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CORNWALL — The prospect of any pig roast can draw public interest, but locate it at a lumberyard, particularly one that has something to celebrate, and people will come from all over.  

And come they did, on Saturday, June 30, to admire the new warehouse building at Northeast Building Supply on Route 7 in Cornwall Bridge.

Visitors feasted on freshly roasted pork and accompanying dishes, all homemade or prepared on the spot in giant pots.  Tents shielded diners from the scorching temperatures. The hospitality was offered freely and at no cost.

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Cornwall

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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Making plans for summer bridge work

CORNWALL — In preparation for this summer’s repair project, state Department of Transportation engineers visited the historic Covered Bridge in West Cornwall on Monday, April 2, to look for scour or erosion at the water line.
An advance report of the visit was presented at the Tuesday, March 20, meeting of the Cornwall Board of Selectmen.
According to Roger Kane, consultant to the town on bridges, the selectmen needed to be notified of the planned inspection. 

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The art of craft in Souterrain show

CORNWALL — Spring is the time of year that we associate with Cornwall artist Gail Jacobson. She is, after all, the founder of one of the town’s signature events, Art at the Dump, which is held annually in April (right around Earth Day).
For those who have missed the fun of Art at the Dump, it’s a fundraiser for the art department at Cornwall Consolidated School and it’s held each year at the transfer station (sometimes know inelegantly as The Dump). This year’s show/sale will be April 21-22.   

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ACLU head on redefining civic virtue in America

CORNWALL — American Civil Liberties Union President Susan N. Herman will speak at the Cornwall Historical Society Sunday, April 8, at 2 p.m.
Herman’s talk is the Historical Society’s annual Norman Dorsen lecture. It honors the late Cornwall resident, who was president of the ACLU and was also an owner of The Lakeville Journal Co.
Herman’s talk is called “A Republic, If You Can Keep It,” a reference to Benjamin Franklin’s famous remark.

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Loosening reins on spending

CORNWALL — Feeling flush despite the loss of $263,000 in state funding this year, the Cornwall Board of Finance considered the proposed 2018–19 municipal spending plan at a workshop during their Thursday, March 15, meeting.
“For this year we are still in the black in spite of the loss of state funding,” finance board Chair John LaPorta reported.
First Selectman Gordon Ridgway cautioned that the town anticipates going over budget this year on town vehicle repairs, impacting the available resources. 

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Duncan Hannah still a teen heartthrob

CORNWALL — For many, youth is gone in a flash, with years spent longing for the excitement seen in teen films. 
For Duncan Hannah however, there is perhaps no movie as daring as the life he actually lived. 
Cozying up in the library of his weekend home in West Cornwall, in brown corduroys with pennies in his suede loafers, it at times strains the imagination to picture this painter of understated portraits as the wild child of the 1970s, throwing his drunken body recklessly into the unknown night. 

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Good turnout for fire department race

CORNWALL — Seven area fire companies, including the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, took part in the eighth annual Firefighter Race at Mohawk Mountain Ski Area on Sunday, March 11. 
The race took place on Arrowhead, and it was a half-mile hill GS course.
The beneficiary this year was the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital, which received $1,500 from the event, in which the firefighter teams race each other down the slopes wearing their full turn-out gear.
Race results:

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