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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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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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Charter school plans to open in Winsted

WINSTED —  The Connecticut Academy for the Arts (CAFTA) is planning to open a charter school in Winsted some time in 2018, according to the organization’s Executive Director Teresa Sullivan.
Sullivan made the announcement at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Aug. 7.
In an interview after the meeting, Sullivan said that the organization is in the process of applying to the state to operate the charter school.

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Soup to nuts at The Health Food Corner

WINSTED —  The Health Food Corner, which recently celebrated its 11th anniversary, is located at 390 Main St.
Husband and wife co-owners Bob and Sue Bailey want residents to know that, despite the closing of the Super Saver IGA this spring, grocery items are still available from a Main Street store.
Bob Bailey emphasized that the store offers almost all of the same items any grocery store has.

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Ad hoc drug task force to be formed

WINSTED —  At the behest of Selectman Todd Arcelaschi, the town will be forming an ad hoc task force on the opioid crisis and addiction.
Arcelaschi gave a presentation at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Aug. 7, which detailed why he felt the task force was needed.
After his presentation, none of the members of the board made a motion on whether or not to approve the ad hoc task force.
However, in an interview after the meeting Mayor Candy Perez said that because the task force was ad hoc a motion was not needed to form it.

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Town, BOE to regain control of district

WINSTED —  After two years of operating under the state’s receivership, the Board of Education will retain power over the Winchester School District on Thursday, Aug. 17.
School District Receiver Freeman Burr said a transition plan has not been formalized by the state’s Department of Education.

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Mad River Co-Op receives grant

WINSTED —  The Food Co-op Initiative of Savage, Minn., has given the Mad River Co-Op a grant of $8,000 to help move the creation of the co-op forward.
According to its website at www.fci.coop, the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization helps and gives resources to people across the country who are in need of resources to start co-ops.
The grants awarded by the initiative are part of its “Rural Seed Grant” awardees.
The initiative awarded a total of $50,000 to seven USDA rural qualifying startups, including the Mad River Co-Op.

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Peace vigil in East End Park

WINSTED —  The Winsted Area Peace Action group, in conjunction with Camp Kinderland in Tolland, Mass., held a vigil to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Sunday, Aug. 6 at East End Park.
More than 10 members of the group took part in the event along with more than 50 campers.
During the final stages of World War II in August 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the two cities in Japan.
Over 200,000 people died as a result of injuries and radiation poisoning in the bombings.

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Not bragging, but Alice Lewis is 104 years old and counting

SHARON — Alice (Bonhotel) Lewis, like many other people who grew up in Sharon, attended school on Hilltop Road. Like other students, she remembers teachers helping her with her worst subject, arithmetic, until she was good at it. She also remembers walking a sick classmate home at the end of the day one time.

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City Walk officially opens, extensions planned

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WINSTED —  The Winsted Trails group held a ribbon cutting ceremony in East End Park on Thursday, July 27, to dedicate the formation of the town’s City Walk.
According to the group’s press release, the City Walk is a 2.75-mile walk that starts at East End Park and passes through portions of the Mad River, the Solomon Rockwell House, historic buildings throughout the town along with restaurants and shops on Main Street.

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Laurel City Revamp: Back taxes paid, foreclosure dropped

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WINSTED —  The town has ended its foreclosure case against the nonprofit Laurel City Revamp.
The organization is lead by former Selectman Michael Renzullo.
Back in 2010 Renzullo formed Laurel City Revamp for the purpose of rehabilitating distressed and underused properties.
Through the organization, Renzullo owns the old Capitol Products building at 35 Willow St.
The building had been vacant for many years since the company went out of business.

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