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.
Elsie E. Cyr
January 12, 1928 – May 23, 2017
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.
Clara Sanford Ages 5-6 winner
Adalyn Brown, winner ages 7-9
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
Katelyn Lipton, winner ages 16-18
Wyatt McNabb Phullips, overall winner
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”