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CORNWALL — During one of the busiest weekends of the summer in Cornwall, the 61st annual Woman’s Society Rummage Sale from July 15 to 17 went off without a hitch.

This year, shoppers hunted for everything from books and clothes to electronics and art in three different locations around Cornwall: the Congregational Church in Cornwall Village, Town Hall and Mohawk Mountain.

Although the sale was held in three locations again, after it had only been at Mohawk Mountain and Town Hall last year, returning rummagers might have noticed that things had been moved around...

Cornwall

Teacher makes a case for extended kindergarten day

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CORNWALL — An extended kindergarten day is under consideration at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS). The Board of Education heard reports from Principal Robert Vaughan and kindergarten teacher Candise Stiewing at the April 12 meeting.
The proposal in Cornwall is to extend the day, rather than make it a full day. Kindergarten currently runs from 8:20 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Solar panels could power new town garage

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CORNWALL — A plan to replace a highway department building that barely made it through the winter will be presented at the annual budget meeting May 20.
While replacement of a large steel shed used to store equipment is expected to cost about $60,000, the final cost to the town could be no higher than $20,000.
An inspection by Building Official Paul Prindle, when snow was piling up on the building’s roof this past winter, showed definite deflection in support structures of the trussed roof. The 40-by-70-foot building, located behind the town garage, was constructed in 1960.

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Where there’s smoke, firestorm of protest

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CORNWALL — When Ted Larson installed a wood burning furnace at his family’s Jewell Street home nearly six years ago, the idea was to use a cheaper and more easily renewable resource than fuel oil for heat and hot water.
The furnace is an exterior, freestanding structure with a 10-foot smoke stack designed to burn wood quickly and efficiently, without a lot of smoke. Its smoldering embers generate heat for long periods between burning.

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For fans of Art at the Dump, good news: Jacobson is hard at work

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CORNWALL — Looking for unusual, fun and (mostly) useful art? Head for Art at the Dump, April 29 and 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cornwall Transfer Station.
This is the 12th annual Art at the Dump, which is the first social event of the season. A long, snowy winter means there is now plenty of room in the sand shed for art. And rain or shine, it’s always a good time. Bring the kids. Bring the dog. Bring the checkbook, because 30 percent of the proceeds go to the Cornwall Consolidated School art department.
And there are always things there that people just have to have.

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Pay raises left at 1 percent

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CORNWALL — An adjustment and a decision were made this week by the selectmen on the 2011-12 municipal budget proposal.These tweaks will probably be the last they make before handing it to the Board of Finance for approval.
The selectmen removed $10,000 from the snow removal line item (which was at $90,000). The town expects to save at least that amount now that it is mining much of its own road sand from a town-owned pit.

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Two new names for economic study group

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CORNWALL — At the request of members of the newly seated Economic Development Study Group, two new members were appointed this week.
It was explained at the April 4 Board of Selectmen’s meeting that the group wanted to include self-employed people, who could offer that perspective.
The board voted unanimously to appoint Ralph Dzenutis and Fred Scoville.

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Cameras, help class see beyond skin deep

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CORNWALL — Take the latest technology, blend with abstract thinking and mix thoroughly into a group of eighth-graders. Yield: creative surprises.
A digital photography workshop wrapped up last week at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS), after five intense sessions using a curriculum from the philanthropic organization Adobe Youth Voices.
The workshop was the annual eighth-grade enrichment program sponsored by the CCS Fund for Excellence. The students vote on what they want to pursue. Recent endeavors have included an international cooking series.

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Town mourns Ed Bigelow

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SHARON — A 93-year-old Cornwall man died at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Route 7 on Monday, April 4.
Edward Bigelow, who had a home on the Sharon-Goshen Turnpike, is being mourned by the town and remembered as a vital person who didn’t let age stop him from enjoying a full life.
On Monday, Bigelow was driving south on a winding stretch of Route 7 that is between routes 112 and 128 and that runs along the Housatonic River.

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Wildlife Watch

Dwight Hatcher sent in this photo and reported that “on Saturday, April 2, I spotted this bobcat hunting in a field next to our home in Cornwall — about 200 yards from Town Hall. I’m not sure how rare or common bobcats are, but this one was quite close to the village. The cat returned on Sunday but was driven off by our dogs’ barking.” John Harney Jr. found some common amphibians in his travels, including a spotted salamander and a wood frog, below.

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Watching time and the world drift by as the steam rises

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CORNWALL — It’s a true seasonal gateway: When the maple sap flows, winter weather is turning to warmer, sunnier spring temps.
At Ridgway Farm, Jayne Ridgway answered the phone extension in the sugarhouse last weekend, where she and her helpers were boiling sap — and were on track to meet an annual goal of 150 gallons of syrup.
“We’ve had the perfect contrast of cold nights and warm days,” Ridgway said. “Right now, it looks like we are definitely going to get 150 gallons, maybe more. It will probably end next week, but we could be surprised.”

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