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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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First farmers market of season held

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WINSTED — Despite the threat of rain, the first Winsted Farmers Market was held at East End Park on Friday, July 8.
Five vendors, including Eaglewood Farms, George Hall Farms, Collinsville Bakery, Gresczyk Farms and artisan Theresa Cannavo, sold fresh fruits and vegetables and bakery goods.
“I’m surprised nobody thought of doing this sooner,” farmer George Hall said. “I think we have a very good group here today.”
Organizer Tara Holmberg said the market is off to a good start.

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Lego time at Beardsley

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WINSTED — As part of their children’s programs, the Beardsley and Memorial Library is offering play time with Legos during the summer.
“Why Legos? Because children love Legos!” Children’s Services Director Karin Taylor said. “It keeps them busy. I still play with Legos with my kids.”
Leeane Marvin said she was a little jealous of her children.
“When I was a kid all we had to play with is dolls,” Marvin said.
The next Lego session at the library will be held on Friday, July 22, at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the library at 860-379-6043.

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BOE chooses new superintendent

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WINSTED — After a search that lasted several months, West Hartford resident Tom Danehy has been named the new superintendent for the Winchester School District.
The Board of Education voted to hire Danehy after an hour-long executive session during a special meeting held on Tuesday, July 12.
The vote was 6-1, with board member Carol Palomba casting the lone opposing vote.
Board member Paul O’Meara was not present at the meeting.
When contacted after his hiring, Danehy said that he is looking forward to the upcoming school year.

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Selectmen table Renzullo offer

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WINSTED — The Board of Selectmen tabled a proposal for Laurel City Revamp to purchase tax liens on the Capitol Products building at a meeting on Tuesday, July 5.
The nonprofit organization, led by Selectman Michael Renzullo, purchased the long-vacant Capitol Products building at 35 Willow St. through a quitclaim deed.
However, Capitol Products has owed the town $84,203 in back property taxes since 2004.
At the meeting, Renzullo said his organization would like to offer the town $25,001 to purchase the town’s tax liens on the property.

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Former FOI director: Agency is in ‘one big mess’

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WINSTED — After lobbying against changes that would reduce the power of the state’s Freedom of Information Commission (FOIC), the commission’s former executive director, Mitchell Pearlman, said this week that the state of open government in Connecticut remains “one big mess” for the foreseeable future.
Under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s 2011-12 budget, which remains in executive-legislative limbo, the FOIC has been reduced in size and combined with eight other agencies to form a new Office of Governmental Accountability (OGA).

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Winsted-born cartoonist shares the love

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WINSTED — In today’s divided America, it probably doesn’t help matters to point out the differences between dog people and cat people. Nonetheless, for those who prefer woofs over meows, a recently released book will not only tickle your funny bone, but also make life better for all animals.
“The Best of Today’s Dogg” (Fastpencil. Inc.) is Winsted-born cartoonist Guy Gilchrist’s compendium of canine-related humor and commentary, featuring cartoons in color and black-and-white, covering everything from hungry hounds and cuddly canines to tales of loss and the emotions they inspire.

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Winsted family takes cross-country rail

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WINSTED — Board of Education member and longtime local recreation supporter Jim DiVita dropped by The Winsted Journal’s Main Street office recently to show off some photos taken on a recent trip to Portland, Ore., where he traveled by train with family members to attend a family reunion.
DiVita, 67, traveled with his brother-in-law, Fred Newman, 68, another well-known local official who heads up the Winchester Housing Authority. Traveling with DiVita’s two sisters, Joan and Mary (Mary is married to Fred), the group decided a transcontinental train ride was the way to go.

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Book group examines origins of Constitution

WINSTED — The History Book Discussion Group at the Beardsley and Memorial Library will discuss the 2007 National Book Award finalist, “Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution,” by Woody Holton, Tuesday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.
This is the second selection of the book club, led by Virginia Shultz-Charette. The group will meet in the library’s Community Room. Books will be available in advance at the Beardsley and Memorial Library. The complete list of selected books is available at the library. Call 860-379-6043 for more information.

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Snap, crackle and pop

Many of the fireworks displays throughout Connecticut this past weekend were of questionable legality, but were nonetheless entertaining. The three-day Independence Day weekend concluded with numerous bangs.

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Winsted launching its own farmers market

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WINSTED — The first ever Winsted Farmers Market will open today, July 8, at East End Park from 4 to 7 p.m.
Market organizer Patrick Barrett said that, while there were other markets in nearby towns, there is a need for a local market in Winsted.
“There is a population density here in town that can benefit in getting fresh fruits and vegetables without having to drive to other communities,” Barrett said. “There are people in Winsted, including the senior population, who do not have a car or access to these other towns.”

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