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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 […]

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Norfolk Land Trust Takes On 24 Acres in North Canaan

By Sally Quale   Last September, the Norfolk Land Trust (NLT) was given 24 acres in North Canaan, located within the 1,500-acre Robbins Swamp, the state’s largest inland wetland complex. The majority of Robbins Swamp is a calcareous wetland with a small upland portion of primarily pine and hemlock. The Nature Conservancy and the state […]

Berkshire National Fish Hatchery

Volunteers work to preserve indigenous fish habitats   By Michael Kelly It’s all about the water. At the Berkshire National Fish Hatchery (BNFH) in Hartsville, a hamlet of New Marlborough, Mass., 14 miles from Norfolk’s Village Green, 200 gallons a minute of pure 45-degree water from a deep underground aquifer course through 148 acres of […]

Norfolk’s November and December Weather and a Yearly Summary for 2016

A Snowy End to a Very Warm and Dry Year   By Russell Russ After tracking a growing precipitation deficit and above average temperatures for the entire year, it was quite the twist in weather fate to have an early winter with snowy conditions before Thanksgiving. The closing months of 2016 were still a little […]

Year-End Real Estate Roundup

A look at the 2016 Norfolk real estate market   By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the Norfolk real estate market in 2016 is the wide array of listings. For the first time since the 1990’s, there is literally something for everyone. The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) currently includes 44 Norfolk […]

Berkshire Mountain Springs—From the Fountainhead to Your Door

By Michael Kelly The most direct way to access Berkshire County’s wealth of cultural amenities is to drive north on route 272, a felicitous, forested, rural byway. Just 4.5 miles from Norfolk’s village green, near the cutoff to Campbell Falls, you cross into Massachusetts and subconsciously absorb subtle, topographical changes. Two miles further up the […]

Organizers of Farmers Market Announce Possible Shutdown This Summer

As old guard prepares to retire, no one steps up to replace them   By Wiley Wood Three key players in the Norfolk Farmers Market organization announced in an interview that they are considering the possibility of closing down the market after this winter’s season for lack of manpower to keep it running. “We would […]

Fighting Back the Tide: Connecticut Takes On the Opioid Epidemic

  By Susannah Wood The frightening rise in overdose deaths from opioids and rates of opioid addiction has been the subject of many news stories in the last few years. All of New England, including Connecticut, has been very hard hit. In 2015 there were about 700 deaths in the state due to accidental overdoses, […]

Hans Carlson Heads North

Ex-GMF director to take over Blue Hill Heritage Trust in Maine   By Ruth Melville Hans Carlson may be leaving Great Mountain Forest, but he is not leaving the New England woods. After four years at GMF, Carlson has resigned from his position as director there and is moving to Maine to become the executive […]

Land Trust Clears 18 Acres in Barbour Woods

Many wildlife species need young forest habitat   By Wiley Wood The silence in Barbour Woods has been broken in recent weeks by the sound of heavy machinery. Its broad public paths and mature forest of mixed hardwoods have made Barbour Woods a favorite of birders, dog walkers and Sunday strollers. But a sign at […]

Connecticut Faces Severe Drought

Groundwater reserves in Norfolk appear ample   By Janet G. Mead On Nov. 15, after two years of scant rainfall and snow, one of the hottest summers on record and a warm fall, the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) reported that almost half of Connecticut (44.5 percent), including the Northwest Corner, is in a condition of […]

Berkshire Country Store Plans Late December Opening

The Berkshire Country Store is scheduled to open at 6 Station Place in late December, according to a press release by Norfolk’s Economic Development Commission (EDC). The work of converting the generic retail space into a functioning food service and grocery store has been assisted, under the direction of store owner Ryan Craig, by many […]

Burnt to the Ground, Now Stronger Than Ever

Five years after the fire, the Norfolk Curling Club is thriving   By Leila Javitch Back in December 2011, two teenagers on a drug-fueled rampage burned the Norfolk Curling Club to the ground. Now, five years later, it can boast of a remarkable recovery. The club’s situation was drastic after the fire in 2011. The […]