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WINSTED —  A particularly hot week made the rescheduled townwide ice cream social that much sweeter when it took place at East End Park on Friday, May 19.

The event originally was scheduled for Saturday, May 13, but was rained out.

Winsted won the opportunity to treat residents to ice cream after a tremendous response and participation in Northwest Hills Council of Government’s [NWCOG] online resident’s survey during the winter.

The organization’s regional plan resident survey covered  21 towns in the Northwest Corner.

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Church concert benefits community

WINSTED —  The 19th annual Harmony for Hunger event at the Second Congregational Church of Winsted held on Saturday, April 29, brought together world class and local musicians in a concert of varied musical stylings to benefit the Open Door Soup Kitchen and the Salvation Army of Winsted. 
Eleven acts including students from The Gilbert School, The Laurel City Singers and string quartet Cuatro Puntos took the stage for the benefit

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Stitching together a community tradition

WINCHESTER CENTER — The Winchester Center Congregational Church presented its 10th annual Quilt and Needle Arts Show on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, featuring 114 items contributed by 39 participants
 The church sanctuary was saturated in color as visitors admired the spreads and voted on their favorite pieces.

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Art and artists at Whiting Mills Open Studios

WINSTED —  The Whiting Mills spring semiannual open studios event was on Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30.
The Whiting Mills building at 100 Whiting St. is the former home of Winsted Hosiery, which opened in the late 1800s and went out of business in the 1960s.
The building was purchased in June 2004 by Jean Paul and Eva Blachere and slowly grew into a complex of artist studios and business offices.
Last year, Yankee Magazine named Whiting Mills as Best Artists’ Community in its Best of New England issue published in May 2016.

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Community Health & Wellness sues P&Z

WINSTED —  Community Health and Wellness of Greater Torrington (CHWC) has filed a lawsuit against the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

The lawsuit was filed at the Superior Court of Litchfield on Thursday, April 27.

The first court date is scheduled to be held at the Litchfield County Courthouse on Tuesday, May 16.

Ojakian: NCCC is ‘safe’

WINSTED — President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) Mark Ojakian spoke to an audience of 100 students, faculty and administrators of Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) on Monday, May 2.
Ojakian held the discussion in light of the approved consolidation of administrative operations among the 17 colleges and universities governed by the Board of Regents, which includes NCCC.
The board approved Ojakian’s proposal in early April.

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Annual town budget meeting set for May 8

WINSTED — The annual town budget meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in The Gilbert School’s auditorium.
At the meeting, residents will have a chance to give their input on the proposed budget for fiscal 2017-2018.
The budget, as proposed in March by Town Manager Robert Geiger, totals $33,438,506.
Geiger’s budget is an increase of $337,332 from the town’s 2016-2017 budget of $33,101,174.
If passed, the mill rate will remain the same as last year at 33.7.

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Boy Scouts serve breakfast

WINSTED —  Troop 1027 served pancakes on Saturday, April 29, at the Winsted Fire Department’s Elm Street Fire House.
Members of the troop also served  bacon, sausage and coffee to residents at the breakfast.”
According to Troop Master Mark Andersen, the troop currently has 20 Scouts.
“Scouting is good because it teaches you things about community service, being a good citizen within your community and also about good values,” Andersen said. “These things are important to our youth today.”

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NWR7 presents ‘Les Misérables’

WINSTED — This weekend the Northwestern Regional District High School theater department will present “Les Misérables” in the school’s Les Ober Theater. Forty-two cast members, including students and alumni in the orchestra pit, have been working together since February to mount one of the largest productions seen at the school in years.
Director Guy Hayes has been working in the school’s theater department for 12 years now. 

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Fish fry benefits confirmation class

WINSTED — The Winchester Knights of Columbus held its annual Good Friday fish fry benefit at its clubhouse on Friday, April 14.
Proceeds are to benefit the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church confirmation class.
The 11 members of the class helped serve food to more than 100 residents while 15 members of the Knights of Columbus volunteered to cook and fry fish and French fries.

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Open house at Winchester Center Fire Department

WINCHESTER CENTER — The Winchester Center Fire Department took part in the statewide Volunteer Firefighter Day on Sunday, April 23.
The department hosted open house festivities throughout the day with volunteer firefighters providing information to the public.
“This is the second year we have had an open house,” said Winchester Center volunteer firefighter Todd Parsons. “We had a bigger crowd last year, but I think the applications that were handed in this year are a little more promising.” 

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