Cornwall ER to close in January

The following announcement was excerpted from a St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital press release.

“On Jan. 12, 2017, at 7 a.m. the Cornwall Emergency Department, which has been averaging fewer than two patients per hour, will close. An ambulance will be stationed at the Cornwall campus for a short period for those that may present to the Emergency Department during the transition. SLCH will expand emergency services at the hospital’s Newburgh campus. These measures include the addition of valet parking for Emergency Department patients and visitors between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., as well as increasing the ED’s fast track hours which allows for triage of less emergent cases.

“’To address the concerns regarding capacity in the Newburgh emergency department, we’re adding nurses and providers; increasing the hours of fast track and initiating a process for definitive treatment at triage,’” said Dr. Scot Hill, Chairman and Medical Director of Emergency Services at SLCH. “We remain committed to decreasing the time from your arrival to going home.”

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Disaster preparedness class

New York National Guard troops, in conjunction with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, will be presenting a free disaster preparedness class at the New Windsor Community Center on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

The two-hour program begins at 7 p.m. The community center is located at 555 Union Street, New Windsor.

The event is opened to any interested citizen and no sign-up in advance is required.

 

School science expo attracts a diverse crowd

Photo by Ken Cashman Cassidy Cubito (foreground) and Olivia Weir (far right) attracted a crowd with their “Dancing Ooblick” demonstration at the Nov. 29 Science Expo. The event for third and fourth-graders took place at the middle school.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Cassidy Cubito (foreground) and Olivia Weir (far right) attracted a crowd with their “Dancing Ooblick” demonstration at the Nov. 29 Science Expo. The event for third and fourth-graders took place at the middle school.

There was a diverse group at the middle school on Tuesday night, Nov. 29. And that was part of the event’s appeal.

Third and fourth-graders were there for the Elementary Science Expo. A group of middle school students sold baked goods at the door. And a bunch of high school volunteers served as judges.

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Schools close to videotaping policy

The Board of Education has drafted a policy for the videotaping of its meetings.

If the policy is adopted, individuals will be able to videotape meetings as long as the videotaping does not distract the participants. If the board president (or the person in charge of the meeting) considers the videotaping disruptive, he or she can stipulate where the recording device should be placed.

If  the school district records a meeting at the board’s request, the district will have to follow the laws that concern access by people with disabilities.

For the policy to become official, the school board will have to reread and approve it at the next meeting.

 

Celebration on Main Street

There were two horse-drawn carriage rides on Main Street on Sunday afternoon. Stores stayed open from 3 to 5, and many of them offered free refreshments. Guests who were hungry could ingest enough to forget about dinner.

Santa Claus arrived early. No fire engine ride this year for the chubby philanthropist from the north! He started work at 3 p.m., greeting kids inside a white-as-snow rectangular tent on Bridge Street. Just a few feet away, youngsters of all ages toasted marshmallows, and a minstrel quartet sang a medley of holiday tunes.

That wasn’t the only music of the afternoon. Besides the bells that jingled as the horses plodded down the road, a DJ offered non-stop entertainment. Stationed near the flagpole in the center of Chadeayne Circle, he played until the tree was lit at 5:20 p.m. Randy and Mary Clark had the honor of throwing the switch.

The youngest member of the Enslen family visits with Santa Claus on Bridge Street

The youngest member of the Enslen family visits with Santa Claus on Bridge Street

A horse-drawn carriage as seen from the porch of Butterhill Day School.

A horse-drawn carriage as seen from the porch of Butterhill Day School.

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Minstrels sang near Santa’s tent on Bridge Street. Later they entertained inside the fire house, where the Highland Engine Company served refreshments.

Elizabeth Moore and Eric Noll dressed up for the occasion.

Elizabeth Moore and Eric Noll dressed up for the occasion.

 

 

 

Knights of Columbus guests early for annual meal

Nicholas Festa was one of several young servers at the Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Dinner for senior citizens.

Nicholas Festa was one of several young servers at the Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Dinner for senior citizens.

“There are people who’ve been sitting here since Monday,” one of the guests at the Knights of Columbus dinner quipped.

He was exaggerating, but the St. Thomas of Canterbury parking lot was full long before the official 12 o’clock start time for the annual feast.

The latecomers had to leave their cars at Village Hall. No one was turned away at the door, as the Knights treated 215 senior citizens to a turkey dinner with a large assortment of desserts.

Jim Lulves was the emcee for the day. With tongue in cheek, he cited three reasons for his selection. He’s big enough to be seen throughout the room. He’s good looking (“You should’ve seen me with hair,” he joked.) And the assignment keeps him away from the serving table.

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Knights to show “Wizard of Oz”

The Knights of Columbus Council 7460 will host a big screen showing of “The Wizard of Oz” on Saturday, Nov. 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Thomas school gym (340 Hudson St., Cornwall-on-Hudson). Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to kofc7460@gmail.com with number of people attending by Nov. 23.

 

Cornwall has three section champions

Three Cornwall teams won Section IX championships this fall. The girls cross country team finished first at Bear Mountain last Friday, and will run in a statewide meet this weekend.

The volleyball team defeated Wallkill in straight sets on Sunday night, and then lost to top-ranked Walter Panas in the state tournament on Wednesday.

The football team blanked Goshen 31-0 and will face Somers on Saturday in the state quarterfinals in Mahopac.

All three teams extended their victory streaks. Cross country has won 16 straight titles, volleyball 12 and football six. Here’s what they look like.sports-roundup-x-countrysports-roundup-vball-2sports-football-champs

Willow kids use Black Rock Forest as a classroom

Photo by Ken Cashman While in Black Rock Forest on Oct. 28, Christine Cleeves’ students used a log to create a time line. At 11 a.m., the kids were cold but smiling.

Photo by Ken Cashman
While in Black Rock Forest on Oct. 28, Christine Cleeves’ students used a log to create a time line. At 11 a.m., the kids were cold but smiling.

Friday’s lesson was popular with teachers and students. The teachers liked it because it combined history, science and mathematics. The kids liked it because they were in the woods.

Fourth-graders at Willow Avenue School are preparing for an archaeological dig in Black Rock Forest. They’re hoping to find artifacts from the American Revolution.

The site they’ll be excavating lies near the former Continental Road — an 18th century thoroughfare that runs through the forest and that once linked the New Windsor Cantonment with West Point.

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