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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

Mohawk Madness

There’s no mistaking “Jake and Elwood Blues” among the characters who made Mohawk Madness on March 10 a madcap ski outing in Cornwall.

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Library will celebrate local artist, author Marc Simont

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Library will celebrate Marc Simont, a Cornwall artist and writer, with an exhibition of his work on Saturday, March 17.
He has illustrated more than 100 children’s books; written and illustrated 11 of his own books; published humorous sports-related illustrations for national magazines and political cartoons in The Lakeville Journal; and drawn hundreds of portraits and caricatures.

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Rags, paper cups and volunteer spirit

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CORNWALL — Volunteers for the town’s inaugural Civilian Emergency Response Team (CERT) are well into a seven-week training course.
The team is made up of many of the same people who regularly look for ways to help their neighbors when the going gets rough.

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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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