Jill Schensul, Times Herald-Record

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Past articles by Jill:

Slap on the sunscreen: Summer fun heats up in mid-Hudson

The last school bell has rung for the year. They're off!Time to put down the schoolbooks and pick up the bug spray. Get out the flip-flops and put gas in → Read More

Rowley Family Foundation fund awards $516K in grants

NEWBURGH — The Rowley Family Foundation’s new Fund for Women and Children awarded grants totaling more than $516,791 to 15 organizations in → Read More

State lawmakers agree: Protect our pets

The New York State Legislature has spent months wrestling over issues like the legalization of marijuana and rent regulations.But there do seem to be → Read More

Broadway scene-stealer Forbes gets a Tony

Every night the curtains go up on Broadway, and audiences gasp.They gasp because of the magic, the illusion of elsewhere, before them. And they gasp, in → Read More

Washingtonville names 3 finalists for superintendent post

WASHINGTONVILLE — The Washingtonville Central School District has announced its short list of candidates being considered for the position Superintendent Roy Reese will leave when he retires at the end of his contract on Sept. 30.The three candidates, chosen from a pool of 18 applicants, are: Dr. Larry Washington, principal of Warwick Valley High School; Dr. Frank Sheboy, superintendent of… → Read More

Melchiorre steps down as Tuxedo Park's top cop

TUXEDO PARK — Alex Melchiorre was chief of both the Monroe and Tuxedo Park police departments until Friday, when he resigned from the latter. → Read More

Two Orange County students miss finals at National Spelling Bee

Killarney, Estonia, gracility, probity. Could you have spelled them all? Two Orange County ace spellers, Morgan Gagnon, an eighth-grader at Cornwall Central Middle School, and Richard Deng, a seventh-grader at Monroe-Woodbury, got them almost all right. Gagnon missed gracility - the state of being gracefully slender; Deng got both his words, Killarney and Estonia, right. But that wasn’t quite… → Read More

A Green Ribbon day for pair of Warwick schools

WARWICK — Sanfordville Elementary and Warwick Valley Middle School were among the 35 in the nation named U.S. Department of Education Green → Read More

Teacher from New Paltz advances on 'Jeopardy!'

Francois Barcomb, the teacher from New Paltz whose longtime dream was to appear on "Jeopardy!" not only got to be on the show during the Teachers Tournament that began last week, but he won his semifinal round on Tuesday night. He now advances to the two-day championship rounds airing at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday on WABC-7. Barcomb came from behind on Tuesday's show as the Double Jeopardy round… → Read More

Teacher from New Paltz advances to 'Jeopardy!' semifinals

Francois Barcomb, a New Paltz resident and high school physics teacher, won his first round on “Jeopardy!” Wednesday during the Teachers Tournament and advanced to the semifinals.Barcomb was in the lead as the game went to Final Jeopardy. Though none of the contestants had the correct response to the answer “Used to describe secrecy during WWII, this two-word term had its psychological meaning… → Read More

Developers: Woodbury Common expansion will create 1,000 jobs

CENTRAL VALLEY – The owners of Woodbury Common Premium Outlets unveiled additional details of the center’s proposed expansion, including estimates on the economic benefits to the county, on Thursday. Simon Property Group’s John Villapiano, vice president for development, and David Mistretta, Simon’s general manager at Woodbury, said at an Orange County Chamber of Commerce breakfast that the… → Read More

Key piece of Woodstock music festival history reopens

BETHEL — Well, this is pretty mind-blowing.For those who thought they knew about Woodstock, about Jimi and traffic and bad LSD and mud, there is → Read More

Big ‘thank you' for our Honor Flight veterans

STEWART AIRPORT — The raindrops were pelting and the sky had just gone reluctantly from black to gray. It was 6 a.m. and already they were waiting, holding flags and posters. By 6:45 a.m. people packed the drop-off area at New York Stewart International Airport as the roar of Rolling Thunder motorcycles announced the approach of the luminaries they had all come to see.Four buses pulled up to the… → Read More

New exhibits await Museum Village visitors

MONROE — When you visit Museum Village — as you can starting Saturday, opening day for the season — the staff would be obliged if you’d leave your cell phone in the car.The curators, the costumed interpreters, probably even the chickens and goats, would prefer you unplug when you come to this longstanding living history museum. Relax and learn a bit (while having fun, of course) as you stroll… → Read More

Warwick parents: Not told of gunman report

WARWICK — The report last Thursday morning of a distraught gunman who had killed his mother at her home in Kings Estates in Warwick turned out to be false.But for parents of the neighborhood's children left waiting outside that morning for school buses that didn’t show up, the danger was all too real.The two buses usually came like clockwork, at 8:10 a.m., to take 32 or so children to Park… → Read More

SUNY Orange roundtable takes aim at opioid scourge

NEWBURGH — The woman with the bobbed blond hair and the ready smile at the end of the table looked like my friend Beth. She looked like everybody’s friend Beth, really. She looked like everybody’s mom. She looked like anyone’s suburban neighbor.And she was, pretty much, all these things — except her name wasn’t Beth. It was Adrienne Voltaire, and she was speaking Saturday at this roundtable on… → Read More

Break in water main valve disrupted service in Washingtonville

WASHINGTONVILLE — A break in a water main valve in downtown Washingtonville at about 4 p.m. Friday affected businesses at Brotherhood Plaza as well → Read More

Large Blooming Grove brush fire under control

BLOOMING GROVE — More than a dozen fire departments battled a large brush fire Thursday in Schunnemunk State Park.By early evening they had brought the fire under control.The fire quickly spread from Estybrook Trail during the afternoon through the dry underbrush along the Schunnemunk mountainside, whipped along by persistent winds. White smoke could be seen from billowing in wide swaths across… → Read More

Chester schools superintendent to retire in August

CHESTER — After nearly 34 years in public education, the last nine as Chester’s superintendent of schools, Sean Michel will retire on → Read More

Annual Friends of the NRA Banquet draws big crowd

MIDDLETOWN — A six-foot banner stood beside the welcome desk at the annual Orange County Friends of the NRA Banquet on Saturday night at Kuhl's → Read More