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WINSTED — The Winsted Senior Center has purchased a new van, with help from a grant from the Department of Transportation.

The state paid for 80 percent of the $55,000 purchase price of the new Ford TranStar van; the town paid the remaining 20 percent.

Winsted Senior Center Director Jennifer Kelley said that the two vans the center owns are no longer reliable.  

“We needed something we could depend on,” she said.

The van is used to take Winsted residents who are 55 and older, and residents who have disabilities, to medical appointments...

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Free summer meals for area children

WINSTED — EdAdvance, previously known as Education Connection, is sponsoring a USDA Summer Food Service program for children and teenagers at the Gaylord-Tiffany Building on 75 Rowley St. in Winsted, weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
The program is available for children under 18 years old and will run daily until Friday, Aug. 11.

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Construction on American Mural Project continues

WINSTED —  Construction on the American Mural Project (AMP)  at 74 Whiting St. is moving along, according to founder Ellen Griesedieck.
AMP in 2006 purchased the old Winsted Hosiery factory.
The project continued to be under development. Completion dates and goals were set but moved forward in order for AMP to raise funds for the renovation of the old factory buildings.
In August 2014, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the state would award AMP a $1 million challenge grant.

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Joseph FireCrow remembered

WINSTED —  Resident and nationally known musician Joseph FireCrow, 58, died on Tuesday, July 11.
According to a post on his Facebook page, FireCrow had been battling Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a hereditary disease that his mother died from in 2011.
He was on a waiting list for a bilateral lung transplant.
According to his published obituary, FireCrow was a Grammy Award winner and a seven- time Native American Music Award (NAMA) winner.
In 2016,  FireCrow received the NAMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Hearings held on ethics complaints

WINSTED —  At its meeting on Tuesday, July 18, the town’s Ethics Commission held hearings on four separate ethics complaints made by Super Saver IGA owner John Dwan against four members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
On May 1, Dwan filed the complaints against Planning and Zoning Commission members George Closson, Barbara Wilkes, Art Melycher and commission alternate Lee Thomsen.

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Superintendent talks future of schools

WINSTED —  Recently hired Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley said she is looking forward to Wednesday, Aug. 30, when the new school year starts.
In an interview with The Winsted Journal on Monday, July 17,  Brady-Shanley, along with Winchester School District Receiver Freeman Burr, spoke about the upcoming year, including new programs and goals for the district.
The school district has been under state receivership since June 2015. Originally, Robert Travaglini was named as its receiver in August 2015, but resigned in September 2016.

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Guilty plea in connection with Winsted heroin death

WINSTED — According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Connecticut, Waterbury resident Peter Haskell, 32, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin on Wednesday, July 12.
The plea was announced via a press release and included details of how Haskell’s case is connected to the overdose death of a Winsted resident in 2016.

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Book festival next week

WINSTED —  The second annual Booming Winsted Book Festival is scheduled for Friday, July 21, Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23.
The event will be held at the Winsted Community Bookstore at 414 Main St.
The festival was organized by Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, former presidential candidate and president of the American Museum of Tort Law.

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P&Z approve regulation and map changes

WINSTED —  The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved various changes to its regulations and zoning maps during its meeting on Monday, July 10.
The changes were approved after a sparsely attended public hearing on the proposed changes.
The current zoning regulations were put into effect in October 2016. Before then, the regulations had not been updated since the 1950’s.

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New flag for Senior Center

Members of Winsted Senior Center commemorated Flag Day with a ceremony and luncheon on June 14. Also attending the event were members of both American Legion Post  No. 43 and VFW Post No. 296. Participants raised a new flag that was donated by center van driver Joe Landor and resident Janet Closson. 

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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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