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CORNWALL — Celebrating the achievements of the 12 bright and hopeful students in the eighth grade class, the 2019 promotion ceremony at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) underscored strengths of each student, most of whom had been together since kindergarten.

The event began promptly at 6 p.m. with a student procession to the auditorium where the CCS brass quintet ably played Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” as an introduction to the event. 

Three of the quintet members speedily donned their gowns and then took their places with their classmates in the...

Cornwall

Increases in key areas in Cornwall budget

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Board of Selectmen presented their 2019-20 budget proposal to the Board of Finance at a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21.  
The draft budget, as proposed, shows an expenditure increase of 3.31 percent over the current year, or a total of $2,068,268, up by $66,241.
Before reviewing the proposed budget line by line, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway told the finance board, “We did our best.”

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The Little Guild is ready to grow in the new year

CORNWALL — Established in its role as an animal rescue resource for the area, The Little Guild is searching for more land space on which to build to provide expanded service for its furry clients and their future owners.

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Learning about climate change and legislation

CORNWALL — A learning experience in the real-world climate change debate brought two curricula together and involved fifth- through eighth-grade students at Cornwall Consolidated School. 
It came to a conclusion with a mock state senatorial hearing held at the school on Friday, Feb. 8.

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Green burial options and challenges described

WEST CORNWALL — The idea of having a “green burial” after one dies is becoming more and more popular nationwide, and this past Sunday, Feb. 3, about 40 people came to the Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall to learn more about it. 
Green burial allows a body to decompose naturally, without embalming, sealed coffins or cremation. 

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Town plans keep our area lovely

CORNWALL — Cornwall’s Planning and Zoning Commission invited town residents to a special meeting on Saturday, Jan. 26, to give their opinions on what they want their town to look like and how they want it to change (if at all) over the next decade.
The town is beginning to work on its Town Plan of Conservation and Development. The state requires all 169 Connecticut towns to revise their town plan every 10 years; towns that don’t comply are not eligible for state grants. 

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Debate goes on over affordable housing versus open space

CORNWALL — Although no decisions were made, the subjects of a septic treatment facility in West Cornwall and land conservation versus development were discussed at a meeting of the Cornwall Board of Selectmen on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Seeking a septic site

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2018: A clearing at the Bend

CORNWALL — After what some estimated as 30 to 40 years of discussion, voters came together for a town meeting in August to approve plans for cleaning and re-grading the 3-acre site south of the Covered  Bridge, known as The Bend. The site had become overgrown with vegetation and had suffered from neglect for years.

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Two philosophies seek common ground at selectmen’s meeting

CORNWALL — A conflict between the goal of preserving land for future generations and the need to offer developable land to preserve the town was debated at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

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An invitation to go a-touring

CORNWALL — If you are feeling bound to your own town, you might want to consider venturing out and about in the state. If you think your town is great — and it is, for sure — other towns offer their own compelling histories, sites  and people, all worth getting to know.

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A holiday stroll in West Cornwall

Elf Joe Brien showed visitors including Kara Stuller and her daughter, Tallulah, how to make wooden bouncer toys at the Souterrain Gallery in West Cornwall on Saturday, Dec. 8, during the annual Holiday Stroll. 

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