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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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St. Anthony principal to retire

WINSTED —  St. Anthony School has announced that Principal Patricia Devanney will be retiring at the end of this school year.
School representatives made the announcement on Friday, May 12, after a crowning ceremony at St. Joseph Church.
After the ceremony, students hosted a grandparents’ tea in each classroom where Devanney’s replacement, Louis Howe, met with parents.
Devanney has spent the past 15 years as St. Anthony School’s principal.

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Budget referendum this Saturday

WINSTED —  The town’s annual budget referendum will be held this Saturday, May 27, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Pearson Middle School at 2 Wetmore Ave.
The budget, as proposed in March by Town Manager Robert Geiger, totals $33,438,506.
The proposed budget is an increase of $337,332 from the town’s fiscal 2016–2017 budget of $33,101,174.
If passed, the mill rate will remain the same as last year at 33.7.

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Police, residents honored at second annual ceremony

WINSTED —  The Winchester Police Department held its second annual awards ceremony on Thursday, May 18, at Town Hall.
The awards were determined by an Awards Committee made up of town residents, members of the Board of Selectmen, town employees and members of the department.
The goal of the awards was to review officers’ performance during the past year and to give out awards to 14 police officers in several different categories.
Additionally, 14 civilians were given Civilian Recognition awards.

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Man injured, property destroyed in fire

WINSTED —  A Torrington man was hurt in a fire that destroyed a single-family house on Monday, May 22.
According to Winsted Fire Department Chief David Sartirana, the fire took place around 5 p.m. at 334 Norwood Rd.
“The property is on a dirt road, and it was hard to find,” Sartirana said. “When the department got there, the structure was fully involved in the fire. It was already burned to the ground.”

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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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