Norfolkcanaan's HamletHub Fri, 07 May 2021 22:24:02 -0400 Norfolk Library to Sponsor Mobile Making Workshop


On Tuesday, Nov. 17, Susan Smith from Second Nature will lead a family workshop via Zoom on Mobile Making. This eco-friendly mobile is fun to make with everyday household items such as scissors, glue, brushes, rulers, colorful papers or magazines.

If you want more items, a packet can be picked up containing a dowel, embroidery thread, metal washers, and cardboard.You may pick up this packet on Nov. 14 or Nov. 16 after you have signed up for the workshop on the Norfolk Library website or by calling 860 542 5075.

This program is limited to 15 families and is best for children in grades 2 through 6. 

]]> (Norfolk Library Staff) Events Sun, 15 Nov 2020 15:30:30 -0500
Botelle School to Return to Typical School Day on Nov. 30


On November 30, Botelle School will return to a typical school day of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The length of the school day has been adjusted  to provide time for distance learners to meet with teachers. 99% of Botelle students are now in-person learners, and an extra 2.5 hours a week of instructional time adds up. The bus routes remain the same, and you can expect our child home at least 20 minutes later.

Parents should check their child’s masks to ensure they are  fitting properly. Masks must consistently cover the nose and mouth. When we notice your child’s nose consistently exposed, we will provide them with a disposable mask.

]]> (Botelle School Staff) Life Sun, 15 Nov 2020 15:20:26 -0500
Scoville Memorial Library to Present Zoom on Connecticut Women's Suffrage Movement


2020 marks only the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote nationwide. As in many other states, the women of Connecticut worked tirelessly and seemingly endlessly to achieve this goal.  Ilene Frank, Chief Curator of the Connecticut Historical Society, will use items from the Society's collection including photographs, letters, pamphlets, and newspaper headlines to understand one of the most hard-fought political battles of American history. Frank was formerly Executive Director of the Rensselaer County Historical Society. She oversees exhibitions, education, collections, state-wide folk life program and marketing for the museum and library. 

In this presentation, she discusses suffragists like Katharine Houghton Hepburn and Isabella Beecher Hooker, as well as some Connecticut women who fought tooth-and-nail against women getting the vote. New  research has uncovered the significant role that African-American women played in the movement including that of notable African American reformer and political activist, Mary Townsend Seymour, who said “The work must be done,”  Rose Payton, Minnie Glover, Daisy Daniels, and others.

The Connecticut Historical Society, Connecticut’s official historical society, is a private, nonprofit, educational organization established in 1825. Its collection includes more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other materials. The program is co-sponsored by the Scoville Memorial Library and the Salisbury Association Historical Society and will be presented live on Zoom on Saturday November 21 at 4:00 p.m.

Registration is required. Visit the events page at or call 860-435-2838. 


Photo by Scholastic




]]> (Lawrence Davis Hollander) Events Sun, 15 Nov 2020 15:11:03 -0500
Lifestar Responding to Serious Accident on Route 263

Fire and ambulance crews from Norfolk, Goshen and Drakeville were called out at about 7:45 p.m. Monday evening to the scene of a two-car accident on Route 263, just up the hill from Route 272.  Reportedly one person was trapped underneath a vehicle and another was seriously injured.

Lifestar was called to the scene and will be landing at the Norfolk/Goshen town line.


]]> (Colleen Gundlach) Life Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:18:19 -0400
Northwestern CT Community College STEM Students Receive Numerous Awards

Northwestern Connecticut Community College STEM Students Receive Numerous Recognitions


WINSTED, CT - May 11, 2020 - While the pandemic may have kept them out of the classroom and prevented them from traveling, the research, hard work and dedication of the Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students have not gone unrecognized.


Students, Rebekah Dery, Sydney Marshall, Francesca Neris, Edgar Petrosyan, Jordan Dziedzic, Kaitlyn Patchofsky, and Cynthia Pitcher were recently inducted into the Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Society for Science and Technology Students during a virtual ceremony that was held for inductees across the country.


