Hikers learn which trees will survive climate change

Black Rock Forest Director William Schuster points out small cottony puffs on the underside of the Eastern Hemlock’s branches. These contain the larva of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.

Black Rock Forest Director William Schuster points out small cottony puffs on the underside of the Eastern Hemlock’s branches. These contain the larva of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.

A fresh powder covered the ground as 20 people gathered in Black Rock Forest on a Saturday afternoon for a winter walk.  The excursion was led by Dr. William Schuster, executive director of the Black Rock Forest Consortium.

During the 90-minute, mile-long walk to the Upper Reservoir and back, Schuster highlighted five of the conifers, or cone-bearing trees in the forest, and commented on how they would react to global warming.

Of the over 60 species of trees in the forest, 10 of them are conifers. Schuster said the conifers were among the first trees to develop evolutionarily. During a time when there weren’t many animals on the planet, these trees would disperse their light, winged seeds through the wind. As animals become more prevalent, these trees developed other means of seed dispersal, using these animals as a secondary option.

Conifers have a  conical shape with branches that bend down so they are less likely to snap from the weight of snow.

Continue Reading

Top stories of the past

These are the top sports stories of the last 17 years.

2017: Homecoming Happiness: The Dragons scheduled NFA (the Class AA champion) for their homecoming football game, and then treated their fans to a thrilling 31-28 victory.  

2016: Year of the streak: Led by the tennis team (56 straight victories), several varsities compiled impressive winning streaks.

2015:  Bubblegum pink: Keeping a promise, Coach Dave Feuer dyed his hair bubblegum pink after his relay team won a state championship.

Marathon in Marlboro: Boys won section soccer crown after two overtimes and a shootout.

2014: Defining perfection: The tennis team defeated every opponent 7-0. The team played over 200 sets and won them all.

2013: Debut at the Top: In its first year of high school competition, the boys lacrosse team won the section championship.

2012 Baseball and McNally: The Dragons won the state Class A championship and Brian McNally signed with the Washington Redskins of the NFL.

2011 Wallkill Reversal: After three straight losses to Wallkill, the football team downed the Panthers 28-14 to regain the section title.

  1. Lo says “no” to keeping Derek Jeter’s historic home run ball and becomes an overnight celebrity. Christian Lopez was a 2006 Cornwall graduate.

2010 Aisling’s Triumph: The Cornwall runner won the national cross country championship by 150 yards.

2009: Quest to be Best: Aisling Cuffe won the state and northeastern championships on her way to the national finals.

2008: Show with Monroe: Over 2,000 fans circled the field to watch the Dragon football team open its season against the state finalists from Monroe-Woodbury.

2007: Six out of Six: In one weekend, six Cornwall teams competed for section championships and all six won.

2006: The March to the Dome. The varsity football team won 10 straight games to advance to the state finals in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

2005: The Day of the Dragon. Between Friday noon and Saturday night Cornwall teams won six section titles.

2004: Basketball Doubleheader. The boys and girls’ teams both defeated Wallkill to win section titles before a large crowd at West Point.

2003: Football Championship. Cornwall won its first football title in 25 years, clinching the Section 9 crown with a win at Dietz Stadium in Kingston.

2002: Post-Season Showdown. After the Cornwall and Kingston tennis teams were undefeated during the regular season, they scheduled a special match to see which team was better.

2001: A Trip to Staten Island. The Little League All Star Girls advanced to the state semifinals in Staten Island.

Crowd gathers at county’s salute to veterans

Dave Andryshak (left) hands a wreath to Sgt. Major Van Wagner of the Minisink Valley Junior ROTC program. Mr. Andryshak is the superintendent of the Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, where volunteers decorated graves on Dec. 16 in observance of Wreaths Across America.

Dave Andryshak (left) hands a wreath to Sgt. Major Van Wagner of the Minisink Valley Junior ROTC program. Mr. Andryshak is the superintendent of the Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, where volunteers decorated graves on Dec. 16 in observance of Wreaths Across America.

Dave Andryshak had a message for the crowd gathered around the monument at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery. He said there are two deaths. The first occurs when we breathe for the final time. The second occurs when we are no longer remembered.

As the superintendent of the cemetery, Mr. Andryshak said his goal was to make sure that the “second death” never comes to the veterans who are buried there. Before handing out wreaths to the volunteers, he asked them to pause at each grave, read the name of the interred, and say it aloud.

Continue Reading

Obituary – December 29, 2017

Mafalda A. McKinna

January 9, 1923-December 24, 2017

Highland Falls

Mafalda A. McKinna passed away Sunday, Dec. 24 at St. Anthony’s Community Hospital, Warwick. She was 94 years old.

Daughter of the late John and Antoinetta Martinisi Pelella, she was born Jan. 9, 1923 in Walden.  Mafalda was the widow of William C. McKinna. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church of Highland Falls, and a member of the Catholic Daughter’s of America Court 201 of Highland Falls.

Continue Reading

New Year’s Eve road closures

Due to the annual Cornwall-on-Hudson “New Year’s Eve Ball Drop” the following roadways will be closed and/ or traffic detoured on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at approximately 11:15pm till Monday, January 01, 2018, at approximately 12:45am:

Hudson Street at Avenue A will be closed, eastbound traffic on Hudson Street will be detoured onto Avenue A.

Hudson Street at Maple Avenue will be closed, westbound traffic on Hudson Street will be detoured opposite Maple Avenue onto the school alleyway adjacent to Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School, through the Cornwall-on-Hudson Municipal Parking Lot and onto River Avenue.

Hudson Street at Duncan Avenue will be closed.

Hudson Street at Idlewilde Avenue will be closed, traffic heading eastbound on Idlewilde Avenue will be detoured onto Churchill Street.

Hudson Street at River Avenue will be closed, traffic heading southbound on River Avenue will be detoured onto the Cornwall-on-Hudson Municipal Parking Lot, through the Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School front circular school entrance driveway and onto Hudson Street.

Both officers from the Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department and troopers from the New York State Police will be assisting with both traffic and security.

On behalf of the Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department, “Happy New Year’s” to all!!

Prepared and Submitted by,

Chief Steven E. Dixon

Cornwall-on-Hudson PD

Early payment of taxes

The town of Cornwall Receiver of Taxes will begin accepting tax payments on Dec. 27 – the date of the warrant.  Her office will be open from 8:30to 4:30 on the Dec. 27-29 .  Full payment must be made, no partial payments can be accepted.  On the town webpage, you can access tax bills and make a credit card payment beginning on Dec. 27.

Will there be white Christmas?

Photo by Jason Kaplan The first day of winter was Thursday and already a couple of minor storms have left some accumulation. Meteorologists are predicting a chance of sleet and snow Christmas Eve into Christmas morning. Once the storm passes, it’s possible one to three inches of fresh powder will be covering the ground. By this time last year, the region had already experienced one snow and two ice storms.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
The first day of winter was Thursday and already a couple of minor storms have left some accumulation. Meteorologists are predicting a chance of sleet and snow Christmas Eve into Christmas morning. Once the storm passes, it’s possible one to three inches of fresh powder will be covering the ground. By this time last year, the region had already experienced one snow and two ice storms.

Holidays overwhelm some foreign students

International students at Storm King School gathered at lunchtime on Dec. 19 to talk about their nation’s holiday customs.

International students at Storm King School gathered at lunchtime on Dec. 19 to talk about their nation’s holiday customs.

For a student from Indonesia, the Christmas season in America was overwhelming. “I wondered why everyone was so happy,” she admitted.

Storm King School has many students from other countries. At lunchtime on Dec. 19, they gathered in a conference room to share their holiday experiences.

Continue Reading