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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 […]


EDC Weighs Plan for Fiber Optic Network

Local technologist sees many potential benefits to town By Kurt Steele With a strong nod to the future, Kim Maxwell briefed the town’s Economic Development Commission (EDC) at its May meeting about the benefits he foresees if Norfolk installed a community-owned fiber optic network. Maxwell is a relatively new resident of Norfolk who has degrees […]

Gourmet Meets Homestyle in Goshen

Not Just Another Roadhouse By Rosanna Trestman Lucky for us, Norfolk now has a choice of four local dining establishments. But it may come as a surprise that a fifth restaurant has been quietly tucked behind the scene all along. Located in Goshen, just a quarter of a mile west of the rotary, A.J.’s Steak […]

Norfolk’s Silent Sentinels

Everything You Need to Know About Utility Poles By John G. Funchion There are 2,153 utility poles in Norfolk. These poles, standing as silent sentinels for years on our roadsides, provide us with all the amenities of modern living: electricity, cable television and internet access. Utility poles were first used above ground in the 19th century […]


Mounting a Counter Offensive on Invasive Species By Susannah Wood Like most of us living in the Icebox of Connecticut, I greet the first signs of spring with a surge of relief and delight at the first sight of the branch tips of the red maples beginning to color, that first phoebe singing outside our […]

Norfolk Conservation Commission to Offer Ornamental Plant Exchange

Once again, the Conservation Commission is offering a free native plant to residents who take out an invasive ornamental. Bring proof of removal to the Farmers Market on June 15, and pick out a lovely native shrub to replace it. The invasive species we are looking to replace are winged euonymus (burning bush), autumn olive, […]

Regionalization Study Committee Chooses Consultant

Town Involvement Expected in Study Process By Wiley Wood On Wednesday, May 29, the Norfolk-Colebrook Study Committee met to choose a consultant. After hearing two presentations, the committee decided to hire Education Connection to shepherd them through the process. Based in Litchfield, Conn., the organization is the Regional Education Service Center for western Connecticut and […]

Norfolk’s Proposed Budget Up 1 Percent

By Wiley Wood On April 29, the Norfolk Board of Finance presented its budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 to a smattering of Norfolk residents at the Botelle School. The board’s chairman, Michael Sconyers, announced a total increase over last year’s budget of less than 1 percent, translating to a mill rate of 20.22, a bump […]

Vocal Music – A Norfolk Tradition

By Rosanna Trestman Norfolk will be singing this summer when the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival season opens with a concert by the Yale Choral Artists, a new 24-voice chorus of professional singers from around the U.S. It will be directed by Jeffrey Douma, who also directs the Yale Glee Club, and will perform Rachmaninov’s “All […]

Wood Creek Bridge On 272 Under Repair

Construction could end by fall By Bob Bumcrot The bridge across Wood Creek at the intersection of routes 44 and 272 next to Memorial Green is being rebuilt by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The bridge surface itself will be removed, one side at a time, and replaced with concrete and paving. Much of the […]

New Signage Planned For Norfolk

Two new signs at either end of town on Route 44 will welcome cyclists, motorists and the occasional pedestrian to Norfolk. The design, featuring an arch with a hanging signboard and the date of Norfolk’s founding, was recently approved by the Board of Selectmen. The cost of fabrication and installation will be underwritten by a […]

A Globe-trotting Entrepreneur Loves Norfolk But Laments Lack of Broadband

Leaving Manhattan’s Noise Behind By Lloyd Garrison Running an internet-based business from Norfolk isn’t that unusual these days. In fact, Bryan Stanton has been running a worldwide marketing and public relations business from Norfolk since 1997. “From the agency’s founding 20 years prior, clients were always more foreign than domestic,” he explained, “as our expertise […]

State and BNE Energy Sued For Canaan Mountain Clear-cut

Star Childs charges DEEP decision in case a “rip-off” By Veronica Burns In December 2010, a brief article in the Hartford Courant alleged that there had been a non-permissible clear-cutting of trees on State-owned land on Canaan Mountain. The article seemed to mark the end of it. Now, three years later, the Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council […]