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Elf Joe Brien showed visitors including Kara Stuller and her daughter, Tallulah, how to make wooden bouncer toys at the Souterrain Gallery in West Cornwall on Saturday, Dec. 8, during the annual Holiday Stroll. 

Cornwall

New name for Baird’s, but emphasis on the old-fashioned

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CORNWALL — The model is there: a real general store that offers customers all of the essentials. As customers-turned-owners of the newly named Cornwall General Store, Dana and Louise Beecher believe perspective is what is needed to make the business a success.
A lack of experience is not getting in the way of their enthusiasm and confidence. The couple, along with a slightly revamped team, officially takes over the former Baird’s on June 13. But they are already running the Cornwall Bridge village landmark until 3 p.m. every day.

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Gardens, sheds, views on June 18

The 2011 Cornwall Library Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning at the Cornwall Library on Pine Street. A cocktail party will follow, from 5 to 7 p.m., at a barn in north Cornwall. Tickets for the tour are $25. The tour and cocktail party is $50 per person or $80 for two. For more information, call the library at 860-672-6874.

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Tribute paid to soldiers and veterans

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CORNWALL — Thunderstorms threatened Cornwall’s annual Memorial Day parade but by 9 a.m. the clouds, thunder and rain were drifting away allowing Cornwallians to once again hold their special Memorial Day celebrations.

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Decision could take a year

FOI dispute between town, road foreman continues
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CORNWALL — Town officials spent six hours testifying in Hartford May 13 on a Freedom of Information (FOI) complaint filed by former highway department foreman Rick Stone.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said he and another selectman and the town finance officer appeared before a hearing officer who is mediating the case. A draft decision is expected to be sent to the FOI commission as early as June.
Stone filed the complaint Nov. 23, 2010, a month after he resigned from the job following questions about finances and equipment.

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With school year almost over, school work begins

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CORNWALL — The school year is winding down. Eighth-grade promotional ceremonies are being planned (for June 15). But there are still plenty of projects underway at Cornwall Consolidated School. Much is in the planning stages and will likely be completed over the summer.
An $11,375 bid for replacement of the Gathering Room floor was approved by the Board of Education May 17. Laigle Floor Covering and Design in North Canaan was the winning bidder, coming in at more than $7,000 below bids by Weigold Floor Covering in Torrington and a company from Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Notable farm sold in Cornwall

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CORNWALL ­— Stony Batter Farm, one of Cornwall’s most notable properties, was sold in April for $2.325 million.
The six-bedroom main house, along with a guesthouse, or tenant farmer’s home, barns, ponds and more than 100 acres sits high atop Whitcomb Hill Road. It was listed for $2.995 million.
On April 29, John Horn, of Vero Beach, Fla., sold the property to Hamilton South IV and Manuel Bellod, both of New York City.

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From architecture to sculpture, it’s a new path for innovative Cornwall artist Lisa Keskinen

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CORNWALL — A couple of years ago, Lisa Keskinen was hit by the reality of the recession. Her two decades-long career as an architect in New Haven was the victim of the hard times.
Her response was to take it as an opportunity. Back on Town Street, where she grew up, she is already testing the spatial limits of her small studio.
“One of my first thoughts after being laid off was,” Keskinen says now, “was that now I’d have more time for my art.”
Her work will be featured at The Wish House Gallery from Memorial Day weekend through the end of July.

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Mill rate up to 12.50, pay raises up by 2 percent

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CORNWALL — Town and school budgets for 2011-12 were approved May 20 at a town meeting at Cornwall Consolidated School that brought out about 40 people.
Five agenda items were dispatched in less than 30 minutes. There was no discussion on most items.
The $6.1 million budget for town and local school expenses received two dissenting votes, including one from Board of Finance member Anne Ingvertson, who later voted against a small mill rate increase.

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Lightning takes out a tree, and alas, it’s the wrong one

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — Thunderstorms were bouncing around the area in the mid-afternoon on Friday, May 20. Students at Cornwall Consolidated School ended up heading home in the heaviest rain.
But the real drama came just as they finished loading onto school buses in the main driveway. With a loud crash, a bolt of lightning hit a tree across the road, near the entrance to the parking lot. As the lightning raced to the ground, it tore strips of bark from the trunk, blew them to bits and scattered them hundreds of feet away.

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CCS board: Not ready for full-day K program yet

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — The bottom line on the proposed change to an all-day kindergarten at Cornwall Consolidated School: It won’t happen in the coming school year.
The idea was presented at the April school board meeting by kindergarten teacher Candise Stiewing, who described the benefits of being able to slow the pace of the school day and accommodate the individualized needs of students.

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