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WINSTED —  Sweet sounds filled the air at East End Park on Friday, Aug. 10 at the first-ever LaurelLive Benefit Concert.

The concert benefited three organizations that work extensively with the homeless population in the area: The Salvation Army and Open Door Soup Kitchen in Winsted and Friends in Service to Humanity (FISH) in Torrington.

Local bands and musicians from all throughout the Northwest Corner played at the seven hour event, including Axe Factory, The Matchstick Architects, Blue Yonder, Eric Paradine and Jim Moore.

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Vaccari named Veteran of the Year

WINSTED —  As part of the Memorial Day ceremony held at East End Park on Monday, May 29, resident Paul Vaccari was given the third Veteran of the Year award by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 296 and VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
The award was first given in 2015 to  William David McGee, who served as a Vietnam combat officer and a member of the First Marine Air Wing.
Last year, the award was given to Neil Hunt, commander of VFW Post 296 and a Vietnam War veteran.
Vaccari, a native of Winsted, is a Gilbert School graduate.

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Arrest made in overdose death

WINSTED and TORRINGTON —  A 21-year-old Torrington resident was arrested by the State Police on Wednesday, May 24, in connection with the death of an 18-year-old Winsted resident in December.
According to a press release issued by Sgt. Brian Narkewicz, Zachary John Campanelli of 29 Adelaide Terrace was arrested after a warrant was issued on May 24.
Campanelli has been charged with the illegal sale of narcotics or certain hallucinogens, which is a Class U felony.

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Voters pass budget first time around

WINSTED — Residents approved the proposed budget for fiscal 2017-2018 at the annual budget referendum on Saturday, May 28, at Pearson Middle School.
This is the fifth year in a row that residents approved a proposed fiscal budget on the first try.
The budget, as proposed in March by Town Manager Robert Geiger, totals $33,438,506.
The budget is an increase of $337,332 from the town’s fiscal 2016-2017 budget of $33,101,174.
The mill rate remains the same as last year at 33.7.
The final vote tally was 511-53.

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Ice cream social cools down town

WINSTED —  A particularly hot week made the rescheduled townwide ice cream social that much sweeter when it took place at East End Park on Friday, May 19.
The event originally was scheduled for Saturday, May 13, but was rained out.
Winsted won the opportunity to treat residents to ice cream after a tremendous response and participation in Northwest Hills Council of Government’s [NWCOG] online resident’s survey during the winter.

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Fun and festivity at the 81st annual Pet Parade

WINSTED —  The following are the award winners from the 81st annual Pet Parade, which was held on Saturday, May 20. The awards were given out by organizers from the Torrington-Winsted Area Rotary Club. This list was provided by event co-organizer Sarah Dziedzic. 
 
Small Floats and Wagons
First place: “Police and Jailbirds,” Brianna Ortiz, Christina Thompson, Jaden Ortiz and Adriana Thompson
Second place: “Doggie in the Window,” Emma Percoski and Lizzie Desanti

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Fun for all at annual Pet Parade

WINSTED —  The 81st annual Pet Parade was held on Saturday, May 20.
Hundreds of people lined up to watch the parade, which started at the beginning of Main Street and ended at East End Park.
The event featured floats from various community organizations, including St. Anthony School, The Gilbert School, The Beardsley and Memorial Library, marching bands from both Gilbert High School and Northwestern Regional Middle School and fire trucks from the Winsted Fire Department.

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St. Anthony principal to retire

WINSTED —  St. Anthony School has announced that Principal Patricia Devanney will be retiring at the end of this school year.
School representatives made the announcement on Friday, May 12, after a crowning ceremony at St. Joseph Church.
After the ceremony, students hosted a grandparents’ tea in each classroom where Devanney’s replacement, Louis Howe, met with parents.
Devanney has spent the past 15 years as St. Anthony School’s principal.

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Budget referendum this Saturday

WINSTED —  The town’s annual budget referendum will be held this Saturday, May 27, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Pearson Middle School at 2 Wetmore Ave.
The budget, as proposed in March by Town Manager Robert Geiger, totals $33,438,506.
The proposed budget is an increase of $337,332 from the town’s fiscal 2016–2017 budget of $33,101,174.
If passed, the mill rate will remain the same as last year at 33.7.

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Police, residents honored at second annual ceremony

WINSTED —  The Winchester Police Department held its second annual awards ceremony on Thursday, May 18, at Town Hall.
The awards were determined by an Awards Committee made up of town residents, members of the Board of Selectmen, town employees and members of the department.
The goal of the awards was to review officers’ performance during the past year and to give out awards to 14 police officers in several different categories.
Additionally, 14 civilians were given Civilian Recognition awards.

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Man injured, property destroyed in fire

WINSTED —  A Torrington man was hurt in a fire that destroyed a single-family house on Monday, May 22.
According to Winsted Fire Department Chief David Sartirana, the fire took place around 5 p.m. at 334 Norwood Rd.
“The property is on a dirt road, and it was hard to find,” Sartirana said. “When the department got there, the structure was fully involved in the fire. It was already burned to the ground.”

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