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.

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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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Town gains allies in its fight for a light

Rodney Bednarek focuses on the Town Board as Jim McGee (standing behind him) reads a letter from Sen. Bill Larkin.

Rodney Bednarek focuses on the Town Board as Jim McGee (standing behind him) reads a letter from Sen. Bill Larkin.

The Town Board has picked up allies in its bid to have a traffic light at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Route 94. Letters of support have come from West Point Tours (the bus company that transports Cornwall students) and from Supt. of Schools Neal Miller. He suggests that, with the high school in the area, there are many new drivers passing through the intersection.

The letters will go to the Department of Transportation (DOT) along with a Town Board resolution and a petition with more than 1,000 signatures. Erin Talarico started the petition in July after being injured in an accident involving three vehicles.

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Student adds bee houses to Black Rock Forest

Contributed photo Catherine and Mary Tighe (center and right) helped Elizabeth Klosky mount her bee houses in Black Rock Forest.

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Catherine and Mary Tighe (center and right) helped Elizabeth Klosky mount her bee houses in Black Rock Forest.

When it comes to bees, Elizabeth Klosky can be very persuasive.

A year ago the Cornwall high school student convinced Assemblyman James Skoufis to don a white protective suit so he could get a close look at the family hives.

Elizabeth had an ulterior motive. She was hoping New York would adopt a program that has flourished in Virginia, where the state has subsidized new beekeepers.

The bee population has declined in recent years, and Elizabeth is trying to reverse the trend. It’s her gold project for Girl Scouts, and it’s also something she wants to accomplish.

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Kids learn to become young investigators

Photo by Jason Kaplan Thom Jones, a foresnsic science instructor, gave a presentaton at the Cornwall Public Library last week. One of the exercises was to dust for prints on a CD.

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Thom Jones, a foresnsic science instructor, gave a presentaton at the Cornwall Public Library last week. One of the exercises was to dust for prints on a CD.

Forensic science isn’t used just to solve criminal cases; last week, about 18 children got to see how evidence is collected at a crime scene.
Thom Jones, a former attorney and now a forensic science instructor at SUNY Empire State College, visited the Cornwall Public Library, to teach the kids about fingerprints.

Each person is born with different fingerprints. It’s what makes us unique. Fingerprints are formed 10 weeks into pregnancy, which means even identical twins aren’t exactly the same.

Many factors contribute to the appearance of one’s prints including mother’s health during pregnancy, the environment, and later in life, a person’s job. As one grows, fingerprints get larger and eventually lines will form across them caused by dry skin and doing the same tasks over and over again. Certain medication could also affect one’s fingerprints.

There are three main types of fingerprints. Loops are the most common and look like bananas with a triangle underneath. Whirls are the second most common and can look like targets or spirals. The third most common are arches, looking like a little hill or a steep hill. Other types include double loop, central pocket loop, or accidental, meaning they don’t fit any pattern.

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Local officials opposed to ER closing

Photo by Ken Cashman On July 22, Town Supervisor Richard Randazzo told Joan Cusack-McGuirk (the hospital’s interim CEO and president) that local officials should have been warned about the ER’s potential closing.

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On July 22, Town Supervisor Richard Randazzo told Joan Cusack-McGuirk (the hospital’s interim CEO and president) that local officials should have been warned about the ER’s potential closing.

Hospital officials didn’t have to wait long to hear objections to their plans to close the Cornwall Emergency Room (ER).

The interim CEO and president, Joan Cusack-McGuirk, and the president of the Board of Trustees, Michelle Rider, hosted a meeting for elected officials at the Medical Arts Building in Cornwall on Friday morning.

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Light will soon shine on memorial

Photo by Jason Kaplan Once his Eagle Scout project is approved, Stephen Costello plans to add lights to the Medal of Honor Memorial.

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Once his Eagle Scout project is approved, Stephen Costello plans to add lights to the Medal of Honor Memorial.

Pending approval from the Eagle Scout Council and the Town Board, some improvements are coming to the Medal of Honor Memorial.

Stephen Costello was recently approached by a member of the American Legion informing him of a number of projects the veteran organization is looking to complete.

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Pool woes and presidential elections

File photo Campers enjoy the pool every summer. But once every four years, the Town has to fix a major leak.

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Campers enjoy the pool every summer. But once every four years, the Town has to fix a major leak.

At the end of June, the town pool was the busiest place in the community, as contractors and town employees worked together to slow a leak. Members of the work crew were impressed by the number of people trying to fix the problem.

The joint effort appeared to be successful. By mid-July, Town Supervisor Richard Randazzo reported that the leak was reduced to about half of what it was.

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Door open for church’s healing service

Photo by Ken Cashman Pastor Julia Winward (center) shown at an ecumenical service with Rev. Tricia Calahan (left) and Rev. Suzanne Toro (right).

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Pastor Julia Winward (center) shown at an ecumenical service with Rev. Tricia Calahan (left) and Rev. Suzanne Toro (right).

The sign read “Public Healing Service at 10 a.m. on Saturday.” It was now closer to 11, but the door was still open.

Inside the Cornwall United Methodist Church a four-person praise team was belting out hymns. There were 15 worshipers in the pews. Most of them were women.

One of them stepped up to the pulpit when the music stopped. She offered her testimony, saying that she had learned many prayers as a child but until recently she didn’t know how to pray.

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From classmates to grand marshals

Photo by Ken Cashman Cornwall’s 2016 grand marshals, Ed and Floranne Moulton, on the deck of their home in Cornwall-on-Hudson.

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Cornwall’s 2016 grand marshals, Ed and Floranne Moulton, on the deck of their home in Cornwall-on-Hudson.

On Monday afternoon, Ed and Floranne Moulton will climb into the back seat of a friend’s convertible. They’ll wave to spectators on either side of the road, as the car cruises uphill from the Village to Chadeayne Circle.

The grand marshals for this year’s parade have been together for a long time. They met in biology class at SUNY New Paltz. She had been the valedictorian and a cheerleader at Walden. He had played baseball and football for Newburgh Free Academy, while singing tenor in the high school chorus.

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