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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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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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Smith remains a Democrat, resigns from town committee

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WINSTED — Responding to rumors that she is leaving the Democratic Party after voting against fellow party members on a key issue, Selectman Lisa Smith said Tuesday that she is not switching parties, but that she has resigned from the Democratic Town Committee.

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Selectmen to look into risk-based audit of BOE

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WINSTED — The Board of Selectmen is scheduled to look at the possibility of a risk assessment audit of the Board of Education’s budget during its next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 22.
At a meeting in January, Selectman Lisa Smith requested interim Town Manager Paul Vayer look into the possibility of conducting a risk-based audit, which scrutinizes accounting practices and procedures.
During their meeting on Feb. 7, the selectmen discussed the idea of the audit, but did not make any formal decisions.

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Protecting and serving

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WINSTED — Members of the Winchester Police Department volunteered at the Open Door Soup Kitchen, located behind St. James Episcopal Church, Tuesday, Feb. 15.
Police Chief Robert Scannell, Patrolman Dan Pietrafesa and Officer Scott Twombly were among the volunteers who served at the kitchen.
“I think anyone who is fortunate as I am should volunteer to do something like this,” Pietrafesa said.
The department also donated a large amount of food items to the kitchen.

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Land Trust vows to try again

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WINSTED — Despite being rejected by the Winchester Board of Selectmen at the meeting on Feb. 7, Winchester Land Trust President Shelly Harms said she will be back with a plan to acquire conservation restrictions on 360 acres of town-owned land at the selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 22.
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.

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Digging into Bubbles and Truffles

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WINSTED — It was all about getting businesses and the community together for a night out at the fifth annual Bubbles and Truffles event Friday, Feb. 11, at Whiting Mills.
The event was a fundraiser for the Friends of Main Street organization and included eight tables of alcoholic beverages, including wine and other fine liquor.
It also included offerings from various Winsted restaurants and businesses.
Friends Vice President Robert Beck called Bubbles and Truffles “the premier event in Winsted.”

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BOE, Perez discuss Centrella’s role

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WINSTED — The Board of Selectmen and the Board of Education were scheduled to have a joint meeting at Batcheller School on Thursday, Feb. 3.
However, the only attendees for the meeting were Mayor Candy Perez, school district Superintendent Blaise Salerno, Board of Education Chairman Kathleen O’Brien and board member James DiVita.
Despite a lack of a quorum for both sides, the town officials met and discussed a potential role for Finance Director Henry Centrella in maintaining and reviewing the school district’s budget.

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Students invited to create peace posters

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WINSTED — From military occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan to insurgencies and border disputes in countries around the world, humanity continues to struggle for peace. A sign of hope in that struggle comes from the Winsted area this winter, as Winsted Area Peace Action hosts an artistic competition for children and young adults, focusing on the concept of world peace.
The first Winsted Area Peace Action Peace Poster Competition is open to competitors from Winsted and Region 7 schools and is open to students in all grades.

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Winsted teen and a shaggy Leonberger take on Westminster

WINSTED — Molly Robitaille is only 13 years old, but next week she’ll be competing on the floor of an arena where many adults can only dream of being center stage. On Tuesday, Feb. 15, she and her dog Danika will vie for ribbons in the famous Westminster Kennel Club dog show, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“I can’t believe I’m showing my dog at Westminster!” Molly said in an interview this week. “I used to watch it on TV when I was little, and I never dreamed that I would actually be there myself.”

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