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CORNWALL — Historian Peter Vermilyea is exploring the questions of how people vote and why they so often don’t, in a six-part series of classes at the Cornwall Library on the U.S. Constitution and the right to vote. 

Vermilyea is an award-winning teacher now in his 25th year at HVRHS.

In the first class, held on Monday, Oct. 28, he explored the reasons why people choose not to vote.

His engaged and attentive audience offered their own theories, including, “They think their vote doesn’t count,” “There’s not enough...

Cornwall

Angels we have heard on high

The community gathered Dec. 17 for the annual Christmas Pageant at the UCC Church of Christ. Caroling, shepherds, angels, the three kings and the Holy family created a magical recreation of that night in the stable.

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Three weeks late, Mohawk is open

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CORNWALL — The snow guns were turned off at Mohawk Mountain ski area Saturday, Dec. 17, after a frantic week spent getting the mountain ready to (finally) open for the season.
Four trails and three lifts opened at 8:30 a.m. , three weeks after the target opening date. Not a flake of snow was provided by Mother Nature for the slopes, but recent cold nights have allowed crews to lay down a good base, which was groomed to packed-powder perfection.

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Burst of sunflowers for Wounded Warriors

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CORNWALL — Finding the good in the world, and himself, is what drives artist Zejke Hermann’s work and life.
For several months now, Facebook “friends” of the man known by many as a talented ice sculptor, have been treated to updates and photos of a glorious sunflower painting he’s been making that is destined for a greater good.

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Shopping in Cornwall is a moveable feast

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CORNWALL — As always during the holiday season, there are plentiful local shopping options — including many that feature made in the U.S. and made in the Northwest Corner items.
The Wandering Moose Café & Catering Company, next to the Covered Bridge, is a West Cornwall landmark. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Aside from holiday dining (it’s always a treat to go out at this cooking-intensive time of year), gift certificates are available.

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Cornwall artist is Chabad Man of Year

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CORNWALL — Harvey Offenhartz has been named the Chabad Lubavitch Man of the Year.
He is best known as an abstract artist and through his numerous exhibits in this area and New York City.
Offenhartz has quietly supported the expansion of Chabad into all of Litchfield County. The Jewish, community-service oriented organization celebrated its 15 years here at its annual Community Awards Dinner held in Waterbury on Dec. 4.
Offenhartz modestly told The Journal, in an interview the week before the ceremony, that he was surprised and not really sure why he won the award.

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Walk-a-thon tallied nearly $10k this year

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CORNWALL — The final numbers are in. The giant checks have been handed over. The official total raised in the ninth annual Cornwall Consolidated School Walk-a-thon (held Oct. 14) is $9,900.
That includes pledges raised by walkers, T-shirt sales and a “secret donor” who has made a wonderful habit of offering matching funds as inspiration. The donation this year was $1,500.

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Seuss on the loose

Tiny Who’s from Who-ville, Horton, the Grinch and lots of crazy characters came to life in “Seussical Jr.,” performed on the Cornwall Consolidated School stage this past weekend, with a cast comprised of about half of the middle school students. The plot draws from 10 Dr. Seuss books. The Cat in the Hat was the emcee, and plot protagonist. The school’s version featured a cameo appearance by Principal Michael Croft as the Grinch.

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Happy ending after bridge disaster

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CORNWALL — Thanksgiving came early to Cornwall — not in the form of turkey in the oven but as a bridge over a brook.
An official opening of the new Lower River Road bridge over Mill Brook was arranged for Nov. 22 at noon, the last day the crew from Mohawk Northeast Inc. would be on site. They took a break from installing specially designed timber railings to receive appreciative words from First Selectman Gordon Ridgway.

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Cats all sold at Guild, more on the way

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WEST CORNWALL — Where have all the cats gone?

To good homes. A sale on cats at the Little Guild animal shelter worked out better than anyone had hoped.

At this time of year, shelters see an influx of strays rescued from the cold. Already at capacity, the Little Guild staff aimed to make room by participating for the first time in “$5 Felines,” a nationwide promotion by the Best Friends Animal Society.

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Cornwall entertainers show their best at annual show

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CORNWALL — This town couldn’t put on a bad talent show even if it tried. Cornwall is just too full of talent.
The 14th annual Cornwall Talent Show, to benefit the Cornwall Library is now a day-after-Thanksgiving tradition that packs the UUC church. Folks who felt they ate too much turkey and pie could come and laugh and clap away the calories.
Library board president and show producer Barton Jones kicked off the show with a welcome announcement: He would no longer shamelessly promote the annual Woman’s Society rummage sale by wearing the great $2 sports coat he’d picked up there.

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