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    Yale Student Conducts Field Experiments in Norfolk

    Does the presence of roads affect the plants in a field? By Wiley Wood On a hot morning in late June, Jeffrey Smith walks around in circles in a field in Norfolk, swatting at the grasses with a canvas net. He is sampling the insect population. At the end of a few minutes, the net […]

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    Building Inspector Watches Over Safety of Norfolk Homeowners

    By Kurt Steele States legislate important issues affecting their citizens in different ways and have a wide variety of laws controlling how buildings are built or remodeled so they are safe. Some have statewide building codes based on a strong national model code. Others have weak codes or allow local counties to write their own. […]

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    Ukes Rule In Sheffield

    By Bob Bumcrot For a delightful short summer break, take a spin up Route 7 to The Magic Fluke Company at 292 South Main Street in Sheffield, the largest maker of ukuleles in America. Walk through the museum-like displays showing the history of the instrument. Try strumming a few notes on the beautiful soprano, tenor, […]

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    Scavenger Hunt in Barbour Woods

    Seven teams participated in the Norfolk Land Trust’s first-ever scavenger hunt on July 12 in Barbour Woods. Each team was given a map of the property and several items to find along the way to four checkpoints, where they were greeted by land trust volunteers and board members. Included in the tasks to complete was […]

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    Inside the Music Factory

    Visiting With the Fellows at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival By Wiley Wood The campus of the Yale Summer School of Music in Norfolk is almost deserted on a sunny day in July, but fragments of music float in the air from all sides. A brass ensemble is rehearsing in a stone structure near Mountain […]

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    Jaguar Wins Norfolk Classic Car Show

    The Best of Show Award went to a Jaguar XKC034 belonging to Tom Jaycox of Canaan. This model was built in the early 1950′s for owners who wanted to compete in the 24-hour race at Le Mans. This particular car ran only in the U.S., at venues such as Watkins Glen and Sebring. Photos by […]

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    Brass Quintet from Yale Plays Famers Market

    The East Rock Brass Quintet performed at the Norfolk Farmers Market on Saturday. Its five members are graduate students at the Yale School of Music in New Haven during the year and have earned fellowships at the Norfolk Chamber Festival this summer. Next Saturday, Dark Horse will perform, and Ann Havemeyer will present her new […]

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    Lloyd Garrison, Founding Editor of Norfolk Now, Dies at 83

    By Wiley Wood Lloyd Garrison, a journalist, editor and Norfolk presence for the past 18 years, who covered Europe and Africa for The New York Times in the 1960’s and in retirement founded this newspaper, died at his home in Norfolk on June 21. He was 83 years old. The cause was complications of prostate […]

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Sauntering Across Connecticut, Stopping in Norfolk

Hartford Courant Reporter Dan Haar Explores Route 44 By Michael Kelly The Hartford Courant,founded in 1764, is celebrating its 250th anniversary and simultaneously saluting its distinction as the oldest continuously published newspaper in the country with a year-long series of events. For his part of the celebration, Courant reporter, Dan Haar, decided to walk across […]

Botelle School Grapples With Common Core Standards

New requirements mandate familiarity with technology By Robert Carter In July 2010, Connecticut joined over 40 states in adopting the new national standards for English and math education known as Common Core. The Botelle School administration is in the process of implementing the new standards and is working with faculty to develop curriculums and teaching […]

Emerald Ash Borer Reaches Litchfield County

Insect Likely to be Present in Norfolk Already Loss of All Local Ash Trees Expected By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station issued a press release last month that the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle population is rapidly expanding throughout the state. The original Connecticut infestation of the invasive Chinese beetle began in […]

HamletHub Comes to Norfolk and Canaan

A new resource for sharing local stories By Ruth Melville HamletHub is a network of “hyperlocal” websites whose driving mission is to help local people share local stories with their communities. The project is the brainchild of Kerry Anne Ducey. About two and a half years ago, Ducey was working as a writer for a […]

Local Input Requested on Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

The Northwest Hills Council of Governments is preparing an update to the “Litchfield Hills Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan” prepared in 2006. A draft of the updated section prepared for our town is available for review by clicking here. The NHCOG is accepting public comments on the draft report through the end of July. The purpose […]

Gift of Rental Properties Extends Family’s Legacy

By Wiley Wood The Foundation for Norfolk Living (FNL), a housing nonprofit, has announced the pending gift to the foundation of a sizable property belonging to Ralph Burr. The parcel, on Greenwoods Road East, numbers 29-32, has three houses on it, divided into six rental units and has been in the Burr family since 1913. […]