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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

A little book, not so light reading

CORNWALL — With the three books to her credit, author, essayists and professor of literature Betty Krasne has shown that her imagination cannot be confined to any one genre. 
In her 2006 memoir “A Dangerous Thing” Krasne looks back at the limited expectations set for her in her education as a young woman and the great pivot her life took as she enrolled in a progressive school that sparked her lifelong determination to learn, grow  and teach. 

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New old store expected in Norfolk

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NORFOLK — Ryan Craig, who owned the Berkshire Country Store in West Cornwall for two years (until 2015), will open a new shop in Norfolk. 
Also called the Berkshire Country Store, it will be located in the center of town, on Station Place. 
Craig, who lives in Goshen, has been busy with renovations, including painting the interior and putting in new refrigerators and freezers and other kitchen equipment. 

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Vigilantes and the bloom of an outlaw life

CORNWALL — Author and Housatonic Valley Regional High School history teacher Peter Vermilyea gave a talk at the Cornwall Library on Saturday, Nov. 19, on the history of crime and criminals in Litchfield County.
This was the latest stop on his tour of the Northwest Corner to promote his new nonfiction book, “Wicked Litchfield,” a spiritual successor to his 2014 work, “The Hidden History of Litchfield County.” 

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New ambulance is decked out for safety

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department showed off its brand new ambulance amid a festive holiday church scene in Cornwall Village on Saturday, Dec. 3.
The vehicle was displayed in front of the United Church of Christ parish house, where the annual Christmas fair was also taking place, from morning to early afternoon.  
Brought into service in October, the ambulance has the build of a four-wheel-drive 2016 Ford F-450 chassis with a customized box.  

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Finding ways to truly see CCS student growth

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CORNWALL — The Board of Education discussed methods for measuring student achievement in a more meaningful way at their meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
One part of the conversation revolved around Cornwall Consolidated School Principal Michael Croft’s explanation of student scores on the Connecticut Mastery Test in science. The Mastery Tests and the state guidelines on curriculum have changed quite a bit in recent years.

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Lost art form captures migration archetypes

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CORNWALL — Artist Gay Schempp of Winsted has brought an ancient artistic technique to life by creating images of migration — both human and animal — in The Migration Series, a show of her work currently on display at the Cornwall Library.
A reception was held Saturday evening, Nov. 26. The 18 pieces from The Migration Series and a larger project, Legacy of Fire, were on display.

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Flat Rocks fire beginning to cool down after snow

CORNWALL — It was hoped that the heavy snow on Sunday, Nov. 20, put out the mostly underground wildfire near Peck Mountain, also known as the Flat Rocks Fire. The fire has been burning since September.
Given the fire’s stubborn nature, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway expressed cautious optimism on Monday, Nov. 21, saying that he didn’t want to declare victory just yet. 
No one had been able to access the site of the fire as of Monday morning to gauge the outcome of the snowstorm. 

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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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