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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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Are you ready for your close-up?

asherp@lakevillejournal.com

WEST CORNWALL — In the 1950 motion picture “Sunset Boulevard,” actress Gloria Swanson was asked a question that became an iconic Hollywood line: “Are you ready for your close-up, Miss Desmond?”
Though Gloria Swanson is long departed, that line came to mind one day last month when I arrived in West Cornwall and discovered a movie being filmed in my hometown. West Cornwall, are you ready for your close-up?

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Here, catch. Catch. Lookit!

Jonah and Jenavieve Cornelisse got their first taste of the classic egg toss. Except Jenavieve was a little distracted. What do you suppose was the outcome? The setting was the 20th annual Cornwall Agricultural Fair.

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Sept. 8 Ag Fair will be held on the Green

CORNWALL — The 21st annual Cornwall Agricultural Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Village Green and at Town Hall. (The heavy rain date is Sept. 9.)
The Cornwall Agricultural Advisory Commission is dedicating this year’s fair to Hautboy Hill Farm. Photos of the farm will be on display in Town Hall.
Exhibits and crafts will be displayed and judged. They will include flowers, vegetables, canned goods, baked goods, maple syrup, eggs, dairy, needlecraft and the craziest garden finds.

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Plop, plop, splat, you’re a winner

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — What’s 2-feet square, covered in grass and, for one lucky person, also covered in manure?
It’s the winning plot that gets plopped upon in the 20th annual Cow Chip Raffle at the Cornwall Agricultural Fair, Saturday, Sept. 8, at Town Hall and the Village Green. There’s a top prize of $300, and that’s no load of bull. Proceeds benefit the Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD).
It seems simple enough. Line a field with a powdered lime grid, release a cow and it, and the raffle, are soon done.
But there are two distinct aspects to this.

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Was Old Poughkeepsie road abandoned?

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — There is some new information on the issue of whether or not a controversial town road was abandoned. However, it does little to make the matter any clearer.

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Smile for the camera

Film footage was shot last week in West Cornwall for the Connecticut Department of Tourism. A movie camera mounted on the rear of a minivan captured bicyclists going through the Covered Bridge.

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High anxiety as major piece of Cornwall land changes hands

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — Trinity Conference Center may be about to close and — typical of Cornwall — town residents are not willing to just wait and see what happens.
The public is demanding information and to have input. The Board of Selectmen is trying to convince them that nothing is going to happen quickly, even though the facility is set to close in November.

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First week of school

Cornwall Consolidated School began its fall session Monday with a procession of yellow school buses unloading a stream of backpack-toting youngsters.

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Humor, hugs and Hawaiian leis on first day at Cornwall Consolidated

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — Would young students get the reference? Oh, well, at least the sentiment was obvious.
“I feel like the luckiest man on the face of the earth,” Michael Croft said, quoting Lou Gehrig.
The Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) principal scanned the crowd seated on the gym floor, faces filled with emotions including happiness, excitement and a little trepidation. It was the first day of a new school year Aug. 27. It is celebrated at CCS with teachers greeting students right off the buses, placing Hawaiian leis around their necks and often getting hugs in return.

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From open fire to open space

Land Trust dinner sold out
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — Long before guests began arriving at the top of Cherry Hill, Jeremy Stanton and his crew were busy prepping a massive amount of food, all of which would be grilled on an open wood fire.
It was the second annual — sold out — Farm to Table dinner to benefit the Cornwall Conservation Trust’s land acquisition fund. It was held Aug. 23 in the middle of a field at the Hart Farm Preserve, under a tent with candlelit tables.

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