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CORNWALL — Celebrating the achievements of the 12 bright and hopeful students in the eighth grade class, the 2019 promotion ceremony at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) underscored strengths of each student, most of whom had been together since kindergarten.

The event began promptly at 6 p.m. with a student procession to the auditorium where the CCS brass quintet ably played Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” as an introduction to the event. 

Three of the quintet members speedily donned their gowns and then took their places with their classmates in the...

Cornwall

How to identify and fight green rooted aliens

CORNWALL — Gardeners and conservationists filled the meeting room at the Cornwall Library on Saturday, April 13, for an illustrated lecture by environmentalist and invasive plant specialist Tom Zetterstrom.
In a talk titled “Three Green Aliens,” Zetterstrom detailed how to recognize and control “aggressive alien” plants through management options including pulling, cutting and spot chemical applications. 

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Dreaming up worlds that are full of magic and free of screens

CORNWALL — It isn’t always easy to find books you’d like to read to your children. Cornwall native Hope Bentley wanted to produce books that “illuminate from within.” To do so, she started her own publishing company, Golden Light Factory, in Vermont, where she now lives with her husband and children (although she still returns to the Northwest Corner to visit with her father, Hugh Cheney).  

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A distinctive view of nature

CORNWALL — There was a large turnout for a reception at the Cornwall Congregational Church on Sunday, March 24, for the art work of Scott Zuckerman. 
The theme of the exhibit might be described as nature in motion. His brush strokes add movement through texture; dappled color captures living beings in their natural environment. Impressionism comes to mind.
“Snow is not white,” Zuckerman pointed out when speaking about one of his paintings. Indeed, snow is made of lots of colors to a painter’s eye.

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Uptick in town spending in Cornwall

CORNWALL — Receiving 2019-20 budget proposals from both the Board of Selectmen and Board of Education, the Cornwall Board of Finance voted to accept the proposals as presented at their meeting on Thursday, March 21.
The selectmen’s preliminary budget shows a requested total of $2,066,500, an increase of $64,473, or 3.22 percent, over the current budget of $2,002,027.  

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Regional approach to high-speed internet discussed

CORNWALL — Enhancing communications has long been seen as a need to promote development. Area officials are now looking at ways to band together in a regional approach to bring high-speed internet in the form of fiber optic broadband cable to Cornwall.
At their meeting on Tuesday, March 19, the selectmen in Cornwall discussed the need for high-speed internet, as a way to attract new families to town and as a way to make it possible for small businesses and cottage industries to survive here.

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Coping with the shrinking Consolidated School enrollment

CORNWALL — Looking ahead to spending estimates for the 2019-20 fiscal year, which begins July 1, the Cornwall Board of Education reviewed its proposed budget, which shows a 5.31 percent increase over this year’s budget. 
The spending plan was presented to the Board of Finance at a meeting on Thursday, March 14, at the Cornwall Consolidated School library.

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Students speak volumes at Oratory Share-Out

CORNWALL — Armed with their notes, 14 students from the Lee H. Kellogg School in Falls Village joined students in grades five and six at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) to participate in a Cornwall Oratory Share-Out on Thursday, March 14.  
It had taken two months to prepare for the day.

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‘Stop’ sign replaces ‘Yield’ on busy Route 45/7 corner

CORNWALL — Drivers heading east on Route 45 from Route 7 will soon need to come to a full stop at the triangular intersection, the Cornwall selectmen announced at their regular meeting on Tuesday, March 5. 
The present “Yield” sign will be replaced by a red “Stop” sign.
Several years ago (estimates vary, but between 8 and 10 seems likely) concerned residents circulated petitions to change the traffic signage at that location, and submitted those petitions requesting action. 

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‘Prairie’ sound man to step into Cornwall spotlight

CORNWALL — Tourists at Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Visitors Center may think they are listening to the hissing, steaming, sputtering, gushing eruption of a geyser. But what they really hear is the auditory talent of voice actor Fred Newman.

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Air quality monitor approved

CORNWALL — Adding to the data now collected by the state’s air quality monitoring station at Mohawk Mountain, the Cornwall selectmen approved funding to install a second air monitoring device at their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26. 
The project was initially approved by the selectmen at their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, clearing the way for seeking funding.

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