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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

How Cornwall helps its people

CORNWALL — Embarking on the annual budget preparation process, the Board of Selectmen in Cornwall heard a review of the town’s social services programs at their meeting on Monday, Jan. 29.
Social Services Director Jane Sellery reported that this year town residents were helped with health-care needs that included prescriptions, eyeglasses, hearing and dental — the latter being a critical need that had not been funded in the past.

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Hard hearts can be a sign of love

CORNWALL — A busy intersection will be even busier when iron artisan William Trowbridge of Sharon opens his new shop in Cornwall Bridge. There will be an open house at his Wild Iron Forge on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m.
The new shop offers handcrafted iron pieces, including Trowbridge’s popular iron hearts, a favorite every year at Valentine’s Day.  

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Planning for future, hoping for growth

CORWALL — Recognizing the vital importance of continually improving Cornwall, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) held an open meeting on Saturday, Jan. 20, inviting all 18 of the town’s boards and commissions to come to Town Hall and report on their goals.
P&Z Chair David Colbert said that the Saturday meeting was not intended to address updates to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development, which has to be updated every 10 years; Cornwall’s must be completed by May 2020.  

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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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