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NORFOLK — On Friday, June 30, the inaugural concert of the Yale School of Music’s 2017 Emerging Artist Showcase took place at the Norfolk Music Shed. Admission was free to this casual concert where the attendees sat around the stage in an intimate setting. There were also people live streaming the event through a web cam.

The concert was called the New Music Recital and featured five new pieces composed by Yale students who are under the tutelage of New Music Workshop Director Martin Bresnick.

“The students have spent 10 days preparing pieces with the...

Norfolk

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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Local karate students earn black belts

NORFOLK — Owen Lovejoy and Kendra McCaw, both 15, earned their first Dan black belts in the style of Cheezic Tang Soo Do karate at a ceremony at Botelle School on Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Lovejoy is a sophomore at Northwestern Regional High School and said he has been working to obtain his black belt for six years.
“It took a lot of hard work to obtain this belt,” Lovejoy said. “Through karate, I learned a lot of leadership skills, as well as the ability to work with others.”

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Arson stuns, saddens Norfolk

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NORFOLK — Norfolk residents were stunned by a crime spree Sunday, Dec. 18, that resulted in the burning of the Norfolk Curling Club and the arrests of two area men.
Kyle Majewski, 19, of 8 Prock Hill Road, Sandisfield, Mass., and Matthew Carey, 20, of 87 Briarwood Trail, Torrington, were charged with multiple counts of arson, burglary, trespassing and larceny in connection with the series of events, which included at least one home invasion and attempted arson at a local residence.

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Library awarded grant

NORFOLK — Norfolk Library has been selected to receive a $7,500 grant from the Local Area Fund at The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, according to Co-Directors Richard Dann and Robin Yuran. The purpose of the grant is to help ensure the library’s continued presence in the cultural life of northwestern Connecticut. 

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