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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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Owner’s name is a mystery: Hearing for marijuana dispensary scheduled

WINSTED —  The Winsted Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall to consider the application of a special permit for a medical marijuana dispensary.
The proposed location for the dispensary is the former Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) building at 100 New Hartford Road.
The restaurant has been closed and the building vacant for more than a decade.

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Lamont, first in gubernatorial candidate series, speaks at bookstore

WINSTED — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont made a pitch for his candidacy at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, Feb. 17.
More than 75 people attended what was the first in a series of talks by gubernatorial candidates at the store.
Lamont sought the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate against Joe Lieberman in 2006. He also sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010 against Dannel P. Malloy.

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Bubbles and Truffles helps build a new playground

WINSTED — A fine selection of chocolates, wine and foods at the 12th annual Bubbles and Truffles on Friday, Feb. 9, offered some welcome relief from weeks of snow, ice and cold weather.
“We always hold Bubbles and Truffles in February because people are snowed in  and need to get out of their houses,” said Friends of Main Street board member Dick Labich. “ A lot of people come here so they can see each other after a long winter.”

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Grants decrease but schools will ask for flat funding

WINSTED — The Winchester School District will once again present a budget request with a zero percent increase, according to Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley.
“Coming into this school district I have been cognizant that this district has been flat budgeted for quite some time,” Brady-Shanley said. She took over as superintendent last May after the district came out of state receivership. 

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Re-opening of Hinsdale building recommended

WINSTED — The Capitol Region Education Council’s (CREC) Construction Services Division is recommending the re-opening of Hinsdale Elementary School and the closing of Batcheller Early Education Center.
CREC  is a grassroots group that works with schools in  towns near the state capital in Hartford.
The organization recommended on Jan. 19 that work should begin as soon as possible to repair the Hinsdale School, so students can begin to attend classes there in 2019-20. 

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Books, crafts and hijinks in Winsted

WINSTED  — The Beardsley and Memorial Library invited parents to Take Your Child to the Library on Saturday, Feb. 3 — and more than 60 children and their parents did just that.
This year’s event featured “The Giant Jumperee,” written by Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury.
Children’s Librarian Carol Parent read the book out loud  and then the youngsters got to work on craft projects based on the tale. They cut out paper dolls based on the characters in the book and then held a high jump contest.

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Inspiration and conversation about helping towns grow

WINSTED — The Northwest Hills Council of Governments (NHCOG) held its third annual Economic Development Summit on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The NHCOG is made up of first selectmen from 21 Litchfield County towns. The summit was held at Mad River Lofts.
An estimated 150 people attended the event including town officials and representatives from groups such as the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, the Connecticut Small Business Development Center and the state  Department of Economic and Community Development.

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The Yankee town meeting explained

WINSTED — Author Susan Clark spoke about the history of the New England town meeting and how “slow” democracy can bring people together, at the Community Bookstore in Winsted on Saturday, Jan. 27.
Clark is the co-author of “All Those In Favor: Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting and Community,” which was published in 2005, and “Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home,” which was published in 2012.

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Land trust buys former TorWin Farm

 WINSTED — The Winchester Land Trust (WLT) has purchased a 121-acre former horse farm on the Winsted and Torrington border.
The property was formerly known as the TorWin Farm and was once owned by Gail Borden, the inventor of condensed milk.
The land trust purchased the property from owners Cara and Ken Blazier.

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Some regrets but mostly kudos for manager

WINSTED — Winsted Town Manager Robert Geiger received high praise during his annual evaluation at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Geiger, a resident of Barkhamsted, was hired by the board on Feb. 1, 2016. When asked what he felt he’s done well in the past year, he said he’s kept a close eye on town finances, worked closely with other boards in town and approached problems with a personal, hands-on approach. 

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