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Groundbreaking held for new ECAD facility

WINSTED —  Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new facility on Thursday, June 29.
The new facility is being built at ECAD’s existing campus on 149 Newfield Rd.
The facility was approved by the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission more than a year ago.
The property itself has been owned by ECAD since 2003.
The nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) is operated by Executive Director Dale Picard and Director of Programs Lu Picard.

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Remembering a forgotten hero

WINSTED —  Robert Ernest Hubbard discussed his new book, “Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution,” at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, June 24.
The book was published in May and, according to Hubbard, is the first full biography of Israel Putnam in more than a century.
Putnam served in the French and Indian Wars, along with the American Revolution during which he was appointed a Major General, second only to George Washington in seniority.  

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Photo exhibit opens at bookstore

WINSTED — The Winsted Community Bookstore held an opening reception for the photographic work of Doug Miller on Saturday, June 17,.
Miller’s photos include waterfalls, plants, landscapes and other shots based in nature.
“Nature keeps me where I want to be,” said Miller, who is originally from Girard, Ohio, near the Pennsylvania border. “I like the outdoors, and that’s primarily why I focused on landscape photography, some macro-photography with flowers. 

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P&Z denies car dealership application

WINSTED —  The Planning and Zoning Commission denied two special permit applications during its meeting on Monday, June 12.
The special permit applications were for 41 Meadow St., the former location of Son Chief Electrics Inc.
The property is owned by Iffland Industries, founded by Tom Iffland and Tim Hurrey.
The first special permit application was to allow the property to be a used automotive dealer in what would be deemed a Industrial Heritage Reuse zone.

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Farmers Market season begins

WINSTED —  Despite passing showers, the first outdoor Winsted Farmers Market of the year was held at East End Park on Friday, June 23.
Eight vendors sold vegetables, fruits, cheeses and other goods.
Kristyn Chassie and Katherine Dykman from Borrowed Earth Farm of Egremont, Mass., participated in the Winsted Farmers Market for the first time. 

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Civil rights leader gives talk at Northwestern High School

WINSTED — Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine, spoke at Northwestern Regional High School Wednesday, June 14.
Back in 1957, a group of nine African-American students enrolled in the then racially segregated Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.
The students were enrolled by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Roberts gave his talk at the request of the school’s Civil Rights Stories group.

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Gilbert principal resigns

WINSTED —  On Monday, June 26, three days after this year’s commencement, Gilbert School Principal Alan Strauss submitted his resignation.
Strauss’ resignation was accepted at a special meeting of the Gilbert School Corporation on Tuesday, June 27.
At the meeting, Gilbert School Superintendent Anthony Serio handed out to corporation members Strauss’ resignation, which Serio said he received by email.

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Sojka named Gilbert principal

WINSTED —  At its meeting on Tuesday, June 27, The Gilbert School Corporation unanimously voted to hire Winsted native Sue Sojka as the school’s new principal.
Sojka will be taking over from outgoing principal Alan Strauss, who submitted his resignation to the corporation Monday, June 26.
Sojka formerly served as the school’s associate principal in charge of the school’s seventh and eighth grade programs.

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Gilbert celebrates graduates

WINSTED —  Surrounded by proud family, community members and friends, on Friday, June 23, The Gilbert School held its 122nd commencement ceremonies, officially graduating 102 members of the class of 2017.

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Soldiers’ Monument artifact found

WINSTED —  The Board of Selectmen was presented with a found artifact relating to Soldiers’ Monument during its meeting on Monday, June 19.
The artifact is a sign that was posted at the monument during World War II that declared the monument an observation post for the U.S. Army.

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