Natural bug repellent developed in Cornwall-on-Hudson

Max Loskutnikov and Dino Alexander have developed an all-natural alternative to bug repellent containing chemicals. The repellent comes in a spray and lotion and is effective in warding off ticks and mosquitos.

Max Loskutnikov and Dino Alexander have developed an all-natural alternative to bug repellent containing chemicals. The repellent comes in a spray and lotion and is effective in warding off ticks and mosquitos.

Max Loskutnikov and Dino Alexander have lived on Duncan Avenue in Cornwall-on-Hudson for two years. They enjoy hiking Mount Beacon and Storm King Mountain, as well spending time at Donahue Memorial Park with their two dogs Jack and Vicka. What they don’t like is having to apply bug repellent containing chemicals, so they decided to create and market an all-natural alternative.

“I have allergies to most of them,” Loskutnikov said. “You have to apply a lot in order for them to work. We were looking for something with fewer chemicals and safer to use. We started researching and found the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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Gill, The News, WP-HF Rotary honored

News of the Highlands Inc.'s Joe Gill, and West Point-Highland Falls Rotary Club President Steve Scott listen as Gala co-chairwoman Elaine Dapra speaks at Saturday's Gala event at the library. The two represented their organizations as they received the 'Printed Word' and 'Best Friends' awards.

News of the Highlands Inc.’s Joe Gill, and West Point-Highland Falls Rotary Club President Steve Scott listen as Gala co-chairwoman Elaine Dapra speaks at Saturday’s Gala event at the library. The two represented their organizations as they received the ‘Printed Word’ and ‘Best Friends’ awards.

Joe Gill, a Highland Falls native and longtime Cornwall resident, was honored with the ‘Printed Word Award’ at the Highland Falls Library on June 4.

The company Gill has served, as vice president and general manager of for decades, The News of the Highlands, Inc., was also recognized.

“The Printed Word Award recognizes exceptional support of our library in the media,” the Friends of the Highland Falls Library wrote in the program for their spring 2017 Gala and Awards Reception. “The Friends are proud to honor a native son. As vice president and general manager of our local paper, Joe has lent his many talents and those of his staff to the creation of materials for all four of our Galas, while also providing excellent year-round coverage of library events, news and announcements.”

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Obituaries – June 9, 2017

Donna Ann Colombo

July 10, 1960-June 1, 2017

formerly of Highland Mills

Donna Ann Colombo, age 56, was a longtime resident of Highland Mills before moving to Ocala, Fla. in 2006. She passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 1. Donna was born on July 10, 1960, in Queens, New York to Dorothy Ward and Malcolm McEntee. She was one of three children.

Survivors include her son, James Skoufis and his wife Hillary; and her daughter, Melissa O’Neal and her husband Cory, who recently became parents to Donna’s grandson Colton. She is also survived by her partner Brian Eppinger; sister Janet DeLuca; and brother Robert McEntee.

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The smell of success

Photo by Jason Kaplan Betsy Sharo, owner of Merritt Florist, puts the finishing touches on one of three centerpieces for the West Point graduation dinner. For over 20 years she has been preparing red roses for the pre-commencement ceremony celebration. This year she and her staff prepped 2,300 roses.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Betsy Sharo, owner of Merritt Florist, puts the finishing touches on one of three centerpieces for the West Point graduation dinner. For over 20 years she has been preparing red roses for the pre-commencement ceremony celebration. This year she and her staff prepped 2,300 roses.

Obituaries – June 2, 2017

Elsie E. Cyr

January 12, 1928 – May 23, 2017

Highland Falls

Elsie Cyr, beloved wife and mother, joined her husband of 63 years in eternal peace on May 23.  She was 89 years old.

Elsie was born at the West Point Hospital, the daughter of an Army sergeant. She was a working woman for most of her life, starting as a telephone operator in Florida and New York, and finishing with a 20-year career as a police dispatcher for Highland Falls. She helped found the Sacred Heart Church Thrift Shop, and at a time when many women did not drive, was a willing chauffeur for her many friends.

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Obituaries – May 26, 2017

Florence Louise Brooks

August 1929-May 8, 2017

Formerly of Cornwall-on-Hudson

Florence Louise Brooks was reassigned to her heavenly home of record on the 8th of May after 87 years of exemplary performance as an angel of God here on earth.  She was born in August of 1929 to the late Maude and Norman Clark of Wallkill.  Raised on a dairy farm in rural New York during the depression, she learned the value of hard work, dedication and team spirit early in life.

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Town Hall meetings “in” this year

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney helps Angelica, a sixth-grader, formulate a question at a May 13 Town Hall Meeting at Cornwall Central Middle School.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney helps Angelica, a sixth-grader, formulate a question at a May 13 Town Hall Meeting at Cornwall Central Middle School.

Lots of constituents want to “speak with Sean” these days. Congressman Maloney has been drawing hundreds of people to his Town Hall meetings. The turnout in Cornwall was smaller on May 13, but the event was arranged on a day’s notice.

About 80 people came to the middle school auditorium on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Some traveled a distance to be there, and others have followed the Congressman from one Town Hall meeting to another. Although the session lasted a half hour longer than scheduled almost everyone stayed until the end. Mr. Maloney seemed surprised. “You guys are free to leave whenever you want,” he told the audience.

The guests weren’t bashful about asking questions. Many of them wanted opinions on health care reform or the firing of the FBI Director. But some people inquired about local issues.

When Brian Hunt mentioned a lack of service and direct flights at Stewart, the Congressman was sympathetic. “You’re talking to a guy,” he said, “who flies to Washington, D.C. twice a week.”

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Skoufis hints at future hospital scoop

Mary Lou Carolan, director of the Cornwall Public Library, proposes a toast to Assemblyman James Skoufis who will be getting married this month. Mr. Skoufis was at the library on May 11.

Mary Lou Carolan, director of the Cornwall Public Library, proposes a toast to Assemblyman James Skoufis who will be getting married this month. Mr. Skoufis was at the library on May 11.

Assemblyman James Skoufis  had a scoop for the audience at the Cornwall Public Library. “You’re going to see something positive on the Cornwall Campus of the hospital,” he said. But he wouldn’t divulge what it was.

Mr. Skoufis was at the library for a “Community Conversation” on May 11. He was secretive about the hospital’s plans, but he shared his opinions on everything else — including his personal life. He will be getting married on May 20.

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