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CORNWALL — The West Cornwall Septic Study Group continues to meet monthly and gather information and discuss options at the neighborhood level, seeking a solution everyone can agree on.

At the Tuesday, Oct. 9, meeting the group heard a report from First Selectman Gordon Ridgway about a recent visit to Old Saybrook to learn more about their septic systems and how they work. 

He reported that each Old Saybrook homeowner is free to find an individual septic system. Therefore, some are underground systems, some are above-ground systems. Some work better than...

Cornwall

Railroad spraying a concern again

CORNWALL — Following submission of a 2018 vegetative spraying plan by the Housatonic Railroad Company, the Cornwall Board of Selectmen discussed what the plan said and what it did not say, at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
“It explains why it needs to be done,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said, noting that it conforms to the legal requirements that towns be notified and given a copy of the management plan.  The railroad company is responsible for the right-of-way along their tracks. 

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And of course the llama attended the stroll ...

CORNWALL — Neighborliness and joy filled the air in West Cornwall as the Winter Stroll, now in its second year, brought residents and visitors to the village to participate in seven events sponsored by local businesses.
There was a nature walk, a rake-making enterprise, a chance to taste and compare four maple syrups from Cornwall producers, a raffle for a wine gift basket, Shaker-style furniture artfully displayed, music accompanying the art in the Souterrain Gallery, and even a strolling llama named Harley with a friendly disposition.

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Recalling the rough life and romance of riding the rails

CORNWALL — The life of a hobo was the subject of a program led by two Cornwall adventurers on Saturday, Feb. 10. Their topic was so tantalizing that the Cornwall Library meeting room was filled to capacity.
“It’s easy to romanticize, but there was nothing romantic about it,” recalled Dick Sears as he introduced the program, which included his own experiences and those of Jerry Doolittle. While they never traveled the rails together, the risks they described were similar.

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Towns now see need to grow their economy

CORNWALL — Adjusting an earlier decision to remain neutral on a Cornwall Land Trust proposal to conserve 104 additional acres along Furnace Brook Road on the eastern side of town, the selectmen voted to support the proposal at their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

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The tree of life, in works by Nash Gill

CORNWALL — Since Bryan Nash Gill’s unexpected death in 2013 his wife, Gina, has made it her mission to find galleries to exhibit the work. 
Creating art “was a form of breathing for him,” Gill said, standing in front of an impressively large print by her late husband. The flat cross-section of a tree’s center, rings expanding outward toward the frame and printed in a bright barn red boldly greeted visitors to the opening of “Reflections” at the Cornwall Library on Saturday night, Feb. 3. 

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How Cornwall helps its people

CORNWALL — Embarking on the annual budget preparation process, the Board of Selectmen in Cornwall heard a review of the town’s social services programs at their meeting on Monday, Jan. 29.
Social Services Director Jane Sellery reported that this year town residents were helped with health-care needs that included prescriptions, eyeglasses, hearing and dental — the latter being a critical need that had not been funded in the past.

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Hard hearts can be a sign of love

CORNWALL — A busy intersection will be even busier when iron artisan William Trowbridge of Sharon opens his new shop in Cornwall Bridge. There will be an open house at his Wild Iron Forge on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m.
The new shop offers handcrafted iron pieces, including Trowbridge’s popular iron hearts, a favorite every year at Valentine’s Day.  

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Planning for future, hoping for growth

CORWALL — Recognizing the vital importance of continually improving Cornwall, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) held an open meeting on Saturday, Jan. 20, inviting all 18 of the town’s boards and commissions to come to Town Hall and report on their goals.
P&Z Chair David Colbert said that the Saturday meeting was not intended to address updates to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development, which has to be updated every 10 years; Cornwall’s must be completed by May 2020.  

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A dozen snowstorms this year, so far

CORNWALL — The budget for snow removal is holding up well, according to a report heard by the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
So far, $21,000 of budget funds have been spent on 12 storms.  Key to the low figure is that the town makes its own road sand. Last year, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway noted, the town experienced a total of 17 storms before winter’s end. “Things are holding up pretty well,” he said.

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Art exhibit at CCC honors black history

CORNWALL — From a collection of 40 paintings created by primitive artist Charles Besozzi (1904-1997) of Cornwall, five are displayed at an exhibit at the Congregational Church in Cornwall, a showing that opened on Saturday, Jan. 14, in honor of Black History Month.
The show was curated by the artist’s granddaughter, Elysia Magazzi, and titled “Of Slavery and President Lincoln’s Journal To End It.” It celebrates folk art as a form of storytelling. 

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