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WINSTED — A large audience filled the theater at The American Museum of Tort Law here on Saturday, June 22, for a program called “Samya Stumo, the Ethiopian Air Crash and the Boeing 737 Max” with Ralph Nader, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Nadia Milleron and Michael Stumo of Sheffield, whose daughter Samya Stumo (who is also Nader’s grandniece), died on March 10, 2019 in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302. Their messages were hard-hitting and fell into two categories: the lives of Samya, her fellow passengers and their families, and the alleged culpability of...

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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Mayor Candy Perez attended the meeting, and suggested that Section 303: Enactment of Ordinances is out of date.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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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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