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NORFOLK — On Thursday, June 8, the Norfolk Democratic Town Committee held a debate between Democratic First Selectmen candidates Leo Colwell and Matt Riiska at the Botelle School. 

The debate was moderated by Wiley Wood, editor of Norfolk Now magazine.

Colwell has been serving as a member of the Board of Selectmen for 14 years. He has been the Norfolk Volunteer of the Year twice and is a 25-year veteran of the Norfolk Volunteer Fire Department.

Colwell has worked at the Botelle School for 30 years as its head custodian.

Riiska has lived in Norfolk...

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Norfolk Club season coming to a close

NORFOLK — Over the next few weeks, the Norfolk Curling Club will be winding down its season.
Last weekend, on Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19, the club hosted the Berkshire Curling Club in a friendly competition.
“We’ve had a lot of fun this season,” said club president Alan Chandler. 
Chandler said that the club’s last competitive bonspiel for the season was held in early March and this week league playoffs will start.

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Luck of the Irish celebrated at library

NORFOLK — The Norfolk Library hosted a festive St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Sunday, March 12. 
The library was festive with balloons, shamrocks and other green decorations, while Irish beer was flowing alongside fresh Irish soda bread. To top it all off, all the guests were then treated to a concert by the Irish band, Téada.

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Filmmaker talks about civil rights icon

NORFOLK —  The Norfolk Library welcomed independent filmmaker Craig Dudnick, who presented his documentary film, “Alice’s Ordinary People,” on Monday, Feb. 27.
The acclaimed film represented the life and accomplishments of Alice Tregay, a lesser known heroine of the early Chicago Civil Rights Movement.
Tregay’s efforts spanning 50 years have helped shape the political scene as it is today, from marches with Dr. Martin Luther King to the presidential election of Barack Obama.

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Executive Order on Immigration: Calling for solidarity, area residents gather

NORFOLK — More than 100 people attended a protest held on Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Town Green against President Donald J. Trump’s executive order banning refugee admissions and people from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Trump signed the executive order, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” on Jan. 27. The countries are: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

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Dance party breaks out at library

NORFOLK — More than 70 people both young and old attended a concert of Brazilian music at the Norfolk Library on Saturday, Jan. 28.
Performing at the library was Bossa Triba, the melodic branch of the Berkshire Bateria, a percussion ensemble that brings the music of Brazil to audiences in New England and beyond. Before the concert, the band received confirmation that they would play at the Portuguese Festival in Provincetown, Mass., in June.

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Scouts host shoe drive

NORFOLK — Cub Scout Pack 33 is holding a shoe drive through the end of February to benefit a community service project.
The pack is holding the drive for the national nonprofit organization Soles4Souls. Founded in 2006, Soles4Souls is a global effort which has provided over 30 million pairs of shoes to people in 127 different countries. Any shoes in fair or better condition can be dropped off at Botelle Elementary School in Norfolk or at Litchfield Hills Mobile Veterinary Clinic.

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Library hosts architecture exhibit

NORFOLK —  The Norfolk Historical Society held its annual meeting at Norfolk Library on Sunday, Jan. 8, and marked the opening of the exhibition “Hidden in Sight II: Artists, Artisans and Craftsmen of Norfolk’s Golden Age of Architecture.” 
After the meeting, the president of the Norfolk Historical Society,  Barry Webber, hosted a discussion and slide show on innovations in stained glass.
Webber provided examples of Tiffany and Armstrong glasswork at the Battell Chapel at Norfolk Congregational Church.

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Norfolk residents knit for charity

NORFOLK — The Norfolk Library is holding a knitting club every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The club knits items including mittens, hats and scarves which are donated to various charities.
The organizer of the club is Ruth Melville, who said the club started in December.

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Fairy tales brought to life at library

NORFOLK —  On Sunday, Dec. 18, The Norfolk Library hosted Ben Luxon and The Sandisfield Players as they presented “Once Upon a Time: Tales from the Brothers Grimm and Roald Dahl,” in which eight actors brought six different fairy tales to life.
Luxon set the stage by explaining exactly what a fairy tale is. 

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Berkshire Country Store opens

NORFOLK — The Berkshire Country Store, located at 6 Station Place, opened its doors in Norfolk during the first week of January.
Store owner Ryan Craig said that patrons have been coming in for everything from breakfast burritos to gallons of milk and paper towels.
This is the first time in almost two years that a general store has operated in Norfolk.
For many years a general store had operated at 2 Station Place, including the Norfolk Corner Store, which was open from February 2012 to September 2014.

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