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CORNWALL — Double the number of trivia competitors turned out for the second Trivia Night of 2019, held on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Trinity Retreat Center, sponsored by the Cornwall Association to benefit the Cornwall Library.

The inaugural Trivia Night was held in April at the library and it drew about 50 competitors.

For the second go-round, about 100 hopeful intellectuals of all ages arranged themselves into teams to match their knowledge on all subjects and their powers of rapid recall. 

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Cornwall

About those white boxes …

CORNWALL — Part of the mystery of the white boxes installed on utility poles around the town was solved at the Tuesday, Oct. 1, meeting of the Cornwall Board of Selectmen.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway reported that Altice (parent company of Optimum) installed the boxes as an early step in offering mobile phone service to the town. The information was reported in an email from Andy MacDavid, who had attended a recent Cable TV Advisory Council meeting in Litchfield as Cornwall’s representative. At that meeting an Altice representative gave a report.

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The hard life and times of Henry Opukahaia, in Cornwall and Hawaii

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Historical Society celebrated one of the most famous lives from its town history at Cornwall’s United Church of Christ, Congregational on Sunday, Oct. 6.
Henry Opukahaia, a native of Hawaii, spent part of his short life in Cornwall, at the Foreign Mission School, a rural experiment in teaching Western ways to people who had grown up in very different cultures. 

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Invasive knotweed plagues Cornwall railroad

CORNWALL — With the town report nearly ready, the Cornwall selectmen have set Friday, Oct. 25, as the date for the annual town meeting. It will be held at Cornwall Consolidated School and will begin at 7:30 p.m.
In addition to accepting the report, which has updates on the past year from nonprofit, government and education organizations that serve Cornwall residents, there will also be a review of the financial reports from the auditors, and a vote on the proposed five-year capital expenditure plan.

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Trail maintenance the order of the day in Cornwall

CORNWALL — Enough volunteers signed up and showed up for the third annual Clean-up and Green-up Day on Saturday, Sept. 21, that they could be divided into four teams to tackle four trails in need of a little sprucing up and some invasive plant removal.

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Puzzle of the stolen signs

CORNWALL — Directional signs promoting the farmers market in West Cornwall have been repeatedly removed from their posted places. 
The dislocations were brought to the attention of the Cornwall selectmen by resident and farm market organizer Richard Griggs at the board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3.  
The signs — advertising the market on Saturdays — have been removed from roadsides along Route 4, Griggs said.
It’s happened several times now, so Griggs sought help from the selectmen.

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He’s never caught so many fish before, ever

CORNWALL — The state’s hatchery trucks delivered some 9,000 brown and rainbow trout to the Housatonic Trout Management Area early last week.
On Friday, Sept. 13, I ventured into the river on the River Road side in Cornwall around noon, thinking I’d while away a couple of hours catching silly stocked trout.
It would make a nice change of pace from floating around a lake bothering bass.
Some six hours later, I staggered out with a sore shoulder after catching at least 70 trout, plus the odd small-mouth bass and whitefish.

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Spraying along railroad still a concern

CORNWALL — The Housatonic Railroad has continued to spray herbicide along the railway tracks in Cornwall, despite concerns expressed by the town, the state and by private citizens.
The topic came under discussion by the Cornwall Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 3.  
The selectmen agreed to take the matter back to the railroad and state officials for resolution.
Spraying was reported to the selectmen by a resident, who witnessed it near the tracks in West Cornwall on Friday, Aug. 23.

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Trip back in time at Cornwall Ag Fair

CORNWALL — “Nothing short of amazing,” despite the occasional drizzle, was the general assessment offered by those attending the 28th annual Cornwall Agricultural Fair on Saturday, Sept. 14.  

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Art selling faster than hotcakes in Cornwall

CORNWALL — The art was flying out of the studios at supremely reasonable prices amid smiles from artists and buyers alike during the 14th annual Cornwall Open Studios event, a town-wide celebration of art and artists held on Saturday, Aug. 31. 
Perfect weather and the open studio doors attracted art buyers and the curious to 11 studios and galleries located throughout Cornwall. Finding the studio locations was part of the fun.

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Bike shop to open in former restaurant

CORNWALL — A new bicycle shop was expected to open in West Cornwall in time for Labor Day, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway announced at the Tuesday, Aug. 20, meeting of the Cornwall Board of Selectmen.
He said electric bikes will be part of the inventory offered by the new business opening in the West Cornwall village. The shop will be in the space that was formerly a restaurant. It had been for many years The Wandering Moose and was most recently Pearly’s Farmhouse Cafe.

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