No rainy day blues

Photo by Jason Kaplan Town campers were forced to spend Friday indoors due to the threat of thunderstorms. That didn’t dampen the kids’ spirits, however, as they found other things to do. They played basketball in the gymnasium, watched a movie, or worked on a puzzle. Colby Van Dam and Megan Maffei played a board game called “Name 5.” 

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Town campers were forced to spend Friday indoors due to the threat of thunderstorms. That didn’t dampen the kids’ spirits, however, as they found other things to do. They played basketball in the gymnasium, watched a movie, or worked on a puzzle. Colby Van Dam and Megan Maffei played a board game called “Name 5.”

Dragonfest: A grass roots event that really worked

File photo Two of the younger guests got acquainted at last year’s Dragonfest.

File photo
Two of the younger guests got acquainted at last year’s Dragonfest.

When the email came last summer, we could think of several reasons why Dragonfest wouldn’t work — the organizers started late, they picked a busy weekend, and no one knew what Dragonfest was.

Despite our pessimism, the event  was a success. Families showed up in the daytime, and a second wave of guests arrived at night. Many of them stayed past the time when the party was supposed to be over.

Now Cornwall is bracing for Dragonfest II at the Black Rock Fish and Game Club. The party will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2 and continue until whenever. Based on last year’s experience, no one has mentioned a closing time.

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Olivia Perez’s anti-hate essay wins top prize

Olivia Perez

Olivia Perez

Students in grades 10 to 12, throughout Orange County, were eligible to enter the third annual Stop Hate essay contest, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County, the Newburgh Ministry, Inc., and the Orange County Human Rights Commission. Of all the participants, Cornwall High School sophomore Olivia Perez was declared the winner.

“Winning the contest is very overwhelming because I was one essay out of so many in all of Orange County,” Perez said. “The fact I won really showed me if I put my heart to it, I can do it. I felt proud to be from Cornwall and be able to do that.”

The purpose of the contest is to promote tolerance and understanding through education. This year’s topic focused on the issue of refugees, by comparing the plight of Syrian refugees with that of Jews just before the Holocaust of World War II.

English teacher Kelly Robinson-Finn told her students about the essay contest at the end of March. Perez was one of Robinson-Finn’s advanced students who opted to enter.

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Football will be different this fall

File photo (Lupo) Kieran Kreider gains yardage against Wallkill in last year’s section semifinals. He was injured later in the game, and missed the balance of the season.

File photo (Lupo)
Kieran Kreider gains yardage against Wallkill in last year’s section semifinals. He was injured later in the game, and missed the balance of the season.

Football fans can expect a lot of changes in September. Poughkeepsie has moved out of Cornwall’s league, and FDR has taken its place.

The regular season is shorter. Cornwall will play seven games and face just one non-league opponent.

Home vs. Goshen, Sept. 1
At Saugerties, Sept. 9
Home vs. Wallkill, Sept. 15
Home vs. NFA, Sept. 23
Home vs. FDR, Sept. 28
At Monticello, Oct. 7
At Port Jervis, Oct. 13

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Obituaries – July 21, 2017

Susan Bunte

June 14, 1947 – July 11, 2017

Highland Falls

Susan N. Bunte passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at her home in Highland Falls.  She was 70 years old.

Daughter of the late Max and Fannie Glusman Hirschberg, she was born June 14, 1947 in Newburgh.

Susan worked in the Military Pay & Finance Department at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and was a former employee in the finance office of the Village of Highland Falls.

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Special Town Board Meeting

The Town Board will hold a special meeting in Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25. Topics at the meeting will include.

An audio visual permit

A request for quote for the sewage treatment plant

The appointment of a full-time police officer

And interviews of candidates for the Buildings and Grounds Department.

 

 

An eye for tye-dye

Photo by Jason Kaplan Cornwall-on-Hudson campers Will Bengyak and Dilnura Fayzullaeva carefully apply various colors to their tye-dye T-shirts on Monday. The Summer Playground program drew 110 participants this year.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Cornwall-on-Hudson campers Will Bengyak and Dilnura Fayzullaeva carefully apply various colors to their tye-dye T-shirts on Monday. The Summer Playground program drew 110 participants this year.

Trustees investigate ADA compliant sidewalks

The crosswalk in front of Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School is not wheelchair accessible. The Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees is considering spending around $18,000 so the crosswalk is ADA compliant.

The crosswalk in front of Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School is not wheelchair accessible. The Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees is considering spending around $18,000 to make the crosswalk is ADA compliant.

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ADA compliance. Superintendent of Public Works David Halvorsen said he received one quote, in the amount of $18,000, to make the sidewalks in front of the fire house and Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School ADA compliant. Cuts need to be made into the sidewalk to provide wheelchair access to the cross walk. The school district has already created a ramp to access the school grounds. Halvorsen said the problem is the contractor would need to be registered with the state Department of Transportation, and because Hudson Street is a state road, flaggers and an engineer would need to be present until the work is completed. Halvorsen is also hearing because it’s a small job, it isn’t really profitable. Trustee David Carnright asked if grant money is available since the project would benefit the school district. Mayor Brendan Coyne said he’d reach out to Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblyman James Skoufis. Coyne said he’d like to see the project completed before the school year begins.

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Eagle project provides new homes for animals

Tom Keller expects to receive his Eagle sometime this month. His project entailed constructing a new rabbit hutch, dove cage, and shelving unit for the Wildlife Education Center.

Tom Keller expects to receive his Eagle sometime this month. His project entailed constructing a new rabbit hutch, dove cage, and shelving unit for the Wildlife Education Center.

It might not be a deluxe apartment in New York City, but a few animals at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Wildlife Education Center are living in luxury after receiving an upgrade to their homes.

Tom Keller, a member of Cornwall’s Class of 2017, recently completed his Eagle project by constructing a new rabbit hutch, dove cage, and a shelving unit.

Keller explained his mother provides veterinary services to the animals at the museum, and having spent some time there he realized a need for new habitats.

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Third Gagnon wins Sands Award

Kathryn Gagnon is the third sibling to receive the Sands Award for the highest grade point average among graduating eighth graders.

Kathryn Gagnon is the third sibling to receive the Sands Award for the highest grade point average among graduating eighth graders.

Cornwall Middle School might want to think about changing the name of the Sands Award to the Gagnon Award.

To date, three of the six siblings who have graduated from eighth grade, have received the award for highest grade point average in their class. The latest recipient is Kathryn. She follows her sister, Megan, who received the award in 2011, and her brother, Jonathan, who earned it last year.

“I was really happy,” Gagnon said when she heard her name announced at the moving up ceremony last week. “I couldn’t stop smiling. It was just amazing to walk up on stage and receive that applause.”

Gagnon wasn’t aware she’d be receiving the award until that night, but it was something she’s been working toward.

Throughout the year, Gagnon knew she had a high grade point average, but so did her friends. Her average after three quarters was a 99 or 100.

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