Preview of last night’s graduation

DSCF4101The principal made the right call. In mid-afternoon, Lynn Imperato decided to hold the ceremony indoors. And the weather proved she was right. As the graduates exited the auditorium, there was a downpour outside that would have soaked them and their families.

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Hiking program at the library

Don Weise,  Director of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference will present a book talk at Cornwall Public Library on June 27 at 6:30 p.m.

The talk will center on hikes around the Cornwall area — including Storm King, Black Rock, Harriman-Bear Mountain and across the river (Breakneck Ridge-Hudson Highlands State Park), etc.

There will be tips on finding, scouting, preparing for and leading summer hikes, including tailoring them to your group (e.g. kids, novice adults, adventurous types).  He will touch on safety and “Leave No Trace” tips as well.

 

Founder joins Girls on the Run anniversary celebration

June23_girlsSeeing a man and woman standing apart from the crowd at NYMA on Saturday morning, Molly Barker introduced herself to Senator and Mrs. Larkin. She told them that she was the founder of Girls on the Run, and had come from North Carolina to help the Hudson Valley Chapter celebrate its fifth anniversary.

It was a big celebration. That was obvious before you reached the campus, where the girls and their running buddies were getting ready for a 5K through the streets of Cornwall. By 8:30 a.m., traffic was backed up on Route 9W, as cars waited to make a left turn into the military academy. A long line of police and volunteers directed motorists onto a field that was packed solid with vehicles.

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This week’s issue – June 23, 2017

Photo by Jason Kaplan Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Chief Steven Dixon honored Officer Charles Hoffman with a life-saving award when he extinguished a car fire before it could be engulfed in flames, with the driver inside.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Chief Steven Dixon honored Officer Charles Hoffman with a life-saving award for extinguishing a  fire before it engulfed a car in flames, with the driver inside.

Officers get life-saving awards

Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Officer Charles Hoffman and Town of Cornwall Police Officer Nicholas Schust received life-saving awards, during Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting, for rescuing a driver from a burning vehicle.

Before the officers received their plaques, Cornwall-on-Hudson Chief Steven Dixon detailed their heroics during the early morning hours of May 23. Page 1

Facilities plan may affect fifth-graders

Could Cornwall’s fifth-graders return to elementary school one day? That’s something the Board of Education will consider as it develops a facilities plan.

The board met with architect David Sammel on Tuesday night at the tail end of a four-hour meeting. Although Mr. Sammel had given the board members a report on projected costs, he didn’t discuss prices with them. Instead, he focused on some key issues that had come up in his meetings with focus groups. One of those issues was returning to the old configuration where students didn’t move up to the middle school until sixth grade. Page 1

Walk-through next week on Main Street

The Cornwall Economic Development Committee is developing a multi-phased project, called “Cornwall Rising,” to economically revitalize Main Street, and by extension, the greater Cornwall area. At 5 p.m. on June 29, stakeholders will walk through the area where phase one of the project is anticipated to take place.

Bill Braine, chairman of the committee, said phase one encompasses the area between Union Avenue and the municipal lot, including Bridge Street on the other side of the road. Page 1

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High School confers athletic awards

Cornwall Central High School held its Senior Class Awards and Scholarship Night in the auditorium on June 19. The following athletes were honored.

Andrew Heitman Scholarship: Joseph Lynch and Madison Vinett

Bruce Armitage Awards: Gabryelle Fanning and Dominick Marzigliano

Cornwall Coaches Awards: Females — Kristen Henry, Madeline McGuire, Hannah Mellino, Monika Morasse, Mekenzi Moreau, Madison Vinett. Males — John Cassidy, Conor Havey, Spencer Lupo, Joseph Lynch, Christopher Robinson, Connor St. Germain

Cornwall Little League Scholarships:  In memory of Curtis Remfrey Sr.: Dominick Marzigliano, In memory of Eleanor Ransom: Amelia Harding

Cornwall United Soccer Club Patrick Harding Memorial Scholarships: Jordan Bell, Brynne Growney, Amelia Harding, Madeline McGuire

Cornwall Youth Basketball League Patrick Harding Memorial Awards: Amelia Harding, Christine Hurley, Samantha Incognoli, Sydney Jurgens

Cornwall Youth Cheerleading: Jennifer Berean, Samantha Margini, Olivia Pietrobuono

Cornwall Youth Football: Neal Chaudhry, Nicholas Higgins, Joseph Lynch

Dan Cregan Scholarship for Service: Thomas Cook

Irving Butch Kent Memorial Award: Samantha Incognoli

Nancy Rooney Swimming and Diving Award: Allison Dubick

OCIAA Times-Herald Record Athletes: John Cassidy and Kristen Henry

Orange County Youth Football Scholarship: Neal Chaudhry

Russ Pons Baseball Award: Alex Gomez

 

Butch Kent Memorial Award Winners

On Monday night, Samantha Incognoli became the 55th winner of the Butch Kent Memorial Award, which is given to an outstanding senior class athlete.

