Kane gives library an historic painting

George Kane (right) gave the Cornwall Public Library a John Gould painting of the Forge Hill Bridge. With Mr. Kane (from left to right) are Paul and Bill Gould (sons of the artist) and library director Mary Lou Carolan.

George Kane (right) gave the Cornwall Public Library a John Gould painting of the Forge Hill Bridge. With Mr. Kane (from left to right) are Paul and Bill Gould (sons of the artist) and library director Mary Lou Carolan.

George Kane had just arrived at an estate sale when he spotted a John Gould painting of the old bridge on Forge Hill Road.

Remembering the bridge, Mr. Kane glanced at the print that had been signed by the artist. There was no haggling over price. Mr. Kane purchased the painting, and on Nov. 15 he donated it to the Cornwall Public Library along with a two-page description of the bridge’s history.

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Knights of Columbus guests early for annual meal

Nicholas Festa was one of several young servers at the Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Dinner for senior citizens.

Nicholas Festa was one of several young servers at the Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Dinner for senior citizens.

“There are people who’ve been sitting here since Monday,” one of the guests at the Knights of Columbus dinner quipped.

He was exaggerating, but the St. Thomas of Canterbury parking lot was full long before the official 12 o’clock start time for the annual feast.

The latecomers had to leave their cars at Village Hall. No one was turned away at the door, as the Knights treated 215 senior citizens to a turkey dinner with a large assortment of desserts.

Jim Lulves was the emcee for the day. With tongue in cheek, he cited three reasons for his selection. He’s big enough to be seen throughout the room. He’s good looking (“You should’ve seen me with hair,” he joked.) And the assignment keeps him away from the serving table.

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EDAC ideas should prompt discussion

The EDAC is propsing a pedestrian mall for the intersection of Main and Bridge Street.

The EDAC is propsing a pedestrian mall for the intersection of Main and Bridge Street.

“Don’t get caught up in the details,” Bill Braine suggested when he visited us last week. He was referring to his proposal to the Town Board on Nov. 7.

Speaking as the head of the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC), Mr. Braine introduced a campaign, called “Cornwall Rising,” which would begin with an upgrade of Main Street.

After months of research and interviews, the committee suggested a pedestrian mall at the intersection of Bridge and Main Street, and a green area at either end of the business district.

The committee’s handout offered specifics, but  Mr. Braine was focused on a concept when he came to our office. “This was just a way to start the conversation,” he said of the proposal — “a way to get people thinking about what makes Cornwall special, and how we can invite more investment and commerce into the community.”

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Town Board OKs preliminary budget

The DEC has pushed back the dealine for Phase I of the upgrade of the Town’s sewage treatment plant.

The DEC has pushed back the deadline for Phase I of the upgrade of the Town’s sewage treatment plant.

At an Oct. 13 workshop, the Town Board accepted a preliminary budget that is under the tax levy cap. The board will hold a public hearing on the budget at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7. Copies are available in the Town Clerk’s office.

-In other news, the board extended COVAC’s contract until the end of the year. The supervisor and deputy supervisor had submitted a proposal to the ambulance corps, where it would become independent on June 1, 2017.

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Hunters aim to thwart zombie take-over

Photo by Jay LeRoy The third annual zombie walk will take place at the Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps bay. Hunters will try to “capture” the zombies attempting to take over the town.

Photo by Jay LeRoy
The third annual zombie walk will take place at the Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps bay. Hunters will try to “capture” the zombies attempting to take over the town.

The zombie invasion is coming to Cornwall – again. The undead have rallied their troops in preparation for another takeover attempt and it will once again be up to the hunters to save the town from peril.

On Oct. 22, from 5 to 9 p.m., Cornwall High School student Abigail Moore will conduct her third annual zombie event.

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Local candidates each win a primary

Lisa LaGrutta (right) showed up at Munger Cottage to see if she was eligible to vote in the Sept. 13 primary.

