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CORNWALL — Town residents and public officials came together to consider the proposed 2017-18 budget at a public hearing Friday, April 21, at Cornwall Consolidated School. Conducted by the finance board, the meeting drew about 35 residents to hear an overview of both the selectmen’s budget and the budget proposed by the education board.

Finance board Chair John LaPorta termed the overall proposals as “nothing extraordinary” as he opened the meeting. 

The selectmen’s budget shows an increase of 2.23 percent to $1,902,494, up from the...

Cornwall

Support, concern about Bend

CORNWALL – Soil conditions on 3 acres of formerly industrial land that is now slated for reclaiming for town recreational use were of concern to residents who attended the March 7 meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
Although the proposed project to enhance recreational access to the Housatonic River is viewed positively by most residents, those attending the meeting urged selectmen to proceed carefully with regard to the former industrial site, now owned by Eversource, the power company. 

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Presenting the Cornwall flag

A hand-sewn version of Cornwall’s flag was recently presented to retiring Cornwall Association president Ed Greene, far left, by incoming president Priscilla Pavel, far right. Also included in the photo are board members Richard Schlesinger, Lori Welles, Peter Demy and Tony Appio. The flag design was created by Michael Heming as part of the town’s 275th anniversary. It was made by fabric artist Una Rose. Details of the design elements are at www.cornwallassociation.org.

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Geer needs more funds for rides program

Increasing demand for transportation services for senior and disabled residents led to a request from Geer Village for a funding increase in the town budget in the coming fiscal year.  The request was outlined at the Tuesday, Feb. 21, meeting of the Board of Selectmen at Town Hall.
Geer Village provides Dial-a-Ride for the six area towns, using 10 vehicles with a current total usage of 80 hours weekly. The town of Cornwall also provides transportation with a senior van.  

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An after-school program to help working parents

The Board of Education has approved a proposal for an after-school enrichment program at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS). The program would begin at the start of the 2017-18 school year.
The board’s decision to approve Principal Michael J. Croft’s proposal for the program was made at a regular board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
This was an updated version of the proposal, and it included a $5,000 request from the  2017-18 education budget.

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A short weekend shopping stroll

It seemed West Cornwall’s Mid-Winter Stroll missed winter by one weekend. Compared to the cold weather and snow over the weekend of Feb. 11 and 12, the Mid-Winter Stroll (held in West Cornwall on Saturday, Feb. 18) felt like the first hint of spring. The 50-degree temperatures came across as practically balmy and by the stroll’s start at 3 p.m. the ice sculptures, sponsored by National Iron Bank and Ingersoll Furniture and shaped by the talented hands of Zejke Hermann, had already begun to melt. 

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Budget up 2.1 % (so far)

The selectmen presented their draft 2017–18 budget to the Board of Finance on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Town Hall.
In this preliminary form, the selectmen are requesting total spending of $1,900,820, an increase of 2.1 percent over the current budget of $1,861,036.  The budget will be reviewed in depth at the next finance board meeting on Wednesday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

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Seeking a new start for former Wandering Moose

After 16 years at its riverside location in West Cornwall, adjacent to the historic Covered Bridge, the Wandering Moose restaurant closed on Sunday, Feb. 19.
Owner Russ Sawicki said that the decision to close was a long-term decision that he and his wife and business partner, Sharon Sawicki, started thinking about last autumn.
“It was time,” he said. “We started thinking about it last November, decided to take a while to evaluate and re-evaluate the idea, think about it. Our resolve was firm, so we have closed.”

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Housatonic comes closer to Wild and Scenic status

CORNWALL — Last year Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave his approval to a plan to nominate the Housatonic River as a federally protected “wild and scenic” river.  Now, the Housatonic River Commission’s (HRC) grassroots push for this designation will go on to the next, and final, rung in the ladder: the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Jaime Fosburgh, the National Park Service’s rivers programs manager for the northeast U.S., met with the commission on Tuesday, Feb. 14, to discuss the nomination’s status.

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Town budget draft shows 2% rise

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.

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Infants welcome, more castles anticipated at the Child Center

It was Thursday morning, and important things were happening at the Cornwall Child Center.
Young L.P. Juliano was building a road for her cars, while Stephany Quezada constructed a multi-colored castle. Cornwall’s up-and-coming artist, June Herman-Botto, brainstormed an ocean painting — this one would be her “masterpiece.”
Cornwall Child Center’s director, Amy Bresson, explained the center’s own project: an expansion of its infant-toddler program.

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