Heart healthy tour offers appetizing food options

Mar17_tourIt was like an elementary school field trip, but for adults. On March 9, Cornerstone Family Healthcare partnered with ShopRite of Vails Gate to provide a heart healthy tour of the supermarket.

Ashley Shaw, registered dietician for ShopRite, led the tour for about a dozen participants, taking them up and down aisles containing foods that would help guide them toward a healthier lifestyle. The focus was on items with low sodium with discussions about cholesterol and the difference between good and bad fats.

One of the best places to start, said Shaw, was the seafood department.

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Honor Flight volunteers prepare for Korean vets

Contributed photo At a March 7 presentation to the Hudson Valley Honor Flight directors, Maj. Kyle Hatzinger showed the medals won by participants in the Korean War -- from left to right, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal.

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At a March 7 presentation to the Hudson Valley Honor Flight directors, Maj. Kyle Hatzinger showed the medals won by participants in the Korean War — from left to right, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal.

The next honor flight will take off from Stewart International Airport on April 8. For the first time, a majority of the passengers will be veterans of the Korean War.

To prepare for their new guests, the directors of the Hudson Valley Honor Flight met in Munger Cottage in Cornwall on March 7. They spent the evening listening to Maj. Kyle Hatzinger, a history professor at West Point.

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Add BFF’s Victorian tea to list of annual events

Contributed photo The kitchen crew of Jackie Murray, Laura Nicholls, Joyce Larsen, Carol Phillips, Nancy Denton and Sydney Hunt (of the high school key club) proudly display a table full of cookies for the Victorian Tea on Feb. 26.

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The kitchen crew of Jackie Murray, Laura Nicholls, Joyce Larsen, Carol Phillips, Nancy Denton and Sydney Hunt (of the high school key club) proudly display a table full of cookies for the Victorian Tea on Feb. 26.

Someone should make a list of all the annual events we have in Cornwall. They’re part of what makes our community unique.

The Victorian Tea would be a comparative newcomer to the list. BFF has sponsored three of them, and has used the proceeds to provide weekend meals for students who might otherwise go hungry.

The most recent tea, at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Feb. 26, drew a capacity crowd of well-dressed women and men. (Well, there were seven men who arrived in tuxedos and top hats. A few of them carried walking sticks with a hidden compartment for beverages that could be used to spike the tea.)

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This week’s issue – March 17, 2017

Photo by Ken Cashman

Photo by Ken Cashman

Speed box helps cops track violators

A month and a half ago, the Town of Cornwall Police Department installed its new speed box, purchased with money donated by the Chamber of Commerce from money raised through its end-of-summer car show. At first glance, it appears the box only alerts motorists to how fast (or slow) they’re driving, but it’s capable of storing other data, explained Chief Todd Hazard. The device records how many vehicles pass, breaking the number down to 30 minute increments. It tracks the busiest times of day for traffic, as well as the number of vehicles driving “x” miles per hour over the speed limit. Page 1

KJ applies for permit for second well

On Jan. 11, Kiryas Joel applied to the DEC for permission to operate a second well on its Route 32 property in Mountainville. If approved, the new well would serve as a backup and would not add to the amount of water drawn at the site. The DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) has established a daily limit of 612,000 gallons.

Before Kiryas Joel can proceed with its plans, however, it will have to conduct an environmental review and satisfy five other requirements that were outlined in a March 6 letter from the DEC. In the letter, the DEC approved Kiryas Joel’s request to serve as lead agency for the review. Page 1

Musicians’ exit helps school budget

Go to a school concert next year, and you may have trouble recognizing the directors. Four of them are due to retire in June. It’s customary to hear about retirements at this time of year (although it’s unusual to have four from the same discipline). Departures impact the budget because retirees are normally replaced by newcomers with lower salaries.

Harvey Sotland provided an update on the budget at the Board of Education’s March 13 work session. He said it’s too soon to make decisions, because he’s waiting for information in three key areas. Page 1

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Train derailed

Photo by Jason Kaplan Around 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, a CSX freight train carrying hazardous materials struck a forklift and derailed in New Windsor near Walsh Avenue and River Road. By Wednesday morning, the engine had already been moved back on the tracks, but RJ Corman Railroad Group continued to clear the rest of the derailment. They used a bulldozer and crane to remove a shipping container from the tracks and turn it right side up.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Around 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, a CSX freight train carrying hazardous materials struck a forklift and derailed in New Windsor near Walsh Avenue and River Road. By Wednesday morning, the engine had already been moved back on the tracks, but RJ Corman Railroad Group continued to clear the rest of the derailment. They used a bulldozer and crane to remove a shipping container from the tracks and turn it right side up.

Nigerian excels in computer programming classes

Tiffany-Louisa Ibok

Tiffany-Louisa Ibok

Tiffany-Louisa Ibok was born in Nigeria where computer access was limited. Three years ago she and her family came to the United States. Now in her second year at Orange-Ulster BOCES, the Cornwall High School senior is excelling in her computer programming classes.

“I’ve always been interested in computers since four of five,” Ibok said. “I wasn’t able to start school at the time, so my mom always took me to the library with her. I picked up an interest in computers there. Once I knew I could do it as a career, computer programming was my obvious choice.”

Even though her family owned desktop and laptop computers, due to frequent power outages, they weren’t easy to use. Ibok found it easier to access children’s programs and sing along with You Tube videos at the library. There she’d practice sketching using the Paint program and her typing with Microsoft Word. Google became her go-to search engine to look up information on the Internet.

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Hundreds get to “Speak to Sean” on Sunday

Photo by Ken Cashman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney addressed an audience of 300 people at a Town Hall Meeting in the City of Newburgh on Feb. 26.

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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney addressed an audience of 300 people at a Town Hall Meeting in the City of Newburgh on Feb. 26.

Town Hall meetings are popular these days. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (Dem., Cold Spring) drew close to a thousand people when he held three of them in one weekend.

He started in Poughkeepsie on Saturday afternoon, moved south to Fishkill, and then arrived in Newburgh just before noon on the following day.

The crowd in Newburgh was diverse. People came to the meeting for a variety of reasons. Some were sign-carrying foes of the administration. They cheered for much of what they heard, but were less enthusiastic when the Congressman became philosophical. “I want this country to succeed,” he said. “And if it succeeds under this guy, God bless him.”

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Obituaries – March 10, 2017

Margaret “Midge” Armitage

March 2, 2017

Cornwall-on-Hudson

Margaret E. Armitage of Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, entered into rest on Thursday, March 2.  She was 84.

Margaret (Midge) was an amazing mother, grandmother, wife and friend.  She always put everyone’s needs first.  Midge unselfishly gave her time repeatedly to those who needed her support and care.  She loved to laugh, her witty and often irreverent sense of humor always made those around her smile.  Midge was able to cross the generation gap and as a result, interacted seamlessly with all ages.  Whether you had the pleasure of knowing Midge for a lifetime or less, her impact on you was the same.  Midge loved her 40 year career at the Cornwall Hospital.  She started as a nurse’s aid, moved to Central Service and eventually became a phlebotomist.  She respected the medical team she worked so closely with during these years and would reminisce so fondly about them after her retirement.  And we cannot forget her love of the Yankees!  Midge would not miss a Yankee game on TV and knew most of the players’ stats.  Midge was one of the “greatest generation.”  She will be deeply missed.

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