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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.

George Madore, who has volunteered at the soup kitchen for 10 years, said...

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Inspiration from Mad River Literary Fest

WINSTED — Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) held its 22nd annual Mad River Literary Festival on Tuesday, April 10, and Wednesday, April 11.
The event coincided with the publication of the college’s annual Mad River Anthology, a collection of student literary work and photography.
During the first day of the festival, several of the students whose work was published in the anthology read their work.
They were joined by members of the college’s staff, who read their own work.

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A mother’s sacrifice, a daughter’s pain

WINSTED — Johanna Idrovo-Sarmiento spoke to her fellow students about the horrors of her childhood in Ecuador, at Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s (NCCC) Human Rights Consortium on Monday, April 16.
Last March, Idrovo-Sarmiento attended the annual Consortium for Human Rights in Oxford, England. She found inspiration there, she said, to help others who have grown up in countries that are wracked with poverty and violence.

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Living better lives by studying the past

WINSTED — “Conflict and Compromise” was the theme for students in grades seven and eight at Northwestern Regional Middle School, who made  presentations on Tuesday, April 10, as part of Connecticut History Day.
The students could choose to present a video documentary, a website, an exhibit or a performance.
One group of students put together a documentary on the life of Sally Ride, the first female American astronaut in space.

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Fantasy fans converge at NCCC

WINSTED — Superheroes, villains and aliens of all shapes and sizes met up at Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s (NCCC) first ever Comm-Con, which was held on Thursday, April 19.
The event was a comic book, science fiction and cosplay convention that included vendors and displays at the Greenwoods Gym.

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Down memory lane with Laurel Fest queens

WINSTED — This year’s Winsted Laurel Festival is scheduled for June 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.
The Laurel Festival was started in 1934 and named for the state flower, the mountain laurel, which grows in abundance around Winsted. The first Laurel Queen was crowned that year, in what was, in those days, a beauty pageant; the competition has since become a scholarship competition.

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Former Lambert Kay building finally sold

WINSTED — After 16 years, the town of Winsted has finally sold the former Lambert Kay property on Lake Street.
Built for the American Hoe Co. in 1852, it was purchased by the town in 2002 after then-owners Lambert Kay Company went out of business.
On Friday, April 6, after many years, the town’s struggles to sell the property finally came to an end as representatives from Parker Benjamin Real Estate Services signed the paperwork at Town Hall to buy the property.

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Griebel is independent gubernatorial candidate

WINSTED —  The Winsted Community Bookstore on Main Street continued its series of talks by candidates for governor with a visit by independent candidate Oz Griebel on Saturday, April 7.
Griebel, a Hartford native, has never held an elected office. He ran as a Republican primary candidate in the 2010 election.
He was the CEO of BankBoston Connecticut from 1993 to 1999. From 2001 until last July, he was president and CEO of MetroHartford Alliance.

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NCCC nursing students volunteer during break

WINSTED — For many college students spring break means fun in the sun at some beach somewhere or an exquisite trip to a foreign land.
For a group of Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) Nursing Program students, spring break was about volunteering their vacation time for a good cause.
From March 14 to March 18 the group of NCCC students spent their time volunteering for Remote Area Medical, a non-profit organization.

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Former Super Saver IGA to be a medical clinic

WINSTED — The Community Health and Wellness Center of Greater Torrington (CHWC) announced the purchase of the Winsted Super Saver IGA building on Monday, March 26.
CHWC is a non-profit organization that offers medical care to residents all throughout the Northwest Corner regardless of their ability to pay, including a sliding fee scale payment plan for patients in financial need.
Located in Torrington, CHWC opened a second location in 2011 as the Winsted Health Center on Spenser Street 

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Fishing and outdoor store comes to Main Street

WINSTED —  The recently opened Still River Outfitters, located at 236 Main St., offers a selection of fishing and outdoor gear, along with survival and preparedness supplies.
The store was opened at the beginning of March by David Ragozzine who is a native of Woodbridge.

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