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.
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.
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.
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.
Cooking aficionados might remember “Yan Can Cook” back in the 1980s. The Orange County Office for the Aging recently completed its own version of the cooking show, “Men Can Cook,” held at Munger Cottage. The six-week program was only open to male senior citizens.
“We decided to take men for the program because traditionally their wives would cook for them,” said nutrition program director Kevin Monaghan. “One of the things that qualify men for the program is their spouse may have cooked for them their entire life and now their spouse is sick, passed on and they don’t know how to cook and can’t fend for themselves. They end up eating TV dinners and prepared foods. We wanted to take a group of men and teach them some basic cooking skills and show them some dishes they may not have been exposed to in the past.”
Growing up, Lawrence Gregorek never let cliques define who he was or prevent him from participating in the activities he enjoyed. As a 2006 Cornwall graduate, Gregorek was in the unique position of being able to express himself as both an athlete and an artist.
Gregorek was quarterback of the football team, but he also played baseball and was a member of the swimming and diving team. He’d practice like any other athlete, but then he’d hit the art room to work on a project. He often fielded questions from both cliques – are you really an athlete/artist? – but everyone accepted him for who he was. Ever since he was a kid, he had an interest in both arts and athletics.
“I’ve always been an adventurous person and I love sports,” Gregorek said. “I think everyone knew that growing up. I was always outside, running around.”
Gregorek also learned he had the ability to see certain things.
“If there’s a blank canvas, I’m able to see the image before I paint. I enjoy being expressive. Art was just another way for me to express my love with color, composition, and design. Drawing and painting gave me an outlet and I was pretty good at it. I wanted to continue with it and see where art could take me.”
The Town Board will meet at Town Hall at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3 and vote to go into executive session to interview candidates for the Buildings and Grounds Department.
After almost 40 years in the state legislature, Sen. Bill Larkin still likes to share good news. So when he was able to secure a $40,000 grant for the Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department, the senator picked up the phone and called the chief.
“Are you sitting down?” Mr. Larkin asked before he identified himself. As a matter of fact, Chief Steve Dixon was sitting down. He was driving to work on Route 207 — not far from the senator’s office. “Is it all right if I stop in?” the chief asked.
A few minutes later, he came through the door and shook hands with his benefactor. “We’ve been trying to upgrade our equipment,” the chief said, “and this is going to be a major addition.”
The Town Board will hold a special meeting in Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25. Topics at the meeting will include.
An audio visual permit
A request for quote for the sewage treatment plant
The appointment of a full-time police officer
And interviews of candidates for the Buildings and Grounds Department.
It might not be a deluxe apartment in New York City, but a few animals at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Wildlife Education Center are living in luxury after receiving an upgrade to their homes.
Tom Keller, a member of Cornwall’s Class of 2017, recently completed his Eagle project by constructing a new rabbit hutch, dove cage, and a shelving unit.
Keller explained his mother provides veterinary services to the animals at the museum, and having spent some time there he realized a need for new habitats.