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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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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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In case you missed it: Signs of life at abandoned Lambert Kay factoryv

WINSTED — A historic Winsted property that had been vacant for 15 years is finally coming back to life, with new businesses set to open in 2018.
The factory at 32 Lake St.  was built in 1852 and was once home to the American Hoe Company.  It was most recently occupied by Lambert Kay, a manufacturer of products for pets. The company went out of business and abandoned the site in 1993.

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In case you missed it: Work on American Mural Project almost complete

WINSTED —There is light at the end of the tunnel for the American Mural Project (AMP), which is located at 74 Whiting St. in Winsted.
Back in 2006, AMP founder Ellen Griesedieck (a resident of Sharon) purchased the old brick building where the Winsted Hosiery Factory had operated for many years. She began work there on a mural that will be 120 feet long, five stories high and 10-stories deep. 

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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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