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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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Laurel Festival returns to Winsted in just a few weeks

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WINSTED — The 2011 Laurel Festival is less than a month away, and organizers are getting creative with their fundraising by hosting a Laurel Festival Car Wash at the Winsted Ambulance Barn on Main Street.
The car wash scheduled for Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain date Sunday, May 15) will feature this year’s contestants soaping up vehicles and sponging them off for donations to the Laurel Festival Scholarship Fund.

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Pearson Middle School celebrates Arbor Day

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WINSTED — Students from the fifth, sixth and seventh grades helped to landscape a new bench area in front of Pearson School on Friday, April 29. The students planted flowers around the bench to create a garden in celebration of Arbor Day. Art Lehne, director of food services at Pearson, organized the effort.
“Just looking at this area in front of the school, when you drive by it you can tell that it needed some help,” Lehne said. “This is also about students taking pride in their school surroundings and showing others what can be done.”

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Emotional debate at town meeting

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WINSTED — Emotions ran high Monday, May 2, at The Gilbert School as residents discussed the proposed town budget for fiscal year 2011-12.
In April, the Board of Selectmen approved a proposed budget of $30,732,523, sending the figure to Monday’s annual town budget meeting.
The town side of the budget stands at $11,402,127 while the education budget comes in at $18,600,000 — which is $2,820,561 less than what the Board of Education recommended.

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Selectmen in conflict over proposed budget

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WINSTED — Disunity among town officials was pronounced this week, as members of the Board of Selectmen wrote conflicting letters to area newspapers regarding the proposed $30.7 million budget going to referendum May 28.
Three Republicans, Ken Fracasso, Karen Beadle and Glenn Albanesius, have formed a coalition with one Democrat, Lisa Smith, in agreeing to cut more than $2.8 million from the Board of Education’s proposed budget, and the group is standing by its numbers.

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BOE votes not to close any school buildings

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WINSTED — Despite months of meetings, analyzing reports by architects and various building inspections, the Winchester Board of Education voted not to close any school buildings during a special meeting on Thursday, April 29.
The board has discussed closing one of the district buildings since November due to the decision to move the town’s seventh and eighth grades to the semi-private Gilbert School.
On March 17, the School Building Committee voted unanimously to recommend the closing of Batcheller School.

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School board asks Gilbert to share in budget cut

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WINSTED — During a special Board of Education meeting on Thursday, April 28, district Business Manager Paul Petit suggested that, if residents approve the proposed town budget for fiscal 2011-12, The Gilbert School should share in any budget shortfalls.
In a draft proposal presented by Petit to the board, he calculates that there will be a funding shortfall of $1,449,466 if the budget passes at the selectmen-approved figure of $18,600,000.

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Friends of Main Street organize post-Earth Day cleanup

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Volunteers from the town and The Gilbert School had a trashy time on Saturday, April 30, at the annual Earth Day cleanup. During the event, organized by Friends of Main Street, the volunteers cleaned up along Main Street and the Mad River.
“We’re here to try to instill a feeling of community pride,” School Committee Liaison Craig Schroder said. “We wanted the students to get involved in community service and help make the town cleaner.”
The volunteers picked up trash and cleared invasive weeds.
“When you get people together they can do anything,” Schroder said.

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Shopey: Don’t forget firefighters

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Winsted — Winsted Fire Department Chief Robert Shopey spoke at the annual town budget meeting held on Monday, May 2. While the meeting was held to discuss the proposed town budget for fiscal 2011-12, Shopey said he did not come to speak in support of or against the budget. Instead, he spoke about the protective gear the fire department is currently using, which Shopey said needs to be replaced.

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Easter Bunny braves the elements

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WINSTED — It was raining hard outside on the morning of Saturday, April 23. But that did not stop the Winchester Recreation Department from holding its annual Easter egg hunt. The festivities just moved inside.
The egg hunt itself was held in the school’s music room, while other activities, including a soccer shoot, ring toss game and face painting, were held in the school’s gymnasium.
Tricia Twomey, director of the Recreation Department, said the event has been held since 1999.

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Case leaves Special Olympics position

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WINSTED — Former Selectman Jay Case, who served as the director of corporate development for Special Olympics, has left his position with that organization.
Case also served as the lead organizer for the Penguin Plunge, a major fundraiser for the Special Olympics that has been held at Highland Lake every February since 2003.
Laura Gremelsbacker, who is the vice president of communications at Special Olympics Connecticut, said the event will go on.

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