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CORNWALL BRIDGE — Housatonic River Outfitters  (HRO) has gift options ranging from the stocking stuffer to complete Euro-nymphing outfits for the fly-fisherman on your list.

HRO’s Holly Jones-Tufts sportingly modeled a gizmo that attaches to the belt and holds the angler’s rod while he (or she) is changing flies or tippets ($24.99), thus eliminating the traditional “tuck the rod under the arm and get stuck in the bushes” approach. There are also handy little patches to hold flies; they attach to the brim of a cap ($8.39).

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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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Paddling all around

Jenifer Clarke of Clarke Outdoors donated a retired canoe to the Cornwall Child Care for the playground. Children can now enjoy a daily “boat ride.”

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It’s artists Olsen and Olsen at the Spotted Dog Gallery

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CORNWALL — They take life as it comes. They let the joy of being immersed in creativity overshadow their struggles with ill health. Marilyn and Ed Olsen are keeping it real.
Their Spotted Dog Gallery is part of their Cornwall Bridge home of seven years, a secluded log cabin (designed by their architect son) at the end of Applewood Lane. It was one of the stops on the recent open studio tour of artists’ workspaces held earlier this month.
There’s a pond with a fountain. Marilyn Olsen said deer stop, as if posing, in front of the picture window above her worktable.

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A man for all ailments: Dr. Bradford Walker

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CORNWALL — He was without a doubt an accomplished man: a hospital chief of staff, a local health officer and medical examiner, a fellow of the American College of Physicians and president of the Connecticut Medical Society.
But what made Dr. Bradford “Brad” Walker a great man was the care he gave to generations of Cornwall residents for more than 55 years, from the moment he delivered them at birth.
Even his imperfections just made him more real and approachable.

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Caps-and-gowns event concludes school year at CCS

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CORNWALL — Ian Ridgway, a student speaker at the June 15 eighth-grade promotion ceremony for the class of 2011, compared his nine years at Cornwall Consolidated School to a Major League baseball career.
He talked about each grade as a baseball season. His teachers were his coaches. He spoke of how he and his classmates learned to play as a team.
He recalled his first day of kindergarten with diminutive teacher Darleene Wadhams.
“I will always remember thinking, ‘Coach Wadhams, how did you get to be so tall?’” Ian said.

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