Cornwall’s choruses all come together

File photo Tony Ravinsky led  the finale of the 2013 workshop. Many of the younger students from 2013 are back for another performance.

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Tony Ravinsky led the finale of the 2013 workshop. Many of the younger students from 2013 are back for another performance.

On Wednesday, over 700 students in grades 4-12 gathered for the sixth biennial choral workshop held in the Cornwall High School auditorium. After each vocal group met with the other music teachers in the district, ensembles performed individual pieces for each other, then partnered for one final musical number.

The program was started in 2007 by high school choral director Anthony Ravinsky as a learning experience for the students, and it quickly grew in terms of the number of participants. Over the years, the program has allowed students to grow artistically while it serves as professional development for the teachers.

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Obituaries – February 3, 2017

Marion E. Bainton

December 6, 1923 – January 25, 2017

formerly of Highland Falls

Marion Eleanor Bainton (Fretterd), a former longtime resident of Highland Falls, New York, passed away on January 25 in the Colonial Nursing Home, Weymouth, Mass.

Marion Fretterd was born to Charles and Katherine Fretterd (Waegele) on Dec. 6, 1923 on Staten Island. Her family soon moved to the Bronx, where she grew up.  Following graduation from high school, she worked at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.  She married Joseph Bainton in 1943, and they moved to Highland Falls in 1951 to raise their family.

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A tale of two systems

Photo by Jason Kaplan A warm front brought temperatures of between 45 and 55 degrees over the weekend allowing Wrigley Hunt and Rachel Sapienza to enjoy a walk along Shore Road. On Monday, a Nor’easter left behind about three inches of sleet and snow, which Daniel and Sterling Hayes cleared from the sidewalk in front of their home.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
A warm front brought temperatures of between 45 and 55 degrees over the weekend allowing Wrigley Hunt and Rachel Sapienza to enjoy a walk along Shore Road. On Monday, a Nor’easter left behind about three inches of sleet and snow, which Daniel and Sterling Hayes cleared from the sidewalk in front of their home.

Additional volunteers needed for Victorian Tea

Photo contributed The annual Victorian Tea isn’t just a casual gathering. Fine China is used and guests dress in their Victorian best. This year’s event will be Feb. 19.

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The annual Victorian Tea isn’t just a casual gathering. Fine China is used and guests dress in their Victorian best. This year’s event will be Feb. 19.

The third annual Victorian Tea is fast approaching and the organizers are seeking volunteers to assist with a number of items. The tea is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Feb. 19 at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The event will benefit Backpacks for Food (BFF).

Among the volunteer opportunities, one can choose to dress a table. This means outfitting a table for four or eight guests. The table will be covered with linens and each setting with a tea cup, saucer, napkin, and utensils.

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Kids get close to symphony orchestra

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Contributed photo With the audience applauding for the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, Director Russell Ger points to one of the featured performers.

Going Places on a Gallon

People often say there’s not much to do here. You may agree during the winter. But if you’re willing to get out of the house and burn up to a gallon’s worth of gas, you’ll  find something that can be fun.

We used much less than a gallon for a round trip visit to the GNSO Family Concert, an event we previewed last week.

On Jan. 21, Russell Ger stepped in front of the orchestra at Aquinas Hall and saw a dozen kids on the floor between the front row and the stage. Mr. Ger didn’t shoo them away. He grabbed the microphone and invited other youngsters to come down and join them. “This is your concert,” he said. “Your parents and grandparents are your guests.”

Mr. Ger is the music director of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, which played a family concert at Mount Saint Mary College on Saturday afternoon.

Before entering the hall, you could enjoy a cliffside view of the Hudson River. And on an unseasonably warm afternoon, you wondered if the lure of the outdoors would keep audience members away. But it didn’t.

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Athletes busy before exam week

Photo contributed by Caitlin Dempsey Jessica Barbier (32) moves the ball downcourt in a Jan. 17 home game against Goshen.

