Special Town Board Meeting

The Town Board will hold a special meeting in Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 to discuss water service on Old West Point Road. The board will then vote to go into executive session to discuss a personnel matter involving the Sanitation Department.

 

 

 

 

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Cornwall holds 30th Fun Run

DSCF5461DSCF5462DSCF5465DSCF5495The Fun Run for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade has become a Columbus Day tradition. This year’s event survived an occasional drizzle and a dire forecast. The results appear on Page 6A of this week’s edition of the Cornwall Local. Here’s what the event looked like. Most of the kids you see were winners in their age groups. DSCF5466DSCF5467DSCF5470DSCF5475DSCF5479DSCF5483DSCF5486DSCF5489DSCF5492

 

 

Traffic jams for the sake of art

The second car is doing the filming on southbound 9W opposite the former site of Leary Chevrolet.

The second car is doing the filming on southbound 9W opposite the former site of Leary Chevrolet.

It wasn’t an accident that tied up 9W today. It was a man hunt — actually, a simulated man hunt for a Show Time mini-series entitled “Escape at Dannemora.”

The production company was shooting a jeep driving south. It sounds simple, but there were several practice runs before the actual shooting. Police stopped traffic during each practice run.

The company paid the police and paid the Town for the right to shoot in Cornwall. The filming was done here, because the leaves have turned upstate, where the escape actually took place.DSCF5404Motorists wait around noon on Thursday while the scene is in progress.

 

Color run and playground fun

Mr. McGuire assembles the runners on the middle school track.

Mr. McGuire assembles the runners on the middle school track.

The people responsible for a profitable night of fun.

The people responsible for a profitable night of fun.

While waiting for the ribbon cutting, kids keep busy in the playground

While waiting for the ribbon cutting, kids keep busy in the playground

With students chanting "cut the ribbon," Principal Megan Argenio grants their wish.

With students chanting “cut the ribbon,” Principal Megan Argenio grants their wish.

Lee Road School celebrated the completion of Phase I of its playground project with a Friday night Color Run. The event was also a fund raiser for the start of Phase II.

About 200 people participated. They warmed up with Physical Education Teacher Chris McGuire. At a signal, they showered one another with colored powder, and then circled the track, ran up the hill to the school, and then returned to the starting point. Along the way, they got another dose of colored powder from adult volunteers who bombarded everyone who passed them.

When the run was over, kids ate cupcakes and ices in front of the school and then cheered for Principal Megan Argenio as she snipped the ceremonial ribbon. “Do you love your new playground?” she asked. And the kids shouted “Yes.” What else would they say!

Chris McGuire lets a student count cadence for the next exercise.

Chris McGuire lets a student count cadence for the next exercise.

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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.

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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