Mayor was on television

Mayor Brendan Coyne was out with his daughter on Thursday night when he pointed at the television screen. At first, Molly didn’t get the message. But then she looked up, and saw her father speaking into a microphone. The setting was familiar. He was at Cornwall Landing near the site of the recent train and automobile crash.

Mayor Coyne was part of press conference arranged by Sen. Chuck Schumer. Details of the story will appear in next week’s newspaper.

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2015: The Year in Review

Jon Felz brought the Antique Roadshow to Cornwall and appraised an 18th century spoon at $18,000.

Jon Felz brought the Antique Roadshow to Cornwall and appraised an 18th century spoon at $18,000.

JANUARY

A group of Korean fourth through sixth-graders and their teachers arrived at NYMA at the end of the calendar year and were due to stay for two months.

Mayor Brendan Coyne observed that the crowd keeps getting younger. But they still come. There were 300 people in Village Square for the New Year’s Eve ball drop.

The DEC reported that, back in June. Kiryas Joel had suspended its request to draw water from its well in Mountainville. The suspension had not been publicized.

The Hudson Highland Nature Museum went from one extreme to the other, as it changed its exhibit at the Wildlife Education Center from mastodons to moths.

The Center for Disease Control said the flu season could be considered an epidemic. But attendance in Cornwall schools was the same as in previous years.

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Name changes as holiday event grows

Photo by Jay LeRoy The Merry Minstrels sang Christmas carols as they strolled through town on Sunday afternoon.

Photo by Jay LeRoy
The Merry Minstrels sang Christmas carols as they strolled through town on Sunday afternoon.

The name has changed, but the event is starting to feel like a tradition. The Winter Extravaganza became “Celebrate the Season” this year.

The turnout was good on Dec. 6, and so was the weather, which flaunted a 20-degree improvement over the previous year. Main Street was closed from 3 to 5 p.m. to accommodate the horse and carriage ride that carried about a thousand passengers.

Along the sidewalk, there were some new attractions. The Merry Minstrels roamed the street, stopping in front of stores, and inviting spectators to sing along.

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Christmas celebration

A look back at the Winter Extravaganza and tree lighting ceremonies held this past weekend.

Woman injured in car crash with train

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Around 1:30 a.m., Storm King Engine Co. #2 responded to a crash between a car and train on Dock Hill and Shore Roads.

“Reports of a car engulfed in flames at the Shore Road crossing on the busy CSX Freight line had [first] responders fearing the worst as the car was inaccessible on the Hudson River side due to the passing train,” said Director of Emergency Mangement Kurt Hahn.

The train was cleared and volunteers learned the driver, Lisa Castanon, 44, of Wappinger Falls, had escaped from the car prior to the crash. The woman was treated, by COVAC for injuries, and was later airlifted to Westchester Medical Center where she’s being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Investigations by the Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department and CSX Railroad are ongoing, but it was determined Castanon was traveling southbound on Shore Road and failed to bear left at the railroad crossing where her vehicle got stuck on the tracks/gravel.

It was also determined Castanon was operating her vehicle while intoxicated. She was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and is due back in Cornwall Justice Court at 5 p.m. on Dec. 17.

The tracks were re-opened to traffic around 3 a.m. after a safety inspection by CSX.

 

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Continental breakfast added to Shop Hop

File photo The fourth annual Shop Hop will take place on Nov. 28. The event, held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, encourages people to shop locally.

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The fourth annual Shop Hop will take place on Nov. 28. The event, held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, encourages people to shop locally.

The Shop Hop is entering its fourth year. And Luanne Richards, of Creative Gifts and More, continues to expand it.

Last year she added a dog walk and pet photos with Santa Claus. This year the Greater Cornwall Chamber of Commerce will be supplying a free continental breakfast. To date, Cromwell Manor and Caldwell House have offered to donate food and drink for the breakfast.

Shoppers will be able to enjoy breakfast under a tent in the municipal parking lot from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28.

People can start registering for the dog walk at 8:30 a.m.  It will begin at 9  in front of Puppy Paws and proceed down Main Street to the crosswalk just before Town Hall. Humans and canines will then cross the road and return to Bridge Street, where pets can pose for photographs with Santa from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Richards said the donations collected at the dog walk will be given to the Cornwall Bark Park. The fee for the photograph will benefit the park, the Safe Haven Animal Shelter and the Wildlife Center, in Hopewell Junction.

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Community hosts a superior Saturday

Jeff Knight pours chili into a cup at the Apple Time Fair.

Jeff Knight pours chili into a cup at the Apple Time Fair.

Village Wide Yard Sale: Yard sale customers are usually early birds. When a shopper pulled into the Village Hall parking lot, on Saturday afternoon, the maps were all gone. “Don’t worry,” she was told. “You can find sales on almost any street in the Village.”

Several residents put out merchandise on Hudson Street. And there were signs on almost every corner pointing toward other vendors. Cornwall and Cornwall-on-Hudson were busy on Oct. 17. There were five major events in the community.

Of the five, the Village Wide Yard Sale covered the widest area, and the Apple Time Fair had the distinction of being the oldest. It’s been at the Cornwall Presbyterian Church for 40 years.

Apple Time: Although the afternoon was brisk, people still ate their lunch at the tables in front of the church. The cool weather helped the sale of hot apple cider.

Downstairs, there was a steady flow of shoppers in “Grandma’s Bargain Basement.” At 1:30 p.m., Matt Keller (a middle school teacher and congregation member) entertained them with songs on his guitar. A few newcomers to the fair were disappointed to learn that apple pies have to be ordered in advance.

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Village looks at ways to cut its electricity costs

Photo by Jason Kaplan Michael Viner, an energy strategist with Energy Price Management Group (PMG) spoke, on Monday, to members of the Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees about saving money on electricity.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Michael Viner, an energy strategist with Energy Price Management Group (PMG) spoke, on Monday, to members of the Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees about saving money on electricity.

The Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson used two million kilowatt hours of electricity last year and is looking to cut down on the $286,485.21 price tag.

On Monday, the Board of Trustees met with Michael Viner, an energy strategist with Energy Price Management Group (PMG).

The company develops strategies for its clients by looking at trends in the marketplace. It determines the right time to be in the marketplace, based on pricing, and what type of term the client should be looking at.

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Crowd enjoys a cold Extravaganza

The Middle School Select Chorus sang carols at the Extravaganza during the day and at the tree lighting at night.

The Middle School Select Chorus sang carols at the Extravaganza during the day and at the tree lighting at night.

Could you have a Winter Extravaganza in the spring or summer? It would be nice to try it in the warmer weather.

It was cold on Dec. 7 as the Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual event for a second time. The middle school Select Chorus went caroling up and down Main Street. As they walked, two of the girls hugged one another in an effort to stay warm.

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Halloween curfew

As in past years, the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson is imposing a Halloween night curfew on people under the age of 18. The curfew will be in effect from 9 p.m. on Oct. 31 until 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 1.

Exceptions will be made for under age people who are traveling to or from a job, to or from a school activity, or who are out on an errand related to a medical or other type of emergency.