Special Town Board Meeting

The Town Board will hold a special meeting in Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 to discuss water service on Old West Point Road. The board will then vote to go into executive session to discuss a personnel matter involving the Sanitation Department.

 

 

 

 

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This week’s issue – October 13, 2017

Photo by Ken Cashman Carol Sauer, a former Lee Road School teacher, chats with cousin Marty Sauer while she fills a basket with his produce on Saturday morning. Due to safety concerns, Mr. Sauer will have to find another location for his farmstand truck.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Carol Sauer, a former Lee Road School teacher, chats with cousin Marty Sauer while she fills a basket with his produce on Saturday morning. Due to safety concerns, Mr. Sauer will have to find another location for his farmstand truck.

End of an era for farm stand truck

Carol Sauer is a long-time customer of the vegetable man. She’s also married to his first cousin. On Saturday morning, Mrs. Sauer pulls into the commuter parking lot on Route 32 and fills a basket with fresh produce. “How long have you been here, Marty?” she asks.

The vegetable man shakes his head. “It’s been more than 20 years,” he replies. Motorists are familiar with his Stone Ridge Farm truck, which is always parked on the southbound side of the road. But due to safety concerns, it won’t be there anymore. Page 1A

Route 32 woes ending

The Town Supervisor says he hits the same pothole every time he drives on Route 32. But he won’t be hitting it in the future, because the road is about to be resurfaced from the Moodna Creek Bridge to the Five Corners.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) will do the work in house. The project will start on Oct. 16 and take two weeks and two days to complete. While it’s in progress, workers will try to keep two lanes open for traffic. Page 1A

Overseas orphans still all alone

Suki Chen is trying to raise two families. But it’s almost impossible. She has her four children and her business in Orange County, and she has three young nieces who are living on their own in China.

As reported in past issues, the girls’ parents were in an automobile accident on June 12, 2016. Their mother died and their father has been hospitalized and unconscious for the last 15 months.

Since then Suki Chen has been trying to bring her nieces to the United States. “They’re my children now,” she said when we spoke on the phone. Page 1A

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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.

 

Color run and playground fun

Mr. McGuire assembles the runners on the middle school track.

Mr. McGuire assembles the runners on the middle school track.

The people responsible for a profitable night of fun.

The people responsible for a profitable night of fun.

While waiting for the ribbon cutting, kids keep busy in the playground

While waiting for the ribbon cutting, kids keep busy in the playground

With students chanting "cut the ribbon," Principal Megan Argenio grants their wish.

With students chanting “cut the ribbon,” Principal Megan Argenio grants their wish.

Lee Road School celebrated the completion of Phase I of its playground project with a Friday night Color Run. The event was also a fund raiser for the start of Phase II.

About 200 people participated. They warmed up with Physical Education Teacher Chris McGuire. At a signal, they showered one another with colored powder, and then circled the track, ran up the hill to the school, and then returned to the starting point. Along the way, they got another dose of colored powder from adult volunteers who bombarded everyone who passed them.

When the run was over, kids ate cupcakes and ices in front of the school and then cheered for Principal Megan Argenio as she snipped the ceremonial ribbon. “Do you love your new playground?” she asked. And the kids shouted “Yes.” What else would they say!

Chris McGuire lets a student count cadence for the next exercise.

Chris McGuire lets a student count cadence for the next exercise.

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Roll-over closes Route 9W southbound

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Route 9W southbound, just after Mountain Road, was closed for about 90 minutes while an accident was cleared earlier this morning. A vehicle rolled over shortly before 9 a.m. after the driver failed to negotiate a turn. The vehicle overturned and was wedged in a rock formation. One occupant was observed being extricated from the vehicle. He seemed alert as he was lifted on a stretcher. The driver was transported to Westchester Medical Center.

Van pulls down Main Street lines

Commuting on Main Street got a little tougher this morning as an Atlas Moving Van pulled down the phone and cable lines near Smitchger’s Realty. The mishap occurred shortly after 8 a.m.

Motorists were able to detour around the site by turning onto Torrey Lane or Union Street. Residents did not lose power, but the police officers on the scene (Marcus Orellano and Mike Thompson) could not predict when the other service would be restored.

The van pulled down phone and cable lines on Main Street shortly after 8 a.m.

The van pulled down phone and cable lines on Main Street shortly after 8 a.m.

Motorists were detoured off of Main Street between Torrey Lane and Union Street.

Motorists were detoured off of Main Street between Torrey Lane and Union Street.

Two critical in Route 32 accident

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New Windsor Ambulance Corps Chief Michael Bigg, Town of Cornwall Police Chief Todd Hazard, and Cornwall Fire Department Chief Pat Hines confer following a two-car accident on Route 32. Details are not available, but it appeared two patients were in critical condition and required transportation by helicopter. A third patient appeared to be conscious.