Young authors display work at library

Jasper Haase, J.T. Geraci, and Nicholas Conti peruse the books written and illustrated by their peers.

Jasper Haase, J.T. Geraci, and Nicholas Conti peruse the books written and illustrated by their peers.

The Art of the Story is a new display in the Cornwall Public Library Community Room. Over the course of four to six weeks, 25 kids wrote and illustrated short stories during a series of workshops led by Alaina Enslen.

An opening reception was held this month and samples of the children’s work were put on display until the end of August.

The spring workshop was open to students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

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Boys State intimidating but worthwhile

Photo contributed Boys State participants learned how to eat quickly. Meals were limited to 15 minutes.

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Boys State participants learned how to eat quickly. Meals were limited to 15 minutes.

Cornwall American Legion Post 353 sent eight teens to this year’s Boys State, an educational program designed to teach participants discipline and how the government operates. This year’s attendees were Adam Johnson, Eliot Perez, Patrick Vilda, Justin Gagnon, Lucas Arora, Sam Delacruz, Zachary Denning, and Erik Fosstveit. The program was held June 25 to July 1 at SUNY Morrisville.

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‘Beauty and the Beast, Jr.’ on Friday

Quinn Andrews, Patty Pettus, Leah Boucher, Ariel Yarmus, Alex Raposo rehearse a scene in “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”

Quinn Andrews, Patty Pettus, Leah Boucher, Ariel Yarmus, Alex Raposo rehearse a scene in “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”

With “Beauty and the Beast’s” success on Broadway and the cinematic release earlier this year, it only made sense for Riverlight Theatre Arts  to choose the fairy tale for its summer performance. It also helped to have the guidance of musical director Sean Pallatroni, who worked on the original Broadway show.

There will be two performances of the play on Friday, at 5:30 and 7 p.m. in the Cornwall Middle School auditorium.

The program, which caters to students ages 6 to 16, is funded by the Cornwall Middle School PTO. This summer’s show will see 35 performers grace the stage, a larger number than in years past.

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Olivia Perez’s anti-hate essay wins top prize

Olivia Perez

Olivia Perez

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.

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Rice reprises role in ‘Into the Woods’

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.

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.

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Portable planetarium landed in COH

Before entering the Star Lab, Lisa DiMarzo discusses the various constellations that can be seen in the night sky.

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.

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Army cadets build Bannerman Island bridge

 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.

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.

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RiverFest lives up to intent

File photo The toy train makes its return as one of the children’s activities at RiverFest.

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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.”

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Care packages

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

·         Candy (heat resistant)

·         Fruit Breezes (throat drops)

·         Twizzlers

 

CORRESPONDENCE

·         Writing Paper and Envelopes

·         Pens/Pencils

 

DENTAL

·         Toothbrushes

·         Toothpaste

·         Floss

·         Mouthwash

 

DRINK

·         Coffee (instant)

·         Coffee Creamer

·         Gatorade

·         Powdered Drink Mixes

·         Tea Mixes (sweet)

 

GAMES

·         Playing Cards

·         Board Games

·         Checkers (travel size)

·         Chess (travel size)

·         Crossword Puzzles

 

MUSIC

·         CD Fanny Packs

·         CD’s/Tapes

·         DVDs new and used

·         Hand held electronic games

·         Sudoku books

 

TOILETRIES/HYGIENE

·         Baby Wipes

·         Feminine Hygiene Products (female soldiers)

·         Travel size body wash

·         Nose Spray

·         Eye Drops

·         Deodorant

·         Foot Powder

·         Hairbrushes

·         Hand Lotion

·         Hand Sanitizers (waterless)

·         Nail Clippers

·         Q-Tips

·         Razors (disposable)

·         Shampoo

·         Sunscreen

·         Tissues (heavy duty – i.e. Puffs)

·         Tylenol (individual packets)

·         Fly Strips/Swatters

·         Pre-Paid Phone Cards

·         Shoe Insole Cushion

·         Socks (cushioned white calf high)