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CORNWALL — Three hours after the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Cornwall residents gathered at Town Hall to share stories of family members who served in the military and came home to Cornwall. 

Stories of World War I — the war to end all wars — became part of a conversation about war experiences during the century elapsed since the 1918 armistice.

“It was the first modern war,” Lisa Simont, president of the Cornwall Historical Society, said of World War I, as she introduced a program fashioned to be a community conversation...

Cornwall

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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For fans of Art at the Dump, good news: Jacobson is hard at work

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CORNWALL — Looking for unusual, fun and (mostly) useful art? Head for Art at the Dump, April 29 and 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cornwall Transfer Station.
This is the 12th annual Art at the Dump, which is the first social event of the season. A long, snowy winter means there is now plenty of room in the sand shed for art. And rain or shine, it’s always a good time. Bring the kids. Bring the dog. Bring the checkbook, because 30 percent of the proceeds go to the Cornwall Consolidated School art department.
And there are always things there that people just have to have.

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Pay raises left at 1 percent

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CORNWALL — An adjustment and a decision were made this week by the selectmen on the 2011-12 municipal budget proposal.These tweaks will probably be the last they make before handing it to the Board of Finance for approval.
The selectmen removed $10,000 from the snow removal line item (which was at $90,000). The town expects to save at least that amount now that it is mining much of its own road sand from a town-owned pit.

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