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  • Snafu Stops Work at City Meadow

    Town encroaches on private property   By Wiley Wood Construction on the City Meadow project was going according to plan. It was the first week of September, and a crew from SumCo Eco-Contracting, under contract from the town, was building a gravel path down the hillside below Haystack Pizza. The riprap imported by them extended […]

  • BH Upcycled Designs Gives New Life to Old Clothing

      By Ruth Melville We all know there’s too much waste in the modern world. The days of “make do and mend” are largely gone, and new clothing is available so cheaply that most people prefer to throw an old shirt out and buy a new one. But Norfolk Farmers Market vendor MaryLynne Boisvert takes […]

  • Blackberry Street Saved From Buckling

    Road crews worked all of September to repair Blackberry Street, building a new retaining wall to shore up the slumping hillside. “The guard rails were tilting and the road was sliding into Donna Wheeler’s yard,” said First Selectman Sue Dyer. Money was budgeted and set aside for the work several years ago, but delays intervened. […]

  • Trouble Comes Disguised as a Beautiful Ornamental!

      By John Anderson As mid fall approaches, the leaves of many plants senesce and change color. White ash trees are some of the first woody plants to drop their leaves, followed by the glorious colors of maples, birches, blueberries and spicebush. But amongst them are invaders, which can outnumber and choke out the natural […]

  • Innovation in the Service of Convenience

    Store allows night-time access to key card holders   By Christopher Sinclair It is difficult to envision a 7-Eleven, Cumberland Farms, or other 24-hour store popping up in Norfolk’s downtown center. One senses that large, flashing neon signs and the designs of Alfredo Taylor would make for rather peculiar neighbors. That being the case, Ryan […]

  • Give Your Pet’s Toilette a Boost

    By Susannah Wood Rover getting a bit whiffy? Tired of your aching back as you wrestle him in the bathtub? Pet Valu at the Winsted Stop and Shop plaza has the answer for you. For $10 plus tax you can take your pet to their do-it-yourself dog wash stations and soap up your Labradoodle, Bergamasco […]

  • Ain’t She Sweet!

    The Classic Car Show, which is now in its fifth year, drew 72 entrants. The winner in the overall category, which is chosen by popular acclaim, was the mile-long, sky blue, two-door Cadillac pictured above with its proud owner in front of the Music Shed on the grounds of the Battell Stoeckel Estate. The event […]


Engaging the Paradox: The Secret Corner Should Not be a Secret

Local businesses work to raise visibility By Christopher Sinclair While the verdant, ambling hills of the southern Berkshires, rife with clear streams and winding trails, receive the lion’s share of attention from people passing through or visiting, some individuals in the northwest corner are working to bring attention back to a somewhat neglected facet of […]

Housatonic Heritage Walks to Explore the Beauty and Culture of the Area

Norfolk Events Include Hikes in Great Mountain Forest and Stained Glass Windows By Ruth Melville On two weekends this fall, September 20 and 21, and October 4 and 5, Housatonic Heritage will be sponsoring its 13th annual Heritage Walks program. The walks are designed to explore the multifarious aspects—natural, cultural, historical—of the Upper Housatonic Valley. […]

Clean Energy Can Be Generated In Connecticut

By Martha Klein Connecticut gets 51% of its electricity from natural gas, and another 41% from the Millstone nuclear plant near New London. The state has 20 natural gas burning power plants bringing electricity to the grid. The one coal-burning plant, Bridgeport Harbor Generating Station, contributes a mere 1.4% to net electrical generation. The remaining […]

Lone Oak Campsites: 50 Years

The Browns of East Canaan celebrate semicentennial of family farm turned campground By Colleen Gundlach There was an air of excitement, friendship and festivity on August 16 in East Canaan as Lone Oak Campsites celebrated its 50th anniversary by throwing an all-day party for the people who have been a part of the business over […]

Cadillacs Are Good For Norfolk Business

General Motors entourage drives into town By Jonathan Barbagallo “What are all of those Cadillacs doing on Station Place?” “Why are there a lot of executives walking around town?” These questions were heard during the last week of July throughout Norfolk as a fleet of brand new 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupes descended on Station Place […]

Sauntering Across Connecticut, Stopping in Norfolk

Hartford Courant Reporter Dan Haar Explores Route 44 By Michael Kelly The Hartford Courant,founded in 1764, is celebrating its 250th anniversary and simultaneously saluting its distinction as the oldest continuously published newspaper in the country with a year-long series of events. For his part of the celebration, Courant reporter, Dan Haar, decided to walk across […]

Botelle School Grapples With Common Core Standards

New requirements mandate familiarity with technology By Robert Carter In July 2010, Connecticut joined over 40 states in adopting the new national standards for English and math education known as Common Core. The Botelle School administration is in the process of implementing the new standards and is working with faculty to develop curriculums and teaching […]

Emerald Ash Borer Reaches Litchfield County

Insect Likely to be Present in Norfolk Already Loss of All Local Ash Trees Expected By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station issued a press release last month that the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle population is rapidly expanding throughout the state. The original Connecticut infestation of the invasive Chinese beetle began in […]

HamletHub Comes to Norfolk and Canaan

A new resource for sharing local stories By Ruth Melville HamletHub is a network of “hyperlocal” websites whose driving mission is to help local people share local stories with their communities. The project is the brainchild of Kerry Anne Ducey. About two and a half years ago, Ducey was working as a writer for a […]

Local Input Requested on Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

The Northwest Hills Council of Governments is preparing an update to the “Litchfield Hills Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan” prepared in 2006. A draft of the updated section prepared for our town is available for review by clicking here. The NHCOG is accepting public comments on the draft report through the end of July. The purpose […]