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WINSTED — After deliberating in executive session for one hour on Tuesday, July 25, the town’s Ethics Commission voted to dismiss four separate ethics complaints made by Super Saver IGA owner John Dwan against four members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The complaints were originally filed by Dwan on May 1 against commission members George Closson, Barbara Wilkes, Art Melycher and commission alternate Lee Thomsen.

They were made after the commission ruled on April 10 against Community Health and Wellness of Greater Torrington’s (CHWC) special...

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Guilty plea in connection with Winsted heroin death

WINSTED — According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Connecticut, Waterbury resident Peter Haskell, 32, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin on Wednesday, July 12.
The plea was announced via a press release and included details of how Haskell’s case is connected to the overdose death of a Winsted resident in 2016.

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Book festival next week

WINSTED —  The second annual Booming Winsted Book Festival is scheduled for Friday, July 21, Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23.
The event will be held at the Winsted Community Bookstore at 414 Main St.
The festival was organized by Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, former presidential candidate and president of the American Museum of Tort Law.

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P&Z approve regulation and map changes

WINSTED —  The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved various changes to its regulations and zoning maps during its meeting on Monday, July 10.
The changes were approved after a sparsely attended public hearing on the proposed changes.
The current zoning regulations were put into effect in October 2016. Before then, the regulations had not been updated since the 1950’s.

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New flag for Senior Center

Members of Winsted Senior Center commemorated Flag Day with a ceremony and luncheon on June 14. Also attending the event were members of both American Legion Post  No. 43 and VFW Post No. 296. Participants raised a new flag that was donated by center van driver Joe Landor and resident Janet Closson. 

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Charity golf tournament for Special Olympics

WINSTED — Winsted native and professional golfer Bobby Gage came home for a charity golf tournament for Special Olympics on Saturday, July 8 at Green Woods Country Club.
The day before the tournament on Friday, July 7, Gage conducted a clinic which was attended by a dozen Special Olympics athletes.
Gage took part in the tournament on July 8.

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Good times and good tunes at kickoff concert

WINSTED —  Friends of Main Street’s annual summer concert series kicked off with a concert by the Zolla Boys at Soldiers’ Monument on Thursday, July 6. 
Residents packed the park around the monument for the concert.
It was the second year in a row that The Zolla Boys kicked off the concert series.
The band played a combination of originals and cover songs by artists such as Woody Guthrie and Simon and Garfunkel.

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Larson talks about state of health care

WINSTED —  Congressman John Larson (D-1) spoke to an audience of more than 100 people at the Licia and Mason Beekley Community Library at a town hall-style meeting on Thursday, July 6.
The primary subject of the meeting was the continued debate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, in Congress.
One of President Donald J. Trump’s (R) campaign promises when he was running in 2016 was to replace the ACA with a new health care system.
In May, the House of Representatives passed a measure to repeal and replace the ACA.

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Case talks about state budget

WINSTED —  State Rep. Jay Case (R-63) spoke about the state’s budget woes at his discussion at the Winsted Senior Center on Thursday, July 6.
Fifteen residents attended the event and talked to Case about funding issues for programs, area transportation issues and community resources.
The official legislative session ended on June 7, and despite a special session, lawmakers failed to adopt an official biennial budget.

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NCCC building to open in August

WINSTED —  After several years of planning, construction on Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s (NCCC) Joyner Health Science Center, will be ready to open on Tuesday, Aug. 29, according to college President Michael Rooke.
Rooke said a ribbon cutting ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 12.
The building will house NCCC’s Allied Health programs starting in the fall semester.
Plans for the center have been in place since 2008, when NCCC received a $4 million donation.

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Despite rain, HLWA benefit goes on

WINSTED —  The  nonprofit Highland Lake Watershed Association (HLWA) held its13th annual benefit, An Evening on Highland Lake, on Saturday, July 8, at the home of Matt and Joanne Smith, featuring wine and beer tasting by the Ledgebrook Spirit Shop, food from several local restaurants and live music.
During portions of the event heavy rain fell.
Despite the foul weather, attendees all gathered around under a canopy in the Smith’s yard and enjoyed the event.

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