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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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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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Peace vigil in East End Park

WINSTED —  The Winsted Area Peace Action group, in conjunction with Camp Kinderland in Tolland, Mass., held a vigil to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Sunday, Aug. 6 at East End Park.
More than 10 members of the group took part in the event along with more than 50 campers.
During the final stages of World War II in August 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the two cities in Japan.
Over 200,000 people died as a result of injuries and radiation poisoning in the bombings.

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