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WINSTED — Representatives from Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) presented plans for a new medical center on South Main Street in Winsted to that town’s Board of Selectmen on Monday, Nov. 5.

According to representatives at the meeting, once completed the medical center would consolidate the various services Charlotte Hungerford offers in town into one building.

Currently, the hospital offers emergency department and LifeStar medical helicopter services, along with cardiac rehabilitation, X-ray and other services out of the Winsted Health Center building on...

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Remembering the lessons of past horrors

WINSTED — During the final stages of World War II, in August 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. More than 200,000 people died as a result of the bombings. 
Seventy-three years after the bombings, the Winsted Area Peace Action Group, in conjunction with Camp Kinderland in Tolland, Mass., held a peace vigil at East End Park on Monday, Aug. 6. 

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Hoping to make Winsted a destination again

WINSTED — If you previously conducted business with The Winsted Journal newspaper, which was in operation in Winsted on Main Street for more than 20 years before it was rolled into The Lakeville Journal in August 2017, you will notice a familiar face at the office of the Friends of Main Street (which is right next door to the former Winsted Journal office.)
Lauren DiMauro, who served as the business manager and editorial assistant for the newspaper for 12 years, has been named the Friends of Main Street’s new executive director.

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Dogs train to be friends, lifesavers

WINSTED — For husband and wife Dale and Lu Picard, dogs are more than just pets; they also have the potential to help people and save lives.
The two founded the nonprofit Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) back in 1995.
The mission of the organization is to train dogs to help both young and old with disabilities, including children with autism and veterans with traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder.

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After long struggle, Winsted back in black

WINSTED — While there have been years where the town has faced budget troubles, in fiscal 2017-18 it did well with its finances according to Winsted Finance Director Bruce Stratford.
Stratford told the Board of Selectmen at its Monday, July 16, meeting that the town finished the last fiscal year on June 30 with a surplus of $377,000. 
He said that the state paid more in municipal aid than the town originally anticipated, which allowed for the extra funds.

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Teaching young readers of the horrors of the Holocaust

WINSTED — A tale about a teenager rebuilding her life after being held in a concentration camp may seem like an unusual topic for a Young Adult novel.
Author Vesper Stamper said she wrote her book, “What the Night Sings,” which was published in February by Knopf Books for Young Readers, as a way to educate readers about the Holocaust and its effects on people’s lives.
Stamper, a resident of Jersey City, N.J., spoke about her book at the Beardsley and Memorial Library on Saturday, July 21.

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Live music enlivens the hot summer nights of Winsted

WINSTED — Sweet music was in the air as the Farmington Valley Band kicked off the Friends of Main Street’s summer concert series at East End Park on Thursday, July 12.
This is the ninth season of the free concert series, which over the years has included a diversity of musical styles, including rock, jazz, folk, Irish music, funk and big band.
The Farmington Valley Band, made up of 35 musicians, has been part of the concert series since it first started in 2009.

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If voted by town, Hinsdale School could reopen

WINSTED — The Winsted Board of Selectmen decided at its meeting on Monday, July 2, to form a school building committee that will begin the solid planning toward a referendum vote in November on the renovation and reopening of the Hinsdale Elementary School.

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Fire remains under investigation

WINSTED — Firefighters from several departments in the Northwest Corner were called to the scene of a structure fire on Saturday, June 30.
According to Winsted Fire Department Chief David Sartirana, the fire damaged a home located at 147 Torringford St.
The fire started around 7 p.m. in the second story of the house.

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First girl joins Cub Scout Pack 1027

WINSTED — While she may be too young to realize it, 5-year-old Juliette Ricci made local history when she became the first girl to join Cub Scout Pack 1027 at the beginning of June.
Back in October, the national Boy Scouts of America organization announced that it would allow girls into its Cub Scout program this year.
The organization also announced that older girls would be able to enroll as Boy Scouts in 2019.
The change reverses 108 years of organization policy that did not allow females into either program.

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Winsted Farmers Market in new location

WINSTED — After seven seasons of holding the market on Friday afternoons at East End Park, this year the Winsted Farmers Market will be held at Rowley Field on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., until Sept. 23.
Market Master Phillip Allen said there are nine vendors this year, including Bristol’s Farm, Nakoma Farm, Husky Meadow Farm, Better Baking by Beth and Boy Scout Troop 1027.
There will also be guest vendors including Gemini Moon Designs, Rolling Rock Salt and artist Karen Rossi.

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