Biology major Jeffrey Carrier was awarded a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates and will, at some later date, be working for 10 weeks with Dr. Anastasios Tzingounis, Professor of Physiology and Neurobiology at the University of Connecticut. He will be working with Dr. Tzingounis to study the mechanisms by which epilepsy-associated molecules and signaling networks lead to epileptogenesis in the neonatal and infantile brain.


Renee Brenckman, Amanda Gregg, Elijah Lovejoy and Xavier Rodriguez, all students in the Molecular Genetics class, annotated a Bacteriophage and submitted it for review for publication in GenBank. Renee Brenckman was selected to present their work at the SEAPHAGES Symposium sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


Technology students Kit Fitch and Tommy Le were selected to present their poster Addressing the Global Nature of Industry, at the High Impact Technology Conference in Oregon in July. Both students traveled to Spain as part of Northwestern’s new Study Abroad Program to learn about the Global Nature of Industry. During their travels they visited numerous manufacturers and will be sharing what they learned.


Data Science students, Claire Christie, Nicola Sestito, and Joseph McElroy participated in the Capstone Research Project, where they are worked with industry on using their STEM skills to solve real world problems. They were tasked with helping HealthLynxIQ, a startup company, identify their focused market segment and potential barriers to adoption of their products.


Their final products consisted of a 12-page final paper and a 15-minute presentation which will be made available for all to view later this month. These three students will also be presenting their work to a national panel of judges through the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).


Northwestern Connecticut Community College has a strong STEM program that provides students with opportunities to participate in authentic research and real-world experiences both in and out of the classroom. Students can earn certificates in Manufacturing and Data Science as well as degrees in Biology, Data Science, Engineering, Manufacturing, and Natural Resources. For more information on how you can start your STEM career at Northwestern, email Sharon Gusky, Professor of Biology

]]> (NWCCC Staff) Life Mon, 11 May 2020 20:57:37 -0400
Digital Marketing Tool Seminar

Drop-in Digital with Beth and Dawn
Five Digital Marketing Tools to Successfully Market Your Small Business Now

This live Zoom meeting is for you if you’re ready to build a foundation to boost your online marketing presence. Reach your audiences, grow your fans, and consistently deliver authentic and engaging content with fun straightforward advice from Beth Carlson of Silo Media and Dawn Stanyon of Professionality Consulting on Thursday, May 7th at 11:00 am. In this one-hour session, Beth and Dawn will:
Review the top five digital marketing MUST HAVES to increase traffic to your website, online store or bricks and mortar shop;
Share pro tips – they do this all the time and know what works…and what doesn’t;
Answer YOUR questions – the last 15 minutes will be totally open.

This is a fun and casual digital gathering made just for you. And the price is right: $35/pp per class.

" _cc="" _bcc="" _subject="" _body="" style="color: rgb(0, 102, 204); outline: none; font-family: Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 12.09px;">Email or call Beth at 413 429 1176 to register for each class and get the sign in information. There will be 4 Drop In Digital Sessions in this series: May 7, May 14, May 21, and May 28. (attend one or all)


Beth Carlson
Beth helps her clients cut to the chase and identify priorities in their goals and content - what they do best and how to tell that story. Beth is an event producer and organizer, who loves Instagram, hiking, music, and art. Find out more at, @silomedia on IG and @therealsilomedia on Facebook.

Dawn Stanyon
Dawn helps small businesses to understand their brands, tell their stories and grow their fans. Dawn’s loves non-profits, The Berkshires, rat terriers and Instagram (not necessarily in that order). Read more at and follower her on Instagram @professionality Facebook @professionalityconsulting.

Dawn Stanyon and Beth Carlson, photo by Kip Beacco 
]]> (Beth Carlson) Events Thu, 30 Apr 2020 20:21:15 -0400
A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard

