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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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Robotics company opens in town

WINSTED — If, as science fiction writers have long predicted, the human race is doomed to eventually fall to an uprising of intelligent machines, residents can at least take a small amount of pride that it started here, with shopping carts and personal assistants.
On Wednesday, March 1, Wendy Roberts, CEO of 5 Elements Robotics, introduced herself and her robots to local business and civic leaders at an open house, celebrating the launch of the new Winsted facility for a company that seeks to bring robotic convenience to homes and businesses all around the world.

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FFA members volunteer for community service

Members of the Northwestern Regional High School FFA volunteered for four hours at the Hartford Foodshare on Saturday, March 4. The group worked as part of a community service project and bagged apples for distribution The mission of Foodshare is to end hunger and alleviate poverty in the greater Hartford area.

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Program showcases local area musicians

WINSTED — The new cable access television show “Acoustic Showcase” debuted its first two episodes earlier this month.
The show is the brainchild of cohosts Jim Moore and Gary Reder.
The purpose of the show is to expose the background and music of local musicians. 
Moore, who works in assisted living for seniors by day, said that he takes his musical influence from Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

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Penguin Plungers bold in the cold

WINSTED — More than 70 people participated in the 14th annual Penguin Plunge on Saturday, March 4, to support the Connecticut Special Olympics. Participants raised at least $100 each to be able take the plunge into Highland Lake.
The event was postponed from previously scheduled Feb. 4.
While there was no longer ice covering the lake, the water was sure to have been warmer than the blustery cold air that hovered in the low 20s throughout the morning’s events. 

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NCCC Legislative Breakfast: Rooke: Bleak outlook for college

WINSTED —  Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) held its annual legislative breakfast on Friday, March 3 at its Draper Conference Center.
NCCC President Michael Rooke was one of the main speakers at the event.
At the beginning of the event, Rooke spoke to the audience about the state of the college.

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State reps express doubt about budget

WINSTED —  Several state representatives attended Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s (NCCC) legislative breakfast on Friday, March 3.
The main topic of discussion during the breakfast was Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s (D) proposed biennial budget.
For fiscal year 2017–2018, Malloy is recommending $20.097 billion in expenditures for the state, while for fiscal year 2018–2019, he recommends $20.545 billion in expenditures.

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Chief Fitzgerald talks to seniors

WINSTED —  Winchester Police Chief William Fitzgerald spoke to a group of residents at the Winsted Senior Center on Thursday, March 2.
The talk was the third in a series given by members of the town’s municipal government.
In January, Town Manager Robert Geiger spoke at the center, and in February, Mayor Candy Perez spoke, along with several members of the Board of Selectmen.

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Congresswoman Esty visits Winsted VA

WINSTED — Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-5) visited the Veterans Affairs (VA) Outpatient Clinic on Monday, March 6. 
The appearance was similar to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s (D) visit to the VA on Feb. 23. Esty met with staff members and patients of the clinic.

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Comedy benefits Cub Scouts

WINSTED — A huge audience packed Chatterley’s Banquet Hall on Friday, Feb. 24, where more than 250 people came out for the second annual Comedy Night to benefit Cub Scout Pack 1027. 

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Cuatro Puntos plays ‘music for peace’

WINSTED — The chamber music ensemble Cuatro Puntos played a program featuring “music for peace” at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, Feb. 25. 
According to the group’s website at www.cuatropuntos.org, the group’s name means “four points” in Spanish.
During the Feb. 25 concert, the group played music by Johannes Brahms and folk songs from Afghanistan.
The group, which has played concerts throughout the world, includes Winsted residents Steve Larson and his wife, Annie Trépanier.

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