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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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Winsted Farmers Market in new location

WINSTED — After seven seasons of holding the market on Friday afternoons at East End Park, this year the Winsted Farmers Market will be held at Rowley Field on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., until Sept. 23.
Market Master Phillip Allen said there are nine vendors this year, including Bristol’s Farm, Nakoma Farm, Husky Meadow Farm, Better Baking by Beth and Boy Scout Troop 1027.
There will also be guest vendors including Gemini Moon Designs, Rolling Rock Salt and artist Karen Rossi.

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Making their way, together, into the future

WINSTED — Awash in the glow of admiration from friends and family members and lifted up by the cheers and support of their community, 81 members of The Gilbert School’s Class of 2018 received their diplomas at the school’s 123rd commencement ceremony on Friday, June 22.
A quasi-private school servings grades seven to 12, Gilbert has become known for its unique international program, which brings students from all over the world to study in Winsted. 

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Remembering the greatest generation in Winsted

WINSTED — Although it was originally built to honor soldiers who had fought in the Civil War, Soldiers’ Monument on Crown Street also played an important role in World War II. 
The monument and its history as an Air Observer Corps Observation Post were celebrated on Saturday, June 16, by the Soldiers’ Monument Commission.
The Soldiers’ Monument was dedicated in 1890 as a tribute to the more than 300 Winsted-area soldiers who served in the Civil War. 

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84 years of Laurel Festivities

WINSTED — It was a grand time for all at Winsted’s 84th annual Laurel Festival, which began on Friday, June 8, and ended on Sunday, June 10, with the crowning of this year’s king and queen.
On June 8 the traditional Laurel Ball, when the contestants for king and queen were announced, was held at East End Park for the first time ever. 
The following day, there was a community festival in the park.

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Town pursuing blight cases

WINSTED — Winsted is moving forward with two blight enforcement cases, according to Town Manager Robert Geiger and Town Attorney Kevin Nelligan.
The two spoke about the cases during the Board of Selectmen’s regular meeting at Winsted Town Hall on Monday, June 4.
Geiger and Nelligan described in detail the process of how they pursue property owners in these types of cases, which they both said can be quite difficult.

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Disappointment in town: Ledgebrook Rite Aid closing

WINSTED — The Rite Aid store in the Ledgebrook Shopping Plaza will close on July 3. The store’s pharmacy will close on Tuesday, June 19.
In June 2017, it was announced that Rite Aid would sell a majority of its stores and related assets to Walgreens for $5.175 billion. The sale was completed in late March of this year.
Walgreens’ spokesman Philip Caruso said the company purchased 1,932 locations from Rite Aid.

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Winsted vote shows ‘progress’

WINSTED — A quiet budget season came to an end with residents approving the proposed budget for fiscal 2018-19 at a referendum on Saturday, June 2, at Pearson Middle School.
The budget passed by a vote of 324 to 48.
The spending plan is now set at $33,644,724, a $206,218 increase from this year’s budget of $33,438,506. The fiscal year begins July 1. 
The property mill rate remains unchanged at 33.54, but the vehicle mill rate will go up to 33.54, an increase from the current mill rate of 32.

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Walking tour of history in Winsted

WINSTED — As part of Connecticut Trails Day, Winsted offered a walk to historic buildings around town,  including a tour of the Winchester Historical Society. 
On Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3,  events were held across the state. Most involved hiking or cycling; Winsted was one of the few to offer an urban outing.
About a dozen people, including some from Manchester and Westport, met at the Laurel City Skate Park on Sunday morning.

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Henny Penny: A store you can rely on

WINSTED — A Henny Penny convenience store opened on Friday, May 25, on New Hartford Road.
The Henny Penny chain is owned by Hendels Inc. of Waterford. According to company president John Engle, the Winsted Henny Penny is the only one of the company’s 19 stores that is located in the northern part of the state. 
“We chose Winsted for our newest location because we wanted to make our presence known here,” Engle said in an interview. 

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Fighting for students’ right to speak out

WINSTED —  Free speech activist Mary Beth Tinker addressed a rapt audience at Northwestern Regional High School on Tuesday, May 22.
In December 1965, when Tinker was a 13-year-old student in Des Moines, Iowa, she was part of a group of Warren Harding Junior High students who wore black armbands to school to mourn casualties on both sides of the Vietnam War.
Because the school district had adopted a policy to suspend students who wore the armbands, Tinker and the other students were punished.

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