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CORNWALL — Historian Peter Vermilyea is exploring the questions of how people vote and why they so often don’t, in a six-part series of classes at the Cornwall Library on the U.S. Constitution and the right to vote. 

Vermilyea is an award-winning teacher now in his 25th year at HVRHS.

In the first class, held on Monday, Oct. 28, he explored the reasons why people choose not to vote.

His engaged and attentive audience offered their own theories, including, “They think their vote doesn’t count,” “There’s not enough...

Cornwall

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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Cornwall Republicans prepare for primary

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It’s a Democratic town. Just look at the leadership, the active Democratic Town Committee, the bumper stickers and the lawn signs that pop up just before elections.
This story, however, is about Republicans, and what is, for now, a small faction of the 186 registered with that Grand Old Party.

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Shays (Betsi, that is) wows audience at Republican meeting

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CORNWALL — The revitalized Republican Town Committee (RTC) is promising to keep the public informed on the candidates and the issues.
At their April 10 meeting however, the guest political speaker started out by saying she was absolutely not going to talk issues. The RTC had hoped to get U.S. Senate-hopeful Chris Shays. He was due elsewhere, but his wife agreed to come instead.

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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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