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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

Berkshire Mountain Springs—From the Fountainhead to Your Door

By Michael Kelly The most direct way to access Berkshire County’s wealth of cultural amenities is to drive north on route 272, a felicitous, forested, rural byway. Just 4.5 miles from Norfolk’s village green, near the cutoff to Campbell Falls, you cross into Massachusetts and subconsciously absorb subtle, topographical changes. Two miles further up the […]

Organizers of Farmers Market Announce Possible Shutdown This Summer

As old guard prepares to retire, no one steps up to replace them   By Wiley Wood Three key players in the Norfolk Farmers Market organization announced in an interview that they are considering the possibility of closing down the market after this winter’s season for lack of manpower to keep it running. “We would […]

Fighting Back the Tide: Connecticut Takes On the Opioid Epidemic

  By Susannah Wood The frightening rise in overdose deaths from opioids and rates of opioid addiction has been the subject of many news stories in the last few years. All of New England, including Connecticut, has been very hard hit. In 2015 there were about 700 deaths in the state due to accidental overdoses, […]

Hans Carlson Heads North

Ex-GMF director to take over Blue Hill Heritage Trust in Maine   By Ruth Melville Hans Carlson may be leaving Great Mountain Forest, but he is not leaving the New England woods. After four years at GMF, Carlson has resigned from his position as director there and is moving to Maine to become the executive […]

Land Trust Clears 18 Acres in Barbour Woods

Many wildlife species need young forest habitat   By Wiley Wood The silence in Barbour Woods has been broken in recent weeks by the sound of heavy machinery. Its broad public paths and mature forest of mixed hardwoods have made Barbour Woods a favorite of birders, dog walkers and Sunday strollers. But a sign at […]

Connecticut Faces Severe Drought

Groundwater reserves in Norfolk appear ample   By Janet G. Mead On Nov. 15, after two years of scant rainfall and snow, one of the hottest summers on record and a warm fall, the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) reported that almost half of Connecticut (44.5 percent), including the Northwest Corner, is in a condition of […]

Berkshire Country Store Plans Late December Opening

The Berkshire Country Store is scheduled to open at 6 Station Place in late December, according to a press release by Norfolk’s Economic Development Commission (EDC). The work of converting the generic retail space into a functioning food service and grocery store has been assisted, under the direction of store owner Ryan Craig, by many […]

Burnt to the Ground, Now Stronger Than Ever

Five years after the fire, the Norfolk Curling Club is thriving   By Leila Javitch Back in December 2011, two teenagers on a drug-fueled rampage burned the Norfolk Curling Club to the ground. Now, five years later, it can boast of a remarkable recovery. The club’s situation was drastic after the fire in 2011. The […]

Simplified Form of CPR Now Widely Recommended

Norfolk Ambulance will teach the skill at Dec. 3 Farmers Market   By Wiley Wood If someone near you suffers cardiac arrest, the best response is still to call 911 and start CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to Christopher Little, chief of Norfolk Lions Club Ambulance. But the American Heart Association now recommends a simplified […]

Norfolk Voters Turned Out in High Numbers for Clinton

Republicans Witkos and Ohler won crossover vote in local contests   By Wiley Wood Voter turnout in Norfolk was high, with 86 percent of the town’s electorate casting a ballot in the election. The presidential vote went to Clinton (547 to 373), but in two local races, a majority of Norfolk residents voted for the […]

State Renews City Meadow Grant

Completion expected by December 2017   By Wiley Wood Plans for a park in the sunken wetland below Station Place were dropped with a thud last April when time ran out to complete the project before the funding deadline. But on October 4, First Selectman Sue Dyer announced that the entire original grant of $500,000 from […]

Advice for Voters From the Norfolk Town Clerk

By Wiley Wood   In this lively election season, no one is likely to forget that Election Day falls on November 8, the second Tuesday of November. The Norfolk polling station, on the second floor of Town Hall at 19 Maple Avenue, will be open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. “Be sure you’re registered,” […]