Local artists will open their doors to tours

File photo Vivien Collens will be among the artists to welcome visitors during the open studio tour sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council.

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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.

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Accident quells Quaker traffic

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Emergency personnel responded to an accident shortly after 3 p.m. on Quaker Avenue near the 9W ramp. Cornwall Fire Department volunteers disabled the vehicles while EMTs from Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps and New Windsor Ambulance Corps tended to two females. Each agency transported a patient to the hospital. Both were conscious, but the extent of their injuries is unknown, as is the cause of the accident. Cornwall Police Department directed traffic away from Quaker Avenue and onto Route 9W.

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Beltane to celebrate 10th anniversary

File photo 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.

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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.”

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Work begins on new organic garden

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.

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.

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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.

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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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