Norfolkcanaan's HamletHub Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:01:24 -0500 Embracing Your Social Media Brand with LinkedIn

On Tuesday, February 20, the Entrepreneurial Center of Northwest Connecticut at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) is sponsoring a workshop, Embracing Your Social Media Brand with LinkedIn, taking place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in NCCC's Founder's Hall.

In this workshop you will learn to create a compelling profile of your capabilities and accomplishments, and grow your business network.

Register at

]]> (Friends of Main Street) Events Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:35:28 -0500
Magnificent Microscopes at Norfolk Library

Magnificent Microscopes with Rich Kessin
Saturday, February 24, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at The Norfolk Library

Come explore the magic in a found object too small to see with the naked eye. Dr. Richard Kessin will introduce you to the science and art of microscopy. Whether you are a child or an adult, an artist or a budding scientist, you may not have taken full advantage of a good microscope. Do you know you probably own one?

Come to the Library and Rich will show you how to convert a cell phone into a microscope with an attachable lens. Lens will be available at the circulation desk. We will also have good research microscopes. Be prepared to be amazed!

]]> (Norfolk Library Staff) Events Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:29:35 -0500
Colebrook Gets Open Space Grant

Last week the state announced that an $81,000 open space grant is being awarded to Colebrook to assist in the protection of an 87-acre undeveloped piece of property. Colebrook is one of 23 municipalities throughout the state to receive a 2018 grant through the Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition program.

“Protecting Connecticut’s open space and natural resources is a top priority of mine at the State Capitol,” said Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos (R-Canton). “We have a beautiful state with wildlife and ecosystems we have a responsibility to protect. I applaud the state for selecting Colebrook to receive this assistance to help preserve a large piece of forested property and protect the homes of many species, including at-risk species, which reside in the area. I look forward to working again this year to pass legislation to better protect open space through a constitutional amendment to ensure that environmental protection always remains a top priority for future generations.”

“The terrain of this particular land parcel caters to at-risk species and supports a rich diversity of plant, animal and bird life through its many varied micro-habitats. It is contiguous with other conservation properties and would increase the area to 120 acres, ensuring a wildlife corridor reaching the Algonquin State Forrest,” said State Representative Case (R-Winsted). “It is truly a core function of state government to facilitate conservation efforts such as this.”

In total, the state grants awarded through the open space program administered by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will assist in the purchase of a total of 2,005 acres of land that will be preserved as open space. The award program assists local governments, land trusts, and water companies in purchasing open space using funding from the Community Investment Act and state bond funds. This grant program requires a match by the grant recipient and requires the open space land be protected by a conservation and public recreation easement, ensuring that the property is forever protected for public use and enjoyment.

The grant will be used in Colebrook to protect the Deer Hill 87 Property sponsored by the Colebrook Land Conservancy, Inc. This undeveloped, transitional hardwoods forested property is located in southeastern Colebrook. The topographic variations (12’- 1,400' ASL) include ridgeline, summit, escarpment, bottomland, hemlock ravine, and headwater stream habitats similar to that of Algonquin State Forest, located to the north. There are at least two threatened or endangered species locales that intersect this property.

]]> (Office of State Senator Kevin Witkos) Politics Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:23:59 -0500
A WINter Weekend in Norfolk Offers Fun for All

It’s the perfect winter weekend: outdoor sports, a restaurant crawl and a pancake breakfast, concerts and art shows, kids’ activities, tours and open houses, ice carving…all these will be happening on Saturday and Sunday, February 24 and 25, in Norfolk, Conn. What’s even better, most of the events are free.

Echoing their annual three-day Weekend held the first weekend in August, all this small town’s organizations, businesses and institutions are getting together to make A WINter Weekend in Norfolk a festival chock full of fun events that you don’t want to miss.

The volunteer fire department is selling fried dough and coffee during the ambulance squad’s ice carving event, and they’re manning a fire pit so Infinity Bistro can serve hot cocoa and S’mores. Over at the newly revived town ice rink, the school parent/teacher organization is planning refreshments and kids’ games, and more cocoa will be available at the North Brook rail trail during a snowshoeing event put on by the Rails to Trails committee.

The restaurant crawl was organized by Norfolk Net with the help of all four restaurants and the Manor House Inn…it’s scheduled for late Saturday afternoon…and there’s a free pancake breakfast at Immaculate Conception Church on Sunday.

Sports? Skating on the town rink, cross country skiing on one of Norfolk’s many trails, snowshoeing on the North Brook Trail (the committee has snowshoes to lend if you can’t bring your own), and sledding for all ages on the hill behind the Congregational church.