Douglas Tallamy
Nature's Best Hope
A New Approach to Conservation That Starts In Your Yard
With all public gatherings postponed or canceled, the Salisbury Forum is offering a special "webinar" with one of our most popular past speakers, Douglas Tallamy. His topic is very timely with recent headlines about three billion fewer birds in North America, global insect declines, and the impending extinction of one million species world wide.
Douglas Tallamy says that such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. During his talk, illustrated with lots of colorful photos, he will discuss simple steps that each of us can -- and must -- take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we are nature's best hope.  His interesting and often amusing talk will show how plants we import for decoration may actually lead to a mass extinction of local birds and animals that depend on our native ecosystem.
Douglas Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware and author of several books including Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens and The Living Landscape.
New to Zoom, click here. We encourage you to log in about 5 minutes before the start of the event. You will need to download Zoom to attend so please allow time for that.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: May 1, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Nature’s Best Hope 
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or iPhone one-tap : 
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Or Telephone:
  Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 
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]]> (Scoville Memorial Library Staff) Events Thu, 30 Apr 2020 20:12:13 -0400
Self-Employed Can Apply for Federal Unemployment Benefits

Connecticut Department of Labor launches new system today for self-employed to apply for federal unemployment benefits

On April 30, the State Department of Labor  began accepting claim applications for the self-employed, many of whom are eligible to collect unemployment insurance benefits under the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program.

Federal guidelines require that self-employed individuals, including independent contractors and “gig” workers, first apply through the Connecticut unemployment system located at Applicants must receive a determination notice in the mail from the Connecticut Department of Labor before they can apply on the newly-designed Pandemic Unemployment Assistance online system that will also be located at

Self-employed individuals must follow this two-step application process:

  • STEP ONE: Beginning April 30
  • File a regular state claim application with the Connecticut Department of Labor at using the BLUE button to file.
  • NOTE: Self-employed individuals who already filed a claim application through this system should not file again. The agency has these original claims and a duplicate is not needed.
  • After completing and submitting an application, claimants should look for an email from the Connecticut Department of Labor stating, “Thank you for submitting your online application for unemployment compensation benefits with the Connecticut Department of Labor. … Please look for a CONFIRMATION EMAIL notifying you that your claim has been processed. This email will include your NEXT STEPS information including instructions for when to start filing your weekly claims.”
  • Claimants should then be on the lookout for a second email from the Connecticut Department of Labor stating, “Your claim for benefits has been processed! If this is a new claim then we are sending information regarding your claim via US mail.”
  • Claimants should then look for their eligibility determination (Form UC-58 Monetary Determination) that must be sent through the US mail service.
  • If the UC-58 Monetary Determination shows that the claimant has a “zero” weekly benefit rate (which means they do not have wage earnings in the state system) they are not eligible for state benefits and are eligible to file in the ReEmployCT system for self-employed individuals.
  • If the UC-58 Monetary Determination shows a weekly benefit rate, they have wage earnings in the state system and are entitled to collect state unemployment benefits.
  • STEP TWO: Once the UC-58 has been received via US mail
  • Go to and click the PUA button.
  • The PUA system will have a record of the claimant’s state benefit ineligibility status.
  • Complete the PUA application.
  • Applicants will need their 2019 IRS forms, 1099, 2019 W-2s, and Schedule C. Applicants will be asked to provide earnings for 2019, broken down by quarters. Those without tax records for 2019 can self-attest their earnings, but will be subject to audit.
  • Applicants will be asked the date when COVID-19 impacted their employment. Federal guidelines allow this to go back to February 2, 2020. If an unemployed status goes back to retroactive weeks, the system asks the claimant for weekly earnings through the current week filing.
  • Once the PUA application is completed, if applicants did not select a payment method when filing under the state unemployment system, they will select their method of payment (direct deposit or debit card – the agency recommends direct deposit for much faster payment). Payment selection is made by returning to and selecting the “method of payment” green button.

A frequently asked questions document located on the Connecticut Department of Labor’s website is being updated to include a section on the PUA application process, guidelines, and additional details.

]]> (Office of Governor Lamont) Public safety Thu, 30 Apr 2020 20:01:54 -0400
Storytime with Miss Eileen is Still On

Storytime with Miss Eileen
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 - 9:30  a.m. via Zoom

Miss Eileen has hosted storytimes at the library, at the Norfolk Early Learning Center, at Botelle, and, in the summer, at Tobey Pond. But this will be the first time she has hosted a storytime on Zoom!

