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CORNWALL — Looking ahead to spending estimates for the 2019-20 fiscal year, which begins July 1, the Cornwall Board of Education reviewed its proposed budget, which shows a 5.31 percent increase over this year’s budget. 

The spending plan was presented to the Board of Finance at a meeting on Thursday, March 14, at the Cornwall Consolidated School library.

The budget totals $2,486,770, up by $125,325 compared with the current year’s budget. Savings were found in some areas, including eliminating the health savings account program for staff, an...

Cornwall

‘Etruscan Lovers’ gets debut on Town Hall stage

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CORNWALL — It’s a world premiere: “Etruscan Lovers and Other Fools” will be performed on the Cornwall Town Hall stage later this month. The C.S. Hanson play has never had more than a reading onstage.
If a recent rehearsal was any indication, there will be a lot of fun happening on that stage. Audience members, be advised: The fun won’t stop at the proscenium.
The action takes place essentially in real time, at the annual patrons’ gala party at a museum of Etruscan art.

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Marijuana farmers sentenced

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CORNWALL — Two marijuana farmers, mistaken last April for poachers two day before turkey hunting season began, were sentenced in Litchfield Superior Court last week.
Timothy Hogan, 52, of Newington and Gary Hall, 55, of Goshen were caught by state Department of Environmental Protection conservation officers on Everest Hill Road on April 26, 2010.
The officers were doing a pre-season check of hunting areas when they saw the men in camouflage clothing. When confronted, Hogan fled on foot, leaving his car behind. He was later arrested on a warrant.

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Protecting skis and snowboards, as well as skiers and snowboarders

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CORNWALL — A review of a five-year management plan for Mohawk Mountain Ski Area brought two reactions from the Board of Selectmen at the Feb. 22 meeting.
“They have done an incredible job of maintaining and improving their equipment and facilities,” Selectman Richard Bramley said.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway and Selectman K.C. Baird agreed, praising a plan that will continue that effort, and possibly bring more use of the facility in summer.

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As 2011-2012 budget season begins, pay increases are topic of debate

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CORNWALL — With no major expenditures expected in municipal and education spending for the coming year, town officials are taking a philosophical approach to planning for the upcoming fiscal year (which begins July 1).
The economic future may be on the upswing, but no one is expecting the fiscal picture to turn rosy anytime soon. Caution is the watchword as towns anticipate costs to remain unpredictable and state aid to be drastically cut in Gov. Dannel Malloy’s budget.

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2011 property revaluation to begin

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CORNWALL — It seems like the dust is just settling from the last revaluation of properties, but it’s that time again. The 2011 reval will be conducted over the course of the coming months.
Adjustments to property assessments will be noted on the grand list (the total value of taxable property) as of Oct. 1, 2011, and will impact tax bills beginning July 2012.

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Principal Vaughan announces his resignation

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CORNWALL — Principal Robert Vaughan, who arrived at Cornwall Consolidated School less than two years ago, officially announced his resignation as of the end of the school year.

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Next session is March 8 Plans for senior housing discussed at hearing

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CORNWALL — A special permit for a Cornwall Housing Corporation (CHC) senior apartment complex is in the midst of a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z). It will continue March 8 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
The 10 apartments will be subsidized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and restricted to those age 62 and over who meet income requirements.
The exterior and interior

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Curator at Historical Society seeks to include community

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CORNWALL — A new curator has been hired at the Cornwall Historical Society.
Raechel Guest’s tenure will overlap with that of Michele Musto’s, who will stay long enough to finish organizing this summer’s exhibit. Guest is officially the executive director/curator.

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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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