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CORNWALL — Now halfway through the 2017-18 budget year, the Cornwall Board of Selectmen met on Tuesday, Jan. 2, and reviewed totals in expenditures and revenues, satisfied that both are in balance and on course as projected. The fiscal year begins on July 1.

State grants are not dramatically different from what was anticipated, according to Cornwall First Selectman Gordon Ridgway, who reported that $571 has been received in state support for education. Nothing had been budgeted, so the town is a bit ahead, although he noted that the state has an obligation to provide...

Cornwall

Bear Watch: Enough already with bears eating bird seed

CORNWALL — Lazlo Gyorsok is annoyed about the bears coming to his house and treating the bird feeders as though they were an ursine cafeteria.
“I’m considering not feeding the birds,” he said in an email on Nov. 27. 
The email was accompanied by these astonishingly clear photos of the bear in a tree outside  his house. 
“I took these photos right from my kitchen window,” he said. “The bears are here now practically every day.”

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School-community meeting Dec. 5

CORNWALL — Policy review will be a key initiative in the coming year for the Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) Board of Education. They will look to the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) for support and assistance. The board voted unanimously to join CABE at their meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

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Pearly’s Café gives and gets a warm welcome in Cornwall

CORNWALL — Now six weeks into operation, Sean and Justina Aylmer exchange frequent smiles in their new restaurant, Pearly’s Farmhouse Café, just the other side of the historic Covered Bridge in West Cornwall. They are in the building occupied for many years by The Wandering Moose Cafe.
“We have had tremendous community support,” Justina said. “Everyone seems happy that we’re open.”  

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Ways to make Route 7 safer

CORNWALL  — Installing a new crosswalk in Cornwall will mean that the area will be designated as a no-passing zone, according to discussion at the Tuesday, Nov. 7, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said that he has spoken with project engineer Scott Hesketh who had, in turn, heard from the state Department of Transportation (DOT). The crosswalk is designed to extend between the market in Cornwall Bridge and the lumber yard.

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Sewers hold the key to Cornwall growth

CORNWALL — A detailed wastewater management study for West Cornwall has been delivered to the selectmen, who invited the public to an informational meeting on Friday, Nov. 10, at Cornwall Town Hall. The meeting drew about 40 residents on a chilly night.

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Honoring Prentice, provider of hope

CORNWALL — When Tim Prentice received a phone call from the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council last month, he was surprised to learn that he was one of the organization’s 2017 CultureMAX honorees and would be receiving their Lifetime Achievement award.
During a recent interview about the honor, the Cornwall sculptor avoided any talk of gratitude or pride, choosing instead to deflect emotions with humor.

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A life spent solving property mysteries

CORNWALL — Cornwall’s Bobbi Tyson has searched property titles for the past 50 years, verifying the authenticity of ownership as part of the title transfer process.
Tyson learned the art of title searching when she moved to Cornwall in 1966, and made a long and interesting career out of it.  Although her training was of the “on the job” variety, she said that there are now training courses available in area colleges.

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Volunteers needed: Town plan seen as a way to build population

CORNWALL — Cornwall’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) began work on updating the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) by holding a planning forum at Cornwall Consolidated School on Friday, Oct. 20.

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In search of innovation

CORNWALL — Taking action to make it easier for residents to gain seats on the Park and Recreation Commission, Cornwall residents at the Friday, Oct. 27, annual town meeting voted unanimously to change the ordinance.
Selectmen will now be authorized to fill vacancies by appointing new members. In the past, commissioners were elected to office.

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Many, many questions at health-care forum

CORNWALL — The changing landscape of health-care costs, quality, coverage and availability drew 70 area residents to a forum in Cornwall on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Cornwall Consolidated School. They shared their own stories and concerns about the present health-care climate and what the future holds.

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