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CORNWALL — The Board of Selectmen discusssed the framework for the upcoming forum on telecommunications, at their meeting on Tuesday, July 2.

Terming it “an initial conversation,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway described plans for the forum, which is scheduled for Thursday, July 11, at Cornwall Town Hall at 7 p.m. 

While the focus will be on Cornwall, the panel will address issues facing towns throughout the area. For that reason, residents from surrounding towns are invited to attend.

Members of the panel will be state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64)...

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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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Winter parking ban outlined

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CORNWALL — A parking ban was put in place last week by the Board of Selectmen, effective around the clock through March 30.
The restriction for vehicles parked on or close to town roads is routinely issued for the winter months to allow the highway department to keep roads clear of snow. There has been only one plow event so far this season, but winter’s fury is bound to hit later, if not sooner.

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Finding a way to match surplus meds with vets in need

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CORNWALL— Every year, 200 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste is generated in the United States. At the same time, 35 million Americans and 1.5 million military veterans do not have prescription drug benefits.
“It is both a serious health issue and a serious environmental issue,” said Janet Carlson, CEO of One Eleven Software and a resident of West Cornwall.

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