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CORNWALL — Two-hundred years of history drew visitors to Cornwall for a two-day series of events to examine the Foreign Mission School (FMS).  

Descendants of 19th-century students at the school brought the times and culture a fresh perspective.

The events on June 17 and 18 included a tour of the Foreign Mission School steward’s house (a National Landmark), a lecture on Native American history in the Northwest Corner, a performance of an original play commemorating the Mission School and a Sunday afternoon forum.

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Cornwall

Conservation Trust gains official accreditation

CORNWALL — Over the past two years, the Cornwall Conservation Trust (CCT) has been pursuing official accreditation from the national Land Trust Alliance. Now it’s got it.
The recognition has been awarded to 357 land trusts across the country. It is  described as a mark of distinction that ensures the highest quality practices in land conservation.
Cornwall Conservation Trust joined the ranks in August.

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Veterans attend CCS ceremony

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CORNWALL — Nearly two dozen war veterans turned out on Thursday, Nov. 10, for what many believe is the first Veterans Day ceremony ever held at Cornwall Consolidated School. 
Veterans Day was on Friday, Nov. 11, but schools were closed that day. The ceremony in the school’s gym/auditorium was held just before 11 a.m. on Thursday. Principal Michael Croft quickly jotted down the names of all the men and women who turned out for the service, as they arrived. 

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Puppies at Little Guild recover from virus

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CORNWALL — It’s been a tough autumn for the Little Guild of St. Francis animal shelter and pet adoption center.
Earlier this month, Executive Director Heather Dinneen and Shelter Manager Liz Sullivan stepped down from their positions following charges by the state Department of Agriculture of improper importation of animals from out of state.

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HouBike Trail stirs up legal controversy

CORNWALL — The Board of Selectmen addressed a proposal for a Housatonic bike trail at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
The Housatonic Covered Bridge Bike Trail — the “HouBike Trail” for short — would be a route of about 45 miles that connects roads that navigate through the Housatonic Valley, from New Milford to Ashley Falls, Mass. It is a plan being promoted by the administrators of the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.

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Rivers and roads are getting spruced up

By Gabe Lefferts

 

CORNWALL — A report has been released by the state Department of Transportation (DOT)with ways to improve traffic safety in downtown Cornwall Bridge, at the intersections of routes 4 and 7.

The report is the result of an audit the DOTconducted at the site in June of this year.

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Environment aided by HVA auction

WASHINGTON DEPOT — The fan flurry of the first Gilmore Girls Weekend swept through Washington Depot, Conn., in October like an autumn storm. 
But on Sunday, Nov. 6, the town held a more longstanding (and traditionally even more star-studded) insider local event: the Housatonic Valley Association’s Auction for the Environment. 

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Dinneen, Sullivan leave Little Guild following charges

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CORNWALL — The Little Guild of St. Francis announced today that its executive director has resigned and its shelter manager has been let go, following their arrests last week on 14 counts of improper importation of animals into the state. 

The charges were against the two women personally and not against the facility, which is a no-kill shelter and also describes itself as a pet adoption center.

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Town report presented at annual town meeting

CORNWALL — All three agenda items presented to the town meeting on Thursday, Oct. 27 — the 2015-2016 town report, a five-year capital plan and a budget transfer of $23,910 — were approved unanimously.
Twenty-three people were in attendance. Lisa Simont served as moderator.
The annual report, which features reports from town offices, boards, commissions and civic organizations, can be viewed at www.cornwallct.org. It may also be picked up at several locations throughout town.

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The beauty of going green, at Cornwall fair

CORNWALL — Thirty years ago, Gordon Ridgway came to a conclusion that he insists still rings true today. Cornwall can, he said at the gymnasium podium at Cornwall Consolidated School, become a self-sustaining community.
“If this area put its mind to it,” he said, “we could become energy self-sufficient.”

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DOA charges against two women at Little Guild

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CORNWALL — An arrest warrant for Heather Dinneen and Elizabeth Sullivan of the Little Guild has 15 charges against each of the women, dating back to a series of visits from the state Department of Agriculture (DOA) that began in December 2015 and continued to August 2016.
The warrant begins with a visit by two state inspectors in July 2016, following a complaint against the shelter.  DOA inspector Kelli Peet did not return a call asking for background, such as who had filed the complaint.

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