Quinn 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.
Seeing 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.
September 21, 1920 – June 14, 2017
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.
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
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.
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.
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.