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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

2011 property revaluation to begin

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CORNWALL — It seems like the dust is just settling from the last revaluation of properties, but it’s that time again. The 2011 reval will be conducted over the course of the coming months.
Adjustments to property assessments will be noted on the grand list (the total value of taxable property) as of Oct. 1, 2011, and will impact tax bills beginning July 2012.

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Principal Vaughan announces his resignation

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CORNWALL — Principal Robert Vaughan, who arrived at Cornwall Consolidated School less than two years ago, officially announced his resignation as of the end of the school year.

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Next session is March 8 Plans for senior housing discussed at hearing

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CORNWALL — A special permit for a Cornwall Housing Corporation (CHC) senior apartment complex is in the midst of a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z). It will continue March 8 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
The 10 apartments will be subsidized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and restricted to those age 62 and over who meet income requirements.
The exterior and interior

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Curator at Historical Society seeks to include community

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CORNWALL — A new curator has been hired at the Cornwall Historical Society.
Raechel Guest’s tenure will overlap with that of Michele Musto’s, who will stay long enough to finish organizing this summer’s exhibit. Guest is officially the executive director/curator.

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Fundraising concert Feb. 20

A concert of music for viola and piano will be held Sunday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m. at the United Church of Christ in Cornwall. It will benefit the residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Tickets are $15 at the door. Pianist Anne Chamberlain and violist Ronald Carbone will play music by Brahms, Schubert and Grandos. Carbone plays with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra and is also the principal violist in the American Ballet Theatre orchestra. Chamberlain teaches at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and also teaches piano students at the Great Barrington Rudolph Steiner School.

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Hearing on CHC plans brings out comments for and against

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CORNWALL — A public hearing on a proposed special permit for the construction of what would be the town’s first subsidized senior housing was continued following a session before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Feb. 8.
About 90 minutes were devoted to a first look at architectural drawings, siting of the building and other features on the Kent Road (Route 7) lot, comments for and against the project and questions posed to developer Cornwall Housing Corporation (CHC) by P&Z members and the town’s planning consultant.

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Endowment funds shared

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CORNWALL — Following a determination on how much of a town endowment fund can be spent, the Board of Selectman voted last week to make three awards.
Investments that have not been as productive in the past have left $1,200 in interest to be dispersed. By coincidence, the same day that information was received at Town Hall, a request came in for program funding.

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Six join Conservation Committee

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CORNWALL — The Board of Selectmen appointed a Conservation Committee Feb. 7. The board voted unanimously to seat six people: Jean Bouteiller, Donald Bardot, Kim Herkimer, Patrick Mulberry, Graham Underwood and Brian Thomas.
The commission, along with a committee on aging, was re-established by a unanimous vote at the Oct. 22 annual town meeting. The formation of an economic study group was also approved.
The Conservation Commission attracted more than enough interest. Candidates were chosen based on knowledge and experience.

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Town official: Snow is creating emergency conditions

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CORNWALL — Snow is the word on everyone’s lips. Cornwall First Selectman Gordon Ridgway was anxious to get the word out about issues it’s causing — and precautions residents and businesses should take.
He broke it down to a list of three: snowload on roofs, ice damming and emergency access.
“We are beyond the point of just waiting for it to melt,” Ridgway said. “We don’t know what else is coming and we are already at a marginal point.”
Anyone who has not cleared snow from roofs, especially those with a shallow pitch, is pressing their luck.

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Vanicky will now head town crew

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CORNWALL — Jim Vanicky has been chosen as the town’s new highway crew foreman.
The Board of Selectmen voted Feb. 7 to hire Vanicky from among a number of candidates. He has been the interim foreman since last fall, following the resignation of Rick Stone.
Vanicky, a former Cornwall resident, lives in Goshen, but serves as assistant fire chief of the Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department. He was to start as the official foreman on Feb. 8.

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