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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

Making a living today in Cornwall

CORNWALL — Faced with dwindling population numbers, Cornwall is proactively pursuing options to reverse the trend.  
Making a Living was a panel discussion sponsored by the Cornwall Historical Society on Sunday,  Oct. 8, at Town Hall. Residents of all ages shared stories of entrepreneurial success.
Volunteering to guide the discussion and keep it lively was Richard Schlesinger, a Cornwall resident and Emmy Award-winning television journalist.

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A paperboy’s walk around West Cornwall of the 1950s

CORNWALL — Telling stories of West Cornwall in the 1950s, a vastly different place in comparison with today’s village, local metal sculptor Denis Curtiss (who was Denny, the paperboy, in those years) led a walking tour on Saturday, Sept. 30.
Curtiss’ stories included memories of bygone businesses and a “blue-collar” village lifestyle that has receded into the past. About 25 residents and visitors gathered for the walk around West Cornwall, envisioning the 18 active businesses in the village.

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To elect or appoint is question for Oct. 27 meeting

CORNWALL — Whether to appoint or elect members of the Park and Recreation Commission drew discussion at the Tuesday, Oct. 3, meeting of the Board of Selectmen. 
Terming the arguments “compelling” as presented in two letters that were read aloud, the selectmen voted to include the matter in the call to the annual town meeting scheduled for Friday, Oct. 27. The letters were submitted by Town Clerk Vera Dinneen and Park and Recreation Director Jennifer Markow.

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State plan: mini homes for the elderly

CORNWALL — Cornwall has chosen not to opt out of a state program that would allow mini homes to be erected adjacent to existing homes. These homes, according to the state plan, would be used to house the elderly. The program was discussed at the Tuesday, Oct. 3, meeting of the Cornwall selectmen.
In July, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a bill allowing for mobile or temporary residential structures so that families could care for an elderly relative with physical or mental impairment.

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Sharon walking track open, just in time for fall foliage

SHARON — Phase one of the walking trail at Veterans Field in Sharon is now complete and, just in time for leaf season, it’s ready for residents of all area towns of all ages to come out and take a hike. 
The pathway now extends about a quarter mile. It will eventually double in size, to a half mile. It’s an easy distance for walkers who want a light workout; more ambitious exercisers can traverse the trail multiple times.

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High test scores for Cornwall students

CORNWALL — The 2017-18 school year got off to a smooth start largely due to hard work and good planning by Cornwall Consolidated School staff, Principal Mike Croft told the Board of Education at their first meeting of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 20.
Reporting good results in last year’s reading assessments, Croft told the board that all but one of their 42 students enrolled in grades one through four scored above grade level or demonstrated a significant improvement in reading ability. The coming year will focus on math achievement, he said.

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A wake-up call on need to attract more people to town

CORNWALL — This fall will bring multiple opportunities for residents to engage in planning for the town’s near and distant future according to information presented at the Tuesday, Sept. 19, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway announced that the annual town meeting is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 27, and will be held at Cornwall Consolidated School. That meeting brings residents up to date on the work of each of the town’s boards and commissions.

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Flat Rocks Road bridge repair begins

CORNWALL — Signs are up signaling the start of work to replace the Flat Rocks Road bridge. The Cornwall selectmen heard a progress report at their Tuesday, Sept. 5, meeting and learned that the road was expected to close to traffic on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
“The project is underway,” bridge advisor Roger Kane reported. Utility poles will be relocated to make room for the work.

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Conserving Cornwall draws newcomers to library

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Conservation Trust was the subject of a lecture held by the Cornwall Association before the annual tea to welcome new residents to town. The talk was held, to  a capacity audience at the library, on the same afternoon as the annual Cornwall Agricultural Fair on Saturday, Sept. 9.
Priscilla Pavel, president of the Cornwall Association, introduced the speaker and welcomed newcomers to town, several of whom stayed for tea afterward.

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Cow chips, ahoy! Fun for all at Agricultural Fair

CORNWALL — Cornwall legend has it that the Cow Chip Contest — the traditional closing event for the town’s annual Agricultural Fair —  lasted about four hours one year. The cows who had been recruited for the task of dropping a moist chip on one square (marked off in a large field) apparently weren’t in a hurry to deliver their parcels.
With that story making its rounds at this year’s harvest season festivities, it was a relief that on Saturday, Sept. 9, the game came to a head after only 20 minutes. 

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