Cornwall

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department will once again host its chicken barbecue as a drive-through on Sunday, June 13, from noon until 2 p.m. (or until supplies run out). The drive-through lunch service will take place at the Cornwall Elementary School parking lot and not at the Route 30 fire station. CVFD is requesting a pay-what-you-can donation. A department member will take cash or check made out to Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department (change will not be available) and then direct your car to a line where you can order and receive your chicken dinners or plain half chickens....

RAMSAY MELLISH AND his wife, Caroline, maintain and cultivate a diverse ecosystem on their Cutting Hill Beef Company farm in Cornwall. Photo by Oliver Parini
When Ramsay and Caroline Mellish moved their farming business from Newport Center to 380 acres of rolling pasture and fields off South Bingham Street in Cornwall five years ago they started to diversify from organic dairy into raising beef cattle under the name Cutting Hill Beef Company.  They said they wanted to ensure two things: That they follow regenerative agriculture methods and that they refrain from using pesticides. They defined “regenerative agriculture” as a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves water quality and in overall...
The West Cornwall Backyard Concert Series (WCBCS) sprung up last summer, and it’s back again. The first concert kicks off the 2021 season on May 16 with Carol Reed performing at 14 Audet Road in Cornwall — yes, the Whittemore family’s backyard — on a temporary stage.  Reed will bring her phenomenal vocal abilities and acoustic guitar skills to the WCBCS. She’ll be performing many of the old favorites and a few you may have forgotten. Her set includes works from Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, Patsy Cline, Fats Waller, Paul Simon and others. Sitting in with Reed for Sunday’s concert is the Best She...

JASON ROBART
BERLIN — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont recently welcomed Jason Robart of Cornwall to the non-profit health and wellness organization’s board of directors. Robart, who joined the board along with Karin Chamberlain of Norwich, brings a dynamic knowledge of health care and finance. Robart is the co-founder of health care advisory and venture capital firm Seae Ventures. The company is dedicated to building and investing in early stage health care technology and services companies primarily founded by women and people who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Prior to leading...

THROUGH A MAJOR fundraising push, volunteers in the Friends of Cornwall School were able to supply the school with a second tent for outdoor learning during the pandemic.
CORNWALL — The Friends of Cornwall School (FOCS) is a parents organization dedicated to supporting our children through numerous co-curricular and extra-curricular activities throughout the year. We recognize that part of supporting our students includes recognizing and supporting our teachers and support staff. Providing these supports requires the use of numerous resources from many people and sources. This includes volunteer hours, donation of materials for general or particular purposes, and monetary support. We normally get our financial support from three to four fundraisers throughout...

THE EXTRA TIME spent at home during the pandemic allowed Katharine DeLorenzo to give more time learning about her sheep and chickens. The family’s hobby farm also became a place to which Middlebury College field hockey players could retreat as coronavirus cases rose in the fall. Independent photo/Brooke Rubright
CORNWALL — Katharine DeLorenzo wears many hats: daughter, sister, wife, mother, violinist, coach, assistant athletic director, senior woman administrator and most recently, farmer. Growing up, DeLorenzo and her six siblings spent their summers in the northwestern Vermont town of Franklin. The siblings worked on several jersey cow farms owned by the Gates brothers, Charlie and Hugh. Katharine, the youngest of the siblings, found her time on the farm to be surreal. “All I wanted to do was hang out in the calf barn, hide in the hay loft, or drive the tractor. It actually ended up being a bit of...
MIDDLEBURY AREA — Probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19 have cropped up this week at schools in Middlebury, Cornwall and Shoreham. Due to health information disclosure rules, the schools could not say whether the cases were among students, teachers or other staff members. On Friday morning Principal Heather Raabe of Bingham Memorial Elementary School in Cornwall announced that a member of the school community has a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 and was in school this past Monday, Jan. 25, which considered contagious. “Presumptive means that the individual has not yet received a...
CORNWALL — Romy Munkres from Cornwall, was selected as the 2019/2020 Young Tradition Vermont Youth Commission artist for the year. Romy, a 2020 graduate of Middlebury Union High School, was the winner of the Young Tradition Vermont annual contest and was the 2019/2020 Youth Artist Leader for the YTV Touring Group. She was in charge of scheduling and organizing rehearsals and working with Mark Sustic (YTV Executive Director).  As the selected Youth Commission artist, Munkres recruited a group that included brother Ben Munkres and friends Abi Sandy, Hadley Stockwell and Fern Tamagini-O’Donnell...
I am writing to request that you consider, as our Cornwall representative to the ACSD board, a different mix of schools than the one you supported at the Nov. 23 ACSD board meeting. At that meeting, you voiced your support for further exploring a four-school model that included Mary Hogan, Salisbury, Shoreham, and Cornwall. This path was chosen for further study over a mix that would have included Mary Hogan, Salisbury, Shoreham, and Bridport, and Cornwall. Both options up for consideration included Cornwall School, which had not previously been in the mix of schools that were under study for...
Cornwall resident Amy Oxford, the inventor of The Oxford Punch Needle and founder of The Oxford Rug Hooking School, released a new book this week. “Punch Needle Rug Hooking — Your Complete Resource to Learn & Love the Craft,” published by Schiffer Publishing, offers readers savvy new tips and tricks to make their punch needle projects come to life, and is great for novices and advanced punchers alike.  Oxford also includes a history of the craft, pictures of works by today’s experts, interviews with top makers and more. Oxford has an immense love for this craft and has been teaching punch...

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