Cornell’s Master Gardeners lend a green thumb

Over the last month, Master Gardeners from the Cornell Cooperative Extention have been meeting with the third grade classes, at Cornwall Elementary School, and assisting them in the garden adjacent to the school.

Over the last month, Master Gardeners from the Cornell Cooperative Extention have been meeting with the third grade classes, at Cornwall Elementary School, and assisting them in the garden adjacent to the school.

The third graders at Cornwall Elementary School got a little bit of a late start, but they should still be able to sample the produce they planted in their garden before the school year ends.

Last month, Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension met with each of the five third grade classes to help them plant lettuce, radishes, and spinach. They were du to return for two more sessions – one toward the end of May and another in June.

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Perrone returns home with self-written musical

Photo contributed Cornwall High School graduate and New York University student, Livi Perrone, wrote a musical and will be bringing it to the Motocyclepedia Museum, in Newburgh. “Happily the Musical” will be performed at 8 p.m. on June 30.

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Cornwall High School graduate and New York University student, Livi Perrone, wrote a musical and will be bringing it to the Motorcyclepedia Museum, in Newburgh. “Happily the Musical” will be performed at 8 p.m. on June 30.

Livi Perrone, a 2016 Cornwall High School graduate, is no stranger to theater. She wrote her first original work when she was 13-years-old and has since written a number of adapted plays and musicals for young performers. Having completed her first year at New York University, for dramatic writing, Perrone has written an original musical, with Emmy award-winning composer, Sean P. Pallatroni, and will be bringing it to Orange County later this month.

“Happily the Musical” will be performed, by local actors and actresses, at 8 p.m. on June 30 at the Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh. Tickets will be available at the door.

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Obituaries – June 16, 2017

James Thomas Ebert

September 3, 1957-April 28, 2017

formerly of Cornwall

James Thomas Ebert, formerly of Cornwall, passed away in Long Beach, Calif. on April 28 after a brief battle with cancer.

A memorial service was held at Resurrection Church in Long Beach, and a private gravesite services is being held with the family.

Jimmy was passionate about serving his community especially being a voice for persons with disabilities. He served as Executive Director of Mid-Point Integrative Services, a non-profit dedicated to providing residency to displaced men and women.

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A (field) day of activities

Photo by Jason Kaplan Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School held their annual field day on June 2. One of the activities had the students pass a number of balls and Frisbees down a line, first between their legs, then over their heads. Fourth graders Elaina DeGrote, Zyanya Aguilar, and Eli Shrem made quick passes to their classmates.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School held their annual field day on June 2. One of the activities had the students pass a number of balls and Frisbees down a line, first between their legs, then over their heads. Fourth graders Elaina DeGrote, Zyanya Aguilar, and Eli Shrem made quick passes to their classmates.

Natural bug repellent developed in Cornwall-on-Hudson

Max Loskutnikov and Dino Alexander have developed an all-natural alternative to bug repellent containing chemicals. The repellent comes in a spray and lotion and is effective in warding off ticks and mosquitos.

Max Loskutnikov and Dino Alexander have developed an all-natural alternative to bug repellent containing chemicals. The repellent comes in a spray and lotion and is effective in warding off ticks and mosquitos.

Max Loskutnikov and Dino Alexander have lived on Duncan Avenue in Cornwall-on-Hudson for two years. They enjoy hiking Mount Beacon and Storm King Mountain, as well spending time at Donahue Memorial Park with their two dogs Jack and Vicka. What they don’t like is having to apply bug repellent containing chemicals, so they decided to create and market an all-natural alternative.

“I have allergies to most of them,” Loskutnikov said. “You have to apply a lot in order for them to work. We were looking for something with fewer chemicals and safer to use. We started researching and found the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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Gill, The News, WP-HF Rotary honored

News of the Highlands Inc.'s Joe Gill, and West Point-Highland Falls Rotary Club President Steve Scott listen as Gala co-chairwoman Elaine Dapra speaks at Saturday's Gala event at the library. The two represented their organizations as they received the 'Printed Word' and 'Best Friends' awards.

