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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

Selectmen discuss corn-stomping bears

CORNWALL  — Responding to a report of five bears seen trampling a local crop of sweet corn, the Cornwall selectmen agreed to pursue the matter with state officials at their meeting on Tuesday, Sept.19.
“Clearly the exploding population of bears is causing damage in a way that wasn’t a factor until recently,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway observed.

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A party for the Covered Bridge

CORNWALL — The Covered Bridge Morning Social on Saturday, Sept. 29, was hosted by the Cornwall Foundation and Pearly’s Farmhouse Cafe. Coffee and abundant tasty pastries awaited visitors and foundation supporters. 
Foundation President Andrea Geisser and Treasurer Louise Riley acquainted guests with the admirable contribution that the organization has made since its beginnings in 2003. 
“Its purpose is to support the programs of local charities and institutions that enhance life in Cornwall,” she said. 

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Safe passage

Gina Neto of Mohawk Northeast was finishing up minor details on the Covered Bridge renovation in West Cornwall on Monday morning, Sept. 24. The bridge, between Route 7 in Sharon and West Cornwall, was closed on Sept. 4 for work on the floor of the bridge. The work is done and the bridge is open. Cars now pass through making almost no noise.

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Plans for The Bend win final approval

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.

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What’s old is new again for Town Hall Players

CORNWALL — Local theater at its best will be off to a strong start this month with the revival of the Town Hall Players and their production of Jeff Baron’s “Visiting Mr. Green.” Revival of the Players also heralds a revival of the Town Hall stage and theater space, a nod to the original vision for the building when it was built in 1908.

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An urgent call: Protect the river from knotweed

CORNWALL — Control or prevention of the spread of the invasive Japanese knotweed, which is abundant in many area towns, drew discussion at a meeting of the Housatonic River Commission (HRC) held on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Reporting to the HRC was Tom Zetterstrom, the area’s knotweed network co-ordinator and an expert on invasive non-native plants. 

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Celebrating the good old days

CORNWALL — On an overcast but temperate day, the 27th annual Cornwall Agricultural Fair welcomed waves of enthusiasts to the town Green on Saturday, Sept. 8, to see live animal exhibits, buy from vendors and visit with people they had not seen for a spell.
Following a rousing welcoming speech by Bill Dinneen, president of the Agriculture Commission, the fair was underway. 

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Cell phone reception under study

CORNWALL — Poor phone signal strength throughout the town was discussed by the Cornwall selectmen at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
While her husband drove, Selectman Priscilla Pavel reported that she had mapped AT&T signal strength using her own cell phone. She said that they drove over every road in town, never finding more than one or two “bars.”  
She noted that outgoing calls fail if there is just one bar.  Using the data she collected, she said that she would create a map showing where there is no service.

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A fair lady

Among the many attractions at the Cornwall Ag Fair on Saturday, Sept. 8, was Jahana Hayes, candidate for the 5th District in Congress. It was her first time holding a chicken. For a story and more photos from the fair, see Celebrating the good old days.

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Getting to work after Labor Day

Work began on schedule on West Cornwall’s historic Covered Bridge. It is expected to take one month; during that time, travelers will need to find alternate routes for entering the village.

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