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CORNWALL — Bolstered by the outcome of the recent town meeting on septic planning for West Cornwall, the selectmen are proceeding with seeking grant funding, as discussed at their meeting on Tuesday, Aug.6.

Terming the vote “decisive,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway thanked residents for turning out and voting at the recent town meeting.

“The town now has a mandate to proceed with the next steps of the Cornwall community wastewater system,” he said.

He added that the next step will be to pursue funding through the U.S. Department of...

Cornwall

Shopping in Cornwall is a moveable feast

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CORNWALL — As always during the holiday season, there are plentiful local shopping options — including many that feature made in the U.S. and made in the Northwest Corner items.
The Wandering Moose Café & Catering Company, next to the Covered Bridge, is a West Cornwall landmark. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Aside from holiday dining (it’s always a treat to go out at this cooking-intensive time of year), gift certificates are available.

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Cornwall artist is Chabad Man of Year

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CORNWALL — Harvey Offenhartz has been named the Chabad Lubavitch Man of the Year.
He is best known as an abstract artist and through his numerous exhibits in this area and New York City.
Offenhartz has quietly supported the expansion of Chabad into all of Litchfield County. The Jewish, community-service oriented organization celebrated its 15 years here at its annual Community Awards Dinner held in Waterbury on Dec. 4.
Offenhartz modestly told The Journal, in an interview the week before the ceremony, that he was surprised and not really sure why he won the award.

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Walk-a-thon tallied nearly $10k this year

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CORNWALL — The final numbers are in. The giant checks have been handed over. The official total raised in the ninth annual Cornwall Consolidated School Walk-a-thon (held Oct. 14) is $9,900.
That includes pledges raised by walkers, T-shirt sales and a “secret donor” who has made a wonderful habit of offering matching funds as inspiration. The donation this year was $1,500.

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Seuss on the loose

Tiny Who’s from Who-ville, Horton, the Grinch and lots of crazy characters came to life in “Seussical Jr.,” performed on the Cornwall Consolidated School stage this past weekend, with a cast comprised of about half of the middle school students. The plot draws from 10 Dr. Seuss books. The Cat in the Hat was the emcee, and plot protagonist. The school’s version featured a cameo appearance by Principal Michael Croft as the Grinch.

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Happy ending after bridge disaster

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CORNWALL — Thanksgiving came early to Cornwall — not in the form of turkey in the oven but as a bridge over a brook.
An official opening of the new Lower River Road bridge over Mill Brook was arranged for Nov. 22 at noon, the last day the crew from Mohawk Northeast Inc. would be on site. They took a break from installing specially designed timber railings to receive appreciative words from First Selectman Gordon Ridgway.

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Cats all sold at Guild, more on the way

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WEST CORNWALL — Where have all the cats gone?

To good homes. A sale on cats at the Little Guild animal shelter worked out better than anyone had hoped.

At this time of year, shelters see an influx of strays rescued from the cold. Already at capacity, the Little Guild staff aimed to make room by participating for the first time in “$5 Felines,” a nationwide promotion by the Best Friends Animal Society.

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Cornwall entertainers show their best at annual show

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CORNWALL — This town couldn’t put on a bad talent show even if it tried. Cornwall is just too full of talent.
The 14th annual Cornwall Talent Show, to benefit the Cornwall Library is now a day-after-Thanksgiving tradition that packs the UUC church. Folks who felt they ate too much turkey and pie could come and laugh and clap away the calories.
Library board president and show producer Barton Jones kicked off the show with a welcome announcement: He would no longer shamelessly promote the annual Woman’s Society rummage sale by wearing the great $2 sports coat he’d picked up there.

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Revaluation process explained during workshop

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This story was printed in two parts. The first part appeared in the issue of Nov. 24.
CORNWALL — About two dozen people attended a revaluation workshop at Town Hall Saturday morning, Nov. 12. It was the second opportunity for Assessor Barbara Bigos to help people understand how their property is assigned a value to be taxed.

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School enjoys its ‘gift of extra time’

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CORNWALL — Slowing things down, finding new ways to encourage good behavior and understanding goals at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) were among the issues discussed at the Nov. 15 school board meeting.
“A gift of extra time,” was how kindergarten teacher Candise Stiewing described an extra hour added to the half-day program at the beginning of the school year.
“We really have been able to slow the flow and make the classroom more relaxing,” Stiewing said.

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Esty promises to bring the people’s voice to D.C.

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CORNWALL — Northwest Corner Democrats got a look at a candidate for the seat of Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5) on Monday evening, Nov. 21, as Elizabeth Esty of Cheshire spoke at the Cornwall Free Library.
Esty spoke off the cuff for about 30 minutes and took questions afterward.
She began with some family lore. The day her mother was born in 1933, her grandfather lost his bank job, Esty recounted. For two weeks he got up, dressed and left the house before the reality set in.
“He was embarrassed and ashamed,” said Esty. “And he shouldn’t have been.”

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