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WINSTED — Christian Allyn of North Canaan sought advice on how to keep up with his business, Invasive Plant Solutions, which is, literally and figuratively, growing out of control. Marianne Burns of Burlington, who is launching a personal concierge service dedicated to helping seniors, needed input on scalability, competition and potential roadblocks. Catherine Tatge, award-winning PBS filmmaker, asked for direction on how to enlist the support of businesses for her Democracy 2020 Youth Media Challenge.

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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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Inspiration from Mad River Literary Fest

WINSTED — Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) held its 22nd annual Mad River Literary Festival on Tuesday, April 10, and Wednesday, April 11.
The event coincided with the publication of the college’s annual Mad River Anthology, a collection of student literary work and photography.
During the first day of the festival, several of the students whose work was published in the anthology read their work.
They were joined by members of the college’s staff, who read their own work.

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A mother’s sacrifice, a daughter’s pain

WINSTED — Johanna Idrovo-Sarmiento spoke to her fellow students about the horrors of her childhood in Ecuador, at Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s (NCCC) Human Rights Consortium on Monday, April 16.
Last March, Idrovo-Sarmiento attended the annual Consortium for Human Rights in Oxford, England. She found inspiration there, she said, to help others who have grown up in countries that are wracked with poverty and violence.

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Living better lives by studying the past

WINSTED — “Conflict and Compromise” was the theme for students in grades seven and eight at Northwestern Regional Middle School, who made  presentations on Tuesday, April 10, as part of Connecticut History Day.
The students could choose to present a video documentary, a website, an exhibit or a performance.
One group of students put together a documentary on the life of Sally Ride, the first female American astronaut in space.

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Fantasy fans converge at NCCC

WINSTED — Superheroes, villains and aliens of all shapes and sizes met up at Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s (NCCC) first ever Comm-Con, which was held on Thursday, April 19.
The event was a comic book, science fiction and cosplay convention that included vendors and displays at the Greenwoods Gym.

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Down memory lane with Laurel Fest queens

WINSTED — This year’s Winsted Laurel Festival is scheduled for June 10. In addition to the other festivities, past queens are being invited back to take part in the parade and have a seat of honor on the bandstand when the 2018 queen is crowned.
The Laurel Festival was started in 1934 and named for the state flower, the mountain laurel, which grows in abundance around Winsted. The first Laurel Queen was crowned that year, in what was, in those days, a beauty pageant; the competition has since become a scholarship competition.

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Former Lambert Kay building finally sold

WINSTED — After 16 years, the town of Winsted has finally sold the former Lambert Kay property on Lake Street.
Built for the American Hoe Co. in 1852, it was purchased by the town in 2002 after then-owners Lambert Kay Company went out of business.
On Friday, April 6, after many years, the town’s struggles to sell the property finally came to an end as representatives from Parker Benjamin Real Estate Services signed the paperwork at Town Hall to buy the property.

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Griebel is independent gubernatorial candidate

WINSTED —  The Winsted Community Bookstore on Main Street continued its series of talks by candidates for governor with a visit by independent candidate Oz Griebel on Saturday, April 7.
Griebel, a Hartford native, has never held an elected office. He ran as a Republican primary candidate in the 2010 election.
He was the CEO of BankBoston Connecticut from 1993 to 1999. From 2001 until last July, he was president and CEO of MetroHartford Alliance.

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