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CORNWALL — The state’s hatchery trucks delivered some 9,000 brown and rainbow trout to the Housatonic Trout Management Area early last week.

On Friday, Sept. 13, I ventured into the river on the River Road side in Cornwall around noon, thinking I’d while away a couple of hours catching silly stocked trout.

It would make a nice change of pace from floating around a lake bothering bass.

Some six hours later, I staggered out with a sore shoulder after catching at least 70 trout, plus the odd small-mouth bass and whitefish.

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Cornwall

Trying to find lost days on school calendar

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CORNWALL — School may have been closed for the week following the Oct. 29 storm, but Cornwall Consolidated School remained a busy place.
The entire town was without power at one point — the majority was out for days. The last restoration was reportedly at about noon on Nov. 4. The school shelter, running on generator power, was open from Saturday night through Friday morning. Cold and the lack of water and cooking capability brought as many as a dozen people to seek shelter overnight, and up to two dozen for hot lunches. About 12 volunteers helped out.

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Not just a new bridge; a near miracle, too

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CORNWALL — As promised, the new Lower River Road bridge opened before Thanksgiving, allowing, after 12 long weeks, vehicle access for residents of four homes on the dead-end street.
Final paving was done Nov. 17. The bridge was officially opened Nov. 18.
It remains a single-lane span, although it is longer than the one that was destroyed Aug. 28. Hurricane Irene may have been downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit northern Connecticut, but massive quantities of rain runoff turned Mill Brook into a raging torrent filled with debris.

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Cats for sale at Little Guild

CORNWALL — The Little Guild is taking part this month in $5 Felines, a nationwide promotion by the Best Friends Animal Society.
All cats are only $5 between Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 (excluding Monday and Tuesday), noon to 4 p.m. All are invited to come and meet the adoptable cats and kittens. The staff can answer questions about the cats’ personalities and can point out any special needs they might have.

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Five arrested for poaching

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CORNWALL — Five men from southeastern Connecticut were arrested in Cornwall on Nov. 16 after state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation (EnCon) police discovered them illegally hunting for deer on private land without the owner’s permission.
The men were also in violation of hunting regulations, including using rifles that are illegal to possess or use for hunting in the state.

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Little Guild special: All cats must go

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CORNWALL — The Little Guild is having a clearance sale. All cats must go.
If that sounds inhumane, nothing could be further from the truth. The cat and dog rescue shelter is already over its ideal capacity for felines, and this is the time of year when demand is high for a warm place for strays. And amend that to say: All cats will only be given to a good home.

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Lower property values could lead to higher taxes

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CORNWALL — In the coming months, the town will be looking at budgets for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2012. The effect of the revaluation of taxable properties will weigh heavily into the equation.
In the annual town report, published late last month and reviewed at the Oct. 28 annual town meeting, the assessor reports a “modest resurgence” of building permits and property sales.

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Retired model builder Guerin now has time on his hands

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CORNWALL ­­— A recent vacation trip to one of the most scenic places on earth was more of a busman’s holiday for clock expert Russell Guerin.
On Campobello Island, in New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy, he and his wife, Molly Hinchman, stayed at a hotel that was once Franklin Roosevelt’s summer home. It is now part of Roosevelt-Campobello International Park, administered by both Canada and the United States.
Among its period decor is a Seth Thomas clock, a No. 1 parlor clock made by the Thomaston, Conn., company in 1902. It hangs on the kitchen wall.

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Dirt roads, detailed funding queries at town meeting

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CORNWALL — A small, but engaged crowd of 25 attended the annual town meeting at Town Hall Oct. 28. Coverage of the portion of the meeting devoted to the bridge repairs was published in the Nov. 3 Lakeville Journal, but of course other important work was accomplished as well.
There was little comment on the main order of business, a review of the town report, except for an impression offered by First Selectman Gordon Ridgway.
“I think it shows a pretty healthy level of involvement in the town’s running,” Ridgway said.

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Residents cope with post-storm cleanup

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CORNWALL — Residents and business owners were experiencing the usual power outages following Saturday’s storm — and expecting to be among the last to be restored. A lot of trees were down on wires.
At press time Tuesday afternoon, CL&P was reporting 99 percent of customers in town were without power.
At mid-morning, a mass notification was sent out from the Cornwall Fire and Emergency Management departments by email, text and landline. Residents were advised that a shelter was open at Cornwall Consolidated School for “heat, food, device charging and rest.”

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Committee on Aging to expand

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CORNWALL — A small, but engaged crowd of 25 attended the annual town meeting at Town Hall Oct. 28.
There was little comment on the main order of business, a review of the Town Report, except for an impression offered by First Selectman Gordon Ridgway.
“I think it shows a pretty healthy level of involvement in the town’s running,” Ridgway said.
His point was illustrated by an agenda item to expand the Committee on Aging from five to seven members. The committee was recently re-established, with substantial interest, and a sixth person is anxious to help.

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