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CORNWALL — Bolstered by the outcome of the recent town meeting on septic planning for West Cornwall, the selectmen are proceeding with seeking grant funding, as discussed at their meeting on Tuesday, Aug.6.

Terming the vote “decisive,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway thanked residents for turning out and voting at the recent town meeting.

“The town now has a mandate to proceed with the next steps of the Cornwall community wastewater system,” he said.

He added that the next step will be to pursue funding through the U.S. Department of...

Cornwall

Upcoming forum on high-speed communications

CORNWALL — Three meetings on topics of interest to Cornwall residents are planned for the coming weeks by action of the Board of Selectmen.
The complicated and controversial topic of high-speed communications will be the focus of a telecommunications forum on Thursday, July 11.
A panel of experts will clarify options for expanding broadband coverage to the town. They will respond to comments and answer questions. Topics to be covered include fiber optics, broadband, 5G and more. 

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Cathedral Pines exhibit will blow you away

CORNWALL — It is an ill wind that blows no good, or so the saying goes. Visitors to the Cornwall Historical Society can decide for themselves, when they view a new exhibit marking the 30th anniversary of a destructive tornado that ripped through Cornwall on July 10, 1989, destroying the stand of trees known as the Cathedral Pines. 
A reception opened the exhibit on Friday, June 21.

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They’re all winning dogs because they all found love

CORNWALL — A perfectly groomed and well-behaved pack of pooches assembled with their owners on the town Green to participate  in Cornwall’s Great Country Mutt Show on Saturday, June 22.
The event was a fundraiser for The Little Guild animal shelter, which is now under the leadership of Abigail Cusick who, along with an army of volunteers, was busy throughout the event greeting visitors and offering a hand (or paw) where needed. 

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Tail-waggers galore

Joining in the fun, U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-5) brought Lily to the Great Country Mutt Show in Cornwall on Saturday, June 22,and was joined by Maya Bernard, 18 months, of Litchfield who agreed to try a short puppy-back ride.

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Class of 2019: prepared for their next step

CORNWALL — Celebrating the achievements of the 12 bright and hopeful students in the eighth grade class, the 2019 promotion ceremony at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) underscored strengths of each student, most of whom had been together since kindergarten.
The event began promptly at 6 p.m. with a student procession to the auditorium where the CCS brass quintet ably played Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” as an introduction to the event. 

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Library celebrates books, blooms and Bunny Williams

CORNWALL — The Books and Blooms garden tour to benefit the Cornwall Library was a resounding success, with more than 100 home and garden enthusiasts drawn to the library on Friday, June 14, to celebrate the publication of Bunny Williams’ new book, “Love Affairs with Houses,” and even more going on for the tour the following day.
Wine and hors d’oeuvres followed the talk by author and design expert Bunny Williams of Falls Village. 

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Wrapping up 30 years as a Cornwall school nurse

Cornwall Consolidated School nurse Martha Bruehl was surprised on Monday morning, June 17, with a going away ceremony. She will be retiring this year after three decades at the school and plans to do some traveling. She vowed to be available as a substitute nurse if needed; perhaps she was inspired to make that promise when she saw how the students and faculty bandaged themselves up for the surprise ceremony. 
— Cynthia Hochswender

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Truck full of bedding gets stuck on bridge

WEST CORNWALL — As sometimes happens, a truck attempting to cross the covered bridge between Sharon and West Cornwall got stuck halfway through, on Monday, June 10. Emergency service workers came out and deflated the tires so the vehicle could be extracted. 
One of the firemen noted the bridge is taller on the West Cornwall side than on the Sharon side, which has led periodically to trucks thinking they can get through when they in fact cannot. The truck was carrying a load of mattresses. 
— Cynthia Hochswender

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Septic funds scheduled for public hearing

CORNWALL — After visiting a number of area towns to explore septic solutions, the Cornwall selectmen scheduled a public hearing about their own proposed septic project, in West Cornwall.
The hearing will be held Friday, June 28, at the Cornwall Consolidated School beginning at 7 p.m. Engineer Stephen McDonnell of WMC Consulting Engineers of Newington will present information about the various options.

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Where mutts compete for glory

CORNWALL — Calling all mutts and even purebreds looking for fun. As if they are not recognized enough at home, area pets and their owners are gearing up for the Great Country Mutt Show, scheduled for Saturday, June 22, on the Cornwall town Green, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Keen competition is expected in the 10 fun-filled categories, each requiring minimal canine concentration — or talent, for that matter. 

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