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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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Sue Dyer Wins Re-Election in Close Race

Voter Turn-Out Is 58 Percent   By Wiley Wood In an off-year election that drew 58 percent of the electorate to the polls, Sue Dyer, Norfolk’s incumbent first selectman, defeated first-time challenger Matt Riiska with 53 percent of the votes, winning 317 to 286. The other positions on the Board of Selectmen were uncontested. The […]

Norfolk’s Pension Plan Judged ‘Actuarily Solvent’

  By Susan MacEachron Only a few years ago, it was widely circulated that Norfolk’s pension plan for town employees was underfunded by $1 million and that the town would have to borrow to cover the shortfall. The market crash in 2008 had put the town’s plan in serious straits, according to Michael Sconyers, chairman […]

Onward and Upward With Botelle School

A Conversation With Superintendent Mary Beth Iacobelli   With the effort to consolidate the Norfolk and Colebrook primary schools defeated, Norfolk Now’s Wiley Wood visited Superintendent Mary Beth Iacobelli for a discussion of the present and future of Botelle School. The following interview has been edited and condensed.   NN: So Botelle School continues on. […]

Norfolk Resident Bob Gilchrest Guides Redesign of Falls Village

New Paving and Lights Make Main Street Safer for Pedestrians   By Ruth Melville   Thanks in large part to the efforts of Norfolk resident Bob Gilchrest, the town of Falls Village has a newly redone town center, designed to be both safer and more attractive. The Falls Village project was instigated by safety concerns. […]

Photographing a Long and Winding Road

Route 22 North   By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo Part-time Norfolk resident Rick Schatzberg was interested in photography as a collector for decades, but didn’t start taking photos himself until five years ago. He spends a lot of time on a bicycle, in Brooklyn, where he and his wife, Marilyn, also have a home, and in […]

United Coalition of Northwest Connecticut Combats Drug Abuse

  By Colleen Gundlach Drug addiction is a problem that knows no class. It affects the rich as well as the poor; the educated and the illiterate; the mentally ill and the healthy. It is a growing problem in Connecticut, where 306 citizens died from heroin overdose in 2014—that’s triple the rate from 2012. Several […]

A Family Effort for the Win

Racing Champion in Our Midst   By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo One should never question a parent’s intuition about their child. Keith Goring, who has run Alfas Unlimited, Inc. on Greenwoods Road for 40 years, knew that his son was meant to be a race car driver long before the kid even had a license. Jonathan […]

Wind Turbines in Colebrook Start Up

Ribbon cutting ceremony held on Flagg Hill site   By Wiley Wood On the clear blue morning of October 15, the vanes of BNE Energy’s wind turbine No. 2 faced motionless into a moderate breeze from the northwest. A small crowd of company executives, state legislators, bankers and regulators gathered on the hilltop above Flagg […]

Going Electric in Colebrook

A Carbon Negative Family   By David Beers The Eckert family in Colebrook is more than just carbon neutral, they are carbon negative. Instead of paying for energy, they are making money from the energy that they produce at their home. Bill Eckert, a C.P.A. and retired software company executive, has been keeping detailed records […]

Obituary–Bruce Hanke

  Surrounded by family and close friends, Bruce Hanke left this world on Monday, October 12 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born at Plunkett Memorial Hospital in Adams, Mass. on November 3, 1958 to William and Mildred (Kryston) Hanke. Growing up on East Road in Adams, next to his grandmother’s farm, Hanke spent summers and […]

It’s Only Natural—November 2015

Abandoned Charcoal Hearths Affect Today’s Forest Ecology   Hans M. Carlson Recently, we got our first dusting of snow. When it’s not enough to cover the ground completely, the darker fallen leaves poke up through the veil of white, and small contours on the ground appear. The contrast highlights slight topographical variations, particularly with the […]

Documentary Film Describes Norfolk

Local photographer premiers film at Norfolk Library   By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo The prolific photographer and writer Christopher Little delighted hundreds of Norfolkians last month with his 40-minute documentary chronicling a year in the life of our town. Showings at the Norfolk Country Club and the Norfolk Library packed the respective houses. Over 400 people […]