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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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Children on the hunt for Easter eggs

WINSTED —  Hundreds of children, along with their parents, participated in the Recreation Department’s annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 15.
The event was held at the Rowley Street playground and included a bounce house for children to play in, along with games and activities and an Easter egg decoration contest.
As for the Easter egg hunt itself, hundreds of plastic Easter eggs containing candies were strewn all over the field next to the playground for children to collect.

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Group wants to create Winsted co-op

WINSTED —  A discussion of a possible co-op store for the town was held at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, April 15.
More than 100 residents attended the discussion, which was led by Community Lawyer Charlene LaVoie and Economic Development Commission Chairman Phillip Allen. 
Both are leading the efforts to open a co-op store in town.
Both LaVoie and Allen, along with other members of the community, have preliminarily started The Mad River Market.

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Selectmen approve budget, sent to town meeting

WINSTED — On Monday, April 17, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a 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, Geiger said that the mill rate will remain the same as last year, at 33.7.

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Voices and verses at Mad River Literary Festival

WINSTED —  The 21st annual Mad River Literary Festival was held at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) on Tuesday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 12.
The first night of the festival was an open reading by NCCC students, faculty and community members.
The second night included readings by published authors Antoinette Brim and Jose Gonzalez. 
For the first night, public speaking students Juan Del Valle and Chloe Lewis hosted the readings and introduced each of the 12 readers.  

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Food for Fuel luncheon at church

WINSTED —  On Palm Sunday, April 9, St. Joseph Church hosted its annual Food for Fuel lunch benefit.
Guests were invited to dine in at the Father Dennis Reception Hall or take a meal home. 
The menu consisted of either chicken cordon bleu or baked stuffed sole followed by a variety of desserts.

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Lions Club’s Palm Sunday breakfast brings residents together

WINSTED —  The Winsted Lions Club held their annual Palm Sunday Breakfast at Pearson Middle School on Sunday, April 9.
Hundreds of residents attended the event, which was a benefit for the local branch of the organization.
Residents were served pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage.
Lions Club member Tina Webb said the club has been holding the event for the past 25 years.

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Beer and wine event benefits Gilbert music department

WINSTED — The second annual Wine and Beer Tasting to benefit The Gilbert School’s music department took place at Whiting Mills on Saturday, April 8.
Residents packed the event, which featured hors d’oeuvres from area restaurants including Foxtail Fine Catering and Cafe, Noujaim’s Bistro and Jimmy’s Store in Torrington. 

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The Fisher King

Matt Musumano of Watertown won the 67th annual Riverton Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 8. Musumano, who caught a 10-pound, 26-and-one-half-inch trout, won the derby’s grand prize, a Hitchcock chair and a $75 certificate toward a mount of the fish from New England Taxidermy. For full story, see Fishermen from all over take part in annual derby.

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Winsted P&Z rejects health center application

WINSTED — Toward the end of a three-hour meeting on Monday, April 10, at Pearson Middle School, the Planning and Zoning Commission rejected a special permit application to convert the Winsted Super Saver IGA, located at 372 Main St., into a medical clinic for Community Health and Wellness of Greater Torrington.
The vote to reject the application was 3-2.
Commission members Barbara Wilkes, George Closson and Art Melycher all voted against the application, while Chairman Craig Sanden and member Jerry Martinez both voted for the application.

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Two NCCC students earn scholarship awards

WINSTED —  In late March, Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) announced that two of its students earned Coca-Cola New Century Scholars Scholarship awards through Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), which is the honor society for two-year colleges.
Resident Jess Tessman, 20, won a place on the All-USA Community College Academic Team.
Tessman, who graduated from Oliver Wolcott Technical School in 2014, is a human services major.
As part of the award, Tessman has earned a $2,000 scholarship.

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