Heart healthy tour offers appetizing food options

Mar17_tourIt was like an elementary school field trip, but for adults. On March 9, Cornerstone Family Healthcare partnered with ShopRite of Vails Gate to provide a heart healthy tour of the supermarket.

Ashley Shaw, registered dietician for ShopRite, led the tour for about a dozen participants, taking them up and down aisles containing foods that would help guide them toward a healthier lifestyle. The focus was on items with low sodium with discussions about cholesterol and the difference between good and bad fats.

One of the best places to start, said Shaw, was the seafood department.

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Honor Flight volunteers prepare for Korean vets

Contributed photo At a March 7 presentation to the Hudson Valley Honor Flight directors, Maj. Kyle Hatzinger showed the medals won by participants in the Korean War -- from left to right, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal.

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At a March 7 presentation to the Hudson Valley Honor Flight directors, Maj. Kyle Hatzinger showed the medals won by participants in the Korean War — from left to right, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal.

The next honor flight will take off from Stewart International Airport on April 8. For the first time, a majority of the passengers will be veterans of the Korean War.

To prepare for their new guests, the directors of the Hudson Valley Honor Flight met in Munger Cottage in Cornwall on March 7. They spent the evening listening to Maj. Kyle Hatzinger, a history professor at West Point.

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Add BFF’s Victorian tea to list of annual events

Contributed photo The kitchen crew of Jackie Murray, Laura Nicholls, Joyce Larsen, Carol Phillips, Nancy Denton and Sydney Hunt (of the high school key club) proudly display a table full of cookies for the Victorian Tea on Feb. 26.

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The kitchen crew of Jackie Murray, Laura Nicholls, Joyce Larsen, Carol Phillips, Nancy Denton and Sydney Hunt (of the high school key club) proudly display a table full of cookies for the Victorian Tea on Feb. 26.

Someone should make a list of all the annual events we have in Cornwall. They’re part of what makes our community unique.

The Victorian Tea would be a comparative newcomer to the list. BFF has sponsored three of them, and has used the proceeds to provide weekend meals for students who might otherwise go hungry.

The most recent tea, at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Feb. 26, drew a capacity crowd of well-dressed women and men. (Well, there were seven men who arrived in tuxedos and top hats. A few of them carried walking sticks with a hidden compartment for beverages that could be used to spike the tea.)

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Train derailed

Photo by Jason Kaplan Around 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, a CSX freight train carrying hazardous materials struck a forklift and derailed in New Windsor near Walsh Avenue and River Road. By Wednesday morning, the engine had already been moved back on the tracks, but RJ Corman Railroad Group continued to clear the rest of the derailment. They used a bulldozer and crane to remove a shipping container from the tracks and turn it right side up.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Around 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, a CSX freight train carrying hazardous materials struck a forklift and derailed in New Windsor near Walsh Avenue and River Road. By Wednesday morning, the engine had already been moved back on the tracks, but RJ Corman Railroad Group continued to clear the rest of the derailment. They used a bulldozer and crane to remove a shipping container from the tracks and turn it right side up.

Nigerian excels in computer programming classes

Tiffany-Louisa Ibok

Tiffany-Louisa Ibok

Tiffany-Louisa Ibok was born in Nigeria where computer access was limited. Three years ago she and her family came to the United States. Now in her second year at Orange-Ulster BOCES, the Cornwall High School senior is excelling in her computer programming classes.

“I’ve always been interested in computers since four of five,” Ibok said. “I wasn’t able to start school at the time, so my mom always took me to the library with her. I picked up an interest in computers there. Once I knew I could do it as a career, computer programming was my obvious choice.”

Even though her family owned desktop and laptop computers, due to frequent power outages, they weren’t easy to use. Ibok found it easier to access children’s programs and sing along with You Tube videos at the library. There she’d practice sketching using the Paint program and her typing with Microsoft Word. Google became her go-to search engine to look up information on the Internet.

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Hundreds get to “Speak to Sean” on Sunday

Photo by Ken Cashman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney addressed an audience of 300 people at a Town Hall Meeting in the City of Newburgh on Feb. 26.

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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney addressed an audience of 300 people at a Town Hall Meeting in the City of Newburgh on Feb. 26.

Town Hall meetings are popular these days. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (Dem., Cold Spring) drew close to a thousand people when he held three of them in one weekend.

He started in Poughkeepsie on Saturday afternoon, moved south to Fishkill, and then arrived in Newburgh just before noon on the following day.

The crowd in Newburgh was diverse. People came to the meeting for a variety of reasons. Some were sign-carrying foes of the administration. They cheered for much of what they heard, but were less enthusiastic when the Congressman became philosophical. “I want this country to succeed,” he said. “And if it succeeds under this guy, God bless him.”

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Obituaries – March 10, 2017

Margaret “Midge” Armitage

March 2, 2017

Cornwall-on-Hudson

Margaret E. Armitage of Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, entered into rest on Thursday, March 2.  She was 84.

Margaret (Midge) was an amazing mother, grandmother, wife and friend.  She always put everyone’s needs first.  Midge unselfishly gave her time repeatedly to those who needed her support and care.  She loved to laugh, her witty and often irreverent sense of humor always made those around her smile.  Midge was able to cross the generation gap and as a result, interacted seamlessly with all ages.  Whether you had the pleasure of knowing Midge for a lifetime or less, her impact on you was the same.  Midge loved her 40 year career at the Cornwall Hospital.  She started as a nurse’s aid, moved to Central Service and eventually became a phlebotomist.  She respected the medical team she worked so closely with during these years and would reminisce so fondly about them after her retirement.  And we cannot forget her love of the Yankees!  Midge would not miss a Yankee game on TV and knew most of the players’ stats.  Midge was one of the “greatest generation.”  She will be deeply missed.

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Two-car accident

Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps, as well as town and village police, responded to a two-car accident on Route 9W near Pecks Road. Air bags deployed in both vehicles, but it did not appear the occupants were severely injured.

Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps, as well as town and village police, responded to a two-car accident on Route 9W near Pecks Road. Air bags deployed in both vehicles, but it did not appear the occupants were severely injured.