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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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Proposed school budget up $2 million

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WINSTED — Superintendent of Schools Blaise Salerno presented the Board of Education’s proposed budget for fiscal 2010-11 at a hearing with the Board of Selectmen at Town Hall on March 31.
The total proposed budget is $22,986,560.48, which is estimated to be $1,921,983.90 more than the school budget for fiscal 2009-10.

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Closson responds to Fracasso’s charges

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WINSTED — After accusations made by Selectman Ken Fracasso at a previous Board of Selectmen’s meeting, Selectman George Closson had a chance to respond during the regular Board of Selectmen’s meeting Monday, April 4.
Fracasso accused Closson of a conflict of interest because Closson allegedly makes comments about applications received by the committee.
Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Bruce Hillman, who was invited by Mayor Candy Perez to discuss the issue, said he did not see any issues in Closson’s role as liaison.

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Winsted Elks invite Laurel ladies to tea

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WINSTED — Members of the Laurel City Commission joined volunteers from the Winsted Elks Lodge in kicking off the 77th annual Laurel Festival season Sunday, April 3, at the Elks Lodge on High Street.
Commission Chairman Tracie Colabella said this year’s Laurel Tea was the perfect way to get young ladies involved in this year’s pageant, parade and scholarship program, which takes place during the second weekend in June.

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Spring break not for everyone this year

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WINSTED — Students from The Gilbert School will enjoy a week’s vacation this month, April 11 through 15, but the time off will not be shared by students in the K-8 system, who faced more snow-related closures this year.
The difference in scheduling results from lost school days in February, when the town’s public schools were forced to close because of accumulated snow on rooftops, which the town’s building inspector, Marc Melanson, said was in excess of the maximum allowable weight. Heavy snow had resulted in roof collapses in other towns across the state.

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Civic participation rewarded with drinks

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WINSTED — Lee Thomsen, the owner of The Winning Ticket bar on Main Street, took a creative approach in encouraging citizen action this week by offering drink specials to anyone who voted at Thursday’s town meeting.
“This is the Chicago way of getting people to a meeting,” Thomsen said.
At the meeting, residents were asked to vote to override the Board of Selectmen’s rejection of a proposal by the Winchester Land Trust to acquire the development rights to 360 acres of town-owned land.

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Gilbert bands take home awards

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WINSTED — Young musicians from The Gilbert School have returned from a successful bus trip to Annapolis, Md., last week, where they took home two silver awards and one bronze award in regional band competitions.
Scott Minnerly, director of the Gilbert Jazz Band and Gilbert Symphonic Band, said the two groups showed professionalism and skill as they won silver awards for their performances of popular marches and ballads, including Karl L. King’s “Hosts of Freedom March.”

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Snow foolin’

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Eleven days after the official beginning of spring, Mother Nature blanketed the Winsted area with a significant coating of snow on the morning of Friday, April 1. While many weather forecasters were predicting 6 to 12 inches, only a few inches of snow fell to the ground. It was enough, however, to create the appearance of a winter wonderland. As the snow turned to rain Friday, the light accumulation was quickly washed away.

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A storm is coming

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A Winsted artist who experienced had a number of hardships in his own life has turned his creativity toward community pride by naming his car after the Laurel City. William Malchiodi, who goes by the Native American name Connecticut Red Thunder, owns a 1981 “bumblebee” Camaro that he has nicknamed the Winsted Hurricane. The vehicle resembles one featured in the first “Transformers” movie. Malchiodi is restoring it for the summer auto show season.

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Smith still opposed to land trust deal

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WINSTED — Selectman Lisa Smith, who has twice cast a controversial swing vote to help defeat a land conservation plan presented by the Winchester Land Trust, said this week that she expects to vote against the proposal again if it comes back to the Board of Selectmen, even if community members show support for the deal.
Smith was the lone Democrat on the board to side with Republicans twice in defeating a plan that would have approved a conservation restriction on 360 acres of land in town and provide roughly $400,000 to the town of Winchester in exchange for the designation.

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Land Trust holds Zumba dance benefit

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WINSTED — About 40 residents boogied and bounced around at a special Zumba (pronounced zoom-bah) dance benefit for the Winchester Land Trust at Northwestern Regional High School on Saturday, March 26.
Zumba is a dance workout set to Latin and international music.
“This was [board member] Christine Royer’s idea, where we have fun and raise money at the same time,” board member Jen Perga said.

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