Anna Marie Forsyth with a tray of chili samples for the judges to evaluate. The March 25 cookoff at the Black Rock Fish and Game Club was a fund-raiser for the centennial celebration in 2021.
2021 sounds far away. But not if you belong to the Black Rock Fish & Game Club. Members are thinking ahead to their centennial that year. “It’s going to be big,” President Tommy Moriarty promises, “with fire works and a whole lot more.”
It undoubtedly will be big. Based in Mountainville, Black Rock attracts hunters and fishermen from all over the county.
At the Highland Engine Company dinner on March 25, County Legislator Kevin Hines presented a certificate to Ann Keegan for her 50 years in the Auxiliary.
Long term commitments are rare. But Ann Keegan is an exception. On March 25, the Highland Engine Company honored her for her 50 years in the auxiliary. The long-time volunteer received certificates from County Legislator Kevin Hines and Assemblyman James Skoufis (neither of them have been around 50 years; although the legislator is much closer to 50 than the Assemblyman).
Assistant Chief Tave Graham was the Master of Ceremonies for the dinner on the second floor of the fire house. There were 155 guests, including representatives of many neighboring fire companies. Chief Graham introduced them all, and later welcomed retired Supreme Court Judge John McGuirk, who received a special ovation when he arrived during dinner.
Paul Lopez, Jr.
October 20, 1944 – March 22, 2017
Paul Lopez, Jr., loving husband and father, passed away on March 22 at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. He was 72 years old.
Son of the late Pablo Lopez and Susan Ortiz Lopez, he was born October 20, 1944 in Manhattan. Paul was a retired technician for Con Edison in Queens and was a limousine driver for Starlight Limousines. He was a member of the Lighthouse Christian Assembly of Highland Falls and a friend of Bill W.
A car coming off southbound 9W at 3:09 p.m. rolled over on the ramp to Academy Avenue.
Twenty minutes later the driver was still trapped inside the vehicle, as firefighters worked to turn the car right side up. Casual observers did not believe the driver was seriously hurt. But EMTs and ambulances were at the scene along with the Cornwall Fire Department and two members of the Town of Cornwall Police.
20 minutes after the crash, workers were still try to extricate the driver.
The Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees will hold a Special Meeting at Village Hall at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29. The board will adjourn into Executive Session to conduct policy, benefit, and salary negotiations with the Water Superintendent and Non-Union personnel.
Photo by Ken Cashman
On March 18 at American Legion Post 1796, Jim and Jeff Levy stood in front of the flag their father brought home at the end of World War II.
There was no car to meet Herb Levy when he arrived in Newburgh at the end of World War II. So the Navy veteran picked up his duffel bag and walked home — bringing with him a foreign rifle, a javelin, trinkets from the orient, and the flag that had flown on the USS Charles Carroll.
The ship had seen action in the Mediterranean and the Pacific. It had been part of the D Day invasion on June 6, 1944. No one ever asked Herb Levy how he obtained the flag. But the heirloom stayed with the family for seven decades before coming to American Legion Post 1796 in New Windsor, and receiving an official welcome on March 18, 2017.
Photo by Jason Kaplan
A pumper from the 1830s is just one of the artifacts Historical Society guests will see at the Highland Engine Company firehouse on Monday.
The Cornwall Historical Society will be going on a little field trip, on Monday. The monthly meeting will be held at the Highland Engine Company firehouse, rather than Munger Cottage.
“I like taking the historical society to different areas in the town and village,” said president Susan Kamlet. “You never know what’s in your own backyard.”
In September, Highland Engine Co. president Kerry McGuiness invited Kamlet over to the firehouse for a brief tour of the museum in the event hall on the second floor.
Photo by Ken Cashman
Joseph (played by Josh Sandler, foreground) interprets Pharaoh’s dream in a March 18 rehearsal of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.”
Marietta Moulton has happy memories of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.” It was the first show that she directed at the middle school. It was her last show as “Miss Veglia” (she got married soon after the performance). And she recruited her mother to create Joseph’s coat of many colors. It was her mother’s favorite assignment. And after 10 years, the coat is making another appearance. The show will be presented in the middle school auditorium on March 23 and 24 at 7 p.m., and on March 25 at 6 p.m.
“When are you going to repeat a show?” friends would ask Mrs. Moulton. She was anxious to do “Joseph” again, but she needed a cast with a lot of singers — especially a lot of males who were able to burst into song.
Jeremy Joseph Gress
November 27, 1980 – March 18, 2017
Jeremy Joseph Gress of Cornwall-on-Hudson died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 18. He was 36.
Jeremy was born Nov. 27, 1980 in Peoria, Ill., the son of Charles Gress and Janis Clinch. Jeremy is survived by his son, Ryleigh Gress, at home; his parents, Charles and Carol Gress of Dallas, Ga., mother, Janis Clinch of Austell, Ga.; his grandparents, Herbert and Ethel Gress of Peoria; his siblings, Reginald Rowe (Deborah), Rebecca Fritz (Todd), Jason Gress (Cheryl), Anthony Gress, Coral Clinch, Megan Tuttle (Frederick), and Kylie Gress; nieces and nephews, Carrie, Paris, Jonah, Jordan, Kirsten, Eden, Liam, and Brannagh; aunts, uncles, and cousins.