Norfolkcanaan's HamletHub Wed, 17 Oct 2018 08:35:11 -0400 Mad River Market Joins in Celebration of Co-op Month

Mad River Market Looks to the Future

Joins in National Celebration of Co-op Month in October

This October, Mad River Market is joining over 40,000 co-operatives and credit unions across the United States in celebrating Co-op Month, observed nationally since 1964. This year, the National Cooperative Business Association has chosen “Co-operatives See the Future” as the theme for the month, inviting co-op members to work together to make the world a better place, now and for future generations.

Locally, Mad River Market is hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 20, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at their business office at 10 Bridge St, Loft 14, Winsted, CT. The theme of the open house is ‘Meet The Co-Op Economy’, with representatives from the Torrington Municipal & Teachers Federal Credit Union, the worker co-operative Equal Exchange, and the Colebrook, CT based Northwest Community Co-Op joining Mad River Market to share different aspects of the co-op economy with the community.“In addition to enjoying some light refreshments and learning the latest about Mad River Market’s organizing work, guests will get to learn about other co-operatives already part of our local and regional economy,” said Phillip Allen, Project Manager for Mad River Market. “Credit Unions are the co-operatives of the banking world, and Torrington Municipal & Teachers FCU is opening a new branch in Winsted. Equal Exchange is a worker-owned co-operative partnering with small farmers around the world to build long term relationships for sourcing fairly traded coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa and various fair foods. Northwest Community Co-Op is a nonprofit consumer co-op operates a buyers’ club, giving members access to shared buying in bulk from a leading organic and natural foods distributor.”“We’re very excited these co-operatives are joining us to celebrate National Co-Op Month,” Allen added.

“From healthy food to organic agriculture, Fair Trade to building stronger local economies, good jobs to helping alternative energy, food co-ops have been pioneers, empowering people to work together to make the world a better place,” said Erbin Crowell, Executive Director of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA).  “And as our co-ops look to the future, we are working to build a more fair, sustainable, and inclusive economy that works for everyone.”

A little over a decade ago, the co-ops that would later form the NFCA began envisioning how the future might be different if they worked together.  As a first step, they commissioned a study to better understand their shared impact.  At the time, few would have guessed that these 17 co-ops had a combined membership of 64,000 people and annual revenue exceeding $161 million. They also had a dramatic impact on local economies, including sales of more than $52 million in local products and jobs for over 1,200 people. Taken together, food co-ops in Vermont were among the top 25 employers in the state!

This year, the NFCA surveyed the same co-ops to see what changed over the past decade.  Though one co-op from the original study closed its doors, the others have continued to grow, with overall membership expanding 38% to more than 88,000 people who, together, own their local grocery store.  Shared revenue has also increased 39% to over $224 million, with sales of local products growing to $64.7 million.  Employment grew 20% to 1,485, while and wages grew 69%, from $28.6 million to almost $48.3 million, reflecting the commitment of food co-ops to more sustainable jobs.

During the same time, the NFCA as whole has grown, and now includes over 35 food co-ops and start-ups, locally owned by more than 144,000 members and employing over 2,300 people.  Together, these food co-ops generate shared annual revenue of $330 million, including sales of $90 million in local products. 

And food co-ops are not alone in their contribution to more resilient local communities.  From farmer co-ops to worker co-ops, credit unions to mutual insurance, and housing co-ops to energy co-ops, co-operative businesses thrive across the U.S. economy, where 1 in 3 people are members of at least one co-op or credit union.  Nationwide, co-operatives create 2.1 million jobs and generate more than $650 billion in sales and other revenue annually. Because they are member-owned, co-ops are driven by the needs of the people who work there or use their products and services, rather than maximizing profit.

