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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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Braving the raindrops

Winsted Elks Lodge member John Kampartas was one of the chefs who served a up a gigantic meal Saturday during the lodge’s annual clambake on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Maasser Park in Norfolk.
 
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Abundance of art at fourth annual Norfolk Artists and Friends show

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NORFOLK — Twenty-seven artists from Norfolk and the surrounding area took part in the fourth annual Norfolk Artists and Friends exhibition, held at the Battell Stoeckel Estate from Friday, Aug. 10, to Sunday, Aug. 12.
The event was sponsored by the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Yale School of Music, which uses the estate for their summer programs.
Art on display varied from paintings and watercolors to photographs, sculptures and experimental pieces.
Photographer Katherine Griswold from Norfolk said she was excited to be joining other local artists in the exhibit.

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From fire to ice: Curling Club to break ground in fall

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NORFOLK — Almost seven months to the day when its building was burned down by arsonists, the Norfolk Curling Club is scheduled to break ground for a new building in the fall.
Club President Mary Fanette said the goal will be for the club’s new building to be completed just in time to open for the fall 2013-2014 season.
The building originally stood on 70 Golf Drive for 55 years but was burned down in a crime spree on Dec. 18.
Since then, Fanette said the club has raised more than $1 million for construction of a new building.

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Norfolk community launches first-ever family festival

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NORFOLK — Children and adults of all ages descended upon the center of Norfolk for the town’s first Family Fun Fest on Sunday, July 6.
The festival was the brainchild of the town’s Economic Development Commission, according to co-organizer Martha Mullins.
“We really wanted to bring people together in the town,” she said. “We wanted to bring together businesses in town as well.”
The event, which took place in the Station Place area of town, included more than 30 vendors, from artisans to jewelry and furniture makers.

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Colebrook Congregational Church Auxiliary hosts summer cookout

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COLEBROOK — The Colebrook Congregational Church Auxiliary held a summer cookout June 23 at the Colebrook Senior and Community Center.
The dinner included burgers, coleslaw, potato salad and homemade strawberry shortcakes with freshly baked biscuits.
“After the success of our chili dinner in February we decided to have another community meal to bring people together,” co-organizer Linda Farnham said. “Everyone loves a down home barbecue.”

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Farmers Market combines music and fresh offerings

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NORFOLK — It’s fresh fun for everyone as the Norfolk Farmers Market goes into its sixth year.
The market is held each Saturday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 19 Maple Ave.
Manager Lisa Auclair said the market, which currently has 30 vendors, has grown substantially over the years.
“The reason we have grown is because we have great stuff here,” Auclair said. “We hope that people come to the market because we have a lot of great vendors here. This is a family event for everyone.”
The market is scheduled to run until Saturday, Oct. 13.

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Norfolk Lions host successful auction

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NORFOLK — Going once, going twice ... sold!

Items went to the highest bidders Saturday at the Blackberry River Inn, where the Norfolk Lions Club held its first fundraising auction.

The auction included antique art, rock music memorabilia, furniture, services and items donated by various businesses. Attendees were able to bid on a guitar signed by the late musical legend Les Paul, an antique grandfather clock and a “Beatles at Shea Stadium” poster signed by Sid Bernstein, who promoted their concert in 1965.

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Up from the ashes, curling club makes plans to rebuild

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NORFOLK — Only two months after the Norfolk Curling Club was burned down as part of an alleged crime spree by two young men from out of town, club members have begun tearing down the remains of the building and raising funds to rebuild.
The arson fire at the club on Dec. 18 destroyed the steel-and-wood structure, which was built in 1961. Awaiting trial for the fire and other acts of vandalism are Kyle Majewski, 19, from Sandisfield, Mass., and Matthew Carey, 20, of Torrington.

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Therapy dogs improve life for special-needs students

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NORFOLK — Botelle Elementary School librarian Maryann Beauchene has a lot to celebrate this year. Chosen as the Norfolk School District’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, she has also gained recognition for her extensive work with therapy dogs, brightening the lives of both children and adults with her friendly poodles Remington and Buddy.

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