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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Alert Cab helps take drunk drivers off road

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.

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.

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Birthday bags bring extra joy to special day

Photo contributed For her Silver Award project, Emily Cucci donated 25 birthday bags to Sally Mattausch, one of the organizers of Backpacks for Food.

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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?’”

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Pearl Harbor has lasting impact

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.

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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Clark takes ventriloquist act to NBC talent show

Photo by Jason Kaplan 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.”

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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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Dorsey pleased with riverfront path

Photo by Jason Kaplan Cornwall resident Kara Dorsey was responsible for encouraging Mayor Brendan Coyne and the Board of Trustees to install a pathway to the riverfront gazebo.

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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.”

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Special meeting

The Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Village Hall in order to adopt a bond resolution for the Black Rock Water Treatment Plant Clearwell Rehabilitation Project, set a public hearing date for an introductory local law to override the tax levy limit established in GML 3-c,  discuss the appointment of two (2) Motor Equipment Operators (MEO’s) in the Department of Public Works, and to discuss other matters that may come before the board.

Wall of Fame honors students

Photo contributed Each month Cornwall Middle School teacher, Steve Kessler, recognizes students in his class by placing their photos on his wall.

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Each month Cornwall Middle School teacher, Steve Kessler, recognizes students in his class by placing their photos on his wall.

A wall of fame usually recognizes the best of the best in a certain field. Steve Kessler, music teacher at Cornwall Middle School, believes that honor should be extended to those who try to be the best they can be. When he came to the district 14  years ago, Kessler created his own Music Wall of Fame.

“I just wanted to recognize the kids who are not the top musicians but who have a great attitude and are trying their best and just give it their all,” he said. “They may not be the ones who are always recognized. Sometimes it’s not your first chair player. It could be the kid who’s trying, giving it his all, but he’s never going to be there. Sometimes it is the star kids. It’s a way to recognize a variety of kids.”

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Students uncover artifacts during dig

File photo John Brady, manager of Black Rock Forest, speaks to fourth-grade students on Oct. 28, the day they prepared for their archaeological dig.

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John Brady, manager of Black Rock Forest, speaks to fourth-grade students on Oct. 28, the day they prepared for their archaeological dig.

Earlier this month, students from all three fourth grade classes, at Willow Avenue Elementary School, put shovels to the earth in the hope of uncovering an artifact from the American Revolution.

Students prepared for the excavation adventure by visiting Black Rock Forest the week prior and creating a time line of events of local interest and national importance.

The day of the dig found them back in the forest, particularly near the former Continental Road, which, in the 18th century, ran through the forest and connected the New Windsor Cantonment with West Point.

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