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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

The Cornwall Library: A generous past, a secure future

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.

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Slight uptick in mill rate after vote

CORNWALL — After months of budget meetings, the 2019-20 budget passed unanimously at the annual budget town meeting, held at Cornwall Consolidated School on Friday, May 17. 
Carrying total expenditures of $7,053,978, the budget shows an increase of $97,787, or 1.41%, over this year. 
The Board of Finace met after the town meeting to set the mill rate at 16.70, up from the current mill rate of 16.62, an increase of 0.08 mills.

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Cornwall Library brings together community, Hayes

CORNWALL —  “Everywhere I go, whether I’m giving a speech on the House floor or whether I’m in committee, I always elevate the names and the stories of the people in this community,” said U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-5) to an audience assembled at the Cornwall Library for its 150th anniversary celebration. 

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Weave and swerve

No one could complain that the water was too low or too slow for the annual Covered Bridge Slalom on the Housatonic River on Sunday, May 19.  The race was sponsored by the Housatonic Area Canoe and Kayak Squad. Look for results in the May 30 Lakeville Journal. 

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Microcells to be the subject of a summer forum

CORNWALL — Responding to town residents’ concerns about potential health hazards stemming from installation of enhanced telecommunication systems, particularly radio frequency microcells, the Cornwall Board of Selectmen decided at their meeting on Tuesday, May 7, to organize an informational forum for this summer.
“Microcells seem to be a hot issue of the day,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said, adding that he is trying to learn more about the subject. He also plans to talk with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

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art@thedump @ the artgarage

This year it was the artgarage at Housatonic Valley Regional High School that benefited from the annual art@thedump art sale held as always at one of the most exclusive venues in the region: the sand shed at the town garage in Cornwall.

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Hard look at the future of area towns

CORNWALL — Demographic change is nothing new in Cornwall, argued Hamish Lutris, a professor at Capital Community College in Hartford.
And change is coming again, in the form of immigration and agriculture.
Lutris delivered the Norman Dorsen Lecture for the Cornwall Historical Society at Town Hall on Sunday, April 28.
Lutris said Cornwall was settled in 1731, and by 1775 had 1,000 inhabitants, who mostly practiced what is known as “dirt farming” — crops and a few animals — and lived a hand-to-mouth existence.

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Residents’ concerns about internet service

CORNWALL — As town officials continue to gather information about options for providing high-speed internet service to all households in Cornwall, two residents attended the Tuesday, April 16, meeting of the Board of Selectmen to air their concerns about the new technology involved in the new 5G wireless services.

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How to identify and fight green rooted aliens

CORNWALL — Gardeners and conservationists filled the meeting room at the Cornwall Library on Saturday, April 13, for an illustrated lecture by environmentalist and invasive plant specialist Tom Zetterstrom.
In a talk titled “Three Green Aliens,” Zetterstrom detailed how to recognize and control “aggressive alien” plants through management options including pulling, cutting and spot chemical applications. 

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Dreaming up worlds that are full of magic and free of screens

CORNWALL — It isn’t always easy to find books you’d like to read to your children. Cornwall native Hope Bentley wanted to produce books that “illuminate from within.” To do so, she started her own publishing company, Golden Light Factory, in Vermont, where she now lives with her husband and children (although she still returns to the Northwest Corner to visit with her father, Hugh Cheney).  

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