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CORNWALL — On an overcast but temperate day, the 27th annual Cornwall Agricultural Fair welcomed waves of enthusiasts to the town Green on Saturday, Sept. 8, to see live animal exhibits, buy from vendors and visit with people they had not seen for a spell.

Following a rousing welcoming speech by Bill Dinneen, president of the Agriculture Commission, the fair was underway. 

“I’m always excited about it,” Dinneen said, surveying the activity. “It’s a community fair. Neighbors visit with neighbors. It’s a good thing for the...

Cornwall

Snake Watch

WEST CORNWALL — James Saunders sent an email on July 30 with a photo of a rattlesnake and the following explanation.
“I live in West Cornwall and have been reading The Lakeville Journal for 35 years. I have seen and read photos and stories of animals in your paper over the years. We have bears on the property and have seen bobcats and a mountain lion. 
“Today I saw something new: this rattlesnake on West Cornwall road, halfway between Sharon and West Cornwall.”

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New owners to take over Stonewall Farm

CORNWALL — A small herd of cows is assured of grazing space following a town meeting on Tuesday, July 10. The vote will award a lease of 99 acres and a barn along Kent Road to Jeff and Sarah Casel. 
The property was formerly owned by the Lorch family. The town acquired it in 2006.
The 16 residents at the meeting voted unanimously to approve the plan. The lease will require payment of $200 annually. The Casels are planning to start with a small herd of 18 to 20 cows. They plan to sell milk, meat and eggs.

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‘Ghost hunters’ trespass on Dark Entry

CORNWALL — Two young Connecticut residents turned themselves in on arrest warrants on Friday, July 6, after allegedly trespassing on private property on Dark Entry Road in Cornwall in May,  looking for thrills in the area known as  Dudleytown.
Dudleytown in Cornwall is not a town, but a 1740s farming settlement whose founders included several members of the Dudley family. The area is mainly owned now by the Dark Entry Forest Association, which has replanted trees in the formerly deforested land. 

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Scorching temps at pig roast

CORNWALL — The prospect of any pig roast can draw public interest, but locate it at a lumberyard, particularly one that has something to celebrate, and people will come from all over.  
And come they did, on Saturday, June 30, to admire the new warehouse building at Northeast Building Supply on Route 7 in Cornwall Bridge.

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Concerns about electric plant, hospital birthing suites

CORNWALL — Two Cornwall bridges will be repaired this summer in accordance with contracts signed by the selectmen at their meeting on Tuesday, July 3, awarding the projects to Dayton Construction of Watertown, Conn.
The bridge on Gravel Bank is slated for replacement and the Smith Place bridge in West Cornwall will have its superstructure replaced. Roger Kane, consultant to the town on bridges, reported that both projects are expected to be completed on or about Nov. 16. 

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Independence Day fun

Cornwall residents and visitors celebrated July 4th a few days early, on Saturday, June 30, just before the heat wave began.

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New docks are due at Hammond Beach

CORNWALL — A brand-new four-wheel drive pay loader will soon be delivered to the town; the selectmen approved full payment of $138,265 for the vehicle at their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 19.
The John Deere pay loader is being purchased through W. I. Clark of Wallingford, a dealer in construction equipment. The price includes a two-year extended warranty. 
 The old grader brought a trade-in of $35,000. First Selectman Gordon Ridgway reported that the cost is easily covered by the existing balance in the equipment fund.

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Class of 2018: Bonds strengthened, not broken

CORNWALL — Celebrating the achievements of the two members of its eighth-grade class, the 2018 promotion ceremony at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) went off without a hitch on Wednesday, June 20. 
Both students, Reilly Hedden and Gavin Budny, presented themselves with individuality and confidence, crediting their nine years together at the school as helping to form them into capable teen leaders in their school and community.

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Inspired by Malala, Hedden state rep for day

CORNWALL — Just hours before her promotion ceremony from Cornwall Consolidated School, eighth-grader Reilly Hedden was honored June 20 by state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) for an essay she wrote about the public figure she most admires.
This is the first year in which Ohler has organized the competition, which was open to students in schools in the Region One School District, the Region Seven School District and Torrington. 

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New plans for The Bend discussed

CORNWALL — A preliminary plan to provide public access to the Housatonic River at The Bend, south of the Covered Bridge, was presented to the Cornwall Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 5.
Owned by Eversource, the site would be licensed to the town for the proposed use, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway explained. Because the site has a history of industrial uses, the project would not disturb the existing soils; rain run-off would be contained on the site.

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