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WINSTED — Josh Toth is feeling pretty good about himself these days. And why shouldn’t he.

After all, he’s just 20 years old, making a living doing what he loves, and the sky is the limit for him professionally.

The former Winsted resident, who graduated from Torrington’s Oliver Wolcott Technical School two years ago, recently wrapped up the 2017 Grand National Cross Country VC2 250 Series (16-to-24 year olds) X2 Pro Lites Championships, winning eight out of the first 11 races of the year. With three races remaining on the Series’ slate, he has...

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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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Association’s Boat Parade goes swimmingly well

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The Flood of 1955 and the Centrella Case

Remembering The Winsted Journal

The Flood of ’55

While The Winsted Journal started its publication in 1996, 31 years after The Flood of 1955, the effects and the impact of the event still linger many years after it took place.

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Zumba classes on Highland Lake

WINSTED —  A weekly Zumba class is being held during the summer at Highland Lake on Monday evenings, led by Patricia Pepen.
Pepen also has classes at Dance ‘N Beyond Studio in Winsted and Becoming Balanced Studio in Torrington. 
“Zumba is cardio workout which involves Latin dance techniques and routines that make you move your entire body,” Pepen said. “It is good because you burn calories and beneficial because you learn how to dance to Latin music.”

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Professor seeks to start community darkroom

WINSTED —  “When photography was invented in 1839, pundits said that painting was dead,” said Artwell Executive Director and photography instructor at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) Michael Yurgeles. “What actually happened was that photography freed painting to go in new directions, such as Impressionism. 
“Now digital photography is freeing film photography to evolve in very creative, unexpected ways.”

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Charter school plans to open in Winsted

WINSTED —  The Connecticut Academy for the Arts (CAFTA) is planning to open a charter school in Winsted some time in 2018, according to the organization’s Executive Director Teresa Sullivan.
Sullivan made the announcement at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Aug. 7.
In an interview after the meeting, Sullivan said that the organization is in the process of applying to the state to operate the charter school.

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Soup to nuts at The Health Food Corner

WINSTED —  The Health Food Corner, which recently celebrated its 11th anniversary, is located at 390 Main St.
Husband and wife co-owners Bob and Sue Bailey want residents to know that, despite the closing of the Super Saver IGA this spring, grocery items are still available from a Main Street store.
Bob Bailey emphasized that the store offers almost all of the same items any grocery store has.

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Ad hoc drug task force to be formed

WINSTED —  At the behest of Selectman Todd Arcelaschi, the town will be forming an ad hoc task force on the opioid crisis and addiction.
Arcelaschi gave a presentation at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Aug. 7, which detailed why he felt the task force was needed.
After his presentation, none of the members of the board made a motion on whether or not to approve the ad hoc task force.
However, in an interview after the meeting Mayor Candy Perez said that because the task force was ad hoc a motion was not needed to form it.

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Town, BOE to regain control of district

WINSTED —  After two years of operating under the state’s receivership, the Board of Education will retain power over the Winchester School District on Thursday, Aug. 17.
School District Receiver Freeman Burr said a transition plan has not been formalized by the state’s Department of Education.

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Mad River Co-Op receives grant

WINSTED —  The Food Co-op Initiative of Savage, Minn., has given the Mad River Co-Op a grant of $8,000 to help move the creation of the co-op forward.
According to its website at www.fci.coop, the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization helps and gives resources to people across the country who are in need of resources to start co-ops.
The grants awarded by the initiative are part of its “Rural Seed Grant” awardees.
The initiative awarded a total of $50,000 to seven USDA rural qualifying startups, including the Mad River Co-Op.

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