Living in Cornwall

MICHAEL FALCO                    Publish Date: 16 October 2020  

                    Say it isn’t so! Dynamic PHYLLIS MURPHY, of Bay View Avenue, has been furloughed from the Cornwall Recreation Department. We are fortunate in Cornwall to have Phyllis as a force for good while producing and promoting all things available via the local Recreation Department. We (collectively) understand COVID-19 brings events to a screeching halt. That said – fingers crossed for a 2021 return of Phyllis, as a community treasure.  

                    October re-openings! The Cornwall United Methodist Church on Main Street and also the Mountainville United Methodist Church on Angola Road both re-opened their buildings to the public on October 04 for Sunday morning services. Face masks required.  

                    Cornwall Public Library Hosts Broadway Performer this Sunday, October 18! At 2:00 p.m., the Library will present “142nd Street & Broadway,” a discussion and performance via Zoom with MARA DAVI, accomplished Broadway actor, singer, dancer and Cornwall resident. Mara will be sharing the story of her journey to Broadway, and will perform, accompanied by her pianist/music director, ELI KATZ ZOLLER. Registration is required via the Cornwall library’s online calendar. Zoom links will be sent to registrants the day of the event.  

                    LISA SILVERSTONE, of Cornwall, welcomes you to participate from Thursday, October 15 at 6 p.m. through Monday, October 19 at 9 p.m., as Safe Harbors will be taking you through a virtual gala experience like no other! You will learn about the people, places and things that make up Safe Harbors; you will get an insider’s tour of the Cornerstone Residence; an architect-led, behind the scenes look at the Historic Ritz Theater; and a guided walk through Safe Harbors Green, where you will learn about the most bio-diverse park in the Hudson Valley! Each evening, you will be treated to live entertainment. It is hoped you will support Safe Harbors through a donation or bidding generously on an auction item. Gala videos, images, auction and performances will be posted on the Safe Harbor’s Facebook page beginning Thursday, October 15th at 6 p.m.  

                     Just plain sad! So many events have been, and continue to be COVID-19 canceled in 2020. Now I am learning the public will not see the holiday attraction known as Eggbert.  Not every space works well in regards to ‘social distancing.’ I suspect this is a hard decision to arrive at in Devitt’s – to not dust off and present Eggbert (the talking egg) this Christmas. What fun it was when the children could tell Eggbert their holiday gift wishes and have Eggbert forward those wishes to Santa! Fingers crossed – Eggbert may reappear in 2021.  

                    Getting in shape – Staying in shape! The good people at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall want you to know: The Run Wild 5K can be completed in your neighborhood, at a local park, or even on a treadmill at home or at the gym. You can also run HHNM’s official 5K trail at the Outdoor Discovery Center on select dates. No matter where you run, you’re benefiting Education programs that support the Museum’s mission to create the next generation of environmental stewards – the generation that will be tasked with saving the planet. Complete your 5K any time between Thursday, October 1 and Saturday, October 31. You choose the place. You choose the time. Run or walk from anywhere in the world! You may also run on HHNM’s official 5K course (marked with signs and arrows) trail at the Outdoor Discovery Center on Saturdays and Sundays in October (Except Saturday, October 31). Race Distance:  5 kilometers (3.1 mile) HHNM course is measured by an Orange Runners Club member. For complete details please call the Museum at 845-534-5506 

                    Coming Nov. 6: Broadway’s Best! The four Friday nights this November will each feature Broadway themed programming. This is a particular viewing treat for those of us who appreciate and dearly miss (during this unprecedented COVID-19 closing) live Broadway theatre. Hats off to Channel 13 in NY and to Public Broadcasting!  

                    Show biz veteran KEVIN WATERS, of Canterbury Avenue, is delighted to share news of his work in progress, an autobiography he tentatively titles “Everything You Always Might Have Wondered About Kevin… But Were Afraid He Would Tell You!”  

MICHAEL FALCO          Publish Date: 09 October 2020  

                    Teen aged dreams came true at the (gone but gloriously not forgotten) Palisades Amusement Park. They came true for me. I mention this (seemingly out of the blue) as there were a flood of happy Palisades Amusement Park memories that were moved to the front burner (so to speak) this past Monday evening. I tuned in for a 90-minute Webinar about the history of this cherished park. Hats off to Mr. VINCE GARGIULO, Palisades Amusement Park Historian! Since 1995, Mr. Gargiulo has been traveling and speaking about this classic amusement park. Vince is the author of the book “Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories,” and Producer of the PBS documentary of the same name. I don’t know about you – but I need a break from all the sour news that confronts us these days. This interesting Webinar was just the ticket for me! I am asking Santa Clause if I can have a copy of Mr. Gargiulo’s book. After watching the Webinar, I was motivated to search out, within my home, 4-for-a-quarter, black & white photos taken in a booth at the park. Glory be! After all these decades I found those photos on my first try.  

