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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.

Also performing that night were Juan DeGuzman, Eric Paradine, Julian Sherwood and the band Dark...

Winsted

Optimism about Winsted’s second century

WINSTED — A time capsule was buried at the Winchester Historical Society in a ceremony held on Saturday, Oct. 14, that was attended by more than 100 people.
The time capsule, which will not be opened until Oct. 14, 2067, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the city of Winsted.
While the borough of Winchester was incorporated in 1858, the city of Winsted was incorporated in 1917.
Winchester Historical Society President Milly Hudak said that a committee of residents decided to bury the time capsule.

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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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