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CORNWALL — A pedestrian-activated signal will soon help ensure safety in West Cornwall village. The selectmen voted to approve spending for an engineering plan for the signal at their May 16 meeting.

The selectmen expect to get a state grant to pay for the installation work, estimated at between $10,000 and $15,000.

The selectmen agreed to take $5,500 from unexpended funds from this year’s budget to hire Scott Hesketh of F.A. Hesketh and Associates of East Granby to complete the engineering plan for the project. Construction is expected to take five weeks.

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Cornwall

Who-dunnit to benefit Child Center in May

CORNWALL — Fans of murder mysteries and fans of fun are invited to a fundraiser in May to benefit the Cornwall Child Center.  “Murder in the Juice Joint” is the theme for the Roaring ’20s-style dinner  on May 20 at the Torrington Country Club.  
“This is a big one,” said Amy Bresson, director of the Child Center, describing the plans for the major annual fundraiser.  
“We want to get many, many people from Cornwall and the surrounding towns,” she added.  

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In politics, women are resisting and persisting

CORNWALL —  Roxana Robinson is the author of nine books, including a biography of American modernist painter Georgia O’Keeffe, and her recent novel, “Sparta,” which tells of a college student turned soldier experiencing the United States as an unfamiliar, traumatic place once he’s returned from his tour in Iraq. 
She is the current president of the Authors Guild, America’s oldest and largest advocacy group for writers, and teaches at Hunter College. 

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Bridge work set to begin

CORNWALL — Maintenance and repair of 14 of the 24 bridges in Cornwall is assured following a town meeting Friday, April 7.  The 25 residents who attended unanimously approved $1.5 million in spending, clearing the way for work to begin on the Flat Rocks Road bridge, the first on the prioritized list prepared by Lenard Engineering.
The project was discussed at the April 4 selectmen’s meeting. Two bids had been submitted for the Flat Rocks Road project.

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Deliciously good fun

Cornwall Consolidated School students donned their stripey socks and thought sweet thoughts for their annual drama production, “Willy Wonka Jr.,” which they presented on March 10 and 11.

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Covered Bridge repair may be done in August

WEST CORNWALL – Repairs to West Cornwall’s historic Covered Bridge may be accomplished in August rather than November as previously announced.
Reporting to the selectmen at their March 7 meeting, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said that he had received relief from officials at the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, who determined that the fish population in the river would not be unduly disturbed by the construction work.  That ruling made it possible to move the date up.

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Support, concern about Bend

CORNWALL – Soil conditions on 3 acres of formerly industrial land that is now slated for reclaiming for town recreational use were of concern to residents who attended the March 7 meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
Although the proposed project to enhance recreational access to the Housatonic River is viewed positively by most residents, those attending the meeting urged selectmen to proceed carefully with regard to the former industrial site, now owned by Eversource, the power company. 

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Presenting the Cornwall flag

A hand-sewn version of Cornwall’s flag was recently presented to retiring Cornwall Association president Ed Greene, far left, by incoming president Priscilla Pavel, far right. Also included in the photo are board members Richard Schlesinger, Lori Welles, Peter Demy and Tony Appio. The flag design was created by Michael Heming as part of the town’s 275th anniversary. It was made by fabric artist Una Rose. Details of the design elements are at www.cornwallassociation.org.

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Geer needs more funds for rides program

Increasing demand for transportation services for senior and disabled residents led to a request from Geer Village for a funding increase in the town budget in the coming fiscal year.  The request was outlined at the Tuesday, Feb. 21, meeting of the Board of Selectmen at Town Hall.
Geer Village provides Dial-a-Ride for the six area towns, using 10 vehicles with a current total usage of 80 hours weekly. The town of Cornwall also provides transportation with a senior van.  

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An after-school program to help working parents

The Board of Education has approved a proposal for an after-school enrichment program at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS). The program would begin at the start of the 2017-18 school year.
The board’s decision to approve Principal Michael J. Croft’s proposal for the program was made at a regular board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
This was an updated version of the proposal, and it included a $5,000 request from the  2017-18 education budget.

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A short weekend shopping stroll

It seemed West Cornwall’s Mid-Winter Stroll missed winter by one weekend. Compared to the cold weather and snow over the weekend of Feb. 11 and 12, the Mid-Winter Stroll (held in West Cornwall on Saturday, Feb. 18) felt like the first hint of spring. The 50-degree temperatures came across as practically balmy and by the stroll’s start at 3 p.m. the ice sculptures, sponsored by National Iron Bank and Ingersoll Furniture and shaped by the talented hands of Zejke Hermann, had already begun to melt. 

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