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WINSTED —  More than 70 Winsted residents attended a discussion with state Rep. Jay Case (R-63) and state Sen. Craig Miner (R-30) at the Winsted Senior Center on Thursday, Dec. 7. 

Both Case and Miner spoke about the recently passed state budget for fiscal 2017-18, its impact on the town and issues pertaining to senior citizens. 

Case started off by talking about the Department of Social Services delaying the proposed eligibility reductions to the Medicare savings program until March 1. Originally the changes were to take effect on Jan. 1. 

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State will not cut Winsted ECS funds

WINSTED —  While other surrounding towns are scheduled to lose Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funds from the state, Winsted is currently safe from any cuts, according to Town Manager Robert Geiger and Superintendent of the Winchester School District Melony Brady-Shanley.
At the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Aug. 21, Geiger read into a record a letter authored by both himself and Brady-Shanley.

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P&Z considers new development

WINSTED —  The Planning and Zoning Commission is considering an application to build an office building on Torrington Road.
The application was submitted by Cannavo Development LLC on June 12.
According to the application, the company wants to build a 4,750-square-foot building for offices.
The property is adjacent to the Crystal Peak Banquet Facility at 164 Torrington Road.
The project is expected to take three to four months to complete and will take place on the eastern side of the property.

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P&Z holds ‘informal’ conversation

WINSTED — The Planning and Zoning Commission held a conversation with property owner Tom Iffland at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 14.
While the conversation was held at a public meeting with all members of the commission in attendance, it was listed as an “Informal Discussion” on the meeting’s agenda.
“This is informal,” Commission Chairman Craig Sanden said before Iffland spoke to the commission.
Iffland, and his company Iffland Industries, is the owner of 41 Meadow St., the former location of Son Chief Industries.

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WFD’s carnival fun for families

WINSTED —  The Winsted Fire Department held its 155th annual carnival Aug. 16 to 19 at the fairgrounds on Rowley Street with rides including a children’s roller coaster and ferris wheel.
There was a beer garden for adults and music provided by various DJs throughout the event.
Friday, Aug. 18, was a total washout for the carnival as rain fell all afternoon and night.
However, it was sunny and dry Saturday, Aug. 19, as the carnival held its last day, which featured its traditional parade down Main Street.

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Trump’s statement: too little, too late

An essential duty of a president is to use their amplified voice to make peace and create positive change. Powerful rhetoric in presidential statements has the strength to prevent riots and uprisings, and keep citizens safe. It is the president who voices the values, wants, needs and fears of the country. 

Elks, Salvation Army team up

The Winsted Elks Lodge and the Salvation Army of Winsted gave away backpacks to students in need on Monday, Aug. 14. The Elks provided 100 backpacks with school supplies, and the Salvation Army provided an additional 50 backpacks. Pictured are Winsted Elks Lodge member Karen Papp, Waterbury Elks Lodge member Emma Williams, Winsted Elks Club member Vincent Ferrante and Salvation Army Regional Coordinator Pamela Carignan.

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Exhibit celebrates architecture and landscape

WINSTED — On Saturday, Aug. 12, the Winsted Community Bookstore hosted a reception and meet-and-greet to commemorate the opening of a new exhibit celebrating the history, architecture and landscape of the Northwest Corner.
The exhibit is called “Three Ladies and Two Gents,” and features the works of Lara Green-Kazlauskas, Rachel Welcome, Holly Cassaday, Dylan Amery and Eli Pasternack.

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Aton Forest: unique habitat

Many may not be aware that tucked in-between Norfolk and Colebrook against the Massachusetts line is an ecological research station called Aton Forest Inc.
The forest itself preserves over 2,300 acres of habitat unique to the state. With an elevation of 1,250 to 1,655 feet, and part of the Berkshire Plateau, the forest’s flora and fauna has a northern character. Wildlife include moose and loons, despite the fact that Connecticut is very far south for them to breed. 

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Library group looking for space to store books

WINSTED —  The Friends of the Beardsley and Memorial Library is looking for space to store books.
The group is a nonprofit organization that provides supplemental funding to the library in order for it to provide programs and activities. 
Friends member Paul Hart said that the organization stores books donated by residents in the library for various benefit book sales throughout the year.

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Resident arrested for alleged sexual assault

WINSTED —  Resident Aaron Bugbee, 24, was arrested by the Winchester Police Department on Thursday, Aug 10.
According to a press release by Chief William Fitzgerald, Bugbee was arrested by the department on charges including criminal attempt to commit sexual assault in the first degree, sexual assault in the third degree, assault in the second degree on persons over 60 years in age and breach of peace.
The charges stem from an incident on Monday, Aug. 7, at the Community Book Store at 414 Main St.

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