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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

Low drama at Town Hall

Grumbling Gryphons Theater Arts campers performed “Saint George and the Dragon: A Midsummers’ Revel!” last Saturday on the Town Hall stage. They were accompanied by Sirius Coyote and Matica Circus artists.

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The secret history of Cornwall’s near neighbor

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CORNWALL — As part of a Getting to Know Our Neighbors program, the Cornwall Association and the Cornwall Historical Society presented a talk on Saturday, Aug. 13, with Liz Shapiro, executive director of the Sharon Historical Society.
David Cadwell, president of The Cornwall Association, introduced her, and noted that there is a special relationship between Sharon and Cornwall: A small part of Sharon is actually served by the West Cornwall post office (those Sharon residents who have West Cornwall mailing addresses still pay taxes to Sharon) and use the 672 Cornwall telephone exchange.

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Algrant show raises $14,000; funds will help fire volunteers

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CORNWALL — The 52nd annual Rose Algrant Show, held last Friday and Saturday, was yet another artfest full of unique creativity.
Friday’s opening reception featured Zejke Hermann carving an angel from a 350-pound block of ice.
Inside the Cornwall Consolidated School gym, dozens of Cornwall artists came together to demonstrate what a talented community this is. Classic oil paintings were there next to humorous photography, kinetic sculpture next to fabric crafts and pottery, paper flower arrangements next to felted chipmunks.

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New rule for P&Z meetings: Commissioners must attend

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CORNWALL — An unusual amendment to its bylaw was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) at a meeting earlier this summer.
After numerous discussions about meeting attendance, committee members voted to add the requirement that members attend at least half of the meetings held during each year. Anyone who violates the regulation will be asked to resign.
Chairman Pat Hare noted that P&Z members are elected, and therefore cannot be ordered to vacate a seat.

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Parked cars? Railroad responds

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CORNWALL — Complaints about a large number of rail cars parked for an extended period on a siding south of the center of Cornwall Bridge prompted a letter to the Housatonic Railroad Company from the Board of Selectmen.
The selectmen said they hoped not only to get answers to the immediate concern, but also open up better communications with the railroad. The letter to President John Hanlon was answered by Colin Pease, vice president of special projects.

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Renaissance in store for historic Stony Batter Farm

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CORNWALL — The recent sale of Stony Batter Farm, and the new owners’ stated intention to preserve the historic homestead on Whitcomb Hill, was good news in and of itself.
Even better news has followed: New owners Hamilton South and Manuel Bellod, longtime weekenders from New York City, just purchased an adjoining 77 acres and two houses, and are essentially reassembling the original farm.
The main residence there dates back to the late 18th century, but the farm has been there since the 1700s. The adjacent parcel includes the stables that were once an integral part of the farm.

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Cornwall Candidates for 2011 Elections

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Prud’homme veteran exhibitor at annual Rose Algrant Show

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CORNWALL – “A long time,” is Erica (Child) Prud’homme’s best offhand guess as to how many years she has exhibited in the Rose Algrant Show, Cornwall’s annual August art exhibition.
“I knew Rose, and loved her,” Prud’homme said of the woman who held regular gatherings at her Cornwall home that became a sort of enclave for local artists. The dogs sketched by Cornwall residents James Thurber and Marc Simont were often modeled on the Great Pyrenees that Algrant raised.

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Author will discuss dark secrets hidden in archives

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CORNWALL — The moment Susan Reverby laid eyes on the research documents, she knew she had found something hidden in plain sight.
“I was floored. This was something no one was looking for,” she told The Lakeville Journal, recalling a visit to the library at the University of Pittsburgh in early 2010.
A professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College, and obsessive about finding original documents, Reverby was tying up loose ends for her book, “Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and its Legacy.”

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Milkhouse and more at Rose Algrant Show, Aug. 5 and 6

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CORNWALL — A pottery vase full of textures and asymmetry, achieved through manipulation of clay and glaze is a unique and elegant piece on a showroom shelf at Milkhouse Pottery.
“I worked a long time to make it look spontaneous,” Susan Fox said.
Next to it, a more traditional pedestal cake plate has wedges marked off in the glaze, as a guide for cutting slices. Fox calls it “bossy.”
Forty years of experience and experimentation, combined with a lively sense of humor give Fox’s creations a sense of diversity, melding the classic with fresh ideas.

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