Survivor participates in trooper tribute

Retired Sgt. Richard Thorpe (left) helped place a wreath in front of the Troop F barracks for the Friday morning ceremony.

Retired Sgt. Richard Thorpe (left) helped place a wreath in front of the Troop F barracks for the Friday morning ceremony.

Trooper Pete Casella knew the car was stolen when he stopped it. As he questioned the driver, a man jumped out from the passenger’s side and fired three shots at close range.

Two bounced off the protective gear the trooper had purchased with his own money. The other bullet struck him, causing a wound that would eventually heal. The state policeman returned fire, and before long the suspects were captured.

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Obituaries – June 2, 2017

Elsie E. Cyr

January 12, 1928 – May 23, 2017

Highland Falls

Elsie Cyr, beloved wife and mother, joined her husband of 63 years in eternal peace on May 23.  She was 89 years old.

Elsie was born at the West Point Hospital, the daughter of an Army sergeant. She was a working woman for most of her life, starting as a telephone operator in Florida and New York, and finishing with a 20-year career as a police dispatcher for Highland Falls. She helped found the Sacred Heart Church Thrift Shop, and at a time when many women did not drive, was a willing chauffeur for her many friends.

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Mumford Poetry Contest

Clara Sanford Ages 5-6 winner

Clara Sanford Ages 5-6 winner

Adalyn Brown, winner ages 7-9

Adalyn Brown, winner ages 7-9

David Kramer, winner ages 10-12

David Kramer, winner ages 10-12

The awards ceremony for the Timothy Mumford Poetry Competition drew a large audience at the Cornwall Public Library. The award winners and their parents were there. But they weren’t the only ones. Every year friends of the Mumford family attend the ceremony as a tribute to the young man who died in his sleep in 2006.

More than 70 people participated in the contest. The winners were Clara E. Sanford (ages 5-6), Adalyn Brown (7-9), David Michael Kramer (10-12), Ellie Barth (13-15), Katelyn Lipton (16-18) and Wyatt McNabb Phillips (best overall).

Ellie Barth, winner ages 13-15

Ellie Barth, winner ages 13-15

Katelyn Lipton, winner ages 16-18

Katelyn Lipton, winner ages 16-18

Wyatt McNabb Phullips, overall winner

Wyatt McNabb Phullips, overall winner

Crowd ignores rain on Memorial Day

Judy Rothman and Tom Quinlan shared an umbrella and a smile after receiving medals at the Memorial Day observance.

Judy Rothman and Tom Quinlan shared an umbrella and a smile after receiving medals at the Memorial Day observance.

Mayor Brendan Coyne led the singing of "God Bless America."

Mayor Brendan Coyne led the singing of “God Bless America.”

"We can't bring them back," Master Sgt. Bailey said, "but we can continue the work they started."

“We can’t bring them back,” Master Sgt. Bailey said, “but we can continue the work they started.”

Guest speaker Ed Moulton recalled having to tell families that their husbands and dads wouldn't be coming home.

Guest speaker Ed Moulton recalled his days as a unit commander when he had to tell families that their husbands and dads wouldn’t be coming home.

Korean War veteran Ray Mellin (center) and World War II veteran Al Mazzocca(right) placed wreaths at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

Korean War veteran Ray Mellin (center) and World War II veteran Al Mazzocca(right) placed wreaths at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

They’ve only just begun

Photo by Ken Cashman Michaela Kirwan and Charles Longueira (foreground) visited the gazebo at Meadowbrook Lodge on May 19 before heading inside for the Junior Prom. They are both students at Cornwall Central High School. Still in the gazebo are Andrew Richardson and Sahana Rao.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Michaela Kirwan and Charles Longueira (foreground) visited the gazebo at Meadowbrook Lodge on May 19 before heading inside for the Junior Prom. They are both students at Cornwall Central High School. Still in the gazebo are Andrew Richardson and Sahana Rao.

RiverFest lives up to intent

File photo The toy train makes its return as one of the children’s activities at RiverFest.

File photo
The toy train makes its return as one of the children’s activities at RiverFest.

When he was chair of the Town of Cornwall’s Economic Development Committee, Wynn Gold came up with an idea to boost tourism. Thus, RiverFest was born. Twenty years later, the annual riverfront festival continues to draw visitors from around the county, as well as from other states.

“I don’t think any of us planned on doing this for 20 years when we first started,” Gold said, “but we’re still having fun. We have a formula that works. People come down for the entertainment, others because they like craft fairs. The kids’ activities have grown exponentially.”

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Doctor: “Lyme prevalent but curable”

Dr. Margarita Kogan

Dr. Margarita Kogan

“I didn’t expect such a big turnout,” Dr. Margarita Kogan admitted as she greeted the guests in the library’s Community Room.

St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital has been sponsoring educational sessions in local libraries. As part of that program, Dr. Kogan was in Cornwall on May 16 to discuss Lyme Disease. Previous sessions had focused on diabetes, heart health and aging eyes.

The response to the hospital’s outreach has been good. But the organizers were still surprised to see 40 people on a Tuesday afternoon. One explanation for the large turnout is the prevalence of the disease.

“It’s increasingly recognized as a major health problem,” Dr. Kogan said. “The number of cases has tripled since 1992. And the number would be higher if every case was diagnosed.”

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Obituaries – May 26, 2017

Florence Louise Brooks

August 1929-May 8, 2017

Formerly of Cornwall-on-Hudson

Florence Louise Brooks was reassigned to her heavenly home of record on the 8th of May after 87 years of exemplary performance as an angel of God here on earth.  She was born in August of 1929 to the late Maude and Norman Clark of Wallkill.  Raised on a dairy farm in rural New York during the depression, she learned the value of hard work, dedication and team spirit early in life.

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Flower pickers

Photo by Jason Kaplan Ron and Eileen Tulloch volunteered to help the Garden Club set up for its annual plant sale last Saturday. They then perused the selection to make a purchase ahead of the rainy weekend.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Ron and Eileen Tulloch volunteered to help the Garden Club set up for its annual plant sale last Saturday. They then perused the selection to make a purchase ahead of the rainy weekend.

Town Hall meetings “in” this year

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney helps Angelica, a sixth-grader, formulate a question at a May 13 Town Hall Meeting at Cornwall Central Middle School.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney helps Angelica, a sixth-grader, formulate a question at a May 13 Town Hall Meeting at Cornwall Central Middle School.

Lots of constituents want to “speak with Sean” these days. Congressman Maloney has been drawing hundreds of people to his Town Hall meetings. The turnout in Cornwall was smaller on May 13, but the event was arranged on a day’s notice.

About 80 people came to the middle school auditorium on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Some traveled a distance to be there, and others have followed the Congressman from one Town Hall meeting to another. Although the session lasted a half hour longer than scheduled almost everyone stayed until the end. Mr. Maloney seemed surprised. “You guys are free to leave whenever you want,” he told the audience.

The guests weren’t bashful about asking questions. Many of them wanted opinions on health care reform or the firing of the FBI Director. But some people inquired about local issues.

When Brian Hunt mentioned a lack of service and direct flights at Stewart, the Congressman was sympathetic. “You’re talking to a guy,” he said, “who flies to Washington, D.C. twice a week.”

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