Van pulls down Main Street lines

Commuting on Main Street got a little tougher this morning as an Atlas Moving Van pulled down the phone and cable lines near Smitchger’s Realty. The mishap occurred shortly after 8 a.m.

Motorists were able to detour around the site by turning onto Torrey Lane or Union Street. Residents did not lose power, but the police officers on the scene (Marcus Orellano and Mike Thompson) could not predict when the other service would be restored.

The van pulled down phone and cable lines on Main Street shortly after 8 a.m.

The van pulled down phone and cable lines on Main Street shortly after 8 a.m.

Motorists were detoured off of Main Street between Torrey Lane and Union Street.

Motorists were detoured off of Main Street between Torrey Lane and Union Street.

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Local student is most valuable debater

Contributed photo Pierce Pramuka holds up the  Most Valuable Debater plaque and the certificate he received after a week at Cornell University.

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Pierce Pramuka holds up the Most Valuable Debater plaque and the certificate he received after a week at Cornell University.

Picture this! You’re 15 years old and you’re spending a week at Cornell University with students from around the world. Each day, after listening to a lecture, you’re given a proposition and told whether you will argue for or against it. Your speech must be five minutes long. If it’s shorter or longer, your team loses points.

It sounds intimidating, but Pierce Pramuka handled the pressure successfully. At the end of the week, he received a plaque as the program’s Most Valuable Debater.

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American Legion members salute dying veteran

Contributed photo American Legion members Jim Kline, Tom Quinlan and Hector Torres visited a World War II veteran on behalf of Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties.

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American Legion members Jim Kline, Tom Quinlan and Hector Torres visited a World War II veteran on behalf of Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties.

Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties was looking for a few veterans to render a final salute to patients who had served in the military.

In her search for volunteers, the marketing director called Cornwall’s Town Hall and was referred to Jim Kline, a former Marine and an active member of American Legion Post 353.

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How “50 Tips” changed to “14 Coaches”

Author Christopher Trieste with his sons Ryan and Tyler.

Author Christopher Trieste with his sons Ryan and Tyler.

Books can change as you start to work on them. It happened to Christopher Trieste. He wanted to provide tips for coaches. But as he did his research, he changed the format of the book he envisioned.

A former tennis player for Marist College, Mr. Trieste coached the Mount Saint Mary tennis team while he was working as an athletic director in Orange County. He observed coaches as a sports fan and as a parent of three young athletes.

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Crowd in the mood for vegan food

There wasn’t just food at the Hudson Valley Vegan Food Festival. Shoppers could buy lotions that didn’t contain animal by-products.

There wasn’t just food at the Hudson Valley Vegan Food Festival. Shoppers could buy lotions that were free from animal by-products.

The couple joined the others waiting in front of the Cinnamon Snail Food Truck. Then they turned and apologized to the people around them. The line was much longer than they realized. It went straight back and then snaked around the corner. At 3 o’clock there were 60 people waiting at the truck. And the queue for vegetable hot dogs was almost as long.

The occasion was the Hudson Valley Vegan Food Festival, which on Aug. 12 returned to Delano-Hitch Park in Newburgh for a second year. We knew the site from attending soccer matches there (including a Section IX title game a dozen years ago). So we added the festival to the list of places we have visited on a gallon of gas.

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Professor recalls childhood eclipse experience

During an Aug. 14 visit to the Cornwall Public Library, Prof. David Kashinski held models of the moon and sun. He explained that the two objects appear to be the same size, because the moon is so much closer to the Earth.

During an Aug. 14 visit to the Cornwall Public Library, Prof. David Kashinski held models of the moon and sun. He explained that the two objects appear to be the same size, because the moon is so much closer to the Earth.

Dr. David Kashinski is a professor of physics at West Point. When he was eight years old he viewed an eclipse without any protective glasses. That night he experienced the traditional symptoms — light sensitivity, watery eyes, blurred vision.

It didn’t take long for his father to figure out what was wrong. Being a welder, he was familiar with “the flash” — the visual problems caused by a sudden exposure to bright light. He brought David to the doctor and within a day or two the youngster was fine.

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Senator Larkin still likes to share good news

July28_larkinAfter almost 40 years in the state legislature, Sen. Bill Larkin still likes to share good news. So when he was able to secure a $40,000 grant for the Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department, the senator picked up the phone and called the chief.

“Are you sitting down?” Mr. Larkin asked before he identified himself. As a matter of fact, Chief Steve Dixon was sitting down. He was driving to work on Route 207 — not far from the senator’s office. “Is it all right if I stop in?” the chief asked.

A few minutes later, he came through the door and shook hands with his benefactor. “We’ve been trying to upgrade our equipment,” the chief said, “and this is going to be a major addition.”

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Brady Brothers win baseball title for Ireland

Contributed photo Kevin Brady walks off the mound at the conclusion of an inning in Switzerland. Kevin and his brother Kyle helped the Irish team win the title.

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Kevin Brady walks off the mound at the conclusion of an inning in Switzerland. Kevin and his brother Kyle helped the Irish team win the title.

How’s this for pressure! There are two outs in the last inning of the championship game of an international tournament. The pitcher is throwing a “no hitter,” and the last guy up smacks a ball to you at shortstop. Now add to the equation that the person on the mound happens to be your twin brother.

Kyle Brady fielded the ball on two hops and threw to first to get the final out of the game. Yes, he was nervous. In keeping with baseball tradition, no one mentioned the “no hitter” in the dugout. But the coach had told his fielders to dive for any ball that was close to them.

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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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