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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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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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Selectmen: Keep health center in Winsted

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WINSTED — The Winchester Board of Selectmen voted 5-2 March 21 to write a second letter of support for the Winsted Health Center on Spencer Street, reiterating a desire to keep emergency and other services on the property and not let them move across town.
Mayor Candy Perez joined fellow Democrats Lisa Smith, George Closson and Michael Renzullo in supporting the motion, along with Republican Glenn Albanesius. Voting against the motion were Republicans Kenneth Fracasso and Karen Beadle.

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Winsted hall of fame proposed

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WINSTED — Will the town soon have a hall of fame to honor citizens who have made a difference throughout history?
Economic Development Committee member Brian O’Heron hopes so.
At a recent meeting of the committee in March, O’Heron made a proposal to honor 10 to 20 members of the community a year through a town hall of fame.
O’Heron said that he wishes to erect a hall of fame to create a more positive image for the town.
However, he is still developing the criteria for inducting members.

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Winsted Elks celebrate new slate of officers

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WINSTED — The Winsted Elks Lodge 844 held its annual installation of officers March 19, welcoming new Exalted Ruler Tom Wright to replace outgoing leader Damon Papp.
The Elks Lodge celebrated numerous accomplishments during the past year, including the launching of a new Antler club, a youth volunteer organization. During his reign as exalted ruler, Papp organized a successful magic show that raised money for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and the Elks once again appeared in the town’s major festivals and parades throughout the year.

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Diner owner speaks about closing

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WINSTED — More details have emerged about the closing of The Winsted Diner at 496 Main St.
The diner originally opened in 1931 and would have celebrated its 80th anniversary this year, but closed abruptly last month.
The historic structure, which was previously owned by Bob Radocchio for more than 33 years, was gutted by an electrical fire in December 2005.
It was eventually purchased by Jean Bauer, who closed the diner unexpectedly in early March.

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Veterans seek donations for graveside flags

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WINSTED — It’s been two years since members of the Winsted VFW Post 296 asked for the community’s help with the annual replacement of American flags at the graves of the town’s deceased soldiers, sailors and marines. Volunteers are again asking for monetary donations, as it appears town leaders will once again leave funding out of Winsted’s annual budget.

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Laurel Tea at Elks Lodge kicks off festival season

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WINSTED — The 77th annual Laurel Festival has been scheduled for June 10, 11 and 12 in downtown Winsted, and organizers will host the first major event of the year in preparation for the festival this Sunday, April 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Winsted Elks Lodge.
At the annual Laurel Tea, the young ladies competing for the Laurel Queen crown will appear together for the first time to discuss the details of this year’s festival.

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Against the wind Colebrook residents voice opposition to wind turbines

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WINSTED — Using words like “menacing,” “monstrosity” and “moratorium,” Colebrook community members expressed widespread opposition to a proposed wind-turbine project in town during a hearing Tuesday, March 22, at Northwestern Regional High School.

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BOE building committee recommends closing Batcheller

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WINSTED — After three months of discussion, the town’s School Building Committee voted unanimously to recommend to the Board of Education the closing of Batcheller School during its meeting on Thursday, March 17.
The committee cited the cost of bringing Batcheller up to code as well as the presence of asbestos as reasons for recommending to close the building.
The Board of Education has decided to move the seventh- and eighth-graders to The Gilbert School, the town’s semi-private high school. The town no longer needs three buildings to hold the elementary school students.

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