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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.

His engaged and attentive audience offered their own theories, including, “They think their vote doesn’t count,” “There’s not enough...

Cornwall

Volunteers share insider information

What it’s like to be on a board
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CORNWALL — A first foray in what will be a series of looks at what it’s like to volunteer in town government was presented July 11 by the Republican Town Committee (RTC).
It was not well-attended, but members of the newly revived RTC hope that as word spreads, the forums will become for many a valuable tool in making a decision about serving their town, and what role might spark their interest. To be discussed are mostly volunteer positions such as the school and finance boards and various land use commissions. In Cornwall, only the selectmen are paid.

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Jumping through hoops

Square foot gardens planted as part of a series of forums by the Cornwall Energy Task Force are coming along beautifully in the backyard of Cornwall Library.

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Cornwall roots for Olympic swimmer Tyler Clary

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CORNWALL — It sounds like a movie trailer: Out of tragedy comes triumph. But this true story rivals any Hollywood film script.
The romantic leads in this tale are Cornwall native Caroline Kosciusko and Tyler Clary, who comes from California and attended the University of Michigan — and recently earned a spot on the 2012 United States Olympic swim team.

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Sliding with a smile

Youngsters whooped it up on inflatable games at the Cornwall July Fest on Saturday, July 7, at Foote Fields. The community picnic was sponsored by the town.

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Wry humor and a soupçon of mystery in Prentice’s work

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CORNWALL — “I’m disappointed,” Tim Prentice said at the June 30 opening of his installation (don’t call it a show). He looked up at the circles of turkey feathers, dyed bright yellow, that hang over an entire section of the Cornwall Library. “I thought they would all be spinning from all the hot air in the room.”
Wry sense of humor acknowledged and no offense taken by anyone in the room full of friends and fans. Although the artist and Roger Reed, aka Roger the Jester, jumped into a conversation about making things move with even the most subtle of air currents.

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Volunteers (and shoppers) prepare for annual rummage sale

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CORNWALL — Crowds flock to the annual Cornwall Woman’s Society Rummage Sale — a sale so big, it has to be held in three locations.
The July 21-23 sale would have been the 66th annual, going by well-kept records. But it appears those years mark only the extent of those well-kept records. The numbers didn’t add up for Thalia Scoville, who has been a volunteer for more than 45 years.
During recent sale planning, she recalled that the society and rummage sale were already well-established when she joined.

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Meeting House tour recounts history, need for repairs

CORNWALL — “Can you ring the bell?”
The request came up during an impromptu presentation at a June 9 celebration of the 186-year-old North Cornwall Meeting House.
There was a pause, and the crowd prepared itself for disappointment, expecting to hear a reason why it couldn’t be done. After all, the open house tour had its basis in the need for continued repairs to the historic church.
“Well, of course,” answered Bob Potter, a member of the Friends of the North Cornwall Meeting House.

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Exhibit reveals secrets that are hidden in the woods

CORNWALL — A fascinating summer exhibit has premiered at the Cornwall Historical Society.
“Out of the Woods,” a look at how Cornwall’s forests have evolved, succeeds in not only telling an ever-changing story, but is also full of surprises.
That the forests of today are not the ones from even a century ago is the first surprise. There is a lot in the show about the impacts of weather, agriculture, industry and infestation. Cornwall was once far from the 81 percent forested it is today.

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Positive signs of business revival seen

CORNWALL — Economic development? Yes, please.
An open house hosted by the months-old Economic Development Committee (EDC) was to begin with a presentation that would be followed by a question-and-answer session. But the two overlapped at the June 6 gathering as the public (mostly local businesspeople) jumped in with questions and suggestions right away.
The enthusiasm was heartening for the group of nine who have piloted the creation of the committee.

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Abrupt Cornwall library firing creates stir in town

CORNWALL — Amelia “Amy” de Neergaard, longtime children’s librarian at the Cornwall Library, was abruptly fired June 20. The circumstances have left her and supportive community members reeling. A petition was circulated asking for a public explanation from the library’s board of directors, as well as an apology to de Neergaard. Some of the library’s regular volunteers said they were prepared to boycott.

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