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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 […]

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Walk on the Wild Side

Land Trust buys 311 acre Girl Scouts Camp By Janet Gokay The Norfolk Land Trust is looking forward to June, when they expect to finalize their acquisition of 311 acres of pristine wilderness, formerly part of the Girl Scouts’ Camp Iwakta. The purchase will significantly enlarge the corridor of conservation lands stretching from Aton Forest […]

Referendums in Norfolk and Colebrook Approve Regional School Study

Local Members of Study Committee Named Byline: By Wiley Wood In separate but identical referendums on December 18, residents of Norfolk and Colebrook voted overwhelmingly in favor of studying regionalization, the first step towards bringing their primary schools under one roof. The yes vote to establish a regional study committee was 76 percent in Norfolk […]

Local Home Sales Still Depressed

Historic number of listings but few sales in 2012 By Kurt Steele Despite historic low interest rates and a glut of homes on the market in Norfolk, there are few buyers.  Those shopping definitely want bargains. Last year saw only 13 mutiple-listed homes sold here, 12 of which were at or below $365,000. With the […]

Memory Impaired Unit Opens

Geer Offering Assistance in Newly Formed Facility Geer Village, the Canaan retirement complex that is home to many Norfolk seniors, has opened a new unit providing assisted living for the memory impaired. It is only the second such unit in Connecticut especially devoted to residents with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The secure third-floor unit opened […]

How Times Have Changed

Becoming an EMT ain’t what it used to be By Joel Howard When Bill Brodnitzki started his first stint as an ambulance volunteer, he once answered a call when his neighbor yelled out, “Hey, Bill. You free to make a run?” Otherwise, like other volunteers, he answered his calls on a rotary dial phone. That […]

Local Business Mostly Flat in 2012

No sign of major changes ahead By Kurt Steele A review of area businesses found them mostly cautious about the future following a year in which the economy mainly held steady with a few notable bright spots. With continuing depressed house values and a large inventory of houses for sale in Norfolk, it is not surprising […]

Meadowbrook Receives Grant

The Norfolk Senior Housing Corporation (aka Meadowbrook) is very pleased to announce the receipt of a grant from The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut. The amount of $500.00 has been received from the Local Area Fund and will be used in support of general operations. On behalf of all the residents and directors at Meadowbrook, […]

A Concerted Effort of Giving

By Joel Howard In a generous act befitting the season, Infinity Hall and Yale Summer School of Music are joining forces to stage a December 9 holiday matinee concert to benefit The Norfolk Library. Headlining the event will be The Whiffenpoofs, the storied male a cappella group from Yale University, who will be joined on […]