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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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.

 

High School confers athletic awards

Cornwall Central High School held its Senior Class Awards and Scholarship Night in the auditorium on June 19. The following athletes were honored.

Andrew Heitman Scholarship: Joseph Lynch and Madison Vinett

Bruce Armitage Awards: Gabryelle Fanning and Dominick Marzigliano

Cornwall Coaches Awards: Females — Kristen Henry, Madeline McGuire, Hannah Mellino, Monika Morasse, Mekenzi Moreau, Madison Vinett. Males — John Cassidy, Conor Havey, Spencer Lupo, Joseph Lynch, Christopher Robinson, Connor St. Germain

Cornwall Little League Scholarships:  In memory of Curtis Remfrey Sr.: Dominick Marzigliano, In memory of Eleanor Ransom: Amelia Harding

Cornwall United Soccer Club Patrick Harding Memorial Scholarships: Jordan Bell, Brynne Growney, Amelia Harding, Madeline McGuire

Cornwall Youth Basketball League Patrick Harding Memorial Awards: Amelia Harding, Christine Hurley, Samantha Incognoli, Sydney Jurgens

Cornwall Youth Cheerleading: Jennifer Berean, Samantha Margini, Olivia Pietrobuono

Cornwall Youth Football: Neal Chaudhry, Nicholas Higgins, Joseph Lynch

Dan Cregan Scholarship for Service: Thomas Cook

Irving Butch Kent Memorial Award: Samantha Incognoli

Nancy Rooney Swimming and Diving Award: Allison Dubick

OCIAA Times-Herald Record Athletes: John Cassidy and Kristen Henry

Orange County Youth Football Scholarship: Neal Chaudhry

Russ Pons Baseball Award: Alex Gomez

 

Butch Kent Memorial Award Winners

On Monday night, Samantha Incognoli became the 55th winner of the Butch Kent Memorial Award, which is given to an outstanding senior class athlete.

Kent Award Winners

2017     Samantha Incognoli

2016     Jason Bailey

2015     Beatrice Boylan

2014     Mike White

2013     Caroline Staudle

2012     Olivia Jebb

2011     Aisling Cuffe

2010     Joe Terribile

2009     Kevin Arduino

2008     Kelsey Branch

2007     Jennifer Bailey

2006     Katrice Ewanich

2005     Shannon Whalen

2004     Charity Briggs

2003     David Blaine

2002     Katie Farrugia

2001     Jessica Donohue

2000     Joe Piascik

1999     Katherine Fuller

1998     Kathryn Spies

1997     Paul Paquin

1996     Michael Fitzula

1995     Michael Mitchell

1994     Lisa Donald

1993     Carolyn McGrath

1992     Nick Byrne

1991     Kelly Thorpe 

1990     Mike Erickson

1989     Gillian Hamburger

1988     Laini Short

1987     Marissa Maggio

1986     Tom Kondzela

1985     Mark Deschenes

1984     Christopher Neuman

1983     Mark Keegan

1982     Rich DiMaio

1981     Will Fredericks

1980     Dan Railey

1979     Ken Holman

1978     Angie Paccione

1977     Joe Ward

1976     Stu Whitfield

1975     Cheryl Halvorsen

1974     Mark Scott

1973     “Chick” Jurgens

1972     Jim Mahan

1971     David Ochse

1970     Mark Rathbun

1969     Jeff Bouton

1968     John Carnright

1967     Bryon Rostanzo

1966     George Edgar

1965     Warren Mumford

1964     Joel Conley

1963     Bill Graham

 

Crowd ignores rain, hears Memorial Day stories

It was too wet to use a microphone, so guests moved up front, and mingled with volunteers in uniform, so they could hear.

It was too wet to use a microphone, so guests moved up front, and mingled with volunteers in uniform, so they could hear.

Since World War I, Orange County has lost 832 residents in battle. But we remember more than numbers on Memorial Day. We remember the stories.

This year’s observance was held in the rain. It was too wet to use a microphone. So American Legion Commander Peter Kurpeawski asked the crowd to gather around him — rather than stand across the street behind the rows of firefighters.

And in spite of the weather, there was a crowd. Judy Rothman and Tom Quinlan shared an umbrella as they received medals and plaques from the legion commander. Mrs. Rothman was a Red Cross volunteer in the combat zone during the Vietnam War. Mr. Quinlan has been a legion member for 42 years, and has served as both a post and a county commander.

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Survivor participates in trooper tribute

Retired Sgt. Richard Thorpe (left) helped place a wreath in front of the Troop F barracks for the Friday morning ceremony.

Retired Sgt. Richard Thorpe (left) helped place a wreath in front of the Troop F barracks for the Friday morning ceremony.

Trooper Pete Casella knew the car was stolen when he stopped it. As he questioned the driver, a man jumped out from the passenger’s side and fired three shots at close range.

Two bounced off the protective gear the trooper had purchased with his own money. The other bullet struck him, causing a wound that would eventually heal. The state policeman returned fire, and before long the suspects were captured.

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Mumford Poetry Contest

Clara Sanford Ages 5-6 winner

Clara Sanford Ages 5-6 winner

Adalyn Brown, winner ages 7-9

Adalyn Brown, winner ages 7-9

David Kramer, winner ages 10-12

David Kramer, winner ages 10-12

The awards ceremony for the Timothy Mumford Poetry Competition drew a large audience at the Cornwall Public Library. The award winners and their parents were there. But they weren’t the only ones. Every year friends of the Mumford family attend the ceremony as a tribute to the young man who died in his sleep in 2006.

More than 70 people participated in the contest. The winners were Clara E. Sanford (ages 5-6), Adalyn Brown (7-9), David Michael Kramer (10-12), Ellie Barth (13-15), Katelyn Lipton (16-18) and Wyatt McNabb Phillips (best overall).

Ellie Barth, winner ages 13-15

Ellie Barth, winner ages 13-15

Katelyn Lipton, winner ages 16-18

Katelyn Lipton, winner ages 16-18

Wyatt McNabb Phullips, overall winner

Wyatt McNabb Phullips, overall winner

Crowd ignores rain on Memorial Day

Judy Rothman and Tom Quinlan shared an umbrella and a smile after receiving medals at the Memorial Day observance.

Judy Rothman and Tom Quinlan shared an umbrella and a smile after receiving medals at the Memorial Day observance.

Mayor Brendan Coyne led the singing of "God Bless America."

Mayor Brendan Coyne led the singing of “God Bless America.”

"We can't bring them back," Master Sgt. Bailey said, "but we can continue the work they started."

“We can’t bring them back,” Master Sgt. Bailey said, “but we can continue the work they started.”

Guest speaker Ed Moulton recalled having to tell families that their husbands and dads wouldn't be coming home.

Guest speaker Ed Moulton recalled his days as a unit commander when he had to tell families that their husbands and dads wouldn’t be coming home.

Korean War veteran Ray Mellin (center) and World War II veteran Al Mazzocca(right) placed wreaths at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

Korean War veteran Ray Mellin (center) and World War II veteran Al Mazzocca(right) placed wreaths at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.