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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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Effect artist Tyler Green finds the beauty on the outside

WINSTED — Tyler Green, a 2014 contestant in the SYFY television show “Face Off,” has opened a studio in the Whiting Mills building on Holabird Avenue.
The former mill is home to dozens of artists, who create everything from soaps and candles to book covers to gallery-worthy artworks. 
Green will be using his studio space to make masks, teach special effects makeup and also create medical prosthetics. 

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Delicious gifts at Winsted shop

WINSTED — It might not be an obvious choice but the Health Food Corner at 390 Main St. in Winsted is a popular destination for holiday gifts.
“People like to stay healthy,” Sue Bailey said. She and her husband, Robert, opened the shop 12 years ago and still have a corner on the market so to speak.
“We are the only kid on the block when it comes to health foods and organic foods,” Robert Bailey said.
The Baileys said their big seller for the holiday season has consistently been the customizable gift baskets.

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Snowplow crushes welcome sign in Winsted

WINSTED — A large wooden sign welcoming visitors to town was destroyed in late November, apparently during a snowstorm.
The sign, which was located on Route 44 on the Winsted and Barkhamsted border, was originally installed in July 2013 by the town’s Economic Development Commission.
The commission spent several years raising money to create and install signs at gateways leading into town.

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Death toll for 2018 car crashes rises to 11

WINSTED — The Winchester Police Department has released the names of the five people involved in a fatal one-car crash on Monday, Nov. 27, on North Main Street/Route 8 in Winsted. 
The names of the driver and the four passengers in her vehicle had not been released at press time for the Nov. 29 issue of The Lakeville Journal because the families had not yet been notified.
The driver and front-seat passenger died in the crash, which occurred at about 11:30 p.m.

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Major new medical center is planned for Winsted

WINSTED — After a 90-minute public hearing on Monday, Nov. 26, Winsted’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved a major medical center to be constructed by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) on Main Street.
At the hearing, representatives from CHH (which is now affiliated with Hartford HealthCare) presented revised plans that included increasing the size of the building from 25,000 to 30,000 square feet.

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Double-fatal car crash in Winsted

WINSTED — A fatal one-car crash was reported by the Winchester Police Department. The crash occurred at about 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27, on North Main Street/Route 8. 
Names of the two victims and three surviving passengers in the vehicle had not been released at press time for The Lakeville Journal because the families had not yet been notified.

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A helping hand, all year long

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.

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Hinsdale building project moves ahead

WINSTED — The Winchester School District continues to go forward with a project to renovate and reopen Hinsdale Elementary School.
After more than 50 years of operation, the school was closed in 2016 during the district’s state receivership, which lasted from June 2015 to August 2017. 
Back in July, the Board of Selectmen approved the district’s request to form a school building committee.
Later in July, the committee put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) to find an architectural firm.

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Charlotte Hungerford plans up-to-date medical center in Winsted

WINSTED — Representatives from Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) presented plans for a new medical center on South Main Street in Winsted to that town’s Board of Selectmen on Monday, Nov. 5.
According to representatives at the meeting, once completed the medical center would consolidate the various services Charlotte Hungerford offers in town into one building.

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After two years, Holabird Avenue bridge open again

WINSTED — It took two years but repairs to the Holabird Avenue bridge are finally complete and the bridge opened to traffic again on Monday, Oct. 29.
Even before the two-year closure, the bridge was frequently shut down for quick fixes, such as in early 2014 when it was closed for four months because there were so many potholes and because pieces of rebar were sticking out.
In January 2014, the state said it would pay $4.8 million for a repair project.

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