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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

Jinglers

Morris Dancers from around the region made their annual visit to the Northwest Corner on Saturday, June 9, including a stop in West Cornwall. As always, the day ended with all the troupes converging in the center of town in Falls Village.

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Storyteller teaches life lessons

CORNWALL — Cornwall Consolidated School welcomed Liberian-American actor, storyteller and drummer Won-Ldy Page on Thursday, May 31.
Page told stories in front of an audience comprised of the entire school, including teachers and administrators. He reflected on his childhood and told of morals and lessons he learned.
“I want you all to be my best friend, and hopefully when I leave here we will all be best friends,” Page said.

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Remembering Cornwall’s forests, and the years when there weren’t any

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CORNWALL — It’s easy to think of Cornwall as mostly unchanged, with its vast acres of forest. About 81 percent is currently wooded. But it wasn’t always that way.
A century ago, much of the town was field and farmland — a transformation that dates back to the earliest settlers.
Conservation efforts — and the decline of farming — have brought much of the land full circle and back to forest.

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Mill rate goes up from 12.5 to 14.6

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CORNWALL — A new mill rate has been established by the Board of Finance. The increase from 12.5 to 14.6 is mainly in response to a more than 16 percent decrease in the Grand List of taxable properties as a result of the recent revaluation.
Additional taxes and a $225,000 transfer from the general fund to the operating budget were needed to meet an anticipated $6.2 million in town and educational expenses, including the Region One School District assessment.
The new mill rate means an additional $147 per $100,000 in assessed value (taxed at 70 percent)

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Softball team’s bake sale raises funds for cancer care

The Cornwall Consolidated School softball team held a bake sale at the transfer station on Sunday, June 3, for the Center for Cancer Care. The team collected $650 between 8:30 and 11 a.m., selling baked goods and coffee and accepting donations.

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Trinity Conference Center to close

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CORNWALL — Trinity Conference Center has announced it will close by the end of this year.
For decades, the retreat and conference center has provided a place for religious and nonprofit groups to meet and relax on its tranquil acreage along the Housatonic River. It is somewhat hidden away at the southern end of the paved portion of Lower River Road, just below the Covered Bridge.

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Warm day, warm remembrance

CORNWALL — It was a hot, hazy day on the Cornwall Village Green, Monday, May 28, as families and friends gathered to celebrate Memorial Day. Crowds of flag-bearing children gathered along the sides of Pine Street in anticipation of the parade, hoping to catch candy thrown from passing vehicles. Marching in the parade were the Cornwall Consolidated School band, flag-bearing veterans led by Parade Marshal Ralph Sandmeyer Jr., and the volunteer fire department.

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Deal reached on Rumsey Hall payments

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CORNWALL — A lien payment agreement for the cost of demolishing Rumsey Hall was signed by the Board of Selectmen at its May 22 meeting.
It has taken about 20 months and a civil suit to effect repayment of about $42,000 in costs, plus legal fees and interest, for a total of $60,101.33.

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Tour of church is also tour of town history

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CORNWALL — The Friends of the North Cornwall Meeting House, a group comprising two worshiping congregations and representatives of the community at large, is planning Celebrating our Landmark, a walking tour and reception on June 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. All are welcome.

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Rough road at first will lead to smooth sailing

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CORNWALL — Roadwork is planned for the southeast part of town, including the village. The inconvenience over the summer will be offset by the improvement of some of the worst roads in town, according to First Selectman Gordon Ridgway.
The 12 miles of road, not counting the Great Hollow/Great Hill projects funded primarily with grants, is expected to cost most of the $226,000 available in town coffers.
The Board of Selectmen voted May 22 to go out to bid, so exact costs are unknown. Their plan is to stay on schedule with completing a quarter of the town each year.

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