Music and art are strongly represented. The Ryan Montbleau Band is coming to Infinity Hall on Saturday night and, on Sunday, Steve Dedman will be in the Bistro live; for early birds, Infinity has Green River playing Friday night. For classical music lovers, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival is bringing a woodwind quintet to play in the library on Saturday afternoon; this concert invites the audience to ask questions and discuss the music.

As for art, there are shows by painters Tom Hlas and Alicia Mordenti and 19th century photographer Marie Kendall (this one at the Norfolk Historical Society’s museum). The library also is hosting Magnificent Microscopes on Saturday morning, and the Norfolk Land Trust’s talk on black bears. The hands-on microscope session is intended primarily for kids, but the bear talk is for everyone.

For information about all this and more, visit and follow Weekend in Norfolk on Facebook for updates, or call 860-542-5829.

Plus save the date: our annual Weekend in Norfolk is coming up August 3, 4 and 5…save the first weekend in August for three days of summer fun. 

]]> (June Peterson) Events Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:55:47 -0500
Hotchkiss Dance Company to Perform in Walker Auditorium

The Hotchkiss Dance Company presents its annual performance March 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Walker Auditorium. New work by Dance Program Director Alice Sarkissian-Wolf will be featured as well as commissioned works by 2017-18 guests artists Liliana Candotti and Ann Marie DeAngelo.

This performance is the culmination of many weeks of rehearsal and preparation on the part of The Hotchkiss Dance Company. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

Founded in 1891, The Hotchkiss School is a coeducational boarding school located at 11 Interlaken Road in Lakeville, Connecticut. Walker Auditorium is situated in the lower level of the main building.

For more information on this and other arts events at The Hotchkiss School visit or call 860-435-4423.

]]> (Sarah Lock) Life Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:01:53 -0500
Expedition Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend

Discover the beguiling secrets of the mysterious Arctic Narwhal at a free presentation on March 3, 11 a.m. at Noble Horizons.  Joseph Meehan served as expedition and documentary photographer in Dr. Martin Nweeia’s groundbreaking research to determine the function of the Arctic Narwhal’s tusk.   The expeditions, which occurred over a decade, are featured in a major exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC, “Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend,” running through July 2019.  A book by the same name accompanies the exhibition and contains Meehan’s photographs which will be seen in this presentation.

Meehan will take the audience on a visual journey recorded during three expeditions that reveal the stunning landscapes of the high Canadian Arctic, the western coastline of Greenland and through ice fields to that country’s outer most northern islands. He will also show candid portraits of the Inuit hunters with whom he lived and worked as well as their unique knowledge of the narwhal.  

Joseph Meehan is a former professor who has taught at colleges and universities in the US, England and Asia. He has written 25 books on photographic techniques several of which have been published in multiple languages. Registration for the program is at or 860-435-9851; Noble Horizons is located at 17 Cobble Road in Salisbury, CT.

]]> (Caroline Burchfield) Events Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:00:00 -0500
Olympic Special Events at Norfolk Curling Club

Norfolk Curling Club Announces Olympic Special Events

In anticipation of heightened interest in the sport of curling during the upcoming Olympic Winter Games, the Norfolk Curling Club will offer special curling events, including an open house and several instructional and viewing opportunities.

Since its debut as a full-medal sport at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, curling has grown in popularity. “As people discover curling through the Olympics, they are pleasantly surprised to find a nearby club that’s dedicated to curling and offers programs to turn watchers into curlers,” said Alan Chandler, Norfolk Curling Club president. “We’re offering several ways to introduce the public to curling.”

OLYMPIC OPEN HOUSE, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to visit and tour the facility. Club members will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the sport. TV monitors will be tuned to highlights of the winter games. Introductory curling instruction will be available to those, 12 years and older, who wish to try the sport. Participants will receive an overview of the game and get a chance to go on the ice to deliver and sweep a stone. (Free admission; Curling fee: $10.)

SPECIAL 5-WEEK TRAINING SERIES, Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. on 3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31 and 4/7; Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on 2/25, 3/4, 3/18, 3/25, and 4/8. Participants will learn about the nuances of the sport including accuracy in delivering the stone, effective sweeping and some strategy. All sessions will include at least one hour of competition.

Sign up online at ($100). Participants interested in joining the club in the 2018-19 season will receive a $100 credit towards a first year membership.)

“WINter IN NORFOLK,” Feb. 24 and 25. Stop by and watch curling live and on TV! Refreshments. (Free admission.) State Championship, Saturday, Feb. 24 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Connecticut’s two dedicated curling clubs (Nutmeg and Norfolk) compete in their annual “friendly” championship, League Play, Feb. 25, 1 to 5 p.m.. See the club website for more information:

For specific questions about the Open House, and the curling special offers, contact Alan Chandler, ( (860.202.7509).

