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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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Hundreds sign petition to support land trust

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WINSTED — Supporters of the Winchester Land Trust have collected 472 signatures on a petition that will be presented to the Board of Selectmen. The petition calls for the override of the selectmen’s rejection of the trust’s plan to acquire conservation restrictions on 360 acres of town-owned land.
According to Community Lawyer Charlene LaVoie, who started the petition drive, enough people have signed to force the selectmen to set a special town meeting for residents to vote on the land trust’s proposal.

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Charlotte Hungerford to make Health Center decision this spring

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WINSTED — The Winsted Health Center Foundation is working with Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) on plans for a new building on the current health center campus, according to foundation Executive Director Jonathan Blum.
The hospital operates the emergency department and other facilities on the health center site.
Last fall, CHH announced that it was considering moving out of the Spencer Street facility.

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Town gets extension on brownfields grant

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WINSTED — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a three-month extension to Winsted to apply for an estimated $600,000 in federal brownfields grant money.
At a Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Feb. 7, selectmen approved the Winchester Housing Authority’s application for $200,000 from the grant to conduct soil remediation for a 32-unit apartment building on 80 Gay St. that has not yet been built.

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Community Health and Wellness Center opens office in Winsted

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WINSTED — Torrington’s Community Health and Wellness Center has opened an office at 115 Spencer St., home of the Winsted Health Center.
The organization gives low-income residents access to health services on a sliding scale based on federal poverty income guidelines.
Community Health also accepts some commercial insurance policies, Medicaid and HUSKY health care plans.
According to Chief Executive Officer Kathy Grimaud, the organization has been working for years to open a satellite office in Winsted.

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A night of Magic at Winsted Elks

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WINSTED — Members of the Winsted Elks Lodge 844 dedicated last Saturday evening, Feb. 26, to their primary mission — improving the lives of children — by hosting a magic show that raised more than $1,500 for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center while entertaining a crowd of enthusiastic youths.

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Anne Royko Dezzani

NEW HARTFORD — Anne Royko Dezzani, 93, died peacefully at home on Feb. 22, 2011, surrounded by her family.
She was a lifelong resident of the area who enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds, travel and cooking, especially baking her famous banana nut bread. She was a kind and generous person who was devoted to her children, grandchildren and family.
She is survived by one son; two daughters; one sister, Pauline; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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Green Room offers diversity in taste

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WINSTED — The Green Room Gourmet Cafe, located at 64 Main St., has opened in the former location of Karen’s Coffee and Sweets Cafe.
The cafe is owned by Winsted resident Sharry Revillini, who has an unusual way of looking at food.
“Growing up, I used to hate to eat,” Revillini said. “Everything I ate tasted the same. When I became a vegan, I had to start being creative.”
While Revillini said she “fell off the vegan wagon years ago,” she has decided to keep the creativity she learned from the experience and extend it to the meals she offers at the Green Room.

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Accusations fly over land trust proposal

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WINSTED — Heated accusations erupted between opposing parties Tuesday, Feb. 22, as the Board of Selectmen rejected for the second time in a row a proposal by the Winchester Land Trust to acquire conservation restrictions on 360 acres of town-owned land.
The plan included the trust acquiring a conservation easement on 356 acres surrounding Crystal Lake, which is the town’s main drinking water reservoir, and the Algonquin State Forest.
The money the land trust would have paid the town came from a state grant of $500,000, which was awarded in December.

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Principal: Pearson looks like a ‘ghetto’ school

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WINSTED — Pearson Middle School Principal Clay Krevolin did not mince words Thursday, Feb. 18, when the town’s School Building Committee visited for a tour.
Krevolin said the school “is beginning to look like a ghetto school,” but agreed that the building is generally structurally sound.
The School Building Committee has been discussing the possibility of closing one of the school district’s buildings to save money during the next academic year.

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New Hartford director inspired by life at home

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WINSTED — A Laurel City sandwich shop is the primary setting in a new movie by New Hartford native Jennifer DiMauro, who said this week that the autobiographical work has taught her a lot about art imitating life, and vice-versa.

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