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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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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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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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