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The iconic and historic Covered Bridge in West Cornwall was repaired a few months ago,and its aging floor boards replaced. The bridge is featured in Cornwall’s town report, which is available at Town Hall. The report was presented to and accepted by town residents, unanimously, at the annual town meeting on Nov. 16.

Cornwall

Good news: Cornwall underspent

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — Sure, blame the bad economy when there are town budget woes and tax increases. But who gets credit when the bottom line is solidly in the black, in spite of it all?
In Cornwall, it looks like a combination of careful planning and spending, energy conservation and good timing all account for a 2010-11 budget that came in about $276,000 lower than projected.
There were some line item overages here and there, but every department marked savings elsewhere that kept the bottom line in check.

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Now, that’s easy riding: three wheels instead of two

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — The generation that produced diehard motorcycle riders is aging, and getting to the point where waning strength, bum backs and bad knees are making riding anywhere from unpleasant to downright dangerous.
Count among that group Jim Batterton. He’s an enthusiast who has long built motorcycles at his Kent Road home. Now, with an artificial knee, a construction career over and a wife who refuses to ride with him since he dumped a bike in their driveway, he is turning to the option that is allowing many to pursue their riding passion: the trike.

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Road repaving projects to begin eek

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — Ah, summer. Swimming, picnics, road work. The latter may not be very welcome now, but it will be when next spring arrives.
Expected to begin this week is repaving of Cream Hill Road, from the school to the Cherry Hill Road intersection.
Popple Swamp Road and roads south of the center of Cornwall Bridge will be resurfaced in various ways — asphalt, chip seal and sand and oil — in August.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway reminds drivers to expect some delays and road closures, and to be cautious on newly resurfaced roads, especially those with a layer of sand.

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Beached

A recent quiet afternoon on Hammond Beach found training swim team member Elsie Moche with a sunny smile to match the day.

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Priced to sell

Jerry Blakey put the finishing touches on the men’s department displays at the Cornwall Woman’s Society Rummage Sale held last weekend at Mohawk Ski Area and two other locations. The crowds hit hard and heavy the next morning.

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Black Spruce Bog hike: like a trip back to prehistory

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CORNWALL — Hiking always demands some preparation:the right footwear, water, a map. A flashlight.
But one face of Mohawk Mountain has a section so unusual that it calls for preparations that are different, even unique.
It is an easy, mostly flat hike on a loop no more than a mile long. The only essential is that hikers do a little homework beforehand.
The Black Spruce Bog can only truly be appreciated when one knows its back story — which would be 10,000 years of history.

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Complaints made about parked rail cars

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CORNWALL — Rail cars parked on a siding for an extended period have prompted complaints from residents and a request for information on railroad operating procedures.
The Board of Selectmen discussed the matter at a July 6 meeting and agreed to send a letter to the Housatonic Railroad Company.
About two dozen rail cars had been parked for about two weeks on a siding south of the center of Cornwall Bridge, according to First Selectman Gordon Ridgway.

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July Fest is a hit

Folks in Cornwall often like to do things their own way. So while the rest of the nation was celebrating the Independence Day holiday over the weekend, Cornwall instead hosted its annual July Fest party on July 2, with a ball game, a bounce house and of course a cookout with summer foods.

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Croft now CCS principal

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CORNWALL — A new principal, Michael Croft of Washington, Conn., took over the reins at Cornwall Consolidated School on July 1.
The previous principal, Robert Vaughan, announced his resignation during his second year on the job. He said he had decided to retire to travel and visit family.
Croft began his teaching career in 2000 in Manchester, Conn. From 2002 until accepting the position at Cornwall, he worked in Washington, first at Shepaugh High School and since 2006 as a social studies teacher at Shepaug Middle School.

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CCS students learn they can make a difference

CORNWALL — The Roots & Shoots group, made up of 46 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from Cornwall Consolidated School, celebrated its eighth year of trying to make the world a better place by improving the environment, the animal and the human community in this educational program of the Jane Goodall Institute.

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