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CORNWALL — Three hours after the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Cornwall residents gathered at Town Hall to share stories of family members who served in the military and came home to Cornwall. 

Stories of World War I — the war to end all wars — became part of a conversation about war experiences during the century elapsed since the 1918 armistice.

“It was the first modern war,” Lisa Simont, president of the Cornwall Historical Society, said of World War I, as she introduced a program fashioned to be a community conversation...

Cornwall

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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The way we were

Cornwall hosted an old-time agricultural fair (the 26th in the town’s history) on Saturday, Sept. 9, on the town Green. For a story, visit Cow chips, ahoy! Fun for all at Agricultural Fair

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West Cornwall restaurant to open

CORNWALL — A new American cuisine restaurant will open in September at the former location of the Wandering Moose restaurant, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway told the selectmen at their Aug. 22 meeting.
The new tenants will be moving to Cornwall from Marlborough, Mass., hoping to renovate the restaurant to offer “comfort food” throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
“It sounds very positive,” Ridgway said, adding that he hopes that the town will turn out to support the business when it opens.

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