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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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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