Cornwall Cares Committee addresses student needs

File photo Assistant Superintendent Gail Duffy is a member of the Cornwall Cares Committee.

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Assistant Superintendent Gail Duffy is a member of the Cornwall Cares Committee.

A committee of school board members, teachers, administrators, and community members began meeting this school year. The Cornwall Cares Committee was formed to support social and emotional needs, as well as the character development of district students.

The committee has only met a handful of times since October, but has accomplished much in a short time.

The committee kicked off with an anti-bullying poster contest where students promoted friendship, character education, and anti-bullying methods.

The first few meetings were dedicated to establishing goals. Those included:  strengthening communication between the schools and the parents and community at large; providing parent training and resources on social and emotional topics; and reducing student suspension and discipline incidents.

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Arbor Day observance

The Cornwall Conservation Advisory Council and the Town of Cornwall will be planting a Scarlet Oak tree on the grounds of Sands Ring Homestead on April 21 at 4 p.m. as part of the Town’s annual observance of Arbor Day.

Carla Castillo, chair of the Cornwall Conservation Advisory Council will offer introductions and Supervisor Richard Randazzo will read an official Arbor Day Proclamation in observance of the day.

The tree is being planted in honor of Bernard Sussman, a veteran, a long-time CCAC member who worked closely with fellow CCAC members to protect the Moodna Creek,  and long-time curator of the Narrowsburg Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp Museum. A few words will be said regarding Sussman’s contributions to Cornwall and his work on the CCAC.

Program recalls anniversary of war declaration

Photo by Jason Kaplan Chad Johnson, Mario Accosta, and John Cronin raised a 48-star American flag during a program, held at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ declaration of war against Germany. The U.S. entered World War I on April 6, 1917.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Chad Johnson, Mario Accosta, and John Cronin raised a 48-star American flag during a program, held at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ declaration of war against Germany. The U.S. entered World War I on April 6, 1917.

A small group of veterans and public officials attended a program at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.

As if mimicking the conditions on that date in 1917, a light rain fell last week and the temperature hovered just above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The program, however, started about two hours prior to the actual time when the House of Representatives voted 353-50 to support a declaration of war against Germany.

Two days earlier, the Senate had done the same by an 82-6 vote.

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Retired honoree will keep giving back

Paul Anderson-Winchell

Paul Anderson-Winchell

Paul Anderson-Winchell has served as the executive director of Lifting up Westchester for the past 11 years. As he nears retirement, the Cornwall-on-Hudson resident will be honored at the nonprofit’s annual Oasis of Hope spring gala on April 20.

Lifting up Westchester (formerly known as Grace Church Community Center) is a social services agency that provides homeless and poverty services for more than 4,000 men, women, and children each year. To keep the nonprofit in operation, Lifting up Westchester also runs a licensed home healthcare agency offering care to over 400 homebound seniors and disabled individuals annually.

Prior to being hired into his current position, Anderson-Winchell had dedicated 30 years to giving back to the community by working in a variety of other positions. He was founding director of the Orange County Boys and Girls Club in the Town of Wallkill, worked for United Cerebral Palsy running their residential program, and went into the healthcare field in Dutchess County where he ran a homecare agency and nursing home.

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Village Board adopts new fees

Brendan Coyne was sworn in as mayor during Monday night’s reorgaization meeting. He is starting his fourth term.

Brendan Coyne was sworn in as mayor during Monday night’s reorgaization meeting. He is starting his fourth term.

Cornwall-on-Hudson residents searching for something new in the 2017-18 fiscal year might take interest in the new schedule of fees adopted at the reorganization meeting Monday night.

The meeting kicked off with the swearing in of Mayor Brendan Coyne (starting his fourth term), and Trustees Mark Edsall (10th term) and David Carnright (third term). Coyne then appointed Edsall as his deputy mayor, a title he’s held for six years.

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Educators teach about trout on opening weekend

The Black Rock Fish and Game Club loans Brook Trout to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Once grown, the trout are returned to the wild.

The Black Rock Fish and Game Club loans Brook Trout to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Once grown, the trout are returned to the wild.

It was a big weekend for openings. Opening day for the new baseball season was Sunday, while the new fishing season launched on Saturday.

The weather wasn’t conducive for fishing on day one, but the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum offered an alternative. Michelle Mindicino provided a presentation on Brook Trout, at the Wildlife Education Center.

Mindicino started by asking the audience to identify parts of the trout, which is known as New York state’s official fish.

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Historians take a trip to the fire house

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.

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.

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Three take first in Hudson Valley contest

Photo contriuted 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.

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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.”

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Teens create a carnival at the library

Luishmel Reyes uses cotton balls to make a snowman during the Cornwall Public Library’s winter carnival.

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.

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