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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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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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Not bragging, but Alice Lewis is 104 years old and counting

SHARON — Alice (Bonhotel) Lewis, like many other people who grew up in Sharon, attended school on Hilltop Road. Like other students, she remembers teachers helping her with her worst subject, arithmetic, until she was good at it. She also remembers walking a sick classmate home at the end of the day one time.

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City Walk officially opens, extensions planned

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WINSTED —  The Winsted Trails group held a ribbon cutting ceremony in East End Park on Thursday, July 27, to dedicate the formation of the town’s City Walk.
According to the group’s press release, the City Walk is a 2.75-mile walk that starts at East End Park and passes through portions of the Mad River, the Solomon Rockwell House, historic buildings throughout the town along with restaurants and shops on Main Street.

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Laurel City Revamp: Back taxes paid, foreclosure dropped

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WINSTED —  The town has ended its foreclosure case against the nonprofit Laurel City Revamp.
The organization is lead by former Selectman Michael Renzullo.
Back in 2010 Renzullo formed Laurel City Revamp for the purpose of rehabilitating distressed and underused properties.
Through the organization, Renzullo owns the old Capitol Products building at 35 Willow St.
The building had been vacant for many years since the company went out of business.

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Mad River Lofts Opening Soon

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WINSTED — After being in the works since 2012, Mad River Lofts is within weeks of opening, according to building owner Marty Goldin.
The Mad River Lofts building, located at 10 Bridge St., was originally built in 1887 and was home to Winsted Furniture for many years.
Starting in 2012, Goldin, who owns Goldin Management of Brooklyn, N.Y., submitted various projects for the building to the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
In September 2015 the commission approved the Mad River Lofts project.

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Church group comes back from mission to Mexico and Cuba

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WINSTED —  Members of The First Church of Winsted recently came back from a mission trip to Mexico and Cuba. 

As part of the mission, the group of nine church members first travelled to the Solyluna School in Mérida, Mexico, to help fix up a building for handicapped students from Saturday, July 15, to Thursday, July 20.

The church has been going on mission trips for the past 12 years.

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Farmington Valley Band enlivens summer concert in park

WINSTED — Local organization Friends of Main Street held the fourth in its eight-concert series at East End Park on Thursday, July 27.
The series is sponsored by Northwest Community Bank.
Organizers and music fans were happy when the rain held off for the first time in weeks so that residents could enjoy the Farmington Valley Band on the lawn at the park. The band played patriotic numbers, Broadway songs and a foxtrot.

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STAR 7 theater group presents ‘Legally Blonde’

WINSTED —  Northwestern Regional High School’s summer theater program, STAR7, presented the musical “Legally Blonde” last weekend, July 29 and 30. Thirty-nine students and a pit orchestra performed 20 songs.
The show is based on the 2001 movie that starred Reese Witherspoon.

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Ethics Commission dismisses Dwan’s complaints

WINSTED — After deliberating in executive session for one hour on Tuesday, July 25, the town’s Ethics Commission voted to dismiss four separate ethics complaints made by Super Saver IGA owner John Dwan against four members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The complaints were originally filed by Dwan on May 1 against commission members George Closson, Barbara Wilkes, Art Melycher and commission alternate Lee Thomsen.

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Community comes together

The Winchester Congregational Church at 1 West Road held a benefit dinner on Saturday, July 22, to raise funds for church missions. “These dinners bring the community together,” member Holly Martin said. “That and everyone loves homemade cooking.” Volunteers at the event included, from left, Bruce Boyle, his wife Judy Boyle, Holly Martin, Adeline Stoughton and Christine Royer. For more information about the church, including future community meals, call 860-379-8900 or go to www.winchestercentercongchurch.org.

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