Lisa LaGrutta (right) showed up at Munger Cottage to see if she was eligible to vote in the Sept. 13 primary.

Michael O’Connor and incumbent Lynn Beesecker each picked up a line in their race for Town Justice.

Mr. O’Connor won the Conservative primary 17-13, while Judge Beesecker prevailed in the Independence Party race 30-27.

With a small turnout expected, Munger Cottage was the only polling site in Cornwall. About half the people who showed up there weren’t eligible to vote in the Sept. 13 primary, which was limited to members of the Conservative, Independence, Green, Working Family and Women’s Equality Parties.

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Patriot Day speakers avoid repetition

Representatives of Gym Kids placed a wreath at the Ken Kumpel 9-11 Monument at Chadeayne Circle.

Representatives of Gym Kids placed a wreath at the Ken Kumpel 9-11 Monument at Chadeayne Circle.

Another large crowd showed up for the Patriots Day observance at Chadeayne Circle. The challenge for the speakers was to be relevant without repeating what they had said in the past.

That wasn’t a problem for Susan Kamlet. The president of the historical society was addressing the gathering for the first time. As a young adult, she had witnessed history through the eyes of her grandfather, who remembered the Wright Brothers’ flight and Lindbergh’s crossing the Atlantic.

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Hermine helps chamber’s 1st car show

IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT: Ryan LaPolla got to turn the wheel and press the horn of a Model T Ford.

IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT: Ryan LaPolla got to turn the wheel and press the horn of a Model T Ford.

“We pulled it off,” a smiling Joe Dvash said on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 4. The Chamber of Commerce vice president was pleased with the success of the car show and happy that the weather didn’t spoil it.

The car show wasn’t a rain or shine event. Several of the vintage automobile owners said they wouldn’t show up if there was a 20 percent chance of precipitation. Couple that with the threat of side effects from Hurricane Hermine and you can see why Mr. Dvash and the other organizers would be uneasy.

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Cornwall car show to benefit police

Photo contributed Saturday Night Cruisers Car Club will bring its car show to Cornwall on Sunday, Sept. 4.  The event will help raise money for the local police departments.

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Saturday Night Cruisers Car Club will bring its car show to Cornwall on Sunday, Sept. 4. The event will help raise money for the local police departments.

Aficionados, get your engines started. On Sunday, Sept. 4, from 2 to 6 p.m., the Saturday Night Cruisers Car Club will be hosting its first car show in Cornwall. Sponsored by the Greater Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, the event will benefit the town and village police departments. The rain date is Sept. 5.

Chamber vice president Joseph Dvash took the lead on organizing the car show along with members Stacey Lyle and Luann Richards.

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Tots show talent at “Music in the Park”

Photo by Ken Cashman Ilaria Bergonzi (left) and Alayna Kane kept time to the music and kept spectators entertained on a Sunday night.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Ilaria Bergonzi (left) and Alayna Kane kept time to the music and kept spectators entertained on a Sunday night.

The youngest members of the audience put on their own show on Sunday evening, Aug. 7.  Ilaria Bergonzi and Alayna Kane couldn’t reach double digits if they added their ages together. But that didn’t stop them from dancing at the Music in the Park Concert in front of Town Hall.

Ilaria, the smaller of the two, moved up and down in time to the music. Alayna swayed from side to side. The youngsters enjoyed themselves without noticing the spectators who were watching them — a group that included Supervisor Richard Randazzo and Deputy Supervisor Helen Bunt.

The guitar and percussion team of Teatum and Battiato provided the music for a crowd of 115 people, who escaped the heat of the evening by placing their lawn chairs in the shade. As a result, there was a stretch of open field between the musicians and the fans. Ilaria and Alayna were in front, where most everyone could see them.

On previous nights, there have been other attractions. “We’ve had a couple of really good sunsets,” Stacey Lyle observed on the morning after the tots’ performance. As the secretary of the Greater Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, she’s been at every event.

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