Obituaries – January 19, 2018

Gloria C. Brisman

May 20, 1930 – January 10, 2018

Highland Falls

Gloria C. Brisman passed away Wednesday, Jan. 10 in her home. She was 87.

Daughter of the late Julius Dubrin and Sadie Wershba Dubrin, Gloria was born May 20, 1930 in Brooklyn. Gloria was the widow of Jerome I. Brisman. She was the manager of the tour division for West Point Tours, Inc. in Vails Gate.

Gloria leaves behind the tree of family and children that she and her beloved husband Jerry grew. She will be missed by her daughter Judith Brisman; her three sons Jeffrey, Robert and Jay and their wives Pamela, Karen and Elizabeth; her nine grandchildren whom she adored; and her three great-grandchildren whom she wished to know longer.

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Frozen fun!

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Photo by Jason Kaplan  An Arctic blast of cold weather, lasting two weeks, aided in freezing the water in Rings Pond. Last week the ice was measured as being over six inches thick, certainly sturdy enough for some leisure skating or a game of hockey.

Many animals speak in “Madagascar Jr.”

Photo by Jason Kaplan Ann O’Connor gives the young thespians stage directions during a rehearsal of “Madagascar Junior.”

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Ann O’Connor gives the young thespians stage directions during a rehearsal of “Madagascar Junior.”

The directors had three reasons for choosing “Madagascar Junior” as the Lee Road School show.

-They liked the friendship theme.

-The kids were familiar with the Dreamworks movie

-And the script had several speaking parts.

The number of speaking parts was important, because the directors wanted to give a few lines to each fourth-grader in the cast. And this year, there were more fourth-graders than in previous productions.

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Obituaries – January 12, 2018

Ann Marie Aiossa

February 25, 1926-December 27, 2017

Cornwall

Ann Marie Aiossa, a longtime Cornwall resident, entered into eternal rest on Dec 27 at her home with her family by her side. She was 91.

The daughter of the late Joseph Lanno and Josephine (Eratico) Lanno, Ann Marie was born on Feb. 25, 1926 in Brooklyn.  She was married to the late Marco V. Aiossa, Sr.

Ann Marie was a Certified Nutritionist through Cornell and in her earlier years the co-proprietor of Mark Vincent’s Bridal Shop in Cornwall.

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Beating the bitter cold

Photo by Jason Kaplan Steven Davis, a carrier with the United States Postal Service, has been enduring the recent frigid temperatures while making his daily deliveries. His secret to staying as heated as possible is warmers in his gloves and sneakers, three layers plus a coat for his upper body, as well as an additional layer under his heavy pants.

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Steven Davis, a carrier with the United States Postal Service, has been enduring the recent frigid temperatures while making his daily deliveries. His secret to staying as heated as possible is warmers in his gloves and sneakers, three layers plus a coat for his upper body, as well as an additional layer under his heavy pants.

Hikers learn which trees will survive climate change

Black Rock Forest Director William Schuster points out small cottony puffs on the underside of the Eastern Hemlock’s branches. These contain the larva of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.

Black Rock Forest Director William Schuster points out small cottony puffs on the underside of the Eastern Hemlock’s branches. These contain the larva of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.

A fresh powder covered the ground as 20 people gathered in Black Rock Forest on a Saturday afternoon for a winter walk.  The excursion was led by Dr. William Schuster, executive director of the Black Rock Forest Consortium.

During the 90-minute, mile-long walk to the Upper Reservoir and back, Schuster highlighted five of the conifers, or cone-bearing trees in the forest, and commented on how they would react to global warming.

Of the over 60 species of trees in the forest, 10 of them are conifers. Schuster said the conifers were among the first trees to develop evolutionarily. During a time when there weren’t many animals on the planet, these trees would disperse their light, winged seeds through the wind. As animals become more prevalent, these trees developed other means of seed dispersal, using these animals as a secondary option.

Conifers have a  conical shape with branches that bend down so they are less likely to snap from the weight of snow.

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Obituary – December 29, 2017

Mafalda A. McKinna

January 9, 1923-December 24, 2017

Highland Falls

Mafalda A. McKinna passed away Sunday, Dec. 24 at St. Anthony’s Community Hospital, Warwick. She was 94 years old.

Daughter of the late John and Antoinetta Martinisi Pelella, she was born Jan. 9, 1923 in Walden.  Mafalda was the widow of William C. McKinna. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church of Highland Falls, and a member of the Catholic Daughter’s of America Court 201 of Highland Falls.

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Will there be white Christmas?

Photo by Jason Kaplan The first day of winter was Thursday and already a couple of minor storms have left some accumulation. Meteorologists are predicting a chance of sleet and snow Christmas Eve into Christmas morning. Once the storm passes, it’s possible one to three inches of fresh powder will be covering the ground. By this time last year, the region had already experienced one snow and two ice storms.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
The first day of winter was Thursday and already a couple of minor storms have left some accumulation. Meteorologists are predicting a chance of sleet and snow Christmas Eve into Christmas morning. Once the storm passes, it’s possible one to three inches of fresh powder will be covering the ground. By this time last year, the region had already experienced one snow and two ice storms.