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.
AROUND VILLAGE HALL
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.
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.
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.
John Arthur LaTerra
March 13, 1946 – March 14, 2017
Formerly of Cornwall
John Arthur LaTerra of Locust Grove, Va., passed away after a long illness on March 14 at age 71. Born in Brooklyn on March 13, 1946, he was the younger of two sons born to Sicilian immigrants.
John was a member of the Cornwall Jaycees and organized the youth dances on the tennis courts during the summer of 1972. He was also the driving force behind the Black Rock Fish and Game Club’s Pheasant Preserve. John was a computer programmer in the final years of his career, but he was trained as a horticulturist and it was his true passion. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, Va.