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CORNWALL — A pedestrian-activated signal will soon help ensure safety in West Cornwall village. The selectmen voted to approve spending for an engineering plan for the signal at their May 16 meeting.

The selectmen expect to get a state grant to pay for the installation work, estimated at between $10,000 and $15,000.

The selectmen agreed to take $5,500 from unexpended funds from this year’s budget to hire Scott Hesketh of F.A. Hesketh and Associates of East Granby to complete the engineering plan for the project. Construction is expected to take five weeks.

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Cornwall

Selectmen resist regionalized health district

CORNWALL — The state Department of Public Health recently proposed the consolidation of all of Connecticut’s health districts into eight county regions. According to a letter from the state that First Selectman Gordon Ridgway referred to at the selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6, the state would fund these regionalized health districts by collecting annual fees from each town equal to 1.5 percent of that town’s total operating budget.

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Sharing the wonder of a book with young readers

CORNWALL — Don’t call it “Read-Aloud-Day.” On Friday morning, Dec. 9, Principal Michael Croft of Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) flipped the script on the event that usually invites community volunteers to visit elementary and middle school classrooms to read aloud to students.
Instead, CCS’ first “Community Read and Talk” asked adult volunteers to sit back and be read to one-on-one by a student. 

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Behold

The UCC Christmas pageant in Cornwall, complete with a canine sheep, was presented on Saturday, Dec. 10, as planned. For a story about the  rather chilly rehearsal on Friday, Dec. 9, click here.

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A little book, not so light reading

CORNWALL — With the three books to her credit, author, essayists and professor of literature Betty Krasne has shown that her imagination cannot be confined to any one genre. 
In her 2006 memoir “A Dangerous Thing” Krasne looks back at the limited expectations set for her in her education as a young woman and the great pivot her life took as she enrolled in a progressive school that sparked her lifelong determination to learn, grow  and teach. 

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New old store expected in Norfolk

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NORFOLK — Ryan Craig, who owned the Berkshire Country Store in West Cornwall for two years (until 2015), will open a new shop in Norfolk. 
Also called the Berkshire Country Store, it will be located in the center of town, on Station Place. 
Craig, who lives in Goshen, has been busy with renovations, including painting the interior and putting in new refrigerators and freezers and other kitchen equipment. 

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Vigilantes and the bloom of an outlaw life

CORNWALL — Author and Housatonic Valley Regional High School history teacher Peter Vermilyea gave a talk at the Cornwall Library on Saturday, Nov. 19, on the history of crime and criminals in Litchfield County.
This was the latest stop on his tour of the Northwest Corner to promote his new nonfiction book, “Wicked Litchfield,” a spiritual successor to his 2014 work, “The Hidden History of Litchfield County.” 

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New ambulance is decked out for safety

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department showed off its brand new ambulance amid a festive holiday church scene in Cornwall Village on Saturday, Dec. 3.
The vehicle was displayed in front of the United Church of Christ parish house, where the annual Christmas fair was also taking place, from morning to early afternoon.  
Brought into service in October, the ambulance has the build of a four-wheel-drive 2016 Ford F-450 chassis with a customized box.  

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Finding ways to truly see CCS student growth

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CORNWALL — The Board of Education discussed methods for measuring student achievement in a more meaningful way at their meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
One part of the conversation revolved around Cornwall Consolidated School Principal Michael Croft’s explanation of student scores on the Connecticut Mastery Test in science. The Mastery Tests and the state guidelines on curriculum have changed quite a bit in recent years.

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Lost art form captures migration archetypes

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CORNWALL — Artist Gay Schempp of Winsted has brought an ancient artistic technique to life by creating images of migration — both human and animal — in The Migration Series, a show of her work currently on display at the Cornwall Library.
A reception was held Saturday evening, Nov. 26. The 18 pieces from The Migration Series and a larger project, Legacy of Fire, were on display.

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Flat Rocks fire beginning to cool down after snow

CORNWALL — It was hoped that the heavy snow on Sunday, Nov. 20, put out the mostly underground wildfire near Peck Mountain, also known as the Flat Rocks Fire. The fire has been burning since September.
Given the fire’s stubborn nature, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway expressed cautious optimism on Monday, Nov. 21, saying that he didn’t want to declare victory just yet. 
No one had been able to access the site of the fire as of Monday morning to gauge the outcome of the snowstorm. 

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