Kent Award Winners

2017     Samantha Incognoli

2016     Jason Bailey

2015     Beatrice Boylan

2014     Mike White

2013     Caroline Staudle

2012     Olivia Jebb

2011     Aisling Cuffe

2010     Joe Terribile

2009     Kevin Arduino

2008     Kelsey Branch

2007     Jennifer Bailey

2006     Katrice Ewanich

2005     Shannon Whalen

2004     Charity Briggs

2003     David Blaine

2002     Katie Farrugia

2001     Jessica Donohue

2000     Joe Piascik

1999     Katherine Fuller

1998     Kathryn Spies

1997     Paul Paquin

1996     Michael Fitzula

1995     Michael Mitchell

1994     Lisa Donald

1993     Carolyn McGrath

1992     Nick Byrne

1991     Kelly Thorpe 

1990     Mike Erickson

1989     Gillian Hamburger

1988     Laini Short

1987     Marissa Maggio

1986     Tom Kondzela

1985     Mark Deschenes

1984     Christopher Neuman

1983     Mark Keegan

1982     Rich DiMaio

1981     Will Fredericks

1980     Dan Railey

1979     Ken Holman

1978     Angie Paccione

1977     Joe Ward

1976     Stu Whitfield

1975     Cheryl Halvorsen

1974     Mark Scott

1973     “Chick” Jurgens

1972     Jim Mahan

1971     David Ochse

1970     Mark Rathbun

1969     Jeff Bouton

1968     John Carnright

1967     Bryon Rostanzo

1966     George Edgar

1965     Warren Mumford

1964     Joel Conley

1963     Bill Graham

 

Gill, The News, WP-HF Rotary honored

News of the Highlands Inc.'s Joe Gill, and West Point-Highland Falls Rotary Club President Steve Scott listen as Gala co-chairwoman Elaine Dapra speaks at Saturday's Gala event at the library. The two represented their organizations as they received the 'Printed Word' and 'Best Friends' awards.

News of the Highlands Inc.’s Joe Gill, and West Point-Highland Falls Rotary Club President Steve Scott listen as Gala co-chairwoman Elaine Dapra speaks at Saturday’s Gala event at the library. The two represented their organizations as they received the ‘Printed Word’ and ‘Best Friends’ awards.

Joe Gill, a Highland Falls native and longtime Cornwall resident, was honored with the ‘Printed Word Award’ at the Highland Falls Library on June 4.

The company Gill has served, as vice president and general manager of for decades, The News of the Highlands, Inc., was also recognized.

“The Printed Word Award recognizes exceptional support of our library in the media,” the Friends of the Highland Falls Library wrote in the program for their spring 2017 Gala and Awards Reception. “The Friends are proud to honor a native son. As vice president and general manager of our local paper, Joe has lent his many talents and those of his staff to the creation of materials for all four of our Galas, while also providing excellent year-round coverage of library events, news and announcements.”

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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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Survivor participates in trooper tribute

Retired Sgt. Richard Thorpe (left) helped place a wreath in front of the Troop F barracks for the Friday morning ceremony.

Retired Sgt. Richard Thorpe (left) helped place a wreath in front of the Troop F barracks for the Friday morning ceremony.

Trooper Pete Casella knew the car was stolen when he stopped it. As he questioned the driver, a man jumped out from the passenger’s side and fired three shots at close range.

Two bounced off the protective gear the trooper had purchased with his own money. The other bullet struck him, causing a wound that would eventually heal. The state policeman returned fire, and before long the suspects were captured.

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Mumford Poetry Contest

Clara Sanford Ages 5-6 winner

Clara Sanford Ages 5-6 winner

Adalyn Brown, winner ages 7-9

Adalyn Brown, winner ages 7-9

David Kramer, winner ages 10-12

David Kramer, winner ages 10-12

The awards ceremony for the Timothy Mumford Poetry Competition drew a large audience at the Cornwall Public Library. The award winners and their parents were there. But they weren’t the only ones. Every year friends of the Mumford family attend the ceremony as a tribute to the young man who died in his sleep in 2006.

More than 70 people participated in the contest. The winners were Clara E. Sanford (ages 5-6), Adalyn Brown (7-9), David Michael Kramer (10-12), Ellie Barth (13-15), Katelyn Lipton (16-18) and Wyatt McNabb Phillips (best overall).

Ellie Barth, winner ages 13-15

Ellie Barth, winner ages 13-15

Katelyn Lipton, winner ages 16-18

Katelyn Lipton, winner ages 16-18

Wyatt McNabb Phullips, overall winner

Wyatt McNabb Phullips, overall winner