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Cornwall Consolidated School students donned their stripey socks and thought sweet thoughts for their annual drama production, “Willy Wonka Jr.,” which they presented on March 10 and 11.

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CCS students go gaga for Gaga

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — Everyone who was emotionally (and perhaps physically) scarred by playing dodgeball in elementary and high school will be glad to know that some schools, such as Cornwall Consolidated, are replacing it with a gentler version called Gaga Ball.  
The website at www.gagacenter.com says, “It’s fast, it’s sweaty and it’s really addictive. As soon as you get out, you can’t wait to hop back in.”

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The Cornwall literary scene shows off its stuff

CORNWALL — “There are an incredible number of writers in Cornwall,” Marie Prentice said, a spring in her nimble voice and slight arch of the eyebrow, suggesting this fact was so well known there was something wry in stating it at all. 
“The Write Stuff” was organized by Prentice as part of a series of lectures and presentations coinciding with the Cornwall Historical Society’s Artists and Authors exhibit. 

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They came, they saw, they were recruited to volunteer

CORNWALL — “It’s a very interesting place, I congratulate anyone who’s moved here on your selection,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said, welcoming newcomers to town at the appropriately dubbed Newcomers Tea. 
The tea was held on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Cornwall Library in conjunction with The Chronicle’s 25th anniversary party. It did not feature any tea that could be immediately found, but there was wine, and there were newcomers. 

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Toasting 25 years and a town full of contributors

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Opening hearts, changing the world

CORNWALL — Although the Trinity Retreat Center isn’t expected to open until the summer of 2017, the campus is already buzzing with activity.  
After Trinity Wall Street put the property on the market in 2012, the secluded site in West Cornwall was left dormant for multiple years.

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How to protect an ailing Housatonic River

CORNWALL — The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) paid tribute to state Rep. Roberta Willis (D-64) at its annual meeting on Friday, Sept. 16, for her life-long environmental advocacy and legislative efforts.
Willis has served for eight terms (16 years) as state representative for the 64th District, which includes Torrington, Cornwall, Sharon, Salisbury, Goshen, Kent, Norfolk, Canaan (Falls Village) and North Canaan. She will retire at the end of this year.

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The rural gambling scene’s own version of ‘craps’

CORNWALL — On Saturday morning, Sept. 10, Tom Barrett, who serves as the treasurer for the Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department, had set up a perimeter on the field neighboring Town Hall  for the annual cow chip contest. 
This is the 25th anniversary of the Agricultural Fair, as well as of the Cow Chip contest. The origin of the idea? No one knows. 

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‘Faith, faith, faith,’ even for those on four legs

CORNWALL — “You know what’s amazing about an animal blessing?” said the Rev. Bob Pohl of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, ignoring the amazement that there is such a contemporary thing as “an animal blessing” at all. “All of the animals start to get along. The dogs and the cats have a calm that sets in. It’s a neat vision almost of heaven, a circle of humans and animals in peace.”

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Quintessential country festival hits 25th anniversary

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Rummage sale

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

CORNWALL — There’s an old adage that says, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
The Cornwall Woman’s Society chose to ignore that advice and, for it’s 90th annual rummage sale, changed locations, though the sale had been held for decades at three locations. Shoppers knew to seek out better furniture at Town Hall, clothing at Mohawk ski area and a bounteous assortment of “everything else” at the Church of Christ parish house. 

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