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CORNWALL — On an overcast but temperate day, the 27th annual Cornwall Agricultural Fair welcomed waves of enthusiasts to the town Green on Saturday, Sept. 8, to see live animal exhibits, buy from vendors and visit with people they had not seen for a spell.

Following a rousing welcoming speech by Bill Dinneen, president of the Agriculture Commission, the fair was underway. 

“I’m always excited about it,” Dinneen said, surveying the activity. “It’s a community fair. Neighbors visit with neighbors. It’s a good thing for the...

Cornwall

Housatonic View

The river remains high, as seen through a window of the Covered Bridge in West Cornwall, on Tuesday, April 26.

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Larsons explore options; wood furnace debate goes on

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CORNWALL — A one-month extension has been granted by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for modifications required to a local family’s woodburning furnace.
Ted and Donna Larson installed the free-standing furnace at their Jewell Street home in September 2005. They have been using it since then as a way to heat their home and provide hot water for the family of five. They were given a permit by the town prior to the building official being advised of a state law passed the previous June that specified larger setbacks from neighboring properties.

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Capital funds for CCS may double in coming year

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CORNWALL — With a current balance of $72,042 in funds set aside annually for capital projects, and an expected significant budget surplus, the Cornwall Consolidated School Board of Education has outlined maintenance projects they wish to undertake now, and in the coming five years.
Members of the school board presented their spending plan to the Board of Finance for discussion and review April 14. It included doubling the annual $40,000 school capital projects line in the town budget in the future.

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Teen dies of gunshot wound

Appears to have been self-inflicted
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CORNWALL — A 17-year-old Wamogo High School student was found dead at the top of Mohawk Mountain April 14 as the result of a gunshot wound, which appeared to be self-inflicted, according to police.
Michael Bockrath, a junior at the regional high school in Litchfield, left his home in Goshen on Sharon Turnpike (Route 4), a short distance to the west of the mountain access road, sometime during the early morning hours Thursday.
He was the son of Robert and Karen Bockrath.
A car and 30-30 rifle were later reported to police as missing from the family home.

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Jump Rope for Heart

Haley Considine, above, and Noah McCray jumped their hardest at Jump Rope for Heart at Cornwall Consolidated School School.

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Search underway for new principal

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CORNWALL — Choosing a new principal for Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) will be an involved process. The work began April 11 with a community forum.
The principal search follows the resignation of Robert Vaughan, who will retire in June, at the end of his second year at the elementary school.
A survey has been prepared and will ask about a half dozen questions, similar to what was asked at the initial forum, including what changes community members would like to see and what they would like to remain the same.

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Cornwall students healthy and fit

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CORNWALL — Are Cornwall’s youngsters in good shape? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” if you ask Cornwall Consolidated School’s physical education teacher.
Aaron Boucher, CCS physical education teacher, presented the school board with a look at his department.
The combination of a varied curriculum of physical education classes, special events and a very sports-minded student body is making a difference, according to a summary of what he reported April 12.

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Teacher makes a case for extended kindergarten day

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CORNWALL — An extended kindergarten day is under consideration at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS). The Board of Education heard reports from Principal Robert Vaughan and kindergarten teacher Candise Stiewing at the April 12 meeting.
The proposal in Cornwall is to extend the day, rather than make it a full day. Kindergarten currently runs from 8:20 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Solar panels could power new town garage

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CORNWALL — A plan to replace a highway department building that barely made it through the winter will be presented at the annual budget meeting May 20.
While replacement of a large steel shed used to store equipment is expected to cost about $60,000, the final cost to the town could be no higher than $20,000.
An inspection by Building Official Paul Prindle, when snow was piling up on the building’s roof this past winter, showed definite deflection in support structures of the trussed roof. The 40-by-70-foot building, located behind the town garage, was constructed in 1960.

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Where there’s smoke, firestorm of protest

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CORNWALL — When Ted Larson installed a wood burning furnace at his family’s Jewell Street home nearly six years ago, the idea was to use a cheaper and more easily renewable resource than fuel oil for heat and hot water.
The furnace is an exterior, freestanding structure with a 10-foot smoke stack designed to burn wood quickly and efficiently, without a lot of smoke. Its smoldering embers generate heat for long periods between burning.

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