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CORNWALL — Now halfway through the 2017-18 budget year, the Cornwall Board of Selectmen met on Tuesday, Jan. 2, and reviewed totals in expenditures and revenues, satisfied that both are in balance and on course as projected. The fiscal year begins on July 1.

State grants are not dramatically different from what was anticipated, according to Cornwall First Selectman Gordon Ridgway, who reported that $571 has been received in state support for education. Nothing had been budgeted, so the town is a bit ahead, although he noted that the state has an obligation to provide...

Cornwall

Fundraising concert Feb. 20

A concert of music for viola and piano will be held Sunday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m. at the United Church of Christ in Cornwall. It will benefit the residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Tickets are $15 at the door. Pianist Anne Chamberlain and violist Ronald Carbone will play music by Brahms, Schubert and Grandos. Carbone plays with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra and is also the principal violist in the American Ballet Theatre orchestra. Chamberlain teaches at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and also teaches piano students at the Great Barrington Rudolph Steiner School.

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Hearing on CHC plans brings out comments for and against

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CORNWALL — A public hearing on a proposed special permit for the construction of what would be the town’s first subsidized senior housing was continued following a session before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Feb. 8.
About 90 minutes were devoted to a first look at architectural drawings, siting of the building and other features on the Kent Road (Route 7) lot, comments for and against the project and questions posed to developer Cornwall Housing Corporation (CHC) by P&Z members and the town’s planning consultant.

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Endowment funds shared

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CORNWALL — Following a determination on how much of a town endowment fund can be spent, the Board of Selectman voted last week to make three awards.
Investments that have not been as productive in the past have left $1,200 in interest to be dispersed. By coincidence, the same day that information was received at Town Hall, a request came in for program funding.

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Six join Conservation Committee

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CORNWALL — The Board of Selectmen appointed a Conservation Committee Feb. 7. The board voted unanimously to seat six people: Jean Bouteiller, Donald Bardot, Kim Herkimer, Patrick Mulberry, Graham Underwood and Brian Thomas.
The commission, along with a committee on aging, was re-established by a unanimous vote at the Oct. 22 annual town meeting. The formation of an economic study group was also approved.
The Conservation Commission attracted more than enough interest. Candidates were chosen based on knowledge and experience.

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Town official: Snow is creating emergency conditions

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CORNWALL — Snow is the word on everyone’s lips. Cornwall First Selectman Gordon Ridgway was anxious to get the word out about issues it’s causing — and precautions residents and businesses should take.
He broke it down to a list of three: snowload on roofs, ice damming and emergency access.
“We are beyond the point of just waiting for it to melt,” Ridgway said. “We don’t know what else is coming and we are already at a marginal point.”
Anyone who has not cleared snow from roofs, especially those with a shallow pitch, is pressing their luck.

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Vanicky will now head town crew

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CORNWALL — Jim Vanicky has been chosen as the town’s new highway crew foreman.
The Board of Selectmen voted Feb. 7 to hire Vanicky from among a number of candidates. He has been the interim foreman since last fall, following the resignation of Rick Stone.
Vanicky, a former Cornwall resident, lives in Goshen, but serves as assistant fire chief of the Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department. He was to start as the official foreman on Feb. 8.

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Cornwall concert Feb. 20 helps send aid, workers to help Oglala Sioux

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CORNWALL — It has one of the lowest life expectancies in the world. The unemployment rate is 80 percent. About half its population lives below the poverty level.
This is not a Third World nation, but the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Lakota Nation Sioux Tribe. There, a deep-seated native culture thrives despite a lack of access to nutritious food, convenient health care and what seems to be a high propensity for alcoholism.

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