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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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Gilbert and Winchester agree on special education program

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WINSTED — In addition to agreeing to a three-year contract that includes sending the district’s seventh and eighth grades to the town’s semi-private high school, representatives of the Winchester Board of Education and The Gilbert School Corporation have agreed on terms for special education students.

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Selectmen hire Dale Martin of Michigan as new town manager

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WINSTED — The Board of Selectmen voted to hire Linden, Mich., native Dale Martin as the new town manager at a special meeting Thursday, March 10.
According to Mayor Candy Perez, the vote was unanimous, but Selectman Karen Beadle was not present at the meeting due to illness.
The last full-time position Martin held in municipal government was city manager of Davison, Mich., from April 2008 to August 2010.
According to The Flint Journal, in July 2010, the City Council voted to put Martin on a 30-day paid leave with the intent to fire him.

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Gilbert students experience Costa Rica

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Fourteen students from The Gilbert School enjoyed supreme weather, extreme sports and intense language courses during a trip to Costa Rica last month.
Between zip-lining, surfing, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking and swimming in waterfalls, the students participated in numerous community and educational activities throughout their 10-day excursion to four different Costa Rican communities, including Tamarindo, a beach community bordering active volcanoes and jungle terrain.

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Benefit for resident suffering from cancer

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WINSTED — A benefit dinner for David Devaux Sr. will be held at the Veterans of Foreign War Post 296 on Saturday, April 2, starting at 4 p.m.
According to organizer and sister-in-law Ginger Newman, Devaux is suffering from colon cancer and needs help paying for his treatment.
He has been unemployed for three years since he was laid off from his job at Dymax Corporation, where he worked for more than 20 years.
Tickets are being sold for $15 for adults and $6 for children under 10. Tickets are available at Monaco’s Ristorante at 560 Main St.

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Weather puts brakes on DMV

What’s worse than waiting in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles? How about going to the DMV only to find out it’s closed? That was the experience for this woman Tuesday, March 8, when the DMV in Winsted was shut down due to flooded roads. The flooding followed heavy rains that drenched the area Sunday night into Monday, leading to at least one stranded car near Pinewoods Road and dozens of flooded basements, many of which had to be pumped out by firefighters.

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Unrest in Middle East hits home for motorists

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WINSTED — Gas prices throughout the state, including in the Northwest Corner, continue to rise quickly as oil prices reflect unrest in the Middle East.
According to Jim MacPherson, spokesman for Connecticut’s American Automobile Association (AAA), prices across the state for a gallon of gasoline have gone up from February to March by 30 cents.
MacPherson said AAA is attributing the higher gas prices to the political unrest in oil-producing countries like Libya.

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Petition succeeds Land Trust proposal up for reconsideration

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WINSTED — Laurel City residents have successfully petitioned for a special town meeting on Thursday, April 7, to discuss a proposal by the Winchester Land Trust that was rejected by the Board of Selectmen.
The call for the meeting at 7 p.m. at The Gilbert School will be to override the selectmen’s rejection of the Winchester Land Trust’s plan to acquire 360 acres of town-owned land in a deal that would give more than $400,000 to the town.

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Still no decision on town manager

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WINSTED — The Winchester Board of Selectmen met in executive session for more than an hour during its regular meeting on Monday, March 7, and emerged without a decision on selecting a permanent town manager.
After the meeting, Mayor Candy Perez said she had no comment on the status of the search.
The town has now officially been without a full-time town manager for more than five months.
The last official full-time town manager was Wayne Dove, who announced his resignation in August and served his last day on Oct. 29.

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School board reviews proposed 2011-12 budget

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WINSTED — Superintendent of Schools Blaise Salerno presented his proposed 2011-12 budget to the Winchester Board of Education Tuesday night, March 8, at Town Hall, giving board members a week to discuss and revise the budget before presenting it to the Board of Selectmen March 15.
The $23 million package had been slightly revised from a proposal given to budget subcommittee members at a meeting last week. Salerno acknowledged at that meeting that a proposed 11 percent increase “is not going to sell.”

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Charter TV changes the channel

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WINSTED — Live broadcasts of town government meetings will no longer be aired on public access television Channel 13, which is broadcast on the Charter Communications cable system.
Public Access Coordinator David Whitney said that live meetings now will be broadcast on Government Access Channel 15.
Whitney said that before the change, town government meetings have aired on Channel 13 since 1994.

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