Please register here if you would like to be emailed an invitation link to join the storytimes for children ages 2 to 5, or email Miss Eileen at

]]> (Norfolk Library Staff) Events Sun, 26 Apr 2020 20:44:13 -0400
Norfolk Library Presents Documentary Film for Earth Day

A Documentary Film for Earth Day: Home 

April 22 marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and Yann Arthus-Bertand’s documentary is an ode to the planet's beauty and its delicate harmony. Through the landscapes of 54 countries captured from above, the film takes us on a unique journey around the planet, to contemplate it and to understand the impact humans are having on it. 

Narrated by actor Glenn Close, Home covers the major themes of sustainability and clearly shows how actions and consequences are interconnected across the globe. Every breathtaking shot shows the Earth as we have never seen it before, both the treasures we are destroying and the wonders we can still preserve. "From the sky, there's less need for explanations." You can view the movie here.

]]> (Norfolk Library Staff) Life Sat, 25 Apr 2020 12:27:30 -0400
Route 44 Shut Down in Norfolk Due to Crash

On Saturday afternoon at around 4:10 p.m, Life Star was called to the scene of a car vs. motorcycle accident in the vicinity of George's Service Station on Route 44 in Norfolk.  Two people have been reported as injured, and the road is expected to be closed for some time.

]]> (Colleen Gundlach) Public safety Sat, 25 Apr 2020 12:16:25 -0400
NASA Contributes Expertise, Ingenuity to COVID-19 Fight

NASA has joined the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) with efforts underway across the country to augment the national response, a few of which were highlighted in a media briefing today.

"NASA's strength has always been our ability and passion – collective and individual – for solving problems," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "All the work being done shows how NASA is uniquely equipped to aid in the federal response to coronavirus by leveraging the ingenuity of our workforce, mobilizing investments made in the U.S. space agency to combat this disease, and working with public and private partnerships to maximize results."

On April 1, NASA launched an agencywide call for ideas on its internal crowdsourcing platform NASA@WORK for how the agency can leverage its expertise and capabilities to help the nation with this unprecedented crisis. In just two weeks, 250 ideas were submitted, more than 500 comments were submitted, and more than 4,500 votes were cast.

In addition to the NASA@Work challenge, the agency workforce developed ideas and worked with partners to quickly respond to the health crisis within the last month. Agency efforts highlighted during the media briefing include:

VITAL Ventilator

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California designed a new high-pressure ventilator tailored specifically to treat COVID-19 patients. The device, called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally), passed a critical test on April 21 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York – an epicenter of COVID-19 in the United States – and now is under review for an emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

VITAL is designed to treat patients with milder symptoms, thereby keeping the nation’s limited supply of traditional ventilators available for patients with more severe COVID-19 symptoms.

The device can be built faster and maintained more easily than a traditional ventilator, and is comprised of far fewer parts, making it more economical to produce. It was designed to use parts currently available to potential manufacturers but not compete with the existing supply chain of currently made ventilators.

Aerospace Valley Positive Pressure Helmet

NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California partnered with Antelope Valley Hospital, the City of Lancaster, Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company (TSC), Antelope Valley College and members of the Antelope Valley Task Force to solve possible shortages of critical medical equipment in the local community.

One of the task force’s first efforts was to build an oxygen helmet to treat COVID-19 patients exhibiting minor symptoms and minimize the need for those patients to use ventilators. The device functions like a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to force oxygen into a patient’s low-functioning lungs.

Called the Aerospace Valley Positive Pressure Helmet, the device was successfully tested by doctors at Antelope Valley Hospital. The Spaceship Company began producing 500 this week and a request was submitted April 22 to the FDA for an emergency use authorization.

Surface Decontamination System

Through its Regional Economic Development Program, engineers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio partnered with Ohio company Emergency Products and Research in 2015 to guide the development and production of a small, portable, and economical device that decontaminates spaces such as ambulances in under an hour and at a fraction of the cost of systems currently in use. AMBUStat is being used in police cars and other areas killing airborne and surface particles of viruses. Now NASA is conducting additional research to continue to maximize the effectiveness of this device on COVID-19.

