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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

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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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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A paperboy’s walk around West Cornwall of the 1950s

CORNWALL — Telling stories of West Cornwall in the 1950s, a vastly different place in comparison with today’s village, local metal sculptor Denis Curtiss (who was Denny, the paperboy, in those years) led a walking tour on Saturday, Sept. 30.
Curtiss’ stories included memories of bygone businesses and a “blue-collar” village lifestyle that has receded into the past. About 25 residents and visitors gathered for the walk around West Cornwall, envisioning the 18 active businesses in the village.

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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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