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WINSTED — Throughout her career in arts management, Amy Wynn has found herself in positions that didn’t exist — at least until she came along. 

Her new role as the first executive director of the Winsted-based American Mural Project (AMP) — hailed by its founder as the largest indoor collaborative art project in the world — is no exception. 

 “No position I’ve had in my career had existed before I took it,” said Wynn as she reflected on the path that landed her at the helm of the AMP less than a month ago....

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Laurel Festival in Winsted this weekend includes Main Street parade Sunday

WINSTED —  Winsted’s 84th annual Laurel Festival will be held at locations throughout town on Friday, June 8, Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10. 
The festival is organized by the Laurel Commission and dates back to 1934;  no festivals were held beginning in 1942, because of World War II.
It was restarted in 1949 but then it stopped again in 1950. In 1952 it was restarted yet again and continued until 1968. In 1981 the festival was restarted and it has continued ever since.

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Down memory lane with Laurel Fest

WINSTED — This year’s Winsted Laurel Festival is scheduled for June 8 to 10. In addition to the other festivities, past queens are being invited back to take part in the parade and have a seat of honor on the bandstand when the 2018 queen is crowned.

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Fallen soldiers honored at ceremonies

Soldiers who died during their military service to their country were remembered at several Memorial Day ceremonies in Winsted on Monday, May 28. 
The day began with a commemoration at Soldiers’ Monument on Crown Street.
The 44-foot-tall structure, which is the second highest monument in the state, was dedicated in 1890 as a tribute to more than 300 Winsted-area soldiers who served in the Civil War.

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World War II remembered at Winsted monument

WINSTED — The 44-foot-tall Soldiers’ Monument in Winsted will be celebrated in a ceremony on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
The monument, which is on Crown Street, was used as an Air Observer Corps observation post during World War II.
Dedicated in 1890 and built as a tribute to the more than 300 Winsted-area soldiers who served in the Civil War, it is the second highest monument in the state.

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Winsted’s budget is set for vote on June 2

WINSTED — Winsted taxpayers will vote on the proposed 2018-19 spending plans in a referendum on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Pearson Middle School.
The referendum was scheduled by residents who attended the annual budget town meeting, which was held at The Gilbert School on Monday, May 14.
The meeting was relatively quick and lasted only 22 minutes with more than 70 residents attending.

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Despite concerns, town rehires financial audit firm

WINSTED — Despite reservations, the Board of Selectmen in Winsted unanimously voted at its meeting on Monday, May 7, to rehire King, King & King Associates of Winsted as town auditors.
The company has served as the auditors for the town for the past six years.
The previous contract with the company was for three years,  according to Finance Director Bruce Stratford. The new contract is for one year.

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Winsted gets worst of storm

WINSTED —  A series of four tornadoes plowed through the state along with violent thunder and hail storms on Tuesday, May 15.
According to the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., an EF-1 tornado hit Winsted at 3:44 p.m. 
The EF (Enhanced Fujita) scale is used in meteorology to rate the intensity of tornadoes and the damage that they cause.

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New kiosk system comes to Winsted’s McD’s

WINSTED — The McDonald’s restaurant on South Main Street has installed four of the company’s new electronic kiosks.
The kiosks allow customers to order and pay for their meal on a touchscreen computer (and skip the line at the counter). A restaurant employee brings the food to the table when it’s ready.
A spokesperson for McDonald’s said the kiosks have been introduced at more than 150 of the company’s restaurants across New England. 

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Four arrested in cupcake case

WINSTED — Four former Gilbert School students were arrested and charged by the Winchester Police Department for their involvement with distributing tainted cupcakes last year at the high school.
The incident took place on June 7, 2017, a few days before the school’s commencement ceremony.

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For American Mural Project, grants give room to grow

WINSTED — Winsted’s notable old industrial buildings continue to grow into interesting new iterations. One of the most interesting is the American Mural Project (AMP) on Whiting Street, a massive art-and-education undertaking spearheaded by Sharon resident Ellen Griesedieck. 
Griesedieck purchased the former Winsted Hosiery Factory in 2006 and has been hard at work for the past dozen years not only creating the centerpiece mural but also raising funds, raising awareness and raising the roof of the building. 

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