This week’s issue – October 13, 2017

Photo by Ken Cashman Carol Sauer, a former Lee Road School teacher, chats with cousin Marty Sauer while she fills a basket with his produce on Saturday morning. Due to safety concerns, Mr. Sauer will have to find another location for his farmstand truck.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Carol Sauer, a former Lee Road School teacher, chats with cousin Marty Sauer while she fills a basket with his produce on Saturday morning. Due to safety concerns, Mr. Sauer will have to find another location for his farmstand truck.

End of an era for farm stand truck

Carol Sauer is a long-time customer of the vegetable man. She’s also married to his first cousin. On Saturday morning, Mrs. Sauer pulls into the commuter parking lot on Route 32 and fills a basket with fresh produce. “How long have you been here, Marty?” she asks.

The vegetable man shakes his head. “It’s been more than 20 years,” he replies. Motorists are familiar with his Stone Ridge Farm truck, which is always parked on the southbound side of the road. But due to safety concerns, it won’t be there anymore. Page 1A

Route 32 woes ending

The Town Supervisor says he hits the same pothole every time he drives on Route 32. But he won’t be hitting it in the future, because the road is about to be resurfaced from the Moodna Creek Bridge to the Five Corners.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) will do the work in house. The project will start on Oct. 16 and take two weeks and two days to complete. While it’s in progress, workers will try to keep two lanes open for traffic. Page 1A

Overseas orphans still all alone

Suki Chen is trying to raise two families. But it’s almost impossible. She has her four children and her business in Orange County, and she has three young nieces who are living on their own in China.

As reported in past issues, the girls’ parents were in an automobile accident on June 12, 2016. Their mother died and their father has been hospitalized and unconscious for the last 15 months.

Since then Suki Chen has been trying to bring her nieces to the United States. “They’re my children now,” she said when we spoke on the phone. Page 1A

Grant helps COH get police car

A $40,000 grant, courtesy of Senator Bill Larkin and the Department of Criminal Justice Services, helped Chief Steven Dixon purchase a new vehicle for the Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department. On Monday night, the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a 2017 Ford Interceptor SUV, subject to paperwork being drafted correctly to allow the department to piggyback on a state bid by Rockland County. The purchase price of the vehicle, with extended warranty, fell short of the $40,000 by $57.25. Page 3A

Sherwoods had roles in Cornwall history

Guests and members of the Cornwall Historical Society learned a little about some of the people who once lived in town. David Harper spoke about his grandmother, Mary Sherwood, and her five children as described in the book “Making a Difference:  The Story of an American Family,” by Margaret Hodges. Growing up as the youngest of Sherwood’s four grandchildren, Harper used to hear stories from his aunts and grandmother, but wasn’t too interested in his family’s history. It wasn’t until they died that he started to research his ancestry. Page 3A

Vandals strike Town Park

Cornwall Police Department is investigating an act of vandalism in the park adjacent to Town Hall. During routine trash pick-up, about two weeks ago, the Buildings and Grounds Department noticed the pipe, which feeds water into the wading pool, was bent, and the lining cracked in the same area. Page 3A

Football and volleyball still undefeated

After taking the SAT exams, T.J. Gayle was the last player to show up at the football field in Monticello. He made up for his late arrival by scoring five touchdowns in a 58-0 victory. The football and volleyball teams are both undefeated this fall. In swimming, Jessica Pryne eclipsed a school record in the 500-yard freestyle. The cross country teams finished ahead of Goshen in a dual meet. The boys soccer team had its winning streak snapped in a loss to Mamaroneck. The girls team blanked Port Jervis after losing to Suffern and Nanuet. The OCIAA tennis tournament was due to start on Oct. 11. The Lady Dragons finished team play with a 6-6 record. Page 6A

Museum hosts Meadows and Trails 5K

Next Saturday’s Meadows and Trails 5-K Run at  Kenridge Farm in Cornwall will be a running race like no other. The entire off-road 3.1-mile race course winds through the scenic 177-acre grounds of the Hudson Highland Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center on Angola Road. Page 7A

Larkin praises Flanagan tax cap plan

Sen. Bill Larkin offered kudos to Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan for his call to make the property tax cap permanent during next year’s session. Sen. Larkin said a permanent property tax cap is one of the top items on the Senate Republican’s pro-taxpayer, pro-business agenda for next year, which Majority Leader Flanagan outlined at a recent gathering of business officials in upstate New York. Page 7A

Downing documentary is a sell out

If admission is free, can an event be “sold out”?  The question came up during an Oct. 9 outing for our “Going Places on a Gallon Series.” We checked the few Columbus Day activities on our Up & Coming Page, and decided to visit the Downing Film Center on the Newburgh riverfront. It was a good afternoon for a movie. Long before show time, every seat in the small theater was taken. Page 8A

GNSO releases concert schedule

Since Russell Ger was selected to serve as conductor and musical director of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO), attendance has nearly doubled. President John Bliss recently released the lineup for the coming year, the second under Ger.

“He’s a very charismatic guy,” said Bliss as to why Ger has been successful in drawing larger crowds. “He’s studied music all his life. He knows it inside and out and he can explain it to the audience.” Page 9A

Naloxone can reverse opioid overdose

India Perez-Urbano told the audience at the library about a recent overdose in Rockland County. There were drugs and drug paraphernalia in the apartment. So the witnesses carried the victim down the steps and onto the street before calling the police.

The use of opioids has increased dramatically. But with the proper response, the number of deaths could be reduced. Page 9A

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