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  • Multiage Classrooms Are Coming to Botelle School

      By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo If public school teachers are often wary of innovation after recent waves of federally mandated programs, that is not the case at Botelle School. Kindergarten teacher Deb Tallon and first-grade teacher Bea Tirrell have enthusiastically embraced plans for the first multiage classrooms in the fall. Tallon and Tirrell will be splitting […]

  • A Third-Generation North Canaan Dairy Operation Adopts Cutting-Edge Technology

    Freund’s Farm is first in state to install robotic milking machines   By Colleen Gundlach Driving through East Canaan, one can’t help noticing the bank of 500 solar panels alongside Route 44. These are impressive, but only a tip of the iceberg of the advanced technology actually at work at Freund’s Farm and the three […]

  • After Devastating Fire, Lone Oak Campsites Begins Reconstruction

    East Canaan’s Brown family has invincible optimism   By Colleen Gundlach “In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer.” So said French philosopher Albert Camus, but it could also have been said about the Brown family of East Canaan. Less than a month after a fire completely destroyed their […]

  • Freshman Lawmaker Brian Ohler Heads to the State Capitol

    Republican state representative to focus on state and local issues   By Ruth Melville On cold sunny morning in February, Brian Ohler, state representative for the 64th District, sat down at the Berkshire Country Store to talk with Norfolk Now about his first weeks in office. Ohler describes his first month as “a whirlwind experience.” […]

  • Thrift Shop in Winsted Gives $3,000 to Norfolk Ambulance

    Director asks for donations of clothing and household items   By Wiley Wood The thrift store is behind a modest shop front on a side street in Winsted. The contents are the familiar assortment of men’s and women’s clothing on racks, children’s toys, hardback books, slightly battered sports equipment and delicate knickknacks. On a weekday […]

  • A New England Pastor, a Dutch Classicist and a Roman Stoic in One Book

    Treasures From the Rare Book Room   By Lucy Mookerjee Plenty of Norfolkians know a rare bird when they see one. But many birders would be hard-pressed to identify the markings of a “rare” book. What makes a rare book rare? It depends—age, scarcity, market value. Whether you’ve spotted it or not, the Norfolk Library […]

  • Busy Hands, a Ball of Yarn, a Crackling Fire

    If you see a small, fuel-efficient car in Norfolk with the bumper sticker “Knit Happens,” that’s likely to be Ruth Melville. She took part in the yarn bombing of Torrington last summer—a form of street art—and last November started the Norfolk Knitters, a group that knits hats, scarves and mittens for distribution at emergency shelters. […]

  • Engagement Announced

    Judy and Ken Ludwig would like to announce the engagement of their youngest son, Matthew Joseph Ludwig, to Lisa Marie Richards, daughter of Grace and Arthur Richards of Northfield, Conn. Matthew is a lifelong resident of Norfolk and is employed as a Litchfield County 911 Dispatcher and is the Norfolk Fire Chief. Lisa is the […]

  • Battell Chapel Window Gets a Makeover

    This autumn, the tall, stained glass window in the center of Battell Chapel’s altar wall was removed and shipped to the Glass Source in Shelton, Conn., where it was completely disassembled and its 1,800 individual pieces washed and rid of years of built-up grime. When a delegation from Norfolk arrived at the conservation studio on […]


Norfolk’s February 2016 Weather

A One Month Winter Season?   By Russell Russ Winter finally arrived this month, bringing with it a near-average amount of snowfall and briefly some very cold temperatures. Unlike last year’s snowy deep freeze of a month, this year gave us just a taste of what normal February weather should be. Even with a brief […]

Save the Date

Weekend in Norfolk On August 5, 6, and 7, come celebrate Norfolk’s many natural and cultural offerings. Events will include a fire department open house, Battell Arts ice cream social and games, Land Trust six-peak climb fora free t-shirt, Artisans Guild demonstrations & discounts, U.S. Coast Guard concert at the Yale Music Shed, After School […]

Haystack Possible Site of Viking Burial Mound

What is believed to be an ancient Norse coin was discovered March 17 on the slopes of Haystack Mountain, reigniting longstanding debate about whether the Vikings ever reached Norfolk. Dr. Dagmar Holblad, of Malmo, Sweden, was examining the site of a charcoal pit in Haystack State Park when he uncovered the coin. A specialist in […]

Taconic Learning Center Spring Courses Taught by Expert Teachers

The Taconic Learning Center (TLC) is a non-profit membership organization providing the opportunity for lifelong learning to area residents. TLC’s courses cover a wide variety of academic subjects, taught by volunteers who are all experts in their fields, with courses such as The Civil War in Fiction and Creation of the Modern Middle East, just […]

Book and Exhibition to Showcase Work of Norfolk Photographers

By Ruth Melville Residents of Norfolk are well aware, thanks to the Norfolk Artists & Friends annual exhibition and shows at the Norfolk Library, Infinity Bistro and Aija, that their town is home to many excellent photographers. A new book featuring the work of 10 local photographers will be published later this year, and this […]

It’s Only Natural

The Legacy of Glacial Lake Norfolk By Hans M. Carlson A couple of months ago I wrote about the low water in Tobey Pond, and how it revealed interesting aspects of the pond’s human history. Today I’m thinking about high water at the pond, and that’s an entirely different story, one which unfolded even before […]

Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program Begins April 1

Your library card opens the world to you through books, audio books, music CDs and DVDs. Now let your library card open the doors of Connecticut libraries by participating in the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program! To celebrate National Library Week during April, the Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program invites you to […]

Religious Compound on West Side Road Changes Hands

Loss of tax-exempt status to be appealed By Wiley Wood The Hutterian Brethren used to be seen along West Side Road, the women in head scarves and long skirts, the children in straw hats, taking their Sunday walk or going to look for berries in the neighboring woods. Then, in the fall of 1999, the Hutterites sold […]

Botelle Seeks a New Principal for Next Year

O’Connell oversaw upgrades to school’s security By Wiley Wood Matthew O’Connell, who became principal of Norfolk’s Botelle School in the summer of 2014, formally presented his letter of resignation to the Board of Education on March 9, and the board accepted it. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Beth Iacobelli, speaking in a recent interview, praised […]