Rice reprises role in ‘Into the Woods’

Julia Samuelson and Sophia Cappa (Cinderella’s narrators and Maggie Kelly (Cinderella), rehearse a scene from “Into the Woods.” The performance is this Friday and Saturday.

Julia Samuelson and Sophia Cappa (Cinderella’s narrators and Maggie Kelly (Cinderella), rehearse a scene from “Into the Woods.” The performance is this Friday and Saturday.

A veteran cast will take the stage, this weekend, for Step it up Summer Stage’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s  “Into the Woods.” The musical also stars a young woman reprising a role she played 10 years ago.

Auditions were held on June 11, and the camp started with two weeks of rehearsals which began last Monday. The cast includes 30 local middle school through college-aged students. Only five members of the cast are newcomers.

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State parks offer dozens of circuit hikes

Don Weise signs a copy of his book for Susanne Vondrak at the Cornwall Public Library on June 27.

Don Weise signs a copy of his book for Susanne Vondrak at the Cornwall Public Library on June 27.

The good thing about a circuit hike is when you’re finished you’re back where you started. You don’t have to turn around and retrace your steps  or arrange for a ride back to your car.

There are dozens of  good loop (or circuit) hikes in Harriman and Bear Mountain State Park. Don Weise has written a book about them that is now in its second edition. On June 27, Mr. Weise was a guest speaker at the Cornwall Public Library.

“What a great place you live in,” the author said as he greeted the guests. “There’s no place quite like where we are right here.” Mr. Weise wasn’t referring to shopping or transportation. He was talking about access to nature and scenic trails.

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Hello middle school!

Cornwall’s three elementary schools said “good bye” to fourth-graders last week and wished them luck at the middle school. Lee Road and Willow Avenue held their moving up ceremonies on June 21. Cornwall-on-Hudson hosted its event on the following morning.

The COH fourth-graders sang "You Can Count on Me"

The COH fourth-graders sang “You Can Count on Me”

Ryleigh Gross and Judy Solórzano were among the students recognized at COH.

Ryleigh Gross and Judy Solórzano were among the students recognized at COH.

Three of the Martens Award winners at Lee Road School

Three of the Martens Award winners at Lee Road School

An award winner receives congratulations from a classmate at Willow Avenue School.

An award winner receives congratulations from a classmate at Willow Avenue School.

At Willow Avenue School, students with perfect attendance led the Pledge of Allegiance

At Willow Avenue School, students with perfect attendance led the Pledge of Allegiance

Hiking program at the library

Don Weise,  Director of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference will present a book talk at Cornwall Public Library on June 27 at 6:30 p.m.

The talk will center on hikes around the Cornwall area — including Storm King, Black Rock, Harriman-Bear Mountain and across the river (Breakneck Ridge-Hudson Highlands State Park), etc.

There will be tips on finding, scouting, preparing for and leading summer hikes, including tailoring them to your group (e.g. kids, novice adults, adventurous types).  He will touch on safety and “Leave No Trace” tips as well.

 

Founder joins Girls on the Run anniversary celebration

June23_girlsSeeing a man and woman standing apart from the crowd at NYMA on Saturday morning, Molly Barker introduced herself to Senator and Mrs. Larkin. She told them that she was the founder of Girls on the Run, and had come from North Carolina to help the Hudson Valley Chapter celebrate its fifth anniversary.

It was a big celebration. That was obvious before you reached the campus, where the girls and their running buddies were getting ready for a 5K through the streets of Cornwall. By 8:30 a.m., traffic was backed up on Route 9W, as cars waited to make a left turn into the military academy. A long line of police and volunteers directed motorists onto a field that was packed solid with vehicles.

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High School confers athletic awards

Cornwall Central High School held its Senior Class Awards and Scholarship Night in the auditorium on June 19. The following athletes were honored.

Andrew Heitman Scholarship: Joseph Lynch and Madison Vinett

Bruce Armitage Awards: Gabryelle Fanning and Dominick Marzigliano

Cornwall Coaches Awards: Females — Kristen Henry, Madeline McGuire, Hannah Mellino, Monika Morasse, Mekenzi Moreau, Madison Vinett. Males — John Cassidy, Conor Havey, Spencer Lupo, Joseph Lynch, Christopher Robinson, Connor St. Germain

Cornwall Little League Scholarships:  In memory of Curtis Remfrey Sr.: Dominick Marzigliano, In memory of Eleanor Ransom: Amelia Harding

Cornwall United Soccer Club Patrick Harding Memorial Scholarships: Jordan Bell, Brynne Growney, Amelia Harding, Madeline McGuire

