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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.

“It was a rough life; it was hard times,” Sears said.

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Cornwall

Covered Bridge will get new steel, deck

CORNWALL — Expected to take 224 days to complete, work on repairs to West Cornwall’s historic Covered Bridge has begun, according to an update heard by the Board of Selectmen at their Dec. 19 meeting.
Reporting on the work was Roger Kane, consultant to the selectmen on bridges in town. 
The project is expected to cost $1.3 million. The bridge will remain open to traffic during most of that time, although it will be closed for 29 days next September, beginning on or about Labor Day weekend. 

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Regional programs eyed

CORNWALL — Shared youth and family services and regionalized public programs are being explored by the Cornwall Board of Selectmen as an economically efficient way for area towns to meet the needs of residents now and in the future.  The selectmen met on Dec. 19 to hear presentations by representatives of two regional service organizations.

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Remembering the roots of Christmas

The United Church of Christ in Cornwall, Congregational’s annual Community Christmas Pageant was held on Sunday, Dec. 10.  Area children and adults took part, as did one dog dressed as a sheep. The annual pageant is a favorite Cornwall tradition that begins the Christmas season.

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Where T-shirts come from is related in history show

CORNWALL — Drawn by an interest in T-shirts, area art enthusiasts flocked to the Saturday, Dec. 16, opening of the historical society’s winter pop-up exhibit, Cornwall in T-shirts, where 54 were on display.
The idea for the exhibit came from Connie Steuerwalt, according to historical society Executive Director Jamie Cantoni, who said that the idea has been under consideration for several years. It was only this year that the T-shirt show became the theme of an experimental idea to mount a mid-winter exhibit.

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Berkshire Theatre Group’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ in Pittsfield

Celebrate the holiday tradition of  “A Christmas Carol” with the whole family as The Berkshire Theatre Group performs this timeless Dickens classic at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. 
This community production runs through Dec. 22. Tickets: Adults: $38 Children 16 and under: $28.
The Colonial Theatre is located at 111 South Street, Pittsfield, Mass. For tickets and more information call 413-997-4444 or go to www. berkshiretheatregroup.org.

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Selectmen plan for bridge repairs

CORNWALL — The next round of bridge repairs was discussed at the Tuesday, Dec. 5, meeting of the Board of Selectmen. The work will be funded with $1.5 million borrowed last year.
Under discussion are repairs to West Cornwall bridges on Ford Hill Road, Smith Place and the town road to the gravel bank.  The Flat Rocks Road bridge was repaired last summer.

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A happy handmade holiday

The United Church of Christ in Cornwall held its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 2, with wreaths, crafts, food and holiday spirit in abundance.

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Cornwall ready to tackle big issues

CORNWALL — Cornwall town officials are rolling up their sleeves and getting ready to take a fresh look at ongoing problems in the town.
As a first step, they welcomed Priscilla Pavel to the Board of Selectmen; she was elected on Nov. 7 and attended her first meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway and incumbent Selectman Richard Bramley offered brief welcoming remarks.  

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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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