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NORFOLK —  The second annual Weekend in Norfolk was held all across the downtown area Aug. 4 to 6.

Events included an art show, farmers market, concert performances, demonstrations of crafts, along with stores offering specials.

Co-organizers Dawn Whalen and Sue Frisch said last year’s success led to the organization of this year’s event.

“This time around we have a lot more events during the course of these three days,” Whalen said. “We have a lot more children’s activities this year. We want this to be fun for the...

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Rain or shine, Norfolk farmers market goes on

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NORFOLK — The Norfolk Farmers Market is continuing on with its seventh year at 19 Maple Ave.
The market is held each Saturday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is scheduled to be held through Saturday, Oct. 12.
Indeed, the 30 market vendors proved that they would stay open during inclement weather on Saturday, May 25, as the rain poured down from the sky.
It was also quite cold for a spring day, with temperatures in the mid-40s while some attendees spoke about the potential of snow flurries.

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Child care center opens in Norfolk

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NORFOLK — The Norfolk Early Learning Center, located at 122 Laurel Way, held a grand opening celebration Friday, May 3.
The center is co-owned and operated by Kailyn Nadeau and Paige Corey, both former long-time employees of Winsted Area Child Care Center.
Corey worked at the Winsted Area Child Care Center as its executive director starting in 1998 while Nadeau worked as its head teacher starting in 2002.
Both left early in February to open the Norfolk Early Learning Center.

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Curling Club to reopen this fall

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NORFOLK — Sixteen months after the Norfolk Curling Club was destroyed, the skeleton of a new structure has been built, and club President Mary Fanette said the new facility will open before the next curling season.
On Dec. 18, 2011, the original clubhouse, which was built in 1956 at 70 Golf Drive, was burned to the ground by two admitted arsonists. No one was hurt in the fire, but everything in the clubhouse, including an ice rink, equipment, irreplaceable curling stones and other memorabilia, were destroyed.

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‘We can’t stop trying’ to rebuild

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NORFOLK — Members of the Norfolk Curling Club were in Salisbury last weekend, offering demonstrations of their sport and raising money (and awareness) for rebuilding their facility, which was destroyed in an arson fire last December.
The club members have been without a rink for the past year, and have traveled up and down the East Coast, curling as guests at other clubs.

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Norfolk receives portion of $9 million in open space grants

NORFOLK — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Dec. 28 that Norfolk is one of 35 communities spanning the state that will benefit from a new round of open space grants.
Malloy said more than $9 million in Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition grants had been approved to support the 35 communities in purchasing 2,732 acres to be preserved as open space. Norfolk’s grant of $248,000 will go toward the Norfolk Land Trust’s acquisition of 311 acres adjoining the Girl Scouts’ Camp Iwatka, off Grantville Road, where Smith Pond feeds into the Mad River.

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10-year sentences in Curling Club arson

LITCHFIELD — The two men who set the arson fire that destroyed the Norfolk Curling Club were sentenced Thursday, Dec. 13, at Litchfield Superior Court to 10 years in prison followed by five years probation. The sentencing came four days before the one-year anniversary of the fire.

Whiffenpoofs in concert in Norfolk

NORFOLK — The Whiffenpoofs, Yale University’s storied male a cappella group, is set for a holiday matinee concert at Norfolk’s Infinity Hall.
The Dec. 9 event will also feature The Quirks, the esteemed female a cappella group from Trinity College in Hartford. In a gesture of generosity, Infinity Hall and Yale Summer School of Music have underwritten the costs of the event so that all proceeds will benefit the Norfolk Library.
Dan Hincks, owner of Infinity Hall, is known for his generosity to the community.

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Curling club breaks ground

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NORFOLK — Almost 10 months ago, on Dec. 18, 2011, members of The Norfolk Curling Club were stunned to learn their clubhouse had been burned to the ground by two admitted arsonists.
Also destroyed was various equipment used by the club, including seasoned curling stones.
“When I got here, the whole building was engulfed, and I could hear the stones explode because the heat was so intense,” Jonathan Barbagallo, a member of both the Norfolk Fire Department and the Norfolk Curling Club, said about the blaze. “Those stones were over 70 years old, and they were unique.”

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Women’s motorcycle club raises funds, awareness for cancer center

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NORFOLK — The Free Spirit women’s motorcycle club attracted more than 200 people to Maasser Park on Route 44 Sunday, Sept. 23, for a party that raised money for Torrington’s Center for Cancer Care.
The 11th annual event, organized by club member Dina Hague Viel and friends, started with a 10 a.m. scavenger hunt for children at the cancer center’s Torrington campus at 200 Kennedy Drive. By noontime, the rock and blues band, The Ruins, was tuning up and getting ready to take the crowd through its renditions of tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

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Winsted Elks’ clambake survives downpours

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NORFOLK — Frequent torrential rains and a tornado warning didn’t stop the Winsted Elks Lodge from holding one of its most successful outings in recent history Saturday, Sept. 8, at Maasser Park in Norfolk.
The lodge’s annual family clambake drew more than 200 attendees who danced to the sounds of guitar duo Kevin and Pete and friends and dined on a feast cooked by volunteers.

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