NASA’s legacy of human space exploration, research and technology development has yielded countless innovations that prove the direct and profound impact of taxpayer investment in America’s space program on our quality of life on Earth, including improved technologies for water purification, air filtration, kidney dialysis and tele-medicine, as well as research that has led to improved vaccines, drug therapies, and mitigations for bone loss. We can only speculate as to the breadth of transformative benefits that will come from America’s return to the Moon through NASA’s Artemis program and our efforts to put the first humans on Mars.

For more information about NASA’s efforts, visit:

]]> (NASA) Life Sat, 25 Apr 2020 03:47:00 -0400
Book Group with Mark Scarbrough

Book Group with Mark Scarbrough
Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other

Thursday, May 7, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

"In Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo traces the histories of 12 different characters in the U.K. over more than 100 years. With each new woman comes a distinctive perspective on feminism, race and class. There’s Amma, whose taste of mainstream success as a playwright and theater director prompts her to question whether she’s betrayed her anti-establishment roots; Carole, who tries to hide her working-class, immigrant background from her peers at an elite university; and Morgan, a non-binary hero worshipped by a legion of online fans. While the stories within it are largely self-contained, Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning novel layers the women’s voices to offer piercing insights into black British female identity across generations."[] You can read more about it here.

If you’d like to be included in this book discussion, please email Mark at Next week, he will email you a formal invitation link to the online discussion group.  This is an opportunity, not a commitment, to participate!

]]> (Norfolk Library Staff) Events Fri, 24 Apr 2020 21:00:38 -0400
Senator Witkos Joins Call for Increased Communication from State Department of Labor

Senator Witkos Joins Calls for Increased Communication and Data From State Department of Labor
Hartford – State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-8th District) has recently signed on to a letter from the Senate Republican Caucus to Commissioner Kurt Westby of the state Department of Labor voicing concerns about the number of residents expressing issues with unemployment benefits and the inability of the Department of Labor to address calls and emails from residents. "Over the past month, I have been contacted by numerous constituents all expressing their frustration and anxiety over the inability to receive any information from the Department of Labor. On top of worrying about losing their jobs and keeping their family and loved ones safe, these constituents were at their wits end trying to have their specific questions and concerns answered by the Department of Labor. While the Department of Labor has announced their efforts to speed up the process of processing claims, too many of our residents have been left with worry and uncertainty due to a lack of information from the Department of Labor" said Senator Witkos. CT DOL announced on April 15, 2020 that significant computer system upgrades have been made with the goal of speeding unemployment claims processing, the letter asked for an update this week on how those upgrades are working to help constituents obtain the financial assistance they desperately need and have been waiting on for many weeks. The letter included the following asks: 1. A summary of the 60,000 claim test performed on April 15, 2020. 2. How many claims have been processed since the system upgrades were implemented, 3. How many outstanding claims remain. 4. Whether or not the CT DOL remains on track to begin distributing the additional weekly $600 benefit in federal stimulus funds by April 24th. 5. Whether or not CT DOL remains on track to begin the new benefit program for self-employed individuals by April 30th. 6. A timeline for processing claims over the phone. 7. A timeline for being able to address case specific questions over the phone. "I am pleased to join several of my fellow Senators in calling for the Department of Labor to take meaningful steps to address this ongoing issue and look forward to seeing tangible results. Added Senator Witkos.

]]> (Office of State Senator Kevin Witkos) Politics Fri, 24 Apr 2020 20:36:00 -0400
Original Poetry Contest for Memorial Day

Memorial Day Poetry Contest - $50 Cash Prize

During the Memorial Day (May 25th) ceremony in the East End Park in Winsted, the Soldiers’ Monument Commission will include a reading of a new poem. 

This year, the commission is opening submissions for an original poem to all residents of town regardless of their age.  The selected poem will be read during the Memorial Day ceremony by the writer or a designated person.

Guidelines for submissions:

  • Original poem with a Memorial Day theme.
  • The reading length should be no more than two minutes.
  • One poem entry per person.
  • Submissions deadline: May 1.
  • All submissions are to be e-mailed to in a Word document format as an attachment. Each entry must include your name, physical address, email, and telephone number. 


]]> (Friends of Main Street) Places Fri, 24 Apr 2020 20:27:53 -0400