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WINSTED —  Sweet sounds filled the air at East End Park on Friday, Aug. 10 at the first-ever LaurelLive Benefit Concert.

The concert benefited three organizations that work extensively with the homeless population in the area: The Salvation Army and Open Door Soup Kitchen in Winsted and Friends in Service to Humanity (FISH) in Torrington.

Local bands and musicians from all throughout the Northwest Corner played at the seven hour event, including Axe Factory, The Matchstick Architects, Blue Yonder, Eric Paradine and Jim Moore.

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AMP celebrates construction progress

WINSTED — The American Mural Project (AMP) held a party celebrating the project’s progress on Friday, May 5.
The party was originally scheduled to be held at AMP’s site but was moved to the Whiting Mills Studios building due to the weather. 
Most of the project’s key players were in attendance including founder Ellen Griesedieck, Mayor Candy Perez, sponsors and AMP board members. 

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Pet Parade this Saturday

WINSTED —  The 81st annual Pet Parade, a town tradition that has spanned decades, will be held on Saturday, May 20.
The event will start, rain or shine, at 2 p.m. on Main Street.
This year’s parade will include 12 divisions: wagons, famous people, animated characters, rollerblades and skateboards, horses and ponies, and floats.
In the past, pets have included dogs, cats, birds, turtles, cows, pigs, sheep, rabbits, chickens and frogs. 

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NWR7 FFA plant sale benefits program

WINSTED — Northwestern Regional High School’s FFA group held its annual Mother’s Day plant sale on Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14. 
The sale benefited the FFA program and activities at the school, which started in 1984 and has grown over the years.
According to Eric Wildes, who has been an FFA adviser for 12 years, there are currently 90 students enrolled in the program.

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Mad River Co-Op starts selling shares

WINSTED —  Members of the Mad River Market Co-Op, along with members of  the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, held a shareholder recruitment event at the Winsted Farmers Market and the Health Food Corner store on Saturday, May 13.
With the drive, the market officially started to sell shares to the general public.
The co-op recently formed in light of the announced closing of the Super Saver IGA store at 372 Main St.

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Gov. Malloy proposing to cut state aid to town

WINSTED —  Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) is proposing to cut fiscal aid to the town for fiscal 2017–2018  by $500,000, according to Finance Director Bruce Stratford.
In his report to the Board of Selectmen during its meeting on Monday, May 15, Stratford spoke about Malloy’s proposed cut.
On May 15, Malloy issued revised budget estimates for fiscal 2017–2018, including revised estimates of state aid to municipalities.

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Hunny Bunns Cafe & Bakery opens

WINSTED —  Hunny Bunns Cafe & Bakery officially opened its doors on Saturday, May 13.
The 314 Main St. location was previously home to the Bear Claw Coffee House for three years and before that the Donut Station for 10 years.
The new store is owned and operated by Wendy Scanlon, who owns and operates the Planted Feather Farm and Bakery at 368 Colebrook River North in Colebrook.
Scanlon, originally a native of Altoona, Penn., moved to Colebrook in 1996 and has been operating Planted Feather since 2002.

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Gilbert dorm to open next month

WINSTED — The Gilbert School will open its new dormitory in June, according to school Superintendent Anthony Serio.
The dormitory, located at 200 Williams Ave., will house students in the school’s international program.
The trust currently owns four houses that are operated as dorms: 138 Williams Ave., 27 Spencer St., and 153 and 155 Spencer St., which are joined together.
Groundbreaking for the dormitory building took place in late July 2016.

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A morning for mothers

The Winsted Elks Lodge No. 844  held its annual Mother’s Day Breakfast on Sunday, May 14. Volunteers from the lodge and the Elks’ youth group, The Antlers, helped to organize and cook the breakfast, which consisted of pancakes, eggs, bacon and coffee. “All mothers eat for free at this breakfast,” Lodge officer and breakfast cook Joe Machowski said. “We all love our mothers.”

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Penny auction benefits Senior Center

The Winsted Senior Center held its annual Penny Auction on Saturday, May 6. The annual event benefits the center’s activities. Items were donated by members of the community and included furniture, electronics, cookware and toys.

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Library2You service successful

WINSTED —  The Beardsley and Memorial Library is continuing a delivery service program for library materials.
Library2You delivers free books, audiobooks, DVDs and other library items to residents in the library’s town coverage area which includes Winsted, Barkhamsted and Colebrook.
According to library business manager Chris Moscarillo, the program started last August.Moscarillo said that since then, volunteers have delivered 247 pieces of material. 

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