Traffic jams for the sake of art

The second car is doing the filming on southbound 9W opposite the former site of Leary Chevrolet.

The second car is doing the filming on southbound 9W opposite the former site of Leary Chevrolet.

It wasn’t an accident that tied up 9W today. It was a man hunt — actually, a simulated man hunt for a Show Time mini-series entitled “Escape at Dannemora.”

The production company was shooting a jeep driving south. It sounds simple, but there were several practice runs before the actual shooting. Police stopped traffic during each practice run.

The company paid the police and paid the Town for the right to shoot in Cornwall. The filming was done here, because the leaves have turned upstate, where the escape actually took place.DSCF5404Motorists wait around noon on Thursday while the scene is in progress.

 

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Color run and playground fun

Mr. McGuire assembles the runners on the middle school track.

Mr. McGuire assembles the runners on the middle school track.

The people responsible for a profitable night of fun.

The people responsible for a profitable night of fun.

While waiting for the ribbon cutting, kids keep busy in the playground

While waiting for the ribbon cutting, kids keep busy in the playground

With students chanting "cut the ribbon," Principal Megan Argenio grants their wish.

With students chanting “cut the ribbon,” Principal Megan Argenio grants their wish.

Lee Road School celebrated the completion of Phase I of its playground project with a Friday night Color Run. The event was also a fund raiser for the start of Phase II.

About 200 people participated. They warmed up with Physical Education Teacher Chris McGuire. At a signal, they showered one another with colored powder, and then circled the track, ran up the hill to the school, and then returned to the starting point. Along the way, they got another dose of colored powder from adult volunteers who bombarded everyone who passed them.

When the run was over, kids ate cupcakes and ices in front of the school and then cheered for Principal Megan Argenio as she snipped the ceremonial ribbon. “Do you love your new playground?” she asked. And the kids shouted “Yes.” What else would they say!

Chris McGuire lets a student count cadence for the next exercise.

Chris McGuire lets a student count cadence for the next exercise.

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Roll-over closes Route 9W southbound

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Route 9W southbound, just after Mountain Road, was closed for about 90 minutes while an accident was cleared earlier this morning. A vehicle rolled over shortly before 9 a.m. after the driver failed to negotiate a turn. The vehicle overturned and was wedged in a rock formation. One occupant was observed being extricated from the vehicle. He seemed alert as he was lifted on a stretcher. The driver was transported to Westchester Medical Center.

Van pulls down Main Street lines

Commuting on Main Street got a little tougher this morning as an Atlas Moving Van pulled down the phone and cable lines near Smitchger’s Realty. The mishap occurred shortly after 8 a.m.

Motorists were able to detour around the site by turning onto Torrey Lane or Union Street. Residents did not lose power, but the police officers on the scene (Marcus Orellano and Mike Thompson) could not predict when the other service would be restored.

The van pulled down phone and cable lines on Main Street shortly after 8 a.m.

The van pulled down phone and cable lines on Main Street shortly after 8 a.m.

Motorists were detoured off of Main Street between Torrey Lane and Union Street.

Motorists were detoured off of Main Street between Torrey Lane and Union Street.

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.

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.

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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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