                    Why didn’t I see this on the horizon? My upcoming flight (bought & paid for) out of nearby Stewart Airport, was cancelled. The airline put the blame on the business effects (fallout?) wrought by COVID-19. The airline could offer me flights out of airports farther away from Orange County, NY. Momentarily in a tailspin – I wound up with a brand-new reservation and the second time around it’s out of Newark, NJ. Now – explain this one to me, if you can. The Stewart Airport charge was $340.20 round trip. The Newark, NJ charge (same airline & same destination) is $116.20 round trip.  Say what???  

                    Raise a puppy and change of life! If you love dogs and want to volunteer with a wonderful organization that places assistance dogs with children, adults and veterans with disabilities then please contact Kara Dorsey to learn more about Canine Companions for Independence. Puppy raisers are needed so that people with disabilities don’t have to wait for years to get a highly trained service dog. Donations are needed because Canine Companions places all of their assistance dogs free of charge. Each dog costs the organization $50,000 per placement. If you would like to support Kara please contact her at 845-803-2434 or . You can also help Kara raise awareness about Canine Companions by inviting her and Service Dog Brewer to come and speak at your school, business or service organization. Perhaps a Webinar?!  

                    The Cornwall Public Library building recently reopened. The building is now open by appointment only for brief visits during the following hours: Mon-Thur: 9am-7pm; Fri: 9am-5pm; Sat: 9am-3pm; Sun: 1pm-3pm. Call before you go, 845-534-8282.  

                    Speaking of the wonderful Cornwall Public Library: here are two, safe distancing programs, you can participate in now: Patrons of all ages can connect with those in need through our Cards for Seniors Initiative. Starting on October 9, patrons can pick up card-making kits at the library, make a card at home, and then drop it off at the library at the curbside table. This is a great way to brighten a senior’s day — especially for those who may be unable to connect with others due to the pandemic. Drop-off cards by October 17, and library staff will deliver them to a local nursing home. A second program: Patrons can also help clean up their neighborhoods through Community Trash Pickup. Starting on October 9, anyone can pick up a trash bag at the library, find trash in your neighborhood, and add it to your trash at home. The library reminds patrons to always use caution when picking up trash from roadsides and that adults should supervise children. For more information, please call 845-534-828.  

                    Newburgh Brewing Company, 88 South Colden Street (directly behind Washington’s Headquarters) is now open and taking reservations! In person adult libations! Friday 4-10pm; Saturday 12-10pm; Sunday 12-6pm Note: Max 90 minutes per reservation! Online reservations strongly encouraged ( to book through Open Table). Walk-ins welcome (but not guaranteed). Informal, picnic table seating! Just sit back, relax, and let staff do the rest. With fun Red/Green Cans on every table to be flipped whenever you need a beer or food.  

                    Outdoor recreationists-hikers should be aware of hunting season schedules and areas where hunting is permitted when choosing where to hike/explore! Please remember – it is always a good idea to wear bright colors when in the woods during hunting season, no matter where you go. Here in the beautiful Hudson Valley and in the Catskills, it is Bear Hunting Season! Dates are established, September through December, for Bowhunting and for gun! Deer Season (also Bowhunting and gun) has dates of October 01 through December here in the Hudson Valley. In Cornwall, BLACK ROCK FOREST closes to all hikers during regular gun season, from Nov. 18 through Dec. 10. SCHUNEMUNK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK: Hunting is allowed at the park. Read the “NYS DEC’s full summary of regulations” regarding the 2020-21 big game, turkey, and furbearer seasons.  

                    (Socially Distanced!) Homey things to do in our beautiful Hudson Valley this Fall – Seek out locations to pick apples, cuddle goats, and wander a Corn Maze (reimagined with 6-foot-wide paths). Too easy? Try the maze at night!

MICHAEL FALCO          Publish Date: 25 September 2020 

                    Just asking: Who has turned on the heat in their home??? 

