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CORNWALL — Sunny weather greeted the Cornwall residents who came out, in droves, to celebrate the 150 years that the Cornwall Library has been serving the community since 15 books were checked out on its first day of operation in 1869. 

Records suggest that the first book to be borrowed was “Little Women,” to be read by Mrs. E. D. Benedict.

The early library was in the study of the Rev. E. C. Sanford, and it was only open two afternoons each month. The cost for a year’s membership in the Cornwall Library Association was $3, according to...

Cornwall

Debate continues on pay raises for town workers

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — Should town employees get modest pay raises, or should a tough economy dictate salary freezes? And how does that factor into negotiations for union employees?
Those questions made for a lively debate at a March 17 Board of Finance meeting. The main agenda item was to receive updates on town and school 2011-12 budget proposals, and offer a response.
The selectmen and school board were commended for holding the line on spending and making efforts to cut even further from their modest original proposals.
School costs up 5.2 percent

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Hanson play in world premiere at Town Hall

CORNWALL — The world premiere of “Etruscan Lovers and Other Fools” is ongoing at the Town Hall. The C.S. Hanson play has never had more than a reading onstage; this production is directed by Jandi Hanna. The cast includes Hanna, Dave Cadwell, Molly Hinchman, Ron Dukenski, Larry Stevens, Merrilee Sherwood Alexander and Stan Danielczuk.
Bobbie Tyson is the show’s producer. Paul DeAngelis is the stage manager. Joe Hartnett designed the lghting.
The action takes place essentially in real time, at the annual patrons’ gala party at a museum of Etruscan art.

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Tip of the cat’s hat

Cornwall Child Center teacher Tracy Gray and students in the center’s Club K celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by making Dr. Seuss hats, reading the author’s “The Cat in the Hat” and “Happy Birthday to You.” They snacked on red-and-white cupcakes and made green Oobleck. “It was a grand celebration,” said Child Center Director Sandy Gomez.

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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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