Cornwall ER closes; stays in news

A Mobile Life ambulance was stationed outside of the former Cornwall Emergency Room from Jan. 12 to Jan. 19.

A Mobile Life ambulance was stationed outside of the former Cornwall Emergency Room from Jan. 12 to Jan. 19.

There was no last minute reprieve for the Cornwall Emergency Room. It closed on Jan. 12, as promised.

In its last days, the facility accepted at least one emergency patient who was diverted from Newburgh, and the Emergency Room appeared in a press release from  Assemblyman James Skoufis.

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Alert Cab helps take drunk drivers off road

Tom Kennedy, general sales manager for Dana Distributors, emphasized the importance of saving lives during a press conference, last week, for the Alert Cab program.

Tom Kennedy, general sales manager for Dana Distributors, emphasized the importance of saving lives during a press conference, last week, for the Alert Cab program.

Over the last nine years, Dana Distributors has provided more than 1,200 rides as part of the Alert Cab program. The program was started by Anheuser-Busch in 1982 and adopted by the Goshen-based beer distributor for the last 30 years.

Since its inception, over $1 billion has been invested in the program to ensure those who consume alcohol get home safely rather than getting behind the wheel and causing an accident.

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Rotarians on a mission in Vietnam

John Dodson (not shown) and Charlie Murphy enjoyed the time they spent in Vietnam, particularly the time they spent with school children and orphans.

John Dodson (not shown) and Charlie Murphy enjoyed the time they spent in Vietnam, particularly the time they spent with school children and orphans.

(Editor’s Note: West Point- Highland Falls Rotary Club members Barbara ‘Charlie’ Murphy and John Dodson, both of Highland Falls, travelled to Vietnam as part of STEP — Schools to End Poverty — in November. Here, Murphy whittles down her “200 pages scrawled in a journal and 750 photos” to provide readers a bit of what the trip was like for her. Coming later this winter, Dodson’s, an Army veteran who served for three years in Vietnam, view. – MJP)

When you sign up to go to Vietnam with Schools to End Poverty, you go with the understanding that this is not a trip for the faint of heart. While that is true, our 17 days ‘in country’ last November also provided a life-changing adventure. STEP was founded by Vietnam veterans who are also Rotarians. The program combines a humanitarian mission with healing memorial stops for the returning veterans among its volunteers. For several volunteers, this was their tenth STEP trip. I want to talk about what STEP does for kids.’

After a brief stay in Saigon (the new name, Ho Chi Minh City, has not caught on), we took off at 3:45 A.M., flying from Tan Son Nhut to DaLat City where we would visit and dedicate an addition to the Rose School. DaLat is high in the Central Highlands and famous for raising flowers and ‘Weasel Coffee.’ The latter is an atrociously expensive brew made from beans that have been processed through the digestive track of a rodent.

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2016: The Year in Review

Superintendent of Schools Neal Miller (right) welcomed Gen. David Petraeus to the high school on April 28.

Superintendent of Schools Neal Miller (right) welcomed Gen. David Petraeus to the high school on April 28.

JANUARY

On Jan. 1 the Local reported that the high school gym had been named for the late Glen McGinnis.

The Town Board voted 3-2 to reduce the hours of a part-time records clerk and cut costs by $7,000.

Cornwall-on-Hudson instituted weekly (rather than biweekly) pickups of items for recycling.

As previously announced, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital became part of the Montefiore Health Care System.

The Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline drew a crowd to a Friday night meeting in the Town of Newburgh.

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Pizza record, menorah lighting & news bites

Contributed photo On December 8 Maureen Moore’s photograph, “Who’s Taller Now” won best of show at the Dutchess Regional Professional Photographer’s 2016 Winter Competition. The photo was taken at Denali National Park in Alaska.

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On December 8 Maureen Moore’s photograph, “Who’s Taller Now,” won best of show at the Dutchess Regional Professional Photographer’s 2016 Winter Competition. The photo was taken at Denali National Park in Alaska.

PIZZA RECORD

Prima Pizza shipped more pies this month than ever before to customers all over the United States. During a five-day period before Christmas, the restaurant prepared 124 pizzas for overnight delivery via Fed Ex.

Each shipped pie is flash cooled  and specially packaged without preservatives. Customers can include a personal message.

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New Year’s Eve Resolutions

If you’d like to share a resolution with the crowd at the New Year’s Eve ball drop, you can write  your goal for next year on a slip of paper and leave it in any one of the following locations:

The Trestle, Painters, 2 Alices, The Cornwall Public Library, Fresh, Fiddlestix, Leo’s, Cornwall Wines & Spirits, Woody’s, and CVS.

Each of these places will have a resolutions bucket until the evening of Dec. 30.

 

 

Birthday bags bring extra joy to special day

Photo contributed For her Silver Award project, Emily Cucci donated 25 birthday bags to Sally Mattausch, one of the organizers of Backpacks for Food.

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For her Silver Award project, Emily Cucci donated 25 birthday bags to Sally Mattausch, one of the organizers of Backpacks for Food.

About two dozen elementary students can expect a little extra cheer on their birthday thanks to Emily Cucci and her Silver Award project.

Cucci, an eighth grader at Cornwall Central Middle School, recently put together 25 birthday bags and donated them to Backpacks for Food to help children whose families might not be able to celebrate their birthday.

“Your birthday is the most special day for a kid,” Cucci said. “You go to school and everyone says ‘happy birthday’ to you. Then you go home and for some kids who don’t have anything, they’re on the bus and they’re like ‘oh no, what am I supposed to do now?’”

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Pearl Harbor has lasting impact

Gene Murphy, tolls a bell in honor of those members of the U.S. Marine Corps who died as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Gene Murphy, tolls a bell in honor of those members of the U.S. Marine Corps who died as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor recalled the second-wave strike on the Hawaiian naval base.

On Dec. 7, 1941, at 7:55 a.m. local time (12:55 p.m. EST), the first wave of Japanese fighter planes, dive bombers, and torpedo bombers launched from six aircraft carriers off the coast of Oahu.

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Cornwall ER to close in January

The following announcement was excerpted from a St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital press release.

“On Jan. 12, 2017, at 7 a.m. the Cornwall Emergency Department, which has been averaging fewer than two patients per hour, will close. An ambulance will be stationed at the Cornwall campus for a short period for those that may present to the Emergency Department during the transition. SLCH will expand emergency services at the hospital’s Newburgh campus. These measures include the addition of valet parking for Emergency Department patients and visitors between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., as well as increasing the ED’s fast track hours which allows for triage of less emergent cases.

“’To address the concerns regarding capacity in the Newburgh emergency department, we’re adding nurses and providers; increasing the hours of fast track and initiating a process for definitive treatment at triage,’” said Dr. Scot Hill, Chairman and Medical Director of Emergency Services at SLCH. “We remain committed to decreasing the time from your arrival to going home.”