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WINSTED — A comprehensive report on the Hinsdale Elementary School building and the Batcheller Early Education building will be issued in January or February, according to Winsted Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley.

Brady-Shanley discussed the report at the Board of Education’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

At a board meeting in September Brady-Shanley discussed the possibility of re-opening the Hinsdale building and closing Batcheller.

Hinsdale was closed in June 2016 as part of former School District Receiver Robert Travaglini’...

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Despite rain, HLWA benefit goes on

WINSTED —  The  nonprofit Highland Lake Watershed Association (HLWA) held its13th annual benefit, An Evening on Highland Lake, on Saturday, July 8, at the home of Matt and Joanne Smith, featuring wine and beer tasting by the Ledgebrook Spirit Shop, food from several local restaurants and live music.
During portions of the event heavy rain fell.
Despite the foul weather, attendees all gathered around under a canopy in the Smith’s yard and enjoyed the event.

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Organizations hold Safe Kids Day

WINSTED —  The Winsted Elks Lodge, in conjunction with Safe Kids Litchfield County and the Torrington Fire Department, held their Safe Kids Day event on Saturday, June 24.
At the event, members of the Elks Lodge and the fire department inspected and installed child car seats and inspected children’s bicycle helmets.
The members also gave out free seats and helmets to those who needed replacements.

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Beardsley and Memorial Library’s summer reading program starts

WINSTED —  The Beardsley and Memorial Library held its annual summer reading program kickoff event on Saturday, June 24.
Children’s Department librarian Carol Parent said that the program is being held in collaboration with Winchester, Colebrook and Barkhamsted school districts.

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Superintendent signs three-year contract

WINSTED —  The state’s Department of Education, on behalf of the Winchester School District, signed a contract between the district and new Superintendent Melony Brady-Shanley on Tuesday, June 27.
Brady-Shanley, a West Hartland resident, was officially named the district’s new superintendent at a public informational meeting of the Board of Education on May 25.

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Allen gives update on Mad River Co-op

WINSTED — Mad River Market Co-op Secretary and Economic Development Commission Chairman Phillip Allen discussed the status of the Mad River Market at The Winsted Senior Center on Thursday, June 29.
Allen spoke to more than 50 attendees at the discussion, with a large majority of the audience senior citizens.
The market formed in April in light of the closing of the Winsted Super Saver IGA grocery store, located at 372 Main St.
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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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