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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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The eighth annual Winchester Center Day was held on Saturday, Sept. 30, with activities on the Green and at the Winchester Grange, the Winchester Center Historical Association’s museum and the Winchester Center Congregational Church.
On the Green, the Winchester Fire Department displayed some of its fire trucks and explained what turnout gear is and how firemen’s foam works.
There was also an antique car show and a performance of acoustic music at the gazebo.

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Winsted weighs closing a school

WINSTED —During her discussion with the Board of Selectmen on Monday, Sept. 18, at Town Hall, Winchester Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley briefly discussed the possibility of reopening the Hinsdale Elementary School building and closing the Batcheller Elementary School.
The school district owns three buildings: Batcheller, Hinsdale and Pearson Middle School.

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Town officials fear that new charter school could hurt existing schools

WINSTED — Three town officials have sent a letter to the state’s Department of Education strongly opposing plans for a second charter school in Winsted.
In early August at a Board of Selectmen’s meeting, Teresa Sullivan, executive director for the Connecticut Academy for the Arts (CAFTA), announced plans to open a charter school in Winsted in 2018.
Sullivan said that the school would not be a branch of CAFTA, but a separate entity called Winchester Academy. 

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NCCC opens science and vet tech center

WINSTED — Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) in Winsted celebrated the opening of the new Joyner Health Science Center on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Hundreds of people, including town and state officials, attended.
The building has been open since the beginning of the fall semester on Aug. 29.
Planning began in 2008 when NCCC received a $4 million donation to create the science center. The state authorized $24.7 million for the project in 2015.

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Author’s theory on Malaysia crash, and other aviation tragedies

WINSTED — Christine Negroni, author of the book “The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World’s Most Mysterious Air Disasters,” gave a talk at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, Sept. 9.
In the book, Negroni writes in depth about well-known aircraft crashes throughout aviation history, offering analysis on how the crashes took place.
The main focus of her talk was the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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Understanding laws, protecting our freedoms, at museum talk

WINSTED — On Sept. 17, 1787, delegates of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed and formally ratified the United States Constitution.
Last weekend, 230 years later, the American Museum of Tort Law in Winsted celebrated Constitution Day with a discussion featuring former television host Phil Donahue and Yale Law School Professor Akhil Reed Amar.
The discussion was held on Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Winsted United Methodist Church, which is next door to the museum.

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Co-op and art bar to open at Lambert Kay site

WINSTED — Almost two months after purchasing the former Lambert Kay property, Parker Benjamin Real Estate Services of Unionville, Conn., has announced two new reservations for spaces in the building.
“Seventy percent of the first floor of the building has now been reserved,” Parker Benjamin managing broker Brian Lyman  said. “We still have space on both the first and second floors.”
Winsted residents approved the purchase of the property at a special town meeting 15 years ago, after the Lambert Kay company went out of business.

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Bubble machines, hero music, and high hopes for school year just begun

WINSTED — Students returning to Batcheller Early Education Center in Winsted were greeted with chalk drawings saying “Welcome to school!” The cheery decorations had been provided by the school’s PTO for the first day of classes in the Winchester School District, which  was Wednesday, Aug. 30.
The PTO also provided welcome-to-school balloons, a bubble machine and, as students walked into the entranceway, “superhero” music played as teachers greeted incoming students.

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New teachers in Winchester schools

WINCHESTER — The first day for students in the Winchester Public School District was Wednesday, Aug. 30.
This year, in the Batcheller Early Education Center and Pearson Middle School, the district has hired six new teachers.
For Batcheller, the school’s new employees are art teacher Susanna Martinez-Bauer (long-term sub pending certification), pre-kindergarten teacher Ashley Holland (salary: $$22,263.54, .5FTE) and library media teacher Jarrad McGlamery (long-term sub pending certification). 

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Bringing the arts to Winsted and its Mad River Lofts

WSINTED — A former industrial building in the center of Winsted has been converted to a Main Street work center. Although it’s designed to welcome all types of small businesses, the Mad River Lofts complex is meant to be particularly welcoming to artists. 
It was appropriate, therefore, that a ribbon cutting ceremony there on Wednesday, Aug. 30, had an arts component, with the debut of a show of work by artists from Winsted, Torrington, New Britain and Granby.

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