Tubers rescued from river in Cornwall

CORNWALL — Cornwall’s Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) rescued three struggling tubers stuck in the Housatonic River in West Cornwall on Tuesday, May 16. First Selectman Gordon Ridgway reviewed the incident during the Board of Selectmen’s meeting later that night.

Three adventure seekers called for help after losing control of their tubes on the river. The tubers were stranded on a rock more than 30 feet from shore when CVFD arrived.

“They were certainly in what I would call a precarious situation,” said Ridgway.

CVFD utilized its rescue boat to bring the group to safety near the campsite at Housatonic Meadows. Ridgway urged those going in or near the river to take caution and wear flotation devices.

“People should remember if they go in the river to always wear a life jacket. Luckily this rescue had a happy ending, but people should beware the river is very strong,” said Ridgway.

No injuries were sustained in the incident.

The Little Guild has requested assistance from the town as they work toward building a new facility for their operations. During the construction phase, they have asked the board for permission to set up a temporary facility on town land.

“They came to ask if the town would consider putting temporary quarters on town property. Initially they asked to look at the fire house,” said Ridgway. “I suggested also that there may be room at an alternative site, if that’s too tight for them, at Foote Field.”

Ridgway said the potential location at Foote Field on Furnace Brooke Road would not impact the courts or playing fields in the park.

“They’re basically talking about bringing in three modular units. One for dogs, one for cats, and one for the management,” said Ridgway. “This would be for a year and it seems like housing our town’s homeless animals is a priority.”

The board agreed to work with the Little Guild and assist them in establishing a temporary facility on town property.

“It’s a wonderful organization and anything we can do to help them we should do happily,” said Selectman Janet Carlson.

Ridgway announced that a combined memorial service for Vietnam veterans is being planned with Kent and Warren. This service will likely be held in Kent on July 25 and vets will be presented with a certificate of appreciation from Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz. Ridgway said any veterans interested in participating can be included in the ceremony by calling the selectmen’s office.

The board moved to begin generating asphalt bids to repave roads in Cornwall. Ridgway said the budget has allocated funding for paving town roads and has discussed the project with Jim Vanicky of the Highway Department.

“We have a list of about a half-dozen vendors we have used,” said Ridgway. “Work would happen in the summer. [Vanicky] has talked to some vendors. He said they’re ready to go any time.”

Three town roads have been identified to start: Dudleytown Road, Everest Hill Road, and Popple Swamp Road. Ridgway said he hopes to present bids to the board at the June 20 meeting.

Latest News

Books & Blooms returns for ninth year

Four distinctive Cornwall gardens will be open for self-guided tours Saturday, June 22.

Photo Provided

On Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, the ninth annual Books & Blooms event will take place, benefiting the Cornwall Library. This two-day garden-related event has become a cherished highlight, offering an enriching experience for garden enthusiasts and art lovers alike.

Friday evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a presentation by Ann Temkin, the distinguished Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Temkin will explore the deep connection between Claude Monet’s passion for gardening and his renowned paintings of water lilies. Her talk will reveal how Monet’s extensive gardens at Giverny were not just a source of inspiration but a vital part of his artistic process. Despite the current acclaim of the water lilies series, they were initially met with significant criticism in the early 20th century. Temkin will discuss the transformation in public perception that eventually led to their recognition as pioneering works of 20th century art.

Keep ReadingShow less
‘Old Glory’ finds new home for Flag Day

North Canaan Elementary School students applaud as the flag reaches the peak of a new 35-foot flagpole.

Riley Klein

NORTH CANAAN — Students of North Canaan Elementary School gathered at Sam Eddy Field Wednesday, June 12, to witness the stars and stripes hoisted high on a newly installed flagpole.

Celebrated two days early due to school ending, the Flag Day ceremony took place on a pristine spring morning. Patriotism was palpable as the students sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Grand Old Flag” beneath a clear blue sky.

Keep ReadingShow less
Joy at The Playhouse

The Sharon Playhouse honors Bobbie Olsen at its annual Spotlight Gala.

Justin Boccitto

The Annual Sharon Playhouse Spotlight Gala cast their theater light upon a worthy honoree this year: Bobbie Olsen, Bobbie Olsen, former president of The Playhouse board and namesake of a well-known location, The Bobbie Olsen Theatre, where residents pack the seats each summer to see the mainstage production plays and musicals. Held on Saturday, June 1, the dinner, cocktail, and musical review at the Olsen Theatre was a celebration of all she has contributed to keeping live theater active and alive in Sharon, even in the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Bobbie Olsen is an incredible supporter of not just this theater, but this community,” said Sharon Playhouse Artistic Director Carl Andress. “She supports the Sharon Playhouse in her leadership, and in the beauty of her person-hood. We’re just so grateful that she’s been in our lives and that she continues to be such a good friend to the theater, Sharon Playhouse, and the theater in general.”

Keep ReadingShow less
NWCT Arts Council: Arts Connected

Matica Circus duo from Harwinton, Connecticut performing at NWCT ARTS Connected event in May

Jennifer Almquist

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council (NWCT Arts) recently held Arts Connected, their first fundraiser, at the Spring Hill Vineyard in Washington, Connecticut. The evening celebration, a combination of Fellini movie, carnival, and Renaissance Fair, featured an aerialist from Matica Circus in Harwinton, and a flame and flow performer out in the courtyard under the stars. Momix, based in Washington Connecticut, under the artistic direction of founders Moses Pendleton and Cynthia Quinn, also performed. Two dancers wore Jeff Koons-style inflated red dog suits, and Momix dancer Jared Bogart wafted through the space wearing an immense, two-stories tall silk fan. Persian calligraphic painter Alibaba Awrang created a community work of art, while Ameen Mokdad, a violinist from Iraq, made music with Hartford’s Cuatro Puntos Ensemble. A young musician, Adelaide Punkin, performed an original song from the balcony of the vast space, while a giant puppet from Sova Dance and Puppet waltzed through the festivities. DJ Arvolyn Hill from Kent spun the tunes, an African drum circle set the rhythm, and there was abundant food and drink for the gathered crowd.

Keep ReadingShow less