This week’s issue – February 10, 2017

Photo by Ken Cashman At the high school on Feb. 7, Trooper Craig Vedder told an audience of parents and school officials that there are clues to the drug world everywhere.

Photo by Ken Cashman
At the high school on Feb. 7, Trooper Craig Vedder told an audience of parents and school officials that there are clues to the drug world everywhere.

Don’t be afraid to ask kids about drugs

“The drug world swirls around you every day,” Craig Vedder told an audience of parents and school district officials. “There are clues everywhere, and I can teach you to know what to look for.”

Craig Vedder is a school and community outreach coordinator with the New York State Police. He services five counties and has visited 220 public schools. On Tuesday night, Feb. 7, he was in the Cornwall high school auditorium, describing the new language of drugs. Page 1

Beaver Dam residents not convinced

Last week a couple hundred Beaver Dam Lake residents attended a special meeting hosted by the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Health. Despite being told PFC levels in their drinking water are not at health risk levels, some residents still aren’t convinced.

Doreen LoSauro, who serves on the Beaver Dam Lake Advisory Board, attended the meeting and, for the last month, has had a water filtration system in her home since her water tested positive back in November. Page 1

School budget starts with list of needs

Harvey Sotland, the assistant superintendent for business, presented a list of possible additions to the budget at the Feb. 13 school board meeting. The list was based on interviews with principals and directors. “I know in my heart we’re not going to get all the things in our needs assessment,” President Charlie Frankel admitted. But Vice President Melanie Robinson was a little more optimistic. “Harvey tends to find the money somewhere,” she said. Page 1

Cabaret – a timely show that’s fun

While many school drama clubs reserve the spring for their musical production, Storm King School is bucking the trend. On Feb. 24 to 26, the students will take the stage to perform “Cabaret.”

“It’s a musical that doesn’t get done very often,” said co-director and theater teacher Anne Fulton. “It has a lot to say about the way politics affects people. It seemed like a good choice with everything going on in the world.” Page 3

Fast skier fights her fear of slopes

Olivia Santos may only be an eighth grader, but she’s on the fast track to a successful career as a varsity skier. So far this season she’s finished fourth or fifth in her races and that has the Cornwall Middle Schooler feeling good about herself. “I’m an eighth grader,” said Santos, “and finishing ahead of seniors, juniors, and sophomores.” Page 6

Teams thinking about the postseason

Cornwall’s varsity club hockey team plays Washingtonville for the league championship this season. The girls basketball team clinched its division title with a Friday night victory over Goshen. Sophomore Will Leonard led the Dragons with a third-place finish in the Section IX wrestling championships. The boys basketball team earned a berth in the playoffs by defeating Monticello. Five Cornwall skiers qualified for the section championship meet. Page 6

Incumbents unopposed in Village

Tuesday was the deadline to submit petitions for the March 21 election in Cornwall-on-Hudson. No one other than the incumbents picked up a petition. Mayor Brendan Coyne, Deputy Mayor Mark Edsall, and Trustee David Carnright will be running unopposed. Page 7

Citizens Corps helps prepare for disasters

Following natural disasters like Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, Governor Andrew Cuomo formed the Citizen Preparedness Corps to give residents the knowledge and tools they would need to prepare, respond, and recover from natural, man-made, and technological disasters.

On Feb. 3, Captain Brett White and First Lt. Thomas Frost, with the New York National Guard, spoke to a small group of senior citizens at Munger Cottage. Page 11

Visit to forest worth the extra miles

You don’t have to travel far to find things to do in Orange County. We’ve been visiting places that we can reach on a gallon of gas (round trip). We may have exceeded our limit in going to the Sterling Forest Visitors Center on Feb. 5. But the traveling was part of the fun.

You reach the center, by turning off Route 17A and driving three and a half miles on Long Meadow Road — a two-lane highway that’s surrounded by woods rather than grassland (making its name slightly deceptive). Page 13

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Editorial Staff