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Following discussion of some proposed increases, the Cornwall Board of Selectmen approved their proposed municipal budget at their Feb. 7 meeting, clearing the way for consideration by the Board of Finance. 

The budget shows an approximate 2 percent spending increase for next year. Requests for increases have come from the public library, the adult day care program, and others totaling $8,200.

Commenting on the requested increases, Selectman Richard Bramley urged that the increases be scrutinized in partnership with the Board of Finance, mindful of the issues at hand....

Cornwall

Civic Life program now offered statewide

CORNWALL — In 2008, when documentary filmmakers Dominique Lasseur and Catherine Tatge of Cornwall embarked on a documentary series about democracy for public television, they felt that something was missing: the right audience.
“We realized that the people we really wanted to address were young people,” Lasseur said in an interview with The Lakeville Journal. He described young people as being “alienated and disconnected from public life.”
He and Tatge sought to remedy that societal ailment.

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State grants accepted for facade work

CORNWALL — An expenditure of up to $120,000 was approved at a town meeting on Friday, Jan. 6, with the expectation of full reimbursement from the state through a Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant.
The grant was awarded to Cornwall to enhance economic development through exterior façade improvements on the buildings of businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Lisa Lansing moderated the meeting, which was attended by 14 people.

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Out of the blizzard and into abstraction for artist

CORNWALL — “It started when I was 9 years old and in love with Brigitte Bardot,” James Woodruff said at the opening of his month-long gallery show, “Real Abstraction,” at the Cornwall Library.
On Saturday night, Jan.7, despite the snow-covered country roads and low temperatures, a sizable crowd battled their way through the wintry weather to cozy up with a view of Woodruff’s arresting, atmospheric, disquieting work. 

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Year in Review 2016: Fire, the environment and the internet

By Gabe Lefferts

 

CORNWALL — Two wildfires caused alarm for residents in 2016, a year that was also characterized by a drought that impacted the entire state. 

In February, a fire at Maple Hill Farm on Cherry Hill Road burned down one of the Dolan family’s barns. After their loss, the Dolans were met with widespread support from the community.

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All the noise about LRP

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LIME ROCK — The legal battle over Lime Rock Park’s (LRP) attempt to add Sunday racing to its scheduled moved slowly during 2016. Considerable time, energy and resources were expended by both the track and the Lime Rock Citizens Council, both in court and in the court of public opinion.
A recap: In September 2015, LRP went to court to try to amend the injunction governing the days and hours of operation at the auto racing track.

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Raising funds and good cheer at CCS concert

CORNWALL — Parents wrapped warmly in coats and scarves came in from the cold on Tuesday night, Dec. 13, filling the seats in Cornwall Consolidated School’s (CCS) auditorium.  
They were welcomed to the school’s 2016 Winter Concert by CCS Principal Michael Croft, who expressed his continued admiration for the growth of the students over the course of the academic year.

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Talent on display

Harold Sanders on the tuba, pictured, played Gustav Holst’s “Themes from Jupiter” with the upper grade band at the Cornwall Consolidated School winter concert on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Story, more photos, Page A4. Singers and musicians, including senior Margaret Riccardelli on flute, entertained at the jazzy Housatonic Valley Regional High School winter program, right, on Friday,  Dec. 16. Story and more photos, click here.

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A Christmas miracle: no snow on the pageant

CORNWALL — Members of the United Church of Christ, Congregational, and the community at large rehearsed their annual Christmas pageant on a chilly Friday night, Dec. 9. The show was presented the following day, Dec. 10 (blessedly free of snow, which would have delayed the production until Sunday).
Without heat in the building and also without their costumes, the cast of the show did a run-through bundled up in outdoor winter apparel.

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Selectmen resist regionalized health district

CORNWALL — The state Department of Public Health recently proposed the consolidation of all of Connecticut’s health districts into eight county regions. According to a letter from the state that First Selectman Gordon Ridgway referred to at the selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6, the state would fund these regionalized health districts by collecting annual fees from each town equal to 1.5 percent of that town’s total operating budget.

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Sharing the wonder of a book with young readers

CORNWALL — Don’t call it “Read-Aloud-Day.” On Friday morning, Dec. 9, Principal Michael Croft of Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) flipped the script on the event that usually invites community volunteers to visit elementary and middle school classrooms to read aloud to students.
Instead, CCS’ first “Community Read and Talk” asked adult volunteers to sit back and be read to one-on-one by a student. 

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