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CORNWALL — The Board of Selectmen discusssed the framework for the upcoming forum on telecommunications, at their meeting on Tuesday, July 2.

Terming it “an initial conversation,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway described plans for the forum, which is scheduled for Thursday, July 11, at Cornwall Town Hall at 7 p.m. 

While the focus will be on Cornwall, the panel will address issues facing towns throughout the area. For that reason, residents from surrounding towns are invited to attend.

Members of the panel will be state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64)...

Cornwall

Town vault gets scrubbing along with new paint

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CORNWALL — A much-needed repainting of the Town Hall vault is done, under a modification of regulations aimed at preserving documents. Good thing, too, as it revealed a dangerous situation.
When Town Clerk Vera Dinneen proposed the work — the first repainting in more than 40 years — she consulted regulations and was dismayed to learn she would have to move all the land deeds and vital records to a vault elsewhere. It would be time-consuming and expensive, and there needed to be a way to maintain public access to records.

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Not-yet-spring fever at Mohawk

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CORNWALL — Things get a little crazy on Mohawk Mountain toward the end of the ski season.
March 10 brought crowds to Mohawk Madness, which featured a beach party and barbecue on the deck, relay races and a judged costume parade down the slopes, with the likes of Yeti, The Grim Reaper, the Blues Brother, Elvis and Captain Underpants.

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Principal defends budget with .03 percent decrease

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CORNWALL — Town and school budget proposals for 2012-13 have been presented to the Board of Finance, which will offer comment at its regular meeting March 15.
The Board of Selectmen is looking at a 1.65 percent increase. The Board of Education is proposing a slight decrease of 0.03 percent in the Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) budget.
But what is driving budget discussions is a 13.45 percent increase to Cornwall’s share of the Region One School District budgets for the high school, Central Office and Pupil Services (special education).

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Stone Wall barn hit by truck (again)

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CORNWALL — At least this time, the cows were not put off their milking.
A wayward driver slammed into the corner of a barn at Stone Wall Dairy Farm on Route 7 in Cornwall March 5. Farmer and property owner Chris Hopkins said a support pole at the north end of the barn was hit and that the wall was moved about an inch to the west by the force of the impact.

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Mohawk Madness

There’s no mistaking “Jake and Elwood Blues” among the characters who made Mohawk Madness on March 10 a madcap ski outing in Cornwall.

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Library will celebrate local artist, author Marc Simont

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Library will celebrate Marc Simont, a Cornwall artist and writer, with an exhibition of his work on Saturday, March 17.
He has illustrated more than 100 children’s books; written and illustrated 11 of his own books; published humorous sports-related illustrations for national magazines and political cartoons in The Lakeville Journal; and drawn hundreds of portraits and caricatures.

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Rags, paper cups and volunteer spirit

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CORNWALL — Volunteers for the town’s inaugural Civilian Emergency Response Team (CERT) are well into a seven-week training course.
The team is made up of many of the same people who regularly look for ways to help their neighbors when the going gets rough.

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In lean times, finding new funding for town projects

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CORNWALL — A reissuing of the town’s only outstanding bond, to raise funds for the school expansion completed in 2005, was approved by the Board of Selectmen. It will trim annual interest payments by about $10,000.
The town is about seven years into the 20 year financing, paying about 4 percent in interest, according to the selectmen. The reissue would reduce it by about 1 percent.
Annual interest payments drop about $4,000 per year, with $72,000 due this year.

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Auction aids the Cornwall Child Center

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CORNWALL — The Winter Social March 3 was the perfect chance to dream of (even) warmer days to come, with an opportunity to bid for stays at vacation homes around the world.
It was also a chance to raise money for the Cornwall Child Center. It was a new twist on the traditional auction and last year’s popular wine tasting. About 90 people set the West Cornwall Railroad Station buzzing for the evening.

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Mardi Gras project

A Shrove Tuesday pancake supper held Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the UCC Parish House, marked a traditional Christian supper the night before Lent begins. The blonde girl making Mardi Gras masks at left in the photo is Eliza Tyson.

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