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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...

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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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Two Farms Market is fresh

WINSTED — Two Farms Market has opened in Winsted on Main Street, in a building that was most recently a barber shop.
The store is co-owned and operated by the owners of Barden Farm and MarWin Farm, both of which are in New Hartford.
Anita Barden said her farm was started by her family in 1927. MarWin Farm was started in 2006 by the Dahill family.

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Winsted budget moves to May 14 town meeting

WINSTED — The Winsted Board of Selectmen approved the proposed municipal budget for fiscal 2018-19 on Monday, April 16.
The proposed budget is $33,644,724, which is a $206,218 increase from the current year’s budget of $33,438,506.
If the budget is approved by voters at a town meeting on Monday, May 14, the mill rate is expected to remain unchanged at 33.54 — but the vehicle mill rate will go up to 33.54, an increase from the current mill rate of 32.

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Building in legal battle is up for sale

WINSTED — Former Selectman Michael Renzullo has put the old Capitol Products building at 35 Willow St. up for sale.
The three-story building was built in 1946 and is approximately 27,894 square feet.
It has been vacant for some time since the Capitol Products company, which made electric ranges and toasters, went out of business.
In 2010 Renzullo formed the nonprofit organization Laurel City Revamp for the purpose of rehabilitating distressed and underused properties.

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Town may post legal info only online

WINSTED — The Board of Selectmen in Winsted is looking to change the way it presents legal information to town residents. Traditionally, the legals have been published, for a fee, in local newspapers. The town is looking at publishing all legals online in the future.
The change came up as part of a larger discussion by the board at a meeting on Monday, April 16, about making changes to the town charter.
Mayor Candy Perez attended the meeting, and suggested that Section 303: Enactment of Ordinances is out of date.

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New day dawns for crumbling former factory

WINSTED — There were times at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Winsted Edge Works on Tuesday, April 24, when it looked like a graduation or commencement ceremony.
More than 100 Winsted residents and town officials attended the event, which included the national anthem performed by Gilbert School student Emily Marvin. 
There was a benediction of the building, the town and the businesses that are expected to open in the building.

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The legacy of M.L. King, 50 years later

WINSTED —  On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) offered a program that tied together the history of the civil rights movement and social justice struggles in America today.  
King was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968.

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Art comes to life in Winsted’s old mills

WINSTED — Following the example of other cities across the country, Winsted is in the process of converting some of its older industrial spaces into artist studios and loft-like residences. 
Whiting Mills on Whiting Street has been a particularly successful conversion. It was the home of Winsted Hosiery from the late 1800s until the company went out of business in the 1960s.

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