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CORNWALL — A preliminary plan to provide public access to the Housatonic River at The Bend, south of the Covered Bridge, was presented to the Cornwall Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 5.

Owned by Eversource, the site would be licensed to the town for the proposed use, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway explained. Because the site has a history of industrial uses, the project would not disturb the existing soils; rain run-off would be contained on the site.

Mike Jastremski from the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) and landscape designer...

Cornwall

Affordable homes for elderly

Bonney Brook a bonny idea
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CORNWALL — A stream that runs through a Cornwall Bridge property has provided the name for a housing complex for the elderly that will be built there soon.
Ground is expected to be broken this fall on Bonney Brook, a 10-unit U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized apartment building on Route 7 (between the Cornwall General Store and the Cornwall Bridge fire house).
Interest in the rent-controlled homes has already been substantial. The overriding theme in comments about it was the difficulty of finding affordable retirement residences here.

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Artists share their skills at CCC

CORNWALL — Clint and Kim Thorn, owners of ThornCrest Farm in Goshen, came to the Cornwall Child Center for a special woodworking project during “Be a Builder” week. Clint Thorn is a sculptor of one of a kind utilitarian sculpture and furniture, known internationally for The Open Talon signature sculpture he does with hand tools only.
His wife, Kim, is a professional photographer.
The children sanded, nailed, drilled and painted mahogany pencil holders with the Thorns and teachers Chelsea Conklin and Susan Battista.

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Brightest and best at 2011 ag fair

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Cornwall — Nice weather helped the popular Cornwall Agricultural Fair, held this year on Saturday, Sept. 10, draw people from all over the region.
In addition to Cornwallians, there were people from Sharon, Falls Village, Goshen, New Hartford, Fairfield, N.H., New York City and elsewhere. Attendees included all ages, from infants in parent’s arms to senior citizens.
The mood at the fair was light, upbeat and dedicated to enjoying the many things Cornwall offers.

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Bypassing the red tape

Treating Mill Brook bridge as an emergency
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CORNWALL — A bridge partially destroyed Aug. 28 during Tropical Storm Irene is presenting quite a challenge for the Board of Selectmen.
Lower River Road remains closed to vehicular traffic after a footing was washed out by the flooded Mill Brook.

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Except for power loss, Cornwall fared OK

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CORNWALL — An assessment of Tropical Storm Irene’s impact on Cornwall shows residents and visitors fared as well as could be expected — except for being the only town in the region where everyone lost power.
Lots of pre-planning by emergency personnel and the highway department was credited for a quick recovery. Crews assembled at both firehouses, and a close eye was kept on Cornwall Consolidated School, where a small fire the day before the storm hit had disabled the fire alarm system. The town’s mass notification system was put into service for the first time.

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Local foods cooked over an open fire at trust dinner

Recipe for yum
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CORNWALL — There was no need to lure people to dinner at the Aug. 25 Farm to Table fundraiser for the Cornwall Conservation Trust scholarship fund.
Guests first made their way to a mowed hilltop in a hayfield at the trust’s Hart Farm Preserve high atop Cherry Hill, traversing a winding path cut through tall grass. Hors d’oeuvres and wine were served under a tent close to an open wood fire.
Appetites were piqued by the smell of locally produced meats and vegetables slowly roasting to perfection.

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Only cream of veal crop at Cream Hill Veal

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CORNWALL — A regular at the Cornwall Farm Market is Cream Hill Veal and Bob Kennedy, who is quick to note the business really belongs to his son, Will Kennedy.
“I’m retired, so I’m helping him out,” he said. “I enjoy being here every Saturday. It’s a real social event, like a gathering of friends.”
Summers find the business at three farm markets, including Amenia and Norfolk, where it’s more about advertising than volume selling. Market customers are often buying veal for weekend entertaining; their guests are sure to hear the meat was locally raised.

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Kayaker drowns in Housatonic

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CORNWALL — The body of a man from Long Island in New York was pulled from the Housatonic River Saturday evening, Sept. 3, nearly three hours after his kayak tipped over near the Covered Bridge.
Hurricane Irene brought unusually high and fast water for this time of year.
Kenneth Wallace, 54, was kayaking with two other men, who came to shore at about 5 p.m. to report the incident. He was found at about 7:45 p.m. and pronounced dead at the scene.
Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection were part of rescue efforts.

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Washout from Irene waters

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CORNWALL — First Selectman Gordon Ridgway was out on Lower River Road Sunday afternoon with neighbors and town crew members. They were examining the large hole that crosses the (normally) small Mill Brook, which feeds into the Housatonic River just above the Covered Bridge.
The bridge was damaged when the footings on one end were jarred loose by flood waters and a large hole opened up in the road bed, Ridgway said. The brook carries runoff from about a quarter of the town.

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Tractor Mac and his Cornwall adventure

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CORNWALL —Tractor Mac, a favorite visitor to the Cornwall Farm Market, returned on Saturday, Aug. 27, with the ninth book in the series about his adventures.
Author and illustrator Billy Steers lives in Roxbury with his family. The adventures of Tractor Mac and his farm buddies are based on the bedtime stories he made up for his sons when they were little.
The first was published in 1999. Since then, he has added titles such as “Tractor Mac Builds a Barn” and “Tractor Mac Saves Christmas.”

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