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    Construction of Wind Turbines on Flagg Hill Site Is Underway

    By Wiley Wood   The noise of heavy equipment near Flagg Hill is constant. The access road has been widened, a three-phase power line installed, and a tall yellow crane pokes up above the treetops. Turbine parts have been trucked through Norfolk to a staging site in East Canaan, including giant rotor blades. The Flagg […]

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    Tobey Pond—From Glacial Kettle to Local Swimming Hole

    By Christopher Sinclair Several thousand years ago a glacier inched its way through the southern Berkshires, and upon its retreat left the patch of land that would later become Norfolk, Connecticut, with a parting gift. Tobey Pond, the locally famous and universally beloved swimming hole, is that gift —nearly as pristine now as it was […]

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    Tiles for Library Roof Custom-Made in South America

    By Wiley Wood   When the Norfolk Library’s new roof is laid in the coming months, its red terra cotta tiles will be modern replicas of the ones that were originally chosen in the 1880’s. Their material comes from clay beds in Colombia, and the custom-made S-shaped tiles will be produced at a family-owned factory […]

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    Rebuilding the American Chestnut Tree

    Rescuing a Forest Icon   By Ruth Melville From Connecticut to Mississippi, along the Appalachian Mountains and into the Ohio Valley, the American chestnut tree, able to grow as big as 130 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter, once dominated the forest canopy. Although American chestnuts were almost wiped out by disease by 1950, […]

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    Norfolk Youths Work in Boston Soup Kitchen

    Young volunteers from the Church of Christ in Norfolk worked in the Jamaica Plains neighborhood of Boston in early July packaging containers of soup for meals to be delivered to people with life-threatening illnesses. On this particular day, the crew helped assemble some 270 meals—double the usual amount done in the same span of time, […]

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    Through the Garden Gate

    “All Gardening is Landscape Painting”—Alexander Pope   By Leslie Watkins “The two arts of painting and garden design are closely related,” landscape architect Beatrix Farrand wrote in 1907, “except that the landscape gardener paints with actual color, line, and perspective to make a composition . . . while the painter has but a flat surface […]

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    Farmers Market Organizes Townwide Activities on Norfolk Day

    Two bands will serenade the crowds on Saturday, August 15, vendors will spill over from the farmers market site into the downtown area, there will be face painting for children, a scavenger hunt and an ice cream truck. It is even rumored that Norfolk’s first selectman will take a turn in the pitchburst booth. Organizers […]

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    A Dark Night and a Bright Lamp: Calling All Moths

    Brigette Zacharszenko, an entomologist at the University of Connecticut, examined the moths drawn to a spotlighted sheet on the Norfolk village green on July 22, while two young residents of Norfolk looked on. Zacharszenko began across the street in the library with a discussion of the major types of moths, their behaviors and distinguishing characteristics. […]

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    Yale Summer School of Art Gives Back

    Children’s art classes a popular summer item each year By Colleen Gundlach The children of Norfolk had the opportunity on June 22 and 23, to study art with students enrolled in the Yale Summer School of Art. Each year, 26 undergraduate art majors are selection from institutions around the country and abroad to study at […]

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    New Town Building Officer Appointed

    Watches over building code compliance By Kurt Steele There is a new face in Town Hall. Jerry Waters has been appointed Norfolk’s Building Official. He assumed the job on April 1 and succeeded Mike LaRosa, who resigned for personal reasons after 18 years of dedicated service to the town. Waters comes to Norfolk with extensive construction […]

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Norfolk—A Thousand Points of Light

Improved communication channels should help town develop   By Kurt Steele Noting that Norfolk has, in the words of a long-ago Presidential candidate, a thousand points of light and yet believing that these need to be coordinated, the Norfolk Economic Development Commission and the Coalition for Sound Growth are focusing on improving communications among the […]

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Construction of Wind Turbines on Flagg Hill Site Is Underway

By Wiley Wood   The noise of heavy equipment near Flagg Hill is constant. The access road has been widened, a three-phase power line installed, and a tall yellow crane pokes up above the treetops. Turbine parts have been trucked through Norfolk to a staging site in East Canaan, including giant rotor blades. The Flagg […]

State Board of Ed Approves Regionalization Plan

Towns to hold hearings and referendums   At its regular meeting on July 1, the State Board of Education approved the Norfolk-Colebrook Study Group’s plan for consolidating the towns’ primary schools under one roof and one regional district. Official notification reached the town clerks’ offices in both Norfolk and Colebrook on July 29. In the […]

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Tobey Pond—From Glacial Kettle to Local Swimming Hole

By Christopher Sinclair Several thousand years ago a glacier inched its way through the southern Berkshires, and upon its retreat left the patch of land that would later become Norfolk, Connecticut, with a parting gift. Tobey Pond, the locally famous and universally beloved swimming hole, is that gift —nearly as pristine now as it was […]

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Rebuilding the American Chestnut Tree

Rescuing a Forest Icon   By Ruth Melville From Connecticut to Mississippi, along the Appalachian Mountains and into the Ohio Valley, the American chestnut tree, able to grow as big as 130 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter, once dominated the forest canopy. Although American chestnuts were almost wiped out by disease by 1950, […]

Property Taxes Drop Slightly

Town budget trimmed back By Wiley Wood Norfolk will spend less in the coming year, and the tax rate will be marginally lower. The budget presented by Michael Sconyers, chairman of the Board of Finance, at a special town meeting on June 10 was almost $200,000 lower than last year’s, a drop of 3 percent. […]