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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...

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Centrella parole denied; Winsted officials ‘relieved’

WINSTED — Former Winsted Finance Director Henry Centrella was denied parole by the state’s Board of Pardons and Paroles on Friday, March 9.
Centrella was the town’s finance director from 1977 until he was fired in January 2013. In August 2013 he was arrested by State Police on charges of embezzling funds from the town and he has remained in jail since then.

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Expanded medical services at CHWC soon

WINSTED — After almost a year of planning, along with a legal drama with the town that ended in a settlement, construction will soon begin on a new location for Community Health and Wellness Center of Greater Torrington (CHWC).
The nonprofit organization offers medical care to residents of Northwest Corner towns regardless of their ability to pay, including a sliding fee scale payment plan for patients in financial need.

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P&Z continues hearing on marijuana dispensary

WINSTED — More details on an application for a special permit to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Winsted were shared at a Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing in Winsted on Monday, Feb. 26.
Many issues were raised. The hearing has been continued to Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
The proposed location for the dispensary is the former Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) building at 100 New Hartford Road.

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Audit shows progress in cleaning up town finances

WINSTED — Winsted is recovering at last from the damage done to town finances by former Finance Director Henry Centrella.
Auditor Chris King reported to the Winsted selectmen at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 20, that the town’s financial outlook is very good.
King was at the meeting to present the town’s financial report for fiscal 2016-17.

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Cuts expected in tough budget year

WINSTED — With cuts in state funding and low enrollment, The Gilbert School in Winsted is anticipating that teaching positions will need to be cut.
The Gilbert School is a semi-private school that educates the Winchester School District’s seventh- through 12th-grade students. Winsted pays tuition to Gilbert for each student it sends.

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Owner’s name is a mystery: Hearing for marijuana dispensary scheduled

WINSTED —  The Winsted Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall to consider the application of a special permit for a medical marijuana dispensary.
The proposed location for the dispensary is the former Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) building at 100 New Hartford Road.
The restaurant has been closed and the building vacant for more than a decade.

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Lamont, first in gubernatorial candidate series, speaks at bookstore

WINSTED — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont made a pitch for his candidacy at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, Feb. 17.
More than 75 people attended what was the first in a series of talks by gubernatorial candidates at the store.
Lamont sought the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate against Joe Lieberman in 2006. He also sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010 against Dannel P. Malloy.

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Bubbles and Truffles helps build a new playground

WINSTED — A fine selection of chocolates, wine and foods at the 12th annual Bubbles and Truffles on Friday, Feb. 9, offered some welcome relief from weeks of snow, ice and cold weather.
“We always hold Bubbles and Truffles in February because people are snowed in  and need to get out of their houses,” said Friends of Main Street board member Dick Labich. “ A lot of people come here so they can see each other after a long winter.”

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Grants decrease but schools will ask for flat funding

WINSTED — The Winchester School District will once again present a budget request with a zero percent increase, according to Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley.
“Coming into this school district I have been cognizant that this district has been flat budgeted for quite some time,” Brady-Shanley said. She took over as superintendent last May after the district came out of state receivership. 

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Re-opening of Hinsdale building recommended

WINSTED — The Capitol Region Education Council’s (CREC) Construction Services Division is recommending the re-opening of Hinsdale Elementary School and the closing of Batcheller Early Education Center.
CREC  is a grassroots group that works with schools in  towns near the state capital in Hartford.
The organization recommended on Jan. 19 that work should begin as soon as possible to repair the Hinsdale School, so students can begin to attend classes there in 2019-20. 

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