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Second annual Booming Winsted Book Festival: Hundreds come out for author, filmmaker talks

WINSTED — The second annual Booming Winsted Book Festival, organized by Ralph Nader, was held on Friday, July 21, Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23, at the Winsted Community Bookstore.
Hundreds of people turned out over the course of the event, which included discussions with six authors and a documentary filmmaker.
The kickoff discussion in the series took place on July 22 with Ralph and Claire Nader discussing Dimitra Doukas’ book “Democratizing America: Shaf Nader and the Founding of the Impossible College.”

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Birth Notices

Aliana Marie Liskin
WINSTED — A daughter, Aliana Marie Liskin, was born July 13, 2017, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Jessica Marie (Legendre) and Jeffrey David Meyer Liskin of Winsted.
Maternal grandparents are Kristen Legendre of Northfield and Theodore Legendre Jr. of Torrington.
Paternal grandparents are Jeffrey and Robbin Liskin of Winsted.
Great-grandparents are Marcie and Theodore Legendre Sr. of Northfield.
 
Luke Steele Ricker

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Scrabble continues at library

WINSTED —  The Beardsley and Memorial Library is continuing its weekly Scrabble games on Fridays at 1 p.m.
Scrabble has Connecticut roots as the first Scrabble board game factory was established in Dodgington in 1949.
The word game was invented by Alfred Mosher Butts in the late 1930s.
The library’s weekly games are organized by Barbara Osborn and Sandra Ebl.

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After many years, former Lambert Kay building sold

WINSTED —  Fifteen years after the property was purchased by the town, the sale of the former Lambert Kay property on 32 Lake St. to Parker Benjamin Real Estate Services in Unionville was approved by residents at a special town meeting on Thursday, July 20.

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Democrats pick candidates

WINSTED —  Members of the town’s Democratic party held a caucus on Wednesday, July 19, at Town Hall.
Members selected a slate of candidates for this November’s municipal election.
Leading the slate for the Board of Selectmen will be Mayor Candy Perez, Deputy Mayor Steven Sedlack and current Selectmen Jack Bourque, Melissa Bird and candidate Linda Groppo.
Bourque and Bird were first elected to the board in November 2015.

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Republican slate announced

WINSTED —  The Republican Town Committee (RTC) held its caucus at Town Hall on Tuesday, July 25 and picked its candidates for this November’s municipal election.
The committee picked a majority of newcomers to town politics, along with former mayor Candace Bouchard.
Bouchard was first elected to town office during the November 2013 municipal election.
Former mayor and current RTC Chairman Lisa Smith was voted in as mayor in November 2013, but she resigned in April 2014 after serving for five months.

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Children learn about fire department at library

WINSTED —  Members of both the Winsted Fire Department and Winchester Center Fire Department were part of a children’s event at the Beardsley and Memorial Library on Tuesday, July 25.
As part of the event, the Winchester Center Fire Department brought to the library’s parking lot their fire Engine #4 and allowed children to examine the truck. The Winsted Fire Department brought up their emergency rescue boat and a fire department member showed children how emergency responders dress in turnout gear.

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Town to demolish unfinished houses

WINSTED — At its meeting on Monday, July 5, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved an action request by Town Manager Robert Geiger to demolish two incomplete modular houses on Mountainside Drive, off of Wallens Street.
On June 30, town Purchasing Director Mark Douglass sent Geiger a request for a bid waiver to demolish the two houses.
“We tried to sell the homes last month and received no responses,” Douglass wrote in his request. “The houses are approximately 10 years old and have been vandalized.”

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Child care center starts painted-rock scavenger hunt throughout town

WINSTED — If you have stumbled across a painted rock tucked away in a hiding place somewhere around town, it is now your turn to paint one and hide it for the next person to find.
Beth Whitney of Winsted Area Child Care Center has started the Winsted Rocks project.
As part of the project, Whitney’s children at the day care center plant painted rocks at places all over town. 
The project is part of the center’s Before and After School Education (BASE) program. 

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Northwestern Regional theater students sing songs from Broadway shows

WINSTED —  Northwestern Regional High School’s summer theater program, STAR7, held its annual Night on Broadway on Friday, July 14.
Seven students performed at the event in order to raise funds for the performance of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” at Northwestern on Friday, July 28, Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30.

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