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CORNWALL — The West Cornwall Septic Study Group continues to meet monthly and gather information and discuss options at the neighborhood level, seeking a solution everyone can agree on.

At the Tuesday, Oct. 9, meeting the group heard a report from First Selectman Gordon Ridgway about a recent visit to Old Saybrook to learn more about their septic systems and how they work. 

He reported that each Old Saybrook homeowner is free to find an individual septic system. Therefore, some are underground systems, some are above-ground systems. Some work better than...

Cornwall

New social services head needed

CORNWALL — After two and a half years of service as Cornwall’s Director of Social Services, Jane Sellery, has resigned from her post. That resignation was received with regret from both sides at the regular meeting of the selectmen on Tuesday, August 21.
Sellery will remain in her position until the end of August, before moving to North Carolina with her husband, David, who has been named to a position with that state’s new bishop, as the Diocesan Canon for Congregational Mission.

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Plans for The Bend approved at town meeting

CORNWALL — After what some estimated as 30 to 40 years of discussion about numerous plans for The Bend in the Housatonic River, 80 voters at a Cornwall town meeting on Friday, Aug. 24, unanimously approved the most recent plan.
That plan includes parking spaces and drainage improvements at The Bend, which is a section of the river near the West Cornwall Covered Bridge. 
Although Connecticut Light and Power (also known as Eversource, the region’s electricity provider) will retain ownership, the parcel will be licensed to the town. 

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New curator brings experience and new ideas

CORNWALL — Eager to take the reins at the Cornwall Historical Society, newly appointed curator Suzie Fateh was already hard at work in her first week, envisioning, planning and organizing.
“I’m doing lots of reading and learning how things have been done here,” Fateh said, obviously enthusiastic about the prospects of the historical society and its context within the Cornwall community. 

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Town meeting Aug. 24 on plans for Bend

Plans to provide public access to the Housatonic River at The Bend in West Cornwall will be offered for approval at a special town meeting scheduled for Friday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
As part of their regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Board of Selectmen signed the call for a meeting that would authorize them to enter into a five-year license agreement with Eversource Energy, to enable the public to use the 3-acre parcel owned by Eversource at The Bend.

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A full house at art show benefits housing group

Now in its 59th year of celebrating art in Cornwall, the Rose Algrant Art Show welcomed hundreds of art lovers to its opening reception on Friday, Aug. 10, at the Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall. 
The show continued until Sunday, Aug. 12.

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Snake Watch

WEST CORNWALL — James Saunders sent an email on July 30 with a photo of a rattlesnake and the following explanation.
“I live in West Cornwall and have been reading The Lakeville Journal for 35 years. I have seen and read photos and stories of animals in your paper over the years. We have bears on the property and have seen bobcats and a mountain lion. 
“Today I saw something new: this rattlesnake on West Cornwall road, halfway between Sharon and West Cornwall.”

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New owners to take over Stonewall Farm

CORNWALL — A small herd of cows is assured of grazing space following a town meeting on Tuesday, July 10. The vote will award a lease of 99 acres and a barn along Kent Road to Jeff and Sarah Casel. 
The property was formerly owned by the Lorch family. The town acquired it in 2006.
The 16 residents at the meeting voted unanimously to approve the plan. The lease will require payment of $200 annually. The Casels are planning to start with a small herd of 18 to 20 cows. They plan to sell milk, meat and eggs.

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‘Ghost hunters’ trespass on Dark Entry

CORNWALL — Two young Connecticut residents turned themselves in on arrest warrants on Friday, July 6, after allegedly trespassing on private property on Dark Entry Road in Cornwall in May,  looking for thrills in the area known as  Dudleytown.
Dudleytown in Cornwall is not a town, but a 1740s farming settlement whose founders included several members of the Dudley family. The area is mainly owned now by the Dark Entry Forest Association, which has replanted trees in the formerly deforested land. 

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Scorching temps at pig roast

CORNWALL — The prospect of any pig roast can draw public interest, but locate it at a lumberyard, particularly one that has something to celebrate, and people will come from all over.  
And come they did, on Saturday, June 30, to admire the new warehouse building at Northeast Building Supply on Route 7 in Cornwall Bridge.

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Concerns about electric plant, hospital birthing suites

CORNWALL — Two Cornwall bridges will be repaired this summer in accordance with contracts signed by the selectmen at their meeting on Tuesday, July 3, awarding the projects to Dayton Construction of Watertown, Conn.
The bridge on Gravel Bank is slated for replacement and the Smith Place bridge in West Cornwall will have its superstructure replaced. Roger Kane, consultant to the town on bridges, reported that both projects are expected to be completed on or about Nov. 16. 

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