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WINSTED —  Sweet sounds filled the air at East End Park on Friday, Aug. 10 at the first-ever LaurelLive Benefit Concert.

The concert benefited three organizations that work extensively with the homeless population in the area: The Salvation Army and Open Door Soup Kitchen in Winsted and Friends in Service to Humanity (FISH) in Torrington.

Local bands and musicians from all throughout the Northwest Corner played at the seven hour event, including Axe Factory, The Matchstick Architects, Blue Yonder, Eric Paradine and Jim Moore.

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Child care center starts painted-rock scavenger hunt throughout town

WINSTED — If you have stumbled across a painted rock tucked away in a hiding place somewhere around town, it is now your turn to paint one and hide it for the next person to find.
Beth Whitney of Winsted Area Child Care Center has started the Winsted Rocks project.
As part of the project, Whitney’s children at the day care center plant painted rocks at places all over town. 
The project is part of the center’s Before and After School Education (BASE) program. 

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Northwestern Regional theater students sing songs from Broadway shows

WINSTED —  Northwestern Regional High School’s summer theater program, STAR7, held its annual Night on Broadway on Friday, July 14.
Seven students performed at the event in order to raise funds for the performance of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” at Northwestern on Friday, July 28, Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30.

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Rowley Grill & Tap restaurant opens its doors

WINSTED —  Rowley Grill & Tap, located at 19 Rowley St., opened its doors on July 5.
The restaurant has been in planning stages since November 2016 and is co-owned by Dimitri Karouta and fiancée Kendall Fox.
According to Karouta, the menu offers a fresh take on American cuisine and comfort foods.
He said that local restaurant goers are pleased to have new options for local fare.
Karouta and his brother, Stelio, also own and operate Ollie’s Pizza of Litchfield.

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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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