News of the Highlands Inc.’s Joe Gill, and West Point-Highland Falls Rotary Club President Steve Scott listen as Gala co-chairwoman Elaine Dapra speaks at Saturday’s Gala event at the library. The two represented their organizations as they received the ‘Printed Word’ and ‘Best Friends’ awards.

Joe Gill, a Highland Falls native and longtime Cornwall resident, was honored with the ‘Printed Word Award’ at the Highland Falls Library on June 4.

The company Gill has served, as vice president and general manager of for decades, The News of the Highlands, Inc., was also recognized.

“The Printed Word Award recognizes exceptional support of our library in the media,” the Friends of the Highland Falls Library wrote in the program for their spring 2017 Gala and Awards Reception. “The Friends are proud to honor a native son. As vice president and general manager of our local paper, Joe has lent his many talents and those of his staff to the creation of materials for all four of our Galas, while also providing excellent year-round coverage of library events, news and announcements.”

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Obituaries – June 9, 2017

Donna Ann Colombo

July 10, 1960-June 1, 2017

formerly of Highland Mills

Donna Ann Colombo, age 56, was a longtime resident of Highland Mills before moving to Ocala, Fla. in 2006. She passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 1. Donna was born on July 10, 1960, in Queens, New York to Dorothy Ward and Malcolm McEntee. She was one of three children.

Survivors include her son, James Skoufis and his wife Hillary; and her daughter, Melissa O’Neal and her husband Cory, who recently became parents to Donna’s grandson Colton. She is also survived by her partner Brian Eppinger; sister Janet DeLuca; and brother Robert McEntee.

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The smell of success

Photo by Jason Kaplan Betsy Sharo, owner of Merritt Florist, puts the finishing touches on one of three centerpieces for the West Point graduation dinner. For over 20 years she has been preparing red roses for the pre-commencement ceremony celebration. This year she and her staff prepped 2,300 roses.

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Betsy Sharo, owner of Merritt Florist, puts the finishing touches on one of three centerpieces for the West Point graduation dinner. For over 20 years she has been preparing red roses for the pre-commencement ceremony celebration. This year she and her staff prepped 2,300 roses.

Crowd ignores rain, hears Memorial Day stories

It was too wet to use a microphone, so guests moved up front, and mingled with volunteers in uniform, so they could hear.

It was too wet to use a microphone, so guests moved up front, and mingled with volunteers in uniform, so they could hear.

Since World War I, Orange County has lost 832 residents in battle. But we remember more than numbers on Memorial Day. We remember the stories.

This year’s observance was held in the rain. It was too wet to use a microphone. So American Legion Commander Peter Kurpeawski asked the crowd to gather around him — rather than stand across the street behind the rows of firefighters.

And in spite of the weather, there was a crowd. Judy Rothman and Tom Quinlan shared an umbrella as they received medals and plaques from the legion commander. Mrs. Rothman was a Red Cross volunteer in the combat zone during the Vietnam War. Mr. Quinlan has been a legion member for 42 years, and has served as both a post and a county commander.

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Army cadets build Bannerman Island bridge

 A new bridge on Bannerman Island will allow tours to the summit. The bridge, unveiled last week, was constructed by 11 West Point cadets majoring in civil and mechanical engineering.

A new bridge on Bannerman Island will allow tours to the summit. The bridge, unveiled last week, was constructed by 11 West Point cadets majoring in civil and mechanical engineering.

On May 25, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, on Bannerman Island, to mark the opening of a new bridge, constructed by 11 West Point cadets majoring in civil and mechanical engineering.

This wasn’t the first time the island has benefited from the engineering students. In 2008, Donna Blakemore, one of the garden’s volunteers on the island, contacted the United States Military Academy asking if students could install a new gravity-fed watering system rather than having to take buckets of water from the river, around the island, to water the plants.

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