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Selectmen review fiscal 2015–2016 audit

WINSTED —  The Board of Selectmen, along with Finance Director Bruce Stratford and Town Auditor Chris King of King, King and Associates, discussed details of the recently issued town audit of fiscal 2015–2016 during the board’s meeting on Monday, June 5.
After delays and several requests for extensions with the state, the audit was issued on Feb. 24.
According to the audit, the town’s balance for the General Fund line item was $6,174,511.

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Break-in at Auxiliary Thrift Shop

WINSTED —  Items were stolen and property damage was reported at a break-in has been reported at The Auxiliary Thrift Shop on  120 Willow St.
According to organization president Milly Hudak, the break-in took place during the evening of Friday, June 9.
The Auxiliary is a nonprofit organization that was founded over 100 years ago to offer financial aid to community health programs.
All items purchased and donated to The Auxiliary Thrift Shop help to support health related programs in and around Winsted. 

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Police participate in Torch Run

WINSTED —  Members of the Winchester Police Department participated in the state’s Special Olympics Torch Run event on Thursday, June 8.
The Torch Run was held from Wednesday, June 7, to Friday, June 9.
The Torch Run was the lead-up to Special Olympics’ annual Summer Games event which was held both at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden from Friday, June 9, to Sunday, June 11.

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Stop & Shop donates to Salvation Army

WINSTED —  Stop & Shop at Ledgebrook Plaza made a donation to the local branch of the Salvation Army on May 18.
At the check presentation, Winsted store manager Claudia Bunker along with Granby store manager Christine Willett presented $1,900 to the charity in order for 50 local children to attend Camp Connri in Ashford.

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Organization takes veterans fishing

WINSTED —  The Take a Vet Fishing organization held an event at the Northwestern Connecticut Sportsman’s Association club on Saturday, May 27.
Veterans were treated to a day fishing at the club’s pond, which was stocked with fish for the occasion.
The organization transported veterans to the event and also provided fishing equipment and food for free.
Jeff Arnson, a volunteer, said it started in 2007 with a group from the First Congregational Church of Branford.

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Ferrante honored by Elks Lodge

WINSTED —  A dinner honoring longtime Elks Lodge member Vincent Ferrante was held on Saturday, May 20.
According to co-organizer and Elks member Gary Peterson, Ferrante was honored for his years of volunteer work not just for the lodge but also for the town.

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Students learn about careers at annual Gilbert School fair

WINSTED —  The Gilbert School held its annual job fair at its gymnasium on Thursday, June 1.
One of the co-organizers was school Counselor Kaitlin Gillard.

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Hearing on P&Z ethics complaints

WINSTED —  At its meeting on Tuesday, June 6, the town’s Ethics Commission voted to hold a hearing in July on ethics complaints made by Super Saver IGA owner John Dwan against four members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
On May 1, Dwan filed four separate complaints with the commission against commission members George Closson, Barbara Wilkes, Art Melycher and commission alternate Lee Thomsen.

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Super Saver IGA closes

WINSTED —  After decades of business, Super Saver IGA, the last grocery store on Main Street, shut on Wednesday, May 31.
The store,  at 372 Main St., was purchased by John Dwan in August 1981 with Michael Luzi, who left the store in 1998.
In August, Dwan responded to rumors and told The Winsted Journal the store was not going to close.

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Art of political satire at Tort Museum

WINSTED —  The American Museum of Tort Law held its second annual Spring Reawakening on Saturday, June 3.
The event was originally scheduled for April 1 but was postponed due to weather.
The museum, which is located at 654 Main St., opened in September 2015. It closes annually in December and remains closed during the winter season except for private tours and groups.
The June 3 event was entitled “If it Doesn’t Please the Court: Two Ink-Stained Wretches on the Art of Political Satire.”

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