Photo by Jason Kaplan
A pumper from the 1830s is just one of the artifacts Historical Society guests will see at the Highland Engine Company firehouse on Monday.
The Cornwall Historical Society will be going on a little field trip, on Monday. The monthly meeting will be held at the Highland Engine Company firehouse, rather than Munger Cottage.
“I like taking the historical society to different areas in the town and village,” said president Susan Kamlet. “You never know what’s in your own backyard.”
In September, Highland Engine Co. president Kerry McGuiness invited Kamlet over to the firehouse for a brief tour of the museum in the event hall on the second floor.
Emma Byrne, Narelle Nailor, and India Braine tied for first in the Writing about Place competition. Their prize will be a class trip to Black Rock Forest.
Back in November, 20 of Patricia Young’s fifth grade students entered the Teaching the Hudson Valley competition, Writing about Place. It wasn’t until the end of last month the winners were announced. Out of the 30 participants in the grade 5-8 category, India Braine, Narelle Nailor, and Emma Byrne tied for first place and all hail from Cornwall Middle School.
“I’m so proud of them,” Young said. “I was surprised. I don’t know why I was surprised. I have some really good writers. I’m proud they accomplished this.”
Luishmel Reyes uses cotton balls to make a snowman during the Cornwall Public Library’s winter carnival.
Saturday started as the coldest day of the year and some might say it was too cold to enjoy a winter carnival, but not if it was indoors, in the confines of the Cornwall Public Library.
The event, organized by the library’s teen volunteers, attracted well over 100 parents and children in the first hour. Shortly after the carnival was scheduled to commence, not a parking spot could be found. Inside the community room, there was little space to maneuver to the various stations.
Tom Kennedy, general sales manager for Dana Distributors, emphasized the importance of saving lives during a press conference, last week, for the Alert Cab program.
Over the last nine years, Dana Distributors has provided more than 1,200 rides as part of the Alert Cab program. The program was started by Anheuser-Busch in 1982 and adopted by the Goshen-based beer distributor for the last 30 years.
Since its inception, over $1 billion has been invested in the program to ensure those who consume alcohol get home safely rather than getting behind the wheel and causing an accident.
For her Silver Award project, Emily Cucci donated 25 birthday bags to Sally Mattausch, one of the organizers of Backpacks for Food.
About two dozen elementary students can expect a little extra cheer on their birthday thanks to Emily Cucci and her Silver Award project.
Cucci, an eighth grader at Cornwall Central Middle School, recently put together 25 birthday bags and donated them to Backpacks for Food to help children whose families might not be able to celebrate their birthday.
“Your birthday is the most special day for a kid,” Cucci said. “You go to school and everyone says ‘happy birthday’ to you. Then you go home and for some kids who don’t have anything, they’re on the bus and they’re like ‘oh no, what am I supposed to do now?’”
Gene Murphy, tolls a bell in honor of those members of the U.S. Marine Corps who died as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
On the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor recalled the second-wave strike on the Hawaiian naval base.
On Dec. 7, 1941, at 7:55 a.m. local time (12:55 p.m. EST), the first wave of Japanese fighter planes, dive bombers, and torpedo bombers launched from six aircraft carriers off the coast of Oahu.
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After a crowd-pleasing ventriloquist performance at the Cornwall Middle School talent show, Kimmy and fifth grader Meagan Clark will be auditioning for “America’s Got Talent.”
Meagan Clark wowed an audience with her debut performance at the Cornwall Middle School talent show last month. Now the fifth grader is hitting the road to audition for “America’s Got Talent.” Since the age of 5, Clark has been honing her skills in the art of ventriloquism.
“It’s fun because I can have a conversation with myself without looking crazy,” Clark said. “I can confuse my friends. I’ll say something without moving my lips and they’ll be confused.”
Michelle D’Amico, Clark’s mother, remembers her daughter testing the limits of what her body could do and suddenly learning she could talk without moving her lips. Clark called to her mother to show off her new talent. “Mommy, my name is Meagan,” Clark said without moving her mouth to form the words. “Mommy, I love you.”
“It’s just crazy how natural she is,” D’Amico said. “I don’t know where she gets it from. No one in my family can do it. We’ve all tried and she makes fun of us.”
A few years later, Clark began watching videos of other ventriloquists in an effort to get better at her new talent. Among her favorites are Jeff Dunham and Terry Fator, who won the second season of “America’s Got Talent.”
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Cornwall resident Kara Dorsey was responsible for encouraging Mayor Brendan Coyne and the Board of Trustees to install a pathway to the riverfront gazebo.
Long since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals have been advocating for the rights of those with disabilities. One such battle which has been gaining steam in the Hudson Valley is for all to have the ability to enjoy nature.
Black Rock Forest Consortium recently unveiled a new path, opening the forest to individuals with disabilities, children in strollers, and senior citizens. Last year, the gazebo at Donahue Memorial Park in Cornwall-on-Hudson became more accessible.
Five years ago Kara Dorsey, who has had to use a wheelchair for 26 years as a result of a car accident, wanted to visit the riverfront park with her husband and service dog. It was a beautiful day and the couple was prepared to have lunch along the water. Dorsey’s excitement quickly changed to frustration when she saw the steps required to enter the gazebo.
“I was shocked to see there were two or three steps to get to the gazebo,” Dorsey, a Cornwall resident, said. “It could have easily been made accessible from the beginning.”