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WINSTED —  The Winchester Public School District held two focus group meetings at Founders Hall auditorium on Monday, March 20.

The groups discussed topics relating to the district’s search for a new superintendent.

At the meetings, former Glastonbury school district superintendent Jacqueline Jacoby, who now works as a private consultant, moderated a lively conversation with the groups about the strengths and weaknesses within the school system, as well as what it means to be a successful superintendent.

Jacoby said she started as a public school...

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Characters come to life at library

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Super Saver IGA may close

WINSTED — The Planning and Zoning Commission briefly reviewed a special permit application to convert the Winsted Super Saver IGA into a medical clinic for Community Health and Wellness of Greater Torrington during its meeting on Monday, March 13.
Since 2011, the medical clinic has operated a Winsted branch located in the Winsted Health Center at 115 Spencer St.
The organization gives low-income residents access to health services. Patients pay on a sliding scale based on federal income guidelines.

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P&Z approves Geiger’s proposed capital improvements

WINSTED —  The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a list of capital improvements as proposed by Town Manager Robert Geiger during its meeting on Monday, Jan. 13.
The capital improvements are a part of Geiger’s proposed fiscal 2017–2018 budget.
Geiger, who was at the meeting to present the list, would not provide The Winsted Journal with a copy of the list.

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Hudak receives award for Historical Society

WINSTED — The Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) has given an award of merit for individual achievement to Winchester Historical Society Trustee Milly Hudak.
The award was announced by CLHO in late February.
The society’s building is located in the Solomon Rockwell House, located at 225 Prospect St.
The house, built in 1786, is a 13-room mansion. A main house, carriage house and house of easement were all added in 1813.
The house itself is now a museum filled with various items throughout Winsted’s history.

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Budget schedule announced

WINSTED — A schedule for developing the budget for fiscal 2017-2018 has been announced by the town.
On Wednesday, March 15, as mandated by the town’s charter, Town Manager Robert Geiger was scheduled to submit a written budget proposal to the Board of Selectmen, after this issue went to press.
Geiger, along with Finance Director Bruce Stratford, is scheduled to make a presentation to the selectmen about the proposed budget during the board’s regular meeting on Monday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

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Robotics company opens in town

WINSTED — If, as science fiction writers have long predicted, the human race is doomed to eventually fall to an uprising of intelligent machines, residents can at least take a small amount of pride that it started here, with shopping carts and personal assistants.
On Wednesday, March 1, Wendy Roberts, CEO of 5 Elements Robotics, introduced herself and her robots to local business and civic leaders at an open house, celebrating the launch of the new Winsted facility for a company that seeks to bring robotic convenience to homes and businesses all around the world.

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FFA members volunteer for community service

Members of the Northwestern Regional High School FFA volunteered for four hours at the Hartford Foodshare on Saturday, March 4. The group worked as part of a community service project and bagged apples for distribution The mission of Foodshare is to end hunger and alleviate poverty in the greater Hartford area.

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Program showcases local area musicians

WINSTED — The new cable access television show “Acoustic Showcase” debuted its first two episodes earlier this month.
The show is the brainchild of cohosts Jim Moore and Gary Reder.
The purpose of the show is to expose the background and music of local musicians. 
Moore, who works in assisted living for seniors by day, said that he takes his musical influence from Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

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Penguin Plungers bold in the cold

WINSTED — More than 70 people participated in the 14th annual Penguin Plunge on Saturday, March 4, to support the Connecticut Special Olympics. Participants raised at least $100 each to be able take the plunge into Highland Lake.
The event was postponed from previously scheduled Feb. 4.
While there was no longer ice covering the lake, the water was sure to have been warmer than the blustery cold air that hovered in the low 20s throughout the morning’s events. 

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NCCC Legislative Breakfast: Rooke: Bleak outlook for college

WINSTED —  Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) held its annual legislative breakfast on Friday, March 3 at its Draper Conference Center.
NCCC President Michael Rooke was one of the main speakers at the event.
At the beginning of the event, Rooke spoke to the audience about the state of the college.

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