Jon Felz brought the Antique Roadshow to Cornwall and appraised an 18th century spoon at $18,000.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The village bandstand will need to undergo some renovations before it’s ready to be part of the 30th anniversary celebration next year.
Around Village Hall
Summer roads program. As part of his internship, Richie Ibsen is required to report his findings to the Board of Trustees. Over the summer, Ibsen analyzed and prioritized the village’s roadways based on their need for repair. He’ll be speaking to the board at Monday’s regular meeting.
FEMA. The Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson received $40,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a result of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy.
Police department. Laptops have been installed in each police car. The 2014 Ford Intercept SUV was recently put into service. The 2006 Chevy Tahoe is going to be surplused out of service and turned over to the fire department.
Road striping. Department of Public Works Superintendent David Halvorsen hired a company out of Pearl River. The county used to stripe roadways for the village, but the county executive declared it’s no longer beneficial. The village only paid for the cost of paint, not the labor. The plan is to add striping to Hudson Street, Dock Hill Road, River Avenue, and Mountain Road up to the bridge.
Garbage truck. The new truck is expected to arrive later this month and be put into service immediately.
Code Red. Water Superintendent Robert June said the emergency communications network should be up and running within the next two weeks.
Bandstand anniversary. The Village Bandstand Committee is planning a 30th anniversary, tentatively scheduled for June 6, 2015. The bandstand will need to be renovated before the celebration. Mayor Brendan Coyne said the village has about $5,000 in grant money which could be used to repair the structure. He suggested the committee collect phone numbers and e-mail addresses from concert attendees in order to solicit additional donations. Coyne said the village would look to make repairs in September or October, once the concert series is complete.