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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...

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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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Curling Club holds 2015 bonspiel

NORFOLK — The Norfolk Curling Club held its annual bonspiel over the weekend of Dec. 4 to 6, featuring competition from 20 curling clubs hailing from all over the eastern United States and Canada.
The event has taken place every year since the club’s inception 60 years ago, according to Jonathan Barbagallo, a member of the club, and gives Norfolk curling enthusiasts a chance to measure their skills against other curlers from around the area as well as relax with others who share their passion.

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Norfolk Library celebrates the season

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NORFOLK — The Norfolk Library held its annual community Christmas carol singalong on Saturday, Nov. 28.
The event was organized by the Norfolk Library Associates and was attended by more than 100 residents.
The residents, young and old, filled the hallways of the library and sang Christmas classics, including “12 Days of Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”

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Karaoke for a cause

NORFOLK — The Norfolk Volunteer Fire Department hosted its annual holiday kickoff and karaoke benefit on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Wood Creek Bar and Grill.
Paul Padua, the department’s vice president of administration, and First Assistant Fire Chief Brian Hutchins helped coordinate the event.
According to organizers, the event has been a hit with Norfolk residents and supporters of the fire department for nearly 30 years.

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Connect people to the land

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NORFOLK — Despite progress on environmental issues such as acid rain, much remains to be done to implement the vision of author and scientist Aldo Leopold, according to Gene Likens and Buddy Huffaker.
The two men spoke at the Norfolk Library on Saturday, Nov. 14, as part of Great Mountain Forests’ (GMF) ongoing lecture series on Leopold’s idea of developing environmental ethics.

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