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WINSTED — Seventeen roads in Winsted will get repairs this year, at an estimated cost of $2,285,885.

In June 2016, Lenard Engineering completed a report on road conditions, which included an analysis of all 76 miles of asphalt roads owned by the town.

The report concluded that 53 percent of the town’s asphalt roads are in poor or failed condition.

“The study gave us a generalized template of where to allocate our funds to work on the roads,” Department of Public Works Director Jim Rollins told the Winsted Board of Selectmen at their...

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Memories shared at Gilbert School’s alumni reunion

WINSTED —  The W.L. Gilbert Trust held its 16th annual Blue and Gold Reunion Dinner on Friday, May 5, at The Gilbert School.
According to Gilbert Trust Alumni Associate Sandi Lynn Scherer, the event was a reunion for alumni who graduated 50 years ago or more.

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Super Saver IGA to close soon

WINSTED —  Super Saver IGA, 372 Main St., is scheduled to close by the end of this month.
The store is the last grocery store located on Main Street in downtown Winsted.
Over the years other grocery stores operated in downtown Winsted but all eventually closed.
The last grocery store in Winsted, Super Stop & Shop in Ledgebrook Shopping Plaza, is approximately 2 miles away from Super Saver IGA.
Store owner John Dwan made the closing announcement in an email to local media on Thursday, May 4.

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Items dumped at Thrift Shop make volunteers angry

WINSTED —  Volunteers at The Auxiliary Thrift Shop,  120 Willow St., are angry that residents have started to use the store to dump furniture, mattresses and other items. 
The Auxiliary is a non-profit organization that was founded over 100 years ago to offer financial aid to community health programs.
All items purchased and donated to The Auxiliary Thrift Shop help to support health related programs in and around Winsted. 
However, the shop does not accept furniture and electronic equipment.

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Proposed budget sent to referendum

WINSTED —  In less than 15 minutes, residents at the annual town budget meeting, held on Monday, May 8 at The Gilbert School, sent the proposed fiscal 2017-2018 to a budget referendum.
According to registrars present, 54 residents attended the meeting.
The budget, as proposed in March by Town Manager Robert Geiger, totals $33,438,506.
Geiger’s budget is an increase of $337,332 from the town’s 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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Gilbert and state negotiations continue

WINSTED —  As the proposed fiscal 2017–2018 budget goes to a vote at a town referendum, negotiations for a contract between the state’s Department of Education and The Gilbert School continue.
The last contract between the school district expired on June 30, 2015.
Gilbert representatives negotiated with members of the Winchester School District, including the Board of Education, before the last contract expired.

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Selectman Todd Arcelaschi to run as independent

WINSTED —  Republican Selectman Todd Arcelaschi has announced that he plans to run as a petitioning candidate this November.
Arcelaschi was first elected to the board in November 2015.
He previously served two terms as the town’s constable in 2011 and 2013.
His father, John Arcelaschi, worked for the Winchester Police Department from 1960 to 1987.

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Teens prepare for prom at library

WINSTED — Teenagers were sparkly and vibrant as they prepped for prom at the Beardsley and Memorial Library during the second annual Once Upon a Time Prom event on Saturday, April 29. 
Local businesses, vendors and donors worked together to provide dresses, tuxedo fittings, discounts on services and on-site hair styling tips and techniques with a stylist from Shear Dimensions in Torrington.

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Church concert benefits community

WINSTED —  The 19th annual Harmony for Hunger event at the Second Congregational Church of Winsted held on Saturday, April 29, brought together world class and local musicians in a concert of varied musical stylings to benefit the Open Door Soup Kitchen and the Salvation Army of Winsted. 
Eleven acts including students from The Gilbert School, The Laurel City Singers and string quartet Cuatro Puntos took the stage for the benefit

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Stitching together a community tradition

WINCHESTER CENTER — The Winchester Center Congregational Church presented its 10th annual Quilt and Needle Arts Show on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, featuring 114 items contributed by 39 participants
 The church sanctuary was saturated in color as visitors admired the spreads and voted on their favorite pieces.

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Art and artists at Whiting Mills Open Studios

WINSTED —  The Whiting Mills spring semiannual open studios event was on Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30.
The Whiting Mills building at 100 Whiting St. is the former home of Winsted Hosiery, which opened in the late 1800s and went out of business in the 1960s.
The building was purchased in June 2004 by Jean Paul and Eva Blachere and slowly grew into a complex of artist studios and business offices.
Last year, Yankee Magazine named Whiting Mills as Best Artists’ Community in its Best of New England issue published in May 2016.

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