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A dozen organizations turned out for a day of demonstrations about how to avoid and prepare for disasters, on Sunday, Sept. 16, at Tiffany-Gaylord Playground. The event was hosted by the Winsted Fire Department and also had an emphasis on the need for volunteers for public emergency services groups. 

The fire company volunteers brought out their fire engines for members of the public to look at (there was even a mini truck to entice youngsters to learn more about fire safety).

The Winsted Elks Lodge had a booth with information about drug safety. Also there were...

Winsted

Good old summer (fair) time

WINSTED — It was a celebration of firefighters and the town as the Winsted Fire Department held its annual carnival from Wednesday, Aug. 15, to Saturday, Aug. 18.
The carnival was held at Rowley Field and included thrills for young and old, including the always popular dragon roller coaster ride for young children, swinging rides, fairground games and a Ferris wheel.

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Former hotel sold, more signs of life in downtown Winsted

A major piece of real estate in the heart of the downtown Winsted area has been sold, to a local company.
The four-story building at 398 Main St. was sold on July 24 by former owner Marty Goldin of Brooklyn, N.Y., to property management firm Impetus Properties LLC of Winsted.
According to town records, the building was sold for $910,000.
It was originally built as the Hotel Winchester in 1898 and, over the years, was turned into an office and apartment building.

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Renovation continues on American Mural Project’s future home in Winsted

Sharon resident Ellen Griesedieck’s journey to complete her American Mural Project (AMP) has taken more than 16 years.
It began when she purchased the former Winsted Hosiery Factory on Whiting Street in 2006 and began work on what she describes as “the largest indoor collaborative artwork in the world —  a mural 120 feet long, 48 feet high and up to 10 feet deep.”

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Remembering the lessons of past horrors

WINSTED — During the final stages of World War II, in August 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. More than 200,000 people died as a result of the bombings. 
Seventy-three years after the bombings, the Winsted Area Peace Action Group, in conjunction with Camp Kinderland in Tolland, Mass., held a peace vigil at East End Park on Monday, Aug. 6. 

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Hoping to make Winsted a destination again

WINSTED — If you previously conducted business with The Winsted Journal newspaper, which was in operation in Winsted on Main Street for more than 20 years before it was rolled into The Lakeville Journal in August 2017, you will notice a familiar face at the office of the Friends of Main Street (which is right next door to the former Winsted Journal office.)
Lauren DiMauro, who served as the business manager and editorial assistant for the newspaper for 12 years, has been named the Friends of Main Street’s new executive director.

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Dogs train to be friends, lifesavers

WINSTED — For husband and wife Dale and Lu Picard, dogs are more than just pets; they also have the potential to help people and save lives.
The two founded the nonprofit Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) back in 1995.
The mission of the organization is to train dogs to help both young and old with disabilities, including children with autism and veterans with traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder.

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After long struggle, Winsted back in black

WINSTED — While there have been years where the town has faced budget troubles, in fiscal 2017-18 it did well with its finances according to Winsted Finance Director Bruce Stratford.
Stratford told the Board of Selectmen at its Monday, July 16, meeting that the town finished the last fiscal year on June 30 with a surplus of $377,000. 
He said that the state paid more in municipal aid than the town originally anticipated, which allowed for the extra funds.

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Teaching young readers of the horrors of the Holocaust

WINSTED — A tale about a teenager rebuilding her life after being held in a concentration camp may seem like an unusual topic for a Young Adult novel.
Author Vesper Stamper said she wrote her book, “What the Night Sings,” which was published in February by Knopf Books for Young Readers, as a way to educate readers about the Holocaust and its effects on people’s lives.
Stamper, a resident of Jersey City, N.J., spoke about her book at the Beardsley and Memorial Library on Saturday, July 21.

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Live music enlivens the hot summer nights of Winsted

WINSTED — Sweet music was in the air as the Farmington Valley Band kicked off the Friends of Main Street’s summer concert series at East End Park on Thursday, July 12.
This is the ninth season of the free concert series, which over the years has included a diversity of musical styles, including rock, jazz, folk, Irish music, funk and big band.
The Farmington Valley Band, made up of 35 musicians, has been part of the concert series since it first started in 2009.

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If voted by town, Hinsdale School could reopen

WINSTED — The Winsted Board of Selectmen decided at its meeting on Monday, July 2, to form a school building committee that will begin the solid planning toward a referendum vote in November on the renovation and reopening of the Hinsdale Elementary School.

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