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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. 

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Cornwall plans 6 percent cut in school spending

CORNWALL — In an unusual move, the Cornwall Board of Education has put together a spending plan for the 2018-19 fiscal year that shows a 6.08 percent reduction in spending, or $152,934 less than was budgeted for this year.
The spending plan was presented to the Board of Finance onThursday, March 8. The education plan and the municipal spending plan submitted by the Board of Selectmen will be discussed at the finance board meeting on Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

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Doubling up on teachers to cut

CORNWALL — In a continuing effort to hold costs down and identify savings, the Cornwall Board of Education considered a draft spending plan for 2018-19 at their regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in preparation for presentation of their proposed budget to the Board of Finance in March.
Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) Principal Mike Croft noted that his school has identified a 6 percent reduction in spending over current levels, which in turn was a 7 percent reduction over the previous year.

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Railroad spraying a concern again

CORNWALL — Following submission of a 2018 vegetative spraying plan by the Housatonic Railroad Company, the Cornwall Board of Selectmen discussed what the plan said and what it did not say, at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
“It explains why it needs to be done,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said, noting that it conforms to the legal requirements that towns be notified and given a copy of the management plan.  The railroad company is responsible for the right-of-way along their tracks. 

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And of course the llama attended the stroll ...

CORNWALL — Neighborliness and joy filled the air in West Cornwall as the Winter Stroll, now in its second year, brought residents and visitors to the village to participate in seven events sponsored by local businesses.
There was a nature walk, a rake-making enterprise, a chance to taste and compare four maple syrups from Cornwall producers, a raffle for a wine gift basket, Shaker-style furniture artfully displayed, music accompanying the art in the Souterrain Gallery, and even a strolling llama named Harley with a friendly disposition.

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Recalling the rough life and romance of riding the rails

CORNWALL — The life of a hobo was the subject of a program led by two Cornwall adventurers on Saturday, Feb. 10. Their topic was so tantalizing that the Cornwall Library meeting room was filled to capacity.
“It’s easy to romanticize, but there was nothing romantic about it,” recalled Dick Sears as he introduced the program, which included his own experiences and those of Jerry Doolittle. While they never traveled the rails together, the risks they described were similar.

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Towns now see need to grow their economy

CORNWALL — Adjusting an earlier decision to remain neutral on a Cornwall Land Trust proposal to conserve 104 additional acres along Furnace Brook Road on the eastern side of town, the selectmen voted to support the proposal at their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

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The tree of life, in works by Nash Gill

CORNWALL — Since Bryan Nash Gill’s unexpected death in 2013 his wife, Gina, has made it her mission to find galleries to exhibit the work. 
Creating art “was a form of breathing for him,” Gill said, standing in front of an impressively large print by her late husband. The flat cross-section of a tree’s center, rings expanding outward toward the frame and printed in a bright barn red boldly greeted visitors to the opening of “Reflections” at the Cornwall Library on Saturday night, Feb. 3. 

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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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