Route 218 closure

Weather permitting, Route 218 will be closed on Tuesday, May 2 from 6 a,m. to 6 p.m. for permit and maintenance activities. The closure will extend from Mountain House Road in Cornwall to Washington Road in the Town of Highlands.

Motorists should use Route 9W as a detour, but expect delays.

 

Agencies rush to Hudson for rescue

April 28: The 1:19 p.m. emergency message reported an unoccupied, overturned boat floating toward West Point after breaking loose from its mooring. Several agencies rushed to the Hudson.

A helicopter and a drone patrolled the river from above. Volunteers from the Storm King Engine Company left the shore in their rescue boat. Police and firefighters waited near the dock of the Cornwall Yacht Club.

But after a thorough search, responders determined that the report was unfounded.

At about 2 p.m., the Storm King Engine Co. vessel returned to shore.

At about 2 p.m., the Storm King Engine Co. vessel returned to shore.

 

Beltane to celebrate 10th anniversary

File photo James Huba and Carly Rivas were married at last year’s Beltane Festival. They’re keeping this year’s honorees a secret. The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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James Huba and Carly Rivas were married at last year’s Beltane Festival. They’re keeping this year’s honorees a secret. The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Editor’s note: There are several festivals in Orange County, but this one is unique.

When Bernadette Montana started the Beltane Festival 10 years ago, it only drew about 200 guests. Since then, the event has outgrown its original location and is expected to draw about 1,000 people this year.

“It’s evolved and I guess it has to do with people wanting it to evolve,” Montana said. “It’s the first event people attend throughout the year. It gives people hope. We’re coming out of winter and coming into spring and summer. People are very excited about participating in a festival like this.”

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Work begins on new organic garden

Charles Quinn and Nina Creta were among the two dozen volunteers who assisted in breaking down the garden at the high school. June 10 has been set as the target date for the completion of a new organic garden.

Charles Quinn and Nina Creta were among the two dozen volunteers who assisted in breaking down the garden at the high school. June 10 has been set as the target date for the completion of a new organic garden.

A light rain fell, but that didn’t deter the two dozen volunteers from tearing down the Cornwall High School garden in preparation for a new organic garden.

On Earth Day, students in the Environmental Club teamed up with the senior French students to begin dismantling the beds and removing mulch and weeds. The wood is going to be recycled and repurposed through a local recycling center. The mulch was composted at the school.

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Dragon teams all win something

Samantha Fitzgerald (2) tries to steal the ball from an FDR player during the first half of an April 20 game. The Lady Dragons won 17-5.

Samantha Fitzgerald (2) tries to steal the ball from an FDR player during the first half of an April 20 game. The Lady Dragons won 17-5.

Girls win first five lacrosse matches

Playing almost every day last week, the Lady Dragons showed that their opening day win was an omen of good things to come.

Cornwall defeated NFA 14-2, FDR 17-5, O’Neill 13-5 and Washingtonville 14-5. The Lady Dragons have mounted a balanced attack, with four different players contributing 10 or more goals.

In the closing seconds of the FDR match, an opposing player broke free and fired a close-range shot at the net, which goalkeeper Jess Gurrieri fielded cleanly to end the game.

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Obituary – April 28, 2017

Richard Browne

May 24, 1943 – April 2, 2017

formerly of Highland Falls

Richard (Richie) Walter Browne, 73, died peacefully at home in Sausalito, Calif. on Sunday April 2.

Richard grew up at the U.S. Military Academy, with his father Capt. Walter Browne, the Academy golf coach, and his mother Katherine. He attended the Manilus Military School, and graduated from Highland Falls High School. He went on to earn a degree in golf agronomy from University of Massachusetts and became a well-respected golf pro. He was the beloved golf superintendent at Garrison Golf Course for 30 years.

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No place to play

Photo by Ken Cashman The Town Playground was closed this week as workers changed the footings for the equipment. People at Town Hall could hear the hum of the drilling and see a mountain of dirt piled on the basketball courts.

Photo by Ken Cashman
The Town Playground was closed this week as workers changed the footings for the equipment. People at Town Hall could hear the hum of the drilling and see a mountain of dirt piled on the basketball courts.

Cornwall Cares Committee addresses student needs

File photo Assistant Superintendent Gail Duffy is a member of the Cornwall Cares Committee.

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Assistant Superintendent Gail Duffy is a member of the Cornwall Cares Committee.

A committee of school board members, teachers, administrators, and community members began meeting this school year. The Cornwall Cares Committee was formed to support social and emotional needs, as well as the character development of district students.

The committee has only met a handful of times since October, but has accomplished much in a short time.

The committee kicked off with an anti-bullying poster contest where students promoted friendship, character education, and anti-bullying methods.

The first few meetings were dedicated to establishing goals. Those included:  strengthening communication between the schools and the parents and community at large; providing parent training and resources on social and emotional topics; and reducing student suspension and discipline incidents.

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One big difference in this year’s Sunrise Service

Rev. Tricia Calahan delivered the message at the Easter Sunrise Service at Ring’s Pond. The morning was unseasonably warm.

Rev. Tricia Calahan delivered the message at the Easter Sunrise Service at Ring’s Pond. The morning was unseasonably warm.

With one exception, the Easter morning rites at Ring’s Pond were like the Sunrise Services in the past. The same clergy officiated. The same musicians accompanied the hymns on their guitars. And, as usual, a pink stuffed bunny was perched at their feet.

Many of the worshipers were regulars. They arrived early because there was daylight before the service started at 6:30 a.m. (which is what happens when Easter lands in mid-April instead of late March).

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Neighbor couldn’t stand it any more

Contributed photo Suki Chen of the United States with her two younger nieces in a restaurant in China.

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Suki Chen of the United States with her two younger nieces in a restaurant in China.

Suki Chen is still trying to bring her nieces to the United States. The girls ages 4, 7 and 11 have been living as orphans in China since their mother and grandmother were killed in accidents last summer. Their father remains in a coma in a hospital several hours away.

Mrs. Chen, a New Windsor resident and a Cornwall business owner, has engaged attorneys to help her bring the children to this country. One of the lawyers asked the girls’ neighbor in China to describe their condition. This is part of what she had to say.

“Hello, I’m Shanzhen Wang, Chen’s neighbor. Since the parents of this family had an accident, there has been nobody taking care of the children of this family. The children are very poor. I could not stand it anymore so I often go to their home to take care of the children, after all, how are the three girls at this young age to take care of themselves?

Originally, the grandmother of the children at home could watch the children, at least made the child having a protective umbrella, but who know misfortunes never come singly, their grandma passed away at a car accident.

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