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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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Easter weekend hours at Town Hall

WINSTED — In recognition of the Easter holiday, the Town of Winchester Town Hall is closed for the weekend. Town Hall is closed Friday, April 22, and will re reopen Monday, April 25, at 8 a.m. Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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BUDGET UPDATE: Selectmen slash $2.8 million from budget

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WINSTED — The Winchester Board of Selectmen voted 4-2, largely along party lines, to cut more than $2.8 million from the proposed 2011-12 budget Wednesday night.
The total cut of $2,820,561 came entirely from school budget.
Selectmen said previous adjustments, announced at an April 6 budget meeting, were not formally voted upon, but many of the adjustments were approved this week.
Throughout the course of recent budget hearings, selectmen added $1,791,429 into the municipal budget before making the cut to the school budget.

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Week of the Young Child

Children from the Winsted Area Child Care Center paraded down Main Street to Town Hall on Monday, April 11, as part of the Week of the Young Child. According to Kailyn Nadeau, head teacher at the child-care center, the week was started by the National Association of Education of Young Children, which accredits child-care centers nationally. “The week is about advocating for the need of quality early childhood programs,” Nadeau said. “Getting the children out on the streets of Winsted is a nice way to advocate for early childhood education.

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Board tables decision on building closure

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WINSTED — Faced with a roomful of residents anxious to know the final decision on which school building will close before the start of the 2011-12 school year, the Winchester Board of Education decided not to make a decision Tuesday night. The issue was tabled for another two weeks.

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Winsted Health Center develops plans for new building

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WINSTED — The Winsted Health Center has submitted a proposal for a new building on its campus to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH).
The hospital operates the emergency department and other facilities on the site.
Last fall, CHH announced that it was looking at the possibility of moving out of the Spencer Street facility.
In late February, The Winsted Health Center Foundation announced that it was working with CHH on proposals to redevelop the existing site in Winsted.

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Overwhelming vote in favor of land trust is not enough

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WINSTED — Residents at a special town meeting April 7 spoke loudly in favor of a motion to override a recent decision by the Board of Selectmen, but there weren’t enough residents in attendance to make the vote legal.
Voters were asked to override the board’s rejection of the Winchester Land Trust’s plan to acquire easements on 360 acres of town-owned land. The motion to override the board was approved by a vote of 213 to 13.

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Civil War history comes alive in Winsted

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WINSTED — Laurel City residents who want to know more about Winsted’s place in American Civil War history will be happy to know the Winchester Historical Society has hundreds of items and documents dating back to the beginning of the war between the states, which broke out 150 years ago this week.

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Highland Lake to be treated again for milfoil

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WINSTED — During the Board of Selectmen’s budget hearing on Wednesday, April 6, Mayor Candy Perez said that Highland Lake will be treated this year for milfoil.
According to Perez, the last time the lake was treated for milfoil was two years ago.
“The milfoil problem is back,” Perez said. “Because we didn’t treat it last year, it’s back to being over a large area. We did not treat it last year and it should have been done.”
Pat Masucci, a member of the Highland Lake Association, confirmed that this year the lake will be treated.

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Pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Fun was had by all at the Winsted Fire Department’s Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Sunday, April 10. The event was held at the department’s Prospect Street firehouse on Sunday, April 10. Volunteer Tabitha Craighill, right, served up plenty of pancakes to hungry diners — while children, including Gianna Masucci, 1, and Zachery Collins, 3, left, spent time with the Easter Bunny.

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Pratt urges decision on Capitol Products building

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WINSTED — At the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on April 4, Economic Development Commission Chairman David Pratt urged the selectmen to make a decision on the former Capitol Products building on 35 Willow St.
The building has been vacant since Capitol Products went out of business.

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