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CORNWALL — The life of a hobo was the subject of a program led by two Cornwall adventurers on Saturday, Feb. 10. Their topic was so tantalizing that the Cornwall Library meeting room was filled to capacity.

“It’s easy to romanticize, but there was nothing romantic about it,” recalled Dick Sears as he introduced the program, which included his own experiences and those of Jerry Doolittle. While they never traveled the rails together, the risks they described were similar.

“It was a rough life; it was hard times,” Sears said.

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Cornwall

A wake-up call on need to attract more people to town

CORNWALL — This fall will bring multiple opportunities for residents to engage in planning for the town’s near and distant future according to information presented at the Tuesday, Sept. 19, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway announced that the annual town meeting is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 27, and will be held at Cornwall Consolidated School. That meeting brings residents up to date on the work of each of the town’s boards and commissions.

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Flat Rocks Road bridge repair begins

CORNWALL — Signs are up signaling the start of work to replace the Flat Rocks Road bridge. The Cornwall selectmen heard a progress report at their Tuesday, Sept. 5, meeting and learned that the road was expected to close to traffic on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
“The project is underway,” bridge advisor Roger Kane reported. Utility poles will be relocated to make room for the work.

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Conserving Cornwall draws newcomers to library

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Conservation Trust was the subject of a lecture held by the Cornwall Association before the annual tea to welcome new residents to town. The talk was held, to  a capacity audience at the library, on the same afternoon as the annual Cornwall Agricultural Fair on Saturday, Sept. 9.
Priscilla Pavel, president of the Cornwall Association, introduced the speaker and welcomed newcomers to town, several of whom stayed for tea afterward.

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Cow chips, ahoy! Fun for all at Agricultural Fair

CORNWALL — Cornwall legend has it that the Cow Chip Contest — the traditional closing event for the town’s annual Agricultural Fair —  lasted about four hours one year. The cows who had been recruited for the task of dropping a moist chip on one square (marked off in a large field) apparently weren’t in a hurry to deliver their parcels.
With that story making its rounds at this year’s harvest season festivities, it was a relief that on Saturday, Sept. 9, the game came to a head after only 20 minutes. 

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The way we were

Cornwall hosted an old-time agricultural fair (the 26th in the town’s history) on Saturday, Sept. 9, on the town Green. For a story, visit Cow chips, ahoy! Fun for all at Agricultural Fair

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West Cornwall restaurant to open

CORNWALL — A new American cuisine restaurant will open in September at the former location of the Wandering Moose restaurant, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway told the selectmen at their Aug. 22 meeting.
The new tenants will be moving to Cornwall from Marlborough, Mass., hoping to renovate the restaurant to offer “comfort food” throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
“It sounds very positive,” Ridgway said, adding that he hopes that the town will turn out to support the business when it opens.

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French connection: style, skins, stingrays

CORNWALL — When Alexis Delletery displayed his work at Cornwall’s 58th Rose Algrant Show earlier in August, no one quite knew what to make of it. The objects were handsomely and professionally crafted — but what were they made of? Just what was that material, hard as ivory but textured like an unfamiliar animal? Not snake, not crocodile, not shark …
The answer is shagreen, the rawhide produced by another animal you probably wouldn’t want to get too friendly with: a stingray. 

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Cornwall Ag Fair Sept. 9

CORNWALL — Those who missed any of the traditional fairs over Labor Day weekend need not despair. The 26th annual Cornwall Agricultural Fair will be held this weekend on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the town Green.
The organizer this year is Bill Dinneen; anyone interested in entering some of their finest backyard or farm produce can call him with questions at 860-672-0035, or First Selectman Gordon Ridgway at 860-672-4959.

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Bustling and beautiful Algrant art show

CORNWALL — The 58th Rose Algrant Art show opening was bustling on Friday night, Aug. 11, in Cornwall. By 7:30 p.m., Alden Weigold, who was counting the number of people walking in, had counted 276 people. The opening was held from 5 to 8 p.m.; the show was also open Saturday and Sunday.
This is the second year the show (a Cornwall tradition) has been held at the Trinity Conference Center in West Cornwall. The show moved to Trinity after being held for many years at  Cornwall Consolidated School. 

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Flat Rocks Road will close on Sept. 11

CORNWALL — Replacement of the Flat Rocks Road bridge is scheduled to begin around Aug. 28. The road will be closed to motorists on Sept. 11.
Roger Kane, bridge adviser to the town, made a report at the Aug. 1 Board of Selectmen’s meeting. 

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