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CORNWALL — Bolstered by the outcome of the recent town meeting on septic planning for West Cornwall, the selectmen are proceeding with seeking grant funding, as discussed at their meeting on Tuesday, Aug.6.

Terming the vote “decisive,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway thanked residents for turning out and voting at the recent town meeting.

“The town now has a mandate to proceed with the next steps of the Cornwall community wastewater system,” he said.

He added that the next step will be to pursue funding through the U.S. Department of...

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Hurry, projects are due for the Art at the Dump show!

CORNWALL — A week ago, Art at the Dump organizer Gail Jacobson issued a reminder, and a challenge.
“Come on, I know you can make something in that time,” she wrote in a mass email.
The 12th annual edition of this unique art show of recycled practicality and zaniness takes place this weekend in the town garage sand shed, on Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, April 22, 10 a.m. to noon.

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Trout: fat is where it’s at this spring

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CORNWALL — Conditions for trout fishing are ideal at this moment, according to Torrey Collins, store manager at Housatonic River Outfitters on Route 7. The river is flowing low, the water is clear, flies are hatching like mad and, Collins said, “The fish are fat, fat, fat and we’re catching lots of them.”

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Hermann’s sunny artwork supports a good cause

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CORNWALL — Sunflowers and bears abound at the National Iron Bank branch in Cornwall Bridge. Employees there are just as happy with the uplifting April art exhibit as they are to help artist Zejke Hermann raise money for good causes.

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Coach’s contract not renewed

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CORNWALL — The Board of Education accepted Principal Michael Croft’s recommendation not to extend the boys’ basketball coach’s contract at its March 20 meeting.
There was some circumspect discussion during the meeting, and the coach’s name was not mentioned.
Croft later spoke more in depth with The Lakeville Journal, explaining that the recommendation came out of a standardized evaluation in which Michael Pierce did not score up to par.

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Farm market returns May 5

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CORNWALL — What could be more local than the Cornwall Farm Market — or more eagerly anticipated on a Saturday morning? Local farmers and artisans gather on the Wish House lawn in West Cornwall to offer a wonderful array of produce, meat, eggs, baked goods and handmade items. It is the place to get the freshest, most carefully produced goods, as well as a chance to run into friends.
It will open this season on May 5, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and continue every Saturday through the fall.

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Student art lines walls of gallery

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Favorite things, whimsical musings and penguins fill the Wish House gallery in a group show by Cornwall Consolidated School fifth- through eighth-graders and the school’s Advanced Art Class. Hope Carlson used scratchboard, above, to create a sweet image of what may be a favorite pet. A reception was held April 7. The show runs through May 31.

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Emergency Response Team completes its training

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CORNWALL — It was hard to tell what was causing more anxiety: the 100-question final exam or learning to use fire extinguishers — on a real fire.
But overall, there was a sense of excitement over completing training to be better prepared to help neighbors in times of crisis, along with a sense of realism. As students gathered for class, volunteer firefighters were just returning from hours fighting a Salisbury brush fire that spread over more than 35 acres.

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BOE makes after-school changes

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CORNWALL — A climbing wall planned for Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) will be named the Geoffrey Lake Memorial. It will replace the outdoor fitness trail memorial, if funding for the wall is approved in the proposed 2012-13 school budget.
Principal Michael Croft explained to the Board of Education March 20 that plans for the wall had been revealed because they are part of the budget process, but he had since confirmed with resident Norma Lake that she approved of the transfer of the memorial for her son, who died of cancer.
“She loves the idea,” Croft said.

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Selectmen close books on after-school bills

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CORNWALL — The Board of Selectmen voted to deem uncollectable about $1,400 in unpaid fees for the after-school program held at the school until a year ago January. The program has been taken over by the Cornwall Child Center.

An account held by the town to operate the program was previously closed by the selectmen and a balance of about $2,000 turned over to the general fund. Finance Officer Barbara Herbst requested action be taken on the outstanding bills for eight families, so financial records could be closed.

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Art at the Dump fills pressing need in classroom

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CORNWALL — Art teacher Diane Dupuis ran her hand appreciatively over the new addition to her classroom. The new portable printing press is about to open up whole new directions for her students.
She is just as thrilled with how she was able to buy it: using five years of donations gathered from the Art at the Dump show and sale.

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