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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

Ways to make Route 7 safer

CORNWALL  — Installing a new crosswalk in Cornwall will mean that the area will be designated as a no-passing zone, according to discussion at the Tuesday, Nov. 7, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said that he has spoken with project engineer Scott Hesketh who had, in turn, heard from the state Department of Transportation (DOT). The crosswalk is designed to extend between the market in Cornwall Bridge and the lumber yard.

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Sewers hold the key to Cornwall growth

CORNWALL — A detailed wastewater management study for West Cornwall has been delivered to the selectmen, who invited the public to an informational meeting on Friday, Nov. 10, at Cornwall Town Hall. The meeting drew about 40 residents on a chilly night.

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Honoring Prentice, provider of hope

CORNWALL — When Tim Prentice received a phone call from the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council last month, he was surprised to learn that he was one of the organization’s 2017 CultureMAX honorees and would be receiving their Lifetime Achievement award.
During a recent interview about the honor, the Cornwall sculptor avoided any talk of gratitude or pride, choosing instead to deflect emotions with humor.

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A life spent solving property mysteries

CORNWALL — Cornwall’s Bobbi Tyson has searched property titles for the past 50 years, verifying the authenticity of ownership as part of the title transfer process.
Tyson learned the art of title searching when she moved to Cornwall in 1966, and made a long and interesting career out of it.  Although her training was of the “on the job” variety, she said that there are now training courses available in area colleges.

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Volunteers needed: Town plan seen as a way to build population

CORNWALL — Cornwall’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) began work on updating the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) by holding a planning forum at Cornwall Consolidated School on Friday, Oct. 20.

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In search of innovation

CORNWALL — Taking action to make it easier for residents to gain seats on the Park and Recreation Commission, Cornwall residents at the Friday, Oct. 27, annual town meeting voted unanimously to change the ordinance.
Selectmen will now be authorized to fill vacancies by appointing new members. In the past, commissioners were elected to office.

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Many, many questions at health-care forum

CORNWALL — The changing landscape of health-care costs, quality, coverage and availability drew 70 area residents to a forum in Cornwall on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Cornwall Consolidated School. They shared their own stories and concerns about the present health-care climate and what the future holds.

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Cornwall Profiles

First Selectman
Gordon Ridgway

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Concerns voiced about sewage treatment plans

CORNWALL — A regular meeting of the West Cornwall Water/Septic Study Group on Tuesday, Oct. 10, drew 18 local residents, mostly from Upper River Road, to express their concerns and to urge the Study Group to make all evolving information readily available to the public.  
The study, undertaken by WMC Consulting Engineers of Newington, is reaching its final draft stage. Appearing at the meeting to answer questions and hear comments were engineers John Wengell and Stephen McDonnell.

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Town seeks ideas for reversing dip in population

CORNWALL — The Civic Life Project’s film “Dawn of Decline” served as a springboard for community discussion about the town’s future, at a panel forum on Sunday, Oct. 15, that filled the Cornwall library meeting room to capacity.
The documentary, produced by students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School last summer, serves as a call to action for Region One, where a declining school population is cause for concern about the future of the seven schools and the six towns they serve. 

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