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CORNWALL — Double the number of trivia competitors turned out for the second Trivia Night of 2019, held on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Trinity Retreat Center, sponsored by the Cornwall Association to benefit the Cornwall Library.

The inaugural Trivia Night was held in April at the library and it drew about 50 competitors.

For the second go-round, about 100 hopeful intellectuals of all ages arranged themselves into teams to match their knowledge on all subjects and their powers of rapid recall. 

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Vermilyea on why, how we vote

CORNWALL — Historian Peter Vermilyea is exploring the questions of how people vote and why they so often don’t, in a six-part series of classes at the Cornwall Library on the U.S. Constitution and the right to vote. 
Vermilyea is an award-winning teacher now in his 25th year at HVRHS.
In the first class, held on Monday, Oct. 28, he explored the reasons why people choose not to vote.

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Exemplary ‘Green’ efforts noted again for town of Cornwall

CORNWALL — The town of Cornwall has earned Bronze Status certification from SustainableCT according to a report presented at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
To achieve Bronze Status, the town needed to complete an action in each of the 10 categories devised by the SustainableCT program, Katherine Freygang explained. 

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Civil War Memorial dedicated

CORNWALL HOLLOW — A student’s project — begun over a year ago — was carried through to completion on Sunday, Nov. 10, with the dedication of a new Civil War memorial plaque at Cornwall Hollow.
Spencer Markow, now 14, began the project last year, when he was an eighth-grade student at Cornwall Consolidated School, as part of the school’s Explorations program. 
Work on researching and creating the plaque continued through the summer and culminated in last weekend’s dedication ceremony.  

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Get free help signing up for health insurance

WEST CORNWALL — Help is available for anyone seeking insurance for health care, in sessions from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15. The sessions are offered at The Union, 415 Sharon-Goshen Turnpike, in West Cornwall. 
The last day to enroll for 2020 is Dec. 15 of this year.
All assistance is offered free of charge and is supported by a grant from the Foundation for Community Health.
Everyone must bring:
• Social Security numbers for all family members in your household
• Visa, green card or other immigration documents

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Cornwall 10-year plan ready for hearing Nov. 12

CORNWALL — Following months of consideration by four Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) subcommittees, a draft of a revised 10-year Town Plan of Conservation and Development is ready to be commented upon by the public as a step toward arriving at a final draft.
The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov.12, at the Town Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. 

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Appropriately wet costumes

Fisherman Travis Barber and washing machine Simon Markow took part in Halloween festivities on Friday, Nov. 1, at Cornwall Town Hall and the library. The spooky fun was delayed for a day by the heavy rain on Oct. 31.

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Civil War veterans plaque nearly ready

CORNWALL — Plans for the dedication of a plaque to commemorate Cornwall’s Civil War veterans were finalized at the Tuesday, Oct. 15, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway reported that a 5,500-pound stone has been placed in Cornwall Hollow near the General Sedgwick monument on Route 43. A plaque listing names of Cornwall veterans will soon be affixed to the stone, ready for the ceremony which will take place on Sunday, Nov. 10, beginning at 2 p.m. The observance will fittingly coincide with Veterans Day weekend.

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Town meeting approves town report and capital plan

CORNWALL — In fewer than 30 minutes, a town meeting that attracted about 20 residents approved the newly issued Cornwall town report for 2018-19, and also approved the capital expenditure plan for 2021 to 2025.
The meeting was held at Town Hall on Friday, Oct. 25. All votes were unanimous. Lisa Simont was elected moderator. 

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Cornwall puts out a call: More volunteers needed in all areas at fire department

CORNWALL — Attracted by the chance to see improvements to the West Cornwall firehouse, a steady stream of visitors stopped in at an open house on Sunday, Oct. 20.
In addition to the impressive emergency vehicles all shined up and on display, visitors could see up close the department’s water rescue boat ready for use in water mishaps, not only on the Housatonic River but on other waterways as well. During Hurricane Sandy, the boat was dispatched to Greenwich, Conn.  There are now seven newly trained swift-water technicians on the boat crew.

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Housing and internet are key concerns for Cornwall town plan

CORNWALL — Keeping on schedule with revisions to the town’s 10-year Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), a workshop meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) attracted 50 residents on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Town Hall.
The P&Z has set the date for a public hearing on the document for Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Town Hall at 7 p.m. Town residents can offer opinions and ask questions on the draft plan at that point. 

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