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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...

Cornwall

In lean times, finding new funding for town projects

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CORNWALL — A reissuing of the town’s only outstanding bond, to raise funds for the school expansion completed in 2005, was approved by the Board of Selectmen. It will trim annual interest payments by about $10,000.
The town is about seven years into the 20 year financing, paying about 4 percent in interest, according to the selectmen. The reissue would reduce it by about 1 percent.
Annual interest payments drop about $4,000 per year, with $72,000 due this year.

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Auction aids the Cornwall Child Center

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CORNWALL — The Winter Social March 3 was the perfect chance to dream of (even) warmer days to come, with an opportunity to bid for stays at vacation homes around the world.
It was also a chance to raise money for the Cornwall Child Center. It was a new twist on the traditional auction and last year’s popular wine tasting. About 90 people set the West Cornwall Railroad Station buzzing for the evening.

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Mardi Gras project

A Shrove Tuesday pancake supper held Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the UCC Parish House, marked a traditional Christian supper the night before Lent begins. The blonde girl making Mardi Gras masks at left in the photo is Eliza Tyson.

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Should the town buy Colby land?

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CORNWALL — A piece of land deemed highly valuable to the town for its location has been offered for sale.
The parcel is about 38 acres off Route 128, between the West Cornwall Firehouse and the town sand and gravel pit, and across from Cornwall Consolidated School.
Owner William Colby of Goshen inherited the land from his father about five years ago. Some gravel mining was done there, with limits placed on how much could be removed annually.
With a party interested in buying the property, Colby has offered the town the right of first refusal. A price has not yet been discussed.

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Finding time for all the many parts of a school day

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CORNWALL — How much homework is appropriate, how much time is needed for lunch, and when is the number of students in a classroom too small?
These are all issues with which the Board of Education is grappling.
Classes with as few as seven or eight students become a problem for socialization, Principal Michael Croft told board members at the Feb. 21 meeting. With overall enrollment expected to continue to drop, Croft termed it the biggest current need at Cornwall Consolidated School.

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Seed of an idea for a greenhouse at CCS is planted

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CORNWALL — A greenhouse at Cornwall Consolidated School would seem just the thing. This is, after all, a town that promotes green energy and sustainability.
The school has been offered a donation of a used greenhouse. School board members and staff think the addition is a great idea. They need to move quickly, but are cautious about the potential for hidden costs and drawbacks.

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In a mild winter, trading tree stumps for snow

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CORNWALL — Stump grinding traded for snow plowing. It’s been that kind of a winter. For anyone dealing with a town snow removal budget, it’s all good.
Before the light snow late last week, only about $16,500 of Cornwall’s $75,000 snow budget had been spent, it was reported at the Feb. 21 Board of Selectmen’s meeting. Most of that was spent on road salt, but there was still a pretty good-sized pile of that left.
The board approved transferring and spending $10,000 of that line item on the removal of a portion of a very large pile of tree stumps and logs from the town gravel pit.

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Towns anxious about revenues

Officials fear governor’s plans could backfire
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CORNWALL — A legislative breakfast at the Wandering Moose Cafe Feb. 23 offered a cozy setting over coffee, but the struggle in Hartford a few weeks into the latest legislative session had a chilling effect on a small gathering of legislators, town and regional planning officials and the press.
There was a marked difference in the tone from breakfasts held in previous years. The focus is always on a list of issues that will affect towns here, typically driven by unfunded mandates and cuts in state aid.

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Writing a future for herself as an author

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CORNWALL — Anna D’Alvia wants to be a writer when she grows up. But it seems that it’s not going to work out the way she planned. It turns out she’s well ahead of schedule. She’s a writer now, and has already won prizes for two submissions to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
The eighth-grader at Cornwall Consolidated School placed in the Northeast Regional Competition. She earned a Silver Key Award for poetry and a Gold Key Award for a short story in the “flash fiction” category. The latter will be judged along with Gold Key Award winners nationwide.

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Vacation delights in CCC auction

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CORNWALL — In need of a getaway? Looking for a unique trip without having to consider a lot of options? Some very enticing choices have been added to the list of items up for auction at the Cornwall Child Center Wine Social and Vacation Home Auction, March 3, 6 to 9 p.m. at the West Cornwall Railroad Station.

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