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CORNWALL — The state’s hatchery trucks delivered some 9,000 brown and rainbow trout to the Housatonic Trout Management Area early last week.

On Friday, Sept. 13, I ventured into the river on the River Road side in Cornwall around noon, thinking I’d while away a couple of hours catching silly stocked trout.

It would make a nice change of pace from floating around a lake bothering bass.

Some six hours later, I staggered out with a sore shoulder after catching at least 70 trout, plus the odd small-mouth bass and whitefish.

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Cornwall

Air quality monitor approved

CORNWALL — Adding to the data now collected by the state’s air quality monitoring station at Mohawk Mountain, the Cornwall selectmen approved funding to install a second air monitoring device at their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26. 
The project was initially approved by the selectmen at their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, clearing the way for seeking funding.

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Increases in key areas in Cornwall budget

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Board of Selectmen presented their 2019-20 budget proposal to the Board of Finance at a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21.  
The draft budget, as proposed, shows an expenditure increase of 3.31 percent over the current year, or a total of $2,068,268, up by $66,241.
Before reviewing the proposed budget line by line, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway told the finance board, “We did our best.”

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The Little Guild is ready to grow in the new year

CORNWALL — Established in its role as an animal rescue resource for the area, The Little Guild is searching for more land space on which to build to provide expanded service for its furry clients and their future owners.

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Learning about climate change and legislation

CORNWALL — A learning experience in the real-world climate change debate brought two curricula together and involved fifth- through eighth-grade students at Cornwall Consolidated School. 
It came to a conclusion with a mock state senatorial hearing held at the school on Friday, Feb. 8.

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Green burial options and challenges described

WEST CORNWALL — The idea of having a “green burial” after one dies is becoming more and more popular nationwide, and this past Sunday, Feb. 3, about 40 people came to the Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall to learn more about it. 
Green burial allows a body to decompose naturally, without embalming, sealed coffins or cremation. 

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Town plans keep our area lovely

CORNWALL — Cornwall’s Planning and Zoning Commission invited town residents to a special meeting on Saturday, Jan. 26, to give their opinions on what they want their town to look like and how they want it to change (if at all) over the next decade.
The town is beginning to work on its Town Plan of Conservation and Development. The state requires all 169 Connecticut towns to revise their town plan every 10 years; towns that don’t comply are not eligible for state grants. 

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Debate goes on over affordable housing versus open space

CORNWALL — Although no decisions were made, the subjects of a septic treatment facility in West Cornwall and land conservation versus development were discussed at a meeting of the Cornwall Board of Selectmen on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Seeking a septic site

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2018: A clearing at the Bend

CORNWALL — After what some estimated as 30 to 40 years of discussion, voters came together for a town meeting in August to approve plans for cleaning and re-grading the 3-acre site south of the Covered  Bridge, known as The Bend. The site had become overgrown with vegetation and had suffered from neglect for years.

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Two philosophies seek common ground at selectmen’s meeting

CORNWALL — A conflict between the goal of preserving land for future generations and the need to offer developable land to preserve the town was debated at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

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An invitation to go a-touring

CORNWALL — If you are feeling bound to your own town, you might want to consider venturing out and about in the state. If you think your town is great — and it is, for sure — other towns offer their own compelling histories, sites  and people, all worth getting to know.

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