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CORNWALL — Bolstered by the outcome of the recent town meeting on septic planning for West Cornwall, the selectmen are proceeding with seeking grant funding, as discussed at their meeting on Tuesday, Aug.6.

Terming the vote “decisive,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway thanked residents for turning out and voting at the recent town meeting.

“The town now has a mandate to proceed with the next steps of the Cornwall community wastewater system,” he said.

He added that the next step will be to pursue funding through the U.S. Department of...

Cornwall

The never-ending evolution of tour-worthy gardens

CORNWALL — The thing with gardens is that they change all the time. That’s why you should never think, “Hmm, I won’t go on that garden tour because I’ve already seen that garden.”

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Talent, all kinds, in show at CCS

CORNWALL — Cornwall Consolidated School hosted a friendly talent show for young performers on Thursday, May 30. 
There was singing, dancing, drumming, jokes (Logan Hern  asked, “What do you call a tree that you can hold in your hand? A Palm Tree!”).
There was also a used clothing sale, with proceeds supporting She’s the First, an organization that sends children, especially girls, to school in areas where they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
 

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The Bend opened for river access

CORNWALL — Against a backdrop of river kayakers and rafters negotiating the Housatonic’s rushing current, Cornwall officials and residents gathered at The Bend in the river, just below the Covered Bridge, to cut the ribbon for the new boat launch facility there, on Saturday, May 25.
The ceremony marked an 11-year process coming to fruition, noted Mike Jastremski, Watershed Conservation Director for the Housatonic Valley Association. 

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Remembering to live in the present

CORNWALL — On a sunny Monday, May 27, a particularly large crowd gathered in front of Town Hall to cheer on the parade, which began a day of Memorial Day festivities.
The parade was led by Dusty Sandmeyer, who was followed by a color guard of veterans from VFW Post 9856 and the American Legion, carrying the Cornwall and American flags. 
The band from Cornwall Consolidated School rode in a hay wagon.

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West Cornwall sewer at June 28 public hearing

CORNWALL — Septic alternatives for West Cornwall will be the subject of a public hearing in June, following discussion at the Tuesday, May 21, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
The public hearing has been scheduled for Friday, June 28, at 7 p.m. at Cornwall Consolidated School.
On Wednesday, May 22, a group of residents including members of the septic committee visited Old Saybrook, Conn., for an informational tour and overview of two of that town’s systems.

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The Cornwall Library: A generous past, a secure future

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.

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Slight uptick in mill rate after vote

CORNWALL — After months of budget meetings, the 2019-20 budget passed unanimously at the annual budget town meeting, held at Cornwall Consolidated School on Friday, May 17. 
Carrying total expenditures of $7,053,978, the budget shows an increase of $97,787, or 1.41%, over this year. 
The Board of Finace met after the town meeting to set the mill rate at 16.70, up from the current mill rate of 16.62, an increase of 0.08 mills.

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Cornwall Library brings together community, Hayes

CORNWALL —  “Everywhere I go, whether I’m giving a speech on the House floor or whether I’m in committee, I always elevate the names and the stories of the people in this community,” said U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-5) to an audience assembled at the Cornwall Library for its 150th anniversary celebration. 

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Weave and swerve

No one could complain that the water was too low or too slow for the annual Covered Bridge Slalom on the Housatonic River on Sunday, May 19.  The race was sponsored by the Housatonic Area Canoe and Kayak Squad. Look for results in the May 30 Lakeville Journal. 

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Microcells to be the subject of a summer forum

CORNWALL — Responding to town residents’ concerns about potential health hazards stemming from installation of enhanced telecommunication systems, particularly radio frequency microcells, the Cornwall Board of Selectmen decided at their meeting on Tuesday, May 7, to organize an informational forum for this summer.
“Microcells seem to be a hot issue of the day,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said, adding that he is trying to learn more about the subject. He also plans to talk with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

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