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WINSTED — The Winsted Senior Center has purchased a new van, with help from a grant from the Department of Transportation.

The state paid for 80 percent of the $55,000 purchase price of the new Ford TranStar van; the town paid the remaining 20 percent.

Winsted Senior Center Director Jennifer Kelley said that the two vans the center owns are no longer reliable.  

“We needed something we could depend on,” she said.

The van is used to take Winsted residents who are 55 and older, and residents who have disabilities, to medical appointments...

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Winsted forms drug task force to fight opioid abuse

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.

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Dart league starts new season

WINSTED —  The Northwest Connecticut Dart League opened its registrations for their 2017-18 season on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
Organized by Michael “Woody” Woodworth in his 10th year, the league is inviting casual and experienced players, individuals and teams to jump into the action, with a chance to win cash prizes. 

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No more words

This is the final issue of The Winsted Journal.

After 21 years of publication, the contents of The Winsted Journal, along with articles and news pertaining to our coverage area, will be folded into The Lakeville Journal.

Over the past 21 years, through thick and thin, The Winsted Journal has covered the good, bad and everything in-between.

Business owners learn about taxes

WINSTED — On Monday, Aug. 14, Kristin Roberts of The Roberts Tax Group hosted an interactive presentation and discussion on “Taxation For Small Business” at Noujaim’s Bistro.
“I have a tax firm in Torrington and I grew up here in Winsted,” Roberts told her audience. “I am an enrolled agent, and my license is with the United States Department of Treasury, so I am licensed to represent taxpayers in front of the IRS in any state, which is unlike a CPA.”

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Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson Outlasting the blues

Theresa Wright performed a soulful set at East End Park on Thursday, Aug. 17 with her band. More than 100 residents attended the concert. 

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One last dance

Residents  Rose Marie Auffrey and John Speziale danced the night away on Thursday, Aug. 17, at East End Park in Winsted, listening to Theresa Wright & Co. play a selection of soul standards. Wright and her band performed songs by Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. The concert was part of the Friends of Main Street’s summer concert series. The series ended on Thursday, Aug. 24, with a performance by The Harmonious Brass Choir.

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State will not cut Winsted ECS funds

WINSTED —  While other surrounding towns are scheduled to lose Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funds from the state, Winsted is currently safe from any cuts, according to Town Manager Robert Geiger and Superintendent of the Winchester School District Melony Brady-Shanley.
At the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Aug. 21, Geiger read into a record a letter authored by both himself and Brady-Shanley.

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P&Z considers new development

WINSTED —  The Planning and Zoning Commission is considering an application to build an office building on Torrington Road.
The application was submitted by Cannavo Development LLC on June 12.
According to the application, the company wants to build a 4,750-square-foot building for offices.
The property is adjacent to the Crystal Peak Banquet Facility at 164 Torrington Road.
The project is expected to take three to four months to complete and will take place on the eastern side of the property.

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P&Z holds ‘informal’ conversation

WINSTED — The Planning and Zoning Commission held a conversation with property owner Tom Iffland at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 14.
While the conversation was held at a public meeting with all members of the commission in attendance, it was listed as an “Informal Discussion” on the meeting’s agenda.
“This is informal,” Commission Chairman Craig Sanden said before Iffland spoke to the commission.
Iffland, and his company Iffland Industries, is the owner of 41 Meadow St., the former location of Son Chief Industries.

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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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