I can remember September months that were downright HOT. This is not one of them. That said – I may be forced, in these final days of this month, to turn on the heat. One gentleman responded to me saying of his heat expenses “My heat goes on October 15 which I believe is when landlords in NYC are required to put the heat on!” Till then, and I don’t mind sharing with my readers, I can’t imagine children (or pets) being made to freeze. Heck – I don’t want the plants I hauled inside to freeze! Shiver-me-timbers! 

                    Before this chilly month of September escapes let me send out warm Natal Day greetings to: TERRANCE  MURPHY (the elevators go up & down); ANA C. CHIRCOVICH (beauty from Peru); DANIELLE DESIDERIO; KATIE RING; STEVE THOMAS (a past owner of the former café on Hudson Street); DEBBIE MORABITO (delivering love letters, I hope); MARGARET SMALL (grand pianist); GLEN MACKEN (vocalist & actor); PETER PAPAGEORGANTIS (food purveyor and also disc jockey); JODIE FUNCK ANDREWS (fine artist); STEVE KESSLER (music man); and BRETT KRUMPHOLC (a very Happy Birthday to you, buddy). That’s a whole lot of birthday cakes! 

                    Upcoming! BARBARA GOSDA, of Cornwall-on-Hudson, eagerly shares: “I just wanted to mention to you that the Village-Wide Yard Sale will be Saturday, October 17. Mark your calendar. It’s 9:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. and it’s rain or shine!” To which I add ‘treasures are in the eyes of the beholders.’ 

                    Live theatre returns to NEW PALTZ, NY! The relatively new DENIZEN Theatre will be reopening their doors for Tony-nominated Broadway playwright, Neil LaBute, this October. The world premiere “TRUE LOVE WILL FIND YOU IN THE END” is about marriage and divorce; passion and obsession; and how love can find you in even the most extraordinary circumstances.  

                    In an extremely intimate setting – only 8 seats per performance – this timely theatre production places the audience safely on opposing sides of a socially-distant square. This theatrical experience transports patrons into the world of the play through a layered composition of sound, light and narrative as we experience two sides of the same story. The audience is the observer and the observed.  

                    After a 6-month hiatus, The DENIZEN Theatre is proud to have created a   safe way to employ local artists and to give patrons the opportunity to experience   professional theatre in the Hudson Valley. Founder & Producing Artistic Director,  Harry Lipstein, states: “Sometimes the most creative solutions are born out of the most   atypical restrictions.” For complete theatre going information call the box office:   845-303-4136 or information                        Yes, we have in-person early Presidential voting here in Cornwall!   I heard from my festive friend, MARY BETH GREENE, who shared with me from Goshen –   Available in-person voting dates are Saturday, October 24, 2020: Noon to 5:00 p.m.   Continuing each day, at separate hours, right through Sunday, November 01.   Principal Election Day is November 03. Cornwall voters can appear at the Cornwall   Ambulance Building located at #1 Clinton Street.                        Gentle readers, for your consideration: To bridge the divide between Democrats  and Republicans, members of both parties need to take a small step, and criticize their own   candidates and parties when they are at fault and acknowledge the successes of opposition   Candidates and parties when they do the right thing.                        Pipe dream? Maybe, but hear me out.                        If you think your candidate or party can do no wrong, you are either not being  honest or not paying attention.                         Most of us have beliefs more complex than Democrat or Republican, or areas   where we differ from our party of choice – if we have a party of choice. Many of us decline   to align with either party.                         And yet we rarely hear any view more complex than “Democrats bad.  Republicans good” or “Republicans bad, Democrats good.”                        Rather than defend candidates when they make false or offensive statements,   their supporters should call them to account. When we bury our heads in the sand and   dismiss any negative information about a candidate or defend a candidate no matter what,   we lose credibility with those elsewhere on the political spectrum. Instead, we might   otherwise have some meaningful dialogue. Why? Because we’re being honest.   Because we’re accepting facts. Because we’re acknowledging the complexity of issues  rather than chanting mindless slogans.                        So, please, give it a try. Write a letter as a social media post to your friends  online or bring it up when talk changes to politics with friends.                        Say something you disagree with your candidate or party on, something you  agree with or respect about the opposition party, then explain why you still support  your candidate or party. See where the conversation goes.                        We still have common ground. Our local communities and our country are,  I choose to believe, full of good people, Democrats and Republicans, yet many of us can  barely tolerate each other due to the toxic nature of our current politics – and that’s   (arguably) going to get worse before it gets better.                        It is up to each individual to bridge the divide. Take a small step.















