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WINSTED — It’s going to be at least another two years before shoppers can buy groceries in downtown Winsted again.

The opening of The Mad River Market Co-op has been delayed until at least 2020, according to Co-op Secretary and Economic Development Commission Chairman Phillip Allen.

The co-op was formed in April 2017 with the closing of the Winsted Super Saver IGA grocery store, which was located at 372 Main St. for more than 30 years. The Super Saver was the only grocery store in downtown Winsted.

In late 2017, it was announced that the co-op would open...

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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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Selectmen approve risk-based audit

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WINSTED — By a vote of 5-2, the Board of Selectmen last week approved a motion to conduct a risk-based audit of the Winchester Board of Education’s budget.
A risk-based audit scrutinizes accounting practices and procedures. Mayor Candy Perez and Selectmen Karen Beadle, Ken Fracasso, Lisa Smith and Glenn Albanesius voted for the audit, while Selectmen George Closson and Michael Renzullo voted against it.
The risk assessment audit will cost $5,600 and will come out of the Selectmen’s Contingency Fund.
While she voted for the audit, Perez said she was voting for it reluctantly.

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Mayor discusses school issues with Winsted parents

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WINSTED — Mayor Candy Perez fielded questions from parents at a meeting of the Winchester Parent Advocacy Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Hinsdale Elementary School. She acknowledged that there are still a number of issues to be worked out ahead of the 2011-12 school year.
Perez was joined by 13 other residents who expressed a range of concerns about educational issues in town, with committee chairman Caroline Christensen leading the discussion.

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Blumenthal to Winsted seniors: ‘I am still fighting for you’

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WINSTED — Newly elected Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited the Chestnut Grove Apartments on Wednesday, Feb. 23, for a question-and-answer session with the senior residents.
During the course of the discussion, the former state attorney general discussed topics ranging from the rumored potential U.S. government shutdown, Social Security benefits and Medicare benefits to dealing with senior fraud.

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Salerno seeks 11 percent increase in school budget

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WINSTED — Superintendent of Schools Blaise Salerno Tuesday night unveiled his proposed 2011-12 budget, which asks for an 11-percent increase of more than $2.2 million to $23,696,161.
Salerno presented the budget during a workshop with Board of Eduction budget subcommittee members and acknowledged that the spending package contains a wish list of items.
“It’s not going to sell,” he told board members.

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Malloy’s budget draws mixed reactions around the state

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CONNECTICUT — As Gov. Dannel P. Malloy continues a tour across Connecticut to discuss his proposed 2012-13 state budget, residents from opposing sides have complained about both higher taxes and proposed spending cuts that may affect public services. But supporters of the governor’s plan have called it an honest budget that puts the state on track for financial recovery.
The combination of taxes and cuts amounts to what the governor calls a “shared sacrifice” that will address the massive budget crisis that has left Connecticut with a $3.3 billion deficit.

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Hundreds sign petition to support land trust

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WINSTED — Supporters of the Winchester Land Trust have collected 472 signatures on a petition that will be presented to the Board of Selectmen. The petition calls for the override of the selectmen’s rejection of the trust’s plan to acquire conservation restrictions on 360 acres of town-owned land.
According to Community Lawyer Charlene LaVoie, who started the petition drive, enough people have signed to force the selectmen to set a special town meeting for residents to vote on the land trust’s proposal.

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