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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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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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Budget deliberations will go three rounds

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WINSTED — The Winchester Board of Selectmen will review department budgets and begin making cuts when at public hearings for the proposed fiscal 2011-12 budget Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 5 through 7.
Each hearing is scheduled to be held at Town Hall at 7 p.m.
Last week, on March 22 and 23, the head of each town department met with the Board of Selectmen and Interim Town Manager Paul Vayer to discuss their budget requests.
At the March 22 meeting, Police Chief Robert Scannell said he has grave concerns about the department’s fleet of vehicles.

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College students in Jeopardy!

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WINSTED — It was a night of answers and questions, in that order, at Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s fifth annual Jeopardy! tournament, held at Founders Hall Auditorium on Friday, March 25.
The contest included five student teams made up of members of on-campus groups: the History Association, the Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa, the REAL Club and the Criminal Justice Association.
The event was also a benefit for the Salvation Army Food Bank in Winsted, with the teams raising more than $1,467 for the charity.

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