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WINSTED — The city of Winsted is forming its own task force to help fight opioid use and to help residents to get treatment. The initiative was the idea of Selectman Todd Arcelaschi.

Arcelaschi said that the task force will include himself, Town of Winchester Police Chief William Fitzgerald (Winsted is a city in the town of Winchester), licensed clinical social worker Hope Payson, Connecticut Office of Rural Health Manager Mary Winar, and Leslie Polito, who is a registered nurse with the Torrington Area Health District.

Arcelaschi said that the other spots on the task...

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WFD’s carnival fun for families

WINSTED —  The Winsted Fire Department held its 155th annual carnival Aug. 16 to 19 at the fairgrounds on Rowley Street with rides including a children’s roller coaster and ferris wheel.
There was a beer garden for adults and music provided by various DJs throughout the event.
Friday, Aug. 18, was a total washout for the carnival as rain fell all afternoon and night.
However, it was sunny and dry Saturday, Aug. 19, as the carnival held its last day, which featured its traditional parade down Main Street.

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Trump’s statement: too little, too late

An essential duty of a president is to use their amplified voice to make peace and create positive change. Powerful rhetoric in presidential statements has the strength to prevent riots and uprisings, and keep citizens safe. It is the president who voices the values, wants, needs and fears of the country. 

Elks, Salvation Army team up

The Winsted Elks Lodge and the Salvation Army of Winsted gave away backpacks to students in need on Monday, Aug. 14. The Elks provided 100 backpacks with school supplies, and the Salvation Army provided an additional 50 backpacks. Pictured are Winsted Elks Lodge member Karen Papp, Waterbury Elks Lodge member Emma Williams, Winsted Elks Club member Vincent Ferrante and Salvation Army Regional Coordinator Pamela Carignan.

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Exhibit celebrates architecture and landscape

WINSTED — On Saturday, Aug. 12, the Winsted Community Bookstore hosted a reception and meet-and-greet to commemorate the opening of a new exhibit celebrating the history, architecture and landscape of the Northwest Corner.
The exhibit is called “Three Ladies and Two Gents,” and features the works of Lara Green-Kazlauskas, Rachel Welcome, Holly Cassaday, Dylan Amery and Eli Pasternack.

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Aton Forest: unique habitat

Many may not be aware that tucked in-between Norfolk and Colebrook against the Massachusetts line is an ecological research station called Aton Forest Inc.
The forest itself preserves over 2,300 acres of habitat unique to the state. With an elevation of 1,250 to 1,655 feet, and part of the Berkshire Plateau, the forest’s flora and fauna has a northern character. Wildlife include moose and loons, despite the fact that Connecticut is very far south for them to breed. 

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Library group looking for space to store books

WINSTED —  The Friends of the Beardsley and Memorial Library is looking for space to store books.
The group is a nonprofit organization that provides supplemental funding to the library in order for it to provide programs and activities. 
Friends member Paul Hart said that the organization stores books donated by residents in the library for various benefit book sales throughout the year.

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Resident arrested for alleged sexual assault

WINSTED —  Resident Aaron Bugbee, 24, was arrested by the Winchester Police Department on Thursday, Aug 10.
According to a press release by Chief William Fitzgerald, Bugbee was arrested by the department on charges including criminal attempt to commit sexual assault in the first degree, sexual assault in the third degree, assault in the second degree on persons over 60 years in age and breach of peace.
The charges stem from an incident on Monday, Aug. 7, at the Community Book Store at 414 Main St.

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Animal rights advocates speak at museum

WINSTED —  The American Museum of Tort Law held its “Spotlight on Animal Rights” event on Wednesday, Aug 9.
More than 100 residents attended the event which included a lecture by University of Connecticut School of Law Professor Jessica Rubin, State Director of the Humane Society of the United States Annie Hornish and State Rep. Diana Urban (D-43).
Urban is the author of Desmond’s Law which was passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in October 2016.

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O’Heron to run for BOS

WINSTED —  At this November’s municipal elections there will be two residents running as petitioning candidates.
Town Clerk Sheila Sedlack confirmed last week that both candidates have received enough signatures to run as petitioning candidates this November.
As reported in the May 12 edition of The Winsted Journal, current selectman Todd Arcelaschi, a Republican, announced that he would run as a petitioning candidate for the board instead of running with the Republican Town Committee.

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Bridge repair project still ‘on schedule’

WINSTED — A project to repair the bridge on Holabird Avenue is on schedule, according to state Department of Transportation Communications Director Kevin Nursick.
The project, which was many years in the works, started in September 2016.
Back in December 2013, the state approved a $2.4 million bond for the project.
When the project was first announced, it was estimated that it would take 500 days for its completion and was expected to be finished by early 2018.

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