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CORNWALL — On an overcast but temperate day, the 27th annual Cornwall Agricultural Fair welcomed waves of enthusiasts to the town Green on Saturday, Sept. 8, to see live animal exhibits, buy from vendors and visit with people they had not seen for a spell.

Following a rousing welcoming speech by Bill Dinneen, president of the Agriculture Commission, the fair was underway. 

“I’m always excited about it,” Dinneen said, surveying the activity. “It’s a community fair. Neighbors visit with neighbors. It’s a good thing for the...

Cornwall

For fans of Art at the Dump, good news: Jacobson is hard at work

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CORNWALL — Looking for unusual, fun and (mostly) useful art? Head for Art at the Dump, April 29 and 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cornwall Transfer Station.
This is the 12th annual Art at the Dump, which is the first social event of the season. A long, snowy winter means there is now plenty of room in the sand shed for art. And rain or shine, it’s always a good time. Bring the kids. Bring the dog. Bring the checkbook, because 30 percent of the proceeds go to the Cornwall Consolidated School art department.
And there are always things there that people just have to have.

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Pay raises left at 1 percent

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CORNWALL — An adjustment and a decision were made this week by the selectmen on the 2011-12 municipal budget proposal.These tweaks will probably be the last they make before handing it to the Board of Finance for approval.
The selectmen removed $10,000 from the snow removal line item (which was at $90,000). The town expects to save at least that amount now that it is mining much of its own road sand from a town-owned pit.

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Two new names for economic study group

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CORNWALL — At the request of members of the newly seated Economic Development Study Group, two new members were appointed this week.
It was explained at the April 4 Board of Selectmen’s meeting that the group wanted to include self-employed people, who could offer that perspective.
The board voted unanimously to appoint Ralph Dzenutis and Fred Scoville.

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Cameras, help class see beyond skin deep

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CORNWALL — Take the latest technology, blend with abstract thinking and mix thoroughly into a group of eighth-graders. Yield: creative surprises.
A digital photography workshop wrapped up last week at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS), after five intense sessions using a curriculum from the philanthropic organization Adobe Youth Voices.
The workshop was the annual eighth-grade enrichment program sponsored by the CCS Fund for Excellence. The students vote on what they want to pursue. Recent endeavors have included an international cooking series.

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Town mourns Ed Bigelow

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SHARON — A 93-year-old Cornwall man died at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Route 7 on Monday, April 4.
Edward Bigelow, who had a home on the Sharon-Goshen Turnpike, is being mourned by the town and remembered as a vital person who didn’t let age stop him from enjoying a full life.
On Monday, Bigelow was driving south on a winding stretch of Route 7 that is between routes 112 and 128 and that runs along the Housatonic River.

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Wildlife Watch

Dwight Hatcher sent in this photo and reported that “on Saturday, April 2, I spotted this bobcat hunting in a field next to our home in Cornwall — about 200 yards from Town Hall. I’m not sure how rare or common bobcats are, but this one was quite close to the village. The cat returned on Sunday but was driven off by our dogs’ barking.” John Harney Jr. found some common amphibians in his travels, including a spotted salamander and a wood frog, below.

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Watching time and the world drift by as the steam rises

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CORNWALL — It’s a true seasonal gateway: When the maple sap flows, winter weather is turning to warmer, sunnier spring temps.
At Ridgway Farm, Jayne Ridgway answered the phone extension in the sugarhouse last weekend, where she and her helpers were boiling sap — and were on track to meet an annual goal of 150 gallons of syrup.
“We’ve had the perfect contrast of cold nights and warm days,” Ridgway said. “Right now, it looks like we are definitely going to get 150 gallons, maybe more. It will probably end next week, but we could be surprised.”

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Debate continues on pay raises for town workers

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CORNWALL — Should town employees get modest pay raises, or should a tough economy dictate salary freezes? And how does that factor into negotiations for union employees?
Those questions made for a lively debate at a March 17 Board of Finance meeting. The main agenda item was to receive updates on town and school 2011-12 budget proposals, and offer a response.
The selectmen and school board were commended for holding the line on spending and making efforts to cut even further from their modest original proposals.
School costs up 5.2 percent

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Hanson play in world premiere at Town Hall

CORNWALL — The world premiere of “Etruscan Lovers and Other Fools” is ongoing at the Town Hall. The C.S. Hanson play has never had more than a reading onstage; this production is directed by Jandi Hanna. The cast includes Hanna, Dave Cadwell, Molly Hinchman, Ron Dukenski, Larry Stevens, Merrilee Sherwood Alexander and Stan Danielczuk.
Bobbie Tyson is the show’s producer. Paul DeAngelis is the stage manager. Joe Hartnett designed the lghting.
The action takes place essentially in real time, at the annual patrons’ gala party at a museum of Etruscan art.

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Tip of the cat’s hat

Cornwall Child Center teacher Tracy Gray and students in the center’s Club K celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by making Dr. Seuss hats, reading the author’s “The Cat in the Hat” and “Happy Birthday to You.” They snacked on red-and-white cupcakes and made green Oobleck. “It was a grand celebration,” said Child Center Director Sandy Gomez.

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