To find a food co-op near year, and for more examples of how co-ops are building a better future for everyone, please visit

]]> (Phillip Allan) Neighbors Mon, 15 Oct 2018 20:55:40 -0400
Winchester Grange to Host Holiday Super Prize Party November 2nd

Bring the entire family for an evening of holiday cheer and community fun! Winchester Grange will be hosting its Holiday Super Prize Party and Bake Sale on Friday, November 2, with doors opening at 6 p.m.  The event will be held at Winchester Grange Hall, located at 100 Newfield Road, at the intersection of Newfield Road and Route 263 in Winchester Center.   

A Super Prize Party is similar to a teacup auction / penny auction / country store, but with a wider variety of prizes including a 50/50 drawing and a number of Super Prizes worth between $10 and $50 each. It's always an enjoyable time with an abundance of great prizes for every possible taste.

The Super Prize Party and Bake Sale begins at 6 p.m. for viewing, with the drawing of prizes beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and tickets are available at 6.p.m. for a cost of $1 per card.  Each card features 26 tickets (or 26 chances to win). You do not have to be a Grange Member to attend, everyone is welcome.  

Proceeds from the evening will go toward the many community projects, activities and donations sponsored by Winchester Grange.

Donations of prizes for the Super Prize Party and Bake Sale are welcome.  If you have an item or items for the Super Prize Party, or baked goods you would like to donate, please contact Winchester Grange Super Prize Party Coordinator Ramona Fassio at 860-482-2733, or bring the items between 5 and 6 p.m..  Grocery items, gift baskets, gift cards, baked goods, or anything that is new or almost new will be welcome. 

Getting to Winchester Center:  From Winsted, take Route 263 to the Winchester Center green.  From Torrington, take Newfield Road (at the corner of Winsted Road and North Main Street) to the Winchester Center green.  

For more information, contact Winchester Grange Super Prize Party Coordinator Ramona Fassio at 860-482-2733, via e-mail at or, or visit our website at 

]]> (Terri Fassio) Events Mon, 15 Oct 2018 20:50:26 -0400
Donate Your Candy to Maple Avenue for Halloween


Candy donations are needed as the Norfolk community invites its trick-or-treaters to Maple Avenue on the afternoon and evening of Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31. The Norfolk Volunteer Fire Department will shut the street to through-traffic from 5 to 7 p.m.

Candy in unopened bags may be dropped off at the following collection points: Botelle School, Berkshire Country Store, National Iron Bank, and the Norfolk Library.

]]> (Botelle School Staff) Life Mon, 15 Oct 2018 20:03:40 -0400
Art Auction & Dinner Dance to Benefit Winsted Trails

Art Auction Fundraiser


Winsted Trails, a program of the Northwest CT YMCA, will host an Art Auction and Fundraiser at Indian Meadow Estates (formerly called the Knights of Columbus), 122 Marshall St., Winsted, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday, November 9.

The night will begin with dinner and dancing, with entertainment provided by the incomparable Travelin’ Vin, and buffet dinner with vegetarian and gluten free options created exclusively for this event by McGrane’s on the Green.

The event will feature the “Semi-Silent Auction” of 11 works of art from artists from around the state’s northwest corner. The pieces were created during the P lein Air Art Exposition along The City Walk that was hosted by Winsted Trails during the Friends of Main Street 2017 Fall Foliage Festival.The City Walk is a 2.75 mile looping trail, established in 2017 that encompasses the heart of Winsted - the downtown commercial district, East End Park, the Mad River, and Winsted's very first Rails-to-Trails project, The River Walk.“Winsted Trails hosted a Plein Air Art Exposition with artists working live at various points on the The City Walk. Each of the artists captured a different beat of our city’s heart, and we are very excited to be able to present them for the first and only time as a unified collection." said Winsted Trails Co-Chairman Ric Nalette.

"Attendees will also be able to purchase votes to cast for their favorite artwork in the Picture Perfect Postcard Competition where the four pictures receiving the most votes will become postcards to promote The City Walk, and the City of Winsted, to our surrounding communities," he added.

