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CORNWALL — After years of discussion about improvements to the area known as The Bend in the Housatonic River near Cornwall, a plan won unanimous approval from the Housatonic River Commission (HRC) at their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11. 

The meeting was held at the offices of the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) in Cornwall.

“We have been dealing with this for over a decade now,” said Bill Tingley, chair of the river commission. He noted that the River Commission has a strong interest what happens at the place where The Bend skirts the river,...

Cornwall

Tractor Mac and his Cornwall adventure

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CORNWALL —Tractor Mac, a favorite visitor to the Cornwall Farm Market, returned on Saturday, Aug. 27, with the ninth book in the series about his adventures.
Author and illustrator Billy Steers lives in Roxbury with his family. The adventures of Tractor Mac and his farm buddies are based on the bedtime stories he made up for his sons when they were little.
The first was published in 1999. Since then, he has added titles such as “Tractor Mac Builds a Barn” and “Tractor Mac Saves Christmas.”

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Rough road in planning repairs

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CORNWALL — Approval was given quickly at a town meeting Aug. 23 for the appropriation of funds toward a town road project. Nine people spent about the same number of minutes on an essentially noncontroversial project.
Two days later, though, that project was in jeopardy.
The $205,000 approved last week will be added to the pot of money already allocated toward an estimated $350,000 project for resurfacing, guardrails and drainage repairs along parts of Great Hollow and Great Hill roads.

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Fire at CCS — two days before first day of school

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CORNWALL — This was not a drill. And luckily, the school was not full of students to evacuate.

On Saturday morning, Aug. 27, less than 48 hours before the first day of the new school year, a fire broke out at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS).

Cornwall's volunteer firefighters and EMTs were dispatched to the school, at the intersection of Cream Hill Road and Route 128, at about 9:25 a.m. following a report of smoke in the building. They were soon joined by firefighters from Goshen and Falls Village, dispatched as mutual aid.

For vintage racer, it’s all about taking time to enjoy life

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CORNWALL — Jeff Jacobson of Cornwall is among those who believe vehicles — no matter how old or rare — should do what they were made to do. His pale green 1941 Ford pickup truck is his everyday ride. He restored it, keeps it in perfect condition, yet doesn’t hesitate to use it for chores such as hauling rocks.

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Plus and minus

Two old and dying trees at the front of Cornwall Consolidated School were cut down recently. The silver lining to losing the trees is a sunnier roof and greater potential for solar power.

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FOI ruling in favor of town on complaint by former foreman

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CORNWALL — A draft decision has been reached in the Freedom of Information (FOI) complaint made by former Highway Department Foreman Rick Stone against the Board of Selectmen.
Hours of testimony were collected at a May meeting in Hartford with FOI Hearing Officer Tracie Brown. Her conclusion was in favor of the board, citing only a failure by the board to be adequately descriptive about an executive session.

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Agreement allows Bate retirement

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CORNWALL — At a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Aug. 17, an agreement was reached with transfer station worker Fred Bate that he would retire from the job he has held for 11 years.
The purpose of the meeting was described as “job performance.” Bate elected to waive the option of it being held in an executive session, which would have been closed to the public and the press.
However, the only people at the public meeting were the board members and clerk Joyce Hart.

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More solar power for Cornwall

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CORNWALL — A multi-step application process for a free solar voltaic system installation has narrowed the field to four town-owned buildings.
The Board of Selectmen applied to DCS Energy for what would amount to reduced cost or even free power for those buildings.
The South Glastonbury-based company is offering free equipment and installation of 9kW systems for municipal and nonprofit buildings, and minimal leases for commercial properties. In exchange, DCS keeps the energy credits.

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An outburst of summer produce at Corny farm market

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CORNWALL — The blueberries were gone before noon. But there were still plenty of tomatoes in all sorts of colors, shapes and varieties, as well as a smorgasbord of other fresh vegetables.
Customers at the Stonewall Vegetables stand at the Cornwall Farm Market last Saturday were a typical mix of those looking for ingredients for a planned weekend meal, and those letting nature’s bounty guide them.

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Road work on Great Hill

Town meeting asks for an OK for stimulus funds
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CORNWALL — A town meeting to appropriate $205,000 toward a road improvement project will be held Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
The public will hear details of the project from Roger Kane, a Cornwall resident hired to oversee the Great Hollow and Great Hill roads project. The most important piece for most will be that the town expects to be reimbursed for all or nearly 100 percent of project costs.

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