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CORNWALL — After years of discussion about improvements to the area known as The Bend in the Housatonic River near Cornwall, a plan won unanimous approval from the Housatonic River Commission (HRC) at their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11. 

The meeting was held at the offices of the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) in Cornwall.

“We have been dealing with this for over a decade now,” said Bill Tingley, chair of the river commission. He noted that the River Commission has a strong interest what happens at the place where The Bend skirts the river,...

Cornwall

Budget sails through hearing

CORNWALL — The public hearing on the proposed Cornwall 2018-19 budget on Friday, April 20, attracted about 25 town residents, a few of whom asked for clarification, but none of whom expressed any particular concerns.
The selectmen’s side of the proposed budget totals $1,995,026, an increase of $92,532 over the current year’s budget, or 4.86 percent. 

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A new crop of recycled art at the dump

CORNWALL — As sometimes happens, it was a blustery weekend for the 18th annual Art @ the Dump show at the Cornwall transfer station, on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22.
This year, 46 artists participated.
Tags on the artwork flipped wildly around in the wind as customers inspected them to try and figure out who had made them and how much they cost. The average price for works, in case you’re wondering, is about $30. 

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Train derails near river

CORNWALL — A Housatonic Railroad train derailed between West Cornwall and Falls Village near River Road on Tuesday, April 10.
Housatonic Railroad Operations Manager Eric Boardman, working from their North Canaan office, said Monday, April 16, that the cause of the accident is unknown. The train was a mix of empty cars and some that were carrying demolition debris.

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New docks planned for Hammond Beach

CORNWALL — The old Hammond Beach docks in Cornwall have been removed, according to a report heard at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, April 3. 
It’s all part of a project to build new docks — and have them in use by June.
The new docks will float and will be made with modern decking materials that eliminate splinters, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway reported. He is preparing the specifications for the job.

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The Constitution and the world today

CORNWALL — Declaring that “the Constitution is for everyone,” American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) President Susan Herman delivered the endowed Norman Dorsen lecture on Sunday, April 8, at the Village Meetinghouse in Cornwall. The talk was a program of the Cornwall Historical Society.
Introducing the speaker was Norman Dorsen’s daughter, Jennifer, who told the audience of more than 100 that her parents used to say that they worked in New York City, but they lived in Cornwall.  

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Farmers markets something to crow about

CORNWALL — At the Tuesday, March 20, meeting of the Cornwall Board of Selectmen, insufficient publicity for the towns two farmers markets was discussed. 
The Explore Cornwall website (www.explorecornwallct.com) drew criticism from residents who found that both of the town’s farmers markets were not represented.

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Making plans for summer bridge work

CORNWALL — In preparation for this summer’s repair project, state Department of Transportation engineers visited the historic Covered Bridge in West Cornwall on Monday, April 2, to look for scour or erosion at the water line.
An advance report of the visit was presented at the Tuesday, March 20, meeting of the Cornwall Board of Selectmen.
According to Roger Kane, consultant to the town on bridges, the selectmen needed to be notified of the planned inspection. 

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The art of craft in Souterrain show

CORNWALL — Spring is the time of year that we associate with Cornwall artist Gail Jacobson. She is, after all, the founder of one of the town’s signature events, Art at the Dump, which is held annually in April (right around Earth Day).
For those who have missed the fun of Art at the Dump, it’s a fundraiser for the art department at Cornwall Consolidated School and it’s held each year at the transfer station (sometimes know inelegantly as The Dump). This year’s show/sale will be April 21-22.   

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ACLU head on redefining civic virtue in America

CORNWALL — American Civil Liberties Union President Susan N. Herman will speak at the Cornwall Historical Society Sunday, April 8, at 2 p.m.
Herman’s talk is the Historical Society’s annual Norman Dorsen lecture. It honors the late Cornwall resident, who was president of the ACLU and was also an owner of The Lakeville Journal Co.
Herman’s talk is called “A Republic, If You Can Keep It,” a reference to Benjamin Franklin’s famous remark.

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Loosening reins on spending

CORNWALL — Feeling flush despite the loss of $263,000 in state funding this year, the Cornwall Board of Finance considered the proposed 2018–19 municipal spending plan at a workshop during their Thursday, March 15, meeting.
“For this year we are still in the black in spite of the loss of state funding,” finance board Chair John LaPorta reported.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway cautioned that the town anticipates going over budget this year on town vehicle repairs, impacting the available resources. 

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