MICHAEL FALCO          Publish Date: 21 August 2020  

                                           “Knock – Knock! Who’s there? 2020 Census Taker!”  

                    Yes, in this month of August 2020, Enumerators (Census Takers) have begun knocking on doors. Of course, we have each been invited to fill out the 2020 Census online or to use snail mail to return the paper version. I myself had no problem doing this several months ago. The form is easy to fill out. The questions are modest and non-threatening.  

                    If you did not already supply your responses to the 2020 Census, that would explain a knock on your door starting this August. Fear not. Nobody is to enter your home! Masks are to be worn by all Census Takers! As you read above – the questions are modest and non-threatening. Please help your community by responding to the very best of your ability!  

                    Here is why you should help the city/town/village where you live: Federal Funding – you, being counted, provides money to ‘local programs and organizations’ where you live. Better Planning – for roads, schools, healthcare, and emergency services where you live. Determines Representation – In Congress and state representation from your area. Helps Businesses – Locate factories and stores, recruit employees and conduct market research. You are being asked to be counted! You are being asked to shape your future, your community, your voice!  

                    The Census process is painless and relatively brief to complete. “Please say ‘yes’ to the Knock – Knock on the door!”  

                    Hot August Natal Day wishes merrily go forward to: Lorraine Riley (an NFA graduate who took a chance on Cornwall-on-Hudson in the 1990’s, creating what became a highly successful café, next to the Village Post Office); Richard Aufiero; Kitty Fiorello; Judy Cooper; Mike Hanna (a favorite barkeep); Daniel Barker; Brian T. Fiorio; Chuck Trella (early August & his beloved bride, Theresa Trella, late August); Deke Hazirjian (about to light up Bannerman’s Castle for an upcoming gala); Michele Mays; Beth Russell; Jaida Mercurio; Samuel Ngale (a former pastor at the beloved Mountainville United Methodist Church); Gregory LaMothe (marathon runner who hails from Cornwall-on-Hudson); and Led Klosky. Cheers!  

                    JOHN GOULD is one of the preeminent artists of the 20th century.  Throughout his illustrious career, John Gould masterfully painted a diverse range of beloved subjects, including animals in nature, landscapes, western scenes, locomotives, aviation, and iconic moments in New York state history. In addition to his significant catalogue of masterpieces, John was a prominent illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post and the General Electric Company.  

                    During this month of August, many of John’s greatest works will be on display at the Hudson Valley Gallery, located at 246 Hudson Street in Cornwall-on-Hudson. The Gallery is owned and managed by PAUL GOULD, the youngest of John Gould’s four sons. The Gallery will now be open on Tuesday through Sunday from 1-5 p.m. in addition to regular business hours. Contact Paul Gould at 845-401-5443 with any questions. All of John Gould’s works are available for purchase.    

                    “Hey Mike! Have you visited as yet at Twins Eating House?”  Not only have I visited, I’ve become somewhat of a regular and have a favorite table, too! Cheers to husband & wife team FRANK and EILEEN FRASCA.  As new owners of the building where the eatery is housed and creating this new dinning business, they have a genuine full plate! I, for one, appreciate the 7:00 a.m. opening. This provides to early-birds a nice, clean place to sit down and eat breakfast. I also appreciate that you can obtain all three meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at this pleasant location. Now hear this! At Twins Eating House you can have breakfast when you want breakfast. You can have lunch when you want lunch. You are served on your schedule. I like that a lot! In case you are wondering about the name of this nice, new eatery (located across the street from the Cornwall Post Office) – yes, there really are a pair of twins! And those young twins are just about to begin their ‘go to school years.’ Cheers to FRANK and EILEEN FRASCA and to the staff at Twins Eating House!  

“Give Me the Old Copper Wiring”

                    I don’t know about you but I dearly miss the copper wiring that was once the standard for telephone lines. Electricity came and went but the telephone line was remarkably dependable when the source was copper wiring. It made a positive difference knowing that, God forbid, you could call the fire company or the police if you had the need when the electric went out. If you didn’t have an emergency – those were the decades of marathon telephone gab fests. Who, of a certain age, did not pass the time sitting in a blackout visiting via the faithful telephone?  

                    When it comes to landline telephones – elements are not better today. For all that is “modern” there is nothing better at all about having the house telephone go abruptly dead when the electricity goes dead. There are just too many of us still living and remembering when the house telephone always worked! Copper wiring!  

