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  • Indoor Farmers Market Offers Locally Produced Foods

    Tired of waiting for warmer weather? Come taste the flavors of spring with some farm-fresh food at our indoor farmers market! On Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., come do some shopping and meet some friendly farmers at the winter market on the second floor of the Norfolk Town Hall.  Can’t make it this […]

  • Norfolk Represented in Women’s March on Washington

    Residents travel to D.C believing nation’s moral values threatened   By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo At least 20 Norfolkians travelled to Washington, D.C.—by car, bus, train and plane—on January 21 for the Women’s March. Two separate, large groups of Norfolk women were never able to meet up at the march but shared a very similar experience. The first […]

  • Convenience Store and Deli Opens in Downtown Norfolk

    Residents Offer Strong Show of Support   By Wiley Wood It’s not the Corner Store. The musty gray carpet is gone, the cave-like interior, the flat fluorescent lighting. The Berkshire Country Store—bright, cheerful and inviting—is something else. It opened without fanfare in the pre-dawn dusk of January 4. Within minutes, the grill was delivering hot […]

  • Aton Forest Holds Annual Census of Early Winter Birds

        By Wiley Wood Although she has been taking part in Christmas Bird Counts for over 50 years, when Ayreslea Denny describes her bird encounters on the morning of December 31 in Aton Forest, her voice is full of excitement. “The number of birds we got was just unbelievable,” she said. A small group, […]

  • Dance Group Hosts Flash Mob in Great Barrington

      By Ruth Melville On a frigid evening last December, the streets of Great Barrington were crowded with holiday shoppers taking part in the town’s annual Holiday Stroll. Slowly, a group of about 30 people—kids, teenagers and adults, gathered at the foot of Railroad Street. At first, nobody paid them much attention, but then a […]

  • Novelist and Cartoonist Peter Steiner Exhibits His Paintings

    February’s Featured Artist at the Norfolk Library   By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo There don’t seem to be enough creative expressions to satisfy Sharon resident Peter Steiner. His life path took him from college professor to cartoonist to novelist, with lots of painting along the way. Steiner was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended University of […]

  • Norfolk Land Trust Receives 24 Acres in North Canaan

    By Sally Quale   Last September, the Norfolk Land Trust (NLT) was given 24 acres in North Canaan, located within the 1,500-acre Robbins Swamp, the state’s largest inland wetland complex. The majority of Robbins Swamp is a calcareous wetland with a small upland portion of primarily pine and hemlock. The Nature Conservancy and the state […]

  • Berkshire National Fish Hatchery

    Volunteers work to preserve indigenous fish habitats   By Michael Kelly It’s all about the water. At the Berkshire National Fish Hatchery (BNFH) in Hartsville, a hamlet of New Marlborough, Mass., 14 miles from Norfolk’s Village Green, 200 gallons a minute of pure 45-degree water from a deep underground aquifer course through 148 acres of […]

  • Norfolk’s November and December Weather and a Yearly Summary for 2016

    A Snowy End to a Very Warm and Dry Year   By Russell Russ After tracking a growing precipitation deficit and above average temperatures for the entire year, it was quite the twist in weather fate to have an early winter with snowy conditions before Thanksgiving. The closing months of 2016 were still a little […]

  • Farmers Market Gets New Manager

    The Norfolk Farmers Market has just tapped Seth (Rusty) Warner, center, to be its new manager starting in early February. He succeeds Theresa Cannavo, who left to focus on her new business.  A New Hartford resident, Warner is a soil scientist and consultant who specializes in building fertile soils using organic methods. He serves on […]

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Articles

Norfolk’s Year-End Weather and a 2015 Summary

  Unusual Weather to Finish the Year   By Russell Russ The closing months of 2015 brought warm weather and below-average amounts of rain and snow. While unusual for Norfolk, but it seemed a fitting end to a strange weather year. Numerous months throughout the year ranked high in several categories. Warm temperatures, rainfall deficits […]

