Local artists will open their doors to tours

File photo Vivien Collens will be among the artists to welcome visitors during the open studio tour sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council.

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Vivien Collens will be among the artists to welcome visitors during the open studio tour sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council.

The open studio tour, sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council, continues on May 20 and 21 as artists in the eastern portion of the county will be showcased.

Over 20 local artists in Cornwall, New Windsor, Newburgh, Highland Mills, and Washingtonville will be opening their studios to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This is a good opportunity for artists of all types to open their studios and visitors can talk to the artist, get to know their specific work, have conversations, and see behind the veil of the artmaking process,” said Cody Rounds, arts administrator for the council.

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Obituaries – May 12, 2017

Paul Casaccio

June 9, 1929-May 2, 2017

Cornwall

Paul Casaccio, age 87, passed away peacefully at home on May 2.  He was born in Brooklyn on June 9, 1929.  He most recently resided in Cornwall with his beloved wife “Ginny.”

The son of Nicholas and Theresa Casaccio, Paul had three sisters; Tony, Mary and his last living sister and partner in crime at the casinos and good luck charm, Angie.

Paul served in the Army during World War II and resided in The Presidio as the company baker.  He met the love of his life, Virginia Rosselli at St. Bridget’s Church in Brooklyn at the “21 and over” dance.  She was working the coat check and he asked her to dance.  She said “no” the first time, but he came back and that time, she said “yes.”  The rest is history.  Paul had two daughters; Linda and Donna.  He started and ran Newburgh Window Shop in 1959 and had many happy customers.

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Candidates forum on May 15

The candidates for the school board will meet in a forum at Lee Road School at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 15.

Larry Berger, Brian Billard, Jim Congelli and Margaret Quinn are running for three seats on the board. The Lee Road School PTO is hosting the event.

 

 

Police report suspicious incident

At three o’clock yesterday, a truck driver stopped a 13-year-old male on Hudson Street and asked him to get something out of the glove compartment. The man said his hand was too big to reach inside.

Being suspicious, the teenager said “no” and ran home. A while later, he noticed the same pick-up truck pass his house in Cornwall-on-Hudson and head east on Hudson Street.

When the teen’s mother came home, he told her what happened and she called the police.

The vehicle is a light blue pick-up truck. The driver is about five foot nine with a crew cut and a short brown beard.

If you are aware of a similar incident or have relevant information, please contact the Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department at 534-4200 ext. 321 or 534-8100.

 

No H2O

Photo by Jason Kaplan No H2O On April 28, a contractor, hired by Central Hudson, was replacing a gas line at the corner of Academy Avenue and Main Street. The work resulted in a water main break forcing Cornwall Middle School and Cornwall Elementary School to close early that day. Work continued on Wednesday, resulting in another water main break. Schools weren’t closed, but water was provided.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
On April 28, a contractor, hired by Central Hudson, was replacing a gas line at the corner of Academy Avenue and Main Street. The work resulted in a water main break forcing Cornwall Middle School and Cornwall Elementary School to close early that day. Work continued on Wednesday, resulting in another water main break. Schools weren’t closed, but water was provided.

Slichta places third in competition

Photo contributed Cornwall Middle School social studies teacher Jeff Danzer helped mentor eighth grader Zach Slichta, who took bronze in the state National History Day competition.

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Cornwall Middle School social studies teacher Jeff Danzer helped mentor eighth grader Zach Slichta, who took bronze in the state National History Day competition.

Zach Slichta was one of 12 Cornwall Middle School students to represent the district in the state National History Day competition on April 24, but he was the only one to walk away with a medal. Slichta placed third in the Junior Division, taking home a bronze medal.

“It feels great,” Slichta said. “I was actually really surprised. I am disappointed I didn’t get first or second but I was so surprised at the moment and so happy that I did place.”

Slichta entered the competition, first regionals then states, with his web site on the stand for black power Tommie Smith and John Carlos took during the 1968 Olympics.

“The revolt of Tommie Smith and John Carlos in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics was a stand in history that shook the world,” Slichta wrote. “In a time of unrest in the U.S. and after the recent assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., these two men protested at the perfect time. With millions watching the Olympics across the world, this protest was in a perfect place as well.”

To come up with the idea, Slichta took particular interest in one of the historical photos his social studies teacher, Jeff Danzer, has hanging in the eighth grade wing of the school.

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High school French class dedicates peace pole

On April 25, Amanda Greenblatt’s French Class dedicated a peace pole it received from the Rotary Club. The pole will be part of the high school’s organic garden.

On April 25, Amanda Greenblatt’s French Class dedicated a peace pole it received from the Rotary Club. The pole will be part of the high school’s organic garden.

Students in Amanda Greenblatt’s French class took part in a colorful ceremony on an otherwise gloomy Tuesday morning. They gathered on the dirt in the organic garden and stood in a circle that was marked by small flags from many nations. In the center, three students held up a large pole with the words “Let there be peace on Earth” in many languages.

The pole was a gift from the local Rotary Club. But why was a high school French class involved and not a math, science or history class? The answer dates back to the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015.

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Ad resurrects a long-forgotten poem

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Amelia Barr

The memory of Amelia Barr, who wrote more than 25 popular novels while living in Cornwall-on-Hudson between 1885 and 1912, got a recent boost when one of her poems was turned into a video shown at college bowl games.

Barr moved into Cherry Croft at the corner of Maple and Mountain Road at the age of 53, early in her writing career. By the time she moved away at age 80, she had written poems, pieces for newspapers and magazines, and historical novels that were so popular that she bragged in her autobiography that “I not infrequently have letters directed to me ‘Cherry Croft, New York, United States of America,’ and they come direct to me without question or delay.”

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Obituaries – May 5, 2017

Betty D. Anderson

February 7, 1934-April 25, 2017

Cornwall

On Feb. 7, 1934, God delivered us an angel.  On April 25, He carried her home to reunite her with her loving husband Norman.

Betty was a beautiful woman who touched all those she knew with her kind and caring heart.  We were so fortunate to have her in our lives for 83 wonderful years.

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Accident quells Quaker traffic

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Emergency personnel responded to an accident shortly after 3 p.m. on Quaker Avenue near the 9W ramp. Cornwall Fire Department volunteers disabled the vehicles while EMTs from Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps and New Windsor Ambulance Corps tended to two females. Each agency transported a patient to the hospital. Both were conscious, but the extent of their injuries is unknown, as is the cause of the accident. Cornwall Police Department directed traffic away from Quaker Avenue and onto Route 9W.

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