Thousands of tabs

Photo by Jason Kaplan Over the last three years Maryann Monforte, at Cornwall Middle School, and members of the high school’s Environmental Club successfully collected 224,000 aluminum tabs for Shriner’s Hospital’s Tabs for Tots program. The tabs are sold for scrap and the money is used to provide free hospital transportation for children. Pictured above are Julian Rivera, president of the Environmental Club, Bob Martin with Shriner’s Road Angels, Joseph Giardina, an Environmental Club member, and teacher Eva Whorley.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Over the last three years Maryann Monforte, at Cornwall Middle School, and members of the high school’s Environmental Club successfully collected 224,000 aluminum tabs for Shriner’s Hospital’s Tabs for Tots program. The tabs are sold for scrap and the money is used to provide free hospital transportation for children. Pictured above are Julian Rivera, president of the Environmental Club, Bob Martin with Shriner’s Road Angels, Joseph Giardina, an Environmental Club member, and teacher Eva Whorley.

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Zoning Board asked if dog service is a kennel

Lori Ransom, Arlene Roberts and Eileen Regan of the ZBA examine a map of the property surrounding Valentina Quinn’s house.

Lori Ransom, Arlene Roberts and Eileen Regan of the ZBA examine a map of the property surrounding Valentina Quinn’s house.

The Town Zoning Board heard a different type of appeal on Nov. 20. Normally, the board is concerned with measurements. A homeowner will ask for a variance when a proposed addition leaves less than the required space at the rear or side of the property.

But the request on Nov. 20 was different. A property owner asked for a definition. Was she merely walking dogs or was she operating a kennel? If  the ZBA determined that she was running a kennel, she would either have to desist or apply for a variance — since she had considerably less than the five acres the zoning ordinance would require.

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Obituaries – December 8, 2017

Doris Bushell

May 12, 1925-November 22, 2017

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Doris Bushell, 92, a resident of Orange County died on Nov. 22 after a long illness.  The daughter of George and Bella Bushell, she was born in New York City on May 12, 1925.

After graduation from High School in the Bronx, Doris joined the US Naval Reserve in 1945 as Seaman First Class, serving in Indiana and Tennessee.  She was also the recipient of the Seaman First Class Victory Medal several years later.

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This week’s issue – December 8, 2017

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Photo by Ken Cashman At the end of the referendum at the middle school, Neal Miller, Harvey, Sotland, Larry Berger, and Ray Torraca waited to get a tally from the voting machines. The proposal was voted down 1,313 to 706.

Voters turn down capital project

The post mortem for the school district’s capital improvement plan was brief and to the point. Board of Education President Larry Berger delivered the news in the middle school gym shortly after 9 o’clock on Dec. 5.

Mr. Berger was stoic when he made his announcement. “There were 706 yes votes,” he said, “and 1.313 no’s.” Then, feeling the need to say something else, he added the obvious — “It didn’t pass.” Page 1A

Board isn’t winding down for holidays

There are reasons to look forward to 2018. Central Hudson plans to replace the poles on Main Street, and the Town expects to extend the Little League driveway so it reaches the softball and tee ball fields. Handicapped fans, and other pedestrians, will no longer have to hike up the hill to watch a game.

Local officials won’t have to wait for the New Year to get some positive news. At the Dec. 11 Town Board meeting, the Town will get a certificate of excellence from the State Office of Real Property, which was happy with the results of Cornwall’s revaluation. Page 1A

ACE program attracts high school students

When Walter Moran, the school district’s Director of Buildings and Grounds, introduced the ACE Program to Cornwall he wasn’t sure if he’d get 15 high school students to participate. The response was so overwhelming Moran opened up 15 more slots and still had to turn away 10 students interested in a career in architecture, construction, or engineering. Page 1A

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Winter Extravaganza snowballed

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Tom Lindemann decorates a tree, on Main Street, in preparation for Sunday’s Winter Extravaganza.

The Greater Cornwall Chamber of Commerce’s Winter Extravaganza has grown each of the last four years. The fourth annual event is this Sunday and Chamber president Joseph Dvash expects more than 1,000 people to attend. He believes Main Street’s Norman Rockwell feel is the reason why it’s become so popular.

Main Street will once again be closed, from Chadeayne Circle to Willow Avenue, to accommodate two horse drawn carriages. One-way rides will be offered between 3 and 4:45 p.m.

Those who choose to walk can stop to admire the holiday decorations shop owners have on display. From wooden cutouts; Christmas trees adorned with ribbons, beads, and lights; to evergreen wreaths and garland, Main Street will look like a winter wonderland.

Business owners will be offering refreshments to visitors such as hot cocoa, chili, or even the opportunity to roast marshmallows.

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Environmental stewards

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Photo by Jason Kaplan – On Nov. 18, Matt Belanger and Eva Whorley assisted Cornwall-on-Hudson Mayor Brendan Coyne in planting 26 shrubs and trees on the lower portion of Dock Hill Road along the Moodna Creek. The effort was part of the state’s Trees for Tribs program, which aims to reforest small bodies of water which feed larger rivers and lakes.

Sands Ring Homestead opens for Shop Hop

 Eileen Tulloch and Colleen Zlock wrap ribbon around some garland as they decorate Sands Ring Homestead for the holiday season.

Eileen Tulloch and Colleen Zlock wrap ribbon around some garland as they decorate Sands Ring Homestead for the holiday season.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – inside Sands Ring Homestead anyway. Members of the Cornwall Historical Society and the Friends of Sands Ring were busy decorating the homestead, on Monday, in preparation for this Saturday’s Shop Hop and the upcoming holiday tours on Dec. 3.

The two organizations joined forces to adorn the tables, windows, and fireplaces with scented candles, fruit, ribbons, and long pine needles to make the homestead look like a 1760 Quaker home during the holidays.

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Traffic detector

Photo by Jason Kaplan Last week, the Department of Transportation was back to work on Route 32, cutting a groove into the freshly paved roadway. During the milling process, the wire which detects traffic at the light in front of Hannaford was cut. A new wire was laid in the groove and then sealed.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Last week, the Department of Transportation was back to work on Route 32, cutting a groove into the freshly paved roadway. During the milling process, the wire which detects traffic at the light in front of Hannaford was cut. A new wire was laid in the groove and then sealed.