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WINSTED — It’s going to be at least another two years before shoppers can buy groceries in downtown Winsted again.

The opening of The Mad River Market Co-op has been delayed until at least 2020, according to Co-op Secretary and Economic Development Commission Chairman Phillip Allen.

The co-op was formed in April 2017 with the closing of the Winsted Super Saver IGA grocery store, which was located at 372 Main St. for more than 30 years. The Super Saver was the only grocery store in downtown Winsted.

In late 2017, it was announced that the co-op would open...

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Billion $ regional improvements halted

WINSTED  — On Wednesday, Jan. 10, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) and State Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker announced the postponement of $4.3 billion of transportation projects across the state.
According to a press release issued by the governor’s office, the projects have been postponed until new revenue is appropriated for the state’s Special Transportation Fund.

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‘The promise of America is still there’

WINSTED —  Author and West Hartford resident Okey Ndibe gave a talk about his book “Never Look an American in the Eye” at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, Jan. 13.
Ndibe’s book, which was published last year, is a memoir of his experiences growing up in Nigeria and immigrating to America.
During his talk, Ndibe spoke about his experiences in America, including how he was mistaken for a bank robber by police a few days after he came to the United States.

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A tale of two schools, and which should remain open

WINSTED — A comprehensive report on the Hinsdale Elementary School building and the Batcheller Early Education building will be issued in January or February, according to Winsted Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley.
Brady-Shanley discussed the report at the Board of Education’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
At a board meeting in September Brady-Shanley discussed the possibility of re-opening the Hinsdale building and closing Batcheller.

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Case and Miner discuss state budget, senior issues

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. 

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Message about war, freedom

WINSTED — Although Veterans Day, officially, was on Saturday, Nov. 11, there were several events honoring military veterans in Winsted during the week.  
On Friday, Nov. 10, veterans  were honored at assemblies at Batcheller Early Education Center, Pearson Middle School, Northwestern Regional School District and The Gilbert School.
On Nov. 11, a ceremony was held at Forest View Cemetery, where veterans from the Civil War to modern times are buried.

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Winsted’s Gilson is for sale

WINSTED — The Gilson Cinema and Cafe on Main Street in Winsted has been put up for sale by its owner, Alan Nero.
The theater is now home to two digital projectors and shows first-run movies.
The property’s real estate listing is at www.loopnet.com/Listing/354-362-Main-St-Winsted-CT/9746422/ and has been listed by Matthews Commercial Properties of Middlebury, Conn.
According to the listing, the property is on the market for $950,000.

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Winsted motocross racer is at the top of the world

WINSTED — Josh Toth is feeling pretty good about himself these days. And why shouldn’t he.
After all, he’s just 20 years old, making a living doing what he loves, and the sky is the limit for him professionally.

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Winsted forms drug task force to fight opioid abuse

WINSTED — The city of Winsted is forming its own task force to help fight opioid use and to help residents to get treatment. The initiative was the idea of Selectman Todd Arcelaschi.
Arcelaschi said that the task force will include himself, Town of Winchester Police Chief William Fitzgerald (Winsted is a city in the town of Winchester), licensed clinical social worker Hope Payson, Connecticut Office of Rural Health Manager Mary Winar, and Leslie Polito, who is a registered nurse with the Torrington Area Health District.

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Dart league starts new season

WINSTED —  The Northwest Connecticut Dart League opened its registrations for their 2017-18 season on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
Organized by Michael “Woody” Woodworth in his 10th year, the league is inviting casual and experienced players, individuals and teams to jump into the action, with a chance to win cash prizes. 

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No more words

This is the final issue of The Winsted Journal.

After 21 years of publication, the contents of The Winsted Journal, along with articles and news pertaining to our coverage area, will be folded into The Lakeville Journal.

Over the past 21 years, through thick and thin, The Winsted Journal has covered the good, bad and everything in-between.