Growing up, Lawrence Gregorek never let cliques define who he was or prevent him from participating in the activities he enjoyed. As a 2006 Cornwall graduate, Gregorek was in the unique position of being able to express himself as both an athlete and an artist.
Gregorek was quarterback of the football team, but he also played baseball and was a member of the swimming and diving team. He’d practice like any other athlete, but then he’d hit the art room to work on a project. He often fielded questions from both cliques – are you really an athlete/artist? – but everyone accepted him for who he was. Ever since he was a kid, he had an interest in both arts and athletics.
“I’ve always been an adventurous person and I love sports,” Gregorek said. “I think everyone knew that growing up. I was always outside, running around.”
Gregorek also learned he had the ability to see certain things.
“If there’s a blank canvas, I’m able to see the image before I paint. I enjoy being expressive. Art was just another way for me to express my love with color, composition, and design. Drawing and painting gave me an outlet and I was pretty good at it. I wanted to continue with it and see where art could take me.”
Loretta Frances Fanning
June 18, 1937-July 28, 2017
Loretta Frances Fanning of Cornwall went to be with our Lord on Friday, July 28.
The daughter of the late John and Ella Schroff Kinsler, she was born on June 18, 1937 in Otisville.
Loretta graduated from Cornwall-on-Hudson High School, Westchester Community College and Hackensack Hospital School of Nursing. She completed her BSN from Dominican College. She practiced her nursing in Washington, D.C, and the Cornwall Hospital, finally retiring after 30 years from Keller Army Hospital in West Point.
August 17, 1920-July 17, 2017
Virginia Heepe of Cornwall, passed away at home on July 17. She was 96 years old.
Virginia was born in New York City on Aug. 17, 1920 to Pasquale and Louise Tomasulo. She lived in Brooklyn for 43 years, where she married Charles Heepe and raised four children. She then settled in Seaford, N.Y. for the next 35 years before moving to Cornwall in 1999. She enjoyed living at Idlewild Creek Apartments and made many lasting friendships. She loved cooking and baking, and was known for her Italian specialties and pies.
June 14, 1947 – July 11, 2017
Susan N. Bunte passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at her home in Highland Falls. She was 70 years old.
Daughter of the late Max and Fannie Glusman Hirschberg, she was born June 14, 1947 in Newburgh.
Susan worked in the Military Pay & Finance Department at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and was a former employee in the finance office of the Village of Highland Falls.
The crosswalk in front of Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School is not wheelchair accessible. The Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees is considering spending around $18,000 to make the crosswalk is ADA compliant.
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ADA compliance. Superintendent of Public Works David Halvorsen said he received one quote, in the amount of $18,000, to make the sidewalks in front of the fire house and Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School ADA compliant. Cuts need to be made into the sidewalk to provide wheelchair access to the cross walk. The school district has already created a ramp to access the school grounds. Halvorsen said the problem is the contractor would need to be registered with the state Department of Transportation, and because Hudson Street is a state road, flaggers and an engineer would need to be present until the work is completed. Halvorsen is also hearing because it’s a small job, it isn’t really profitable. Trustee David Carnright asked if grant money is available since the project would benefit the school district. Mayor Brendan Coyne said he’d reach out to Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblyman James Skoufis. Coyne said he’d like to see the project completed before the school year begins.
Tom Keller expects to receive his Eagle sometime this month. His project entailed constructing a new rabbit hutch, dove cage, and shelving unit for the Wildlife Education Center.
It might not be a deluxe apartment in New York City, but a few animals at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Wildlife Education Center are living in luxury after receiving an upgrade to their homes.
Tom Keller, a member of Cornwall’s Class of 2017, recently completed his Eagle project by constructing a new rabbit hutch, dove cage, and a shelving unit.
Keller explained his mother provides veterinary services to the animals at the museum, and having spent some time there he realized a need for new habitats.
Kathryn Gagnon is the third sibling to receive the Sands Award for the highest grade point average among graduating eighth graders.
Cornwall Middle School might want to think about changing the name of the Sands Award to the Gagnon Award.
To date, three of the six siblings who have graduated from eighth grade, have received the award for highest grade point average in their class. The latest recipient is Kathryn. She follows her sister, Megan, who received the award in 2011, and her brother, Jonathan, who earned it last year.
“I was really happy,” Gagnon said when she heard her name announced at the moving up ceremony last week. “I couldn’t stop smiling. It was just amazing to walk up on stage and receive that applause.”
Gagnon wasn’t aware she’d be receiving the award until that night, but it was something she’s been working toward.
Throughout the year, Gagnon knew she had a high grade point average, but so did her friends. Her average after three quarters was a 99 or 100.