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Crews were at work in Norfolk last week removing contaminated soil along Route 44 after a tanker truck spilled more than 8,000 gallons of gasoline into the town’s drainage system on Saturday, Nov. 5. Photo by Jonathan Barbagallo

Norfolk continues spill cleanup

NORFOLK — Emergency response efforts continued this week in the wake of the Saturday, Nov. 5, rollover of a gasoline tanker truck on Route 44, spilling more than 8,000 gallons of gasoline into the town’s storm drainage system.

A leaf of the invasive plant tree-of-heaven (Ailthanthus altissima), the host plant of the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula). Photo by Alison Robey

Why invasive species matter

Every one of us is familiar with invasive species. They are the bright yellow dandelions dotting our lawns, the startlingly green honeysuckles spilling over our roadsides, and the swarming spongy moth caterpillars prematurely emptying our forest’s canopy last summer. But what is it that makes these organisms so invasive in the first place?

Ethan Arsenault, center, purchased the dairy cows at Freund’s Farm in East Canaan and leased the barn from Matthew Freund, left, and Ben Freund. Arsenault is in partnership with Lo Nan Farms in Pine Plains. Photo by John Coston

Freund’s Farm enters new era

EAST CANAAN – Eugene and Esther Freund started the family dairy farm more than seven decades ago, and when the time came to hand it down to the next generation, Eugene looked to his  sons, Ben and Matthew.

The front shelves at the Norfolk Food Pantry display a variety of nonperishable food items next to a list of fresh foods contained in the pantry’s refrigerator. Photo by Emily Edelman

Norfolk’s food pantry at Battell Chapel reaches far and wide

NORFOLK — Well-known for housing five stained-glass windows designed by none other than Louis Comfort Tiffany, the Battell Chapel in Norfolk is also home to the Norfolk Food Pantry.

Volunteer Director Lynn Deasy said though the pantry has been in existence for decades, “it’s really taken shape in the past 15 years.”


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