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WINSTED —  A particularly hot week made the rescheduled townwide ice cream social that much sweeter when it took place at East End Park on Friday, May 19.

The event originally was scheduled for Saturday, May 13, but was rained out.

Winsted won the opportunity to treat residents to ice cream after a tremendous response and participation in Northwest Hills Council of Government’s [NWCOG] online resident’s survey during the winter.

The organization’s regional plan resident survey covered  21 towns in the Northwest Corner.

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Steam Vent begins its ninth season at First Church of Winsted

WINSTED —  The ninth season of the Steam Vent Coffee House started on Saturday, March 11, at the First Church of Winsted.
For nine years the concert series has been held on the stage of the church, with musicians from across the state. The concert series is a benefit for the church’s mission activities and charities that include the YMCA homeless shelter and the Open Door Soup Kitchen. 
The church also uses funds raised at the concert series for its mission to help out a village in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Geiger presents proposed budget

WINSTED —  Town Manager Robert Geiger presented his budget proposal for fiscal 2017–2018 to the Board of Selectmen during its meeting on Monday, March 20.
Geiger unveiled a total proposed budget for the town of $33,438,506.
Geiger’s budget proposal is an increase of $337,332 from the town’s fiscal 2016–2017 budget of $33,101,174.
If passed, Geiger said that the mill rate will remain the same as last year, at 33.7.

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Mayor, residents tell of Women’s March

WINSTED — The Winsted Community Bookstore, located at 414 Main St., hosted a panel discussion on Saturday, March 11, about the recent Women’s March on Washington, D.C.  
The march itself was held across the country on Jan. 21, one day after the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump.
The main march was held in Washington, D.C., and included hundreds of thousands of participants.

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Entrepreneurial Center opens at NCCC

WINSTED —  Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s (NCCC) new Entrepreneurial Center held a grand opening event on Wednesday, March 15.
The center is located in the Goulet Building on the NCCC campus at 56 Park Place. It has been in the works since August 2016.
Various staff and faculty from NCCC, along with town officials from throughout the Northwest Corner, attended the March 15 event.

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Political cartoonists to come to museum

WINSTED —  The American Museum of Tort Law will hold its second annual “Spring Reawakening” event on Saturday, April 1.
The museum at 654 Main St. opened in September 2015. It closes annually in December and stays closed during the winter season except for private tours and groups.
At the April 1 event, the museum will present programs with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and illustrator Matt Wuerker, New Yorker cartoonist Barry Blitt and museum founder Ralph Nader.

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Salvation Army thanks community

WINSTED — On Friday, March 10, The Salvation Army  held an open house to thank the community for their support.
The event also was for community members to learn about the programs and services that are available at its 716 Main St. location.
The location opened in October, but the organization has been in Winsted for 110 years, director of volunteer resources Kathleen Orfitelli said. 

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Talk puts Standing Rock in historical context

WINSTED — On Saturday, March 11, Colebrook resident Alesia Maltz, a professor of environmental studies at Antioch University New England, presented her program “Flooding, Fracking and Fuel: A history of exploitation around Standing Rock.” 
Maltz, who has taught at Fort Berthold and Standing Rock reservations in North Dakota, said that the intention of the program was to put the events at Standing Rock into historical context. 

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‘Bye Bye Birdie’ comes to Gilbert stage

WINSTED — This weekend, The Gilbert School will present three performances of the hit musical “Bye Bye Birdie.”
Performances will be held on Friday, March 17, at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m.
Eighty people, including Gilbert School alumni, staff, students and family members, have worked together to create this production of the 1960 Broadway musical.

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Characters come to life at library

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Super Saver IGA may close

WINSTED — The Planning and Zoning Commission briefly reviewed a special permit application to convert the Winsted Super Saver IGA into a medical clinic for Community Health and Wellness of Greater Torrington during its meeting on Monday, March 13.
Since 2011, the medical clinic has operated a Winsted branch located in the Winsted Health Center at 115 Spencer St.
The organization gives low-income residents access to health services. Patients pay on a sliding scale based on federal income guidelines.

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