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CORNWALL — Nearly 50 residents turned out for a public hearing on the amended 2020 Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) on Tuesday, Nov. 12, expressing general satisfaction with the final plan.

Many months of meetings on the part of four Planning and Zoning (P&Z) subcommittees resulted in a comprehensive planning tool that drew praise from residents. After recording a few final tweaks to the document, the P&Z voted unanimously to submit the completed plan to the state as required by General Statute.

The POCD will remain in effect until 2030. It will be...

Cornwall

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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Konnichiwa

Cornwall Consolidated School first-graders took a virtual trip to Asia last week for the second Japan Day, now an annual event. Peter Gorat, above, took on all comers in “finger” sumo wrestling.Costumed students served as informative tour guides.
 
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Little joy as 2012 state session comes to an end

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CORNWALL — The regular Legislative session in Hartford is coming to an end on May 9. Lawmakers are feeling the effects of very late nights in the final push. There is still much to be resolved, and still great angst in towns about new laws and state mandates that could have profound effects.
And so, state Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-30) and state Rep. Roberta Willis (D-64), arrived, weary, at the Wandering Moose Café early on April 26 for a legislative breakfast with town officials.

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Art at the Dump highlights recycled wonders

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CORNWALL — There was something about the 12th annual Art at the Dump, held over the weekend at what is more properly known as the town garage and transfer station.
This year’s show-and-sale of artwork made from items found in the trash seemed bigger, with more color and movement.
Maybe it was those large mobiles made of rainbow-hued bottle caps. Or the large selection of fun art and jewelry made by Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) students. Or the Take Part in Art wall that had folks getting into the spirit with paints and brushes.

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