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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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Artisans Guild of Norfolk revived

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NORFOLK — Three years after it closed, the Artisans Guild of Norfolk has reopened at Station Place, located inside the Royal Arcanum Building.
The guild shut down in 2008 after a 17-year run.
The new owners of the guild are Vee Kausel and Kathy Williams.
“When it closed three years ago, we could not get anyone else to re-open it,” co-owner Kausel said. “Me and [Williams] decided to re-open it when this spot in the building became available in November.”
Kausel said the store currently contains the work of 36 local artisans.

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Fresh food and fun at the Norfolk Farmers Market

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NORFOLK — The Norfolk Farmers Market and Craft Fair begins its fifth year with more than 30 vendors offering a selection of fresh food and goods from the local area.
Sue Frisch, co-founder of the market, said the market has expanded substantially over the course of five years.
“It has become a wonderful and social place to be,” Frisch said. “It brings people together. The vendors have become a big family who all help each other out a lot.”
Manager Lisa Auclair said the town sponsors the market through its economic development committee.

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Finding fun at the Farmers Market

NORFOLK — More than 30 vendors turn out each Saturday for the Norfolk Farmers Market and Craft Fair on the Green.

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