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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.

“It was a rough life; it was hard times,” Sears said.

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Cornwall

Milkhouse and more at Rose Algrant Show, Aug. 5 and 6

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CORNWALL — A pottery vase full of textures and asymmetry, achieved through manipulation of clay and glaze is a unique and elegant piece on a showroom shelf at Milkhouse Pottery.
“I worked a long time to make it look spontaneous,” Susan Fox said.
Next to it, a more traditional pedestal cake plate has wedges marked off in the glaze, as a guide for cutting slices. Fox calls it “bossy.”
Forty years of experience and experimentation, combined with a lively sense of humor give Fox’s creations a sense of diversity, melding the classic with fresh ideas.

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Man accused of trying to kill self and wife

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CORNWALL — A local man was arrested July 20 after allegedly threatening to kill his wife and himself.
State police responded to a 1 a.m. report of a disturbance at 285 Sharon-Goshen Turnpike (Route 128), at an apartment above the Little Guild of St. Francis Animal Shelter.
Joshua Bentz, 28, had allegedly attacked his wife when she returned home. In her statement to police, she said Bentz was upset that she had left him without cigarettes. He then attempted to strangle her on their bed.

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Police catch beach vandals

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CORNWALL — A group of people believed to have been using the town-owned Hammond Beach on Cream Hill Lake illegally have been identified and caught, according to the Board of Selectmen.
Police have not yet released arrest information, but First Selectman Gordon Ridgway confirmed last week that suspects who had been seen at the beach more than once when it was not open had been identified.
A building there had been vandalized and a boat used on the lake. Beer bottles have been found in the water.

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Good news: Cornwall underspent

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CORNWALL — Sure, blame the bad economy when there are town budget woes and tax increases. But who gets credit when the bottom line is solidly in the black, in spite of it all?
In Cornwall, it looks like a combination of careful planning and spending, energy conservation and good timing all account for a 2010-11 budget that came in about $276,000 lower than projected.
There were some line item overages here and there, but every department marked savings elsewhere that kept the bottom line in check.

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Now, that’s easy riding: three wheels instead of two

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CORNWALL — The generation that produced diehard motorcycle riders is aging, and getting to the point where waning strength, bum backs and bad knees are making riding anywhere from unpleasant to downright dangerous.
Count among that group Jim Batterton. He’s an enthusiast who has long built motorcycles at his Kent Road home. Now, with an artificial knee, a construction career over and a wife who refuses to ride with him since he dumped a bike in their driveway, he is turning to the option that is allowing many to pursue their riding passion: the trike.

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Road repaving projects to begin eek

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CORNWALL — Ah, summer. Swimming, picnics, road work. The latter may not be very welcome now, but it will be when next spring arrives.
Expected to begin this week is repaving of Cream Hill Road, from the school to the Cherry Hill Road intersection.
Popple Swamp Road and roads south of the center of Cornwall Bridge will be resurfaced in various ways — asphalt, chip seal and sand and oil — in August.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway reminds drivers to expect some delays and road closures, and to be cautious on newly resurfaced roads, especially those with a layer of sand.

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Beached

A recent quiet afternoon on Hammond Beach found training swim team member Elsie Moche with a sunny smile to match the day.

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Priced to sell

Jerry Blakey put the finishing touches on the men’s department displays at the Cornwall Woman’s Society Rummage Sale held last weekend at Mohawk Ski Area and two other locations. The crowds hit hard and heavy the next morning.

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Black Spruce Bog hike: like a trip back to prehistory

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CORNWALL — Hiking always demands some preparation:the right footwear, water, a map. A flashlight.
But one face of Mohawk Mountain has a section so unusual that it calls for preparations that are different, even unique.
It is an easy, mostly flat hike on a loop no more than a mile long. The only essential is that hikers do a little homework beforehand.
The Black Spruce Bog can only truly be appreciated when one knows its back story — which would be 10,000 years of history.

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Complaints made about parked rail cars

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CORNWALL — Rail cars parked on a siding for an extended period have prompted complaints from residents and a request for information on railroad operating procedures.
The Board of Selectmen discussed the matter at a July 6 meeting and agreed to send a letter to the Housatonic Railroad Company.
About two dozen rail cars had been parked for about two weeks on a siding south of the center of Cornwall Bridge, according to First Selectman Gordon Ridgway.

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