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WINSTED — It was a celebration of family, fraternity and community as Elks Lodge No. 844 held a benefit party on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The party was also a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the national Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in 1868.

According to the organization’s website, The Elks was founded by a group of stage actors in New York City.

When one of the members of the group died unexpectedly, his wife and children were left destitute.

The remaining members of the group pitched in to help out the family....

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Mad River Lofts Opening Soon

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WINSTED — After being in the works since 2012, Mad River Lofts is within weeks of opening, according to building owner Marty Goldin.
The Mad River Lofts building, located at 10 Bridge St., was originally built in 1887 and was home to Winsted Furniture for many years.
Starting in 2012, Goldin, who owns Goldin Management of Brooklyn, N.Y., submitted various projects for the building to the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
In September 2015 the commission approved the Mad River Lofts project.

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Church group comes back from mission to Mexico and Cuba

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WINSTED —  Members of The First Church of Winsted recently came back from a mission trip to Mexico and Cuba. 

As part of the mission, the group of nine church members first travelled to the Solyluna School in Mérida, Mexico, to help fix up a building for handicapped students from Saturday, July 15, to Thursday, July 20.

The church has been going on mission trips for the past 12 years.

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Farmington Valley Band enlivens summer concert in park

WINSTED — Local organization Friends of Main Street held the fourth in its eight-concert series at East End Park on Thursday, July 27.
The series is sponsored by Northwest Community Bank.
Organizers and music fans were happy when the rain held off for the first time in weeks so that residents could enjoy the Farmington Valley Band on the lawn at the park. The band played patriotic numbers, Broadway songs and a foxtrot.

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STAR 7 theater group presents ‘Legally Blonde’

WINSTED —  Northwestern Regional High School’s summer theater program, STAR7, presented the musical “Legally Blonde” last weekend, July 29 and 30. Thirty-nine students and a pit orchestra performed 20 songs.
The show is based on the 2001 movie that starred Reese Witherspoon.

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Ethics Commission dismisses Dwan’s complaints

WINSTED — After deliberating in executive session for one hour on Tuesday, July 25, the town’s Ethics Commission voted to dismiss four separate ethics complaints made by Super Saver IGA owner John Dwan against four members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The complaints were originally filed by Dwan on May 1 against commission members George Closson, Barbara Wilkes, Art Melycher and commission alternate Lee Thomsen.

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Community comes together

The Winchester Congregational Church at 1 West Road held a benefit dinner on Saturday, July 22, to raise funds for church missions. “These dinners bring the community together,” member Holly Martin said. “That and everyone loves homemade cooking.” Volunteers at the event included, from left, Bruce Boyle, his wife Judy Boyle, Holly Martin, Adeline Stoughton and Christine Royer. For more information about the church, including future community meals, call 860-379-8900 or go to www.winchestercentercongchurch.org.

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Detecting what unravels our society — bottom up and top down

The unraveling of a society’s institutions, stability and reasonable order does not sound alarms  to forewarn the citizenry, apart from economic yardsticks measuring poverty, jobs, wages, health, savings, profits and  other matters economic.

Second annual Booming Winsted Book Festival: Hundreds come out for author, filmmaker talks

WINSTED — The second annual Booming Winsted Book Festival, organized by Ralph Nader, was held on Friday, July 21, Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23, at the Winsted Community Bookstore.
Hundreds of people turned out over the course of the event, which included discussions with six authors and a documentary filmmaker.
The kickoff discussion in the series took place on July 22 with Ralph and Claire Nader discussing Dimitra Doukas’ book “Democratizing America: Shaf Nader and the Founding of the Impossible College.”

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Birth Notices

Aliana Marie Liskin
WINSTED — A daughter, Aliana Marie Liskin, was born July 13, 2017, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Jessica Marie (Legendre) and Jeffrey David Meyer Liskin of Winsted.
Maternal grandparents are Kristen Legendre of Northfield and Theodore Legendre Jr. of Torrington.
Paternal grandparents are Jeffrey and Robbin Liskin of Winsted.
Great-grandparents are Marcie and Theodore Legendre Sr. of Northfield.
 
Luke Steele Ricker

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Scrabble continues at library

WINSTED —  The Beardsley and Memorial Library is continuing its weekly Scrabble games on Fridays at 1 p.m.
Scrabble has Connecticut roots as the first Scrabble board game factory was established in Dodgington in 1949.
The word game was invented by Alfred Mosher Butts in the late 1930s.
The library’s weekly games are organized by Barbara Osborn and Sandra Ebl.

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