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CORNWALL BRIDGE — Housatonic River Outfitters  (HRO) has gift options ranging from the stocking stuffer to complete Euro-nymphing outfits for the fly-fisherman on your list.

HRO’s Holly Jones-Tufts sportingly modeled a gizmo that attaches to the belt and holds the angler’s rod while he (or she) is changing flies or tippets ($24.99), thus eliminating the traditional “tuck the rod under the arm and get stuck in the bushes” approach. There are also handy little patches to hold flies; they attach to the brim of a cap ($8.39).

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Happy ending after bridge disaster

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — Thanksgiving came early to Cornwall — not in the form of turkey in the oven but as a bridge over a brook.
An official opening of the new Lower River Road bridge over Mill Brook was arranged for Nov. 22 at noon, the last day the crew from Mohawk Northeast Inc. would be on site. They took a break from installing specially designed timber railings to receive appreciative words from First Selectman Gordon Ridgway.

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Cats all sold at Guild, more on the way

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

WEST CORNWALL — Where have all the cats gone?

To good homes. A sale on cats at the Little Guild animal shelter worked out better than anyone had hoped.

At this time of year, shelters see an influx of strays rescued from the cold. Already at capacity, the Little Guild staff aimed to make room by participating for the first time in “$5 Felines,” a nationwide promotion by the Best Friends Animal Society.

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Cornwall entertainers show their best at annual show

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — This town couldn’t put on a bad talent show even if it tried. Cornwall is just too full of talent.
The 14th annual Cornwall Talent Show, to benefit the Cornwall Library is now a day-after-Thanksgiving tradition that packs the UUC church. Folks who felt they ate too much turkey and pie could come and laugh and clap away the calories.
Library board president and show producer Barton Jones kicked off the show with a welcome announcement: He would no longer shamelessly promote the annual Woman’s Society rummage sale by wearing the great $2 sports coat he’d picked up there.

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Revaluation process explained during workshop

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This story was printed in two parts. The first part appeared in the issue of Nov. 24.
CORNWALL — About two dozen people attended a revaluation workshop at Town Hall Saturday morning, Nov. 12. It was the second opportunity for Assessor Barbara Bigos to help people understand how their property is assigned a value to be taxed.

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School enjoys its ‘gift of extra time’

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CORNWALL — Slowing things down, finding new ways to encourage good behavior and understanding goals at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) were among the issues discussed at the Nov. 15 school board meeting.
“A gift of extra time,” was how kindergarten teacher Candise Stiewing described an extra hour added to the half-day program at the beginning of the school year.
“We really have been able to slow the flow and make the classroom more relaxing,” Stiewing said.

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Esty promises to bring the people’s voice to D.C.

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CORNWALL — Northwest Corner Democrats got a look at a candidate for the seat of Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5) on Monday evening, Nov. 21, as Elizabeth Esty of Cheshire spoke at the Cornwall Free Library.
Esty spoke off the cuff for about 30 minutes and took questions afterward.
She began with some family lore. The day her mother was born in 1933, her grandfather lost his bank job, Esty recounted. For two weeks he got up, dressed and left the house before the reality set in.
“He was embarrassed and ashamed,” said Esty. “And he shouldn’t have been.”

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Historical Society calendar now available

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Historical Society’s 2012 calendar features the photography of Alec Frost and focuses on 14 of Cornwall’s sites and buildings. It costs $15 and is available at Berkshire Country Store, Cornwall General Store, Cornwall Package Store, the library, the Wandering Moose Café and the Wish House, as well as at the Dec. 3 Christmas fair. Proceeds support the care of the society’s collection of paintings, documents and artifacts.

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Why your property taxes went up — or down

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

This story will be printed in two parts. The second part will appear in the issue of Dec. 1.
CORNWALL — About two dozen people attended a revaluation workshop at Town Hall Saturday morning, Nov. 12. It was the second opportunity for Assessor Barbara Bigos to help people understand how their property is assigned a value to be taxed.

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Trying to find lost days on school calendar

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — School may have been closed for the week following the Oct. 29 storm, but Cornwall Consolidated School remained a busy place.
The entire town was without power at one point — the majority was out for days. The last restoration was reportedly at about noon on Nov. 4. The school shelter, running on generator power, was open from Saturday night through Friday morning. Cold and the lack of water and cooking capability brought as many as a dozen people to seek shelter overnight, and up to two dozen for hot lunches. About 12 volunteers helped out.

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Not just a new bridge; a near miracle, too

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — As promised, the new Lower River Road bridge opened before Thanksgiving, allowing, after 12 long weeks, vehicle access for residents of four homes on the dead-end street.
Final paving was done Nov. 17. The bridge was officially opened Nov. 18.
It remains a single-lane span, although it is longer than the one that was destroyed Aug. 28. Hurricane Irene may have been downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit northern Connecticut, but massive quantities of rain runoff turned Mill Brook into a raging torrent filled with debris.

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