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WINSTED — The holiday season reminds us that many people are unable to pay for and prepare a full Thanksgiving or Christmas or Hanukah dinner with all the trimmings.

But the volunteers at area soup kitchens and other organizations that provide food assistance know that hunger and need are not seasonal. They are constant.

For more than 27 years, the Open Door Soup Kitchen has served free lunches at its location at 160 Main St., just behind St. James’ Episcopal Church in Winsted.

George Madore, who has volunteered at the soup kitchen for 10 years, said...

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Pearson School celebrates its first playground

WINSTED — In its 97-year history, Pearson Middle School has never had a playground.
The closest playground to Pearson is at Hinsdale School, which closed back in 2016. Its equipment is dilapidated.
During the course of this year, the Winchester School District raised $68,000 to construct a playground for students at Pearson, which houses the district’s third- to sixth-grade students.
Months of fundraising paid off. The district held a ribbon cutting celebration for the new playground on Friday, Oct. 12.

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‘Big mess’ at Highland Lake following storms

WINSTED — Ironically, it was heavy rains that destroyed a storm-water drainage system in Winsted. The storm was on Oct. 2 and it seems to have crushed plastic pipes that were installed a year ago. Those new pipes replaced older ones made of galvanized steel that had stopped functioning. 
The system is on top of a hill near the Suckerbrook Dam.

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For Wynn, a new ‘first’ as she joins AMP

WINSTED — Throughout her career in arts management, Amy Wynn has found herself in positions that didn’t exist — at least until she came along. 
Her new role as the first executive director of the Winsted-based American Mural Project (AMP) — hailed by its founder as the largest indoor collaborative art project in the world — is no exception. 

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Helping boaters enjoy Highland Lake

WINSTED — The Marina at Highland Lake has been purchased by two couples who plan to continue and expand its boating and watercraft services to the lake community.
For more than 20 years, The Marina was owned and operated by Donald and Virginia Maillet. 
They sold the business to Jordan and Diana Moore and Eric and Jeanne Richard.
All four grew up in the area and have experience running businesses.

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Winsted math scores most improved in state

WINSTED — Winchester Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley told the Board of Education on Tuesday, Sept. 11, that the district has been commended for having the most improved math test scores in the state on the Smarter Balanced Assessment test.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment replaced the state’s older test, known as the Connecticut Mastery Test, for students in grades three to eight.

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Defending lawyers, in talk at Tort Museum

WINSTED, Conn. — California based trial attorney Thomas Girardi was the first speaker in the American Museum of Tort Law’s Leaders in Law lecture series on Thursday, Sept. 27, and he used his time to remind the audience that more than anything, lawyers are in business to protect private citizens. 

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Gilbert enrolls fewer foreign students

WINSTED — Due to a lower-than-estimated enrollment in The Gilbert School’s international program, the school and the W.L. Gilbert Trust have lost a combined total of $1.25 million for the coming school year (2018-19), according to School Superintendent Anthony Serio.
The semi-private school handles the Winchester School district’s seventh- through 12th-grade students.
School operations are run by the William L. Gilbert Trust Corporation, which was formed in 1895 to manage the endowment left by William L. Gilbert to build The Gilbert School.

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Fall festivals: It’s all about the people

WINSTED —  Saturday, Sept. 29, was a very busy day in Winsted and Winchester Center, with two annual fall festivals on the same day: Winchester Center Day and, just down the road, the Winsted Friends of Main Street’s 21st annual Fall Foliage Festival.

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Torrington man accused of numerous burglaries

WiNSTED — A Torrington resident was arrested twice by the Winchester Police Department and charged with two separate burglaries that occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 23.
According to press releases issued by Department Chief William Fitzgerald, at 8:40 a.m. on Sept. 19 officers were dispatched to 272 Walnut St. for a report of a burglary in progress.
Fitzgerald wrote that the property owner found the suspect in her house and yelled at him to, “Get out now.”

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Mars Rover touches down in Winsted

WINSTED — It may be 33.9 million miles from Mars to Earth, but Winsted native Michael Kelley brought the planet (and some stars) down to Earth for students at St. Anthony School on Friday, Sept. 21.
Kelley has worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for more than a decade. He is currently NASA’s lead program scientist for the Near-Earth Object Observation Program at the Planetary Defense Coordination Office in Washington, D.C.

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