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A major piece of real estate in the heart of the downtown Winsted area has been sold, to a local company.

The four-story building at 398 Main St. was sold on July 24 by former owner Marty Goldin of Brooklyn, N.Y., to property management firm Impetus Properties LLC of Winsted.

According to town records, the building was sold for $910,000.

It was originally built as the Hotel Winchester in 1898 and, over the years, was turned into an office and apartment building.

Goldin, through his company KBK Capital LLC, purchased the building in 2012 for $730,000.

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Winsted

Re-opening of Hinsdale building recommended

WINSTED — The Capitol Region Education Council’s (CREC) Construction Services Division is recommending the re-opening of Hinsdale Elementary School and the closing of Batcheller Early Education Center.
CREC  is a grassroots group that works with schools in  towns near the state capital in Hartford.
The organization recommended on Jan. 19 that work should begin as soon as possible to repair the Hinsdale School, so students can begin to attend classes there in 2019-20. 

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Books, crafts and hijinks in Winsted

WINSTED  — The Beardsley and Memorial Library invited parents to Take Your Child to the Library on Saturday, Feb. 3 — and more than 60 children and their parents did just that.
This year’s event featured “The Giant Jumperee,” written by Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury.
Children’s Librarian Carol Parent read the book out loud  and then the youngsters got to work on craft projects based on the tale. They cut out paper dolls based on the characters in the book and then held a high jump contest.

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Inspiration and conversation about helping towns grow

WINSTED — The Northwest Hills Council of Governments (NHCOG) held its third annual Economic Development Summit on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The NHCOG is made up of first selectmen from 21 Litchfield County towns. The summit was held at Mad River Lofts.
An estimated 150 people attended the event including town officials and representatives from groups such as the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, the Connecticut Small Business Development Center and the state  Department of Economic and Community Development.

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The Yankee town meeting explained

WINSTED — Author Susan Clark spoke about the history of the New England town meeting and how “slow” democracy can bring people together, at the Community Bookstore in Winsted on Saturday, Jan. 27.
Clark is the co-author of “All Those In Favor: Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting and Community,” which was published in 2005, and “Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home,” which was published in 2012.

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Land trust buys former TorWin Farm

 WINSTED — The Winchester Land Trust (WLT) has purchased a 121-acre former horse farm on the Winsted and Torrington border.
The property was formerly known as the TorWin Farm and was once owned by Gail Borden, the inventor of condensed milk.
The land trust purchased the property from owners Cara and Ken Blazier.

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Some regrets but mostly kudos for manager

WINSTED — Winsted Town Manager Robert Geiger received high praise during his annual evaluation at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Geiger, a resident of Barkhamsted, was hired by the board on Feb. 1, 2016. When asked what he felt he’s done well in the past year, he said he’s kept a close eye on town finances, worked closely with other boards in town and approached problems with a personal, hands-on approach. 

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Making music, building community at Mad River

WINSTED — Frank Guglielmino and his son, Sam, hope their new Mad River Music shop will be more than just a place to buy sheet music and instruments. They want their new business to build community.
“Music brings people together,” Sam said. “We live in a time when there is so much technology. People are always on their phones all the time. Music offers them an alternative; it’s something they can do and create. There is no other place in this area for people to get gear if they want to get started.”

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Bank offers to donate former building to town

WINSTED — Bank of America has offered to donate to the town of Winsted its former bank building at 44 Elm St.
The bank closed that location in July; it has been vacant since then.
According to the town’s online assessor’s database, the building was built in 1955 and is appraised at $796,800. It is two stories high and on 0.6 acres of land.
Town Manager Robert Geiger told the Winsted Board of Selectmen at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16, about the bank’s offer. 

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Finances better but still strained in Winsted

At the Winsted Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16, town Finance Director Bruce Stratford reported that the town-wide audit for fiscal 2016-17 will be completed and available in February.
For many years the town has been late in completing fiscal audits and submitting them to the state, especially during the final years of former Finance Director Henry Centrella, who was convicted in 2014 of embezzling $2 million from the town.
Stratford said he has filed several extensions with the state in order to complete the fiscal 2016-17 audit.

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Delays, yes, but Co-op still growing strong

WINSTED — The Mad River Market Co-op, which was originally scheduled to open this year, will not open until 2019, according to Glen Zeh, president of the market’s board of directors.
The Co-op formed in April after the closing of the Winsted Super Saver IGA grocery store. It is expected to be part of the Edge Works on the former Lambert Kay property. 
There have been delays in selling the Lambert Kay site to Parker Benjamin Real Estate Services.

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