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CORNWALL — The Board of Selectmen discusssed the framework for the upcoming forum on telecommunications, at their meeting on Tuesday, July 2.

Terming it “an initial conversation,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway described plans for the forum, which is scheduled for Thursday, July 11, at Cornwall Town Hall at 7 p.m. 

While the focus will be on Cornwall, the panel will address issues facing towns throughout the area. For that reason, residents from surrounding towns are invited to attend.

Members of the panel will be state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64)...

Cornwall

No check yet for Rumsey demolition

Lawsuit filed
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CORNWALL — It’s been a year since the town loaned about $50,000 toward the demolition of Rumsey Hall in the village.
The former school building had been condemned, but owner Andrew Hingson could not afford to pay to comply with the building official’s order to have the crumbling structure torn down.
Town officials agreed to provide a loan, at 18 percent, on the condition that mortgage holder JP Morgan Chase would guarantee repayment. Despite repeated promises of a pending payment, the check is not yet in the mail.

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Trees trimmed, work on bridge begins

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CORNWALL — Work on the Lower River Road bridge replacement began this week. On Monday, Mohawk Northeast Inc. was moving equipment in to the site.
Per its winning bid, the contractor estimates it will finish an improved version of the one-lane bridge by Nov. 14, well before the town engineer’s estimate of Dec. 10.
The bridge was partially destroyed Aug. 28 by Tropical Storm Irene. It was determined that substantial footings should be part of a new bridge, which will be 9 feet longer.

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Town in a race to recycle e-waste

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ORNWALL — Wanted: good trash.
Make that e-waste; and good, bad or otherwise, it doesn’t matter.
The Cornwall Transfer Station is in the running for a $3,000 scholarship and transfer station makeover through WeRecycle!, one of a handful of Connecticut companies that recycles e-waste.
More than 85 towns are competing to see who can collect the most electronic equipment, from televisions to computer mice, between Oct. 1 and Nov. 8. Weight divided by the number of residents will determine the winner, which will be announced on America Recycles Day (Nov. 15).

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CCS walkathon 2011

Walking for a cure for MS
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CORNWALL — Students at Cornwall Consolidated School saw the democratic process in action as they voted on who will be the recipients of funds raised at the walkathon, planned for Oct. 14.
The annual fundraiser has become a highly successful way for students to raise money toward their eighth-grade class trip. And some money is always given to deserving organizations within the community and beyond.
The walkathon was started nine years ago as a way to eliminate the succession of fundraisers needed to fund the trip, which was often a tedious, time-consuming approach.

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Bridge estimate: faster, cheaper than expected

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CORNWALL — Fewer than two dozen people came to a special town meeting Saturday evening (Oct. 8) at Cornwall Consolidated School, where a plan to replace the Lower River Road bridge took the final step needed for construction to begin.
The single-lane bridge over Mill Brook, at its confluence with the Housatonic River just upstream of the Covered Bridge, was partially destroyed on Aug. 28 by Tropical Storm Irene.

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Members sought for new EDC

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CORNWALL — An Economic Development Commission (EDC) was officially established at a town meeting Oct. 8.
The proposal came from the economic study group that met this past spring, as a need identified by the revised Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
The EDC will be an advisory group, with nine members appointed by the selectmen to serve alternating three-year terms.
A member of the Board of Selectmen will serve as an ex-officio member.

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Beloved tree creates new benchmark

CORNWALL — A maple bench, installed on Monday, Oct. 3, in the Cornwall Consolidated School lobby, was designed and built by John Ward. It is tied to the ongoing history of the school.
In 1939, C. Whittlesey Hart deeded to the town 4.5 acres of the southeast corner of Cherry Hill Farm, bordering both Route 128 and Cream Hill Road. The town had previously voted to consolidate various school districts into one facility.

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For BOE, the ‘Macarena’ and seeking shelter from the storm

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CORNWALL — The new school year at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) has commenced, with a new principal, new goals and a lot of ongoing building projects, as reported at a Sept. 20 meeting of the Board of Education.
Enrollment is at 106 students, down from 114 last year.
New Principal Michael Croft spoke about the Aug. 27 fire at the school, just two days before school was to begin. But it was Tropical Storm Irene that delayed school for a day, not the fire; credit was given to the able response of the area’s volunteer firefighters.

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Bridge’s due date is Dec. 10

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CORNWALL — Planning efforts to replace a town bridge continued last week at a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen, where an agenda for the Oct. 8 special town meeting was approved.
The goal is to quickly replace the Lower River Road bridge over Mill Brook; the bridge was destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene. As of the meeting on the morning of Sept. 28, the tight schedule remained on track (verified by a phone call during the meeting to consulting engineer David Battista).

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Sign of the times is not about modern times

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CORNWALL — An old-fashioned sign directing travelers to the oldest part of town is about to be replaced. The plan isn’t to make it bigger or better or simply more modern. Cornwall craftsman Zejke Hermann has been hired to replicate the sign.
Located at the corner of Route 128 and Town Street, it is these days more of historical than informational importance.
The selectmen approved the $875 cost at their Sept. 6 meeting. Hermann said this week he had received a down payment and was about to start work. Funding will come from a state grant.

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