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  • Where Wise Men Also Fish

    A bookstore in the Berkshires   By Wiley Wood The Bookstore has been in the same brick building in Lenox, Mass., for five decades and is something of a pilgrimage site. Still, why travel to a bookstore when just about any book you can think of is available online? As I push open the bookstore’s […]

  • The Stained Glass Windows of Norfolk

    A Tale of Two Masters By Babs Perkins When stained glass is mentioned in conversation, for many, the first name that springs to mind is Tiffany: Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of jeweler and Tiffany & Co. founder Charles Lewis Tiffany. When stained glass windows and Norfolk are referenced, the windows in Battell Chapel, the library […]

  • Thorncrest Farm Magically Turns Milk into Chocolates

    By Chris Sinclair When rare ability is married with a singular passion, the results can transcend the exceptional and wander into the realm of magic. Such a marriage is on vivid display at Thorncrest Farm, in Goshen, where Clint and Kim Thorn, along with their crew and beloved “girls,” make some of the finest chocolates […]

  • Piping in the Curlers

      To celebrate the last day of this year’s afterschool curling program, bagpiper Daniel Ward led the students across the ice. This is the second year of the Botelle program, which the school hopes to offer every year. Dave Beers, Jon Barbagallo and Bill Brodnitzki share the instruction duties. With young students learning the sport, […]

  • 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 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 […]

Articles

Plan to Fight Homelessness in NW CT

Everyone needs safe place to call home By Ruth Melville Rural homelessness may not be as visible as urban homelessness, but that does not make it less real or less painful. A 2011 point-in-time count suggests that on any given night over 150 people in the Northwest Corner are homeless, and the percentage of those […]

Norfolk Land Trust Earns Accreditation

 National Recognition of Excellence   In February, the Norfolk Land Trust (NLT) received its accreditation from the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA). One of only 254 land trusts across the country that are currently accredited, the NLT is authorized to display a seal indicating to the […]

Norfolk Real Estate Officially Loses 9 Percent of Value in Last Five Years

Town Budget Likely to Remain Flat But Tax Rate Will Rise Slightly   By Wiley Wood Property in Norfolk is appraised every five years in keeping with state law, and the latest results are in, according to Assessor Michele Sloane. The grand list has lost about 4.6 percent of its value overall, with real estate […]

Digital Norfolk Council Formed

Fiber Optic Has Potential to Attract New Norfolk Residents   By Kurt Steele Kim Maxwell, a Norfolk resident who has been involved in a number of communications businesses, has been talking since last spring with town leaders and residents about the benefits of Norfolk building its own fiber optic high-speed system. “If fiber high-speed services […]

Robin Hood Radio & TV

Navigating The Sherwood Forest of Public Access   By Colleen Gundlach In Norfolk, tuning in to Channel 6 on cable television brings an array of locally produced programs, from a Botelle Board of Education meeting to a Salisbury zoning meeting to the daily Morning Show simulcast from WHDD in Sharon. Formally titled Community Access Television […]

Norfolk Foundation Plans Two-Building Project

Downtown Will Get Six Affordable Apartments   By Bob Bumcrot The Foundation for Norfolk Living is moving forward with plans to purchase two houses and convert them into affordable apartments. The houses, at 40 and 46 Greenwoods Road, sit next to the town meadow.   “We have options to purchase these adjacent homes,” said Lou […]

College Scholarships Available

The Norfolk Connecticut Children’s Foundation offers college scholarships to high school seniors who are Norfolk residents.  Completed applications are due by no later than May 15, 2014.  The application form is available on the NCCF website (www.norfolkchildren.com – “Apply For a Grant” tab).  If you have questions or need additional information, please contact any board member.

The Botelle Beat

Community Volunteers and a Winter Concert Enliven Winter Term   By Ann DeCerbo On Wednesday, February 5, Botelle School participated in the statewide Read Aloud Day. An annual event sponsored by the NW Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, Read Aloud Day stresses the importance of reading to elementary school students. Botelle Curriculum Coordinator Rachel Incillo recruited […]

Norfolk a Prime Target in Drug-Related Break-ins

Resident Trooper Greg Naylor warns the rise in crime here has become epidemic By Lloyd Garrison There has been a notable increase in criminal activity in and around  Norfolk since the last issue of Norfolk Now featured the arrest of Christopher Goodall. Goodall, who said he was suffering from pain pill withdrawal, confessed to stealing […]