Proceeds from the auction, tee shirt sales and eventual postcard sales will go towards continuing Winsted Trails’ goals of developing and mapping a system of trails in Winchester and Winsted, eventually connecting to the surrounding communities.

Artists include Cheryl Bartley, Kathleen Borkowski, Victoria Goodwin, Sara Gubetta, Lara Green- Kazlauskas, Gail Easton, Victor Leger, The Artist Ruse’l, Lori Samson, Gay Schempp, and Jeffery Sesko.

Tickets for the November 9th event are $35 per person and can be purchased at , from Winsted Trails volunteers, or at Winsted Town Hall, Friends of Main Street, and Morsel Munk.

You can learn more about Winsted Trails at

]]> (Winsted Trails Staff) Events Sat, 13 Oct 2018 20:31:25 -0400
Doo Wop Party to Benefit Winsted Youth Services Bureau

The Annual Winsted Youth Services Bureau Fall Fundraiser is here!  On Friday, October 19, come to the '50s Doo Wop Party

Come dressed in your favorite vintage 1950s attire as you help support the Winsted Youth Service Bureau!

The party will be at Chatterly's Banquet Hall from 6:30 to 10 p.m.The night includes dinner, dancing, a costume contest, silent auction and much more!

Tickets are $40 and can be ordered here:

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Classic Film Night - West Side Story - At Norfolk Library

Classic Film Night
West Side Story (1961)

Thursday, October 18, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Explore Hollywood’s extensive pre-digital canon of fantastic films, forgotten classics, and silent movies as the Norfolk Library classic film series returns on select Thursdays at 7 p.m.. Musicals are slated for this fall.

We begin with West Side Story in honor of the Leonard Bernstein centennial. Come early (6:30 p.m.) for refreshments. There's nothing like watching a classic film on the big screen! Visit here to let us know you will be there.

]]> (Norfolk Library Staff) Events Sat, 13 Oct 2018 20:06:53 -0400
A Reading and Book Signing with Ambassador Everett E. Briggs

A Reading and Book Signing with Ambassador Everett E. Briggs on
Thursday, October 18, 5 p.m.

Most people have some idea of what an ambassador does, but few are aware of what life and work is like for the career Foreign Service folk who populate our missions abroad and provide continuity and guidance to the policy makers in Washington.

This book more than fills that gap. It is the story of one Foreign Service Officer's career as he works his way, rung by slippery rung, up the ranks as an ambassador's apprentice. With candor, insight, and humor, Ted Briggs recounts what it was like to be the most junior officer at the US embassy in La Paz, Bolivia (gasping for air at 12,500 feet above sea level); an aide to the top State Department official in occupied Berlin, when the wall went up; consul general in Angola when revolution in Portugal ended five hundred years of colonial rule; and deputy chief of mission in Paraguay and Colombia at the start of the so-called war on drugs.

Briggs's memoir is rich in description of people, some in high places, and of the shifting environment in which he found himself. Don't miss this chance to welcome Ted and Sally back to Norfolk and get your copy of his memoir.

Visit here to let us know you will be there.

]]> (Norfolk Library Staff) Events Sat, 13 Oct 2018 12:01:12 -0400
Seven Women Photographers on Exhibit at Hotchkiss


Tremaine Art Gallery at The Hotchkiss School

11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, CT 06039

Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 – 4 ; Sunday 12 – 4

Contact: Sarah Anderson Lock (860) 435 – 4423

Outspoken: Seven Women Photographers

Curated by Marky Kauffmann

Nov. 2, 2018 - Jan. 13, 2019

Gallery talk with curator Marky Kauffmann followed by reception and exhibit preview: Nov. 1, 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public - please call 860.435.4423 to RSVP for the gallery talk portion of the evening.