]]> (Mary Fanette) Events Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:33:31 -0500
North Korea: What’s Next? Two North Korea Experts Offer their Views


On March 24 at 11 a.m.,  Noble Horizons will host, “North Korea: What’s Next?” with North Korean experts Melanie Kirkpatrick, former Deputy Editor of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page and Jack David, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction under the Bush administration.  Kirkpatrick and David acknowledge that there are no good solutions to the escalating problem of North Korea, but will discuss how we got here and the possible options.  Both are Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.

Kirkpatrick was a long time member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board and wrote editorials and op-ed articles on foreign affairs.  As Deputy Editor, she was responsible for the editorial page's coverage of international issues and oversaw the paper’s opinion pages in Asia and Europe, the Far Eastern Economic Review and the U.S. columnists on foreign affairs.  Her 2012 book, Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad, offers a rigorous account of the repression and quest for freedom under the Kim regime.  Kirkpatrick is a graduate of Princeton University, and contributes reviews and commentary to various publications, in addition to serving as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Human Freedom Advisory Council of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Jack David is an independent consultant on national security matters, focusing especially on combating weapons of mass destruction.  After serving in the Bush administration, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Outstanding Public Service Award.  Mr. David has a long history with international human rights issues; he was one of the founders of the Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights, he served as a delegate to a working group of the UN Human Rights Commission and was a director of the International League for Human Rights.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, an honorary member of The National Unification Advisory Council of the Republic of Korea and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Please make reservations for this free event at www.noblehorizons.rog or 860-435-9851.  Noble Horizons is located at 17 Cobble Road in Salisbury, CT.

]]> (Caroline Burchfield) Events Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:56:34 -0500
Norfolk Vegetable Farm Accepting CSA Subscribers

Husky Meadows Farm, an organic vegetable, herb, and fruit farm in Norfolk, is accepting CSA subscribers. CSA (community supported agriculture) is a program in which a community member buys a farm share and in return, receives weekly fresh produce. Husky Meadows Farm has a few different programs to choose from. The Farm Membership program supplies members a box of fresh produce every Wednesday throughout the growing season. Members receive benefits such as pick-your-own when available, weekly recipes and tips, and invites to member-only farm events.  

The Farmer’s Market VIP program allows residents with tighter schedules to customize their own share. Members receive a pre-loaded swipe card that they can use at the Norfolk (Saturday) and Winsted (Sunday) Farmer’s Markets. Member benefits include weekly recipes and tips and invites to member-only events.

Cut Flower subscriptions and Bakery add-ons also available.

For more information and to sign up, please visit Farm Subscriptions at

We look forward to sharing our harvest with you!

]]> (Husky Meadows Farm) Neighbors Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:53:47 -0500
Gubernatorial Candidates to Talk in Winsted Series

On Saturday, February 17, the Winsted Community Bookstore is presenting the first of a series of talks by gubernatorial candidates, State of the State: Perspectives for Connecticut's Future, featuring Ned Lamont, candidate for the Democratic Party nomination, speaking at 11 a.m.

Reserve your seat by email to Coming up in the series are Republican Toni Boucher on March 3, and Oz Griebel on April 7.

]]> (Friends of Main Street) Life Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:14:35 -0500
Wire Wrap Jewelry for Beginners, Excel for Beginners and Following Your Dream

Wire Wrap Jewelry for Beginners - Adult Education  (Falls Village)

Create unique handmade jewelry through demonstration and hands on activities. Participants will be able to create earrings with handmade ear wires, a coil bracelet, and wrap a stone for use as a pendant. Tools needed for class are small wire cutter, flat nose and round nose pliers, chain nose pliers. Students can borrow tools from instructor in class or bring their own.  There is a $20 material fee for wire, findings and beads payable to the instructor on the first night of class. 

