Retired honoree will keep giving back

Paul Anderson-Winchell

Paul Anderson-Winchell

Paul Anderson-Winchell has served as the executive director of Lifting up Westchester for the past 11 years. As he nears retirement, the Cornwall-on-Hudson resident will be honored at the nonprofit’s annual Oasis of Hope spring gala on April 20.

Lifting up Westchester (formerly known as Grace Church Community Center) is a social services agency that provides homeless and poverty services for more than 4,000 men, women, and children each year. To keep the nonprofit in operation, Lifting up Westchester also runs a licensed home healthcare agency offering care to over 400 homebound seniors and disabled individuals annually.

Prior to being hired into his current position, Anderson-Winchell had dedicated 30 years to giving back to the community by working in a variety of other positions. He was founding director of the Orange County Boys and Girls Club in the Town of Wallkill, worked for United Cerebral Palsy running their residential program, and went into the healthcare field in Dutchess County where he ran a homecare agency and nursing home.

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Obituaries – April 14, 2017

Salvatore “Sam” Cassella

August 20, 1929 – April 6, 2017

Cornwall-On-Hudson

Salvatore “Sam” Cassella, of Cornwall-On-Hudson entered into eternal rest on April 6 at his home.  He was 87 years old.

The son of the late John Cassella and Jennie D’Amico Cassella, Sam was born on August 20, 1929 in Chester.

Sam honorably and proudly served his country as a member of the U.S.  Navy during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam  War and retired after 20 years, achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer.  After being discharged, Sam was employed by the New York Military Academy as a carpenter and custodian.

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Fighting a losing battle???

Six years after he wrote about the lumberyard on Mill Street, Jason Kaplan returned to Doug Spaulding’s property to witness the ongoing battle with erosion. Here are some of the pictures he took. The full story (including a report on what the county is doing) appears in this week’s issue.

 

The Moodna turns sharply at the foot of the lumberyard property

The Moodna turns sharply at the foot of the lumberyard property

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Waiting for a bite

Photo by Jason Kaplan Hoping to catch a trout, Marissa Mugnano, 5, casts her line on opening weekend. Last year Mugnano caught a 19.5-inch trout during a fishing derby. The youngster has been fishing for three years.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Hoping to catch a trout, Marissa Mugnano, 5, casts her line on opening weekend. Last year Mugnano caught a 19.5-inch trout during a fishing derby. The youngster has been fishing for three years.

Village Board adopts new fees

Brendan Coyne was sworn in as mayor during Monday night’s reorgaization meeting. He is starting his fourth term.

Brendan Coyne was sworn in as mayor during Monday night’s reorgaization meeting. He is starting his fourth term.

Cornwall-on-Hudson residents searching for something new in the 2017-18 fiscal year might take interest in the new schedule of fees adopted at the reorganization meeting Monday night.

The meeting kicked off with the swearing in of Mayor Brendan Coyne (starting his fourth term), and Trustees Mark Edsall (10th term) and David Carnright (third term). Coyne then appointed Edsall as his deputy mayor, a title he’s held for six years.

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Educators teach about trout on opening weekend

The Black Rock Fish and Game Club loans Brook Trout to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Once grown, the trout are returned to the wild.

The Black Rock Fish and Game Club loans Brook Trout to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Once grown, the trout are returned to the wild.

It was a big weekend for openings. Opening day for the new baseball season was Sunday, while the new fishing season launched on Saturday.

The weather wasn’t conducive for fishing on day one, but the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum offered an alternative. Michelle Mindicino provided a presentation on Brook Trout, at the Wildlife Education Center.

Mindicino started by asking the audience to identify parts of the trout, which is known as New York state’s official fish.

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Reuse. Recycle. Repurpose. Recreate.

Apr7_collageBack in 1980, a young Morten Ender lived in Germany but was planning to visit friends in Naples, Italy. In preparing to head there, his friends said they’d be spending the summer on the islands in the Mediterranean selling arts and crafts to tourists, and he should go with them.

“I said I don’t make anything,” Ender recalled this week, noting that he was aware that Europeans encourage the making of arts and crafts. “But, I pressed some flowers and took them, and they sold!”

That encouraged him, once he was back home in Germany, to keep making simple collages of pressed flowers and selling them at local craft fairs for extra money.

“The Germans seemed to love them,” he says.

Fast forward to 2017. Ender, a professor at West Point, is a 20-year resident of Highland Falls. He’s an accomplished author — his seventh book, with Dr. Michael Matthews from Cornwall, is about diversity and inclusion in the military and will be released next month. He and his wife Corina, a Social Studies teacher at Ketcham High School in Dutchess County, have one son, Axel, who is a soccer player and Fashion and Business Studies major at Marist College.

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Obituaries – April 7, 2017

Dolores Falco

November 15, 1931-March 30, 2017

Cornwall, N.Y.

Dolores Falco passed away at home in Cornwall on March 30. She was 85. Congestive heart failure finally won out.

Dolores was the only child of Mary Kane Mitchell and Arthur Mitchell.

The first job “Sis” had, was in the Commodore Ice Cream Shop on Broadway, Newburgh. She never forget how to make a Banana Split. The owners were fond of her and years afterward welcomed her visits when she had a little boy of her own.

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Webelos move up and get awards

Photo contributed by Young Jang Deacon Toombs, Alex Restuccia, Lucas Russo (center front) Jefferson McDonald, Spencer Reel, and Andrey Kirienko of Pack 6 display their wooden plaques from Den Leaders, David Reel and Rob McDonald, before crossing over to Boy Scouts. The boys were at a Blue and Gold dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Washingtonville.

Photo contributed by Young Jang
Deacon Toombs, Alex Restuccia, Lucas Russo (center front) Jefferson McDonald, Spencer Reel, and Andrey Kirienko of Pack 6 display their wooden plaques from Den Leaders, David Reel and Rob McDonald, before crossing over to Boy Scouts. The boys were at a Blue and Gold dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Washingtonville.

Celebrating a brotherhood

Photo by Jason Kaplan La Patrouille de France, a flight demonstration team, landed at Stewart on March 23. The team will be participating in air shows across the United States through the end of August. The visit not only commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States’ declaration of war against Germany, but it recognizes the fraternal bond between France and the U.S.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
La Patrouille de France, a flight demonstration team, landed at Stewart on March 23. The team will be participating in air shows across the United States through the end of August. The visit not only commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States’ declaration of war against Germany, but it recognizes the fraternal bond between France and the U.S.