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Fun for all at Farmers Market Fair

NORFOLK — The Norfolk Farmers Market held its second annual Agricultural Fair on Saturday, Aug. 16.
The fair included face painting, a pie-eating contest and traditional agricultural showings.
Items such as vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers and baked goods were submitted by local residents for the chance to win a ribbon. Judging criteria included appearance, freshness, quality and overall appeal.
Market board member Mike Sconyers volunteered as a judge for the vegetable exhibits.

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Marking Civil War’s anniversary

NORFOLK — More than 250 residents attended a concert performed by the Litchfield County Choral Union held at the Norfolk Music Shed on Sunday, July 27.
The concert theme was “Music for Patriots and Politicians” and was held in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Union member Sue Grande said the Choral Union was started more than 100 years ago by the Battell Family who believed that everyone should be able to enjoy music.

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Principal leaves Pearson school

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WINSTED AND NORFOLK — Matthew O’Connell resigned as principal of Pearson Middle School on Wednesday, July 23.
The resignation was announced by Superintendent of Schools Anne Watson via email to members of the Board of Education.
O’Connell resigned six weeks before the official start of the 2014-2015 school year for students, which is Wednesday, Aug. 27.

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New Faces at Norfolk Farmers Market

The Norfolk Farmers Market featured two special events on Saturday, July 12: A “pop-up” concert from students of the Yale Music School in Norfolk and the kickoff of the Norfolk Library’s summer reading series.
The market, which takes place every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Town Hall, began its seventh year in May and features varying events and performers each Saturday.

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Local artist opens the Red Door

Norfolk-based artist Robin Yuran will present her new show, “Red Door: One Chance, Many Worlds,” at Aija, located at 6 Station Place, with an opening reception on Sunday, July 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. It will feature Yuran’s newest work, which is a series of paintings revolving around the theme of the Red Door.
“The Red Door itself to me is sort of an escape into another world, or many worlds,” Yuran said. “Basically every time you open up that door and are brave enough to step through it, you find something beyond that.”

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Chamber music series continues

NORFOLK — More than 140 residents attended a chamber music concert held at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival on Saturday, July 5.
The concert is one in a series of events held annually and sponsored by the festival.
The festival itself is organized by The Yale School of Music with performances at the Music Shed located at 20 Litchfield Rd.
Festival General Manager Jim Nelson said that the event dates back to 1941.

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Library holds art opening for local artist

NORFOLK — The Norfolk Library held an art reception for artist John Funt’s 20-piece exhibit Orangerie on Sunday, June 29.
Funt received a warm welcome as the crowd greeted him as a good friend.
As people entered the two-leveled, antique library, there was an abundance of color from the artwork created by Funt illuminating the library, allowing one to view a glimpse of a summer’s day at the garden.
The library was opened in 1889 as a memorial to Isabella Eldridge’s parents. Her only wish was for the library to be a gathering place for the community featuring cultural events.

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Norfolk Library holds summer reading program kickoff

NORFOLK — A Summer Reading kickoff event was held at the Norfolk Library on Monday, June 30.
“Fizz Boom Read” is the national summer reading theme this year as organized by the national Collaborative Summer Library Program.
As part of the national program, the kickoff event was all about “Slimy Science” and featured a magician from Mad Science of Western New England with the program coordinated by Eileen Fitzgibbons, children’s librarian at the library.

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Norfolk Farmers Market season begins

NORFOLK — The Norfolk Farmers Market began a new season on Saturday, May 17.
The market will be held in front of Town Hall every Saturday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At the market on Saturday, May 24, greens, baked goods and jewelry were just a few of the products being sold by more than 20 vendors.
The market started eight years ago and is sponsored by the town.
At the market, Steve Cunningham of Berkshire Bounty Farm in Southfield, Mass., operated a stand selling USDA-certified organic chives, herbs, mixed greens, lettuce, pea shoots and bok choy.

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Legal hurdles, financing discussed

Colebrook and Norfolk School district merger

NORFOLK — The Colebrook-Norfolk Regionalization Study Committee met with state lawmakers during its Monday, May 25, meeting to lay the groundwork for new legislation that would ease the process of merging the schools of Colebrook and Norfolk.
State Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-8), State Rep. Jay Case (R-63) and State Rep. Roberta Willis (D-64) attended the meeting to hear the committee’s concerns.

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