving rather than Driving While Intoxicated.

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Every two years a mock drill is conducted in front of the junior and senior classes at the high school. This year the script was changed and the accident was caused by distracted driving rather than Driving While Intoxicated.

Script for mock car crash changes

The script may have changed, but the end result was still the same. Every two years, juniors and seniors at Cornwall Central High School get to witness a mock drill involving a two-car crash. In the past, the accident was the result of Driving While Intoxicated. This year, the script changed.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, first responders from Vails Gate Fire Department, Town of Cornwall Police Department, and the ambulance corps from New Windsor and Cornwall responded to the crash, which was supposedly caused by distracted driving. Page 1A

Budget OK’d in century’s lightest vote

School board president Charlie Frankel stepped to the middle of the gym floor and tried to get everyone’s attention. He was holding the results from the budget vote.

In the past, there would have been an immediate hush. But this year, there was little suspense. More than 72 percent of the voters said “yes” to a budget that was at the cap, and that included very little change from the previous year. The turnout was the lightest of the century. Only 1,315 people cast ballots on the budget — less than half the number that showed up in 2005, 2006 or 2013. Page 1A

Driver out of hospital and into jail

For Andras Geiger, America has been a tragic experience. The 23-year-old man arrived from Belgium with a friend on March 2. Two days later, he was the driver in a fatal accident in Mountainville. He had to be airlifted to Westchester Medical Center, and one of his passengers was killed. On March 7, Mr. Geiger was charged with DWI and vehicular homicide. He remained in the hospital for two months, and when he was finally discharged, he was arraigned in Goshen and remanded to Orange County Jail. Page 1A

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Keeping the coast clean

Photo by Jason Kaplan New York Military Academy cadets Jeddiah VanCleave, Michael Zelenger, and Yorlene Feliz were among the volunteers to pick up trash along the Hudson River on Saturday. The event, organized by the Cornwall Conservation Advisory Council, was timed perfectly with the Riverkeeper Sweep along the Hudson.

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New York Military Academy cadets Jeddiah VanCleave, Michael Zelenger, and Yorlene Feliz were among the volunteers to pick up trash along the Hudson River on Saturday. The event, organized by the Cornwall Conservation Advisory Council, was timed perfectly with the Riverkeeper Sweep along the Hudson.

Obituaries – May 12, 2017

Paul Casaccio

June 9, 1929-May 2, 2017

Cornwall

Paul Casaccio, age 87, passed away peacefully at home on May 2.  He was born in Brooklyn on June 9, 1929.  He most recently resided in Cornwall with his beloved wife “Ginny.”

The son of Nicholas and Theresa Casaccio, Paul had three sisters; Tony, Mary and his last living sister and partner in crime at the casinos and good luck charm, Angie.

Paul served in the Army during World War II and resided in The Presidio as the company baker.  He met the love of his life, Virginia Rosselli at St. Bridget’s Church in Brooklyn at the “21 and over” dance.  She was working the coat check and he asked her to dance.  She said “no” the first time, but he came back and that time, she said “yes.”  The rest is history.  Paul had two daughters; Linda and Donna.  He started and ran Newburgh Window Shop in 1959 and had many happy customers.

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No H2O

Photo by Jason Kaplan No H2O On April 28, a contractor, hired by Central Hudson, was replacing a gas line at the corner of Academy Avenue and Main Street. The work resulted in a water main break forcing Cornwall Middle School and Cornwall Elementary School to close early that day. Work continued on Wednesday, resulting in another water main break. Schools weren’t closed, but water was provided.

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On April 28, a contractor, hired by Central Hudson, was replacing a gas line at the corner of Academy Avenue and Main Street. The work resulted in a water main break forcing Cornwall Middle School and Cornwall Elementary School to close early that day. Work continued on Wednesday, resulting in another water main break. Schools weren’t closed, but water was provided.

Slichta places third in competition

Photo contributed Cornwall Middle School social studies teacher Jeff Danzer helped mentor eighth grader Zach Slichta, who took bronze in the state National History Day competition.

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Cornwall Middle School social studies teacher Jeff Danzer helped mentor eighth grader Zach Slichta, who took bronze in the state National History Day competition.

Zach Slichta was one of 12 Cornwall Middle School students to represent the district in the state National History Day competition on April 24, but he was the only one to walk away with a medal. Slichta placed third in the Junior Division, taking home a bronze medal.

“It feels great,” Slichta said. “I was actually really surprised. I am disappointed I didn’t get first or second but I was so surprised at the moment and so happy that I did place.”

Slichta entered the competition, first regionals then states, with his web site on the stand for black power Tommie Smith and John Carlos took during the 1968 Olympics.

“The revolt of Tommie Smith and John Carlos in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics was a stand in history that shook the world,” Slichta wrote. “In a time of unrest in the U.S. and after the recent assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., these two men protested at the perfect time. With millions watching the Olympics across the world, this protest was in a perfect place as well.”

To come up with the idea, Slichta took particular interest in one of the historical photos his social studies teacher, Jeff Danzer, has hanging in the eighth grade wing of the school.

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