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CORNWALL — Early in the telecommunications forum that drew 75 area residents to Cornwall Town Hall on Thursday, July 11, it was announced that a number of microcell units have been attached to utility poles in town without required notice to the town.

First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said the town is working on finding out to whom the microcells belong and what company they are connected to, or who installed them. 

He said he is working with state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64), who was an invited member of the forum panel, and that together they would determine an answer...

Cornwall

After all that, the cell tower still hasn’t been built

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CORNWALL — The cellular communications tower planned for Bell Road Extension, on property high above Popple Swamp Road and Route 4, received approval from the state Siting Council more than 15 months ago.
So why has construction not started yet?
Verizon Wireless recently applied for and received an 18-month extension, according to Kenneth Baldwin, the attorney representing Verizon (Cellco Partnership).

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Cornwall Child Center plans winter social, auction

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CORNWALL — Ready for something a little different? This year’s Cornwall Child Center fundraiser will be a Winter Social and Vacation Home Auction on March 3, 6 to 9 p.m., at the West Cornwall Railroad Station.
The Board of Directors, which organizes fundraising for the nonprofit center, looks carefully at new approaches. Among the directors is Karolene Carlson, who has learned from experience that shaking things up can often prove very successful. The key may be in knowing the degree of change to make.

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Where’s Chiapas? I know, I know

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CORNWALL — Chiapas, site of several Mayan ruins, is the southernmost state in what country?
Jamie Murphy knows. And that knowledge won him first place in the Cornwall Consolidated School Geography Bee.
The competition was stiff. It took an overtime championship tiebreaker round for Jamie to best second-place finisher Malcolm Scott. The third-place competitor was Eliana Calhoun.

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Who may serve on boards?

Out-of-towners, family members seek to volunteer
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CORNWALL — The selectmen are chipping away at a list of vacancies on town boards and commissions.
An appeal for volunteers interested in a dozen available spots went out earlier this month. Nearly that many letters of interest were received. But it’s not that easy to fill them.
The Inland Wetlands and Water Courses Agency was popular. Three people volunteered to fill two alternate seats.

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School budget planning begins

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CORNWALL — The Board of Education is expecting a relatively quiet budget planning season. A workshop has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. (the public is always invited to all board meetings) and details will no doubt be reviewed at the regular Feb. 21 meeting.
A draft proposal for a 2012-13 spending plan for Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) is due to be presented to the Board of Finance March 8.
Principal Michael Croft said at the Jan. 17 Board of Education meeting he has two budgeting priorities for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

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Cavanaugh raises funds for Special Olympics

Warm heart, cold water
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CORNWALL — A little cold water doesn’t scare Julie Cavanaugh. Make that a lot of icy water.
On Feb. 4, she plans to jump into Highland Lake in Winsted as part of the Penguin Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics held across the colder parts of the country each winter.
Cavanaugh lives in Cornwall Bridge. She competes in swimming on a local team, and in the Special Olympics in cross-country skiing, track and field, bowling and, you guessed it, swimming.

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Finding common ground as brook scours walls, yards

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CORNWALL — “As bad as it’s ever been.” More than one person used almost those exact words to describe the recent destruction along Mill Brook where it courses through the center of West Cornwall.
Attention has focused on the effects of Tropical Storm Irene in August, and the amazingly fast replacement of the Lower River Road bridge at the confluence of the brook and the Housatonic River.

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Town shapes budget meeting calendar for fiscal year 2013

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CORNWALL — A spending plan for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013) is being devised by town boards.
The Board of Selectmen (BOS) will write a proposed budget that includes salaries and expenses for operating, maintaining and improving the varied aspects of the town, including town offices and buildings, boards and commissions, recreational and other properties, highway department and emergency services, and support for area wide services.
The Board of Education (BOE) is charged with meeting all expenses of Cornwall Consolidated School.

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Town seeks competitive energy grant

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CORNWALL — The Board of Selectmen voted Jan. 11 to invest more energy in seeking energy project funding. They will apply for a state Municipal Quickspend Energy Efficiency Program grant.
Emailed applications are due Jan. 20. The offer is open to 142 Connecticut towns not eligible for direct grants from the U. S. Department of Energy. It may be stiff competition for the $300,000 in leftover funds allocated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus funds), but the state is looking for projects that can be completed quickly.

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Fly ball

Cornwall Consolidated School’s Cian Kalmes, number 35, and Malcom Scott, number 10, had their eyes on the ball in the basketball game at North Canaan Elementary School, on Thursday, Jan.12. Cornwall won 65-58 in overtime.

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