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  • 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 Operation 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 […]

  • A New England Pastor, a Dutch Classicist and a Roman Stoic in One Book

    Treasures From the Rare Book Room   By Lucy Mookerjee Plenty of Norfolkians know a rare bird when they see one. But many birders would be hard-pressed to identify the markings of a “rare” book. What makes a rare book rare? It depends—age, scarcity, market value. Whether you’ve spotted it or not, the Norfolk Library […]

  • Busy Hands, a Ball of Yarn, a Crackling Fire

    If you see a small, fuel-efficient car in Norfolk with the bumper sticker “Knit Happens,” that’s likely to be Ruth Melville. She took part in the yarn bombing of Torrington last summer—a form of street art—and last November started the Norfolk Knitters, a group that knits hats, scarves and mittens for distribution at emergency shelters. […]

  • Engagement Announced

    Judy and Ken Ludwig would like to announce the engagement of their youngest son, Matthew Joseph Ludwig, to Lisa Marie Richards, daughter of Grace and Arthur Richards of Northfield, Conn. Matthew is a lifelong resident of Norfolk and is employed as a Litchfield County 911 Dispatcher and is the Norfolk Fire Chief. Lisa is the […]

  • Battell Chapel Window Gets a Makeover

    This autumn, the tall, stained glass window in the center of Battell Chapel’s altar wall was removed and shipped to the Glass Source in Shelton, Conn., where it was completely disassembled and its 1,800 individual pieces washed and rid of years of built-up grime. When a delegation from Norfolk arrived at the conservation studio on […]


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 […]

Work on Regionalization Study Advances

Botelle Building Judged Big Enough for Both Towns By Wiley Wood As members of the citizens’ group studying regionalization examined the floor plan of the Botelle School during a public meeting in mid-December, they quickly reached the conclusion that there would be enough room in the building for all Norfolk and Colebrook primary-schoolers. The combined […]

Winter Birds

By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo Most of us, at one point or another, question why we stay in the Icebox of Connecticut throughout the winter months, but do you ever wonder why the birds do? When observing a little black-capped chickadee chipping away at a backyard feeder with four inches of snow on it, do you […]

Barbara Spiegel Named Person of the Year

By Ruth Melville To honor Norfolk resident Barbara Spiegel’s leadership in caring for victims of domestic and sexual abuse in Litchfield County and for helping Torrington emerge from a widely-publicized alleged rape scandal with a better understanding of the issue, The Register Citizen named Spiegel their 2013 Person of the Year. Spiegel grew up in […]

Copper Downspout Thefts Solved With Two Arrests

One of the accused was from Winsted, the other from Norfolk By Lloyd Garrison It was nine months ago in January that John Hester, who oversees the Battell Stoeckel estate and the Yale summer music and arts campus, phoned Barracks B in Canaan after fresh tire tracks in the snow led him to spot missing […]

Habitat for Humanity House Completed

Built in a year of Saturdays By Wiley Wood A year ago, it was just a hole in the ground. The long-vacant lot on Hillside Street was bought by Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut in 2009, but there was still nothing more on it than the remains of an earlier cellar hole. Today, a […]

Moose Hit by Car on Rte. 44—Police Offer Animal to Homeowner

The Bascetta family receive 200 pounds of meat By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo In the early morning hours of September 29, Brendan Tallon, 21, was driving home from Hartford with a friend from college. Less than two miles from their destination, the Norwich University students were startled to see a moose standing in the middle of […]

Norfolk Gets First New Selectman in 10 Years

Josh DeCerbo is now on Board By Bob Bumcrot For the first time in a decade the Norfolk Board of Selectmen has a new member. In the November 5 election, Josh DeCerbo was chosen to replace retiring Selectman James J. Stotler, Sr. Raised in Wallingford, Conn., DeCerbo came to Norfolk about ten years ago. “I’ve […]

Big Challenges from Aging Town Infrastructure

Nine million dollars of work clouds Norfolk’s future By Kurt Steele Like many aging towns across America, Norfolk struggles to keep its infrastructure operational and up-to-date. The town’s public roadways, sewer system, and fire and EMS buildings need regular maintenance as well as periodic rebuilding. “There is nothing simple about repairing and improving our 43 […]