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CORNWALL — Two-hundred years of history drew visitors to Cornwall for a two-day series of events to examine the Foreign Mission School (FMS).  

Descendants of 19th-century students at the school brought the times and culture a fresh perspective.

The events on June 17 and 18 included a tour of the Foreign Mission School steward’s house (a National Landmark), a lecture on Native American history in the Northwest Corner, a performance of an original play commemorating the Mission School and a Sunday afternoon forum.

Under the title “Whose Mission...

Cornwall

Cameras, help class see beyond skin deep

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

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

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

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

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

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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Debate continues on pay raises for town workers

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — Should town employees get modest pay raises, or should a tough economy dictate salary freezes? And how does that factor into negotiations for union employees?
Those questions made for a lively debate at a March 17 Board of Finance meeting. The main agenda item was to receive updates on town and school 2011-12 budget proposals, and offer a response.
The selectmen and school board were commended for holding the line on spending and making efforts to cut even further from their modest original proposals.
School costs up 5.2 percent

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Hanson play in world premiere at Town Hall

CORNWALL — The world premiere of “Etruscan Lovers and Other Fools” is ongoing at the Town Hall. The C.S. Hanson play has never had more than a reading onstage; this production is directed by Jandi Hanna. The cast includes Hanna, Dave Cadwell, Molly Hinchman, Ron Dukenski, Larry Stevens, Merrilee Sherwood Alexander and Stan Danielczuk.
Bobbie Tyson is the show’s producer. Paul DeAngelis is the stage manager. Joe Hartnett designed the lghting.
The action takes place essentially in real time, at the annual patrons’ gala party at a museum of Etruscan art.

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Tip of the cat’s hat

Cornwall Child Center teacher Tracy Gray and students in the center’s Club K celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by making Dr. Seuss hats, reading the author’s “The Cat in the Hat” and “Happy Birthday to You.” They snacked on red-and-white cupcakes and made green Oobleck. “It was a grand celebration,” said Child Center Director Sandy Gomez.

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Search begins for new school head

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CORNWALL — The search for a new principal for Cornwall Consolidated School is about to get underway. A job posting and the formation of a committee are the first steps, and will begin soon.
Principal Robert Vaughan announced Feb. 15 that he will retire, after spending two years on the job but after 38 years working in education.
He replaced Principal Kathleen Fitzgibbons.
People have already expressed an interest in serving on the search committee, Region One Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain told the school board at its March 15 meeting.

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Music teacher asks for instruments — and time

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CORNWALL — The Cornwall Consolidated School Board of Education is making an effort to get to know the various school departments better. The effort kicked off at the March 15 board meeting with a report from music teacher Alicia Simonetti-Shpur.
She reported that 11 Cornwall Consolidated students had been selected for the regional band and chorus, and three students were selected for the Northern Regionals, which accepts “the best musicians in northern Connecticut. Ten were chosen from Region One.”

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The weather was worse in the 1930s

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CORNWALL — Somewhere out there are photos and detailed information about the covered bridge. No, not the tourist magnet in West Cornwall, but one a few miles south on the Housatonic.
It was not far from the “concrete bridge” that carries vehicles on routes 7 and 4 over the river from Cornwall Bridge to Sharon, and was at the original junction of those state highways.

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