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WINSTED — It was a party for the ages as Winsted’s nonprofit organization Friends of Main Street held its 13th annual Bubbles and Truffles event at Crystal Peak Wedding and Event facility on Friday, Feb. 8.

Friends of Main Street hold events throughout the year, including its summer concert series, Fall Foliage Festival and Christmas on Main Street, along with programs including the Mad River and Main Street cleanups.

At Bubbles at Truffles, attendees got a chance to sip offerings from local vendors, including wine from Ledgebrook Spirit Shop and Litchfield...

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Budgets will be key questions in 2019

WINSTED — The state’s General Assembly convened for its 2019 session on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
The session marks the beginning of the fourth term for state Rep. Jay Case (R-63).
Case, a Winsted native, won in the November election against Winsted Mayor Candy Perez (D). 
In late December, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) named Case assistant Republican leader.

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Doing good works as a church mission

WINCHESTER CENTER — The Rev. Jackie Hall, who has been pastor of the Winchester Center Congregational Church for nine years, believes that church should be about more than just Sunday services.
“I always wanted to do much more than just get up in front of the church and give a sermon to our members,” Hall said. “I read from the Book of James that ‘faith without works is dead.’ That was when I told our members that we really need to do some things to give back to the community.”

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Of Congress, rats and reforms: Ralph Nader’s new book

WINSTED — Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader is turning 85 in February but he shows no signs of slowing down.
Nader continues to give lectures around the country and works in Washington, D.C. He still maintains a residence in his native Winsted.

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2018: Charlotte Hungerford plans modern medical center in Winsted

WINSTED — Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) announced plans in November for a new medical center on South Main Street in Winsted.
Charlotte Hungerford already has an emergency department and LifeStar medical helicopter services in Winsted, along with cardiac rehabilitation, X-ray and other services, all at the medical center on Spencer Street.
On Main Street, the hospital has a center for behavioral health; at Ledgebrook Plaza there is a primary care physician.

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Dreams come true at ‘con’

Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted held its first Comic Con in April. The comic book convention drew students and residents from throughout the Northwest Corner, many of whom dressed up as fantasy characters.

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2018: Mural project approaches finish date

WINSTED — After 17 years of planning and slow-but-steady effort, the American Mural Project (AMP) is now projecting that it will open to the public in September 2019. 
AMP founder and Sharon resident Ellen Griesedieck calls it “the largest collaborative piece of artwork in the world —  a mural that is 120 feet long, 48 feet high and 10 feet deep.”
The mural is being constructed in two former industrial buildings in downtown Winsted. 

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2018: After 84 years, Laurel Festival still a milestone for young ‘royals’

WINSTED — To add an extra celebratory air around the crowning of a new queen at the 2018 Laurel Fest in June, festival commission member Lara Green Kazlauskas tracked down past Laurel Queens and shared their photos and memories with The Lakeville Journal.

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2018: Community colleges to be consolidated by 2023

WINSTED — In June, the state’s Board of Regents approved a plan by Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) to consolidate the community college system by 2023.
As part of the plan, all 12 state community colleges, including Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) in Winsted, will be consolidated into one college.
In 2017 CSCU developed a plan to consolidate the colleges by 2021.

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Pearson students sing their hearts out

WINSTED — There was happy singing and dancing as the Pearson Middle School Show Choir took to the stage on Thursday, Dec. 13, for its final performance of 2018.
The fifth- and sixth-grade students exhibited  boundless energy as they performed a selection of songs from movie musicals including “Ease on Down The Road” from “The Wiz” and “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman.”

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Jewel of a store in Winsted

WINSTED — F&G Richards Jewelers has been located at 572 Main St. in Winsted since 1955 and is one of the town’s longest running businesses.
The store is owned by Fred Richards and his daughter, Korle Valickis, and they’re on the premises to offer tips and suggestions on selecting the right watch, bracelet, ring or other holiday item.
Richards said that, when it comes to buying jewelry for presents, the gift buyer should find out if their giftee prefers gold or silver.

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