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WINSTED — Water was what drew settlers to Winchester, according to Winchester Historical Society President Milly Hudak, who gave a talk about the town’s history at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Hudak has worked for the Historical Society for 20 years and has been its president for 15.

The very first resident in town was Caleb Beach, who settled in Winchester Center in 1750.

“He came out and he thought he was building his house in Goshen,” Hudak said, when in fact, “he was building it in Winchester.”

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NCCC welcomes back students

WINSTED —  Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) held its annual Welcome Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at East End Park.
This year’s fall semester started on Aug. 29.

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A fall fest like no other in Winsted

WINSTED — The weather was warm, dry and perfect for the town’s 20th annual Fall Foliage Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Hundreds of people attended the event, which was held on a section of Main Street that had been closed for the day.
More than 50 vendors were there, including community organizations, businesses, religious groups and representatives from both the Democratic and Republican parties.
Mayor Candy Perez was at the Winsted Democratic Town Committee booth.

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Millions needed to fix Winsted sidewalks

WINSTED — A recently released study shows that the majority of Winsted’s sidewalks are in need of replacement.
The study was written by Town Planner Steven Sadlowski, who surveyed and inspected the town’s sidewalks, all 19.3 miles, over the course of 2016 and this year.

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Harvest Moon Festival celebrates China: Harvest Moon Festival at Gilbert

WINSTED — Chinese culture and folklore were celebrated as The Gilbert School held its fourth annual Harvest Moon Festival on Thursday, Sept. 28.
The festival was also a celebration of the school’s international program, which was announced in 2012 and is funded by the William L. Gilbert Trust Corporation.
When the program started in the 2013-2014 school year, 22 Chinese students enrolled. 
According to Gilbert Assistant Director of Student Life Michelle Cundiff, for the 2017-2018 school year 77 Chinese students are enrolled.

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Beautiful town, really nice people

The eighth annual Winchester Center Day was held on Saturday, Sept. 30, with activities on the Green and at the Winchester Grange, the Winchester Center Historical Association’s museum and the Winchester Center Congregational Church.
On the Green, the Winchester Fire Department displayed some of its fire trucks and explained what turnout gear is and how firemen’s foam works.
There was also an antique car show and a performance of acoustic music at the gazebo.

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Winsted weighs closing a school

WINSTED —During her discussion with the Board of Selectmen on Monday, Sept. 18, at Town Hall, Winchester Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley briefly discussed the possibility of reopening the Hinsdale Elementary School building and closing the Batcheller Elementary School.
The school district owns three buildings: Batcheller, Hinsdale and Pearson Middle School.

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Town officials fear that new charter school could hurt existing schools

WINSTED — Three town officials have sent a letter to the state’s Department of Education strongly opposing plans for a second charter school in Winsted.
In early August at a Board of Selectmen’s meeting, Teresa Sullivan, executive director for the Connecticut Academy for the Arts (CAFTA), announced plans to open a charter school in Winsted in 2018.
Sullivan said that the school would not be a branch of CAFTA, but a separate entity called Winchester Academy. 

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NCCC opens science and vet tech center

WINSTED — Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) in Winsted celebrated the opening of the new Joyner Health Science Center on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Hundreds of people, including town and state officials, attended.
The building has been open since the beginning of the fall semester on Aug. 29.
Planning began in 2008 when NCCC received a $4 million donation to create the science center. The state authorized $24.7 million for the project in 2015.

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Author’s theory on Malaysia crash, and other aviation tragedies

WINSTED — Christine Negroni, author of the book “The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World’s Most Mysterious Air Disasters,” gave a talk at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, Sept. 9.
In the book, Negroni writes in depth about well-known aircraft crashes throughout aviation history, offering analysis on how the crashes took place.
The main focus of her talk was the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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Understanding laws, protecting our freedoms, at museum talk

WINSTED — On Sept. 17, 1787, delegates of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed and formally ratified the United States Constitution.
Last weekend, 230 years later, the American Museum of Tort Law in Winsted celebrated Constitution Day with a discussion featuring former television host Phil Donahue and Yale Law School Professor Akhil Reed Amar.
The discussion was held on Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Winsted United Methodist Church, which is next door to the museum.

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