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  • Snafu Stops Work at City Meadow

    Town encroaches on private property   By Wiley Wood Construction on the City Meadow project was going according to plan. It was the first week of September, and a crew from SumCo Eco-Contracting, under contract from the town, was building a gravel path down the hillside below Haystack Pizza. The riprap imported by them extended […]

  • BH Upcycled Designs Gives New Life to Old Clothing

      By Ruth Melville We all know there’s too much waste in the modern world. The days of “make do and mend” are largely gone, and new clothing is available so cheaply that most people prefer to throw an old shirt out and buy a new one. But Norfolk Farmers Market vendor MaryLynne Boisvert takes […]

  • Blackberry Street Saved From Buckling

    Road crews worked all of September to repair Blackberry Street, building a new retaining wall to shore up the slumping hillside. “The guard rails were tilting and the road was sliding into Donna Wheeler’s yard,” said First Selectman Sue Dyer. Money was budgeted and set aside for the work several years ago, but delays intervened. […]

  • Trouble Comes Disguised as a Beautiful Ornamental!

      By John Anderson As mid fall approaches, the leaves of many plants senesce and change color. White ash trees are some of the first woody plants to drop their leaves, followed by the glorious colors of maples, birches, blueberries and spicebush. But amongst them are invaders, which can outnumber and choke out the natural […]

  • Innovation in the Service of Convenience

    Store allows night-time access to key card holders   By Christopher Sinclair It is difficult to envision a 7-Eleven, Cumberland Farms, or other 24-hour store popping up in Norfolk’s downtown center. One senses that large, flashing neon signs and the designs of Alfredo Taylor would make for rather peculiar neighbors. That being the case, Ryan […]

  • Give Your Pet’s Toilette a Boost

    By Susannah Wood Rover getting a bit whiffy? Tired of your aching back as you wrestle him in the bathtub? Pet Valu at the Winsted Stop and Shop plaza has the answer for you. For $10 plus tax you can take your pet to their do-it-yourself dog wash stations and soap up your Labradoodle, Bergamasco […]

  • Ain’t She Sweet!

    The Classic Car Show, which is now in its fifth year, drew 72 entrants. The winner in the overall category, which is chosen by popular acclaim, was the mile-long, sky blue, two-door Cadillac pictured above with its proud owner in front of the Music Shed on the grounds of the Battell Stoeckel Estate. The event […]

Articles

Coffee, Cake and Community Storytelling

  Photo by Bruce Frisch Last month’s Coffee House in Battell Chapel was a warm and convivial evening. Conceived as a different kind of fundraiser for the Congregational Church, the event offered a warm, candlelit setting, delicious homemade desserts and coffee and also storytelling and poetry reading by local authors. Gloria Gourley, a member of […]

Tom Burr’s Latest Project Is Inspired by Iconic Building in New Haven

  A public homecoming for a local artist By Courtney Maum Conceptual artist and Norfolk resident Tom Burr has a magnetic pull toward structures that have preceded him, and the Marcel Breuer-designed Pirelli building in New Haven is no exception. Burr was born in New Haven only a few years before the building’s construction, so […]

Thorncrest Farm Magically Turns Milk into Chocolates

By Chris Sinclair When rare ability is married with a singular passion, the results can transcend the exceptional and wander into the realm of magic. Such a marriage is on vivid display at Thorncrest Farm, in Goshen, where Clint and Kim Thorn, along with their crew and beloved “girls,” make some of the finest chocolates […]

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 […]