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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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Cornwall Profiles

First Selectman
Gordon Ridgway

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Concerns voiced about sewage treatment plans

CORNWALL — A regular meeting of the West Cornwall Water/Septic Study Group on Tuesday, Oct. 10, drew 18 local residents, mostly from Upper River Road, to express their concerns and to urge the Study Group to make all evolving information readily available to the public.  
The study, undertaken by WMC Consulting Engineers of Newington, is reaching its final draft stage. Appearing at the meeting to answer questions and hear comments were engineers John Wengell and Stephen McDonnell.

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Town seeks ideas for reversing dip in population

CORNWALL — The Civic Life Project’s film “Dawn of Decline” served as a springboard for community discussion about the town’s future, at a panel forum on Sunday, Oct. 15, that filled the Cornwall library meeting room to capacity.
The documentary, produced by students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School last summer, serves as a call to action for Region One, where a declining school population is cause for concern about the future of the seven schools and the six towns they serve. 

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Walking to help the river at Cornwall Consolidated

CORNWALL — Perfect weather greeted young hikers at the 15th annual Walk-a-Thon for Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) students on Friday, Oct. 13.
Walking for “fun and community” captures the spirit of the fundraising program.  Students choose and support a single charity and also raise funds for the eighth-grade class trip. 

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Wait up

A Cornwall toddler joins the CCS school-wide Walk-a-Thon, off and running on Friday, Oct. 13, as elementary grade students race ahead on their 2-mile course flanked by their teachers. Story, visit Walking to help the river at Cornwall Consolidated.

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Two legs or four, the Run Wag was a howl

CORNWALL —Thanks to the Little Guild and its annual Run/Wag 5K road race on Saturday, Oct. 14, Cornwall Village became a delightful mix of cheerful barking and friendly, ever-wagging tails. 
This event gives participants the opportunity to share a day of activities with their beloved pets. Many of the dogs were alumni of the Guild, and their joy in their new lives was obvious.  
The field totaled 160 runners; many were “team” entries (one two-legged, one four-legged running together).

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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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