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  • City Meadow Park Opens as First Major Snowfall Arrives

    Three inches of snow blanketed City Meadow Park on Saturday, Dec. 9, as a small crowd congregated near the Shepard Rd. entrance for the ribbon cutting ceremony that would officially open the park. Seven and a half years and $750,000 in the making, the park boasts a looping boardwalk path through the sunken wetland below […]

  • Representative Brian Ohler Looks Back on His First Session in Hartford

    Budget woes overshadow other issues   By Susannah Wood State Representative Brian Ohler had already arrived at the Berkshire Country Store and was deep in conversation with Ryan Craig when I walked in five minutes ahead of our scheduled appointment Against the background noise of coffee traffic and orders for late breakfasts, we settled into […]

  • Battell Chapel Windows Reinstalled

    On Tuesday November 14, Phase II of the Battell Chapel Windows Project was completed, as another beautiful stained glass window was reinstalled. Visitors are welcome to come and appreciate, from inside or outside, the set of three fully-restored Maitland Armstrong windows in the chapel’s west wall.  Cleaning and repair of the Tiffany Room glass is […]

  • Windthrown Tree Across Route 44

    A large tree fell across Route 44 on the morning of November 17, bringing down wires with it and several electrical poles. Traffic was diverted through Maple Avenue and Laurel Way while emergency crews cleared away the downed tree and wires.

  • Norfolk Elects Riiska in a Landslide

    By Wiley Wood In a municipal election that drew 53 percent of Norfolk’s voters to the polls, Matthew Riiska (D) was elected first selectman over William Reudgen (R) by a commanding lead. At the polling station, where the results were announced shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m., Reudgen congratulated Riiska in front of […]

  • Great Mountain Forest Makes Long-Term Deal to Sell Carbon Credits

    Planning for the Future   By Tom Vorenberg Early one morning last month a young man and his girlfriend, visiting Norfolk from a western state, hiked up the logging road from the Great Mountain Forest (GMF) east gate. They wanted to get to the pond known as Old Man Mac to watch the sunrise. It […]

  • Retirement Party Honors First Selectman Dyer

    Counting the achievements of nearly two decades   By Wiley Wood The tables and chairs were pushed back in the dining room at the Wood Creek Bar and Grill on a recent Sunday, and a broad cross-section of Norfolk residents were gathered around a banquet table to honor First Selectman Sue Dyer, who will step […]

Articles

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 […]

School Board Proposes Flat Budget as Costs Rise and State Aid Dwindles

Town ponders an increase in property taxes   By Wiley Wood If the town accepts the budget passed by the Board of Education on Feb. 8, it will be the fifth year in a row that the Botelle School has been flat-funded or seen an actual decrease in its funding. The Board of Finance, which […]

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 […]

View from the Green

Enduring Village Landmark in Limbo   By Michael Kelly Civic enrichment in Norfolk Town is humming right along: what with the library’s compelling new terra cotta roof, the impressive restoration of Alfredo Taylor’s railroad railing and lamps, the reassuring church bells ringing again on the Village Green, the ambitious reimagining of City Meadow, the budding […]

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 […]

Dogs and Cats and Bears, Oh My!

Lauren Foley is Norfolk’s New Animal Control Officer   By Colleen Gundlach When Norfolk’s longtime animal control officer, Glen Wheeler, passed away last year, his position remained unfilled until Lauren Foley stepped over the line from Canaan to lend a hand. North Canaan’s animal control officer (ACO) since 2013 and Torrington’s assistant ACO, Foley has […]

Affordable Housing Gets State Funds

Construction to start in the spring   By Julie Scharnberg As reported in the March 2016 issue of Norfolk Now, the Foundation for Norfolk Living (FNL) was poised to move ahead with a formal closing in order to access the $2.99 million in state grant funds and anticipated a spring 2016 start date for construction. […]