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CORNWALL — Sunny weather greeted the Cornwall residents who came out, in droves, to celebrate the 150 years that the Cornwall Library has been serving the community since 15 books were checked out on its first day of operation in 1869. 

Records suggest that the first book to be borrowed was “Little Women,” to be read by Mrs. E. D. Benedict.

The early library was in the study of the Rev. E. C. Sanford, and it was only open two afternoons each month. The cost for a year’s membership in the Cornwall Library Association was $3, according to...

Cornwall

The Little Guild is ready to grow in the new year

CORNWALL — Established in its role as an animal rescue resource for the area, The Little Guild is searching for more land space on which to build to provide expanded service for its furry clients and their future owners.

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Learning about climate change and legislation

CORNWALL — A learning experience in the real-world climate change debate brought two curricula together and involved fifth- through eighth-grade students at Cornwall Consolidated School. 
It came to a conclusion with a mock state senatorial hearing held at the school on Friday, Feb. 8.

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Green burial options and challenges described

WEST CORNWALL — The idea of having a “green burial” after one dies is becoming more and more popular nationwide, and this past Sunday, Feb. 3, about 40 people came to the Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall to learn more about it. 
Green burial allows a body to decompose naturally, without embalming, sealed coffins or cremation. 

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Town plans keep our area lovely

CORNWALL — Cornwall’s Planning and Zoning Commission invited town residents to a special meeting on Saturday, Jan. 26, to give their opinions on what they want their town to look like and how they want it to change (if at all) over the next decade.
The town is beginning to work on its Town Plan of Conservation and Development. The state requires all 169 Connecticut towns to revise their town plan every 10 years; towns that don’t comply are not eligible for state grants. 

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Debate goes on over affordable housing versus open space

CORNWALL — Although no decisions were made, the subjects of a septic treatment facility in West Cornwall and land conservation versus development were discussed at a meeting of the Cornwall Board of Selectmen on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Seeking a septic site

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2018: A clearing at the Bend

CORNWALL — After what some estimated as 30 to 40 years of discussion, voters came together for a town meeting in August to approve plans for cleaning and re-grading the 3-acre site south of the Covered  Bridge, known as The Bend. The site had become overgrown with vegetation and had suffered from neglect for years.

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Two philosophies seek common ground at selectmen’s meeting

CORNWALL — A conflict between the goal of preserving land for future generations and the need to offer developable land to preserve the town was debated at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

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An invitation to go a-touring

CORNWALL — If you are feeling bound to your own town, you might want to consider venturing out and about in the state. If you think your town is great — and it is, for sure — other towns offer their own compelling histories, sites  and people, all worth getting to know.

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A holiday stroll in West Cornwall

Elf Joe Brien showed visitors including Kara Stuller and her daughter, Tallulah, how to make wooden bouncer toys at the Souterrain Gallery in West Cornwall on Saturday, Dec. 8, during the annual Holiday Stroll. 

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Updates and appointments in Cornwall

CORNWALL — Progress reports on various Cornwall projects were shared at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Dec. 4, including work on the Covered Bridge and the Bend. 
There were also appointments made to volunteer boards and commissions.
The recent problem with the new floor boards on the Covered Bridge was corrected by sawing an eighth of an inch off some of the planks to allow for weather-related expansion, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said.  

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