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CORNWALL — Nearly 50 residents turned out for a public hearing on the amended 2020 Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) on Tuesday, Nov. 12, expressing general satisfaction with the final plan.

Many months of meetings on the part of four Planning and Zoning (P&Z) subcommittees resulted in a comprehensive planning tool that drew praise from residents. After recording a few final tweaks to the document, the P&Z voted unanimously to submit the completed plan to the state as required by General Statute.

The POCD will remain in effect until 2030. It will be...

Cornwall

School budget planning begins

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — The Board of Education is expecting a relatively quiet budget planning season. A workshop has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. (the public is always invited to all board meetings) and details will no doubt be reviewed at the regular Feb. 21 meeting.
A draft proposal for a 2012-13 spending plan for Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) is due to be presented to the Board of Finance March 8.
Principal Michael Croft said at the Jan. 17 Board of Education meeting he has two budgeting priorities for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

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Cavanaugh raises funds for Special Olympics

Warm heart, cold water
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — A little cold water doesn’t scare Julie Cavanaugh. Make that a lot of icy water.
On Feb. 4, she plans to jump into Highland Lake in Winsted as part of the Penguin Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics held across the colder parts of the country each winter.
Cavanaugh lives in Cornwall Bridge. She competes in swimming on a local team, and in the Special Olympics in cross-country skiing, track and field, bowling and, you guessed it, swimming.

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Finding common ground as brook scours walls, yards

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CORNWALL — “As bad as it’s ever been.” More than one person used almost those exact words to describe the recent destruction along Mill Brook where it courses through the center of West Cornwall.
Attention has focused on the effects of Tropical Storm Irene in August, and the amazingly fast replacement of the Lower River Road bridge at the confluence of the brook and the Housatonic River.

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Town shapes budget meeting calendar for fiscal year 2013

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — A spending plan for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013) is being devised by town boards.
The Board of Selectmen (BOS) will write a proposed budget that includes salaries and expenses for operating, maintaining and improving the varied aspects of the town, including town offices and buildings, boards and commissions, recreational and other properties, highway department and emergency services, and support for area wide services.
The Board of Education (BOE) is charged with meeting all expenses of Cornwall Consolidated School.

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Town seeks competitive energy grant

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CORNWALL — The Board of Selectmen voted Jan. 11 to invest more energy in seeking energy project funding. They will apply for a state Municipal Quickspend Energy Efficiency Program grant.
Emailed applications are due Jan. 20. The offer is open to 142 Connecticut towns not eligible for direct grants from the U. S. Department of Energy. It may be stiff competition for the $300,000 in leftover funds allocated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus funds), but the state is looking for projects that can be completed quickly.

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Fly ball

Cornwall Consolidated School’s Cian Kalmes, number 35, and Malcom Scott, number 10, had their eyes on the ball in the basketball game at North Canaan Elementary School, on Thursday, Jan.12. Cornwall won 65-58 in overtime.

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Winter parking ban outlined

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CORNWALL — A parking ban was put in place last week by the Board of Selectmen, effective around the clock through March 30.
The restriction for vehicles parked on or close to town roads is routinely issued for the winter months to allow the highway department to keep roads clear of snow. There has been only one plow event so far this season, but winter’s fury is bound to hit later, if not sooner.

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Finding a way to match surplus meds with vets in need

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CORNWALL— Every year, 200 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste is generated in the United States. At the same time, 35 million Americans and 1.5 million military veterans do not have prescription drug benefits.
“It is both a serious health issue and a serious environmental issue,” said Janet Carlson, CEO of One Eleven Software and a resident of West Cornwall.

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Town saved on snowplowing, spent on firetrucks

Budget planning for 2012
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — The Jan. 3 selectmen’s meeting offered a particularly short agenda, with one main item: setting dates for budget workshops.
Fiscal year 2012-13, which begins July 1, is already shaping up to be a year with some challenges along with the usual unknowns.
The Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department will not be able to stay within its operating budget for the current year. First Selectman and volunteer firefighter Gordon Ridgway said the main problem is that there has been an unusually high number of repairs to the firetrucks.

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An Egyptian in America muses on the future of his country

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CORNWALL — Mohamed Elserafy is not into politics.
But it’s difficult for him to not get into it when talking about the past year in Egypt. He may have spent half of his 19 years here in the United States, but his heart belongs to the country where his parents were born and where all but his immediate family remains.

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