The Tremaine Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibit featuring the work of seven women photographers: Nadine Boughton, Blake Fitch, Nancy Grace Horton, Marky Kauffmann, Tira Kahn, Rania Matar and Emily Schiffer. The exhibit, Outspoken: Seven Women Photographers will run November 2, 2018 - January 13, 2019. A gallery talk with curator and photographer Marky Kauffmann followed by a reception and exhibit preview is scheduled for Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. (Please call 860.435.4423 to RSVP for the gallery talk portion of the evening.) The exhibit has traveled extensively to galleries throughout the northeast including Nesto Gallery, Milton Academy; Cornelius Ayer Wood ‘13 Gallery, Middlesex School; De Menil Gallery, Groton School; Hess Gallery, Pine Manor College; and Providence Center for Photographic Arts.

The award-winning photographers gathered for the exhibit depict a range of cultural experiences, ages, and settings in their portrayal of the lives of women and girls, from early childhood to advanced age, from refugee camp to the backyard clothesline - all with the aim to amplify the voices of women and girls. In the words of curator, educator, and photographer Marky Kauffmann, “The images in this show ask the viewer to question assumptions about what is fair, right, or possible for women and girls. What do girls get to do or be before the cultural onslaught inevitably comes? If growing up is in part about gaining power over our lives, then what do girls gain or lose as they navigate the hurdles with which they are confronted? What happens to the search for identity in a patriarchal world? As a female, do I dare stand out, shout out, be outspoken?”

The Tremaine Art Gallery is located in the main building of The Hotchkiss School. With education at the heart of its mission, the gallery hosts approximately six exhibitions a year. For more information about this and other events at The Hotchkiss School, phone 860.435.4423 or visit The Tremaine Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

]]> (Sarah Anderson Lock) Events Sat, 13 Oct 2018 11:55:30 -0400
Artist Reception for Joan Palmer at Bushnell-Sage Library

Artist of the month at Bushnell-Sage Library is Joan Palmer.  Please join us on Sunday, November 4  from 1 to 4 p.m. for the artist reception and/or drop in to the library to see her work on display throughout the month. 

Joan Johnson Palmer is a lifelong painter born and raised in North Canaan and currently a Lakeville resident. She studied at the Paier College of Art in Hamden and at the Art Student League in New York City. Joan currently concentrates on watercolors and is a member of the Kent Art Association, The Housatonic Valley Art League, the 14th Colony Artists, and the Indigo Hues painting group.


(413) 229-7004

]]> (Martha Beyer) Events Fri, 12 Oct 2018 20:09:28 -0400
Find Out About High-Speed Broadband Internet with Northwest ConneCT

On October 11 from 6 to 7 p.m., Scoville Memorial Library will present Northwest ConneCT:  High-speed broadband Internet and the Sustainability of Our Rural Communities, a presentation by Felicia Jones.

NorthwestConneCT  is a non-profit group founded by a number of community members who were concerned over our poor internet and mobile connectivity.  While often inconvenient, the lack of fast connectivity impacts larger economic, health, safety, educational and other issues and  the future well being of the Northwest Corner.

Jones will present information regarding the proposed fiber optic infrastructure build project and be available for questions and group discussion. Ultimately, the project will require a town by town vote so this is a great opportunity to be informed in this early phase of development.

Felicia Brodzky Jones has is the project coordinator for Northwest ConneCT, With a background in public health and marketing she has worked with the NYC Department of Health, March of Dimes, Mount Sinai Medical Center and the FDNY to develop innovative public health campaigns. For 15 years Jones has worked for the top biomedical companies in the US to launch medical technology we now consider standard of care.

Scoville Memorial Library is located at 38 Main Street in Salisbury.

]]> (Scoville Memorial Library) Events Tue, 09 Oct 2018 20:52:29 -0400
Meet the Candidates at Norbrook Brewery

State Senators Kevin Witkos and Craig Miner, State Representatives Jay Case and Brian Ohler, Molly Spino for State Representative, Susan Hatfield for Attorney General and Thad Gray for State Treasurer all invite you to join them at a special event at newly-opened Norbrook Brewery.

