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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.

“We have been dealing with this for over a decade now,” said Bill Tingley, chair of the river commission. He noted that the River Commission has a strong interest what happens at the place where The Bend skirts the river,...

Cornwall

You, too, can grow a beautiful, edible garden

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Library’s June fundraiser, Books and Blooms, will have a focus on farm-to-table vegetable gardens this year. 
The event, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10, will feature designer and food and garden writer Ellen Ecker Ogden and tours of five gardens in Cornwall and Falls Village. 

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‘Shade and beauty for the CCS community’

CORNWALL — Students and teachers at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) gathered in front of the school’s main entrance on Friday to celebrate the presentation of the eighth-grade class gift, a Japanese cherry tree. 
“We wanted to leave something here for everyone to enjoy,” said eighth-grader Abby Larson during the presentation. “This tree will grow along with this year’s kindergarten class and be grown when they are.” 

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New copier, smaller goal posts to come from unexpended funds

CORNWALL — The use of $20,000 in unexpended funds from the 2016-17 budget to save money in the 2017-18 budget was approved at the May 17 meeting of the Board of Education at Cornwall Consolidated School.
“We expect significant unexpended funds to return to the town,” Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) Principal Michael Croft reported.

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Honoring the fallen and those who continue to serve

CORNWALL — Small groups of veterans and their loved ones gathered in a gray drizzle in the center of West Cornwall at around 10 a.m. on Monday, May 29, their uniforms crisp and ready to be worn once again for the Seaman’s Memorial Service. They were there to honor their fallen brothers and sisters, and the predicted rain was not going to stop them from performing the annual tradition. 

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Pedestrian crosswalk plan moves a step

CORNWALL — A pedestrian-activated signal will soon help ensure safety in West Cornwall village. The selectmen voted to approve spending for an engineering plan for the signal at their May 16 meeting.
The selectmen expect to get a state grant to pay for the installation work, estimated at between $10,000 and $15,000.

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And the sun shone brightly

CORNWALL — The sun peeked out and the weather was glorious for a townwide Cornwall “stroll” held on Saturday, May 20. Events in Cornwall Bridge and West Cornwall included live music, fly-fishing demonstrations, a wine tasting and the West Cornwall Farm Market, held as always on the Wish House lawn. It was also the opening day of a new Corwnall Co-op Market in the center of town, on the Green. 

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Budget approved at town meeting

CORNWALL — By unanimous vote, the 30 residents at the annual town meeting on Friday, May 19, passed both the town and education budgets, totaling $6,759,098, including capital projects and debt service costs. The total is an increase in spending of $46,025, or 0.69 percent, over the current year. 
David Cadwell was elected meeting moderator.

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Sit, stay, smile at Little Guild

CORNWALL — A bull in a china shop, as the idiom goes, spells disaster. But what about dogs in an antiques gallery? In Litchfield County, that spells: fundraiser. 
RT Facts Design & Antiques in Kent is an open, sunlit barn-like space housing a small museum’s worth of 1920s French stone sculpture and George Nakashima-inspired dining sets. On Mothers Day, May 14, the shop celebrated a very specific kind of parental bond: that between owner and dog. 

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Reliving 2016 Peck’s Mountain fire

CORNWALL — It started in mid-September 2016 and continued to smolder through November, drawing local volunteers and state fire and forestry professionals together to fight its many flare-ups and hot spots. The great brush fire on Peck’s Mountain will be the subject of a special program to be held at Town Hall on Saturday, May 20, beginning at 1 p.m.

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Cornwall budgets vote May 19

CORNWALL — Town residents and public officials came together to consider the proposed 2017-18 budget at a public hearing Friday, April 21, at Cornwall Consolidated School. Conducted by the finance board, the meeting drew about 35 residents to hear an overview of both the selectmen’s budget and the budget proposed by the education board.
Finance board Chair John LaPorta termed the overall proposals as “nothing extraordinary” as he opened the meeting. 

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