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CORNWALL — The art was flying out of the studios at supremely reasonable prices amid smiles from artists and buyers alike during the 14th annual Cornwall Open Studios event, a town-wide celebration of art and artists held on Saturday, Aug. 31. 

Perfect weather and the open studio doors attracted art buyers and the curious to 11 studios and galleries located throughout Cornwall. Finding the studio locations was part of the fun.

At Robert Parker’s studio near West Cornwall village, Parker’s wife, Judy, fielded rapid-fire questions in the studio...

Cornwall

Library celebrates books, blooms and Bunny Williams

CORNWALL — The Books and Blooms garden tour to benefit the Cornwall Library was a resounding success, with more than 100 home and garden enthusiasts drawn to the library on Friday, June 14, to celebrate the publication of Bunny Williams’ new book, “Love Affairs with Houses,” and even more going on for the tour the following day.
Wine and hors d’oeuvres followed the talk by author and design expert Bunny Williams of Falls Village. 

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Wrapping up 30 years as a Cornwall school nurse

Cornwall Consolidated School nurse Martha Bruehl was surprised on Monday morning, June 17, with a going away ceremony. She will be retiring this year after three decades at the school and plans to do some traveling. She vowed to be available as a substitute nurse if needed; perhaps she was inspired to make that promise when she saw how the students and faculty bandaged themselves up for the surprise ceremony. 
— Cynthia Hochswender

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Truck full of bedding gets stuck on bridge

WEST CORNWALL — As sometimes happens, a truck attempting to cross the covered bridge between Sharon and West Cornwall got stuck halfway through, on Monday, June 10. Emergency service workers came out and deflated the tires so the vehicle could be extracted. 
One of the firemen noted the bridge is taller on the West Cornwall side than on the Sharon side, which has led periodically to trucks thinking they can get through when they in fact cannot. The truck was carrying a load of mattresses. 
— Cynthia Hochswender

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Septic funds scheduled for public hearing

CORNWALL — After visiting a number of area towns to explore septic solutions, the Cornwall selectmen scheduled a public hearing about their own proposed septic project, in West Cornwall.
The hearing will be held Friday, June 28, at the Cornwall Consolidated School beginning at 7 p.m. Engineer Stephen McDonnell of WMC Consulting Engineers of Newington will present information about the various options.

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Where mutts compete for glory

CORNWALL — Calling all mutts and even purebreds looking for fun. As if they are not recognized enough at home, area pets and their owners are gearing up for the Great Country Mutt Show, scheduled for Saturday, June 22, on the Cornwall town Green, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Keen competition is expected in the 10 fun-filled categories, each requiring minimal canine concentration — or talent, for that matter. 

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The never-ending evolution of tour-worthy gardens

CORNWALL — The thing with gardens is that they change all the time. That’s why you should never think, “Hmm, I won’t go on that garden tour because I’ve already seen that garden.”

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Talent, all kinds, in show at CCS

CORNWALL — Cornwall Consolidated School hosted a friendly talent show for young performers on Thursday, May 30. 
There was singing, dancing, drumming, jokes (Logan Hern  asked, “What do you call a tree that you can hold in your hand? A Palm Tree!”).
There was also a used clothing sale, with proceeds supporting She’s the First, an organization that sends children, especially girls, to school in areas where they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
 

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The Bend opened for river access

CORNWALL — Against a backdrop of river kayakers and rafters negotiating the Housatonic’s rushing current, Cornwall officials and residents gathered at The Bend in the river, just below the Covered Bridge, to cut the ribbon for the new boat launch facility there, on Saturday, May 25.
The ceremony marked an 11-year process coming to fruition, noted Mike Jastremski, Watershed Conservation Director for the Housatonic Valley Association. 

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Remembering to live in the present

CORNWALL — On a sunny Monday, May 27, a particularly large crowd gathered in front of Town Hall to cheer on the parade, which began a day of Memorial Day festivities.
The parade was led by Dusty Sandmeyer, who was followed by a color guard of veterans from VFW Post 9856 and the American Legion, carrying the Cornwall and American flags. 
The band from Cornwall Consolidated School rode in a hay wagon.

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West Cornwall sewer at June 28 public hearing

CORNWALL — Septic alternatives for West Cornwall will be the subject of a public hearing in June, following discussion at the Tuesday, May 21, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
The public hearing has been scheduled for Friday, June 28, at 7 p.m. at Cornwall Consolidated School.
On Wednesday, May 22, a group of residents including members of the septic committee visited Old Saybrook, Conn., for an informational tour and overview of two of that town’s systems.

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