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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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Tattoo shop opens on Main Street

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WINSTED — With 25 years of tattoo arts experience, Candace Welch has moved her studio from Torrington to Winsted.
Welch previously worked at the Body Art studio in Torrington.
“There are no tattoo shops in Winsted because the other two that were open went out of business,” Welch said. “A good tattoo is created when you take your time to do your damnedest to make it good.”
Welch has a master’s degree from the University of Hartford in counseling and psychology.
“I used my tattooing skills to put myself through grad school,” Welch said.

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Gas prices up 84 cents in four months

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WINSTED — Pain at the pump continues in Winsted and across the state with many gas stations charging $4.11 a gallon as of Monday, April 25.
This marks an 84-cent rise from the beginning of the year, when a gallon of gas averaged $3.27.
According to fuelgaugereport.aaa.com, a gas price tracking website operated by the Automobile Association of America (AAA), the average price of gas for the region one year ago was $2.98 a gallon.
Jim MacPherson, spokesman for Connecticut AAA, said that the high gas prices are taking a toll on drivers nationwide.

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Last full-service station in town closes

The Winsted Mobil station, located at 161 Main St., has closed. According to Ray Grohs, who said he has been manager of the station for 15 years, the station has not done well in the declining economy. “We’re not doing the numbers that we should,” Grohs said. “It’s been like this for quite a while now. It’s tough to balance the books out when we don’t have too many customers.” According to Grohs, the station was built in 1952. Grohs is seen here pumping gas for a customer.

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BOE threatens lawsuit at press conference

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WINSTED — With a TV crew and newspaper reporters in attendance, the Winchester Board of Education held a press conference at Pearson Middle School on Tuesday, April 26, to reiterate its plan to sue the Board of Selectmen for cutting $2,820,561 from the school budget.
The cut was made by the selectmen during a budget hearing on April 13. The Board of Education voted to pursue legal action during its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 19.

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Brigitte Smyth takes it to the mat

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WINSTED — High-school wrestling is tough and can be particularly challenging for girls, but that hasn’t prevented Gilbert School senior Brigitte Smyth from excelling in the sport.
Smyth competed at the United States Girls Wrestling Association (USGWA) National Championships at Eastern Michigan University April 2 to 3, finishing in third place overall in the 112-pound weight class. In March, she wrestled in the New England USGWA Championship Open, taking first place in the 115-pound division, on top of a successful season at Gilbert that took her to the state finals.

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O’Meara speaks against suit

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WINSTED — When the Board of Education voted on April 19 to pursue legal action against the town for cutting $2,820,561 from the school budget, board member Paul O’Meara walked out of the meeting before the vote even began.
In speaking with The Winsted Journal, O’Meara said that he has several issues with the board and does not agree with board members who voted to take legal action against the town.
At the beginning of the April 19 meeting, the Board of Education went into executive session to discuss taking legal action.

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PTO will not fund BOE’s ‘teacher appreciation’ dinner

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WINSTED — The Winchester school district’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will not be funding a proposed appreciation dinner for seventh- and eighth-grade teachers.
During the Board of Education’s meeting on April 12, Board of Education Chairman Kathleen O’Brien made a motion to spend funds in order to take the town’s seventh- and eighth-grade teachers out to dinner.
The board unanimously approved O’Brien’s motion.
However, O’Brien did not put financial numbers on the motion nor was her proposal an agenda item for the meeting.

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Zumba dance May 1 supports autism walk-a-thon team

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WINSTED — Team Jake and Company, a group participating in annual walk-a-thons in support of the national organization Autism Speaks, will hold a Zumba dance fundraiser Sunday May 1, at 1 p.m. at the Open Door Soup Kitchen.
Certified Zumba Instructor Chris Royer will lead the event to support the group, named for Northwestern Regional Middle School seventh-grader Jake Cook.
“We’ve been having this walk since 2005 and running fund-raisers every year,” said Adele Banas of Winsted, who was Jake’s speech therapist when he was in elementary school.

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Zumba dance May 1 supports autism walk-a-thon team

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WINSTED — Team Jake and Company, a group participating in annual walk-a-thons in support of the national organization Autism Speaks, will hold a Zumba dance fundraiser Sunday May 1, at 1 p.m. at the Open Door Soup Kitchen.
Certified Zumba Instructor Chris Royer will lead the event to support the group, named for Northwestern Regional Middle School seventh-grader Jake Cook.
“We’ve been having this walk since 2005 and running fund-raisers every year,” said Adele Banas of Winsted, who was Jake’s speech therapist when he was in elementary school.

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Selectmen set town budget at $30,732,523

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WINSTED — After a two-hour-long budget hearing on Wednesday, April 13, the Board of Selectmen officially approved a total town budget of $30,732,523.
The town side of the budget, as approved by the selectmen, stands at $11,402,127.
The selectmen officially made many of the additions and cuts that they had suggested during their April 6 budget hearing.
One cut that had not been discussed at previous hearings was $2,820,561 from the school budget.

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