Accident quells Quaker traffic

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Emergency personnel responded to an accident shortly after 3 p.m. on Quaker Avenue near the 9W ramp. Cornwall Fire Department volunteers disabled the vehicles while EMTs from Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps and New Windsor Ambulance Corps tended to two females. Each agency transported a patient to the hospital. Both were conscious, but the extent of their injuries is unknown, as is the cause of the accident. Cornwall Police Department directed traffic away from Quaker Avenue and onto Route 9W.

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Route 218 closure

Weather permitting, Route 218 will be closed on Tuesday, May 2 from 6 a,m. to 6 p.m. for permit and maintenance activities. The closure will extend from Mountain House Road in Cornwall to Washington Road in the Town of Highlands.

Motorists should use Route 9W as a detour, but expect delays.

 

Agencies rush to Hudson for rescue

April 28: The 1:19 p.m. emergency message reported an unoccupied, overturned boat floating toward West Point after breaking loose from its mooring. Several agencies rushed to the Hudson.

A helicopter and a drone patrolled the river from above. Volunteers from the Storm King Engine Company left the shore in their rescue boat. Police and firefighters waited near the dock of the Cornwall Yacht Club.

But after a thorough search, responders determined that the report was unfounded.

At about 2 p.m., the Storm King Engine Co. vessel returned to shore.

At about 2 p.m., the Storm King Engine Co. vessel returned to shore.

 

Beltane to celebrate 10th anniversary

File photo James Huba and Carly Rivas were married at last year’s Beltane Festival. They’re keeping this year’s honorees a secret. The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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James Huba and Carly Rivas were married at last year’s Beltane Festival. They’re keeping this year’s honorees a secret. The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Editor’s note: There are several festivals in Orange County, but this one is unique.

When Bernadette Montana started the Beltane Festival 10 years ago, it only drew about 200 guests. Since then, the event has outgrown its original location and is expected to draw about 1,000 people this year.

“It’s evolved and I guess it has to do with people wanting it to evolve,” Montana said. “It’s the first event people attend throughout the year. It gives people hope. We’re coming out of winter and coming into spring and summer. People are very excited about participating in a festival like this.”

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Neighbor couldn’t stand it any more

Contributed photo Suki Chen of the United States with her two younger nieces in a restaurant in China.

Contributed photo
Suki Chen of the United States with her two younger nieces in a restaurant in China.

Suki Chen is still trying to bring her nieces to the United States. The girls ages 4, 7 and 11 have been living as orphans in China since their mother and grandmother were killed in accidents last summer. Their father remains in a coma in a hospital several hours away.

Mrs. Chen, a New Windsor resident and a Cornwall business owner, has engaged attorneys to help her bring the children to this country. One of the lawyers asked the girls’ neighbor in China to describe their condition. This is part of what she had to say.

“Hello, I’m Shanzhen Wang, Chen’s neighbor. Since the parents of this family had an accident, there has been nobody taking care of the children of this family. The children are very poor. I could not stand it anymore so I often go to their home to take care of the children, after all, how are the three girls at this young age to take care of themselves?

Originally, the grandmother of the children at home could watch the children, at least made the child having a protective umbrella, but who know misfortunes never come singly, their grandma passed away at a car accident.

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Arbor Day observance

The Cornwall Conservation Advisory Council and the Town of Cornwall will be planting a Scarlet Oak tree on the grounds of Sands Ring Homestead on April 21 at 4 p.m. as part of the Town’s annual observance of Arbor Day.

Carla Castillo, chair of the Cornwall Conservation Advisory Council will offer introductions and Supervisor Richard Randazzo will read an official Arbor Day Proclamation in observance of the day.

The tree is being planted in honor of Bernard Sussman, a veteran, a long-time CCAC member who worked closely with fellow CCAC members to protect the Moodna Creek,  and long-time curator of the Narrowsburg Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp Museum. A few words will be said regarding Sussman’s contributions to Cornwall and his work on the CCAC.

Program recalls anniversary of war declaration

Photo by Jason Kaplan Chad Johnson, Mario Accosta, and John Cronin raised a 48-star American flag during a program, held at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ declaration of war against Germany. The U.S. entered World War I on April 6, 1917.

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Chad Johnson, Mario Accosta, and John Cronin raised a 48-star American flag during a program, held at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ declaration of war against Germany. The U.S. entered World War I on April 6, 1917.

A small group of veterans and public officials attended a program at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.

As if mimicking the conditions on that date in 1917, a light rain fell last week and the temperature hovered just above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The program, however, started about two hours prior to the actual time when the House of Representatives voted 353-50 to support a declaration of war against Germany.

Two days earlier, the Senate had done the same by an 82-6 vote.

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Retired honoree will keep giving back

Paul Anderson-Winchell

Paul Anderson-Winchell

Paul Anderson-Winchell has served as the executive director of Lifting up Westchester for the past 11 years. As he nears retirement, the Cornwall-on-Hudson resident will be honored at the nonprofit’s annual Oasis of Hope spring gala on April 20.

Lifting up Westchester (formerly known as Grace Church Community Center) is a social services agency that provides homeless and poverty services for more than 4,000 men, women, and children each year. To keep the nonprofit in operation, Lifting up Westchester also runs a licensed home healthcare agency offering care to over 400 homebound seniors and disabled individuals annually.

Prior to being hired into his current position, Anderson-Winchell had dedicated 30 years to giving back to the community by working in a variety of other positions. He was founding director of the Orange County Boys and Girls Club in the Town of Wallkill, worked for United Cerebral Palsy running their residential program, and went into the healthcare field in Dutchess County where he ran a homecare agency and nursing home.

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Fighting a losing battle???

Six years after he wrote about the lumberyard on Mill Street, Jason Kaplan returned to Doug Spaulding’s property to witness the ongoing battle with erosion. Here are some of the pictures he took. The full story (including a report on what the county is doing) appears in this week’s issue.

 

The Moodna turns sharply at the foot of the lumberyard property

The Moodna turns sharply at the foot of the lumberyard property

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Educators teach about trout on opening weekend

The Black Rock Fish and Game Club loans Brook Trout to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Once grown, the trout are returned to the wild.

The Black Rock Fish and Game Club loans Brook Trout to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Once grown, the trout are returned to the wild.

It was a big weekend for openings. Opening day for the new baseball season was Sunday, while the new fishing season launched on Saturday.

The weather wasn’t conducive for fishing on day one, but the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum offered an alternative. Michelle Mindicino provided a presentation on Brook Trout, at the Wildlife Education Center.

Mindicino started by asking the audience to identify parts of the trout, which is known as New York state’s official fish.

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