Historic book donated to Village’s museum

Contributed photo Village historian Kathleen Christensen with Nathaniel Stillman, who donated his family’s genealogical book to the museum at Village Hall.

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Village historian Kathleen Christensen with Nathaniel Stillman, who donated his family’s genealogical book to the museum at Village Hall.

The museum at Village Hall recently acquired a genealogical book that belonged to the Stillman family. The acquisition was a gift from Nathaniel Stillman, a former Cornwall-on-Hudson resident.

Village Historian Kathleen Christensen reports that the book includes documentation, pictures and a family chart that dates back to the birth of Charles Stillman in 1810.

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This week’s issue – November 17, 2017

Angelika Graswald, as seen at a pretrial hearing in June 2016.

Angelika Graswald, as seen at a pretrial hearing in June 2016.

DA calls kayaker case oddest ever

“It was one of the oddest cases I’ve ever seen,” the district attorney admitted, as we sat in his office discussing Angelika Graswald and the death of her fiancé.

“I’ve never had a case where the two sides were so evenly split,” David Hoovler observed. Some people claim he let a murderess go free. While just as many people say she was 100 percent innocent. Page 1A

Hidden graveyard to get a makeover

You can’t see the Sands Ring Cemetery from the road, but it’s in the heart of the community. Take a few steps off Main Street (not far from the Methodist Church) and suddenly you’re at the gate.

After maintaining the cemetery for years, the Town discovered in 2015 that a trust fund had been established in the 1930s for the graveyard’s upkeep.

At last Monday night’s Town Board meeting, Supervisor Richard Randazzo reported that the Town can now access those funds for maintenance and renovations. Page 1A

Thanksgiving service has an anniversary

History was made on Nov. 27, 1968. Clergy from four local churches gathered for the first ecumenical worship service. More than 325 people of all denominations attended the event and raised $224 for Church World Service to aid the sick and starving in Biafra-Nigeria, Africa.

Each year, on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Cornwall’s faith communities come together for a joint service. This year, the 50th anniversary of the Cornwall Community Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 at St. Thomas – St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cornwall-on-Hudson. Page 1A

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Black Rock group goes behind the scenes

Contributed photos Christopher Raxworthy (right), a conservation biologist, at the Museum of Natural History led a family group on a behind the scenes tour of the museum.

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Christopher Raxworthy (right), a conservation biologist, at the Museum of Natural History led a family group on a behind the scenes tour of the museum.

It’s Friday the 13th, just a few weeks before Halloween. You’re planning the first outing for a new group that includes kids and their parents. Where would you take them — a horror movie, a haunted house? How about going behind the scenes at the Museum of Natural History! What could be spookier than a well-preserved reptile or amphibian!

The new group is the Parents Committee of the Black Rock Forest Consortium. It’s open to families with youngsters between the ages of 5 and 17. It’s goal is to use the consortium’s resources (including the forest) to advance scientific understanding of the natural world.

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Hospital to offer open access primary care

 

After this morning's press conference, hospital CEO Joan Cusack-McGuirk answers questions from Mike Randall of the Times Herald-Record.

After this morning’s press conference, hospital CEO Joan Cusack-McGuirk answered questions from Mike Randall of the Times Herald-Record.

It’s called “open access primary care.” Patients can walk in the door or make an appointment with a doctor. The service will be available at the Cornwall Campus of the hospital in about a year.

Hospital CEO Joan Cusack-McGuirk and Assemblyman James Skoufis broke the news at a press conference on the campus this morning. Mrs. Cusack-McGuirk said it would take a year to finalize the financial plans and implement the architectural design. Once that’s done, the primary care center will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

In the meantime, Burke Rehabilitation will be extending its medical center in the hospital building. “We’re very proud to become part of this vision,” Jeff Menkes of Burke remarked when it was his turn at the microphone.

A year ago, the hospital announced it was closing the emergency room in Cornwall. Mrs. Cusack-McGuirk alluded to that in her opening remarks. “This is a nicer day than last time,” she said.

The Assemblyman lauded the change that came about after almost nine months of meetings. He said that the Assembly Speaker had supported the move. “We’re changing the trajectory of the C0rnwall campus,” Mr. Skoufis remarked. “Today is a turning point.”

Town Board members and candidates were at the conference. Supervisor Richard Randazzo was among the first to speak when it was time for questions. “We should be optimistic,” he said. “Thank you on behalf of the community. This is a giant leap forward.”

Kiryas Joel wins court case

The State of New York Supreme Court Appellate Division has ruled that Kiryas Joel can draw water from its well on Route 32 in Mountainville.

The use of the well had been blocked by an injunction while the court considered an appeal from Kiryas Joel’s neighbors. In a 10-page document, the court rejected the appeal today.

As a result, Kiryas Joel will be permitted to draw up to 612,000 gallons a day from the site.

Cornwall holds 30th Fun Run

DSCF5461DSCF5462DSCF5465DSCF5495The Fun Run for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade has become a Columbus Day tradition. This year’s event survived an occasional drizzle and a dire forecast. The results appear on Page 6A of this week’s edition of the Cornwall Local. Here’s what the event looked like. Most of the kids you see were winners in their age groups. DSCF5466DSCF5467DSCF5470DSCF5475DSCF5479DSCF5483DSCF5486DSCF5489DSCF5492

 

 

Orange County helping victims of hurricanes

Contributed photo Sen. Bill Larkin (foreground) adds a carton of water to the KFM trailer that is filled with supplies for the residents of Puerto Rico.

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Sen. Bill Larkin (foreground) adds a carton of water to the KFM trailer that is filled with supplies for the residents of Puerto Rico.

Cornwall: Both Hurricanes Harvey and Maria packed quite a punch this summer, leaving devastation in Texas and Puerto Rico. As citizens continue to repair their broken lives, Orange County has been collecting donations to help the victims. That generosity has spread to Cornwall, as well as the school district.

Hurricane Harvey struck Texas on Aug. 25 and lingered for five days. The Category 4 storm brought winds upwards of 130 miles per hour, leading to widespread destruction of homes and buildings.

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Traffic jams for the sake of art

The second car is doing the filming on southbound 9W opposite the former site of Leary Chevrolet.

The second car is doing the filming on southbound 9W opposite the former site of Leary Chevrolet.

It wasn’t an accident that tied up 9W today. It was a man hunt — actually, a simulated man hunt for a Show Time mini-series entitled “Escape at Dannemora.”

The production company was shooting a jeep driving south. It sounds simple, but there were several practice runs before the actual shooting. Police stopped traffic during each practice run.

The company paid the police and paid the Town for the right to shoot in Cornwall. The filming was done here, because the leaves have turned upstate, where the escape actually took place.DSCF5404Motorists wait around noon on Thursday while the scene is in progress.