A new bridge on Bannerman Island will allow tours to the summit. The bridge, unveiled last week, was constructed by 11 West Point cadets majoring in civil and mechanical engineering.
On May 25, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, on Bannerman Island, to mark the opening of a new bridge, constructed by 11 West Point cadets majoring in civil and mechanical engineering.
This wasn’t the first time the island has benefited from the engineering students. In 2008, Donna Blakemore, one of the garden’s volunteers on the island, contacted the United States Military Academy asking if students could install a new gravity-fed watering system rather than having to take buckets of water from the river, around the island, to water the plants.
The toy train makes its return as one of the children’s activities at RiverFest.
When he was chair of the Town of Cornwall’s Economic Development Committee, Wynn Gold came up with an idea to boost tourism. Thus, RiverFest was born. Twenty years later, the annual riverfront festival continues to draw visitors from around the county, as well as from other states.
“I don’t think any of us planned on doing this for 20 years when we first started,” Gold said, “but we’re still having fun. We have a formula that works. People come down for the entertainment, others because they like craft fairs. The kids’ activities have grown exponentially.”
American Legion Post 353 and the Friends of Sands-Ring will be collecting the following items from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 20 in front of the homestead. Packages will be sent to our troops overseas.
· Candy (heat resistant)
· Fruit Breezes (throat drops)
· Writing Paper and Envelopes
· Coffee (instant)
· Coffee Creamer
· Powdered Drink Mixes
· Tea Mixes (sweet)
· Playing Cards
· Board Games
· Checkers (travel size)
· Chess (travel size)
· Crossword Puzzles
· CD Fanny Packs
· DVDs new and used
· Hand held electronic games
· Sudoku books
· Baby Wipes
· Feminine Hygiene Products (female soldiers)
· Travel size body wash
· Nose Spray
· Eye Drops
· Foot Powder
· Hand Lotion
· Hand Sanitizers (waterless)
· Nail Clippers
· Razors (disposable)
· Tissues (heavy duty – i.e. Puffs)
· Tylenol (individual packets)
· Fly Strips/Swatters
· Pre-Paid Phone Cards
· Shoe Insole Cushion
· Socks (cushioned white calf high)
The summer edition of the Cornwall farmers market returns at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 7, in front of Town Hall.
This Saturday marks the last day of the seasonal farmers market, but additional opportunities to purchase fresh produce and other foods are just around the corner.
Weather permitting, Saturday’s market will be outdoors from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Munger Cottage. It will serve as a prelude to the summer farmers market which will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting on the first Wednesday in June through the last Wednesday in September. There will be no market on July 5, the day after Independence Day, and Sept. 6, the first day of school. The market will be set up on the lawn of Town Hall.
Vivien Collens will be among the artists to welcome visitors during the open studio tour sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council.
The open studio tour, sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council, continues on May 20 and 21 as artists in the eastern portion of the county will be showcased.
Over 20 local artists in Cornwall, New Windsor, Newburgh, Highland Mills, and Washingtonville will be opening their studios to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“This is a good opportunity for artists of all types to open their studios and visitors can talk to the artist, get to know their specific work, have conversations, and see behind the veil of the artmaking process,” said Cody Rounds, arts administrator for the council.
James Huba and Carly Rivas were married at last year’s Beltane Festival. They’re keeping this year’s honorees a secret. The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Editor’s note: There are several festivals in Orange County, but this one is unique.
When Bernadette Montana started the Beltane Festival 10 years ago, it only drew about 200 guests. Since then, the event has outgrown its original location and is expected to draw about 1,000 people this year.
“It’s evolved and I guess it has to do with people wanting it to evolve,” Montana said. “It’s the first event people attend throughout the year. It gives people hope. We’re coming out of winter and coming into spring and summer. People are very excited about participating in a festival like this.”
Charles Quinn and Nina Creta were among the two dozen volunteers who assisted in breaking down the garden at the high school. June 10 has been set as the target date for the completion of a new organic garden.
A light rain fell, but that didn’t deter the two dozen volunteers from tearing down the Cornwall High School garden in preparation for a new organic garden.
On Earth Day, students in the Environmental Club teamed up with the senior French students to begin dismantling the beds and removing mulch and weeds. The wood is going to be recycled and repurposed through a local recycling center. The mulch was composted at the school.
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.
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.