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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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Book talk: From Iran to America

NORFOLK — Pari Forood talked about her true-life novel, “The Gates of Light,” at the Norfolk Library on Saturday, March 19. 
Forood is of Iranian descent. Her father came to America from Iran in 1948 to go to school, and married her mother, a “firebrand.” 
On the heels of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979, she lied about her name. 

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Witkos taken to task

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NORFOLK —  More than 30 residents attended a coffee hour event organized by Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-8) on Saturday, March 12, at Haystack Pizza restaurant.
Topics in the discussion included the current status of the state’s budget and the potential closing of the University of Connecticut’s Torrington campus.
Witkos has recently been quoted in state media as supporting the idea of closing the campus to save money in the state’s budget.

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Opening for regional artists at library

NORFOLK— An opening reception was held on Sunday, March 6, at the Norfolk Library for a group show by Norfolk Artists and Friends.
The group is a professional organization of artists living and working in the Norfolk area. Members exhibit every August in the Battell Stoeckel Arts Gallery. The show currently in the library is built around the theme of books, with the painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry and decorative arts all taking some inspiration from books.

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David Leff’s sticky subject: Why we love maple syrup

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NORFOLK — A sugarhouse in production is known as a “yankee sauna,” according to David K. Leff, trustee of the Great Mountain Forest (GMF) and author of “Maple Sugaring: Keeping It Real in New England.”
Leff spoke to a capacity audience at the Norfolk Library on Saturday, March 5. The talk was sponsored by Great Mountain Forest (GMF), which is located in Norfolk and Falls Village.

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Unusual temps make maple sap flow fast

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NORFOLK — Jody Bronson was cooking away at Great Mountain Forest’s (GMF) maple syrup shack on the Norfolk side of the forest on Friday morning, Feb. 26.
He was working on 1,200 gallons of sap, all collected in the previous couple of days.
Bronson said that on Wednesday evening, Feb. 24, the temperature had been hovering around the freezing point and some wet snow was falling.
“We checked the tanks and the sap was just running,” he said.

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Tales of life, death and mice at Meekertown

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NORFOLK — Photographer Hunter Neal spent two weeks in a cabin deep inside Great Mountain Forest (GMF, which is in Norfolk and Falls Village) last June.
The cabin has no modern conveniences — no electricity, minimal plumbing, no running water.
It does have an upholstered couch that is home to a thriving colony of mice.

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Children enjoy a day at the library

NORFOLK —  On Saturday, Feb. 6, the Norfolk Library hosted its inaugural Take your Child to the Library Day celebration. 
More than a dozen children and their parents showed up for the event. Annabelle, the African grey parrot, was supposed to be in attendance, but canceled at the last minute due to illness. 

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Foundation receives grant for housing

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NORFOLK —  Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) announced $78 million in state bond funding projects on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
According to a press release from Deputy Director of Media Relations David Bednarz, the investments are being made “In an effort to help towns and cities foster economic growth, create livable communities and attract businesses.”

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Witkos and Willis discuss food deserts

NORFOLK —  The Church of Christ’s youth group and the Rev.  Erick Olsen  hosted a forum on food choices and food deserts on Sunday, Jan. 31. 
At the church’s event, state Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-8) and state Rep. Roberta Willis (D-64) spurred a lively discussion to gather ideas about advocacy and hands-on action for local food justice.

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Redeemer’s Ridge Ministries: Serving those who serve

NORFOLK — Redeemer’s Ridge Ministries is a nonprofit organization run by retired firefighter Chip Warner and his wife, Ramona. They started the organization from Norfolk in 2001as an outlet for both service and military personnel. 
Redeemer’s Ridge Ministries aims to provide confidential support for work-related issues, stress and PTSD.  As a retired service worker, Chip Warner found that there was no one providing confidential support to combat work-related stress. 

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