Hundreds get to “Speak to Sean” on Sunday

Photo by Ken Cashman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney addressed an audience of 300 people at a Town Hall Meeting in the City of Newburgh on Feb. 26.

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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney addressed an audience of 300 people at a Town Hall Meeting in the City of Newburgh on Feb. 26.

Town Hall meetings are popular these days. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (Dem., Cold Spring) drew close to a thousand people when he held three of them in one weekend.

He started in Poughkeepsie on Saturday afternoon, moved south to Fishkill, and then arrived in Newburgh just before noon on the following day.

The crowd in Newburgh was diverse. People came to the meeting for a variety of reasons. Some were sign-carrying foes of the administration. They cheered for much of what they heard, but were less enthusiastic when the Congressman became philosophical. “I want this country to succeed,” he said. “And if it succeeds under this guy, God bless him.”

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Executive expects an exciting year

County Executive Steve Neuhaus checked his computer on Feb. 17 for information concerning a recent meeting in Albany.

County Executive Steve Neuhaus checked his computer on Feb. 17 for information concerning a recent meeting in Albany.

“It’s going to be a great year,” Steve Neuhaus predicted at the start of a Friday morning interview. The county executive was referring to projects in the works or on the drawing board. But the observation could also apply to his personal life.

He’s getting a new rank in the Navy Reserve (moving up from lieutenant to lieutenant commander on July 1) and he’ll be getting a degree from the Naval War college.

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Ambulance corps honors its life savers & others

At COVAC’s Feb. 11 dinner at Mountainville Manor, Michael Masopust III (left) received an award for being the Probationary Member of the Year. Asst. Chief Joseph Reardon (right) made the presentation.

At COVAC’s Feb. 11 dinner at Mountainville Manor, Michael Masopust III (left) received an award for being the Probationary Member of the Year. Asst. Chief Joseph Reardon (right) made the presentation.

An average employee works 2,000 hours a year. The ambulance corps had a pair of members who spent more time than that volunteering. They were among the people that COVAC recognized during its annual Installation and Awards Dinner. The event was held at Mountainville Manor on Feb. 11.

Some agencies identify top responders by the number of calls they answer. COVAC (Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps) bases its top responder awards on the number of hours people serve.

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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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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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