Starts March 5, 4 sessions, Mondays, from 6 to 8 p.m. $79.  Held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Falls Village, through Foothills Adult & Continuing Education, a program of EdAdvance. Sign up today!  Call us 1.800.300.4781


In this course, the instructor will review common Excel features such as defaults, menus, tool bars and shortcuts. Arithmetic and logical Excel examples will be used as you learn how to create more complex worksheets.    Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of the keyboard. Starts February 27, Tuesdays, 2 sessions, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $79. Held at Northwestern Regional HS, Winsted, through Foothills Adult & Continuing Education, a program of EdAdvance. Sign up today!  Call us 1.800.300.4781


This one evening class will use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) for personal and career planning to help participants develop and reach their life goals. The presenter has taught for over thirty years as a professional counselor in college and reemployment settings.  Measure your personal style and generate steps to reveal your excellence and what provides you with bliss in life. March 6, Tuesday, 1 night 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15.  Held at Northwestern Regional High School, Winsted, through Foothills Adult & Continuing Education, a program of EdAdvance. Sign up today!  Call us 1.800.300.4781


]]> (Foothills Adult & Continuing Education) Events Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:36:21 -0500
Car Crashes Into House In Norfolk

A car slid off the road around 6:15 a.m. today in South Norfolk, just north of the Goshen town line.  It is reported that the vehicle left the road and hit a car parked in the driveway of a house on Route 272, and proceeded into the side of the house.

There apparently is extensive damage to both vehicles and to the house.  It is reported that one person was transported to the hospital.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

]]> (Colleen Gundlach) Life Thu, 15 Feb 2018 02:48:36 -0500
Car Crashes Into House in Norfolk

A car slid off the road around 6:15 a.m. today in South Norfolk, just north of the Goshen town line.  It is reported that the vehicle left the road and hit a car parked in the driveway of a house on Route 272, and proceeded into the side of the house.

There apparently is extensive damage to both vehicles and to the house and it is reported that one person was transported to the hospital.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

]]> (Colleen Gundlach) Life Thu, 15 Feb 2018 02:22:44 -0500
Berkshire Photographic Portrait Project

Berkshire Photographic Portrait Project

Become part of local photographer Thad Kubis and his “Berkshire Photographic Portrait Project ”. This public library based project will capture, (using both flash and continuous lighting as well as images in color and/or digital technology), portraits of Berkshire residents, who register and attend one of the sessions taking place at the participating public libraries listed below.

Lee Library – Tuesday, February, 6 – 5 to 8 p.m.

Lee Library – Tuesday, February, 20 - 5 to 8 p.m.

Bushnell Sage Library - Friday, March 9 - 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Bushnell Sage Library – Friday, March 23 - 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Mason Public Library – Tuesday, April 3 - 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Mason Public Library – Tuesday, April 10- 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Project’s Goal The goal of this project is to develop an online portrait gallery of Berkshire residents, as well as to develop an on demand, on line and printed photographic book, of selected portraits. There is NO fee for participating in this project, Participants will be asked to sign a photographic release form. Email copies of the images/portraits as jpeg files will be provided free of charge to any Berkshire residents who sit for the project. Individual, family, and groups are welcomed to participate with the restrictions indicated above.

Pre-Registration is required. To participate you will need to pre-register for any of the locations listed. To do so please call Thad at 917.597.1891, each portrait session (individual or family) has been allocated 15 minutes, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled session.

Families/groups are requested to register for a single session, allocating 15-minute segment for the portrait.

To register please call Thad at 917.597.1891 and he will review the open sessions and register you to participate in the project.

]]> (Bushnell-Sage Library Staff) Neighbors Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:44:58 -0500
Mark Scarbrough to Lead Book Group at Scoville Library


On Thursdays, from March 15 through May 3 between 10 a.m. and noon, everybody should be afraid of Virginia Woolf. Her prose is haunting and elliptical. Yet no one should be afraid of Virginia Woolf. Her novels are luminous, airy, even breezy at times, a strangely elegiac look at the crack between the Victorian world she inherited and the modern world she helped create. The heart of her writing is the promise of a whole person behind the mundane details of life, the hope of coherence in the scattered impressions of a moment, a thing that fiction itself too often fails to find. Woolf was a dyed-in-the-wool visionary and an accessible genius, somehow still mired in nineteen-century snobbery.

Come join us at Scoville Memorial Library for this literary seminar through a selection from her works as we discuss, think about, and come to know one of our literature's greatest minds, led by Mark Scarbrough.

Mark Scarbrough is a former academic and currently writes cookbooks with his partner, Bruce Weinstein. This series is funded by the Friends of the Scoville Library.


March 15: "Between the Acts"

March 22: "Flush: A Biography"

March 29: "Mrs. Dalloway"

April 5: "The Years" chapters 1880-1911

April 12: "The Years" chapters 1913-present day

April 19: "Three Guineas"

April 26: "To The Lighthouse" chapter 1

May 3: "To The Lighthouse" chapters 2 & 3.

Books will be available for borrowing at the library on a rolling schedule. Copies should be available beginning February 15; first come, first served. You may also request to borrow a copy at your local library. New print copies of these titles are not readily available.

]]> (Lawrence Davis-Hollander) Events Fri, 09 Feb 2018 19:42:44 -0500