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CORNWALL — The state’s hatchery trucks delivered some 9,000 brown and rainbow trout to the Housatonic Trout Management Area early last week.

On Friday, Sept. 13, I ventured into the river on the River Road side in Cornwall around noon, thinking I’d while away a couple of hours catching silly stocked trout.

It would make a nice change of pace from floating around a lake bothering bass.

Some six hours later, I staggered out with a sore shoulder after catching at least 70 trout, plus the odd small-mouth bass and whitefish.

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Cornwall

State unveils plans for Gold’s Pines on May 24

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CORNWALL — The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and its Division of Forestry are intending to issue a management plan for the Gold’s Pines Natural Area Preserve within the Housatonic State Forest in Cornwall. The proposed management plan sets forth in detail the purpose, character, protected resources, management and other considerations for the protection and use of the preserve.
DEEP will host an informal public hearing and allow the public to present comments on the proposed plan in person on May 24 at 7 p.m. at Cornwall Town Hall.

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Adapting plans for upgrades at The Bend

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CORNWALL — A plan to enhance access to the Housatonic River off of Lower River Road is moving toward completion. However, a controversial platform to provide handicapped access for fishing and other recreational activities has been scrapped.

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Town meeting is May 18 at CCS

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CORNWALL — Four items are on the agenda of a town meeting set for Friday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) gathering room.
First and foremost is to consider a proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The Board of Finance was scheduled to meet the night before, to determine the final number that will be put to a vote.
A proposed 1.65 percent increase in the selectmen’s budget and a 0.20 percent decrease in the CCS budget represent a net increase of $21,917.

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Historical Society offers lesson on birding

Tweet, tweet: Who’s there?
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CORNWALL — That enticing birdsong might be a nuthatch or sparrow or chickadee or veery. Who hasn’t taken at least a moment to listen to a beautiful bird song, or strange warbling whistle, and wondered exactly what sort of creature is perched outside the window?

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Young musician needs votes to help school

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CORNWALL — “I would like to win because it would really help my school. I have only been playing the piano for 17 months and have been learning this Michael Nyman song for only four months. I am 10 years old.”
Mason Weigold wrote that simple appeal for votes on the Be Wise National Education Music Company’s Music Is Life video performance contest website.
Whoever gets the most votes from the public wins prizes for themselves and a school they nominate. Mason has put Cornwall Consolidated School in the running for $10,000 worth of music equipment.

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Roadwork to begin at Great Hill/Great Hollow

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CORNWALL — At long last, the Great Hill/Great Hollow Road project is set to begin.
Repairs, upgrades and repaving to portions of the roads that run around the southerly parts of Mohawk Mountain into East Cornwall were to begin this week with preliminary work, such as drainage. Repaving is expected to done in mid-June.
The project has had its stops and starts, dependent as it is on an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 grant (commonly called “stimulus funding”). The roads qualify because they are designated as feeder roads into Milton.

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Panelists, film paint ugly picture of PCBs in river

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CORNWALL — The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to make a decision on “Rest of River” this month.
Rest of River is the investigation and decision making process for the cleanup of the Housatonic River downstream from the confluence of its east and west branches at Pittsfield, Mass.
Those who have worked for two decades on promoting cleanup of the river wonder why the project was not a natural extension of PCB cleanup from the abandoned General Electric Company (GE) plant (now a toxic waste site) in Pittsfield.

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Task force teaches way to ‘grow’ self sufficiency

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CORNWALL — A neat, string grid of measured square feet atop a plateau of rich soil is a thrill for the gardener dreaming that this will be the year that vegetables will grow with abundant precision.
A series of talks on square-foot organic gardening is being offered at that Cornwall Library as a joint effort with the Cornwall Energy Task Force. Its goal is to show folks how to “grow their own energy.”

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Let it flow: Event May 5 on water safety, the Housatonic

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CORNWALL — Growing up in Cornwall, Alex Prud’homme liked to canoe and fish on the Housatonic River.
“I remember those faded signs always being there,” he said, referring to the warnings of PCB contamination in fish. “I didn’t eat fish I caught, but kids don’t really think about what those signs mean.”
Decades later, the river is unchanged, flowing crisply under the Covered Bridge and providing a large part of Cornwall’s tourism trade. That it is unchanged is a problem, though.

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Japan Day

Melody Matsudaira was an eloquent art and culture tour guide during Cornwall Consolidated School’s first-grade Japan Day last week. Family, students and school staff came to the classroom to learn about the culture through artwork, origami, sumo wrestling games and a 3D model of the country’s islands. Click here for another photo.

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