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CORNWALL — A preliminary plan to provide public access to the Housatonic River at The Bend, south of the Covered Bridge, was presented to the Cornwall Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 5.

Owned by Eversource, the site would be licensed to the town for the proposed use, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway explained. Because the site has a history of industrial uses, the project would not disturb the existing soils; rain run-off would be contained on the site.

Mike Jastremski from the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) and landscape designer...

Cornwall

ACLU head on redefining civic virtue in America

CORNWALL — American Civil Liberties Union President Susan N. Herman will speak at the Cornwall Historical Society Sunday, April 8, at 2 p.m.
Herman’s talk is the Historical Society’s annual Norman Dorsen lecture. It honors the late Cornwall resident, who was president of the ACLU and was also an owner of The Lakeville Journal Co.
Herman’s talk is called “A Republic, If You Can Keep It,” a reference to Benjamin Franklin’s famous remark.

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Loosening reins on spending

CORNWALL — Feeling flush despite the loss of $263,000 in state funding this year, the Cornwall Board of Finance considered the proposed 2018–19 municipal spending plan at a workshop during their Thursday, March 15, meeting.
“For this year we are still in the black in spite of the loss of state funding,” finance board Chair John LaPorta reported.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway cautioned that the town anticipates going over budget this year on town vehicle repairs, impacting the available resources. 

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Duncan Hannah still a teen heartthrob

CORNWALL — For many, youth is gone in a flash, with years spent longing for the excitement seen in teen films. 
For Duncan Hannah however, there is perhaps no movie as daring as the life he actually lived. 
Cozying up in the library of his weekend home in West Cornwall, in brown corduroys with pennies in his suede loafers, it at times strains the imagination to picture this painter of understated portraits as the wild child of the 1970s, throwing his drunken body recklessly into the unknown night. 

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Good turnout for fire department race

CORNWALL — Seven area fire companies, including the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, took part in the eighth annual Firefighter Race at Mohawk Mountain Ski Area on Sunday, March 11. 
The race took place on Arrowhead, and it was a half-mile hill GS course.
The beneficiary this year was the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital, which received $1,500 from the event, in which the firefighter teams race each other down the slopes wearing their full turn-out gear.
Race results:

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Planning ahead for summer farm markets

CORNWALL — Out of a final pool of four qualified applicants, the selectmen announced the appointment of a new transfer station operator at their Tuesday, March 6, regular meeting.
Appointed to the position was West Cornwall resident Ted Larson, who will take over duties from Steve O’Neill.  O’Neill has stepped down after 17 years on the job. The selectmen also plan to appoint an assistant operator for the station; they plan to open the position to the three remaining candidates, in addition to advertising it.

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Cornwall plans 6 percent cut in school spending

CORNWALL — In an unusual move, the Cornwall Board of Education has put together a spending plan for the 2018-19 fiscal year that shows a 6.08 percent reduction in spending, or $152,934 less than was budgeted for this year.
The spending plan was presented to the Board of Finance onThursday, March 8. The education plan and the municipal spending plan submitted by the Board of Selectmen will be discussed at the finance board meeting on Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

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Doubling up on teachers to cut

CORNWALL — In a continuing effort to hold costs down and identify savings, the Cornwall Board of Education considered a draft spending plan for 2018-19 at their regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in preparation for presentation of their proposed budget to the Board of Finance in March.
Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) Principal Mike Croft noted that his school has identified a 6 percent reduction in spending over current levels, which in turn was a 7 percent reduction over the previous year.

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Railroad spraying a concern again

CORNWALL — Following submission of a 2018 vegetative spraying plan by the Housatonic Railroad Company, the Cornwall Board of Selectmen discussed what the plan said and what it did not say, at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
“It explains why it needs to be done,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said, noting that it conforms to the legal requirements that towns be notified and given a copy of the management plan.  The railroad company is responsible for the right-of-way along their tracks. 

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And of course the llama attended the stroll ...

CORNWALL — Neighborliness and joy filled the air in West Cornwall as the Winter Stroll, now in its second year, brought residents and visitors to the village to participate in seven events sponsored by local businesses.
There was a nature walk, a rake-making enterprise, a chance to taste and compare four maple syrups from Cornwall producers, a raffle for a wine gift basket, Shaker-style furniture artfully displayed, music accompanying the art in the Souterrain Gallery, and even a strolling llama named Harley with a friendly disposition.

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Recalling the rough life and romance of riding the rails

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.

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