Cornwall Youth Basketball League Patrick Harding Memorial Awards: Amelia Harding, Christine Hurley, Samantha Incognoli, Sydney Jurgens

Cornwall Youth Cheerleading: Jennifer Berean, Samantha Margini, Olivia Pietrobuono

Cornwall Youth Football: Neal Chaudhry, Nicholas Higgins, Joseph Lynch

Dan Cregan Scholarship for Service: Thomas Cook

Irving Butch Kent Memorial Award: Samantha Incognoli

Nancy Rooney Swimming and Diving Award: Allison Dubick

OCIAA Times-Herald Record Athletes: John Cassidy and Kristen Henry

Orange County Youth Football Scholarship: Neal Chaudhry

Russ Pons Baseball Award: Alex Gomez

 

Butch Kent Memorial Award Winners

On Monday night, Samantha Incognoli became the 55th winner of the Butch Kent Memorial Award, which is given to an outstanding senior class athlete.

Kent Award Winners

2017     Samantha Incognoli

2016     Jason Bailey

2015     Beatrice Boylan

2014     Mike White

2013     Caroline Staudle

2012     Olivia Jebb

2011     Aisling Cuffe

2010     Joe Terribile

2009     Kevin Arduino

2008     Kelsey Branch

2007     Jennifer Bailey

2006     Katrice Ewanich

2005     Shannon Whalen

2004     Charity Briggs

2003     David Blaine

2002     Katie Farrugia

2001     Jessica Donohue

2000     Joe Piascik

1999     Katherine Fuller

1998     Kathryn Spies

1997     Paul Paquin

1996     Michael Fitzula

1995     Michael Mitchell

1994     Lisa Donald

1993     Carolyn McGrath

1992     Nick Byrne

1991     Kelly Thorpe 

1990     Mike Erickson

1989     Gillian Hamburger

1988     Laini Short

1987     Marissa Maggio

1986     Tom Kondzela

1985     Mark Deschenes

1984     Christopher Neuman

1983     Mark Keegan

1982     Rich DiMaio

1981     Will Fredericks

1980     Dan Railey

1979     Ken Holman

1978     Angie Paccione

1977     Joe Ward

1976     Stu Whitfield

1975     Cheryl Halvorsen

1974     Mark Scott

1973     “Chick” Jurgens

1972     Jim Mahan

1971     David Ochse

1970     Mark Rathbun

1969     Jeff Bouton

1968     John Carnright

1967     Bryon Rostanzo

1966     George Edgar

1965     Warren Mumford

1964     Joel Conley

1963     Bill Graham

 

Gill, The News, WP-HF Rotary honored

News of the Highlands Inc.'s Joe Gill, and West Point-Highland Falls Rotary Club President Steve Scott listen as Gala co-chairwoman Elaine Dapra speaks at Saturday's Gala event at the library. The two represented their organizations as they received the 'Printed Word' and 'Best Friends' awards.

News of the Highlands Inc.’s Joe Gill, and West Point-Highland Falls Rotary Club President Steve Scott listen as Gala co-chairwoman Elaine Dapra speaks at Saturday’s Gala event at the library. The two represented their organizations as they received the ‘Printed Word’ and ‘Best Friends’ awards.

Joe Gill, a Highland Falls native and longtime Cornwall resident, was honored with the ‘Printed Word Award’ at the Highland Falls Library on June 4.

The company Gill has served, as vice president and general manager of for decades, The News of the Highlands, Inc., was also recognized.

“The Printed Word Award recognizes exceptional support of our library in the media,” the Friends of the Highland Falls Library wrote in the program for their spring 2017 Gala and Awards Reception. “The Friends are proud to honor a native son. As vice president and general manager of our local paper, Joe has lent his many talents and those of his staff to the creation of materials for all four of our Galas, while also providing excellent year-round coverage of library events, news and announcements.”

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Army cadets build Bannerman Island bridge

 A new bridge on Bannerman Island will allow tours to the summit. The bridge, unveiled last week, was constructed by 11 West Point cadets majoring in civil and mechanical engineering.

A new bridge on Bannerman Island will allow tours to the summit. The bridge, unveiled last week, was constructed by 11 West Point cadets majoring in civil and mechanical engineering.

On May 25, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, on Bannerman Island, to mark the opening of a new bridge, constructed by 11 West Point cadets majoring in civil and mechanical engineering.

This wasn’t the first time the island has benefited from the engineering students. In 2008, Donna Blakemore, one of the garden’s volunteers on the island, contacted the United States Military Academy asking if students could install a new gravity-fed watering system rather than having to take buckets of water from the river, around the island, to water the plants.

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