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CORNWALL — There are many art sales in the Northwest Corner, but most involve new work by local or regional artists. 

The Cornwall Library takes a slightly different approach with its annual Labor Day Weekend Art Sale, which is in its third year and will open with a reception on Friday, Aug. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the library. 

At this sale, which has grown in size and popularity, library patrons and other area residents donate works of art from their own homes, to be resold to benefit the library.

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Traffic on Route 7 was temporarily shut down as the cows on Chris Hopkins’ farm in Cornwall Bridge crossed the road from one of the grazing fields to the barn to be milked. Some cows made the crossing with ease, others required a little encouragement.

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Food drive at Cornwall Child Center

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Child Center is holding its annual Food Drive to benefit the Cornwall Food Pantry.
Center children have decorated the collection box while learning about healthy food groups.
Nonperishable items may be brought to the center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The center will host its Harvest Open House on Friday, Oct. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. for anyone interested in seeing the center and meeting the staff.

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Annual town meeting will be held Oct. 28

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CORNWALL — The annual town meeting will be Friday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Cornwall Consolidated School.
The agenda was approved last week with four items. The Town Report (a compilation of reports from town boards, agencies and every aspect of town life) will be reviewed.
The 5-year capital plan to address projects such as road work and equipment replacement will be up for a vote.
Both items are voted on each year at town meeting.

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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
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

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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