Third Gagnon wins Sands Award

Kathryn Gagnon is the third sibling to receive the Sands Award for the highest grade point average among graduating eighth graders.

Kathryn Gagnon is the third sibling to receive the Sands Award for the highest grade point average among graduating eighth graders.

Cornwall Middle School might want to think about changing the name of the Sands Award to the Gagnon Award.

To date, three of the six siblings who have graduated from eighth grade, have received the award for highest grade point average in their class. The latest recipient is Kathryn. She follows her sister, Megan, who received the award in 2011, and her brother, Jonathan, who earned it last year.

“I was really happy,” Gagnon said when she heard her name announced at the moving up ceremony last week. “I couldn’t stop smiling. It was just amazing to walk up on stage and receive that applause.”

Gagnon wasn’t aware she’d be receiving the award until that night, but it was something she’s been working toward.

Throughout the year, Gagnon knew she had a high grade point average, but so did her friends. Her average after three quarters was a 99 or 100.

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Obituaries – July 14, 2017

John Arthur LaTerra

March 13, 1946 – March 14, 2017

Formerly of Cornwall

John Arthur LaTerra of Locust Grove, Va., passed away after a long illness on March 14 at age 71. Born in Brooklyn on March 13, 1946, he was the younger of two sons born to Sicilian immigrants.

John was a member of the Cornwall Jaycees and organized the youth dances on the tennis courts during the summer of 1972. He was also the driving force behind the Black Rock Fish and Game Club’s Pheasant Preserve. John was a computer programmer in the final years of his career, but he was trained as a horticulturist and it was his true passion. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, Va.

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Car crashes into Woody’s Restaurant

After a car crashed into Woody’s on July 6, Deke Hazirjian (the restaurant owner) said the accident could have been much worse.

There were people seated by the window in the dining room. If the car had veered a few feet to the right, the customers could have been seriously injured. Or people could have been leaving the restaurant at the time the vehicle plowed into the front door.

The accident occurred at 5:30 p.m. when Jonathan Salgado was driving west on Quaker Avenue, with Woody’s on the passenger’s side of his 2007 Toyota. Police reported that Mr. Salgado attempted to make a wide right turn into the driveway. So he moved into the center lane (for left-hand turns) and then veered across the travel lane. As he did, he struck a 2003 Acura that was operated by Joseph DeMarco of Salisbury Mills.

The impact sent Mr. Salgado’s car into the front door, where it came to rest in the vestibule. The driver, a 28-year-old New Windsor resident, was taken to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital for the treatment of minor injuries. He received traffic tickets for failure to yield right of way, failing to stay within the traffic lane, and disregarding a traffic control device.

The Cornwall Fire Department and the Town of Cornwall Building Inspector’s Office assisted the police. Woody’s Restaurant remains open, but customers and employees have to enter through the rear door.

Contributed photo A 2007 Toyota crashed into the front door of Woody's at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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A 2007 Toyota crashed into the front door of Woody’s at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

 

Here comes the bride

Photo by Ken Cashman Less than two hours after they said “I do,” the bride and groom slipped away from their reception and ordered vanilla ice cream cones at Weir’s. Blake McGready and Emily Zwart were married at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church on July 1.  The bridal party followed them to the ice cream stand.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Less than two hours after they said “I do,” the bride and groom slipped away from their reception and ordered vanilla ice cream cones at Weir’s. Blake McGready and Emily Zwart were married at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church on July 1. The bridal party followed them to the ice cream stand.

Rice reprises role in ‘Into the Woods’

Julia Samuelson and Sophia Cappa (Cinderella’s narrators and Maggie Kelly (Cinderella), rehearse a scene from “Into the Woods.” The performance is this Friday and Saturday.

Julia Samuelson and Sophia Cappa (Cinderella’s narrators and Maggie Kelly (Cinderella), rehearse a scene from “Into the Woods.” The performance is this Friday and Saturday.

A veteran cast will take the stage, this weekend, for Step it up Summer Stage’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s  “Into the Woods.” The musical also stars a young woman reprising a role she played 10 years ago.

Auditions were held on June 11, and the camp started with two weeks of rehearsals which began last Monday. The cast includes 30 local middle school through college-aged students. Only five members of the cast are newcomers.

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Portable planetarium landed in COH

Before entering the Star Lab, Lisa DiMarzo discusses the various constellations that can be seen in the night sky.

Before entering the Star Lab, Lisa DiMarzo discusses the various constellations that can be seen in the night sky.

Before the school year ended, students in Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary school received a special visit. Lisa DiMarzo, founder of Impact Education, brought her portable planetarium and treated the kids to a sky show, in the gymnasium.

The Star Lab is a 20-foot wide inflated planetarium with a dome that allows those inside to see the stars and constellations. Using a projector, DiMarzo is able to show the exact position of the stars on any given day. She can put the stars in motion to show their nightly progression from east to west.

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Early start doesn’t deter young rowers

Casey Miller and Carlie Wohlfahrt were on the Hudson soon after dawn on July 3. The girls are members of the Orange County Rowers Club.

Casey Miller and Carlie Wohlfahrt were on the Hudson soon after dawn on July 3. The girls are members of the Orange County Rowers Club.

Who says that teenagers like to sleep late? There are two dozen of them at Cornwall Landing at six o’clock on Monday morning. They’re unloading a trailer and carrying racing sculls and oars down to the Hudson River.

The teens  are members of the Orange County Rowing Club. Most of them live in Cornwall, but some have to travel to get to the early morning practice. Casey Miller, for example, comes over the mountain from Highland Falls. She graduated from O’Neill High School last month and will be rowing for Bucknell in the future. A few of her clubmates commute from Arlington. They have to leave home before 5:30 to get to practice on time.

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Obituaries – July 7, 2017

Judith A. Blaine

September 9, 1937-July 1, 2017

Cornwall

Judith A. Blaine of Cornwall passed away peacefully  on July 1.  She was 79.

The only child of the late John and Annamae Giebler Steffens, she was born on Sept. 9, 1937 in Manhattan.

Judith moved to Cornwall in 1952 and graduated from Cornwall High School.  She retired after working as an executive secretary at Cornwall Hospital.  She was also a member and past president of Highland Engine Co. Auxiliary.  Judith was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who will be deeply missed by many.

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Patriotic planting

Photo by Jason Kaplan A red, while, and blue array of flowers welcomes visitors to Riverlight Park in Cornwall. The park will be bustling with activity, on Tuesday, as the country celebrates its independence. See page 7 for a list of events scheduled throughout the day.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
A red, while, and blue array of flowers welcomes visitors to Riverlight Park in Cornwall. The park will be bustling with activity, on Tuesday, as the country celebrates its independence. See page 7 for a list of events scheduled throughout the day.