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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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After long struggle, Winsted back in black

WINSTED — While there have been years where the town has faced budget troubles, in fiscal 2017-18 it did well with its finances according to Winsted Finance Director Bruce Stratford.
Stratford told the Board of Selectmen at its Monday, July 16, meeting that the town finished the last fiscal year on June 30 with a surplus of $377,000. 
He said that the state paid more in municipal aid than the town originally anticipated, which allowed for the extra funds.

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Teaching young readers of the horrors of the Holocaust

WINSTED — A tale about a teenager rebuilding her life after being held in a concentration camp may seem like an unusual topic for a Young Adult novel.
Author Vesper Stamper said she wrote her book, “What the Night Sings,” which was published in February by Knopf Books for Young Readers, as a way to educate readers about the Holocaust and its effects on people’s lives.
Stamper, a resident of Jersey City, N.J., spoke about her book at the Beardsley and Memorial Library on Saturday, July 21.

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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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