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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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P&Z denies car dealership application

WINSTED —  The Planning and Zoning Commission denied two special permit applications during its meeting on Monday, June 12.
The special permit applications were for 41 Meadow St., the former location of Son Chief Electrics Inc.
The property is owned by Iffland Industries, founded by Tom Iffland and Tim Hurrey.
The first special permit application was to allow the property to be a used automotive dealer in what would be deemed a Industrial Heritage Reuse zone.

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Farmers Market season begins

WINSTED —  Despite passing showers, the first outdoor Winsted Farmers Market of the year was held at East End Park on Friday, June 23.
Eight vendors sold vegetables, fruits, cheeses and other goods.
Kristyn Chassie and Katherine Dykman from Borrowed Earth Farm of Egremont, Mass., participated in the Winsted Farmers Market for the first time. 

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Civil rights leader gives talk at Northwestern High School

WINSTED — Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine, spoke at Northwestern Regional High School Wednesday, June 14.
Back in 1957, a group of nine African-American students enrolled in the then racially segregated Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.
The students were enrolled by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Roberts gave his talk at the request of the school’s Civil Rights Stories group.

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Gilbert principal resigns

WINSTED —  On Monday, June 26, three days after this year’s commencement, Gilbert School Principal Alan Strauss submitted his resignation.
Strauss’ resignation was accepted at a special meeting of the Gilbert School Corporation on Tuesday, June 27.
At the meeting, Gilbert School Superintendent Anthony Serio handed out to corporation members Strauss’ resignation, which Serio said he received by email.

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Sojka named Gilbert principal

WINSTED —  At its meeting on Tuesday, June 27, The Gilbert School Corporation unanimously voted to hire Winsted native Sue Sojka as the school’s new principal.
Sojka will be taking over from outgoing principal Alan Strauss, who submitted his resignation to the corporation Monday, June 26.
Sojka formerly served as the school’s associate principal in charge of the school’s seventh and eighth grade programs.

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Gilbert celebrates graduates

WINSTED —  Surrounded by proud family, community members and friends, on Friday, June 23, The Gilbert School held its 122nd commencement ceremonies, officially graduating 102 members of the class of 2017.

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Soldiers’ Monument artifact found

WINSTED —  The Board of Selectmen was presented with a found artifact relating to Soldiers’ Monument during its meeting on Monday, June 19.
The artifact is a sign that was posted at the monument during World War II that declared the monument an observation post for the U.S. Army.

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NWR7 graduates 195

TORRINGTON —  Northwestern Regional High School held its 59th annual graduation ceremony at The Warner Theater on Friday, June 16.

This year, 195 students graduated from Regional.

Before the event, hundreds of family members and friends jammed the hallway of the theater, standing bunched together, elbow to elbow as they waited nearly 45 minutes to get into the theater.

At the start of the event, senior class vice-president Alex Bannerman welcomed attendees.

New developments in lawsuit against P&Z

WINSTED —  Community Health and Wellness of Greater Torrington’s (CHWC’s) lawsuit against the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission continues in Litchfield Court.
The suit was filed at the Superior Court of Litchfield on Thursday, April 27.
The lawsuit is over the commission’s decision to deny CHWC a special permit application to convert the Winsted Super Saver IGA building on 372 Main St. into a medical clinic.

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Berry good time at Grange

WINCHESTER CENTER —  Winchester Grange hosted its annual Strawberry Festival on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18.
According to organizers, some 320 cartons of strawberries were brought to the grange on Friday, June 16, for hulling to make strawberry shortcakes. 
Until this year, the strawberries had been provided by the Winsted Super Saver IGA. This year, the strawberries were donated by Marandino’s in New Hartford. 

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