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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....

Winsted

Case talks about state budget

WINSTED —  State Rep. Jay Case (R-63) spoke about the state’s budget woes at his discussion at the Winsted Senior Center on Thursday, July 6.
Fifteen residents attended the event and talked to Case about funding issues for programs, area transportation issues and community resources.
The official legislative session ended on June 7, and despite a special session, lawmakers failed to adopt an official biennial budget.

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NCCC building to open in August

WINSTED —  After several years of planning, construction on Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s (NCCC) Joyner Health Science Center, will be ready to open on Tuesday, Aug. 29, according to college President Michael Rooke.
Rooke said a ribbon cutting ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 12.
The building will house NCCC’s Allied Health programs starting in the fall semester.
Plans for the center have been in place since 2008, when NCCC received a $4 million donation.

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Despite rain, HLWA benefit goes on

WINSTED —  The  nonprofit Highland Lake Watershed Association (HLWA) held its13th annual benefit, An Evening on Highland Lake, on Saturday, July 8, at the home of Matt and Joanne Smith, featuring wine and beer tasting by the Ledgebrook Spirit Shop, food from several local restaurants and live music.
During portions of the event heavy rain fell.
Despite the foul weather, attendees all gathered around under a canopy in the Smith’s yard and enjoyed the event.

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Organizations hold Safe Kids Day

WINSTED —  The Winsted Elks Lodge, in conjunction with Safe Kids Litchfield County and the Torrington Fire Department, held their Safe Kids Day event on Saturday, June 24.
At the event, members of the Elks Lodge and the fire department inspected and installed child car seats and inspected children’s bicycle helmets.
The members also gave out free seats and helmets to those who needed replacements.

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Beardsley and Memorial Library’s summer reading program starts

WINSTED —  The Beardsley and Memorial Library held its annual summer reading program kickoff event on Saturday, June 24.
Children’s Department librarian Carol Parent said that the program is being held in collaboration with Winchester, Colebrook and Barkhamsted school districts.

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Superintendent signs three-year contract

WINSTED —  The state’s Department of Education, on behalf of the Winchester School District, signed a contract between the district and new Superintendent Melony Brady-Shanley on Tuesday, June 27.
Brady-Shanley, a West Hartland resident, was officially named the district’s new superintendent at a public informational meeting of the Board of Education on May 25.

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Allen gives update on Mad River Co-op

WINSTED — Mad River Market Co-op Secretary and Economic Development Commission Chairman Phillip Allen discussed the status of the Mad River Market at The Winsted Senior Center on Thursday, June 29.
Allen spoke to more than 50 attendees at the discussion, with a large majority of the audience senior citizens.
The market formed in April in light of the closing of the Winsted Super Saver IGA grocery store, located at 372 Main St.
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Groundbreaking held for new ECAD facility

WINSTED —  Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new facility on Thursday, June 29.
The new facility is being built at ECAD’s existing campus on 149 Newfield Rd.
The facility was approved by the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission more than a year ago.
The property itself has been owned by ECAD since 2003.
The nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) is operated by Executive Director Dale Picard and Director of Programs Lu Picard.

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Remembering a forgotten hero

WINSTED —  Robert Ernest Hubbard discussed his new book, “Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution,” at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, June 24.
The book was published in May and, according to Hubbard, is the first full biography of Israel Putnam in more than a century.
Putnam served in the French and Indian Wars, along with the American Revolution during which he was appointed a Major General, second only to George Washington in seniority.  

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Photo exhibit opens at bookstore

WINSTED — The Winsted Community Bookstore held an opening reception for the photographic work of Doug Miller on Saturday, June 17,.
Miller’s photos include waterfalls, plants, landscapes and other shots based in nature.
“Nature keeps me where I want to be,” said Miller, who is originally from Girard, Ohio, near the Pennsylvania border. “I like the outdoors, and that’s primarily why I focused on landscape photography, some macro-photography with flowers. 

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