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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

Seeking grace in honoring lives lost

As is traditional, Cornwall celebrated Memorial Day with three services. 
One was the Seamen’s Service at 11 a.m. at the historic Covered Bridge. Members of the Cornwall Post 9856 VFW Post processed, with flags, through the village to the old-fashioned directional sign, where Richard Sears offered an invocation in remembrance of  “all who have been, and who are today, members of the United States Armed Services.”

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Revealing plans for The Bend

CORNWALL — Plans for preliminary upgrades at The Bend, south of the Covered Bridge in West Cornwall, will be provided by Eversource in early June, according to a project report heard at the Tuesday, May 15, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway reported that initial improvements will include bringing in fill to level the area, installing a public toilet and providing river access for filling a fire department tanker truck.

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Cornwall approves budget

CORNWALL — By unanimous vote, 30 residents at the annual town meeting in Cornwall on Friday, May 18, passed both the town and education budgets, totaling $6,956,191, including capital projects and debt service. 
The total is an increase in spending of $197,092, or 2.92 percent, over the current year. 
Lisa Simont was elected meeting moderator.

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Tuition rates set for Cornwall Consolidated School

CORNWALL — Tuition rates for out-of-district students wishing to attend Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) were discussed and set at the regular meeting of the Board of Education on Wednesday, May 16.

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Cornwall town meeting vote

CORNWALL — All taxpayers in the town of Cornwall are encouraged to attend the annual town meeting at the Cornwall Consolidated School on Friday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m.
During the meeting, residents will hear details of the 2018-19 budgets proposed by the town’s boards of selectmen and education and have an opportunity to comment. Following the presentations, residents will vote on the budgets.

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Questions and concerns about septic plans are aired

CORNWALL — In an effort to understand water and septic issues facing some residents of the village, the West Cornwall Water/Septic study group held a public hearing on Tuesday, May 8. Three representatives of state agencies were there. A variety of concerns were heard from the capacity turn-out at the Hughes Library.

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Bridge will close 30 days for repairs

CORNWALL — The Covered Bridge in West Cornwall will close to traffic at the end of this summer so repairs can be made. Businesses in the village discussed ways to minimize the impact at the Tuesday, May 1, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
“The bridge will be closed for the shortest possible time,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway promised, reviewing the tight timetable.

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Budget sails through hearing

CORNWALL — The public hearing on the proposed Cornwall 2018-19 budget on Friday, April 20, attracted about 25 town residents, a few of whom asked for clarification, but none of whom expressed any particular concerns.
The selectmen’s side of the proposed budget totals $1,995,026, an increase of $92,532 over the current year’s budget, or 4.86 percent. 

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A new crop of recycled art at the dump

CORNWALL — As sometimes happens, it was a blustery weekend for the 18th annual Art @ the Dump show at the Cornwall transfer station, on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22.
This year, 46 artists participated.
Tags on the artwork flipped wildly around in the wind as customers inspected them to try and figure out who had made them and how much they cost. The average price for works, in case you’re wondering, is about $30. 

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Train derails near river

CORNWALL — A Housatonic Railroad train derailed between West Cornwall and Falls Village near River Road on Tuesday, April 10.
Housatonic Railroad Operations Manager Eric Boardman, working from their North Canaan office, said Monday, April 16, that the cause of the accident is unknown. The train was a mix of empty cars and some that were carrying demolition debris.

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