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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

A short weekend shopping stroll

It seemed West Cornwall’s Mid-Winter Stroll missed winter by one weekend. Compared to the cold weather and snow over the weekend of Feb. 11 and 12, the Mid-Winter Stroll (held in West Cornwall on Saturday, Feb. 18) felt like the first hint of spring. The 50-degree temperatures came across as practically balmy and by the stroll’s start at 3 p.m. the ice sculptures, sponsored by National Iron Bank and Ingersoll Furniture and shaped by the talented hands of Zejke Hermann, had already begun to melt. 

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Budget up 2.1 % (so far)

The selectmen presented their draft 2017–18 budget to the Board of Finance on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Town Hall.
In this preliminary form, the selectmen are requesting total spending of $1,900,820, an increase of 2.1 percent over the current budget of $1,861,036.  The budget will be reviewed in depth at the next finance board meeting on Wednesday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

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Seeking a new start for former Wandering Moose

After 16 years at its riverside location in West Cornwall, adjacent to the historic Covered Bridge, the Wandering Moose restaurant closed on Sunday, Feb. 19.
Owner Russ Sawicki said that the decision to close was a long-term decision that he and his wife and business partner, Sharon Sawicki, started thinking about last autumn.
“It was time,” he said. “We started thinking about it last November, decided to take a while to evaluate and re-evaluate the idea, think about it. Our resolve was firm, so we have closed.”

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Housatonic comes closer to Wild and Scenic status

CORNWALL — Last year Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave his approval to a plan to nominate the Housatonic River as a federally protected “wild and scenic” river.  Now, the Housatonic River Commission’s (HRC) grassroots push for this designation will go on to the next, and final, rung in the ladder: the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Jaime Fosburgh, the National Park Service’s rivers programs manager for the northeast U.S., met with the commission on Tuesday, Feb. 14, to discuss the nomination’s status.

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Town budget draft shows 2% rise

Following discussion of some proposed increases, the Cornwall Board of Selectmen approved their proposed municipal budget at their Feb. 7 meeting, clearing the way for consideration by the Board of Finance. 
The budget shows an approximate 2 percent spending increase for next year. Requests for increases have come from the public library, the adult day care program, and others totaling $8,200.

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Infants welcome, more castles anticipated at the Child Center

It was Thursday morning, and important things were happening at the Cornwall Child Center.
Young L.P. Juliano was building a road for her cars, while Stephany Quezada constructed a multi-colored castle. Cornwall’s up-and-coming artist, June Herman-Botto, brainstormed an ocean painting — this one would be her “masterpiece.”
Cornwall Child Center’s director, Amy Bresson, explained the center’s own project: an expansion of its infant-toddler program.

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Fatality after skier, boarder collide at Mohawk slope

CORNWALL — A skier and a snowboarder collided on the slopes at Mohawk Mountain Ski Area on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8:15 p.m.
The skier was Lisa Kelly, 46, of Brookfield, Conn. Ski Patrol members immediately responded to the accident and provided first aid until Cornwall ambulance EMTs arrived and transported her to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington. 
The snowboarder was not identified in statements from the state police or the ski area.

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The ardor and the awe of the Camino Portugues

A talk by West Cornwall resident Brenda Underwood attracted 30 residents to the Cornwall Library on Thursday, Feb. 2, to hear details of her 400-mile trek along Portugal’s scenic Camino Portugues, which is also known as The Royal Way. 
The talk was part of a Women’s Society of Cornwall series of library lectures.
The rigorous hike took the entire month of May 2016 to complete. Underwood was joined for the final 150 miles by her daughter, Mirelle, of New York City. She described it as “a delightful experience” for both. 

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At septic system meeting, questions and answers

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

On a chilly Friday night, Jan. 20, about two dozen people came to Cornwall Consolidated School for an hour-long primer on the wastewater study that is about to begin for the village of West Cornwall.
The meeting was hosted by the West Cornwall Water/Septic Study Group (which holds open meetings on the second Tuesday of each month; for time and place, check the town website). Chairman Todd Piker opened the meeting and introduced study group members who were there, including Vice Chair Libby Mitchell.  

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Town residents gather to plan their future

Continuing cooperation and dialogue were central to Saturday’s annual town planning meeting, which drew more than 60 residents to Cornwall Consolidated School to hear representatives from several town boards review progress and plans.

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