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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. 

The selectmen’s budget shows an increase of 2.23 percent to $1,902,494, up from the...

Cornwall

Footsteps at CCS felt around the world

CORNWALL — After stepping off their buses at the intersection of Cream Hill and Cogswell Roads on a beautiful Friday afternoon, Oct. 14, students from Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) were greeted by a host of local friends and family.
The field trip was for the 14th annual Walk-a-Thon.
As the children spread out, wearing T-shirts custom-made for the event by Valorie Fisher of Cornwall, they created a sea of blue. Above, a massive Walk-a-Thon banner fluttered over the crowd.

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Cornwallians remember the artists who colored their lives

CORNWALL — Guests packed Town Hall on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 16, as CBS News Correspondent Richard Schlesinger hosted “Tell Us A Story,” a kind of fireside chat, minus the fire. 
Presented as the latest community event tied to the Cornwall Historical Society’s ongoing gallery exhibit “Artists and Authors,” the informal program asked audience members to stand and speak on the “cultural inheritance,” as Schlesinger put it, “left by so many writers and painters and sculptors.”

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Moose watch Population growing, caution urged

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CORNWALL — It’s fairly rare to see a moose in the Northwest Corner, so the one who visited the area last week stirred up a lot of attention, even appearing on the local television news.
It’s clearly a male, with a modest rack of antlers (full-grownmales can have antlers that spread as wide as 5 feet). It had an attractive fur collar around its shoulders, making it look a little like a 19th-century New York City socialite.

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The Wednesday Women of Wool at work

CORNWALL — In a sparsely decorated but well-furnished room at the back of the United Church of Christ, a group of women meet weekly on Wednesdays to work on their wool projects. 

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Meeting House work is complete

CORNWALL — The capital improvements at the North Cornwall Meeting House have been completed. As fall begins, the Meeting House steeple’s slight westerly lean is now stabilized, a new ramp has  been installed around the building’s northwest corner, windows have been repaired and the entire church now glows with fresh white paint. 
All tasks were completed without interfering with a wedding that took place at the site in late September. 

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An incredible being of lightness

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CORNWALL — Sometimes, working with your hands is really about working with your brain. 
For Jeff Jacobson, a retired businessman, it’s the hands that bring his projects to life; and certainly one might say that he is a “handy” guy. But the final products are products of a busy mind that brings the hands along for the ride.

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Region One video is topic at CCS meeting

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CORNWALL — The Sept. 21 meeting of the Cornwall Board of Education opened with the reading of a letter by the faculty association about the recent video produced by the Region One Board of Education.
The video has evoked a strong response from teachers throughout the region, who have spoken out at their local board of education meetings.

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The Bend project presented to P&Z

CORNWALL — Mike Jastremski, watershed conservation director of the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA), gave a presentation on his organization’s proposal for The Bend on the Housatonic River to a large group of local residents at the Cornwall Library on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
The Bend is in West Cornwall, just south of the Covered Bridge and off of Lower River Road.

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CCS students go gaga for Gaga

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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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