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CORNWALL — Three hours after the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Cornwall residents gathered at Town Hall to share stories of family members who served in the military and came home to Cornwall. 

Stories of World War I — the war to end all wars — became part of a conversation about war experiences during the century elapsed since the 1918 armistice.

“It was the first modern war,” Lisa Simont, president of the Cornwall Historical Society, said of World War I, as she introduced a program fashioned to be a community conversation...

Cornwall

Braving rain, and shame, to share stories of abuse

CORNWALL — Like tears from above, the gentle patter of raindrops punctuated the silence as the names of 15 victims of domestic violence were read. The youngest was 21, the oldest 83. They were mothers and daughters. Fathers and sons. Friends and neighbors. They lived in big cities and small towns across Connecticut. And they were all killed at the hands of their partners.

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Little Guild’s new exec races ahead

CORNWALL — Ready for the opportunity to guide The Little Guild pet shelter into a vibrant future, Abigail Cusick began her service as executive director on Sept. 24.
Her four months as a volunteer cemented Cusick’s commitment to the nonprofit animal rescue organization in West Cornwall.  She resides in nearby Falls Village.

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More sports for CCS students

CORNWALL — In response to a resident’s request for a tuition waiver, the Cornwall Board of Education voted to uphold its policy governing such waivers at their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
The current policy requires payment of a pro-rated amount, reflecting the percentage of the school year during which the student is attending Cornwall Consolidated School while residing outside of the school district.

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Selectmen discuss corn-stomping bears

CORNWALL  — Responding to a report of five bears seen trampling a local crop of sweet corn, the Cornwall selectmen agreed to pursue the matter with state officials at their meeting on Tuesday, Sept.19.
“Clearly the exploding population of bears is causing damage in a way that wasn’t a factor until recently,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway observed.

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A party for the Covered Bridge

CORNWALL — The Covered Bridge Morning Social on Saturday, Sept. 29, was hosted by the Cornwall Foundation and Pearly’s Farmhouse Cafe. Coffee and abundant tasty pastries awaited visitors and foundation supporters. 
Foundation President Andrea Geisser and Treasurer Louise Riley acquainted guests with the admirable contribution that the organization has made since its beginnings in 2003. 
“Its purpose is to support the programs of local charities and institutions that enhance life in Cornwall,” she said. 

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Safe passage

Gina Neto of Mohawk Northeast was finishing up minor details on the Covered Bridge renovation in West Cornwall on Monday morning, Sept. 24. The bridge, between Route 7 in Sharon and West Cornwall, was closed on Sept. 4 for work on the floor of the bridge. The work is done and the bridge is open. Cars now pass through making almost no noise.

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Plans for The Bend win final approval

CORNWALL — After years of discussion about improvements to the area known as The Bend in the Housatonic River near Cornwall, a plan won unanimous approval from the Housatonic River Commission (HRC) at their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11. 
The meeting was held at the offices of the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) in Cornwall.

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What’s old is new again for Town Hall Players

CORNWALL — Local theater at its best will be off to a strong start this month with the revival of the Town Hall Players and their production of Jeff Baron’s “Visiting Mr. Green.” Revival of the Players also heralds a revival of the Town Hall stage and theater space, a nod to the original vision for the building when it was built in 1908.

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An urgent call: Protect the river from knotweed

CORNWALL — Control or prevention of the spread of the invasive Japanese knotweed, which is abundant in many area towns, drew discussion at a meeting of the Housatonic River Commission (HRC) held on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Reporting to the HRC was Tom Zetterstrom, the area’s knotweed network co-ordinator and an expert on invasive non-native plants. 

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Celebrating the good old days

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. 

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