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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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Selectmen reject Winchester Land Trust plan

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WINSTED — The Winchester Board of Selectmen voted 4-3 to reject a plan by the Winchester Land Trust to acquire conservation restrictions on 360 acres of town-owned land. The controversial vote took place Monday, Feb. 7, at Town Hall.
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 land trust also planned to acquire a conservation easement on 4 acres near Highland Lake.

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Voters approve property sale

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WINSTED — Residents approved the sale of town-owned property located at 16 Brooks St. at a special town meeting at Town Hall on Monday, Feb. 7, by a vote of 16 to 6.
The property, a single-family house, was sold to Anthony Ferrucci of Terryville.
During their special meeting on Jan. 18, the selectmen accepted Ferrucci’s offer of $48,000.
However, at the special town meeting, Interim Town Manager Paul Vayer told residents that several issues came up after the selectmen approved the sale.

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School board oks emergency expense for snow removal

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WINSTED — The Winchester Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a $60,000 emergency expense to remove snow from the roofs of the town’s three public schools, after it was determined that the weight of accumulated snow was too much for the buildings to bear.

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Building committee tours Batcheller Elementary School

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WINSTED — Members of the town’s School Building Committee met at Batcheller Elementary School for a walk-through of the facilities on Thursday, Feb. 3.
Only three members of the committee attended the walk-through: Peter Marchand, Joseph Hanecak and Joseph Beadle, who went along with Superintendent Blaise Salerno.
Before the start of the 2011-12 school year, the committee is expected to close one of the three town-owned school buildings: Hinsdale, Batcheller or Pearson.

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Winsted teen and a shaggy Leonberger take on Westminster next week

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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