Washington’s HQ acquires work of a “beloved” artist

Photo by Ken Cashman Newburgh historian Mary McTamaney applauds after the unveiling of a 1909 painting by C.K. Chatterton. The art, a gift from Mr. Chatterton’s granddaughters, is now on display at Washington’s Headquarters.

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Newburgh historian Mary McTamaney applauds after the unveiling of a 1909 painting by C.K. Chatterton. The art, a gift from Mr. Chatterton’s granddaughters, is now on display at Washington’s Headquarters.

Can you love an artist you never met? City of Newburgh Historian Mary McTamaney professed a love for Clarence K. Chatterton (1880-1973) before the unveiling of one of his paintings at Washington’s Headquarters.

The historic site looked its best on Feb. 10 — the snow-covered lawn providing a sharp contrast to the blue of the Hudson River. Inside the museum, twenty people gathered to welcome the new acquisition, a gift from Mr. Chatterton’s granddaughters.

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This week’s issue – February 10, 2017

Photo by Ken Cashman At the high school on Feb. 7, Trooper Craig Vedder told an audience of parents and school officials that there are clues to the drug world everywhere.

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At the high school on Feb. 7, Trooper Craig Vedder told an audience of parents and school officials that there are clues to the drug world everywhere.

Don’t be afraid to ask kids about drugs

“The drug world swirls around you every day,” Craig Vedder told an audience of parents and school district officials. “There are clues everywhere, and I can teach you to know what to look for.”

Craig Vedder is a school and community outreach coordinator with the New York State Police. He services five counties and has visited 220 public schools. On Tuesday night, Feb. 7, he was in the Cornwall high school auditorium, describing the new language of drugs. Page 1

Beaver Dam residents not convinced

Last week a couple hundred Beaver Dam Lake residents attended a special meeting hosted by the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Health. Despite being told PFC levels in their drinking water are not at health risk levels, some residents still aren’t convinced.

Doreen LoSauro, who serves on the Beaver Dam Lake Advisory Board, attended the meeting and, for the last month, has had a water filtration system in her home since her water tested positive back in November. Page 1

School budget starts with list of needs

Harvey Sotland, the assistant superintendent for business, presented a list of possible additions to the budget at the Feb. 13 school board meeting. The list was based on interviews with principals and directors. “I know in my heart we’re not going to get all the things in our needs assessment,” President Charlie Frankel admitted. But Vice President Melanie Robinson was a little more optimistic. “Harvey tends to find the money somewhere,” she said. Page 1

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Teens create a carnival at the library

Luishmel Reyes uses cotton balls to make a snowman during the Cornwall Public Library’s winter carnival.

Luishmel Reyes uses cotton balls to make a snowman during the Cornwall Public Library’s winter carnival.

Saturday started as the coldest day of the year and some might say it was too cold to enjoy a winter carnival, but not if it was indoors, in the confines of the Cornwall Public Library.

The event, organized by the library’s teen volunteers, attracted well over 100 parents and children in the first hour. Shortly after the carnival was scheduled to commence, not a parking spot could be found. Inside the community room, there was little space to maneuver to the various stations.

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Nature museum exhibits meant to be touched

Abigail Baisley (seated) and Devon Hard worked together to produce this vastly enlarged image of a bird feather. The girls were at the Wildlife Education Center on Jan. 28 for the opening of a new exhibit.

Abigail Baisley (seated) and Devon Hard worked together to produce this vastly enlarged image of a bird feather. The girls were at the Wildlife Education Center on Jan. 28 for the opening of a new exhibit.

“If you can reach it, you can touch it,” Emily Nestlerode told the crowd at the Wildlife Education Center. They had come on Jan. 28 for the opening of the new Birds on the Wing exhibit — the first Ms. Nestlerode had arranged for the museum. Her goal was to have plenty of things for kids to do.

She spoke at a brief ribbon cutting ceremony, which included board president Susan Christensen and executive director Jackie Grant. Once the ribbon was snipped, adults helped themselves to champagne and cheese, while the kids took Ms. Nestlerode’s advice and looked for things they could touch.

Abigail Baisley and Devon Hard hadn’t met before, but they had no problem working together at a powerful magnifying device. They slid a bird feather into a slot in the machine, and saw the feather greatly enlarged on a screen above them.

