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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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Stop & Shop donates to Salvation Army

WINSTED —  Stop & Shop at Ledgebrook Plaza made a donation to the local branch of the Salvation Army on May 18.
At the check presentation, Winsted store manager Claudia Bunker along with Granby store manager Christine Willett presented $1,900 to the charity in order for 50 local children to attend Camp Connri in Ashford.

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Organization takes veterans fishing

WINSTED —  The Take a Vet Fishing organization held an event at the Northwestern Connecticut Sportsman’s Association club on Saturday, May 27.
Veterans were treated to a day fishing at the club’s pond, which was stocked with fish for the occasion.
The organization transported veterans to the event and also provided fishing equipment and food for free.
Jeff Arnson, a volunteer, said it started in 2007 with a group from the First Congregational Church of Branford.

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Ferrante honored by Elks Lodge

WINSTED —  A dinner honoring longtime Elks Lodge member Vincent Ferrante was held on Saturday, May 20.
According to co-organizer and Elks member Gary Peterson, Ferrante was honored for his years of volunteer work not just for the lodge but also for the town.

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Students learn about careers at annual Gilbert School fair

WINSTED —  The Gilbert School held its annual job fair at its gymnasium on Thursday, June 1.
One of the co-organizers was school Counselor Kaitlin Gillard.

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Hearing on P&Z ethics complaints

WINSTED —  At its meeting on Tuesday, June 6, the town’s Ethics Commission voted to hold a hearing in July on ethics complaints made by Super Saver IGA owner John Dwan against four members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
On May 1, Dwan filed four separate complaints with the commission against commission members George Closson, Barbara Wilkes, Art Melycher and commission alternate Lee Thomsen.

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Super Saver IGA closes

WINSTED —  After decades of business, Super Saver IGA, the last grocery store on Main Street, shut on Wednesday, May 31.
The store,  at 372 Main St., was purchased by John Dwan in August 1981 with Michael Luzi, who left the store in 1998.
In August, Dwan responded to rumors and told The Winsted Journal the store was not going to close.

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Art of political satire at Tort Museum

WINSTED —  The American Museum of Tort Law held its second annual Spring Reawakening on Saturday, June 3.
The event was originally scheduled for April 1 but was postponed due to weather.
The museum, which is located at 654 Main St., opened in September 2015. It closes annually in December and remains closed during the winter season except for private tours and groups.
The June 3 event was entitled “If it Doesn’t Please the Court: Two Ink-Stained Wretches on the Art of Political Satire.”

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Laurel City Revamp case still in court system

WINSTED —  The Board of Selectmen is scheduled to hold an executive session concerning the foreclosure case against former selectman Michael Renzullo at its next meeting on Monday, June 19.
Renzullo, through his organization Laurel City Revamp, owns the former Capitol Products building at 35 Willow St.
Renzullo formed the organization in 2010 to rehabilitate distressed and underused properties.

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83rd Laurel Festival June 9

WINSTED —  The 83rd Laurel Festival, a town tradition dating back to 1934, will be held on Friday, June 9, and Sunday, June 11.

The Laurel Ball will be held on June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Crystal Peak Ballroom.

On June 11 the Laurel Parade will be held starting at 1 p.m. on Main Street.

The parade route will start at the far end of Main Street and parade floats will travel to East End Park for the crowning of the Laurel Queen and King.

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Northwestern Regional High School Honor Roll Third Quarter

Grade 12
Academic Excellence
Elizabeth Buel, Abigail Dombrowski, Brenna FitzGerald, Angela Richard, Austen Royer, Skylar Runowicz, Jessica Simon, Alexa Urmaza, Clare Wieduwilt.
Grade 11
Academic Excellence
Zachary Austin, Adam Choquette, Morgan Daley, Sarah Evon, Erin Mahoney, Calli Smith, Connor Spencer, Mackenzie Stotler, Jameson Weber.
Grade 10
Academic Excellence

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