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WINSTED — International students are a large part of the population at many area schools, especially the boarding schools.

Anxieties about politics and economics are starting to have an impact on foreign enrollment. One area school that has felt it acutely is the public-private Gilbert School in Winsted.

Students in grades seven through 12 who live in Winchester and Winsted attend Gilbert, as do students from other areas and countries. 

The school is run by the William L. Gilbert Trust Corporation, which was formed in 1895 to manage the endowment...

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NCCC graduates look to bright future

WINSTED — The achievements of the graduates of Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) were celebrated at the college’s 52nd commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 24, at The Warner Theatre in Torrington.
NCCC President Michael Rooke said that 233 students graduated this year, which is 20 more than were in last year’s class. There are 167 women and 66 men in the Class of 2018; they come from 59 towns across the state and range in age from 19 to 67. “It’s never too late to come on down to take some classes,” Rooke said.

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Dramatic increase in need for senior van

WINSTED — The Winsted Senior Center has purchased a new van, with help from a grant from the Department of Transportation.
The state paid for 80 percent of the $55,000 purchase price of the new Ford TranStar van; the town paid the remaining 20 percent.
Winsted Senior Center Director Jennifer Kelley said that the two vans the center owns are no longer reliable.  
“We needed something we could depend on,” she said.

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Fatal one-car crash in Winsted

WINSTED —  Richard Halsted, 37, of Winsted was killed in a one-car crash on Sunday, Jan. 14.
According to press releases issued by Winchester Police Chief William Fitzgerald, Halsted was traveling north on Torrington Road at around 10 p.m.
The department determined that Halsted’s vehicle crossed the yellow line in the middle of the road, drove off the road and collided with a large boulder.
Halsted was the only person in the vehicle. 

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Billion $ regional improvements halted

WINSTED  — On Wednesday, Jan. 10, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) and State Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker announced the postponement of $4.3 billion of transportation projects across the state.
According to a press release issued by the governor’s office, the projects have been postponed until new revenue is appropriated for the state’s Special Transportation Fund.

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‘The promise of America is still there’

WINSTED —  Author and West Hartford resident Okey Ndibe gave a talk about his book “Never Look an American in the Eye” at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, Jan. 13.
Ndibe’s book, which was published last year, is a memoir of his experiences growing up in Nigeria and immigrating to America.
During his talk, Ndibe spoke about his experiences in America, including how he was mistaken for a bank robber by police a few days after he came to the United States.

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A tale of two schools, and which should remain open

WINSTED — A comprehensive report on the Hinsdale Elementary School building and the Batcheller Early Education building will be issued in January or February, according to Winsted Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley.
Brady-Shanley discussed the report at the Board of Education’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
At a board meeting in September Brady-Shanley discussed the possibility of re-opening the Hinsdale building and closing Batcheller.

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Case and Miner discuss state budget, senior issues

WINSTED —  More than 70 Winsted residents attended a discussion with state Rep. Jay Case (R-63) and state Sen. Craig Miner (R-30) at the Winsted Senior Center on Thursday, Dec. 7. 
Both Case and Miner spoke about the recently passed state budget for fiscal 2017-18, its impact on the town and issues pertaining to senior citizens. 

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Message about war, freedom

WINSTED — Although Veterans Day, officially, was on Saturday, Nov. 11, there were several events honoring military veterans in Winsted during the week.  
On Friday, Nov. 10, veterans  were honored at assemblies at Batcheller Early Education Center, Pearson Middle School, Northwestern Regional School District and The Gilbert School.
On Nov. 11, a ceremony was held at Forest View Cemetery, where veterans from the Civil War to modern times are buried.

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Winsted’s Gilson is for sale

WINSTED — The Gilson Cinema and Cafe on Main Street in Winsted has been put up for sale by its owner, Alan Nero.
The theater is now home to two digital projectors and shows first-run movies.
The property’s real estate listing is at www.loopnet.com/Listing/354-362-Main-St-Winsted-CT/9746422/ and has been listed by Matthews Commercial Properties of Middlebury, Conn.
According to the listing, the property is on the market for $950,000.

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Winsted motocross racer is at the top of the world

WINSTED — Josh Toth is feeling pretty good about himself these days. And why shouldn’t he.
After all, he’s just 20 years old, making a living doing what he loves, and the sky is the limit for him professionally.

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