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CORNWALL — Guided by the recently adopted Town Plan of Conservation and Development, the Cornwall selectmen discussed preliminary goals for the coming year at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Town Hall.

The annual budget process will begin in January. 

“At this point in the year, there are no major budget problems connected with the 2019 budget,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway reported, as he reviewed the outline of the 2019 capital expenditures budget, as well as the town operating budget.

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Cornwall

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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art@thedump @ the artgarage

This year it was the artgarage at Housatonic Valley Regional High School that benefited from the annual art@thedump art sale held as always at one of the most exclusive venues in the region: the sand shed at the town garage in Cornwall.

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Hard look at the future of area towns

CORNWALL — Demographic change is nothing new in Cornwall, argued Hamish Lutris, a professor at Capital Community College in Hartford.
And change is coming again, in the form of immigration and agriculture.
Lutris delivered the Norman Dorsen Lecture for the Cornwall Historical Society at Town Hall on Sunday, April 28.
Lutris said Cornwall was settled in 1731, and by 1775 had 1,000 inhabitants, who mostly practiced what is known as “dirt farming” — crops and a few animals — and lived a hand-to-mouth existence.

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Residents’ concerns about internet service

CORNWALL — As town officials continue to gather information about options for providing high-speed internet service to all households in Cornwall, two residents attended the Tuesday, April 16, meeting of the Board of Selectmen to air their concerns about the new technology involved in the new 5G wireless services.

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How to identify and fight green rooted aliens

CORNWALL — Gardeners and conservationists filled the meeting room at the Cornwall Library on Saturday, April 13, for an illustrated lecture by environmentalist and invasive plant specialist Tom Zetterstrom.
In a talk titled “Three Green Aliens,” Zetterstrom detailed how to recognize and control “aggressive alien” plants through management options including pulling, cutting and spot chemical applications. 

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Dreaming up worlds that are full of magic and free of screens

CORNWALL — It isn’t always easy to find books you’d like to read to your children. Cornwall native Hope Bentley wanted to produce books that “illuminate from within.” To do so, she started her own publishing company, Golden Light Factory, in Vermont, where she now lives with her husband and children (although she still returns to the Northwest Corner to visit with her father, Hugh Cheney).  

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A distinctive view of nature

CORNWALL — There was a large turnout for a reception at the Cornwall Congregational Church on Sunday, March 24, for the art work of Scott Zuckerman. 
The theme of the exhibit might be described as nature in motion. His brush strokes add movement through texture; dappled color captures living beings in their natural environment. Impressionism comes to mind.
“Snow is not white,” Zuckerman pointed out when speaking about one of his paintings. Indeed, snow is made of lots of colors to a painter’s eye.

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Uptick in town spending in Cornwall

CORNWALL — Receiving 2019-20 budget proposals from both the Board of Selectmen and Board of Education, the Cornwall Board of Finance voted to accept the proposals as presented at their meeting on Thursday, March 21.
The selectmen’s preliminary budget shows a requested total of $2,066,500, an increase of $64,473, or 3.22 percent, over the current budget of $2,002,027.  

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Regional approach to high-speed internet discussed

CORNWALL — Enhancing communications has long been seen as a need to promote development. Area officials are now looking at ways to band together in a regional approach to bring high-speed internet in the form of fiber optic broadband cable to Cornwall.
At their meeting on Tuesday, March 19, the selectmen in Cornwall discussed the need for high-speed internet, as a way to attract new families to town and as a way to make it possible for small businesses and cottage industries to survive here.

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