Julie Scharnberg Is Grants and Program Director of the Community Foundation

Assisting Nonprofits and People in Need   By Colleen Gundlach The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut (CFNC) was founded in 1969 by a small group of citizens in Torrington with $15,000 and plans to promote public giving. Today it has assets in excess of $87 million and endows 101 scholarships and more than 350 grants […]

Republicans and Democrats Caucus to Select Town Committees

By Ruth Melville   In an election year, most Americans are familiar with state and presidential caucuses, which are heavily publicized, much anticipated and often divisive national events. But on January 9 a similar democratic process—if on a much smaller scale—took place in Norfolk’s Town Hall. On that night the town’s Republicans and Democrats met […]

A New Foundation Aims at Downtown Hub

  By Janet G. Mead “Our dream is to make Norfolk the vibrant place we all would like it to be,” said Samuel (Pete) Anderson, president of the newly established Norfolk Foundation. “We want to make Norfolk a center for art and natural recreation.” To work toward this goal, Anderson and three other founding board […]

Historical Society Weekend Celebrates Today’s Norfolk Collectors

  In conjunction with their exhibition “A Farmer, a Sportsman and a Diplomat: The Romance of Collecting in Norfolk,” the Norfolk Historical Society is sponsoring a weekend in February devoted to today’s collections. On Friday, February12, a cocktail party at the Historical Museum will feature a group of Norfolk collectors who will share their collecting […]

Torrington’s Five Points Gallery: Art Mecca and Tool for City Revitalization

Out and About   By Ruth Melville Five Points Gallery, located in a historic building at the corner of Water and Main Streets in Torrington, has been in existence for less than three years, but it has already played a significant role in the revitalization of the city’s downtown. With its high ceilings and big […]

Aija Ends Its Run on Station Place

Pop-up planned for spring   By Ruth Melville For four and a half years, Bella Erder’s shop Aija, selling jewelry, accessories, tableware and other gifts, has been a lively and colorful part of Station Place. But last December Erder reluctantly decided it was time to close her doors. Erder and her family first bought a […]

Local Author Sees the Funny Side of Norfolk Life

Tony Thomson’s Second Career   By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo A glance at Tony Thomson on paper (he was educated at Deerfield and Yale, served in the army during Vietnam, obtained graduate degrees from Oxford and Stanford and had a 30-year career in various investment management firms in London) doesn’t tell the whole story. While Thomson […]

Plantin’ Seeds in North Canaan Celebrates Farming

  By Ruth Melville Plantin’ Seeds Farm Kitchen, a new café and gathering place in North Canaan, is not your traditional restaurant. For one thing, it doesn’t charge money for its meals. Instead, it is a community resource, a mission and a project still taking shape. Plantin’ Seeds is the brainchild of Dale McDonald, a […]

Gearheads Working on New Robot

Northwestern robotics team receives grants from The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut   By Julie Scharnberg FIRST Robotics Team NRG4055 – better known as The Gearheads – from Northwestern Regional High School will build their robot this year with a new set of tools, thanks to a grant from the Ruth and Robert Cron Endowment […]

Wind Turbine Neighbors Report Adverse Effects

Green Energy, Sick Neighbors   By Wiley Wood It was mid-October, and Peg Papanek was thinking how lucky she was to live on Schoolhouse Road and bask in Norfolk’s beautiful weather and fall colors. She had built a fabulous patio during the summer. Now she was packing for a trip to Asheville, N.C., where she […]

Art Show in Norfolk’s Downtown

Aija, the gift store in Norfolk’s Station Place, will host an exhibition of ten local artists during the month of December. The artists sre Katherine Griswold, Tom Hlas (left, above), Fay O’Meara, Babs Perkins, Gary Rawson, David Roelofs, Turi Rostad, Susan Rood, Harmony Tanguay, Castle Yuran and Robin Yuran. Photos by Bruce Frisch.