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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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Accusations fly over land trust proposal

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WINSTED — Heated accusations erupted between opposing parties Tuesday, Feb. 22, as the Board of Selectmen rejected for the second time in a row a proposal by the Winchester Land Trust to acquire conservation restrictions on 360 acres of town-owned land.
The plan included the trust acquiring a conservation easement on 356 acres surrounding Crystal Lake, which is the town’s main drinking water reservoir, and the Algonquin State Forest.
The money the land trust would have paid the town came from a state grant of $500,000, which was awarded in December.

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Principal: Pearson looks like a ‘ghetto’ school

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WINSTED — Pearson Middle School Principal Clay Krevolin did not mince words Thursday, Feb. 18, when the town’s School Building Committee visited for a tour.
Krevolin said the school “is beginning to look like a ghetto school,” but agreed that the building is generally structurally sound.
The School Building Committee has been discussing the possibility of closing one of the school district’s buildings to save money during the next academic year.

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New Hartford director inspired by life at home

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WINSTED — A Laurel City sandwich shop is the primary setting in a new movie by New Hartford native Jennifer DiMauro, who said this week that the autobiographical work has taught her a lot about art imitating life, and vice-versa.

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Friends, family aim to finish teen’s work

Dinner for Dale
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NEW HARTFORD — Two months after the tragic death of 16-year-old Jerry Dale Cox, friends and family came together at a benefit dinner in his memory Saturday, Feb. 19, at Brodie Park.
Cox, a Winsted resident, died in December in a one-car accident while travelling on Route 8 in Torrington.
He was a junior at Oliver Wolcott Technical High School. He was restoring a 1967 Ford Mustang but had not completed the work at the time of his death.
The event was a benefit to raise funds to finish restoring the car Cox was working on.

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Stray cats raising concern in Winsted

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WINSTED — A Winsted woman with a fondness for felines has begun working with a couple of out-of-town organizations in an attempt to curb a growing population of abandoned cats.
Amanda Carneski said Tuesday that she has taken in as many as six cats at a time during the winter months and that she believes dozens more are living in the Gay Street area, just north of downtown Winsted.
“I think it has grown to epidemic proportions here,” Carneski said. “It’s out of control.”

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Beach blanket brrrr...all for a good cause

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WINSTED — It was a chilly 30 degrees at Highland Lake on Saturday, Feb. 12, but that did not stop 119 people from taking the plunge into the cold waters at the eighth annual Penguin Plunge.
The event raised money for the Special Olympics, and more than 300 people came to watch the brave souls, who all raised money for the charity for the right to dive into the chilly lake.

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Snow puts strain on town finances

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WINSTED — This year’s snow season has put a major strain on the department’s budget, workers and equipment, according to two memos sent to Interim Town Manager Paul Vayer from Department of Public Works Director James Rotondo.
The memos were reviewed by the Board of Selectmen during the meeting on Monday, Feb. 7. The memos give updates on how the town is doing with snow removal budget figures and outline concerns Rotondo has for the remainder of the season.

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Selectmen approve brownfields grant for housing authority

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WINSTED — Out of five submitted projects, the Board of Selectmen approved the Winchester Housing Authority’s application for a federal Brownfields and Land Revitalization grant for environmental cleanup during their meeting on Monday, Feb. 7.
The authority applied for $200,000 of the $600,000 in brownfields money currently available to the town. The money will be used for soil remediation at 80 Gay St., where a 32-unit apartment building is planned.

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Schools reopen

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WINSTED — Batcheller and Hinsdale elementary schools reopened on Monday, Feb. 14, after being closed for a total of six school days starting Friday, Feb. 4.
The buildings were closed due to concerns about large amounts of snow and ice that piled up on the roofs.
Pearson Middle School also had problems with snow and ice accumulating on the roof and was closed from Friday, Feb. 4, until Thursday, Feb. 10.

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Overflow shelter services continue through winter

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WINSTED — An overflow shelter for homeless individuals and families has been established in Winsted, but volunteers are still needed to keep the program open on a nightly basis.
Selectman Lisa Smith said last week that enough volunteers were organized to offer beds to the homeless for two days last month, during some of the coldest days of the winter.

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