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WINSTED — It was a grand time for all at Winsted’s 84th annual Laurel Festival, which began on Friday, June 8, and ended on Sunday, June 10, with the crowning of this year’s king and queen.

On June 8 the traditional Laurel Ball, when the contestants for king and queen were announced, was held at East End Park for the first time ever. 

The following day, there was a community festival in the park.

The grand finale to the three-day festival was on Sunday, beginning with the Laurel Parade and the crowning of the king, queen and runners up.

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Winsted

Fallen soldiers honored at ceremonies

Soldiers who died during their military service to their country were remembered at several Memorial Day ceremonies in Winsted on Monday, May 28. 
The day began with a commemoration at Soldiers’ Monument on Crown Street.
The 44-foot-tall structure, which is the second highest monument in the state, was dedicated in 1890 as a tribute to more than 300 Winsted-area soldiers who served in the Civil War.

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World War II remembered at Winsted monument

WINSTED — The 44-foot-tall Soldiers’ Monument in Winsted will be celebrated in a ceremony on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
The monument, which is on Crown Street, was used as an Air Observer Corps observation post during World War II.
Dedicated in 1890 and built as a tribute to the more than 300 Winsted-area soldiers who served in the Civil War, it is the second highest monument in the state.

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Winsted’s budget is set for vote on June 2

WINSTED — Winsted taxpayers will vote on the proposed 2018-19 spending plans in a referendum on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Pearson Middle School.
The referendum was scheduled by residents who attended the annual budget town meeting, which was held at The Gilbert School on Monday, May 14.
The meeting was relatively quick and lasted only 22 minutes with more than 70 residents attending.

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Despite concerns, town rehires financial audit firm

WINSTED — Despite reservations, the Board of Selectmen in Winsted unanimously voted at its meeting on Monday, May 7, to rehire King, King & King Associates of Winsted as town auditors.
The company has served as the auditors for the town for the past six years.
The previous contract with the company was for three years,  according to Finance Director Bruce Stratford. The new contract is for one year.

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Winsted gets worst of storm

WINSTED —  A series of four tornadoes plowed through the state along with violent thunder and hail storms on Tuesday, May 15.
According to the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., an EF-1 tornado hit Winsted at 3:44 p.m. 
The EF (Enhanced Fujita) scale is used in meteorology to rate the intensity of tornadoes and the damage that they cause.

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New kiosk system comes to Winsted’s McD’s

WINSTED — The McDonald’s restaurant on South Main Street has installed four of the company’s new electronic kiosks.
The kiosks allow customers to order and pay for their meal on a touchscreen computer (and skip the line at the counter). A restaurant employee brings the food to the table when it’s ready.
A spokesperson for McDonald’s said the kiosks have been introduced at more than 150 of the company’s restaurants across New England. 

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Four arrested in cupcake case

WINSTED — Four former Gilbert School students were arrested and charged by the Winchester Police Department for their involvement with distributing tainted cupcakes last year at the high school.
The incident took place on June 7, 2017, a few days before the school’s commencement ceremony.

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For American Mural Project, grants give room to grow

WINSTED — Winsted’s notable old industrial buildings continue to grow into interesting new iterations. One of the most interesting is the American Mural Project (AMP) on Whiting Street, a massive art-and-education undertaking spearheaded by Sharon resident Ellen Griesedieck. 
Griesedieck purchased the former Winsted Hosiery Factory in 2006 and has been hard at work for the past dozen years not only creating the centerpiece mural but also raising funds, raising awareness and raising the roof of the building. 

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College merger plan not over yet

WINSTED — A plan to consolidate all 12 state community colleges governed by the Board of Regents seems to have been shot down by the New England Association of and Colleges Inc. (NEASC).
NEASC, which is located in Burlington, Mass., provides accreditation to the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), including Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) in Winsted.
Last year, CSCU developed a plan that would have consolidated the college system by 2021 and was expected to cut spending by at least $28 million.

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Mix of art, industry at Whiting Mills

WINSTED — Hundreds of visitors walked the halls of the rambling Whiting Mills in Winsted this past weekend, enjoying the Spring Open Studios conducted by this unique community of artists, craftspeople, businesses and specialty shops. The open house was held Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29.
Whiting Mills, which has been transformed from a factory into a thriving center for the arts and much more, holds two major open studios each year, one in spring and one in early December. There is also an open studio every third Sunday of the month.

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