“Men Can Cook”: Seniors learn to prepare meals

The Orange County Office for the Aging recently completed a six-week class which taught senior men how to prepare simple meals

The Orange County Office for the Aging recently completed a six-week class which taught senior men how to prepare simple meals

Cooking aficionados might remember “Yan Can Cook” back in the 1980s. The Orange County Office for the Aging recently completed its own version of the cooking show, “Men Can Cook,” held at Munger Cottage. The six-week program was only open to male senior citizens.

“We decided to take men for the program because traditionally their wives would cook for them,” said nutrition program director Kevin Monaghan. “One of the things that qualify men for the program is their spouse may have cooked for them their entire life and now their spouse is sick, passed on and they don’t know how to cook and can’t fend for themselves. They end up eating TV dinners and prepared foods. We wanted to take a group of men and teach them some basic cooking skills and show them some dishes they may not have been exposed to in the past.”

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Gregorek finds relation between arts and athletics

Lawrence Gregorek

Lawrence Gregorek

Growing up, Lawrence Gregorek never let cliques define who he was or prevent him from participating in the activities he enjoyed. As a 2006 Cornwall graduate, Gregorek was in the unique position of being able to express himself as both an athlete and an artist.

Gregorek was quarterback of the football team, but he also played baseball and was a member of the swimming and diving team. He’d practice like any other athlete, but then he’d hit the art room to work on a project. He often fielded questions from both cliques – are you really an athlete/artist? – but everyone accepted him for who he was. Ever since he was a kid, he had an interest in both arts and athletics.

“I’ve always been an adventurous person and I love sports,” Gregorek said. “I think everyone knew that growing up. I was always outside, running around.”

Gregorek also learned he had the ability to see certain things.

“If there’s a blank canvas, I’m able to see the image before I paint. I enjoy being expressive. Art was just another way for me to express my love with color, composition, and design. Drawing and painting gave me an outlet and I was pretty good at it. I wanted to continue with it and see where art could take me.”

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Obituaries – August 4, 2017

Loretta Frances Fanning

June 18, 1937-July 28, 2017

Cornwall

Loretta Frances Fanning of Cornwall went to be with our Lord on Friday, July 28.

The daughter of the late John and Ella Schroff Kinsler, she was born on June 18, 1937 in Otisville.

Loretta graduated from Cornwall-on-Hudson High School, Westchester Community College and Hackensack Hospital School of Nursing.  She completed her BSN from Dominican College.  She practiced her nursing in Washington, D.C, and the Cornwall Hospital, finally retiring after 30 years from Keller Army Hospital in West Point.

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It’s cool in the pool

Photo by Jason Kaplan

Photo by Jason Kaplan The heat and humidity, last week, made it feel more like a traditional summer. Children in the Kinderkamp and Summer Recreaton programs, like Lucy Scialpi, Ryan and Ellie Springer, and Jack Scialpi, enjoyed a refreshing dip in the kiddie pool, swimming and splashing each other.

‘Beauty and the Beast, Jr.’ on Friday

Quinn Andrews, Patty Pettus, Leah Boucher, Ariel Yarmus, Alex Raposo rehearse a scene in “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”

Quinn Andrews, Patty Pettus, Leah Boucher, Ariel Yarmus, Alex Raposo rehearse a scene in “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”

With “Beauty and the Beast’s” success on Broadway and the cinematic release earlier this year, it only made sense for Riverlight Theatre Arts  to choose the fairy tale for its summer performance. It also helped to have the guidance of musical director Sean Pallatroni, who worked on the original Broadway show.

There will be two performances of the play on Friday, at 5:30 and 7 p.m. in the Cornwall Middle School auditorium.

The program, which caters to students ages 6 to 16, is funded by the Cornwall Middle School PTO. This summer’s show will see 35 performers grace the stage, a larger number than in years past.

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Senator Larkin still likes to share good news

July28_larkinAfter almost 40 years in the state legislature, Sen. Bill Larkin still likes to share good news. So when he was able to secure a $40,000 grant for the Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department, the senator picked up the phone and called the chief.

“Are you sitting down?” Mr. Larkin asked before he identified himself. As a matter of fact, Chief Steve Dixon was sitting down. He was driving to work on Route 207 — not far from the senator’s office. “Is it all right if I stop in?” the chief asked.

A few minutes later, he came through the door and shook hands with his benefactor. “We’ve been trying to upgrade our equipment,” the chief said, “and this is going to be a major addition.”

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Brady Brothers win baseball title for Ireland

Contributed photo Kevin Brady walks off the mound at the conclusion of an inning in Switzerland. Kevin and his brother Kyle helped the Irish team win the title.

Contributed photo
Kevin Brady walks off the mound at the conclusion of an inning in Switzerland. Kevin and his brother Kyle helped the Irish team win the title.

How’s this for pressure! There are two outs in the last inning of the championship game of an international tournament. The pitcher is throwing a “no hitter,” and the last guy up smacks a ball to you at shortstop. Now add to the equation that the person on the mound happens to be your twin brother.

Kyle Brady fielded the ball on two hops and threw to first to get the final out of the game. Yes, he was nervous. In keeping with baseball tradition, no one mentioned the “no hitter” in the dugout. But the coach had told his fielders to dive for any ball that was close to them.

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Obituaries – July 28, 2017

Virginia Heepe

August 17, 1920-July 17, 2017

Cornwall

Virginia Heepe of Cornwall, passed away at home on July 17. She was 96 years old.

Virginia was born in New York City on Aug. 17, 1920 to Pasquale and Louise Tomasulo. She lived in Brooklyn for 43 years, where she married Charles Heepe and raised four children. She then settled in Seaford, N.Y. for the next 35 years before moving to Cornwall in 1999. She enjoyed living at Idlewild Creek Apartments and made many lasting friendships. She loved cooking and baking, and was known for her Italian specialties and pies.

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