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CORNWALL — Keeping on schedule with revisions to the town’s 10-year Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), a workshop meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) attracted 50 residents on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Town Hall.

The P&Z has set the date for a public hearing on the document for Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Town Hall at 7 p.m. Town residents can offer opinions and ask questions on the draft plan at that point. 

The POCD is a document that is required by the state and must be updated every 10 years. It forms the basis for town zoning...

Cornwall

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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‘War of Worlds’ dramatized

The Town Hall Players, posing after their curtain call March 24, presented the radio play “War of the Worlds.” The scene was set with the Town Hall theater mostly dark; actors ranged around the audience and flashlights were used to dramatically punctuate screams, sound effects and excerpts from the original Mercury Theatre on the Air production. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales was donated to the Cornwall Food and Fuel Bank.

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Nips, tucks, shifts as town seeks ways to pay bills

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CORNWALL — There are many pieces to the budget puzzle. What the Board of Finance will attempt to do at this point is get as clear a picture as possible of how the pieces will fit together as it works on a 2012-13 budget proposal. The goal, of course, is to cover expenses with revenues while assuring there are savings for planned (and unplanned) future expenses.
It will not be an easy year for budgeting. The grand list is down 13.5 percent after last year’s revaluation. That’s $61 million needed to make up at the current mill rate.

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Tribute to Marc Simont: The art of a life well-lived

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CORNWALL — Just past the appointed hour, Marc Simont made his entrance — certainly not contrived by him to be stylish — accompanied by his wife of 67 years, Bee, and his sister, Jenny Ireland. The Cornwall Library meeting room was packed. The room burst into applause.
Simont modestly accepted the accolades. An amazing career of roughly 75 years as an illustrator was what all had come to celebrate. But there was a much deeper tone to the reception. His admirers are also his friends, and the people with whom he has built a fine community.

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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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