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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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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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Animal rights advocates speak at museum

WINSTED —  The American Museum of Tort Law held its “Spotlight on Animal Rights” event on Wednesday, Aug 9.
More than 100 residents attended the event which included a lecture by University of Connecticut School of Law Professor Jessica Rubin, State Director of the Humane Society of the United States Annie Hornish and State Rep. Diana Urban (D-43).
Urban is the author of Desmond’s Law which was passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in October 2016.

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O’Heron to run for BOS

WINSTED —  At this November’s municipal elections there will be two residents running as petitioning candidates.
Town Clerk Sheila Sedlack confirmed last week that both candidates have received enough signatures to run as petitioning candidates this November.
As reported in the May 12 edition of The Winsted Journal, current selectman Todd Arcelaschi, a Republican, announced that he would run as a petitioning candidate for the board instead of running with the Republican Town Committee.

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Bridge repair project still ‘on schedule’

WINSTED — A project to repair the bridge on Holabird Avenue is on schedule, according to state Department of Transportation Communications Director Kevin Nursick.
The project, which was many years in the works, started in September 2016.
Back in December 2013, the state approved a $2.4 million bond for the project.
When the project was first announced, it was estimated that it would take 500 days for its completion and was expected to be finished by early 2018.

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Association’s Boat Parade goes swimmingly well

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The Flood of 1955 and the Centrella Case

Remembering The Winsted Journal

The Flood of ’55

While The Winsted Journal started its publication in 1996, 31 years after The Flood of 1955, the effects and the impact of the event still linger many years after it took place.

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Zumba classes on Highland Lake

WINSTED —  A weekly Zumba class is being held during the summer at Highland Lake on Monday evenings, led by Patricia Pepen.
Pepen also has classes at Dance ‘N Beyond Studio in Winsted and Becoming Balanced Studio in Torrington. 
“Zumba is cardio workout which involves Latin dance techniques and routines that make you move your entire body,” Pepen said. “It is good because you burn calories and beneficial because you learn how to dance to Latin music.”

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Professor seeks to start community darkroom

WINSTED —  “When photography was invented in 1839, pundits said that painting was dead,” said Artwell Executive Director and photography instructor at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) Michael Yurgeles. “What actually happened was that photography freed painting to go in new directions, such as Impressionism. 
“Now digital photography is freeing film photography to evolve in very creative, unexpected ways.”

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