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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

Revaluation process explained during workshop

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This story was printed in two parts. The first part appeared in the issue of Nov. 24.
CORNWALL — About two dozen people attended a revaluation workshop at Town Hall Saturday morning, Nov. 12. It was the second opportunity for Assessor Barbara Bigos to help people understand how their property is assigned a value to be taxed.

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School enjoys its ‘gift of extra time’

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CORNWALL — Slowing things down, finding new ways to encourage good behavior and understanding goals at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) were among the issues discussed at the Nov. 15 school board meeting.
“A gift of extra time,” was how kindergarten teacher Candise Stiewing described an extra hour added to the half-day program at the beginning of the school year.
“We really have been able to slow the flow and make the classroom more relaxing,” Stiewing said.

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Esty promises to bring the people’s voice to D.C.

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — Northwest Corner Democrats got a look at a candidate for the seat of Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5) on Monday evening, Nov. 21, as Elizabeth Esty of Cheshire spoke at the Cornwall Free Library.
Esty spoke off the cuff for about 30 minutes and took questions afterward.
She began with some family lore. The day her mother was born in 1933, her grandfather lost his bank job, Esty recounted. For two weeks he got up, dressed and left the house before the reality set in.
“He was embarrassed and ashamed,” said Esty. “And he shouldn’t have been.”

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Historical Society calendar now available

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Historical Society’s 2012 calendar features the photography of Alec Frost and focuses on 14 of Cornwall’s sites and buildings. It costs $15 and is available at Berkshire Country Store, Cornwall General Store, Cornwall Package Store, the library, the Wandering Moose Café and the Wish House, as well as at the Dec. 3 Christmas fair. Proceeds support the care of the society’s collection of paintings, documents and artifacts.

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Why your property taxes went up — or down

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This story will be printed in two parts. The second part will appear in the issue of Dec. 1.
CORNWALL — About two dozen people attended a revaluation workshop at Town Hall Saturday morning, Nov. 12. It was the second opportunity for Assessor Barbara Bigos to help people understand how their property is assigned a value to be taxed.

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Trying to find lost days on school calendar

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CORNWALL — School may have been closed for the week following the Oct. 29 storm, but Cornwall Consolidated School remained a busy place.
The entire town was without power at one point — the majority was out for days. The last restoration was reportedly at about noon on Nov. 4. The school shelter, running on generator power, was open from Saturday night through Friday morning. Cold and the lack of water and cooking capability brought as many as a dozen people to seek shelter overnight, and up to two dozen for hot lunches. About 12 volunteers helped out.

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Not just a new bridge; a near miracle, too

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CORNWALL — As promised, the new Lower River Road bridge opened before Thanksgiving, allowing, after 12 long weeks, vehicle access for residents of four homes on the dead-end street.
Final paving was done Nov. 17. The bridge was officially opened Nov. 18.
It remains a single-lane span, although it is longer than the one that was destroyed Aug. 28. Hurricane Irene may have been downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit northern Connecticut, but massive quantities of rain runoff turned Mill Brook into a raging torrent filled with debris.

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Cats for sale at Little Guild

CORNWALL — The Little Guild is taking part this month in $5 Felines, a nationwide promotion by the Best Friends Animal Society.
All cats are only $5 between Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 (excluding Monday and Tuesday), noon to 4 p.m. All are invited to come and meet the adoptable cats and kittens. The staff can answer questions about the cats’ personalities and can point out any special needs they might have.

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Five arrested for poaching

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CORNWALL — Five men from southeastern Connecticut were arrested in Cornwall on Nov. 16 after state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation (EnCon) police discovered them illegally hunting for deer on private land without the owner’s permission.
The men were also in violation of hunting regulations, including using rifles that are illegal to possess or use for hunting in the state.

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Little Guild special: All cats must go

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CORNWALL — The Little Guild is having a clearance sale. All cats must go.
If that sounds inhumane, nothing could be further from the truth. The cat and dog rescue shelter is already over its ideal capacity for felines, and this is the time of year when demand is high for a warm place for strays. And amend that to say: All cats will only be given to a good home.

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