Photo via Cub Scout Pack 1027 Wreaths Across America's PayPal page.
Photo via Cub Scout Pack 1027 Wreaths Across America's PayPal page.

Scouts looking to raise money for Wreaths Across America
WINSTED — Cub Scouts Pack 1027 is raising funds in order to buy wreaths for the annual Wreaths Across America event.
The event will be held at Forest View Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 19 and is being organized by the Brooks-Green Woods Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The event will be held in conjunction with over 1,600 ceremonies nationwide.
Wreaths Across America started in 1992 in Harrington, Maine, as a way to honor all branches of the military.
According to Cub Master Gina Sartirana, the scouts are raising funds in order to purchase wreaths for the event.
“Last year, the scouts helped to distribute 40 wreaths that the Daughters of the American Revolution were able to raise funds for,” Sartirana said. “We decided that we really to get more wreaths in order to put on veterans and servicemen’s graves.”
Sartirana said that a representative from the town said there are between 500 to 1,000 veteran gravesites in town.
“Our goal right now is to get at least 100 wreaths, but we want to place a wreath on as many graves as possible,” Sartirana said.
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Lions Club sponsoring Christmas decoration contest
WINSTED — The Winsted Lions Club is holding their first ever Christmas Decorating Contest.
According to member Gina Sartirana, the contest is being held in lieu of the town’s Recreation Department’s contest, which is not being held this year.
“I think with everything that is going on, people really just need something positive in their world right now,” Sartirana said. “If we can encourage people to decorate their houses for the holidays and brighten up Winsted, it will make everybody a little happier for the holiday season.”
Sartirana added that prizes have not yet been determined.
Entry to the contest is $10.

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Hospital designates parking spot for Purple Heart recipients
TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE — On the special occasion of Veteran’s Day 2020, officials from Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) dedicated a special reserved parking space in their main entrance area to recipients of the distinguished Purple Heart from the United States of America. The ceremony is part of Hartford HealthCare’s ongoing commitment to honor and care for Connecticut veteran through both the Department of Defense’s Vietnam 50th Commemoration and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization‘s We Honor Veterans Level 4 program.
“I am pleased that Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has become the latest Purple Heart establishment and recognizing the sacrifices our brave soldiers have made for us. The only way a person can get a Purple Heart is to be wounded in combat by an enemy of the United States.” said Daniel M. Eddinger, Maj, USA, (Retired), Connecticut State Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart who is a Torrington resident and recipient of two Purple Heart Medals.
The medal is given to members of the military from Past Wars, Posthumously, Retired, or currently on active duty, and Gold Star families. The Military Order of the Purple Heart was established in 1932 in Derby Connecticut by three WWI Purple Heart recipients. Chapter 1 of the MOPH is still active today.
“It’s an immense honor and privilege to witness the unveiling of this dedicated and reserved parking space for Purple Heart Recipients at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital,” said Brian Ohler, the Associate Director of Safety and Engineering for HHC’s Northwest Region who is also a recipient of the Purple Heart. “This solemn gesture is indicative of CHH’s greater mission of serving our local communities and saluting our heroic veterans, especially those who were wounded in combat. As a veteran myself, who was wounded in combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and as an employee at CHH, I am so proud to have been able to work with such an amazing group of people; who’s heartfelt and collective efforts were able to make this moment happen.”
Due to the current pandemic safety precautions, the Hospital is making the space available now and plans to conduct a more formal ceremony in the future to include veterans, their families, and a proclamation when it safe to hold larger public gatherings.

Caption: Left to right: Dan McIntyre, Senior Vice President for HHC and President of the Hartford HealthCare Northwest Region, Brian Mattiello, Vice President for Strategy & Community Development, Northwest Region, Daniel M. Eddinger, Maj, USA, (Retired), Connecticut State Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Brian Ohler, Associate Director of Safety and Engineering, Northwest Region pose at the Hospital’s new reserved parking space for recipients of the Purple Heart Medal.