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CORNWALL  — Installing a new crosswalk in Cornwall will mean that the area will be designated as a no-passing zone, according to discussion at the Tuesday, Nov. 7, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.

First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said that he has spoken with project engineer Scott Hesketh who had, in turn, heard from the state Department of Transportation (DOT). The crosswalk is designed to extend between the market in Cornwall Bridge and the lumber yard.

The DOT has recommended elimination of the passing zone in front of the lumber yard. There are also other...

Cornwall

Budget approved at town meeting

CORNWALL — By unanimous vote, the 30 residents at the annual town meeting on Friday, May 19, passed both the town and education budgets, totaling $6,759,098, including capital projects and debt service costs. The total is an increase in spending of $46,025, or 0.69 percent, over the current year. 
David Cadwell was elected meeting moderator.

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Sit, stay, smile at Little Guild

CORNWALL — A bull in a china shop, as the idiom goes, spells disaster. But what about dogs in an antiques gallery? In Litchfield County, that spells: fundraiser. 
RT Facts Design & Antiques in Kent is an open, sunlit barn-like space housing a small museum’s worth of 1920s French stone sculpture and George Nakashima-inspired dining sets. On Mothers Day, May 14, the shop celebrated a very specific kind of parental bond: that between owner and dog. 

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Reliving 2016 Peck’s Mountain fire

CORNWALL — It started in mid-September 2016 and continued to smolder through November, drawing local volunteers and state fire and forestry professionals together to fight its many flare-ups and hot spots. The great brush fire on Peck’s Mountain will be the subject of a special program to be held at Town Hall on Saturday, May 20, beginning at 1 p.m.

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Cornwall budgets vote May 19

CORNWALL — Town residents and public officials came together to consider the proposed 2017-18 budget at a public hearing Friday, April 21, at Cornwall Consolidated School. Conducted by the finance board, the meeting drew about 35 residents to hear an overview of both the selectmen’s budget and the budget proposed by the education board.
Finance board Chair John LaPorta termed the overall proposals as “nothing extraordinary” as he opened the meeting. 

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Treasures from (actual) trash at Art @ the Dump

CORNWALL — The people have spoken: The most admired piece of recycled art from this year’s Art @ the Dump show and sale in Cornwall was “Coat Rack” by Aaron Pequignot. Second place honors went to sculptor James Hackett for one of his many ironwork pieces; the winner was “Eagle.”

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Veteran from Wounded Warriors will speak on April 27 at CCS

CORNWALL — A representative of the Wounded Warriors Project will present a program for students at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) during the day, and speak again in the evening to the general public on Thursday, April 27.
CCS Principal Michael Croft gave a preview of the visit by veteran Sal Gonzalez to the Board of Education at their meeting on Wednesday, April 17.

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Quiz Cup 2017 victory goes to CCS

CORNWALL — Having endured 19 years without a win, the Cornwall Consolidated School quiz team of 2017 soared to victory, capturing The Lakeville Journal Quiz Cup after a stiff competition through four matches with other Region One elementary schools. They were undefeated in the matches.
Social Studies teacher Will Vincent, who has served as team coach throughout his seven-year tenure at the school, said that team members return to compete with enthusiasm, asking in September about the upcoming schedule that begins in February.  

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Who-dunnit to benefit Child Center in May

CORNWALL — Fans of murder mysteries and fans of fun are invited to a fundraiser in May to benefit the Cornwall Child Center.  “Murder in the Juice Joint” is the theme for the Roaring ’20s-style dinner  on May 20 at the Torrington Country Club.  
“This is a big one,” said Amy Bresson, director of the Child Center, describing the plans for the major annual fundraiser.  
“We want to get many, many people from Cornwall and the surrounding towns,” she added.  

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In politics, women are resisting and persisting

CORNWALL —  Roxana Robinson is the author of nine books, including a biography of American modernist painter Georgia O’Keeffe, and her recent novel, “Sparta,” which tells of a college student turned soldier experiencing the United States as an unfamiliar, traumatic place once he’s returned from his tour in Iraq. 
She is the current president of the Authors Guild, America’s oldest and largest advocacy group for writers, and teaches at Hunter College. 

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Bridge work set to begin

CORNWALL — Maintenance and repair of 14 of the 24 bridges in Cornwall is assured following a town meeting Friday, April 7.  The 25 residents who attended unanimously approved $1.5 million in spending, clearing the way for work to begin on the Flat Rocks Road bridge, the first on the prioritized list prepared by Lenard Engineering.
The project was discussed at the April 4 selectmen’s meeting. Two bids had been submitted for the Flat Rocks Road project.

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