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CORNWALL — Double the number of trivia competitors turned out for the second Trivia Night of 2019, held on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Trinity Retreat Center, sponsored by the Cornwall Association to benefit the Cornwall Library.

The inaugural Trivia Night was held in April at the library and it drew about 50 competitors.

For the second go-round, about 100 hopeful intellectuals of all ages arranged themselves into teams to match their knowledge on all subjects and their powers of rapid recall. 

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Cornwall

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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CCS board has questions on regional budget vote

What if?
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — The ongoing disputes and discussion of proposed pay raises and contract extensions for Region One School District administrators is trickling down to town boards of education.
The Cornwall board discussed the proposed 2 percent pay raises at its meeting Tuesday, April 17. The regional education budget is included in each town’s education budget. The board discussed what could happen if voters decide to send a message to the regional school district and its board by voting down the budget in the referendum May 8,

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Hams and pocket parks are coming to town

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CORNWALL — Pocket parks are a new trend in town. It’s essentially a new name for an existing concept that happens more by chance than design, of tiny green spots perfect for a park bench.
In West Cornwall, next to the Covered Bridge, an existing informal park is getting a rehab after the rebuilding of the Lower River Road bridge. Funds from the town budget’s tree warden line item will be used for new plantings there.

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Tight race looms for Congressional seat

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CORNWALL — It’s shaping up to be a close race for the 5th District U.S. Congressional seat. Four Democrats are now in the running for the seat soon to be vacated by Democrat Chris Murphy, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat of retiring incumbent Independent Joseph Lieberman.

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