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CORNWALL — After years of discussion about improvements to the area known as The Bend in the Housatonic River near Cornwall, a plan won unanimous approval from the Housatonic River Commission (HRC) at their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11. 

The meeting was held at the offices of the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) in Cornwall.

“We have been dealing with this for over a decade now,” said Bill Tingley, chair of the river commission. He noted that the River Commission has a strong interest what happens at the place where The Bend skirts the river,...

Cornwall

Search begins for new school head

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CORNWALL — The search for a new principal for Cornwall Consolidated School is about to get underway. A job posting and the formation of a committee are the first steps, and will begin soon.
Principal Robert Vaughan announced Feb. 15 that he will retire, after spending two years on the job but after 38 years working in education.
He replaced Principal Kathleen Fitzgibbons.
People have already expressed an interest in serving on the search committee, Region One Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain told the school board at its March 15 meeting.

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Music teacher asks for instruments — and time

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CORNWALL — The Cornwall Consolidated School Board of Education is making an effort to get to know the various school departments better. The effort kicked off at the March 15 board meeting with a report from music teacher Alicia Simonetti-Shpur.
She reported that 11 Cornwall Consolidated students had been selected for the regional band and chorus, and three students were selected for the Northern Regionals, which accepts “the best musicians in northern Connecticut. Ten were chosen from Region One.”

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The weather was worse in the 1930s

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CORNWALL — Somewhere out there are photos and detailed information about the covered bridge. No, not the tourist magnet in West Cornwall, but one a few miles south on the Housatonic.
It was not far from the “concrete bridge” that carries vehicles on routes 7 and 4 over the river from Cornwall Bridge to Sharon, and was at the original junction of those state highways.

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Permit approval may bring affordable housing to town

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CORNWALL — A senior housing complex proposed by the Cornwall Housing Corporation (CHC) received unanimous approval from Planning and Zoning for a special permit at a meeting March 8.
The decision followed two public hearing sessions and several informational meetings held over the past two years or so.
CHC, a nonprofit, has been working its way through the involved process of approval for subsidies from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to develop the senior housing under “affordable” guidelines.

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Fire and ice: Volunteers speed down Mohawk slope with skis, fire hose

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CORNWALL — There was fire on Mohawk Mountain Saturday, but only because of the blazing hot speed of area volunteer firefighters’ skis and snowboards.
The second annual Firemen’s Race, sponsored by the Farmington Firefighters Association and Mohawk Mountain Ski Area, brought out six five-person teams and benefited the burn center at Bridgeport Hospital.
Fire trucks were parked in front of the ski lodge and firefighters donned full fire turnout gear and helmets. They schussed around in the snow prior to the race —and answered questions from onlookers, especially the youngsters.

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Indoor farmers market offers syrup and the promise of spring

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CORNWALL — A plan for a winter farmer’s market was met with trepidation when farmers and producers of other local products were first approached.
But the possibilities added up quickly and turned into a successful indoor market held last Saturday.

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‘Etruscan Lovers’ gets debut on Town Hall stage

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CORNWALL — It’s a world premiere: “Etruscan Lovers and Other Fools” will be performed on the Cornwall Town Hall stage later this month. The C.S. Hanson play has never had more than a reading onstage.
If a recent rehearsal was any indication, there will be a lot of fun happening on that stage. Audience members, be advised: The fun won’t stop at the proscenium.
The action takes place essentially in real time, at the annual patrons’ gala party at a museum of Etruscan art.

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Marijuana farmers sentenced

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CORNWALL — Two marijuana farmers, mistaken last April for poachers two day before turkey hunting season began, were sentenced in Litchfield Superior Court last week.
Timothy Hogan, 52, of Newington and Gary Hall, 55, of Goshen were caught by state Department of Environmental Protection conservation officers on Everest Hill Road on April 26, 2010.
The officers were doing a pre-season check of hunting areas when they saw the men in camouflage clothing. When confronted, Hogan fled on foot, leaving his car behind. He was later arrested on a warrant.

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Protecting skis and snowboards, as well as skiers and snowboarders

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CORNWALL — A review of a five-year management plan for Mohawk Mountain Ski Area brought two reactions from the Board of Selectmen at the Feb. 22 meeting.
“They have done an incredible job of maintaining and improving their equipment and facilities,” Selectman Richard Bramley said.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway and Selectman K.C. Baird agreed, praising a plan that will continue that effort, and possibly bring more use of the facility in summer.

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As 2011-2012 budget season begins, pay increases are topic of debate

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CORNWALL — With no major expenditures expected in municipal and education spending for the coming year, town officials are taking a philosophical approach to planning for the upcoming fiscal year (which begins July 1).
The economic future may be on the upswing, but no one is expecting the fiscal picture to turn rosy anytime soon. Caution is the watchword as towns anticipate costs to remain unpredictable and state aid to be drastically cut in Gov. Dannel Malloy’s budget.

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