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CORNWALL — A Housatonic Railroad train derailed between West Cornwall and Falls Village near River Road on Tuesday, April 10.

Housatonic Railroad Operations Manager Eric Boardman, working from their North Canaan office, said Monday, April 16, that the cause of the accident is unknown. The train was a mix of empty cars and some that were carrying demolition debris.

The weight and force of the train ripped the tracks out of the ground. Some fell onto the embankment of the Housatonic River.  Boardman said no materials, either from the train or tracks, went into the...

Cornwall

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Two old and dying trees at the front of Cornwall Consolidated School were cut down recently. The silver lining to losing the trees is a sunnier roof and greater potential for solar power.

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FOI ruling in favor of town on complaint by former foreman

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CORNWALL — A draft decision has been reached in the Freedom of Information (FOI) complaint made by former Highway Department Foreman Rick Stone against the Board of Selectmen.
Hours of testimony were collected at a May meeting in Hartford with FOI Hearing Officer Tracie Brown. Her conclusion was in favor of the board, citing only a failure by the board to be adequately descriptive about an executive session.

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Agreement allows Bate retirement

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CORNWALL — At a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Aug. 17, an agreement was reached with transfer station worker Fred Bate that he would retire from the job he has held for 11 years.
The purpose of the meeting was described as “job performance.” Bate elected to waive the option of it being held in an executive session, which would have been closed to the public and the press.
However, the only people at the public meeting were the board members and clerk Joyce Hart.

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More solar power for Cornwall

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CORNWALL — A multi-step application process for a free solar voltaic system installation has narrowed the field to four town-owned buildings.
The Board of Selectmen applied to DCS Energy for what would amount to reduced cost or even free power for those buildings.
The South Glastonbury-based company is offering free equipment and installation of 9kW systems for municipal and nonprofit buildings, and minimal leases for commercial properties. In exchange, DCS keeps the energy credits.

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An outburst of summer produce at Corny farm market

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CORNWALL — The blueberries were gone before noon. But there were still plenty of tomatoes in all sorts of colors, shapes and varieties, as well as a smorgasbord of other fresh vegetables.
Customers at the Stonewall Vegetables stand at the Cornwall Farm Market last Saturday were a typical mix of those looking for ingredients for a planned weekend meal, and those letting nature’s bounty guide them.

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Road work on Great Hill

Town meeting asks for an OK for stimulus funds
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CORNWALL — A town meeting to appropriate $205,000 toward a road improvement project will be held Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
The public will hear details of the project from Roger Kane, a Cornwall resident hired to oversee the Great Hollow and Great Hill roads project. The most important piece for most will be that the town expects to be reimbursed for all or nearly 100 percent of project costs.

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Low drama at Town Hall

Grumbling Gryphons Theater Arts campers performed “Saint George and the Dragon: A Midsummers’ Revel!” last Saturday on the Town Hall stage. They were accompanied by Sirius Coyote and Matica Circus artists.

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The secret history of Cornwall’s near neighbor

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CORNWALL — As part of a Getting to Know Our Neighbors program, the Cornwall Association and the Cornwall Historical Society presented a talk on Saturday, Aug. 13, with Liz Shapiro, executive director of the Sharon Historical Society.
David Cadwell, president of The Cornwall Association, introduced her, and noted that there is a special relationship between Sharon and Cornwall: A small part of Sharon is actually served by the West Cornwall post office (those Sharon residents who have West Cornwall mailing addresses still pay taxes to Sharon) and use the 672 Cornwall telephone exchange.

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Algrant show raises $14,000; funds will help fire volunteers

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CORNWALL — The 52nd annual Rose Algrant Show, held last Friday and Saturday, was yet another artfest full of unique creativity.
Friday’s opening reception featured Zejke Hermann carving an angel from a 350-pound block of ice.
Inside the Cornwall Consolidated School gym, dozens of Cornwall artists came together to demonstrate what a talented community this is. Classic oil paintings were there next to humorous photography, kinetic sculpture next to fabric crafts and pottery, paper flower arrangements next to felted chipmunks.

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New rule for P&Z meetings: Commissioners must attend

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CORNWALL — An unusual amendment to its bylaw was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) at a meeting earlier this summer.
After numerous discussions about meeting attendance, committee members voted to add the requirement that members attend at least half of the meetings held during each year. Anyone who violates the regulation will be asked to resign.
Chairman Pat Hare noted that P&Z members are elected, and therefore cannot be ordered to vacate a seat.

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