Students in grades 10 to 12, throughout Orange County, were eligible to enter the third annual Stop Hate essay contest, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County, the Newburgh Ministry, Inc., and the Orange County Human Rights Commission. Of all the participants, Cornwall High School sophomore Olivia Perez was declared the winner.
“Winning the contest is very overwhelming because I was one essay out of so many in all of Orange County,” Perez said. “The fact I won really showed me if I put my heart to it, I can do it. I felt proud to be from Cornwall and be able to do that.”
The purpose of the contest is to promote tolerance and understanding through education. This year’s topic focused on the issue of refugees, by comparing the plight of Syrian refugees with that of Jews just before the Holocaust of World War II.
English teacher Kelly Robinson-Finn told her students about the essay contest at the end of March. Perez was one of Robinson-Finn’s advanced students who opted to enter.
Julia Samuelson and Sophia Cappa (Cinderella’s narrators and Maggie Kelly (Cinderella), rehearse a scene from “Into the Woods.” The performance is this Friday and Saturday.
A veteran cast will take the stage, this weekend, for Step it up Summer Stage’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” The musical also stars a young woman reprising a role she played 10 years ago.
Auditions were held on June 11, and the camp started with two weeks of rehearsals which began last Monday. The cast includes 30 local middle school through college-aged students. Only five members of the cast are newcomers.
Before entering the Star Lab, Lisa DiMarzo discusses the various constellations that can be seen in the night sky.
Before the school year ended, students in Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary school received a special visit. Lisa DiMarzo, founder of Impact Education, brought her portable planetarium and treated the kids to a sky show, in the gymnasium.
The Star Lab is a 20-foot wide inflated planetarium with a dome that allows those inside to see the stars and constellations. Using a projector, DiMarzo is able to show the exact position of the stars on any given day. She can put the stars in motion to show their nightly progression from east to west.
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.