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  • Indoor Farmers Market Offers Locally Produced Foods

    Tired of waiting for warmer weather? Come taste the flavors of spring with some farm-fresh food at our indoor farmers market! On Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., come do some shopping and meet some friendly farmers at the winter market on the second floor of the Norfolk Town Hall.  Can’t make it this […]

  • Norfolk Represented in Women’s March on Washington

    Residents travel to D.C believing nation’s moral values threatened   By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo At least 20 Norfolkians travelled to Washington, D.C.—by car, bus, train and plane—on January 21 for the Women’s March. Two separate, large groups of Norfolk women were never able to meet up at the march but shared a very similar experience. The first […]

  • Convenience Store and Deli Opens in Downtown Norfolk

    Residents Offer Strong Show of Support   By Wiley Wood It’s not the Corner Store. The musty gray carpet is gone, the cave-like interior, the flat fluorescent lighting. The Berkshire Country Store—bright, cheerful and inviting—is something else. It opened without fanfare in the pre-dawn dusk of January 4. Within minutes, the grill was delivering hot […]

  • Aton Forest Holds Annual Census of Early Winter Birds

        By Wiley Wood Although she has been taking part in Christmas Bird Counts for over 50 years, when Ayreslea Denny describes her bird encounters on the morning of December 31 in Aton Forest, her voice is full of excitement. “The number of birds we got was just unbelievable,” she said. A small group, […]

  • Dance Group Hosts Flash Mob in Great Barrington

      By Ruth Melville On a frigid evening last December, the streets of Great Barrington were crowded with holiday shoppers taking part in the town’s annual Holiday Stroll. Slowly, a group of about 30 people—kids, teenagers and adults, gathered at the foot of Railroad Street. At first, nobody paid them much attention, but then a […]

  • Novelist and Cartoonist Peter Steiner Exhibits His Paintings

    February’s Featured Artist at the Norfolk Library   By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo There don’t seem to be enough creative expressions to satisfy Sharon resident Peter Steiner. His life path took him from college professor to cartoonist to novelist, with lots of painting along the way. Steiner was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended University of […]

  • Norfolk Land Trust Receives 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 […]

  • Farmers Market Gets New Manager

    The Norfolk Farmers Market has just tapped Seth (Rusty) Warner, center, to be its new manager starting in early February. He succeeds Theresa Cannavo, who left to focus on her new business.  A New Hartford resident, Warner is a soil scientist and consultant who specializes in building fertile soils using organic methods. He serves on […]

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Articles

Torrington Yarn Bomb Brings Color, Art and Whimsy to the City

  By Julie Scharnberg   I read an article about yarn bombing that appeared in Yankee Magazine about four years ago and passed it around to some knitters, thinking, Who wouldn’t want to do this? How fun! Yarn bombing is a form of temporary street art where brightly colored yarn in any form—knitted, crocheted, woven, […]

New Town of Norfolk Website Goes Online

Community input still needed   By Wiley Wood If you’ve got it, flaunt it. That was the basic idea behind the drive to create a new website for the Town of Norfolk. The old website was handsome but drab, functional in concept, embellished with photos by a local photographer, but its information was often stale […]

Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art Students Hear from Mentors and Peers

Learning by Example     By Ruth Melville Since its inception 67 years ago, the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art has presented a series of artists’ lectures as an integral component of its program. For the past years 17 years, the art school, which is based in the Art Barn on the Ellen Battell […]

Norfolk Summer Style

  Action-Packed Relaxation with Kids in Mind   By Holly Leibrock Summer is finally here and no one understands a “Norfolk Summer” better than the town’s children. Tobey Pond is the town’s centerpiece throughout the dog days of summer. Officially opened on June 6, Tobey Pond provides a great place to swim, fish or picnic. […]

Public Hearing on Convenience Store

At its June 14 meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission accepted a revised site plan and special permit applications from Ryan Craig, the operator of a convenience store and deli proposed for 6 Station Place (the old hardware store building). A public hearing has been set for the P&Z’s next regular meeting, on July 12, […]

Land Trust Opens New Trail

Pine Mountain Hike Is Accessible for All Ages   By David Beers In 2013, the Norfolk Land Trust purchased 311 acres of forestland north of the Mad River from the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Over the past three years, Land Trust volunteers have been developing an extensive trail system on the property that connects with […]

Norfolk Celebrates Norfolk

Weekend in Norfolk will highlight the town’s best   By Colleen Gundlach When everyone involved reaches his or her goal and everyone profits in some way, it is colloquially called a win-win situation. Win is just what Norfolk is poised to do in a few weeks when residents and visitors alike benefit as Weekend in […]

Scandal and Bribery Tainted State Senate Election of 1856

A Look into Norfolk’s Past   By Ryan Bachman With 2016 an election year, news stories alleging shady political deals and corruption abound, but stories such as these are nothing new. In 1856, Norfolk was the scene of a political scandal that shocked citizens all over Litchfield County. That spring, tensions over social issues like […]

Convenience Store and Deli Proposed for 6 Station Place

Neighboring business owners voice opposition   By Wiley Wood Since the Corner Store closed two years ago, Norfolk residents have had to travel 20 minutes to a neighboring town to buy a quart of milk, a bag of charcoal, or a tube of toothpaste. But on Tuesday, May 24, the Planning and Zoning Commission held […]

Stocking Food Banks for the Summer

Local high school student supplies food for local food pantries   By Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo While the average high school student may welcome summer because of all the freedoms and personal indulgences it affords, one Norfolk teenager sees summer as an opportunity to be completely selfless. Sophomore Morgan Daley recently started “Full for the Summer,” […]

Thoughts Along the Chattleton Road at Great Mountain Forest

  By Hans M. Carlson The road at Great Mountain Forest’s (GMF) west gate is a new spur off an older thoroughfare. Jean’s Trail is the intersection, and from there the old Chattleton Road once ran down behind where Rustling Winds Stables is now. It still goes south to Meekertown in the other direction, but […]

The Challenges and Joys of Owning a Small Farm

  Not for the Faint of Heart   By Ruth Melville People like the idea of local farms. They enjoy seeing cows grazing in a field or the piles of fresh vegetables on the table at the farmers market. But they are less likely to appreciate the amount of work that goes into starting a […]