                    Last week opened with a major, far-reaching electric blackout. Abruptly gone with electric service was my landline telephone service. Modern is not necessarily better. Okay, in a pinch, perhaps I could use a cell phone. I, for one, wanted to report my address and my outage to the power company. I also wanted to respectfully ask the power company for “an estimated time for power restoration.” Not so fast. The cell phone went dead, as in no signal available, when the electric suddenly went dead. Yes, I tried turning the cell phone on & off, as if that was some kind of magic spell. “Warning! Emergency calls only.” This was the display, no matter who I attempted to call. What good is a cell phone, I’m questioning, if it too goes dead right when you need it? Before anybody gets cheeky – yes, my phone bill was paid!  

                    24 hours later – no electric/no landline phone/no cell service. 48 hours later – ditto! Alright. I understand today’s telephone landline is tragically entwined with electric service. Why do service providers have to go and fix elements that aren’t broken? Copper wiring, anyone? That said – where the heck did my cell phone service go? Did a cell tower topple over that I know nothing about?  

                    The bright side! If we have to be sans electricity I prefer it to happen (as it certainly did last week) during the ‘dog days of summer.’ For me, this would have been far worse if this were winter. At least, as we are in the month of August, there was no freezing half to death. At least electric was not required in the moment to provide home heating. At least there was no fear of frozen water pipes bursting. There is also a small consolation of it being light outside later in the evening. One has more time before they begin lighting candles. Then comes the trasping (for some souls – tripping) about the house as if one were thrust into a Victorian novel.  

                    Thundering power! There is nothing discrete about the sound of today’s generators. When fired up – the neighborhood knows it. Money is often an issue. You don’t necessarily see a lot of whole house generators. That said – portable generators, providing partial electric, are visually and audibly on the rise. Nobody wants to lose the expensive contents of a refrigerator. My first choices, in a pinch, would be to keep the power going to the sump pump, refrigerator, microwave, hot water for a shower, and probably in last place would be power for TV and the computer. The more people who obtain generators, the less people to complain about the non-stop noise!  

                    Now, if only I could have my telephone copper wiring reconnected; and NOT be charged a discouraging fee for having copper service!  

MICHAEL FALCO          Publish Date: 07 August 2020 

                    ‘Ten months – hard labor.’ Yes, this is my response when people ask me how long a duration was the all-new Willow Avenue Bridge project in Cornwall. Crews began on location in earnest in October 2019. At that time, I thought it unusual to begin an open-air project with the weather rapidly becoming colder. Ten months later, July 2020 – with zero fanfare, the new bridge overtop Rt. 9W quietly opened. Work crews continued landscaping assignments the entire month of July. 

                    Two of the biggest challenges to area residents during the all-new Willow Avenue Bridge project were logistics and sound/volume. For friends and neighbors residing in Firthcliff it was a daily challenge, during those ten months, to work your way around the project to get to town. Regarding sound – the graveyard shifts/overnight work details to completely remove the former Willow Avenue Bridge were deafening! Yes, I understand that the graveyard shifts offered the least disruption to keeping Rt. 9W traffic flowing. That said – who, in the immediate vicinity, could sleep?        

                    Come to think of it – a beloved friend to my family, Mr. WALLY REDDINGTON, of Perry Road, sleep well through the ten-month bridge replacement project. Wally simply removed his hearing aids, he told me, and slept like a baby.    

Storm King Adventure Tours

                    COLIN COYNE, Owner of Storm King Adventure Tours, encourages you to ‘Kayak the Hudson!” You will discover the Adventure Tours office at the foot of Duncan Avenue, near the street corner of Hudson Street, Cornwall-on-Hudson. All ages take to these kayak adventures. This includes upper elementary school students’ right on through senior citizens adventure seekers. Immediately upcoming: Colin tells me he and his staff run multi-location, exciting tours including, Bannerman’s Island, Fishkill Creek, Moodna Marsh, Little Stony Point, and there are Sunset Tours, Full Moon Tours, Hidden Cove, and their Kowawese Tour. Your choice of private or group tours to these landmarks through mid-October! Open seven days per week. Also – Storm King Adventure Tours kids program for ages 9-16, “Kids In Colorful Kayaks (KICKS)” is in full swing, going out every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until September. KICKS is run in collaboration with the Town of Cornwall Recreation Dept. Colin Coyne encourages you to call 845-534-7800 for complete details. 

