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  • Fire Chief Matthew Ludwig Continues a Family Tradition

      By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo Norfolk Volunteer Fire Department Chief Matthew Ludwig has been a member of the NVFD for 24 years, joining as an Explorer at the age of 14. Officers are elected every year from the 50 members, and 2017 marks Ludwig’s fifth as fire chief. He was first assistant chief for seven […]

  • Japanese Crepe-Paper Books in the Norfolk Library

    Treasures from the Rare Book Room     By Lucy Mookerjee  “The Tongue Cut Sparrow” is a Japanese fable about an old woman who cuts out the tongue of a sparrow for stealing her washing basket. When her neighbors rescue the sparrow, the basket is returned to them filled with jewels. Hearing this, the old […]

  • Marble Cliffs, Open Fields and River Walks

    Visiting Bartholomew’s Cobble   By Susannah Wood Less than half an hour away from Norfolk is a little gem of a place where walking ferns trail their way down marble outcrops, a miniature grove of white trillium marks a recent burn, and neo-tropical migrants fly in to rest along the banks of the Housatonic. Bartholomew’s […]

  • Christmas Tree With Long Local History Planted on Town Green

      By Wiley Wood Norfolk is a town that takes its trees seriously. In the nineteenth century, it endorsed a project to plant one of every native tree in Norfolk on the village green. So when the town’s Christmas tree on the green across from the library started to show signs of needle rust two […]

  • Exploring a World Where Technology Trumps Instinct

    Courtney Maum’s new novel launched May 30   By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo When asked how she feels now that her new novel, “Touch,” is completed, Courtney Maum says with some hesitation, “I feel good.” Launching a book in early summer is usually optimal, as it is the high season for reading. Putnam, Maum’s new publisher, […]

  • Honeybees on the Rise in Norfolk

      By Jude Mead Why would anyone raise honeybees? Honeybees give us honey, with its rich sweet taste. And beeswax, used in candles and cosmetics. There’s also the fact that honeybee pollination may account, either directly or indirectly, for one-third of our food. Whatever the reason, beekeeping has become a popular hobby in Norfolk. My […]

  • Renowned Musicians Will Reunite in Norfolk in June

    Nick Halley, Jon Suters, Chorus Angelicus and Gaudemus will all be back in town   By Colleen Gundlach When Paul Halley founded Chorus Angelicus, his son Nick was just eight years old. Nick Halley sang in the very first group of children who formed the original chorus and has since become a musician in his […]

  • Without a Car in Norfolk? Call a Chauffeur!

    By David Beers On a sunny Saturday morning, two friends and I met at the Berkshire Country Store to make a trip to Winsted. I pulled out my phone and used my Uber app to call up a ride. (I also have a Lyft app, but Lyft does not have a presence yet in northwest […]

  • Memorial Day Five-Mile Race Is Run in Near-Record Time

    The Memorial Day 5-Mile Road Race was run in cool, almost ideal conditions. A field of 156 runners took their positions at the starting line, ranging in age from eight to 88. The race was won by Brandon Leclair of Goshen, 20, in a near-record time of 27:54. Leclair also won the race in 2014 […]

  • Light Rain Falls on Norfolk Parade but Fails to Dampen Spirits

      The Memorial Day parade formed on Maple Avenue at 9 a.m., despite a spattering of rain. In the forefront were Norfolk’s veterans and active service members, followed by its fire fighters and their gleaming pumper truck, the ambulance corps with their vehicle and a number of youth groups and teams. The marchers proceeded around […]

Articles

Board of Finance Struggles to Keep Spending Down

Increases outnumber cuts   By Wiley Wood On Monday, April 24, the Board of Finance held its annual budget hearing and presented a provisional budget for the next fiscal year. Despite a general effort to keep costs down, spending will go up slightly in the coming year and the mill rate will increase from 22.09 […]

City Meadow Finally Ready for Its Makeover

Construction to start in late June   By Wiley Wood The City Meadow project cleared its final regulatory hurdle at a public hearing on April 25 when the Planning and Zoning Commission approved an application for an earth excavation permit, as required by town statutes for projects of more than 250 cubic yards. The construction […]

Our Native Wildlife Needs Native Plants

  By Shelley Harms Ah, spring in Norfolk! Frog choruses, birdsong, green leaves and . . . burgeoning invasive plants. It’s time to pull up the garlic mustard and chop out those invasive shrubs like honeysuckle, barberry and burning bush. Alien invasive plants are spreading all over town—they are probably growing in your own backyard. […]

No Car? Try Hopping the Bus!

  By David Beers For whatever reason, you find yourself without access to a car in Norfolk. Should you stay home until you have access to a car again? Should you beg friends and family to borrow their car, or at least to give you a ride? This is a disconcerting prospect in a small […]

Norfolk’s Newest Foundation Begins Work on ‘Norfolk Hub’

Pedestrian access, arts events and coordination between nonprofits are group’s focus   By Wiley Wood For a new kid on the block, the Norfolk Foundation (NF) has an outsized presence in town. Incorporated as a nonprofit in fall 2015, it now owns two key pieces of commercial real estate in the village center: 6 Station […]

Historical Society’s Summer Exhibit

“Norfolk in the Great War” opens May 27   On April 6, 1917, the United States entered the Great War, and life in Norfolk changed quickly. The Eldridge Gymnasium (now Town Hall) became an armory and the setting for outdoor drills with a rifle range set up on the rocky ledge behind Fox Hill, home […]

William Eggers Loves to Make Stuff

  By Ruth Melville When Bill Eggers was 10 years old, he took the motor out of the family lawnmower and put it into a little wooden car he had built himself. A policeman brought him home and complained to his mother that he had been going 50 miles an hour on the highway. She […]

Botelle Students Perform ‘Charlotte’s Web’

By Lauren Valentino The curtain rose for Botelle School’s performance of “Charlotte’s Web” on Thursday, April 6 and the audience—young, old and in-between—was entertained by this long-time favorite story of an unlikely friendship between a young pig and a wise spider. Directed by Bruce Connelly and Elizabeth Allyn as part of the Norfolk After School […]

The Nuts, Bolts and Tools to Start Your Own Business

The Entrepreneurial Center of Northwest Connecticut offers training and support By Colleen Gundlach With increasing technology and internet access, more and more people are leaving traditional jobs to pursue the dream of owning their own businesses. Going solo into a new business can be a difficult, time-consuming and expensive endeavor, but a new program at […]

The Murky Origin of Norfolk Street Names

  By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo For one of the largest towns in the state (geographically), there are relatively few roads in Norfolk, and the ingenuity in their naming is generally at a minimum. Many street names denote their ultimate destination—Bald Mountain, Goshen East, Litchfield, Meekertown, North Colebrook, South Sandisfield, State Line and Winchester, for example, […]

Botelle Beat

Student Council Works to Make the School the Best It Can Be By Mackenzie Casey  At Botelle School, the student council represents the school’s belief that students should be responsible, respectful, persevering, honest and good at collaborating with others. This council is made up of eight members of the 5th and 6th grades: Olivia Olsen, […]

Crissey Place: The Changing Shape of 19th-Century Norfolk

By Ryan Bachman Like many New England towns, Norfolk boasts an impressive selection of historic architecture. Colonial-era farmhouses face seldom-traveled backroads, surviving industrial buildings stand along the Blackberry River and Gilded Age summer homes line the shores of various lakes. Individually, each of these buildings illustrates a select period of the town’s history, and efforts […]