Photo contributed by Caitlin Dempsey
Jessica Barbier (32) moves the ball downcourt in a Jan. 17 home game against Goshen.

Santos and Bell lead Dragon skiers

Olivia Santos and Mitchell Bell have been the most successful Cornwall skiers this season. Olivia has finished fourth or fifth in every race. Mitchell has posted the fastest times for the boys team. The Dragons had two meets last week.

Jan. 17 Slalom, Mt. Peter
Girls: Olivia Santos (4) 44.3. Boys: Mitchell Bell (11) 43.95, Louis Tagliaferro (14) 50.71, Akhelish Kootala (19) 59.96, Matthew Almstrom (22) 62.88.
Jan. 19 Slalom, Holiday Mtn.
Girls: Santos (5) 43.14, Dana Bell (17) 55.77.

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Obituaries – January 27, 2017

Hugh H. Hurst, Jr.

December 30, 2016

Formerly of Fort Montgomery

The family of Hugh Hunton Hurst, Jr. shares his passing to the great baseball diamond in the sky on Dec. 30 at the age of 85.

Hugh loved athletics, playing soccer, basketball, and baseball at Ithaca College before serving in the U.S. Army in Occupied Germany. He continued his athletic pursuits overseas returning to the U.S. to teach and coach at Fort Plain High School for seven years. Hugh returned to his Alma Matter, Ithaca College to coach basketball and baseball while sharing his love of teaching and the outdoors as a physical education professor. Later, Hugh was the athletic director for the Valley Central School District in Montgomery.

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Watch your step

Photo by Jason Kaplan To ensure patron safety, a portion of the sidewalk, near the book and video depositories at the Cornwall Public Library, has been spray painted to draw attention to the uneven slabs of concrete. The sidewalk will be repaired sometime in the spring, as will the parking lot.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
To ensure patron safety, a portion of the sidewalk, near the book and video depositories at the Cornwall Public Library, has been spray painted to draw attention to the uneven slabs of concrete. The sidewalk will be repaired sometime in the spring, as will the parking lot.

Kids book inspires musical premiere

Contributed photo Russell Ger will direct the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 21, as it performs “Rapunzel” and “Peter and the Wolf.”

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Russell Ger will direct the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 21, as it performs “Rapunzel” and “Peter and the Wolf.”

Russell Ger was in a Greenwich Village bookstore when he noticed an illustrated copy of “Rapunzel.” The fairy tale inspired him to try something new — to tell a musical story, like Prokofiev did with “Peter and the Wolf,” and to add a new dimension. In addition to a narrator, “Rapunzel” has pictures projected on a screen.

Mr. Ger (the name rhymes with “her”) directs the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO), which will be playing “Rapunzel” as part of its Family Concert on Jan. 21. It’s the first time the piece has been performed.

“I didn’t write the music,” Mr. Ger said when he visited the Local this week. Instead, he selected familiar passages that fit the mood of the narrative. Later in the program, the audience will hear “Peter and the Wolf” and will get to see an eight-year-old conductor wield the baton.

The Family Concert is the orchestra’s biggest event of the year and its fifth appearance with Russell Ger as its musical director. Mr. Ger left Australia in August 2008 to study at the Boston Conservatory. In those days, he lived close enough to Fenway Park to hear the fans cheering for the Red Sox.

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Cornwall ER closes; stays in news

A Mobile Life ambulance was stationed outside of the former Cornwall Emergency Room from Jan. 12 to Jan. 19.

A Mobile Life ambulance was stationed outside of the former Cornwall Emergency Room from Jan. 12 to Jan. 19.

There was no last minute reprieve for the Cornwall Emergency Room. It closed on Jan. 12, as promised.

In its last days, the facility accepted at least one emergency patient who was diverted from Newburgh, and the Emergency Room appeared in a press release from  Assemblyman James Skoufis.

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