                    Cornwall Coffee & Mercantile Company, 326 Main Street, is experiencing excellent opening business! It is interesting to note business owner OSCAR DOTTER imported to Cornwall an Italian, manual steam machine to offer to you the freshest of coffee taste. Pastries are fresh for you every day. Coffee beans are specifically roasted just for this particular Cornwall location. Roasting work takes place when the store front is closed. An especially powerful grinder is on site – to custom grind beans for the coffee machine you happen to have in your home. Hours for your delightful visits from the July Grand Opening through August are Wednesday & Thursday 11-5pm; Friday’s 11-7pm; and Saturday & Sunday 8am – 4pm. Oscar Dotter tells me, “Starting September 1st we are hoping to switch to an earlier AM schedule which would be 8-4pm Wednesday – Sunday. 

                    Yes, we are in the ‘dog days of summer.’ By the close of the first week of August we (collectively) have already pulled through two separate heat waves here in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Residents who may ordinarily appreciate a health walk tell me they find temperatures too hot even in the early morning. There has not been a whole lot of health walking going on the past two or three weeks. 

                    We opened this first week of August with 90-degree temperatures as well as a threat via a TROPICAL STORM WARNING. A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds expected somewhere within this area within those next 36 hours! Peak Wind Forecast possible: 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph. Potential for wind 58 to 73 mph. That’s some way to have begun this week, no?! I received a courtesy automated telephone warning from the electric company – that I may want to consider leaving my home! When the electric company suggests (in their automated calls) we senior citizens go elsewhere I can’t help but wonder – WHO is supposed to have electric in those times when we don’t have electric ourselves??? 

                   “I am all for much needed rain. It’s the flooded basement that slays me.” – Mike Falco 

MICHAEL FALCO          Publish Date: 31 July 2020  

                    “Mystery of the Abruptly Disappearing Porta Potty.”  

No, this is not a contemporary version of the Hardy Boys or the Nancy Drew series. Rather, it would seem a sign of the times we find ourselves in. The one & only Porta Potty that was located down at Donahue Park at the Hudson River seems to have vanished overnight. I had inquired of at least two Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Officers where had it gone? Why? They told me they had no idea!  

                    There are visitors to the water front who spend hours on location. Fishermen, for one example. There is actually a human need for more than merely one Porta Potty at Donahue Park. Multiple kayaking groups enjoying the river through the day add to a need for relief. Where’s the potty?  

                    Mystery solved. I learned via Village Hall that unfortunately, we are not able to have a returned Porta Potty at the park for the foreseeable future. The Orange County Health Commissioner issued very strict guidelines regarding outdoor restroom facilities (i.e. it must be completely sanitized after each use) and the Village is unable to facilitate such intense, repetitive cleansing. Candidly, it occurs to me, there’s no way to know who is using it or each individual’s COVID-19 status. Probably not a good idea in these dark COVID-19 times. All of that said – I guess you are just going to have to ‘hold it’ till you bust!  

                    Our Cornwall Medicaid eligible residents may want to know of a new-to-Cornwall (and the entire region) transportation service. Need a ride? The Cedar Bus Company will transport you back & forth to meet your medical needs. It’s easy enough to discover if you can participate in this service. Call 845-444-2992 and let the regional office assist you. You may even be speaking with a former Cornwall resident.  

                    Productive theatre news from CINDY TOPPS, of Cornwall, who just wanted to let me know that Creative Theater Group at Museum Village in Monroe plans to reopen in 2021. “We have been sprucing up the Playhouse,” Cindy tells me, “(new paint without and within) and cleaning and organizing the inside of the building. Don’t know how Museum Village is doing and whether the ‘Scream Fest’ will be able (Covid-19) to be back for Halloween. Fingers crossed. They bring in a lot of money that keeps the Museum Village operating. Sadly, the goats, ducks, chickens and pea hens (favorite animals among visitors to this location) have all been removed.” God willing – those favorite animals and also live theatre will all merrily return in the New Year.  

                    Movie Theatres remain closed during these COVID-19 months. How about a Drive-In Movie? Yes, Showtime Cinemas, Rt. 300 in the Town of Newburgh, have offered an outdoor Double Feature this past week. On that bill were the blockbusters “Jaws” doubled featured with “Mission Impossible.” As I understand it, a new double feature begins on Friday, 31 July: “The Goonies” doubled with “Gremlins.” There is an admission price per person. It’s good to get out of the house!  PS There is a Dairy Queen across the street, on the corner. I guess I know my priorities (said with tongue firmly in cheek).  

