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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

Fifty attend Cornwall Association annual meeting, tea

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CORNWALL — The Cornwall Association held its annual meeting and welcoming tea for new residents on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Cornwall Library.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway gave the yearly state of the town report and representatives of other town groups presented reports on their activities.
About 50 people attended.
David Cadwell, who is retiring as president of the association, put the organization’s role in town in perspective. “Over the years,” he said, “the Cornwall Association has been called Cornwall’s think tank.”

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A fresh eye, a budding artist

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CORNWALL — His Kodak pocket camera is always on hand. Alden Weigold knows that opportunity is one of the keys to great photography. He is also not shy about admitting he has talent. It is pretty evident in the large collection of his digital photos on exhibit at the Cornwall Library. The show opened with a reception this past Saturday and runs through Oct. 22.
This is his first show. If there is a theme to “The Way I See It,” it is that all of the photos were taken over summer vacation. Alden is 8 years old.

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Affordable homes for elderly

Bonney Brook a bonny idea
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CORNWALL — A stream that runs through a Cornwall Bridge property has provided the name for a housing complex for the elderly that will be built there soon.
Ground is expected to be broken this fall on Bonney Brook, a 10-unit U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized apartment building on Route 7 (between the Cornwall General Store and the Cornwall Bridge fire house).
Interest in the rent-controlled homes has already been substantial. The overriding theme in comments about it was the difficulty of finding affordable retirement residences here.

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Artists share their skills at CCC

CORNWALL — Clint and Kim Thorn, owners of ThornCrest Farm in Goshen, came to the Cornwall Child Center for a special woodworking project during “Be a Builder” week. Clint Thorn is a sculptor of one of a kind utilitarian sculpture and furniture, known internationally for The Open Talon signature sculpture he does with hand tools only.
His wife, Kim, is a professional photographer.
The children sanded, nailed, drilled and painted mahogany pencil holders with the Thorns and teachers Chelsea Conklin and Susan Battista.

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Brightest and best at 2011 ag fair

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Cornwall — Nice weather helped the popular Cornwall Agricultural Fair, held this year on Saturday, Sept. 10, draw people from all over the region.
In addition to Cornwallians, there were people from Sharon, Falls Village, Goshen, New Hartford, Fairfield, N.H., New York City and elsewhere. Attendees included all ages, from infants in parent’s arms to senior citizens.
The mood at the fair was light, upbeat and dedicated to enjoying the many things Cornwall offers.

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Bypassing the red tape

Treating Mill Brook bridge as an emergency
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CORNWALL — A bridge partially destroyed Aug. 28 during Tropical Storm Irene is presenting quite a challenge for the Board of Selectmen.
Lower River Road remains closed to vehicular traffic after a footing was washed out by the flooded Mill Brook.

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Except for power loss, Cornwall fared OK

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CORNWALL — An assessment of Tropical Storm Irene’s impact on Cornwall shows residents and visitors fared as well as could be expected — except for being the only town in the region where everyone lost power.
Lots of pre-planning by emergency personnel and the highway department was credited for a quick recovery. Crews assembled at both firehouses, and a close eye was kept on Cornwall Consolidated School, where a small fire the day before the storm hit had disabled the fire alarm system. The town’s mass notification system was put into service for the first time.

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Local foods cooked over an open fire at trust dinner

Recipe for yum
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CORNWALL — There was no need to lure people to dinner at the Aug. 25 Farm to Table fundraiser for the Cornwall Conservation Trust scholarship fund.
Guests first made their way to a mowed hilltop in a hayfield at the trust’s Hart Farm Preserve high atop Cherry Hill, traversing a winding path cut through tall grass. Hors d’oeuvres and wine were served under a tent close to an open wood fire.
Appetites were piqued by the smell of locally produced meats and vegetables slowly roasting to perfection.

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Only cream of veal crop at Cream Hill Veal

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CORNWALL — A regular at the Cornwall Farm Market is Cream Hill Veal and Bob Kennedy, who is quick to note the business really belongs to his son, Will Kennedy.
“I’m retired, so I’m helping him out,” he said. “I enjoy being here every Saturday. It’s a real social event, like a gathering of friends.”
Summers find the business at three farm markets, including Amenia and Norfolk, where it’s more about advertising than volume selling. Market customers are often buying veal for weekend entertaining; their guests are sure to hear the meat was locally raised.

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Kayaker drowns in Housatonic

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CORNWALL — The body of a man from Long Island in New York was pulled from the Housatonic River Saturday evening, Sept. 3, nearly three hours after his kayak tipped over near the Covered Bridge.
Hurricane Irene brought unusually high and fast water for this time of year.
Kenneth Wallace, 54, was kayaking with two other men, who came to shore at about 5 p.m. to report the incident. He was found at about 7:45 p.m. and pronounced dead at the scene.
Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection were part of rescue efforts.

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