Dragonfest: A grass roots event that really worked

File photo Two of the younger guests got acquainted at last year’s Dragonfest.

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Two of the younger guests got acquainted at last year’s Dragonfest.

When the email came last summer, we could think of several reasons why Dragonfest wouldn’t work — the organizers started late, they picked a busy weekend, and no one knew what Dragonfest was.

Despite our pessimism, the event  was a success. Families showed up in the daytime, and a second wave of guests arrived at night. Many of them stayed past the time when the party was supposed to be over.

Now Cornwall is bracing for Dragonfest II at the Black Rock Fish and Game Club. The party will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2 and continue until whenever. Based on last year’s experience, no one has mentioned a closing time.

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Football will be different this fall

File photo (Lupo) Kieran Kreider gains yardage against Wallkill in last year’s section semifinals. He was injured later in the game, and missed the balance of the season.

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Kieran Kreider gains yardage against Wallkill in last year’s section semifinals. He was injured later in the game, and missed the balance of the season.

Football fans can expect a lot of changes in September. Poughkeepsie has moved out of Cornwall’s league, and FDR has taken its place.

The regular season is shorter. Cornwall will play seven games and face just one non-league opponent.

Home vs. Goshen, Sept. 1
At Saugerties, Sept. 9
Home vs. Wallkill, Sept. 15
Home vs. NFA, Sept. 23
Home vs. FDR, Sept. 28
At Monticello, Oct. 7
At Port Jervis, Oct. 13

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Special Town Board Meeting

The Town Board will hold a special meeting in Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25. Topics at the meeting will include.

An audio visual permit

A request for quote for the sewage treatment plant

The appointment of a full-time police officer

And interviews of candidates for the Buildings and Grounds Department.

 

 

Car crashes into Woody’s Restaurant

After a car crashed into Woody’s on July 6, Deke Hazirjian (the restaurant owner) said the accident could have been much worse.

There were people seated by the window in the dining room. If the car had veered a few feet to the right, the customers could have been seriously injured. Or people could have been leaving the restaurant at the time the vehicle plowed into the front door.

The accident occurred at 5:30 p.m. when Jonathan Salgado was driving west on Quaker Avenue, with Woody’s on the passenger’s side of his 2007 Toyota. Police reported that Mr. Salgado attempted to make a wide right turn into the driveway. So he moved into the center lane (for left-hand turns) and then veered across the travel lane. As he did, he struck a 2003 Acura that was operated by Joseph DeMarco of Salisbury Mills.

The impact sent Mr. Salgado’s car into the front door, where it came to rest in the vestibule. The driver, a 28-year-old New Windsor resident, was taken to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital for the treatment of minor injuries. He received traffic tickets for failure to yield right of way, failing to stay within the traffic lane, and disregarding a traffic control device.

The Cornwall Fire Department and the Town of Cornwall Building Inspector’s Office assisted the police. Woody’s Restaurant remains open, but customers and employees have to enter through the rear door.

Contributed photo A 2007 Toyota crashed into the front door of Woody's at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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A 2007 Toyota crashed into the front door of Woody’s at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

 

Early start doesn’t deter young rowers

Casey Miller and Carlie Wohlfahrt were on the Hudson soon after dawn on July 3. The girls are members of the Orange County Rowers Club.

Casey Miller and Carlie Wohlfahrt were on the Hudson soon after dawn on July 3. The girls are members of the Orange County Rowers Club.

Who says that teenagers like to sleep late? There are two dozen of them at Cornwall Landing at six o’clock on Monday morning. They’re unloading a trailer and carrying racing sculls and oars down to the Hudson River.

The teens  are members of the Orange County Rowing Club. Most of them live in Cornwall, but some have to travel to get to the early morning practice. Casey Miller, for example, comes over the mountain from Highland Falls. She graduated from O’Neill High School last month and will be rowing for Bucknell in the future. A few of her clubmates commute from Arlington. They have to leave home before 5:30 to get to practice on time.

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State parks offer dozens of circuit hikes

Don Weise signs a copy of his book for Susanne Vondrak at the Cornwall Public Library on June 27.

Don Weise signs a copy of his book for Susanne Vondrak at the Cornwall Public Library on June 27.

The good thing about a circuit hike is when you’re finished you’re back where you started. You don’t have to turn around and retrace your steps  or arrange for a ride back to your car.

There are dozens of  good loop (or circuit) hikes in Harriman and Bear Mountain State Park. Don Weise has written a book about them that is now in its second edition. On June 27, Mr. Weise was a guest speaker at the Cornwall Public Library.

“What a great place you live in,” the author said as he greeted the guests. “There’s no place quite like where we are right here.” Mr. Weise wasn’t referring to shopping or transportation. He was talking about access to nature and scenic trails.

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Advice pleases middle school parents

Surrounding Principal Kate Palumbo are essay writers Catherine Lawrence and Justin Vreeland. Both of them spoke at the June 21 Moving Up Exercises at the middle school.

Surrounding Principal Kate Palumbo are essay writers Catherine Lawrence and Justin Vreeland. Both of them spoke at the June 21 Moving Up Exercises at the middle school.

Did parents influence Mrs. Polumbo? After welcoming the guests at the Wednesday night moving up ceremony, the middle school principal addressed the eighth-graders. “You’re leaving us taller, funnier and smarter than when you entered,” she said.

She advised the students to be “humble and kind,” and to “clean their rooms” — which got a laugh of appreciation from the fathers and mothers in the audience.

There were other light moments on Wednesday night. Superintendent of Schools Neal Miller offered a humorous look at his junior high school days. In seventh and eighth-grades, he wore a collared shirt and a short sleeve sweater every day. He felt self-conscious without them.

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Hello middle school!

Cornwall’s three elementary schools said “good bye” to fourth-graders last week and wished them luck at the middle school. Lee Road and Willow Avenue held their moving up ceremonies on June 21. Cornwall-on-Hudson hosted its event on the following morning.

The COH fourth-graders sang "You Can Count on Me"

The COH fourth-graders sang “You Can Count on Me”

Ryleigh Gross and Judy Solórzano were among the students recognized at COH.

Ryleigh Gross and Judy Solórzano were among the students recognized at COH.

Three of the Martens Award winners at Lee Road School

Three of the Martens Award winners at Lee Road School

An award winner receives congratulations from a classmate at Willow Avenue School.

An award winner receives congratulations from a classmate at Willow Avenue School.

At Willow Avenue School, students with perfect attendance led the Pledge of Allegiance

At Willow Avenue School, students with perfect attendance led the Pledge of Allegiance

Hiking program at the library

Don Weise,  Director of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference will present a book talk at Cornwall Public Library on June 27 at 6:30 p.m.

The talk will center on hikes around the Cornwall area — including Storm King, Black Rock, Harriman-Bear Mountain and across the river (Breakneck Ridge-Hudson Highlands State Park), etc.

There will be tips on finding, scouting, preparing for and leading summer hikes, including tailoring them to your group (e.g. kids, novice adults, adventurous types).  He will touch on safety and “Leave No Trace” tips as well.