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WINSTED — Winsted is contending with a large number of lamp outages on Main Street.

At the regular Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Oct. 2, Selectman Candace Bouchard said there are 16 street lamps out in the downtown area.

At previous board meetings, Town Manager Robert Geiger had reported on a growing number of street lamp outages.

Geiger, who was not at the Oct. 2 meeting, previously said that Eversource would address the outages.

However, at the Oct. 2 meeting, Bouchard said that Eversource has not fixed any of the lamps, leaving sections...

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Gilbert enrolls fewer foreign students

WINSTED — Due to a lower-than-estimated enrollment in The Gilbert School’s international program, the school and the W.L. Gilbert Trust have lost a combined total of $1.25 million for the coming school year (2018-19), according to School Superintendent Anthony Serio.
The semi-private school handles the Winchester School district’s seventh- through 12th-grade students.
School operations are run by the William L. Gilbert Trust Corporation, which was formed in 1895 to manage the endowment left by William L. Gilbert to build The Gilbert School.

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Fall festivals: It’s all about the people

WINSTED —  Saturday, Sept. 29, was a very busy day in Winsted and Winchester Center, with two annual fall festivals on the same day: Winchester Center Day and, just down the road, the Winsted Friends of Main Street’s 21st annual Fall Foliage Festival.

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Torrington man accused of numerous burglaries

WiNSTED — A Torrington resident was arrested twice by the Winchester Police Department and charged with two separate burglaries that occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 23.
According to press releases issued by Department Chief William Fitzgerald, at 8:40 a.m. on Sept. 19 officers were dispatched to 272 Walnut St. for a report of a burglary in progress.
Fitzgerald wrote that the property owner found the suspect in her house and yelled at him to, “Get out now.”

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Mars Rover touches down in Winsted

WINSTED — It may be 33.9 million miles from Mars to Earth, but Winsted native Michael Kelley brought the planet (and some stars) down to Earth for students at St. Anthony School on Friday, Sept. 21.
Kelley has worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for more than a decade. He is currently NASA’s lead program scientist for the Near-Earth Object Observation Program at the Planetary Defense Coordination Office in Washington, D.C.

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Winsted Fire Department event promotes public safety

A dozen organizations turned out for a day of demonstrations about how to avoid and prepare for disasters, on Sunday, Sept. 16, at Tiffany-Gaylord Playground. The event was hosted by the Winsted Fire Department and also had an emphasis on the need for volunteers for public emergency services groups. 
The fire company volunteers brought out their fire engines for members of the public to look at (there was even a mini truck to entice youngsters to learn more about fire safety).

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Steam Vent begins 10th season

WINSTED — More than 200 musicians from the Northwest Corner and beyond have performed at the First Church of Winsted’s Steam Vent Coffee House concert series, which raises funds for the church and other charities, including the Open Door Soup Kitchen and the YMCA’s homeless shelter.
The series began its 10th season on Saturday, Sept. 8, with a show that featured performers of all ages — including show openers Ethan Newman, 9, and Riley Storrs, 12.

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Steam Vent begins 10th season

WINSTED — More than 200 musicians from the Northwest Corner and beyond have performed at the First Church of Winsted’s Steam Vent Coffee House concert series, which raises funds for the church and other charities, including the Open Door Soup Kitchen and the YMCA’s homeless shelter.
The series began its 10th season on Saturday, Sept. 8, with a show that featured performers of all ages — including show openers Ethan Newman, 9, and Riley Storrs, 12.

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Vietnamese cuisine comes to Winsted

WINSTED — Adding to the diversity of restaurants in town is Mama Pho Vietnamese restaurant, which has opened at 108 Main St.
The restaurant is owned by Toan Hang, who was born and raised in Vietnam and moved to Connecticut with his mother, father and sister in 2011.
Hang owned and operated a restaurant in Vietnam.
After he moved to Connecticut, he opened the Pho Ethan restaurant in 2015 in Wallingford with his sister, who still operates Pho Ethan with many of the same dishes Mama Pho offers.

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Ice cream brings us together

WINSTED — Winsted native Terry Winn says that ice cream is a food that crosses generational boundaries.
“It’s part of the culture for everyone in a family,” Winn said. “For young and old, ice cream always puts a smile on your face. It also puts a smile on anyone’s face even if they’ve had a horrible day. When I was a kid my mom and dad would take our family out on Sundays just for ice cream. When my children were little, my wife and I did the same for them.”

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Uniting a community through dining

WINSTED — For more than 20 years, the Winsted United Methodist Church has brought residents together with its monthly community dinners.
The dinners have been going on for so long that the idea’s origins are murky.
“I don’t even know who came up with the idea,” longtime church member JoElin Williams said. All she knows, she said, is that she’s been cooking for more than two decades and that the meals are prepared with love and dedication.

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