                    Sweet Peas Café, 318 Blooming Grove Turnpike, New Windsor, is happy to announce their re-opening on Saturday, August 1st. with limited capacity in house dining. They will also be doing curbside pick-up. Delivery with Grubhub and DoorDash also available. NINA & JOHN & Staff look forward to seeing all the dedicated patrons & military & fans again. Temporary new hours will be Thursday thru Sunday; 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. Welcome back, my friends!  

                    The joy of having absolutely no place to go! When a freight train experiences a break down adjacent to Donahue Park, we (collectively) on the Hudson River side of the train tracks become trapped! Any of us who just happen to be visiting along the river are there for the duration. At least our vehicles are there for the duration. You could otherwise walk – but it is all uphill from the river, and then, where are you? Hudson Street, that’s where you would be! Makes zero difference if you had an appointment elsewhere. You don’t get your car out till the freight train clears the tracks. I believe this was my second such experience. Nobody knows when they will be able to go home! Candidly, it’s a fantastic moment to have a tumbler of cocktails on hand. Who knew?  

                    “Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.” ― Will Rogers  

MICHAEL FALCO          Publish Date: 24 July 2020

                    Get ready for another Grand Opening here in Cornwall! This very weekend, please welcome FRANK and EILEEN FRASCA & Staff on the opening of Twins Eating House, an all-new restaurant. Open six days per week, Tuesday through Sunday. Your choice of breakfast, lunch or dinner. Indoor seating in air-conditioned comfort. I mention this as we have gone through a heat wave this past week here in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Or you can pick up a grab & go menu. You may remember the location of Twins Eating House from that building’s most recent visage as Woody’s. Best wishes to Frank & Eileen Frasca!

                    I just found out in this month of July about – “Informed Delivery.” This is a great function from the USPS. Go to the USPS Website and click on the Informed Delivery Option. Sign up! In brief – You will get an E-Mail daily telling you the mail you are getting later that day. It takes 2-3 days to get registered into their system. Of note: This is great when you are expecting packages and feel the need to stay home until they are delivered (or not) via USPS. The service may not be 100% for every house or apartment, but it’s close. A big time saver.  Another thing, if you’re getting a package delivered USPS you can sign up to get updates on the delivery and in transit status.  A good & helpful feature, don’t you think, as some people can’t see their mailbox from where they live so don’t know if items have arrived or not. From your E-Mail you’ll easily agree you don’t have to go to the mailbox if nothing came in or is unimportant.  It’s a wonderful service by the post office. 

                    In recent weeks, bears have been making recurring appearances in Cornwall. What’s the reason? Food! Bears are more likely to seek out human food sources in the spring, when natural food is scarce, and in the summer, particularly during periods of drought. Follow some well-seasoned tips when hiking or camping to avoid attracting bears—they’re active in nearly all parks in our region. Yes, it may be easy to forget the fact that the mountains and hills cradling Cornwall are still wild. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation provides a great explanation why feeding bears — intentionally or accidentally—causes trouble for both humans and the bears themselves: “Bears are intelligent and curious. They spend a great deal of time exploring for food, and this can bring them close to humans. If an activity results in food, they will repeat that activity. When bears learn to obtain food from humans, they become bold and aggressive. Bear’s natural foraging habits and behavior are changed. When feeding from human sources, bears will often eat unhealthy materials such as soap, shaving cream, insect repellant, food packaging, etc.”

                    When we go hiking and camping, it is our responsibility to understand that doing something that may seem harmless—like throwing an apple core into the woods, spitting toothpaste behind your tent after brushing your teeth, or burning food wrappers—can have significant negative impact on bear behavior. 

                   Here are only some of the DEC’s tips to avoid attracting bears:

Never Leave Food Unattended – Bears often watch, hidden in woods, waiting for opportunities to steal food. If you encounter a bear: Never Approach or Surround a Bear – Bears aggressively defend themselves when they feel threatened or cornered. Be especially cautious around cubs as mother bears are very protective. Do Not Throw Your Backpack or Food Bag at an Approaching Bear – This practice will only encourage bears to approach and “bully” people to get food. Use Noise to Scare Bears Away – Yell, clap or bang pots immediately upon sighting a bear near your campsite. Never run from the bear. If you feel threatened, back away slowly. Avoid Walking Trails at Night – Stay in your campsite to avoid chance encounters.

