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WINSTED — This weekend the Northwestern Regional District High School theater department will present “Les Misérables” in the school’s Les Ober Theater. Forty-two cast members, including students and alumni in the orchestra pit, have been working together since February to mount one of the largest productions seen at the school in years.

Director Guy Hayes has been working in the school’s theater department for 12 years now. 

“We did this play nine years ago and it seemed like a good opportunity to take a large number of...

Winsted

Town holds Earth Day cleanup

WINSTED —  More than 100 residents volunteered to help clean up areas of town on Saturday, April 22, for Earth Day.
Volunteers gathered at the American Museum of Tort Law for tools and trash bags.
Community groups involved in the clean up included students from The Gilbert School, Boy Scout Troop 1027 and representatives from energy company Viridian.
The event was co-organized by local organizations Winsted Trails and Friends of Main Street.

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Annual spring fair at church

WINSTED —  The Winsted United Methodist Church, located on 630 Main St., held its annual spring fair on Saturday, April 8. 
At the fair, vendors and church members sold a variety of handmade items and baked goods, including pies and cookies.
Volunteers also cooked up pulled pork sandwiches for fair attendees.
According to Church Pastor Rev. Florence Eddins, the church hosts Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as well as a thrift shop and a food pantry. Sunday morning services are at 10 a.m.

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State Native American history topic of discussion at NCCC

WINSTED — Dr. Lucianne Lavin, director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, gave a talk at Northwestern Connecticut Community College about Connecticut’s indigenous peoples on Tuesday, April 11. 
She has written a book on the subject, “Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples,” which was published by Yale University Press in 2013.

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Thrills and chills at Beardsley and Memorial Library’s magic show

WINSTED — The Beardsley and Memorial Library welcomed professional magician and balloon sculptor Ed Popielarczyk for his spring vacation magic show, “Magical Moments,” on Saturday, April 15. With audience participation, Popielarczyk performed unique tricks and stunts as a large audience of children laughed and yelled.
Popielarczyk said he has been a professional entertainer for more than 30 years. He currently teaches magic and balloon sculpting workshops all over New England. 

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Children on the hunt for Easter eggs

WINSTED —  Hundreds of children, along with their parents, participated in the Recreation Department’s annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 15.
The event was held at the Rowley Street playground and included a bounce house for children to play in, along with games and activities and an Easter egg decoration contest.
As for the Easter egg hunt itself, hundreds of plastic Easter eggs containing candies were strewn all over the field next to the playground for children to collect.

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Group wants to create Winsted co-op

WINSTED —  A discussion of a possible co-op store for the town was held at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, April 15.
More than 100 residents attended the discussion, which was led by Community Lawyer Charlene LaVoie and Economic Development Commission Chairman Phillip Allen. 
Both are leading the efforts to open a co-op store in town.
Both LaVoie and Allen, along with other members of the community, have preliminarily started The Mad River Market.

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Selectmen approve budget, sent to town meeting

WINSTED — On Monday, April 17, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a proposed budget for fiscal 2017–2018.
The budget, as proposed in March by Town Manager Robert Geiger, totals $33,438,506.
Geiger’s budget is an increase of $337,332 from the town’s 2016–2017 budget of $33,101,174.
If passed, Geiger said that the mill rate will remain the same as last year, at 33.7.

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Voices and verses at Mad River Literary Festival

WINSTED —  The 21st annual Mad River Literary Festival was held at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) on Tuesday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 12.
The first night of the festival was an open reading by NCCC students, faculty and community members.
The second night included readings by published authors Antoinette Brim and Jose Gonzalez. 
For the first night, public speaking students Juan Del Valle and Chloe Lewis hosted the readings and introduced each of the 12 readers.  

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Food for Fuel luncheon at church

WINSTED —  On Palm Sunday, April 9, St. Joseph Church hosted its annual Food for Fuel lunch benefit.
Guests were invited to dine in at the Father Dennis Reception Hall or take a meal home. 
The menu consisted of either chicken cordon bleu or baked stuffed sole followed by a variety of desserts.

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Lions Club’s Palm Sunday breakfast brings residents together

WINSTED —  The Winsted Lions Club held their annual Palm Sunday Breakfast at Pearson Middle School on Sunday, April 9.
Hundreds of residents attended the event, which was a benefit for the local branch of the organization.
Residents were served pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage.
Lions Club member Tina Webb said the club has been holding the event for the past 25 years.

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