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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. 

“I’m always excited about it,” Dinneen said, surveying the activity. “It’s a community fair. Neighbors visit with neighbors. It’s a good thing for the...

Cornwall

Raising funds and good cheer at CCS concert

CORNWALL — Parents wrapped warmly in coats and scarves came in from the cold on Tuesday night, Dec. 13, filling the seats in Cornwall Consolidated School’s (CCS) auditorium.  
They were welcomed to the school’s 2016 Winter Concert by CCS Principal Michael Croft, who expressed his continued admiration for the growth of the students over the course of the academic year.

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Talent on display

Harold Sanders on the tuba, pictured, played Gustav Holst’s “Themes from Jupiter” with the upper grade band at the Cornwall Consolidated School winter concert on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Story, more photos, Page A4. Singers and musicians, including senior Margaret Riccardelli on flute, entertained at the jazzy Housatonic Valley Regional High School winter program, right, on Friday,  Dec. 16. Story and more photos, click here.

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A Christmas miracle: no snow on the pageant

CORNWALL — Members of the United Church of Christ, Congregational, and the community at large rehearsed their annual Christmas pageant on a chilly Friday night, Dec. 9. The show was presented the following day, Dec. 10 (blessedly free of snow, which would have delayed the production until Sunday).
Without heat in the building and also without their costumes, the cast of the show did a run-through bundled up in outdoor winter apparel.

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Selectmen resist regionalized health district

CORNWALL — The state Department of Public Health recently proposed the consolidation of all of Connecticut’s health districts into eight county regions. According to a letter from the state that First Selectman Gordon Ridgway referred to at the selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6, the state would fund these regionalized health districts by collecting annual fees from each town equal to 1.5 percent of that town’s total operating budget.

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Sharing the wonder of a book with young readers

CORNWALL — Don’t call it “Read-Aloud-Day.” On Friday morning, Dec. 9, Principal Michael Croft of Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) flipped the script on the event that usually invites community volunteers to visit elementary and middle school classrooms to read aloud to students.
Instead, CCS’ first “Community Read and Talk” asked adult volunteers to sit back and be read to one-on-one by a student. 

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Behold

The UCC Christmas pageant in Cornwall, complete with a canine sheep, was presented on Saturday, Dec. 10, as planned. For a story about the  rather chilly rehearsal on Friday, Dec. 9, click here.

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A little book, not so light reading

CORNWALL — With the three books to her credit, author, essayists and professor of literature Betty Krasne has shown that her imagination cannot be confined to any one genre. 
In her 2006 memoir “A Dangerous Thing” Krasne looks back at the limited expectations set for her in her education as a young woman and the great pivot her life took as she enrolled in a progressive school that sparked her lifelong determination to learn, grow  and teach. 

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New old store expected in Norfolk

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NORFOLK — Ryan Craig, who owned the Berkshire Country Store in West Cornwall for two years (until 2015), will open a new shop in Norfolk. 
Also called the Berkshire Country Store, it will be located in the center of town, on Station Place. 
Craig, who lives in Goshen, has been busy with renovations, including painting the interior and putting in new refrigerators and freezers and other kitchen equipment. 

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Vigilantes and the bloom of an outlaw life

CORNWALL — Author and Housatonic Valley Regional High School history teacher Peter Vermilyea gave a talk at the Cornwall Library on Saturday, Nov. 19, on the history of crime and criminals in Litchfield County.
This was the latest stop on his tour of the Northwest Corner to promote his new nonfiction book, “Wicked Litchfield,” a spiritual successor to his 2014 work, “The Hidden History of Litchfield County.” 

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New ambulance is decked out for safety

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department showed off its brand new ambulance amid a festive holiday church scene in Cornwall Village on Saturday, Dec. 3.
The vehicle was displayed in front of the United Church of Christ parish house, where the annual Christmas fair was also taking place, from morning to early afternoon.  
Brought into service in October, the ambulance has the build of a four-wheel-drive 2016 Ford F-450 chassis with a customized box.  

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