                    Please, please, please (did I ask you please) check on senior citizen neighbors. Some of our seniors are completely alone, with no family anywhere nearby. This past week in the immediate area we have endured a heat wave. Multiple days of temps above 90 degrees. Kindly encourage senior neighbors to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, and stay out of the sun. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles
under any circumstances. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9-1-1.

                    Parent/student/teacher angst. My heart goes out to the multitude, across these beautiful United States, as people agonize over the pending opening of school buildings in this new school year. COVID-19 safety precautions – whatever they may be, are going to have to be enough. Enough to permit people to stay alive. If a person cannot afford to retire there becomes no financial choice but to return. Ultimately, if it is true – “safety first”, what is it that students and teachers and staff are supposed to do? Invest in a hazmat suit?

                    For me, the element of time seems to be racing by. Before we (collectively) know it – it will be time for the Presidential vote. I can’t help but wonder – where will time and this vote lead us come January 01, 2021?

                    “The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have.”   John Lewis

MICHAEL FALCO          Publish Date: 17 July 2020

                    Established July 2020! All new and ready to serve you! Welcome to Cornwall “Cornwall Coffee Co. & Mercantile.”  Business owner/proprietor OSCAR DOTTER & Company are eager to have you check out the exciting redesigned space created in what was, for decades, WINNIE SWENSON’S Insurance Agency at #326 Main Street. It is visually rousing indeed, to see creative Oscar Dotter’s vision for this space. Most of all, you want to check out the coffee and the gifts. Gifts for those on your special person list. Gifts for yourself! Behind the all-new counter you will discover your coffee to be prepared the old-fashioned way. In fact, Oscar Dotter imported to Cornwall an Italian, manual steam machine to offer to you the freshest of taste. Pastries are fresh for you every day. Coffee beans are specifically roasted just for this particular Cornwall location. Roasting work takes place when the store front is closed. Oscar & Staff hand shave chocolate as per your order. Iced beverages are available for scorching hot NY summer days. An especially powerful grinder is on site – to custom grind beans for the coffee machine you happen to have in your home. While Oscar gets the feel of the Cornwall pulse, he is starting out with opening hours of Wednesday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. opening on weekends, and 11:00 a.m. opening on week days. Treat yourself soon to a visit at Cornwall Coffee Co. & Mercantile.

                    ANITA KASSNER MANLEY announces “Volunteer Training – Give the gift of a lift!”  The Town of Newburgh Friends of Seniors is looking for volunteers to grocery shop or drive our seniors to medical appointments. Make your own hours. If you are interested in helping, new trainings are scheduled on line on July 28 at 3 p.m. Interested? Call Paula Blumenau for more information or reservations at 845-341-1173, Ext. 305 or leave a message at 564-8936. The need for drivers is urgent!!! Anita Manley tells me, “We often get requests from Cornwall so we would certainly welcome Cornwall residence to our training.”

                    With the Bannerman Island Tours aboard the Estuary Steward having started in this month of July there is a search for more tour guides and volunteers to help during the current season. Interested in finding out more? Please contact NEIL CAPLAN at 845-831-6346.

                    ELLIE MILLKEN, beloved and long-time organist for the Cornwall United Methodist Church is celebrating her 90th birthday this weekend. Ellie is still making music, both singing and playing, and enjoying every minute of it.  We wish her a joyful and melodic birthday and God’s blessings for many more happy and healthy ones.

                    By the bus load! As I sat at Donahue Park this past Monday morning, sipping coffee and reading a newspaper, a luxury bus arrived. It was interesting to me that this was a luxury bus as opposed to a yellow school bus. Unloaded was a large contingent of elementary school aged children. The group leaders appeared to be early high school aged.  Life jackets and kayaks were aligned and ready for this big group. Life jackets adorned; the children then were assembled into what has become the classic ‘kayaking circle of information.’ Everybody had better listen up! These ‘how-to’ lessons are brief and then it’s into a kayak you go. Talk about an adventure! I couldn’t help but notice the teenagers were wearing blue tee shirts with ‘Role Model’ on the back of the shirts. The children were wearing red tee shirts with “Adventurer” on the back. Off they all proceeded on a Hudson River adventure.

                    The group noted above excitedly traveled out of sight. I returned to what was left of my morning coffee and continued reading my newspaper. Later gazing at the stunning mountain & river views I couldn’t help but wonder – with a complete understand that you want to enjoy the company of people your own age would I rather be a role model or an adventurer?







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