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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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Blumenthal visits VA Clinic

WINSTED — On Thursday, Feb. 23, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) visited the Veterans Affairs (VA) Outpatient Clinic.
Representatives for Blumenthal said that he is visiting all six VA clinics throughout the state to advocate for an upcoming infrastructure program. Blumenthal walked through the clinic with its nurse manager, Kimberly Phaneuf.
During the visit, Phaneuf provided detailed information about the clinic’s functions and needs.

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Receiver Burr proposes cut to Gilbert tuition

WINSTED — The Board of Education reviewed Winchester School District Receiver Freeman Burr’s second proposed budget during a three-hour meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
At his presentation, Burr said that the first budget proposal that he gave to the board on Feb. 14 was a “wish list” budget and will not be the recommended budget to the board.
The budget that he presented at the Feb. 22 meeting was a “bare bones” option and included several differences between the previously presented proposed budget on Feb. 14.

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Lamont talks about fake news and current issues

WINSTED — Former senatorial and gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont discussed the current state of journalism, the U.S. government, along with a history of “fake news” and its consequences at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, Feb. 25.
“At least with a bookstore you know where the fiction and the nonfiction piles are,” Lamont said at the beginning of his discussion. “I’m here to talk about the blurring of that line in the media. As a former newspaper editor, I can tell you that it counts.”

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NWR7’s robust FFA program

By SHAW ISRAEL IZIKSON
WINSTED —  Northwestern Regional High School’s FFA program started in 1984 and has grown over the years.
Originally, the program operated out of a portable classroom.
The program now has a whole wing in the school’s building that includes several classrooms, laboratories, a greenhouse and a barn where several agricultural animals, including a pig, goats and several cows are taken care of.

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Community college to open Entrepreneurial Center

WINSTED —  Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) will open its new Entrepreneurial Center on Wednesday, March 15.
The center is located in the Goulet Building on the NCCC campus at 56 Park Place.
In an interview with The Winsted Journal, Jane Williams, workforce development coordinator for NCCC, said plans for the center have been in the works since August 2016.

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NCCC hosts inaugural student talent show

WINSTED — Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) held its first student talent show in the Founders Hall Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 17.
The event featured closing guests from ChibiCon: The Traveling Cosplay Show.
The show was sponsored by the college’s LGBQTIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, Intersex and Asexual) Club and benefited the United Way in Torrington.
NCCC’s LGBQTIA+ Club meets every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. and, according to organizers, has been working on the event for some time. 

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Burr proposes $1.1M increase for school budget: Central office, teachers, pupil services among increases

WINSTED —  The Board of Education held a budget workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Town Hall led by Winchester School District Receiver Freeman Burr.
As per the state’s receivership of the Winchester School District, the board has no official legislative powers.
The legislative powers of the Board of Education, including determining a proposed budget to be submitted to the town, rest with Receiver Burr. 
Despite this, Burr discussed and consulted with board members during the workshop meeting.

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Police Department Progress Report: Chief highlights drug crisis, new equipment, foot patrols

WINSTED —  Winchester Police Chief William Fitzgerald gave a presentation about the current state of the department to the Board of Selectmen during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
The presentation was one in a series by department leaders to the board as town officials continue to plan the budget for fiscal 2017-2018.
At the beginning of his presentation, Fitzgerald, who was hired in May 2015, said he was more than happy to speak to the board about “the many accomplishments and future goals of the Winchester Police Department.

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AMP renovations set to move forward

WINSTED —  Representatives from the American Mural Project (AMP) announced on Monday, Feb. 13, that renovation of its mill building has been awarded to Scope Construction of New Britain.
AMP is located at 100 Whiting St., which is where the Winsted Hosiery Factory operated for many years. AMP purchased the location in 2006.

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Birth Notices

Amelia Eva Covelli
WINSTED — A daughter, Amelia Eva Covelli, was born Feb. 13, 2017, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Shelby Renee Desrosiers of Winsted and Richard Vito Covelli of Torrington.
Grandparents are Heather Diaz of Springfield, Mass., Robin Covelli of Colebrook, Vito Covelli of Torrington and the late Stephan Atholderbach of Torrington.
Great-grandparents are Linda and John Truskaukas of Norfolk Olivia Covelli of New Hartford and Tracy McKeon of Torrington. 
 

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