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CORNWALL — Following months of consideration by four Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) subcommittees, a draft of a revised 10-year Town Plan of Conservation and Development is ready to be commented upon by the public as a step toward arriving at a final draft.

The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov.12, at the Town Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. 

Although the town plan has no legal regulatory muscle, it does serve as a guide in considering future proposals, a yardstick to use in deciding whether those proposals align with principles presented in the...

Cornwall

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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Memorial Day carnival

Participants stood around the maypole Monday, May 28, in anticipation of the music and the beginning of the annual Cornwall Cake Walk. There was a llama at the carnival held on United Church of Christ (UCC) grounds following the Memorial Day proceedings. This is, after all, Cornwall, and a llama seems to appear at all major town events. The carnival also featured games, a cookout of hot dogs and burgers — and the annual Cake Walk around the maypole, which featured more than 20 cakes donated by Cornwall community members. There was also a plant sale sponsored by the Cornwall Child Center.

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Could ease housing pressures

Small apartments
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CORNWALL — Area towns struggle to meet affordable housing goals, and attract young people. Seniors consider the painful decision to leave the big old family home for a more manageable place, and the next generation in their family is forced to sell.
On the flip side, homeowners and planning agencies have resisted allowing conversions and multifamily dwellings, mostly out of fear that rental property is not always well-maintained and attracts more transient individuals.

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Budgets, fines, paving and more get nods at annual town meeting

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CORNWALL — The 2012-13 municipal and education budget plans were among four agenda items unanimously approved May 18 by 21 people in the Cornwall Consolidated School gathering room.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway called the town and school spending proposals responsible plans that still allow for “some things we want to do.” Spending is proposed to rise by just under $20,000.
Barton Jones, president of the Cornwall Library Board of Trustees, expressed the board’s gratitude for an increase to their operating budget of about 20 percent.

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UCC group follows new trail of tears to Pine Ridge reservation

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CORNWALL — The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, located in the Badlands of South Dakota, is about the size of Connecticut and is home to the people of the Oglala Lakota Nation Sioux Tribe.
The land isn’t known as the Badlands for nothing. The land has little to offer. The soil is rocky and infertile.There is an inadequate infrastructure and few or no social services for the people who live there. One hospital serves the entire reservation.

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