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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

Town official: Snow is creating emergency conditions

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

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

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

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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