A few youngsters took turns at the nest building table. And a few people, who were no longer kids, pushed buttons to hear the warning cries of different species.

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Chapter shares Tuskegee memories

At the Cornwall Public Library on Jan. 25, Quincy Magwood displayed a World War I fighter plane. Gunners had to be careful not to hit the propeller when they were firing. Mr. Magwood is the president of the Eastern Region of Tuskegee Airmen.

At the Cornwall Public Library on Jan. 25, Quincy Magwood displayed a World War I fighter plane. Gunners had to be careful not to hit the propeller when they were firing. Mr. Magwood is the president of the Eastern Region of Tuskegee Airmen.

Glendon Fraser remembers the first fund-raising events for the local chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen. Some of the original airmen would attend. They were good dancers, despite their age. And they were wonderful story-tellers, who would sometimes embellish their tales.

The airmen don’t show up to the dinner-dances anymore. Like other World War II veterans, they’re either deceased or too old to travel. So it’s up to the local chapters to keep their memory alive.

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Drivers take note

This morning, the Town Police attached their new speed recorder to a  sign in front of the Canterbury Green Apartments on Quaker Avenue.

The police had purchased the device with the money they received from the Chamber of Commerce Car Show on Labor Day Weekend.

Each week, officers will move the device to a different location.  The cars that passed the sign this morning were within a mile or two of the posted limit.speed sign

 

Additional volunteers needed for Victorian Tea

Photo contributed The annual Victorian Tea isn’t just a casual gathering. Fine China is used and guests dress in their Victorian best. This year’s event will be Feb. 19.

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The annual Victorian Tea isn’t just a casual gathering. Fine China is used and guests dress in their Victorian best. This year’s event will be Feb. 19.

The third annual Victorian Tea is fast approaching and the organizers are seeking volunteers to assist with a number of items. The tea is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Feb. 19 at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The event will benefit Backpacks for Food (BFF).

Among the volunteer opportunities, one can choose to dress a table. This means outfitting a table for four or eight guests. The table will be covered with linens and each setting with a tea cup, saucer, napkin, and utensils.

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Kids get close to symphony orchestra

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Contributed photo With the audience applauding for the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, Director Russell Ger points to one of the featured performers.

Going Places on a Gallon

People often say there’s not much to do here. You may agree during the winter. But if you’re willing to get out of the house and burn up to a gallon’s worth of gas, you’ll  find something that can be fun.

We used much less than a gallon for a round trip visit to the GNSO Family Concert, an event we previewed last week.

On Jan. 21, Russell Ger stepped in front of the orchestra at Aquinas Hall and saw a dozen kids on the floor between the front row and the stage. Mr. Ger didn’t shoo them away. He grabbed the microphone and invited other youngsters to come down and join them. “This is your concert,” he said. “Your parents and grandparents are your guests.”

Mr. Ger is the music director of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, which played a family concert at Mount Saint Mary College on Saturday afternoon.

Before entering the hall, you could enjoy a cliffside view of the Hudson River. And on an unseasonably warm afternoon, you wondered if the lure of the outdoors would keep audience members away. But it didn’t.

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Kids book inspires musical premiere

Contributed photo Russell Ger will direct the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 21, as it performs “Rapunzel” and “Peter and the Wolf.”

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Russell Ger will direct the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 21, as it performs “Rapunzel” and “Peter and the Wolf.”

Russell Ger was in a Greenwich Village bookstore when he noticed an illustrated copy of “Rapunzel.” The fairy tale inspired him to try something new — to tell a musical story, like Prokofiev did with “Peter and the Wolf,” and to add a new dimension. In addition to a narrator, “Rapunzel” has pictures projected on a screen.

Mr. Ger (the name rhymes with “her”) directs the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO), which will be playing “Rapunzel” as part of its Family Concert on Jan. 21. It’s the first time the piece has been performed.

“I didn’t write the music,” Mr. Ger said when he visited the Local this week. Instead, he selected familiar passages that fit the mood of the narrative. Later in the program, the audience will hear “Peter and the Wolf” and will get to see an eight-year-old conductor wield the baton.

The Family Concert is the orchestra’s biggest event of the year and its fifth appearance with Russell Ger as its musical director. Mr. Ger left Australia in August 2008 to study at the Boston Conservatory. In those days, he lived close enough to Fenway Park to hear the fans cheering for the Red Sox.

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