Musician Eric Paradine who will be playing Winchester Recreation Department's virtual concert series on Wednesday, April 7. Photo submitted.
Musician Eric Paradine who will be playing Winchester Recreation Department's virtual concert series on Wednesday, April 7. Photo submitted.

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Winchester Recreation Department sponsoring virtual concert series in April

WINSTED/PRESS RELEASE — The Town of Winchester Recreation Department is sponsoring a virtual concert series during the month of April on Wednesday evenings from 6PM to 7PM.  Concerts will be livestreamed on the Recreation Department’s Facebook page as well as the Town’s YouTube channel.  

Wednesday, April 7th features Eric Paradine – Original Music

Wednesday, April 14th features Jim Moore – Classic Country/ 70s

Wednesday, April 21st features Michael Hodorski & Company – Rock & Pop Hits, 50s/60s Hits and Beyond

Wednesday, April 28th features Sam Guglielmino – Original’s and Covers

Free income tax preparation

WINSTED/PRESS RELEASE — Free income tax preparation is available through the Winsted Senior Center for those who qualify.  The United Way of Northwest Connecticut continues to sponsor the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  VITA offers free tax help for people who make $54,000 or less, age 55 or older or people with disabilities who need assistance preparing their own tax returns.  IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax preparation with electronic filing and direct deposit of refund, if you qualify.Eligibility Requirements

  • Age 55 or older
  • Total household income $54,000 or less
  • Must file either 1040EZ or 1040-A tax form
  • Can be a homeowner
  • Cannot be a small business owner
  • Cannot have an itemized return

Please note that the following information is needed to complete your tax return:

  • Your full name and phone number on the outside envelope
  • Valid picture ID
  • Copies of all W-2, 1098 and 1099 forms from 2020 and/or documentation of any income received in 2020
  • Proof of account number and routing number for your bank and checking or savings account for direct deposit
  • Copy of last year’s tax return (optional)

While the Senior Center is not open because of COVID-19, they are accepting documents for tax preparation by mail or dropped in their lock box at the Chestnut Street entrance.  You must still provide them with the proper documents.

Please phone Winsted Senior Center at (860) 379-4252, ext.1 with any any questions.Additionally, the United Way offers a program called MyFreeTaxes.  MyFreeTaxes is completely free for anyone of any income who needs to file a simple return.

Prepare and file your taxes at MyFreeTaxes.  Please note online help is available.

HHC Holds vaccination clinics for Northwest CT educators

TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE — The Hartford HealthCare COVID19 Vaccination Clinic in Torrington has begun holding several vaccination clinics in addition to their normally scheduled appointment hours specifically for local educators in the northwest corner.  

“We are pleased to offer assistance during this critical time to help the educators in our surrounding towns get the access to the vaccine they need. Making our schools safer during this evolving pandemic has been a top priority for all of us.” Said HHC Regional VP of Operations John Capobianco.  

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has been coordinating with the Torrington Area Health District and regional school administrators to identify and schedule eligible participants. The Center has given out 725 Pfizer vaccinations during its first two sessions and plans an additional 1000 vaccinations this week with commitments from the Connecticut Department of Public Health for more supply in the near future. The first wave of educators receiving these vaccines originate from Regional School District 6, Winsted, Norfolk, The Gilbert School, Foreman School, Education Connection  CT Junior Republic, and the Thomaston, Torrington, and Litchfield Public Schools. More schools will follow in future weeks. 

Hartford HealthCare Clinic Site Coordinator and Nurse at CHH was very pleased with the turnout.    

“I feel very thankful to all of those people that are coming for their vaccinations that are so happy and appreciative to receive it. Their hopefulness and positive attitudes are a breath of fresh air.”

Erica Flanagan, an English Teacher from Thomaston High School, was one of the first in line when the Clinic opened. “I am very happy to have this opportunity to receive the vaccination. It’s going to help us remain healthy for our families and continue to serve our students and the public.” She said.  

Connecticut is currently vaccinating the public against the virus and recently expanded its guidelines of who can receive the vaccine to include healthcare personnel, long-term care facility residents, medical first responders, people 55 years of age and older, and educators and childcare providers. Hartford Healthcare has vaccinated over 80,000 people in Connecticut with over 130,000 first and second doses administered to date. 

If you are a member of the public and need to schedule an appointment, if you have a MyChartPLUS account already, simply log in, go to “Visits” or “Appointments” and choose a Hartford HealthCare vaccine clinic location. If you do NOT have a MyChartPLUS account, you can set one up on the website. After scheduling your appointment, please ECHECK-IN prior to your arrival. This will make sure we have all your information, and that you are providing consent to get the vaccine. If you have questions or issues scheduling your vaccine in MyChartPLUS, please call the MyChart support line at 860-972-4993. 

If you need help making an appointment or prefer to schedule your appointment by phone, call the Hartford HealthCare Access Center at 860-827-7690 or toll-free at 833-943-5721. For the most up-to-date information and scheduling help visit

Annual Watershed Survey Underway in Town During March and April

WINSTED/PRESS RELEASE — The Winsted Water Department will be conducting inspections on certain properties that lay within the town’s local watersheds as part of the 2021 Annual Watershed Survey.

The intent of these surveys is to identify potential sources of pollution within public water-supply watersheds, including but not limited to failing septic systems, leaking fuel storage tanks, and runoff from large agricultural operations.

Properties subject to inspection are located within the Crystal Lake and Rugg Brook Reservoir watersheds in Winchester and the Mad River watershed in Winchester and Norfolk. Please be advised that Lenard Engineering, Inc. will be conducting the inspections on behalf of the Winsted Water Department during the months of March and April of 2021.  Inspections involve routine examination of physical conditions on each property. 

Access to the inside of residential or commercial structures is not required.   Furthermore, Lenard Engineering’s inspection personnel will carry identification and a letter of explanation from the Winchester Water and Sewer Commission.  Please feel free to contact the Department of Public Works with any questions at (860) 379-4070.

Food pantry on Sunday, March 14

TORRINGTON —The Interfaith Council of North Ct is sponsoring a pop up Little Food Pantry this Sunday at 1pm in the Franklin St Public Parking Lot, 100 Franklin St in Torrington.