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WINSTED — A large audience filled the theater at The American Museum of Tort Law here on Saturday, June 22, for a program called “Samya Stumo, the Ethiopian Air Crash and the Boeing 737 Max” with Ralph Nader, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Nadia Milleron and Michael Stumo of Sheffield, whose daughter Samya Stumo (who is also Nader’s grandniece), died on March 10, 2019 in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302. Their messages were hard-hitting and fell into two categories: the lives of Samya, her fellow passengers and their families, and the alleged culpability of...

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2018: Mural project approaches finish date

WINSTED — After 17 years of planning and slow-but-steady effort, the American Mural Project (AMP) is now projecting that it will open to the public in September 2019. 
AMP founder and Sharon resident Ellen Griesedieck calls it “the largest collaborative piece of artwork in the world —  a mural that is 120 feet long, 48 feet high and 10 feet deep.”
The mural is being constructed in two former industrial buildings in downtown Winsted. 

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2018: After 84 years, Laurel Festival still a milestone for young ‘royals’

WINSTED — To add an extra celebratory air around the crowning of a new queen at the 2018 Laurel Fest in June, festival commission member Lara Green Kazlauskas tracked down past Laurel Queens and shared their photos and memories with The Lakeville Journal.

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2018: Community colleges to be consolidated by 2023

WINSTED — In June, the state’s Board of Regents approved a plan by Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) to consolidate the community college system by 2023.
As part of the plan, all 12 state community colleges, including Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) in Winsted, will be consolidated into one college.
In 2017 CSCU developed a plan to consolidate the colleges by 2021.

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Pearson students sing their hearts out

WINSTED — There was happy singing and dancing as the Pearson Middle School Show Choir took to the stage on Thursday, Dec. 13, for its final performance of 2018.
The fifth- and sixth-grade students exhibited  boundless energy as they performed a selection of songs from movie musicals including “Ease on Down The Road” from “The Wiz” and “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman.”

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Jewel of a store in Winsted

WINSTED — F&G Richards Jewelers has been located at 572 Main St. in Winsted since 1955 and is one of the town’s longest running businesses.
The store is owned by Fred Richards and his daughter, Korle Valickis, and they’re on the premises to offer tips and suggestions on selecting the right watch, bracelet, ring or other holiday item.
Richards said that, when it comes to buying jewelry for presents, the gift buyer should find out if their giftee prefers gold or silver.

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Fun gifts at Morsel Munk

WINSTED — During the holiday season, especially after a big holiday  meal, it always feels like outdoor activities are the perfect antidote. For anyone looking to enhance the calorie-and-energy burning  fun, Morsel Munk on Main Street in Winsted is the place to go. 

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Camping out for a cause

WINSTED — Fifty  Northwest Corner residents camped out in tents at East End Park on Friday, Dec. 14, to raise funds for the Northwest YMCA’s homeless shelters in Winsted and Torrington. 
This was the YMCA’s seventh annual Freezin’ for a Reason.
YMCA Housing Director Will O’Donahue said that homelessness in the Northwest Corner is a problem that has not improved.

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Everything but the snow for Winsted Christmas party

WINSTED — The air was cold but spirits were warm in downtown Winsted for the 14th annual Christmas on Main Street celebration, held on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The main sponsor of the event is the Friends of Main Street, with additional support from Northwest Community Bank, the Winsted Fire Department, Winsted Elks Lodge no. 844 and the town’s recreation department. 
Activities included a visit with Santa Claus at Noujaim’s Bistro, where children could get a picture with the jolly old elf himself.

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Museum series showcases America’s top attorneys

WINSTED —  The American Museum of Tort Law finished its 2018 Leaders in Law lecture series on Thursday, Dec. 6, with a presentation by John Barylick, the attorney who represented victims of a nightclub fire in Rhode Island in 2008.
Museum Director Rick Newman said that the Leaders in Law series, which has included lectures from attorneys Thomas Girardi and Thomas Fortune Fay, will return next year.

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For those who love word games, a chance to help others

WINSTED — It was all fun and games as the first Letter Lunacy event, organized by the Northwest YMCA and held at Northwestern Connecticut Community College on Friday, Nov. 16.
Participants played word games in which they formed words with letter tiles placed on their tables. 
The event was a benefit for the Northwest YMCA’s literacy program.
The program offers literacy tutoring to adults 18 years and older by volunteers at its locations in Winsted, Torrington and North Canaan.

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