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WINSTED — The Winchester School District continues to go forward with a project to renovate and reopen Hinsdale Elementary School.

After more than 50 years of operation, the school was closed in 2016 during the district’s state receivership, which lasted from June 2015 to August 2017. 

Back in July, the Board of Selectmen approved the district’s request to form a school building committee.

Later in July, the committee put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) to find an architectural firm.

Over the course of several meetings in...

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Red tape slows Lambert Kay sale

WINSTED — The sale of the former Lambert Kay property to Parker Benjamin Real Estate Services has been delayed by the need to file extensive paperwork with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Before the sale can go through, the town and Parker Benjamin have to navigate the requirements of the state’s Transfer Act, which “regulates the transfer of certain polluted real properties and business operations in the state.”

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What can’t Brian Kalay make a table out of?

WINSTED — The recently opened Home Again, located at 460 Main Street, sells custom-made furniture and a variety of antiques. Owner Brian Kalay, who has been a resident of Winsted for 25 years, is also the long-time co-owner of True Value of Winchester, but he said that he has been in the custom furniture business off and on for 25 years.

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Only Winsted gets a state road grant

WINSTED — On Dec. 27, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) announced $15 million in state grants for various transit-oriented projects across the state.
According to a press release from the governor’s office, the grant is for 11 projects in various towns and cities and comes under the Responsible Growth and Transit-Oriented Development Grant Program.
Of all the towns in the Northwest Corner, only Winsted was awarded funds from this program.

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Fire damages Lake Street garage

WINSTED — A garage in Winsted on Lake Street was damaged in a fire on Wednesday, Jan. 3.
Winsted Fire Department Chief David Sartirana said that no one was hurt in the fire, which started at around noon.
The town’s assessor database said the building is owned by Henry Schieb and was originally built in 1900. Schieb uses it as a vehicle repair facility, Sartirana said, noting that, “There is a lot of stuff in the building, a lot of vehicle parts, and it was hard to get in there once the fire was going.”

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Making schools, towns more attractive

WINSTED — Plans to address building issues and new programs will be the top priorities of the school district in 2018, according to Winsted Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley and Board of Education Chairman Doug Pfenninger.
The two school district leaders gave a presentation to the Winsted Board of Selectmen on Monday, Dec. 18.
Both Brady-Shanley and Pfenninger told the selectmen that infrastructure upkeep and potential upgrades will be a priority for the school district in 2018.

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Freezin’ for a Reason for homeless

WINSTED — More than 40 people camped out at East End Park on Friday, Dec. 8, as a way to raise funds for and awareness of the Northwest YMCA’s homeless shelter.
The sixth annual Freezin’ for a Reason earned its name. Temperatures that night dipped into the mid 20s, but  the participants had come prepared with tents and sleeping bags. Everyone who took part in the overnight event raised money for the YMCA, which has branches in Winsted, Torrington and North Canaan.

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Holiday songs remind board ‘what it’s all about’

WINSTED — A little bit of Christmas cheer was spread by members of the Pearson Middle School Show Choir, who sang holiday songs at the Winsted Board of Education’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Winsted Town Hall.
The choir is made up of fifth- and sixth-grade students who attend Pearson and participate   in the after-school choir program.

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Bright night at parade

WINSTED — In spite of cold weather and snow, which fell from the sky in heavy flurries, the 14th annual Gator Parade was a success with multiple fire departments and several area residents taking part in the Saturday, Dec. 16, event.
The parade, which was organized by the Winsted Fire Department, included emergency service vehicles from area towns and organizations, including fire engines, ambulances and other vehicles decorated with holiday lights and ornaments. 

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Winsted college, NCCC, will join statewide system

WINSTED —  At its meeting in Hartford on Thursday, Dec. 14, the state’s Board of Regents approved a plan that will consolidate the state’s 12 community colleges into one college by 2021.
In May, Mark Ojakian (who is president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, CSCU)  announced that Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) President Michael Rooke would take the lead role in developing a community college consolidation strategy.

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Fun and games at Morsel Munk

WINSTED — Morsel Munk, a combination outdoor sports and toy store, started life as an online-only store 10 and a half years ago. For the past six and a half years, owners Scott Rouleau and his wife, Brigitte, have operated a bricks-and-mortar shop  at 118 Main St.
For the holiday season, Brigitte Rouleau said the store has lots of unexpected gift ideas, including Docktails-brand beverage dispensers.

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