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  • Norfolk NET: A Conversation With the Rev. Erick Olsen

    By Kelly Kandra Hughes Norfolk NET (Networking Everyone Together) is a collaborative, grassroots effort to alleviate poverty and strengthen community relationships in Norfolk. One of the lead collaborators, the Rev. Erick Olsen, pastor of the Church of Christ Congregational (UCC), recently agreed to share with Norfolk Now his thoughts on this initiative and his hopes […]

  • Placing Classical Music Within a Wider Conversation

    New Director at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival   By Wiley Wood Melvin Chen, the new director of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, talks about music in a distinctly down-to-earth way. “Just like in a relationship,” he says to the young musicians who have performed a Franck piano quintet for him at a public masterclass, […]

  • Without a Car in Norfolk? From Feet to Bike to eBike

      By David Beers You have probably noticed a biker plodding his way up the steep hill from Winsted in the rain and snow. If you’re like me, you probably felt a pang of pity because of the difficult terrain and weather. Well, let me assure you, this particular biker does not want your pity, […]

  • Five Graduating Seniors Receive Lions Club Scholarships

    Every year, the Norfolk Lions Club holds a pancake breakfast to raise money for scholarships for Norfolk students graduating from high school who will going on to further education. This year’s winners are (from left to right) Hallie Moore, Linden Wilson, Jake Green, Sara Frieze and (not pictured) Faith Farrar. The recipients and their parents joined […]

  • Christodora Program Brings City Youth to Study in Great Mountain Forest

    Trading Cell Phones for Compasses   By Susan MacEachron Is there a correlation between the density of hay-scented fern and the tick population? How do soil conditions affect the growth of Late Low blueberries? What is the impact of environmental conditions on the red eft, which is the orange, land-dwelling, juvenile stage of the eastern […]

  • Multidisciplinary Retreat Brings Creative Artists to Norfolk

    Courtney Maum’s The Cabins Project   By Ruth Melville Courtney Maum is a writer married to a filmmaker, so perhaps it’s natural for her to think about how artists from different fields can learn from each other. For years, she would go to writing conferences and meet other writers whose stories seemed perfect for filming. […]

  • Youth Softball and Baseball Teams Have a Stellar Year

      By Chris Sinclair As summer deepens into August, the cornstalks approach full height, the heat grows bolder and heavier, and only one sport remains on the schedule: America’s own, baseball. While the national pastime may not be the favorite sport of every American, most of us have some fond baseball or softball memories buried […]

  • Historical Society Commemorates Norfolk’s Role in the Great War

    Norfolk Natives “Over There”   By Michael Kelly While the war was raging for three years on the European continent, the United States was determined to stay out of a conflagration between nations nursing centuries-old antipathies and animosities. But a groundswell of nationalistic support fomented by adventurous, upper-class American scions eager to test their mettle […]

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Piping in the Curlers

  To celebrate the last day of this year’s afterschool curling program, bagpiper Daniel Ward led the students across the ice. This is the second year of the Botelle program, which the school hopes to offer every year. Dave Beers, Jon Barbagallo and Bill Brodnitzki share the instruction duties. With young students learning the sport, […]

Northwest Connecticut Regional Food Hub Starts up this Spring

New Venture to Help Farmers Connect with Wholesale Market By Ruth Melville After over two years of research and planning, an innovative approach to supporting local farmers is about to get underway. The Northwest Connecticut Regional Food Hub is scheduled to launch in the 2017 growing season. What is a “food hub”? The U.S. Department […]

Foundation Offers Local Students Scholarships in the Arts

Every year, the Battell Arts Foundation awards scholarships to students who want to pursue a dream in the arts. The next deadline for scholarships is Monday, April 3, 2017. Applicants must be residents of Norfolk or Colebrook and in grades 3 through 12. They must be currently engaged in an artistic endeavor. For application requirements […]

Working Toward a Low Salt Diet

  By Susannah Wood As winter started up in earnest in late fall, drivers around town began to see scatterings of greenish chunks on the roads before any bad weather had actually arrived. Was this something new? Why was it being applied before the snow and not after? Turns out, there’s a good reason, a […]

Creating a Comprehensive Support Net

  By Wiley Wood The village green in Norfolk, shaded by trees, its grass well tended, is a gracious space. Yet recent economic data puts the town’s poverty level at nearly 10 percent. Responding to this, a group of town leaders gathered at Battell Chapel recently, forming a loose coalition known as Norfolk NET, to […]

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 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 […]