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Charity golf tournament for Special Olympics

WINSTED — Winsted native and professional golfer Bobby Gage came home for a charity golf tournament for Special Olympics on Saturday, July 8 at Green Woods Country Club.
The day before the tournament on Friday, July 7, Gage conducted a clinic which was attended by a dozen Special Olympics athletes.
Gage took part in the tournament on July 8.

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Good times and good tunes at kickoff concert

WINSTED —  Friends of Main Street’s annual summer concert series kicked off with a concert by the Zolla Boys at Soldiers’ Monument on Thursday, July 6. 
Residents packed the park around the monument for the concert.
It was the second year in a row that The Zolla Boys kicked off the concert series.
The band played a combination of originals and cover songs by artists such as Woody Guthrie and Simon and Garfunkel.

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Larson talks about state of health care

WINSTED —  Congressman John Larson (D-1) spoke to an audience of more than 100 people at the Licia and Mason Beekley Community Library at a town hall-style meeting on Thursday, July 6.
The primary subject of the meeting was the continued debate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, in Congress.
One of President Donald J. Trump’s (R) campaign promises when he was running in 2016 was to replace the ACA with a new health care system.
In May, the House of Representatives passed a measure to repeal and replace the ACA.

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Case talks about state budget

WINSTED —  State Rep. Jay Case (R-63) spoke about the state’s budget woes at his discussion at the Winsted Senior Center on Thursday, July 6.
Fifteen residents attended the event and talked to Case about funding issues for programs, area transportation issues and community resources.
The official legislative session ended on June 7, and despite a special session, lawmakers failed to adopt an official biennial budget.

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NCCC building to open in August

WINSTED —  After several years of planning, construction on Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s (NCCC) Joyner Health Science Center, will be ready to open on Tuesday, Aug. 29, according to college President Michael Rooke.
Rooke said a ribbon cutting ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 12.
The building will house NCCC’s Allied Health programs starting in the fall semester.
Plans for the center have been in place since 2008, when NCCC received a $4 million donation.

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Despite rain, HLWA benefit goes on

WINSTED —  The  nonprofit Highland Lake Watershed Association (HLWA) held its13th annual benefit, An Evening on Highland Lake, on Saturday, July 8, at the home of Matt and Joanne Smith, featuring wine and beer tasting by the Ledgebrook Spirit Shop, food from several local restaurants and live music.
During portions of the event heavy rain fell.
Despite the foul weather, attendees all gathered around under a canopy in the Smith’s yard and enjoyed the event.

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Organizations hold Safe Kids Day

WINSTED —  The Winsted Elks Lodge, in conjunction with Safe Kids Litchfield County and the Torrington Fire Department, held their Safe Kids Day event on Saturday, June 24.
At the event, members of the Elks Lodge and the fire department inspected and installed child car seats and inspected children’s bicycle helmets.
The members also gave out free seats and helmets to those who needed replacements.

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Beardsley and Memorial Library’s summer reading program starts

WINSTED —  The Beardsley and Memorial Library held its annual summer reading program kickoff event on Saturday, June 24.
Children’s Department librarian Carol Parent said that the program is being held in collaboration with Winchester, Colebrook and Barkhamsted school districts.

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Superintendent signs three-year contract

WINSTED —  The state’s Department of Education, on behalf of the Winchester School District, signed a contract between the district and new Superintendent Melony Brady-Shanley on Tuesday, June 27.
Brady-Shanley, a West Hartland resident, was officially named the district’s new superintendent at a public informational meeting of the Board of Education on May 25.

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Allen gives update on Mad River Co-op

WINSTED — Mad River Market Co-op Secretary and Economic Development Commission Chairman Phillip Allen discussed the status of the Mad River Market at The Winsted Senior Center on Thursday, June 29.
Allen spoke to more than 50 attendees at the discussion, with a large majority of the audience senior citizens.
The market formed in April in light of the closing of the Winsted Super Saver IGA grocery store, located at 372 Main St.
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