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CORNWALL — A preliminary plan to provide public access to the Housatonic River at The Bend, south of the Covered Bridge, was presented to the Cornwall Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 5.

Owned by Eversource, the site would be licensed to the town for the proposed use, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway explained. Because the site has a history of industrial uses, the project would not disturb the existing soils; rain run-off would be contained on the site.

Mike Jastremski from the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) and landscape designer...

Cornwall

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CORNWALL — Adjusting an earlier decision to remain neutral on a Cornwall Land Trust proposal to conserve 104 additional acres along Furnace Brook Road on the eastern side of town, the selectmen voted to support the proposal at their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

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The tree of life, in works by Nash Gill

CORNWALL — Since Bryan Nash Gill’s unexpected death in 2013 his wife, Gina, has made it her mission to find galleries to exhibit the work. 
Creating art “was a form of breathing for him,” Gill said, standing in front of an impressively large print by her late husband. The flat cross-section of a tree’s center, rings expanding outward toward the frame and printed in a bright barn red boldly greeted visitors to the opening of “Reflections” at the Cornwall Library on Saturday night, Feb. 3. 

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How Cornwall helps its people

CORNWALL — Embarking on the annual budget preparation process, the Board of Selectmen in Cornwall heard a review of the town’s social services programs at their meeting on Monday, Jan. 29.
Social Services Director Jane Sellery reported that this year town residents were helped with health-care needs that included prescriptions, eyeglasses, hearing and dental — the latter being a critical need that had not been funded in the past.

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Hard hearts can be a sign of love

CORNWALL — A busy intersection will be even busier when iron artisan William Trowbridge of Sharon opens his new shop in Cornwall Bridge. There will be an open house at his Wild Iron Forge on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m.
The new shop offers handcrafted iron pieces, including Trowbridge’s popular iron hearts, a favorite every year at Valentine’s Day.  

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Planning for future, hoping for growth

CORWALL — Recognizing the vital importance of continually improving Cornwall, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) held an open meeting on Saturday, Jan. 20, inviting all 18 of the town’s boards and commissions to come to Town Hall and report on their goals.
P&Z Chair David Colbert said that the Saturday meeting was not intended to address updates to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development, which has to be updated every 10 years; Cornwall’s must be completed by May 2020.  

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A dozen snowstorms this year, so far

CORNWALL — The budget for snow removal is holding up well, according to a report heard by the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
So far, $21,000 of budget funds have been spent on 12 storms.  Key to the low figure is that the town makes its own road sand. Last year, First Selectman Gordon Ridgway noted, the town experienced a total of 17 storms before winter’s end. “Things are holding up pretty well,” he said.

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Art exhibit at CCC honors black history

CORNWALL — From a collection of 40 paintings created by primitive artist Charles Besozzi (1904-1997) of Cornwall, five are displayed at an exhibit at the Congregational Church in Cornwall, a showing that opened on Saturday, Jan. 14, in honor of Black History Month.
The show was curated by the artist’s granddaughter, Elysia Magazzi, and titled “Of Slavery and President Lincoln’s Journal To End It.” It celebrates folk art as a form of storytelling. 

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So far so good on town winter snow budget

CORNWALL — Now halfway through the 2017-18 budget year, the Cornwall Board of Selectmen met on Tuesday, Jan. 2, and reviewed totals in expenditures and revenues, satisfied that both are in balance and on course as projected. The fiscal year begins on July 1.

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Covered Bridge will get new steel, deck

CORNWALL — Expected to take 224 days to complete, work on repairs to West Cornwall’s historic Covered Bridge has begun, according to an update heard by the Board of Selectmen at their Dec. 19 meeting.
Reporting on the work was Roger Kane, consultant to the selectmen on bridges in town. 
The project is expected to cost $1.3 million. The bridge will remain open to traffic during most of that time, although it will be closed for 29 days next September, beginning on or about Labor Day weekend. 

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Regional programs eyed

CORNWALL — Shared youth and family services and regionalized public programs are being explored by the Cornwall Board of Selectmen as an economically efficient way for area towns to meet the needs of residents now and in the future.  The selectmen met on Dec. 19 to hear presentations by representatives of two regional service organizations.

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