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CORNWALL — Responding to town residents’ concerns about potential health hazards stemming from installation of enhanced telecommunication systems, particularly radio frequency microcells, the Cornwall Board of Selectmen decided at their meeting on Tuesday, May 7, to organize an informational forum for this summer.

“Microcells seem to be a hot issue of the day,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said, adding that he is trying to learn more about the subject. He also plans to talk with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

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Cornwall

Coping with the shrinking Consolidated School enrollment

CORNWALL — Looking ahead to spending estimates for the 2019-20 fiscal year, which begins July 1, the Cornwall Board of Education reviewed its proposed budget, which shows a 5.31 percent increase over this year’s budget. 
The spending plan was presented to the Board of Finance at a meeting on Thursday, March 14, at the Cornwall Consolidated School library.

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Students speak volumes at Oratory Share-Out

CORNWALL — Armed with their notes, 14 students from the Lee H. Kellogg School in Falls Village joined students in grades five and six at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) to participate in a Cornwall Oratory Share-Out on Thursday, March 14.  
It had taken two months to prepare for the day.

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‘Stop’ sign replaces ‘Yield’ on busy Route 45/7 corner

CORNWALL — Drivers heading east on Route 45 from Route 7 will soon need to come to a full stop at the triangular intersection, the Cornwall selectmen announced at their regular meeting on Tuesday, March 5. 
The present “Yield” sign will be replaced by a red “Stop” sign.
Several years ago (estimates vary, but between 8 and 10 seems likely) concerned residents circulated petitions to change the traffic signage at that location, and submitted those petitions requesting action. 

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‘Prairie’ sound man to step into Cornwall spotlight

CORNWALL — Tourists at Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Visitors Center may think they are listening to the hissing, steaming, sputtering, gushing eruption of a geyser. But what they really hear is the auditory talent of voice actor Fred Newman.

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Air quality monitor approved

CORNWALL — Adding to the data now collected by the state’s air quality monitoring station at Mohawk Mountain, the Cornwall selectmen approved funding to install a second air monitoring device at their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26. 
The project was initially approved by the selectmen at their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, clearing the way for seeking funding.

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Increases in key areas in Cornwall budget

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Board of Selectmen presented their 2019-20 budget proposal to the Board of Finance at a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21.  
The draft budget, as proposed, shows an expenditure increase of 3.31 percent over the current year, or a total of $2,068,268, up by $66,241.
Before reviewing the proposed budget line by line, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway told the finance board, “We did our best.”

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The Little Guild is ready to grow in the new year

CORNWALL — Established in its role as an animal rescue resource for the area, The Little Guild is searching for more land space on which to build to provide expanded service for its furry clients and their future owners.

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Learning about climate change and legislation

CORNWALL — A learning experience in the real-world climate change debate brought two curricula together and involved fifth- through eighth-grade students at Cornwall Consolidated School. 
It came to a conclusion with a mock state senatorial hearing held at the school on Friday, Feb. 8.

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Green burial options and challenges described

WEST CORNWALL — The idea of having a “green burial” after one dies is becoming more and more popular nationwide, and this past Sunday, Feb. 3, about 40 people came to the Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall to learn more about it. 
Green burial allows a body to decompose naturally, without embalming, sealed coffins or cremation. 

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Town plans keep our area lovely

CORNWALL — Cornwall’s Planning and Zoning Commission invited town residents to a special meeting on Saturday, Jan. 26, to give their opinions on what they want their town to look like and how they want it to change (if at all) over the next decade.
The town is beginning to work on its Town Plan of Conservation and Development. The state requires all 169 Connecticut towns to revise their town plan every 10 years; towns that don’t comply are not eligible for state grants. 

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