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.

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Churches welcome their new pastor

Rev. Martha Carlson was hired to serve as pastor of both First Presbyterian Church in Washingtonville and Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in New Windsor. An installation ceremony is scheduled for Sunday.

Rev. Martha Carlson was hired to serve as pastor of both First Presbyterian Church in Washingtonville and Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in New Windsor. An installation ceremony is scheduled for Sunday.

Sunday will be a busy day for Rev. Martha Carlson.

Her first stop will be in Washingtonville where she’ll preside over a joint service between First Presbyterian Church and Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in New Windsor.

During the service, Rev. Carlson will bless backpacks belonging to kids and teachers. Afterwards, she’ll attend  a homecoming celebration with a carnival theme.

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American Legion members salute dying veteran

Contributed photo American Legion members Jim Kline, Tom Quinlan and Hector Torres visited a World War II veteran on behalf of Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties.

Contributed photo
American Legion members Jim Kline, Tom Quinlan and Hector Torres visited a World War II veteran on behalf of Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties.

Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties was looking for a few veterans to render a final salute to patients who had served in the military.

In her search for volunteers, the marketing director called Cornwall’s Town Hall and was referred to Jim Kline, a former Marine and an active member of American Legion Post 353.

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Young authors display work at library

Jasper Haase, J.T. Geraci, and Nicholas Conti peruse the books written and illustrated by their peers.

Jasper Haase, J.T. Geraci, and Nicholas Conti peruse the books written and illustrated by their peers.

The Art of the Story is a new display in the Cornwall Public Library Community Room. Over the course of four to six weeks, 25 kids wrote and illustrated short stories during a series of workshops led by Alaina Enslen.

An opening reception was held this month and samples of the children’s work were put on display until the end of August.

The spring workshop was open to students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

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Crowd in the mood for vegan food

There wasn’t just food at the Hudson Valley Vegan Food Festival. Shoppers could buy lotions that didn’t contain animal by-products.

There wasn’t just food at the Hudson Valley Vegan Food Festival. Shoppers could buy lotions that were free from animal by-products.

The couple joined the others waiting in front of the Cinnamon Snail Food Truck. Then they turned and apologized to the people around them. The line was much longer than they realized. It went straight back and then snaked around the corner. At 3 o’clock there were 60 people waiting at the truck. And the queue for vegetable hot dogs was almost as long.

The occasion was the Hudson Valley Vegan Food Festival, which on Aug. 12 returned to Delano-Hitch Park in Newburgh for a second year. We knew the site from attending soccer matches there (including a Section IX title game a dozen years ago). So we added the festival to the list of places we have visited on a gallon of gas.

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Professor recalls childhood eclipse experience

During an Aug. 14 visit to the Cornwall Public Library, Prof. David Kashinski held models of the moon and sun. He explained that the two objects appear to be the same size, because the moon is so much closer to the Earth.

During an Aug. 14 visit to the Cornwall Public Library, Prof. David Kashinski held models of the moon and sun. He explained that the two objects appear to be the same size, because the moon is so much closer to the Earth.

Dr. David Kashinski is a professor of physics at West Point. When he was eight years old he viewed an eclipse without any protective glasses. That night he experienced the traditional symptoms — light sensitivity, watery eyes, blurred vision.

It didn’t take long for his father to figure out what was wrong. Being a welder, he was familiar with “the flash” — the visual problems caused by a sudden exposure to bright light. He brought David to the doctor and within a day or two the youngster was fine.

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Boys State intimidating but worthwhile

Photo contributed Boys State participants learned how to eat quickly. Meals were limited to 15 minutes.

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Boys State participants learned how to eat quickly. Meals were limited to 15 minutes.

Cornwall American Legion Post 353 sent eight teens to this year’s Boys State, an educational program designed to teach participants discipline and how the government operates. This year’s attendees were Adam Johnson, Eliot Perez, Patrick Vilda, Justin Gagnon, Lucas Arora, Sam Delacruz, Zachary Denning, and Erik Fosstveit. The program was held June 25 to July 1 at SUNY Morrisville.

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Cast overcomes ‘Addams Family’ gloom

Director T.J. Larke stands in to rehearse a scene with Raymond Capuzzi. Capuzzi, who plays Pugsley in “The Addams Family,” enjoyed being tortured on the rack.

Director T.J. Larke stands in to rehearse a scene with Raymond Capuzzi. Capuzzi, who plays Pugsley in “The Addams Family,” enjoyed being tortured on the rack.

The Addams family is described as creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky, so it only seems appropriate for the Step it up Summer Stage production of the musical comedy to have been met with doom and gloom since the beginning of the two-week program.

Benjamin Kohn was originally slated to serve as musical director for the 5 to 18-year-old thespians. Unfortunately, director Karen Eremin explained, Kohn was in a car accident the Thursday before auditions. He injured his wrists and suffered a concussion rendering him unable to perform his duties.

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Century-old Teddy Bear inspires kids’ book

Robert and Loretta Gould with the sketches that inspired a children’s book. Mrs. Gould named the central character Barnaby Benjamin Bear.

Robert and Loretta Gould with the sketches that inspired a children’s book. Mrs. Gould named the central character Barnaby Benjamin Bear.

John Gould (1906-96) was a prominent illustrator for The Saturday Evening Post and several national corporations. But he also sketched for fun. And one of his lighter creations has inspired a children’s book by a daughter-in-law he never met.

Mr. Gould was always sketching. When out for dinner, he might decorate a Styrofoam take-out box with portraits of the patrons  around him. Or, if he was in a playful mood, he might draw a spider on a paper table cloth and call for the waitress.

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The summer months fly by as camp seasons end

Photo by Jason Kaplan Village campers Ethan Greenblatt, Landon Lavallee, and Noah Chyla palaver while eating lunch.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Village campers Ethan Greenblatt, Landon Lavallee, and Noah Chyla palaver while eating lunch.

Nearly 240 children attended summer camp in the town and village this year. Unfortunately, their season of fun came to an end this week.

Both camps featured a number of trips including visits to Splashdown, Tarsio Lanes, and the firemen’s fair.  It remained cloudy, but warm, when the town campers went to Splashdown, but the village campers had a little bit of help getting wet from Mother Nature – it rained half the day.

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