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CORNWALL — After visiting a number of area towns to explore septic solutions, the Cornwall selectmen scheduled a public hearing about their own proposed septic project, in West Cornwall.

The hearing will be held Friday, June 28, at the Cornwall Consolidated School beginning at 7 p.m. Engineer Stephen McDonnell of WMC Consulting Engineers of Newington will present information about the various options.

At their June 4 meeting, the selectmen also scheduled a town meeting for Friday, July 26, to be held at Cornwall Consolidated School at 7:30 p.m. Taxpayers will be asked...

Cornwall

Tuition rates set for Cornwall Consolidated School

CORNWALL — Tuition rates for out-of-district students wishing to attend Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS) were discussed and set at the regular meeting of the Board of Education on Wednesday, May 16.

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Cornwall town meeting vote

CORNWALL — All taxpayers in the town of Cornwall are encouraged to attend the annual town meeting at the Cornwall Consolidated School on Friday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m.
During the meeting, residents will hear details of the 2018-19 budgets proposed by the town’s boards of selectmen and education and have an opportunity to comment. Following the presentations, residents will vote on the budgets.

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Questions and concerns about septic plans are aired

CORNWALL — In an effort to understand water and septic issues facing some residents of the village, the West Cornwall Water/Septic study group held a public hearing on Tuesday, May 8. Three representatives of state agencies were there. A variety of concerns were heard from the capacity turn-out at the Hughes Library.

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Bridge will close 30 days for repairs

CORNWALL — The Covered Bridge in West Cornwall will close to traffic at the end of this summer so repairs can be made. Businesses in the village discussed ways to minimize the impact at the Tuesday, May 1, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
“The bridge will be closed for the shortest possible time,” First Selectman Gordon Ridgway promised, reviewing the tight timetable.

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Budget sails through hearing

CORNWALL — The public hearing on the proposed Cornwall 2018-19 budget on Friday, April 20, attracted about 25 town residents, a few of whom asked for clarification, but none of whom expressed any particular concerns.
The selectmen’s side of the proposed budget totals $1,995,026, an increase of $92,532 over the current year’s budget, or 4.86 percent. 

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A new crop of recycled art at the dump

CORNWALL — As sometimes happens, it was a blustery weekend for the 18th annual Art @ the Dump show at the Cornwall transfer station, on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22.
This year, 46 artists participated.
Tags on the artwork flipped wildly around in the wind as customers inspected them to try and figure out who had made them and how much they cost. The average price for works, in case you’re wondering, is about $30. 

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Train derails near river

CORNWALL — A Housatonic Railroad train derailed between West Cornwall and Falls Village near River Road on Tuesday, April 10.
Housatonic Railroad Operations Manager Eric Boardman, working from their North Canaan office, said Monday, April 16, that the cause of the accident is unknown. The train was a mix of empty cars and some that were carrying demolition debris.

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New docks planned for Hammond Beach

CORNWALL — The old Hammond Beach docks in Cornwall have been removed, according to a report heard at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, April 3. 
It’s all part of a project to build new docks — and have them in use by June.
The new docks will float and will be made with modern decking materials that eliminate splinters, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway reported. He is preparing the specifications for the job.

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The Constitution and the world today

CORNWALL — Declaring that “the Constitution is for everyone,” American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) President Susan Herman delivered the endowed Norman Dorsen lecture on Sunday, April 8, at the Village Meetinghouse in Cornwall. The talk was a program of the Cornwall Historical Society.
Introducing the speaker was Norman Dorsen’s daughter, Jennifer, who told the audience of more than 100 that her parents used to say that they worked in New York City, but they lived in Cornwall.  

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Farmers markets something to crow about

CORNWALL — At the Tuesday, March 20, meeting of the Cornwall Board of Selectmen, insufficient publicity for the towns two farmers markets was discussed. 
The Explore Cornwall website (www.explorecornwallct.com) drew criticism from residents who found that both of the town’s farmers markets were not represented.

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