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WINSTED — Christian Allyn of North Canaan sought advice on how to keep up with his business, Invasive Plant Solutions, which is, literally and figuratively, growing out of control. Marianne Burns of Burlington, who is launching a personal concierge service dedicated to helping seniors, needed input on scalability, competition and potential roadblocks. Catherine Tatge, award-winning PBS filmmaker, asked for direction on how to enlist the support of businesses for her Democracy 2020 Youth Media Challenge.

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Live music enlivens the hot summer nights of Winsted

WINSTED — Sweet music was in the air as the Farmington Valley Band kicked off the Friends of Main Street’s summer concert series at East End Park on Thursday, July 12.
This is the ninth season of the free concert series, which over the years has included a diversity of musical styles, including rock, jazz, folk, Irish music, funk and big band.
The Farmington Valley Band, made up of 35 musicians, has been part of the concert series since it first started in 2009.

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If voted by town, Hinsdale School could reopen

WINSTED — The Winsted Board of Selectmen decided at its meeting on Monday, July 2, to form a school building committee that will begin the solid planning toward a referendum vote in November on the renovation and reopening of the Hinsdale Elementary School.

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Fire remains under investigation

WINSTED — Firefighters from several departments in the Northwest Corner were called to the scene of a structure fire on Saturday, June 30.
According to Winsted Fire Department Chief David Sartirana, the fire damaged a home located at 147 Torringford St.
The fire started around 7 p.m. in the second story of the house.

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First girl joins Cub Scout Pack 1027

WINSTED — While she may be too young to realize it, 5-year-old Juliette Ricci made local history when she became the first girl to join Cub Scout Pack 1027 at the beginning of June.
Back in October, the national Boy Scouts of America organization announced that it would allow girls into its Cub Scout program this year.
The organization also announced that older girls would be able to enroll as Boy Scouts in 2019.
The change reverses 108 years of organization policy that did not allow females into either program.

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Winsted Farmers Market in new location

WINSTED — After seven seasons of holding the market on Friday afternoons at East End Park, this year the Winsted Farmers Market will be held at Rowley Field on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., until Sept. 23.
Market Master Phillip Allen said there are nine vendors this year, including Bristol’s Farm, Nakoma Farm, Husky Meadow Farm, Better Baking by Beth and Boy Scout Troop 1027.
There will also be guest vendors including Gemini Moon Designs, Rolling Rock Salt and artist Karen Rossi.

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Making their way, together, into the future

WINSTED — Awash in the glow of admiration from friends and family members and lifted up by the cheers and support of their community, 81 members of The Gilbert School’s Class of 2018 received their diplomas at the school’s 123rd commencement ceremony on Friday, June 22.
A quasi-private school servings grades seven to 12, Gilbert has become known for its unique international program, which brings students from all over the world to study in Winsted. 

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Remembering the greatest generation in Winsted

WINSTED — Although it was originally built to honor soldiers who had fought in the Civil War, Soldiers’ Monument on Crown Street also played an important role in World War II. 
The monument and its history as an Air Observer Corps Observation Post were celebrated on Saturday, June 16, by the Soldiers’ Monument Commission.
The Soldiers’ Monument was dedicated in 1890 as a tribute to the more than 300 Winsted-area soldiers who served in the Civil War. 

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84 years of Laurel Festivities

WINSTED — It was a grand time for all at Winsted’s 84th annual Laurel Festival, which began on Friday, June 8, and ended on Sunday, June 10, with the crowning of this year’s king and queen.
On June 8 the traditional Laurel Ball, when the contestants for king and queen were announced, was held at East End Park for the first time ever. 
The following day, there was a community festival in the park.

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Town pursuing blight cases

WINSTED — Winsted is moving forward with two blight enforcement cases, according to Town Manager Robert Geiger and Town Attorney Kevin Nelligan.
The two spoke about the cases during the Board of Selectmen’s regular meeting at Winsted Town Hall on Monday, June 4.
Geiger and Nelligan described in detail the process of how they pursue property owners in these types of cases, which they both said can be quite difficult.

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Disappointment in town: Ledgebrook Rite Aid closing

WINSTED — The Rite Aid store in the Ledgebrook Shopping Plaza will close on July 3. The store’s pharmacy will close on Tuesday, June 19.
In June 2017, it was announced that Rite Aid would sell a majority of its stores and related assets to Walgreens for $5.175 billion. The sale was completed in late March of this year.
Walgreens’ spokesman Philip Caruso said the company purchased 1,932 locations from Rite Aid.

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