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NORFOLK —  The Sandisfield Players performed “Under Milk Wood” at the Norfolk Library on Sunday, May 21. 

“Under Milk Wood” was written by Dylan Thomas in 1954 as a radio drama for the British Broadcasting Corporation. It was later adapted for the stage.

“It’s always nice to have our neighbors come perform,” said library coordinator Eileen Fitzgibbons as she introduced the group. 

“We’re happy to be back here in this most beautiful building,” added Sandisfield Players director Ben Luxon...

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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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Norfolk Library earns five stars

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NORFOLK — Co-directors Richard Dann and Robin Yuran have announced that the Norfolk Library is once again one of two five-star libraries in Connecticut, as rated in the November 2011 issue of Library Journal.
In the expenditure range of $200,000 to $399,999, Norfolk is one of only 10 five-star libraries in the country. Ratings are based on circulation, visits, program attendance and internet use, all per capita.
For more information on the five-star rating, visit www.libraryjournal.com//ljindex2011. For information about the Norfolk Library, visit www.norfolklibrary.org.

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Norfolk land board named commission of the year

NORFOLK — At its annual meeting in Wallingford on Nov. 12, the Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions (CACIWC) presented the Norfolk Conservation Commission with its 2011 Conservation Commission of the Year award.
CACIWC President Alan Siniscalchi said, “We are pleased to recognize the efforts of one of Connecticut’s youngest conservation commissions during the 50th anniversary of the enabling legislation authorizing the formation of these commissions in Connecticut.”

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Dramatic reading wows library patrons

NORFOLK — For a brief moment Saturday, Nov. 5, the Church of Christ Congregational in Norfolk became the dual scenes of a London rare book store and a New York City studio apartment. The set was minimal, but the dramatization of Helene Hanff’s “84 Charing Cross Road” was the exact opposite.

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Aija: luxury without the expense

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NORFOLK — Aija (pronounced “Asia”), a small, yet worldly jewlery and store, has opened in the top of the Royal Arcanum building.
Bella Erder, originally from England, started Aija as a wholesale business five years ago.
“I named it Aija because many of the products have an Asian influence to it,” Erder said.
Erder lived in Hong Kong for 25 years.
“I still go there four to five times a year where I’m a partner in a branding company,” Erder said. “The first celebrity customer we have had is LeAnn Rimes, which was a thrill.”

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