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CORNWALL — Double the number of trivia competitors turned out for the second Trivia Night of 2019, held on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Trinity Retreat Center, sponsored by the Cornwall Association to benefit the Cornwall Library.

The inaugural Trivia Night was held in April at the library and it drew about 50 competitors.

For the second go-round, about 100 hopeful intellectuals of all ages arranged themselves into teams to match their knowledge on all subjects and their powers of rapid recall. 

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Retired model builder Guerin now has time on his hands

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CORNWALL ­­— A recent vacation trip to one of the most scenic places on earth was more of a busman’s holiday for clock expert Russell Guerin.
On Campobello Island, in New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy, he and his wife, Molly Hinchman, stayed at a hotel that was once Franklin Roosevelt’s summer home. It is now part of Roosevelt-Campobello International Park, administered by both Canada and the United States.
Among its period decor is a Seth Thomas clock, a No. 1 parlor clock made by the Thomaston, Conn., company in 1902. It hangs on the kitchen wall.

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Dirt roads, detailed funding queries at town meeting

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CORNWALL — A small, but engaged crowd of 25 attended the annual town meeting at Town Hall Oct. 28. Coverage of the portion of the meeting devoted to the bridge repairs was published in the Nov. 3 Lakeville Journal, but of course other important work was accomplished as well.
There was little comment on the main order of business, a review of the town report, except for an impression offered by First Selectman Gordon Ridgway.
“I think it shows a pretty healthy level of involvement in the town’s running,” Ridgway said.

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Residents cope with post-storm cleanup

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CORNWALL — Residents and business owners were experiencing the usual power outages following Saturday’s storm — and expecting to be among the last to be restored. A lot of trees were down on wires.
At press time Tuesday afternoon, CL&P was reporting 99 percent of customers in town were without power.
At mid-morning, a mass notification was sent out from the Cornwall Fire and Emergency Management departments by email, text and landline. Residents were advised that a shelter was open at Cornwall Consolidated School for “heat, food, device charging and rest.”

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Committee on Aging to expand

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — A small, but engaged crowd of 25 attended the annual town meeting at Town Hall Oct. 28.
There was little comment on the main order of business, a review of the Town Report, except for an impression offered by First Selectman Gordon Ridgway.
“I think it shows a pretty healthy level of involvement in the town’s running,” Ridgway said.
His point was illustrated by an agenda item to expand the Committee on Aging from five to seven members. The committee was recently re-established, with substantial interest, and a sixth person is anxious to help.

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More funds approved for Lower River Road bridge

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CORNWALL — An additional $150,000 in funding to rebuild the Lower River Road bridge was approved at the annual town meeting Oct. 28.
Even as residents were voting, workers from Mohawk Northeast Construction were working under the floodlights to stay on schedule to build a stronger version of the bridge destroyed Aug. 28 by Tropical Storm Irene. They have until Dec. 10 to complete the bridge, per their contract with the town.

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Dogs, llamas and, of course, people at Consolidated School’s walkathon

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CORNWALL — The Cornwall Consolidated School annual walkathon went off Oct. 21 with not only the entire school participating, but a large community contingent, almost just as many dogs as people, and a llama.
In all, a little more than $6,000 in pledges was raised. It will be split between each class’s eighth-grade trip fund, the Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

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Learn about why your taxes went up (or down) Nov. 2 and 12

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CORNWALL — New property tax assessments have hit mailboxes.
With these new assessments, the town’s Grand List of all taxable property in the town will drop in the next fiscal year by about 15 percent. The fiscal year begins July 1.
A drop in the Grand List means many property values are dropping, some by as much as 40 percent. Some will rise. It’s all a manifestation of a fickle real estate market. Property sales are one key basis for determining value.

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Superintendent Award - Cornwall

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CORNWALL — Marina Matsudaira is this year’s Superintendent Award winner at Cornwall Consolidated School.
The eighth-grader’s excellent grades and artistic, musical and athletic talent are only a part of the equation. Marina is also sweet natured, helpful and kind to others. When asked to pose for a photo, she asked that it include her little brother, Manasseh.
When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Marina said she didn’t know yet, then asked if it had to be about a job.
The question was restated, and she answered without hesitation, “I want to be a mother.”

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Work on Lower River Road bridge keeps flowing

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CORNWALL — Work on the replacement of the storm-damaged Lower River Road bridge was proceeding ahead of schedule as of last Friday, Oct. 21. A crew from Mohawk Northeast Inc. began earlier in the week moving equipment into tight quarters at the site around the corner from the West Cornwall side of the Covered Bridge.

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Contracts awarded for school work

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CORNWALL — Three bids for school projects were approved by the Board of Education Oct. 18.
Repairs to leaky portions of the Cornwall Consolidated School roof will be done by Ralph Dzenutis of Royal Construction of Cornwall for $17,650.
Perotti Plumbing, based in North Canaan, was approved to be paid up to $5,000 to install a 30-gallon water heater to meet everyday needs. The school is currently using a 400-gallon tank necessary as part of the school’s designation as an emergency shelter. That can be held in reserve, and heated by generator, if needed, when demand requires it.

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