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CORNWALL — Part of the mystery of the white boxes installed on utility poles around the town was solved at the Tuesday, Oct. 1, meeting of the Cornwall Board of Selectmen.

First Selectman Gordon Ridgway reported that Altice (parent company of Optimum) installed the boxes as an early step in offering mobile phone service to the town. The information was reported in an email from Andy MacDavid, who had attended a recent Cable TV Advisory Council meeting in Litchfield as Cornwall’s representative. At that meeting an Altice representative gave a report.

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Cornwall

Saturday’s weather shone down on four-garden tour

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CORNWALL — Weather was on everyone’s minds with the storms that hit Friday, June 22. The biggest fear in Cornwall? Never mind that most of the town would lose power for awhile. Were the gardens OK?
Saturday brought perfect weather, expect for a tiny storm that scooted through mid-afternoon, and the four gardens on the Garden Tour to benefit the Cornwall Library were unscathed and lush from a good drenching.

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Coach says he can’t understand why he was fired

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CORNWALL — A longtime coach’s performance review and a principal’s decision to not extend his contract have come under review several months after the fact.
Former Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) boys’ basketball coach Michael Pierce has been active in pursuing his reinstatement, citing his 11 years and an impressive number of winning seasons. The school board had distanced itself from the process, voting in March to approve Principal Michael Croft’s recommendation.

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Tips sought on missing Beecher artwork

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CORNWALL — Last summer, five work of arts by the late William Ward Beecher of Cornwall and two other well-known artists disappeared from his home in the village. An investigation by the state police was closed in February, with no trace of the artwork and nothing beyond circumstantial evidence found.

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Burned poolhouse a total loss

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CORNWALL — Hanna Grossman woke up from a nap early on the afternoon of June 13 to see a man walking by a window at her Flats Rocks Road home. At about the same time, her husband, David Grossman, was returning from lunch at the Wandering Moose to find his street full of fire trucks and firefighters, and then to discover they waere there because his poolhouse was on fire.
The next day, insurance company representatives were there saying it appears the building, which houses an in-ground pool about 150 feet from their home, and everything in it, is a total loss.

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General Store celebrates first anniversary

CORNWALL — A true general store is just what its name suggests — a place where people can find a little bit of everything. This may seem like a simple concept, but it is becoming a rare one. Dana Beecher and Louise Coogan-Beecher, owners of the Cornwall General Store and residents of the town, keep the tradition alive by offering a wide variety of services for the entire community.

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Library’s Garden Tour will be held on June 23

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Library’s third annual Garden Tour is set for June 23.
Participants will be able to tour gardens that include those of Jane Garmey (author of “Private Gardens of Connecticut”), Roxanna Robinson and others from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A reception will follow immediately after at 39 Jewell St.
Tickets for the garden tour are $25, $50 including the reception or $80 for two. Raffle tickets for three vacation stays are $25 each. To reserve tickets contact Amy Cady at acady@biblio.org or 860-672-6874.

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Greenbacks for town to be used to upgrade greenery

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CORNWALL — Some extra grant money will be used to make Cornwall a little greener. We’re talking shrubs, as opposed to clean energy, this time.
A state grant designated for a variety of purposes has an unexpected $10,000 balance. Some of that will be spent on plantings and an information kiosk for the “pocket park” adjacent to the Covered Bridge. The park has long been there on an unofficial basis. Its ownership remains unclear, but it has long been a spot for locals and tourists to photograph the bridge or just sit in the shade by the river.

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13 students bid farewell to CCS

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By Karen Bartomioli
CORNWALL — The Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) class of 2012 is an ebullient and very social bunch. Getting them to sit still for very long was quite a challenge, even at their June 8 promotional ceremony. What their exuberance says about them is that they are dynamically motivated in areas that span academics, sports and creativity.
As always, the accomplishments of the eighth-graders was celebrated with good humor, and more than a few tears as this class of 13 moved on to high school.

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New park is like lemonade from lemons

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CORNWALL — They should call it Lemonade Park. Out of the lemons of a disastrous storm, West Cornwall will gain an attraction for locals and tourists alike.
These days, they call them pocket parks, but the tiny green spots on either side of the village approach to the Covered Bridge have long been a casual part of the village. Last week, they got a complete overhaul.

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Cornwall challenged over valuation

Court case begins on Lendl property
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CORNWALL — A lawsuit has been brought against Cornwall over a disputed tax assessment of one of the town’s most valuable properties.
The court case rose out of the recently completed revaluation of all Cornwall properties. While the majority of property owners saw their market-based assessments drop — by a total of $64 million, with an average 14.5 percent decrease — that was not the case for everyone.

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