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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. 

Cornwall

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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So far so good on town winter snow budget

CORNWALL — Now halfway through the 2017-18 budget year, the Cornwall Board of Selectmen met on Tuesday, Jan. 2, and reviewed totals in expenditures and revenues, satisfied that both are in balance and on course as projected. The fiscal year begins on July 1.

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Covered Bridge will get new steel, deck

CORNWALL — Expected to take 224 days to complete, work on repairs to West Cornwall’s historic Covered Bridge has begun, according to an update heard by the Board of Selectmen at their Dec. 19 meeting.
Reporting on the work was Roger Kane, consultant to the selectmen on bridges in town. 
The project is expected to cost $1.3 million. The bridge will remain open to traffic during most of that time, although it will be closed for 29 days next September, beginning on or about Labor Day weekend. 

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Regional programs eyed

CORNWALL — Shared youth and family services and regionalized public programs are being explored by the Cornwall Board of Selectmen as an economically efficient way for area towns to meet the needs of residents now and in the future.  The selectmen met on Dec. 19 to hear presentations by representatives of two regional service organizations.

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Remembering the roots of Christmas

The United Church of Christ in Cornwall, Congregational’s annual Community Christmas Pageant was held on Sunday, Dec. 10.  Area children and adults took part, as did one dog dressed as a sheep. The annual pageant is a favorite Cornwall tradition that begins the Christmas season.

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Where T-shirts come from is related in history show

CORNWALL — Drawn by an interest in T-shirts, area art enthusiasts flocked to the Saturday, Dec. 16, opening of the historical society’s winter pop-up exhibit, Cornwall in T-shirts, where 54 were on display.
The idea for the exhibit came from Connie Steuerwalt, according to historical society Executive Director Jamie Cantoni, who said that the idea has been under consideration for several years. It was only this year that the T-shirt show became the theme of an experimental idea to mount a mid-winter exhibit.

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Berkshire Theatre Group’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ in Pittsfield

Celebrate the holiday tradition of  “A Christmas Carol” with the whole family as The Berkshire Theatre Group performs this timeless Dickens classic at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. 
This community production runs through Dec. 22. Tickets: Adults: $38 Children 16 and under: $28.
The Colonial Theatre is located at 111 South Street, Pittsfield, Mass. For tickets and more information call 413-997-4444 or go to www. berkshiretheatregroup.org.

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Selectmen plan for bridge repairs

CORNWALL — The next round of bridge repairs was discussed at the Tuesday, Dec. 5, meeting of the Board of Selectmen. The work will be funded with $1.5 million borrowed last year.
Under discussion are repairs to West Cornwall bridges on Ford Hill Road, Smith Place and the town road to the gravel bank.  The Flat Rocks Road bridge was repaired last summer.

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A happy handmade holiday

The United Church of Christ in Cornwall held its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 2, with wreaths, crafts, food and holiday spirit in abundance.

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