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CORNWALL — All taxpayers in the town of Cornwall are encouraged to attend the annual town meeting at the Cornwall Consolidated School on Friday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m.

During the meeting, residents will hear details of the 2018-19 budgets proposed by the town’s boards of selectmen and education and have an opportunity to comment. Following the presentations, residents will vote on the budgets.

Also to be voted on at the meeting are two additional spending proposals. One proposal would take up to $35,000 from the Gates Bequest for the new docks being built at...

Cornwall

Making plans for summer bridge work

CORNWALL — In preparation for this summer’s repair project, state Department of Transportation engineers visited the historic Covered Bridge in West Cornwall on Monday, April 2, to look for scour or erosion at the water line.
An advance report of the visit was presented at the Tuesday, March 20, meeting of the Cornwall Board of Selectmen.
According to Roger Kane, consultant to the town on bridges, the selectmen needed to be notified of the planned inspection. 

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The art of craft in Souterrain show

CORNWALL — Spring is the time of year that we associate with Cornwall artist Gail Jacobson. She is, after all, the founder of one of the town’s signature events, Art at the Dump, which is held annually in April (right around Earth Day).
For those who have missed the fun of Art at the Dump, it’s a fundraiser for the art department at Cornwall Consolidated School and it’s held each year at the transfer station (sometimes know inelegantly as The Dump). This year’s show/sale will be April 21-22.   

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ACLU head on redefining civic virtue in America

CORNWALL — American Civil Liberties Union President Susan N. Herman will speak at the Cornwall Historical Society Sunday, April 8, at 2 p.m.
Herman’s talk is the Historical Society’s annual Norman Dorsen lecture. It honors the late Cornwall resident, who was president of the ACLU and was also an owner of The Lakeville Journal Co.
Herman’s talk is called “A Republic, If You Can Keep It,” a reference to Benjamin Franklin’s famous remark.

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Loosening reins on spending

CORNWALL — Feeling flush despite the loss of $263,000 in state funding this year, the Cornwall Board of Finance considered the proposed 2018–19 municipal spending plan at a workshop during their Thursday, March 15, meeting.
“For this year we are still in the black in spite of the loss of state funding,” finance board Chair John LaPorta reported.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway cautioned that the town anticipates going over budget this year on town vehicle repairs, impacting the available resources. 

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Duncan Hannah still a teen heartthrob

CORNWALL — For many, youth is gone in a flash, with years spent longing for the excitement seen in teen films. 
For Duncan Hannah however, there is perhaps no movie as daring as the life he actually lived. 
Cozying up in the library of his weekend home in West Cornwall, in brown corduroys with pennies in his suede loafers, it at times strains the imagination to picture this painter of understated portraits as the wild child of the 1970s, throwing his drunken body recklessly into the unknown night. 

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Good turnout for fire department race

CORNWALL — Seven area fire companies, including the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, took part in the eighth annual Firefighter Race at Mohawk Mountain Ski Area on Sunday, March 11. 
The race took place on Arrowhead, and it was a half-mile hill GS course.
The beneficiary this year was the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital, which received $1,500 from the event, in which the firefighter teams race each other down the slopes wearing their full turn-out gear.
Race results:

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Planning ahead for summer farm markets

CORNWALL — Out of a final pool of four qualified applicants, the selectmen announced the appointment of a new transfer station operator at their Tuesday, March 6, regular meeting.
Appointed to the position was West Cornwall resident Ted Larson, who will take over duties from Steve O’Neill.  O’Neill has stepped down after 17 years on the job. The selectmen also plan to appoint an assistant operator for the station; they plan to open the position to the three remaining candidates, in addition to advertising it.

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Cornwall plans 6 percent cut in school spending

CORNWALL — In an unusual move, the Cornwall Board of Education has put together a spending plan for the 2018-19 fiscal year that shows a 6.08 percent reduction in spending, or $152,934 less than was budgeted for this year.
The spending plan was presented to the Board of Finance onThursday, March 8. The education plan and the municipal spending plan submitted by the Board of Selectmen will be discussed at the finance board meeting on Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

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Doubling up on teachers to cut

CORNWALL — In a continuing effort to hold costs down and identify savings, the Cornwall Board of Education considered a draft spending plan for 2018-19 at their regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in preparation for presentation of their proposed budget to the Board of Finance in March.
Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) Principal Mike Croft noted that his school has identified a 6 percent reduction in spending over current levels, which in turn was a 7 percent reduction over the previous year.

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Railroad spraying a concern again

CORNWALL — Following submission of a 2018 vegetative spraying plan by the Housatonic Railroad Company, the Cornwall Board of Selectmen discussed what the plan said and what it did not say, at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
“It explains why it needs to be done,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said, noting that it conforms to the legal requirements that towns be notified and given a copy of the management plan.  The railroad company is responsible for the right-of-way along their tracks. 

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