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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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Fun and games at Morsel Munk

WINSTED — Morsel Munk, a combination outdoor sports and toy store, started life as an online-only store 10 and a half years ago. For the past six and a half years, owners Scott Rouleau and his wife, Brigitte, have operated a bricks-and-mortar shop  at 118 Main St.
For the holiday season, Brigitte Rouleau said the store has lots of unexpected gift ideas, including Docktails-brand beverage dispensers.

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Massachusetts man sentenced in bank robberies

WINSTED — On Thursday, Dec. 7, Vincent Torraco, 26, of Athol, Mass., was sentenced to 43 months in federal prison after being convicted of three bank robberies in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire.
According to a press release issued by Department of Justice  Acting United States Attorney John Farley, Torraco robbed three TD Bank branches in 2016 in three states, including one at 200 New Hartford Road in Winsted on Sept. 24, 2016.
The other branches were in Gardner, Mass., and Rindge, N.H. 

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End of a tradition: no more Boar’s Fest

WINSTED —  After 27 years, the curtain has fallen for possibly the last time on the Boar’s Head Festival.
Deborah Storrs, who has organized the festival for 20 of its 27 years, has announced that there will not be a Boar’s Head Festival in 2018.
Traditionally held every January at the First Church of Winsted, the festival draws hundreds of people.

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Diversity in comic books

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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Holiday spirit is alive in Winsted

WINSTED — Christmas cheer was spread throughout town as various organizations held holiday events on Saturday, Dec. 2.
The day began with a  Christmas Open House at the Beardsley and Memorial Library. Christmas songs were performed by members of the Northwestern Regional School District’s choir.
The choir members sang traditional Christmas songs for the audience and festive holiday snacks were served.
Children had a chance to take part in a Christmas-themed scavenger hunt and visit with Santa Claus.

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Ex-Winchester PTO treasurer arrested

WINSTED — Former Winsted resident Jeni Shean pleaded not guilty to one count of larceny in the second degree at her arraignment in Torrington Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 27.
Shean, who is a former treasurer of the Winchester Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), was arrested on Nov. 18.
Winchester Police Chief William Fitzgerald said in a press release that the police department had received a complaint from the PTO’s president at the end of May about irregularities with bookkeeping records during Shean’s time as treasurer.

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Lawsuit averted, clinic can now open

WINSTED — The Winsted Planning and Zoning Commission and Community Health and Wellness of Greater Torrington (CHWC) have come to an agreement over use of the former Winsted Super Save IGA grocery store, averting a lawsuit that was scheduled to go to court in January. 

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Stepping pretty

Helen and Rick Bunnell, co-owners of Bunnell Farms, rode down Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage to pick up passengers during the Christmas on Main Street event, which was held on Saturday, Dec. 2, in downtown Winsted. Story, another photo, see Holiday spirit is alive in Winsted.

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Good health: the gift that keeps on giving

WINSTED — The Health Food Corner at 390 Main St. in Winsted has been open for 11 years and is co-owned by husband and wife Bob and Sue Bailey.

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In case you missed it: Mad River Lofts open for business and the arts

WINSTED — After many years of planning, the Mad River Lofts at 40 Bridge St. in Winsted finally opened for business this year.
The building, which is visible throughout a significant portion of downtown Winsted, was built in 1887 and was home for many years to Winsted Furniture.
It was vacant for some time after Winsted Furniture went out of business. 
The building is now owned by Marty Goldin of Brooklyn, N.Y., who originally announced that he would turn the building into artists’ lofts in 2012.

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