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WINSTED — Comic book historian and culture expert William Foster spoke about diversity, including the history of African Americans in comic books, at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) on Thursday, Nov. 30.

The event was sponsored by the college’s Diversity Committee; a large audience of about 50 people turned out.

Foster, who is an English professor at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, has served as a cultural commentator on CNN, National Public Radio and the PBS series “History Detectives.”

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Water brought settlers to Winsted

WINSTED — Water was what drew settlers to Winchester, according to Winchester Historical Society President Milly Hudak, who gave a talk about the town’s history at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Sunday, Nov. 5.
Hudak has worked for the Historical Society for 20 years and has been its president for 15.
The very first resident in town was Caleb Beach, who settled in Winchester Center in 1750.

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A chance to raise funds, show support for firefighters

WINSTED — Town residents came out to support the group that supports the volunteers of the Winsted Fire Department.
The department’s Support Services group held a penny auction at the Elm Street firehouse on Sunday, Nov. 5, raising money for their volunteer team, which offers assistance, food and water during fire calls. The group also helps pay for firefighting equipment.
Auction items had been donated by businesses from area towns including the Berkshire Country Store , Swell’s Car Wash, the Beacon Pharmacy and R&M Insulation.

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As opioid problem grows, funds dwindle

WINSTED —  Maria Skinner, executive director for the McCall Center for Behavioral Health in Torrington, talked to an audience of about 100 college students on Thursday, Nov. 9, about the continuing opioid epidemic across the state.
The event was at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) in Winsted.

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Town officials: ‘Winsted is moving forward’

WINSTED — More than 50 Winsted residents, including municipal and school district officials, attended a community conversation about the town’s future at St. Joseph’s Parish Center on Friday, Nov. 10.
The event, “What’s Next Winsted?,” was sponsored by Winchester Cradle to Classroom and Parents for Education.
Ruthann Horvay, director of the Winchester School District’s Family Resource Center, was a co-organizer of the event along with several members of the Parents for Education group.

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Helping autistic children find their way in the world

WINSTED — The experiences of and the challenges facing autistic children and adults were discussed at the Autism Spectrum Unplugged panel held at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) in Winsted on Thursday, Nov. 2.
The event was sponsored by NCCC’s Parent Support Group and the Litchfield County Autism Spectrum Association.
The discussion was lead by Donna Swanson, co-founder of the Focus Center for Autism in Canton.

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Old issues arise at Winsted debate

WINSTED — Issues surrounding a decision made by the Planning and Zoning Commission in April were discussed at the Board of Selectmen candidate debate, which was held at The Gilbert School on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
Thirteen of the 15 candidates were present at the debate, which was sponsored by the school’s Civics and AP Government Studies department.  Republican candidate Todd Verzino and Trump Winsted Party candidate Brian O’Heron were not present at the event.

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Winchester-Winsted Profiles

Board of Selectmen
The Winchester Board of Selectmen has seven members. 
Todd Arcelaschi

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Regional 7 wins first league field hockey title

WINSTED — Northwestern Regional 7 clinched its first-ever Berkshire League (BL) field hockey crown with an 8-2 win over Thomaston on Friday, Oct. 20.
The victory moved Regional 7’s league record to 9-1 with two BL games remaining. Northwestern scored a huge, 5-4 opening season win over league powerhouse Nonnewaug, beat another perennial contender, Lewis Mills, and won two BL games in overtime.

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Optimism about Winsted’s second century

WINSTED — A time capsule was buried at the Winchester Historical Society in a ceremony held on Saturday, Oct. 14, that was attended by more than 100 people.
The time capsule, which will not be opened until Oct. 14, 2067, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the city of Winsted.
While the borough of Winchester was incorporated in 1858, the city of Winsted was incorporated in 1917.
Winchester Historical Society President Milly Hudak said that a committee of residents decided to bury the time capsule.

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NCCC welcomes back students

WINSTED —  Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) held its annual Welcome Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at East End Park.
This year’s fall semester started on Aug. 29.

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