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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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TorWin campaign focus of awareness event

TORRINGTON — The Winchester Land Trust hosted a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres event at Five Points Gallery on Sunday, April 23, to promote the trust’s efforts to acquire the 120-acre TorWin Farm. 
Event organizer and Winchester Land Trust board member Jen Perga said that half of the property is located in Winsted on South Road while the other half is located in Torrington on Saw Mill Road.
Perga said that if acquired by the trust, the land will become a public nature area.

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Services fair held at NCCC

WINSTED — Northwestern Connecticut Community College held its Services Fair on Thursday, April 20, at Greenwoods Hall.
The fair included 28 local organizations and charities representing health care, safety, food and nutrition and charity.
At the event were representatives from Beardsley and Memorial Library, Winsted Senior Center, Lions Club, Community Health and Wellness, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and the Winsted Fire Department.

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WFD takes part in state open house event

WINSTED —  The Winsted Fire Department held an open house at its fire station at 27 Elm St. on Sunday, April 23.
The department was one of 80 fire departments across the state taking part in Volunteer Firefighter Day, sponsored by Everyday Hero CT, a program co-sponsored by the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Open houses statewide included demonstrations of apparatus and tools, along with volunteer recruitment.

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P&Z stands firm with Community Health and Wellness decision

WINSTED — After a 50-minute executive session with Town Attorney Kevin Nelligan on Monday, April 24, the Planning and Zoning Commission reaffirmed its previous decision to deny Community Health and Wellness of Greater Torrington’s (CHWC) special permit application.
The commission originally rejected the application at its meeting on April 10 by a vote of 3-2.
Commission members Barbara Wilkes, George Closson and Art Melycher all voted against the application, while Chairman Craig Sanden and member Jerry Martinez voted for the application.

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Ojakian’s concerns

While he did not offer specific details on how he would go about the administrative consolidation of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system, CSCU President Mark Ojakian wrote about why the strategies are being implemented in his presentation to the Board of Regents on April 3.

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Ojakian to meet with NCCC community

WINSTED — Mark Ojakian, president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), is scheduled to hold a discussion of CSCU administrative consolidation at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC).
The discussion is tentatively scheduled to be held in Greenwoods Hall at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2.
Ojakian’s concerns
On April 3, Ojakian gave the Board of Regents a proposal to consolidate the administrative operations among the 17 colleges and universities governed by the board, which includes NCCC.

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Town holds Earth Day cleanup

WINSTED —  More than 100 residents volunteered to help clean up areas of town on Saturday, April 22, for Earth Day.
Volunteers gathered at the American Museum of Tort Law for tools and trash bags.
Community groups involved in the clean up included students from The Gilbert School, Boy Scout Troop 1027 and representatives from energy company Viridian.
The event was co-organized by local organizations Winsted Trails and Friends of Main Street.

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Annual spring fair at church

WINSTED —  The Winsted United Methodist Church, located on 630 Main St., held its annual spring fair on Saturday, April 8. 
At the fair, vendors and church members sold a variety of handmade items and baked goods, including pies and cookies.
Volunteers also cooked up pulled pork sandwiches for fair attendees.
According to Church Pastor Rev. Florence Eddins, the church hosts Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as well as a thrift shop and a food pantry. Sunday morning services are at 10 a.m.

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State Native American history topic of discussion at NCCC

WINSTED — Dr. Lucianne Lavin, director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, gave a talk at Northwestern Connecticut Community College about Connecticut’s indigenous peoples on Tuesday, April 11. 
She has written a book on the subject, “Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples,” which was published by Yale University Press in 2013.

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Thrills and chills at Beardsley and Memorial Library’s magic show

WINSTED — The Beardsley and Memorial Library welcomed professional magician and balloon sculptor Ed Popielarczyk for his spring vacation magic show, “Magical Moments,” on Saturday, April 15. With audience participation, Popielarczyk performed unique tricks and stunts as a large audience of children laughed and yelled.
Popielarczyk said he has been a professional entertainer for more than 30 years. He currently teaches magic and balloon sculpting workshops all over New England. 

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