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CORNWALL — Sunny weather greeted the Cornwall residents who came out, in droves, to celebrate the 150 years that the Cornwall Library has been serving the community since 15 books were checked out on its first day of operation in 1869. 

Records suggest that the first book to be borrowed was “Little Women,” to be read by Mrs. E. D. Benedict.

The early library was in the study of the Rev. E. C. Sanford, and it was only open two afternoons each month. The cost for a year’s membership in the Cornwall Library Association was $3, according to...

Cornwall

99 bottles of beer on the wall (wine & spirits too)

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Package Store in Cornwall Bridge is celebrating 80 years. The latter half of that time has seen Richard Bramley on the premises, at first as an employee and shortly thereafter as the owner. 

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For the fly-fisherman (or woman) in your life

CORNWALL BRIDGE — Housatonic River Outfitters  (HRO) has gift options ranging from the stocking stuffer to complete Euro-nymphing outfits for the fly-fisherman on your list.
HRO’s Holly Jones-Tufts sportingly modeled a gizmo that attaches to the belt and holds the angler’s rod while he (or she) is changing flies or tippets ($24.99), thus eliminating the traditional “tuck the rod under the arm and get stuck in the bushes” approach. There are also handy little patches to hold flies; they attach to the brim of a cap ($8.39).

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The state of the town is … peaceful

CORNWALL — Everyone voted in the affirmative at the annual Cornwall town meeting held on Friday, Nov. 16, at Town Hall. 
Fifty residents came out to approve the town report, and to vote on two matters of local importance.

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Need advice on saving money? Help has arrived in new book

CORNWALL — Nicholas Stuller is out to debunk the many myths that prevent people from planning and achieving their financial goals. Contrary to popular belief, said the West Cornwall resident, financial advisors are not only for the very wealthy. Everyone, from billionaires to those at the lowest income levels, should and can seek professional financial advice. 

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Tea: A holiday gift steeped in tradition

CORNWALL — Nearly two decades ago, at the former train depot in Cornwall Bridge, a tea company came to life.
In Pursuit of Tea, started in 1999 by Cornwall resident Sebastian Beckwith and several friends, today boasts a warehouse in Boston and tasting room in New York City. Several times a year Beckwith treks to remote farms throughout Asia in pursuit of leaves that are served in some of the finest restaurants in the U.S. 

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Covered Bridge re-repaired

CORNWALL — The floor boards of the recently repaired Covered Bridge in West Cornwall have begun to rattle again.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway announced at the Cornwall Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20, that the state would return to make additional repairs. 
As a result, the bridge was closed from Monday, Nov. 26, and was expected to remain intermittently closed until Thursday, Nov. 29.

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(B)rays of sunshine bring faith, healing

WEST CORNWALL —  For donkeys, the Christmas holidays are the season to shine, as they take a starring role in pageants and nativities around the world.
It would be an understatement to say that during the rest of the year donkeys don’t get much respect. In China especially, they are slaughtered for their skin, which is melted down into a gelatin and used in cosmetics and medicines.

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Cornwall town report

The iconic and historic Covered Bridge in West Cornwall was repaired a few months ago,and its aging floor boards replaced. The bridge is featured in Cornwall’s town report, which is available at Town Hall. The report was presented to and accepted by town residents, unanimously, at the annual town meeting on Nov. 16.

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Why do farmers farm?

CORNWALL — A panel discussion by Cornwall farmers at Town Hall on Saturday, Nov. 10,  yielded unexpected insights into the rewards and challenges of farming.
There were two panels, one in which farmers shared their personal stories and one in which farm resources and finances were discussed. About 70 people attended the two events. 
A farmer is his own boss

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Issues ironed out, West Cornwall house for sale

WEST CORNWALL — A historic building in the center of Main Street in West Cornwall has finally broken free of the figurative bonds that have kept it in a dilapidated condition for a decade. 
Following years of legal disputes that stymied efforts to repair the ailing structure, it is now free and clear — and is for sale, on www.zillow.com, for $299,000.

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