Called "Pints & Politics" this gathering will be a chance for everyone to meet the candidates who will be on the ballot in November while taking in the beauty of the new brewery and enjoying some liquid refreshment.

Join us on October 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Norbrook Farm Brewery 204 Stillman Hill Road Colebrook, CT October 17, 2018.

Paid for by: Witkos 2018, John Vamos Treasurer - Approved by Kevin Witkos; Craig Miner for Senate, James Rocco Treasurer - Approved by Craig Miner; Ohler 2018, Emily Minacci Treasurer - Approved by Brain Ohler; Case 2018, Dustin Bingham Treasurer - Approved by Jay Case; Spino 2018, Dustin Bingham Treasurer- Approved by Spino; Hatfield 2018, Loretta Chory Treasurer- Approved by Susan Hatfield; Thad for CT Treasurer, J. Kenneth Nowell Treasurer - Approved by Thad Gray.

]]> (Pints & Politics Staff) Events Tue, 09 Oct 2018 20:15:37 -0400
Norfolk's Tour de Forest - A Unique Bike Tour for a Good Cause

In the picturesque village of Norfolk the first ever Tour-de-Forest will be held - a bike ride through Great Mountain Forest, on Saturday, October 27.  Rather than a race, this unique event is a bike tour with stops along the way that will include historical facts and information about this beautiful working forest that encompasses more than 6,000 acres of contiguous forestland that is used as a renewable resource, a habitat for wildlife and a classroom for training and education. 

E-bike demonstrations, complimentary cider donuts, cider and apples will be offered.  The ride starts at the Norfolk Curling Club, where attendees will be offered refreshments and Curling Club demonstrations if they wish and prize drawings cap off the festivities. 

Proceeds from this event will support the on-going development of the Norfolk “Rails To Trails” and the Great Mountain Forest’s mission to encourage the investigation, research, discovery and application of knowledge for forest lands and natural resources.

Registration is between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. with the race right after. Participants may also register on line at

For more information, contact Marie Lowe at 860-307-1487



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Learn to Curl at Norfolk Curling Club

The Norfolk Curling Club offers Learn to Curl clinics throughout the curling season. Clinics are limited to eight  participants per sheet of ice. The fee per person for the clinic is $35.

In this one-and-a-half to two-hour clinic participants will receive a brief overview of the game, rules and terminology and instruction on delivery and sweeping. Time permitting, curlers will form teams and play a couple of ends.

What to wear?

  • - Please bring (do not wear them to the club) clean rubber-soled shoes. Sneakers are fine, but the flatter and more textured the sole the better the grip on the ice.
  • - Wear warm loose-fitting clothing that you can layer. Non-shedding fabrics are preferred.
  • - Gloves (optional)

Brooms, stabilizers, sliders and grippers will be supplied.

Clinics are planned for October 22 and 23.  For more information and to register, go to

]]> (Norfolk Curling Club) Events Mon, 08 Oct 2018 20:31:40 -0400
Freddy Makes An Appearance at Norfolk Farmers Market

Each October, Freddy the Campaign Corgi appears at Norfolk Farmers Market. This dog, who resides with Frank and Caren Trager in Norfolk, comes out each year to visit with his favorite political candidates.

This year, Freddy managed a timely appearance at the Norfolk Farmers Market on Saturday, where he caucused with State Senator Kevin Witkos and State Representative Brian Ohler.  


]]> (Colleen Gundlach) Politics Mon, 08 Oct 2018 04:35:51 -0400
Botelle School Board to Hold Budget Forum

Members of the Botelle School Board of Education will be hosting a Budget Forum on Tuesday, October 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Botelle School.

This is an opportunity for parents to hear how the school budget is developed, share your opinions and priorities, ask questions, and learn how you can participate in the process that eventually results in an allocation to fund education at Botelle. 

Everyone one is invited to attend.

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