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CORNWALL — After years of discussion about improvements to the area known as The Bend in the Housatonic River near Cornwall, a plan won unanimous approval from the Housatonic River Commission (HRC) at their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11. 

The meeting was held at the offices of the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) in Cornwall.

“We have been dealing with this for over a decade now,” said Bill Tingley, chair of the river commission. He noted that the River Commission has a strong interest what happens at the place where The Bend skirts the river,...

Cornwall

It’s artists Olsen and Olsen at the Spotted Dog Gallery

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CORNWALL — They take life as it comes. They let the joy of being immersed in creativity overshadow their struggles with ill health. Marilyn and Ed Olsen are keeping it real.
Their Spotted Dog Gallery is part of their Cornwall Bridge home of seven years, a secluded log cabin (designed by their architect son) at the end of Applewood Lane. It was one of the stops on the recent open studio tour of artists’ workspaces held earlier this month.
There’s a pond with a fountain. Marilyn Olsen said deer stop, as if posing, in front of the picture window above her worktable.

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A man for all ailments: Dr. Bradford Walker

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CORNWALL — He was without a doubt an accomplished man: a hospital chief of staff, a local health officer and medical examiner, a fellow of the American College of Physicians and president of the Connecticut Medical Society.
But what made Dr. Bradford “Brad” Walker a great man was the care he gave to generations of Cornwall residents for more than 55 years, from the moment he delivered them at birth.
Even his imperfections just made him more real and approachable.

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Caps-and-gowns event concludes school year at CCS

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CORNWALL — Ian Ridgway, a student speaker at the June 15 eighth-grade promotion ceremony for the class of 2011, compared his nine years at Cornwall Consolidated School to a Major League baseball career.
He talked about each grade as a baseball season. His teachers were his coaches. He spoke of how he and his classmates learned to play as a team.
He recalled his first day of kindergarten with diminutive teacher Darleene Wadhams.
“I will always remember thinking, ‘Coach Wadhams, how did you get to be so tall?’” Ian said.

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Historical Society exhibit: Just what the doctor ordered

CORNWALL — Cornwall Historical Society’s new exhibit answers the question, “Where do babies come from?”
In Cornwall, between 1923 and 1978, the answer would have been Dr. Brad Walker. Articles and letters at the Cornwall Historical Society record that Dr. Walker delivered a lot of babies — 800 by some accounts, an impressive 6,000 by others.
On Friday, June 24, the Cornwall Historical Society’s major 2011 exhibit, Care to Cure: Medicine in the Era of Dr. W.B. Walker, 1923-1978, opens with an evening reception, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 7 Pine St.

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Bear Watch

Betty Spence of Cornwall sent photos of a bear that “visited my property in broad daylight. I first saw it out front at about noon. I yelled at it and it headed behind my house toward the swamp. It circled my property’s periphery and, munching shrubbery, moved slowly up on the other side. Then it plopped down beside a tree, closed its eyes and took a little nap! When it woke up a few minutes later, it sniffed in several directions and seemed to enjoy the sun. The bear’s size makes me think either that it’s young or female. There’s rarely a dull moment in the wilds of Cornwall!” she said.

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Town’s website deemed safe, secure for documents

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CORNWALL — At www.cornwallct.org visitors can find a user-friendly, information-rich, well-linked website. From zoning regulations to citizen profiles, it is comprehensive.
It is not a town-run site, but an independent undertaking by a dedicated committee of volunteers. Its minimal cost is covered by the Cornwall Foundation.
“We’re a .org, not a .gov,” committee member Norma Lake said.
A number of committee members came to the June 6 Board of Selectmen meeting to seek support toward improving the site.

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Medicine in Cornwall at historical society

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Historical Society’s exhibit and Talk and Tea gatherings will take a very specific theme this summer.
It begins with the June 25 open house tour of Dr. Walker’s home office, 10 a.m. to noon, at the society museum at 19 Pine St., as part of Care to Cure: Medicine in the Era of Dr. W. B. Walker, 1923 to 1978.
The years of Walker’s practice as Cornwall’s town doctor saw dramatic changes in transportation, medical treatment and health insurance that combined to permanently alter small-town medicine and led to the more specialized practices we know today.

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CCS chorus and band take top honors at festival

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CORNWALL — It wasn’t luck but talent — and practice — that earned the Cornwall Consolidated School Band and Chorus three trophies at the Music in the Parks Competition May 13.
Yes, it was Friday the 13th when the 34 students in grade five through eight traveled to Holyoke, Mass., to compete against middle school and junior high school groups from around the region.
The chorus performed at a Congregational church, and the band performed at Holyoke High School. Then it was off to Six Flags New England for the awards ceremony.

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New group to support town businesses

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CORNWALL — The recently formed Economic Development Study Group has decided that the town does indeed require an economic development commission.
The eight members of the study group signed and sent a petition to the Board of Selectmen May 12. It was reviewed at the June 7 board meeting, where the request to put the plan to a public vote was unanimously accepted. It is expected to be on the agenda of the annual town meeting this fall.
Cornwall has never had an economic development commission, according to First Selectman Gordon Ridgway.

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More than just the setbacks

Bigger picture opposition to furnaces
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CORNWALL — A local family’s effort to maintain their outdoor wood-burning furnace (OWF) has met with legal resistance. Their proposal to make prescribed modifications, and limit use to the heating season, was denied by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) after it was discovered it violates local zoning laws. The furnace is shut down.

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