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.

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.

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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Wishes left out of initial school budget draft

Harvey Sotland stands along side the PowerPoint projection of his school budget draft at a Board of Education meeting on Feb. 27.

Harvey Sotland stands along side the PowerPoint projection of his school budget draft at a Board of Education meeting on Feb. 27.

In discussing next year’s school budget, Harvey Sotland introduced a new term. He called his first set of numbers a “draft” rather than a “preliminary budget.”

“I don’t have a crystal ball,” he said at the Feb. 27 Board of Education meeting. “But there are a lot of open items I’m optimistic about.”

Among the missing pieces of the puzzle are BOCES charges, staff retirements, special education placements and state aid. For his draft, Mr. Sotland based his state aid allowance on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal. But, traditionally, the legislature has added money to what the governor has recommended.

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Hommel to play in state concert band

For the second year in a row, Zach Hommel will travel up to Syracuse, with trumpet in hand, to perform in the New York State Band Director’s Association Concert Band.

For the second year in a row, Zach Hommel will travel up to Syracuse, with trumpet in hand, to perform in the New York State Band Director’s Association Concert Band.

For the second year in a row, Zach Hommel has been selected to participate in the New York State Band Director’s Association Concert Band. The trumpet player will be traveling to Syracuse on Friday for the Saturday concert.

“I was really glad to go again,” said Hommel, a Cornwall Middle School eighth grader. “It was a fun experience the first time and I was looking forward to doing it a second time.”

Last year’s concert also served as a learning experience as he took home some sage advice from the conductor and got to know some of the other students who share his interest in music.

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Obituaries – March 3, 2017

Linda Joan Boise

Died February 23, 2017

Canton, N.Y., formerly of Cornwall

Linda Joan Boise, a resident of Canton, N.Y. and a former resident of Cornwall, died Feb. 23 in Ogdensburg. She was the daughter of the late Ed and Anne Boise.

The family received friends on Feb. 27 at Lawrence Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 21 Park Street, Canton. Rev. Douglas L. Luscia officiated at her funeral. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.

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