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WINSTED — International students are a large part of the population at many area schools, especially the boarding schools.

Anxieties about politics and economics are starting to have an impact on foreign enrollment. One area school that has felt it acutely is the public-private Gilbert School in Winsted.

Students in grades seven through 12 who live in Winchester and Winsted attend Gilbert, as do students from other areas and countries. 

The school is run by the William L. Gilbert Trust Corporation, which was formed in 1895 to manage the endowment...

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Board tables decision on building closure

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WINSTED — Faced with a roomful of residents anxious to know the final decision on which school building will close before the start of the 2011-12 school year, the Winchester Board of Education decided not to make a decision Tuesday night. The issue was tabled for another two weeks.

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Winsted Health Center develops plans for new building

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WINSTED — The Winsted Health Center has submitted a proposal for a new building on its campus to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH).
The hospital operates the emergency department and other facilities on the site.
Last fall, CHH announced that it was looking at the possibility of moving out of the Spencer Street facility.
In late February, The Winsted Health Center Foundation announced that it was working with CHH on proposals to redevelop the existing site in Winsted.

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Overwhelming vote in favor of land trust is not enough

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WINSTED — Residents at a special town meeting April 7 spoke loudly in favor of a motion to override a recent decision by the Board of Selectmen, but there weren’t enough residents in attendance to make the vote legal.
Voters were asked to override the board’s rejection of the Winchester Land Trust’s plan to acquire easements on 360 acres of town-owned land. The motion to override the board was approved by a vote of 213 to 13.

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Civil War history comes alive in Winsted

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WINSTED — Laurel City residents who want to know more about Winsted’s place in American Civil War history will be happy to know the Winchester Historical Society has hundreds of items and documents dating back to the beginning of the war between the states, which broke out 150 years ago this week.

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Highland Lake to be treated again for milfoil

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WINSTED — During the Board of Selectmen’s budget hearing on Wednesday, April 6, Mayor Candy Perez said that Highland Lake will be treated this year for milfoil.
According to Perez, the last time the lake was treated for milfoil was two years ago.
“The milfoil problem is back,” Perez said. “Because we didn’t treat it last year, it’s back to being over a large area. We did not treat it last year and it should have been done.”
Pat Masucci, a member of the Highland Lake Association, confirmed that this year the lake will be treated.

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Pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Fun was had by all at the Winsted Fire Department’s Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Sunday, April 10. The event was held at the department’s Prospect Street firehouse on Sunday, April 10. Volunteer Tabitha Craighill, right, served up plenty of pancakes to hungry diners — while children, including Gianna Masucci, 1, and Zachery Collins, 3, left, spent time with the Easter Bunny.

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Pratt urges decision on Capitol Products building

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WINSTED — At the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on April 4, Economic Development Commission Chairman David Pratt urged the selectmen to make a decision on the former Capitol Products building on 35 Willow St.
The building has been vacant since Capitol Products went out of business.

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Proposed school budget up $2 million

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WINSTED — Superintendent of Schools Blaise Salerno presented the Board of Education’s proposed budget for fiscal 2010-11 at a hearing with the Board of Selectmen at Town Hall on March 31.
The total proposed budget is $22,986,560.48, which is estimated to be $1,921,983.90 more than the school budget for fiscal 2009-10.

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Closson responds to Fracasso’s charges

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WINSTED — After accusations made by Selectman Ken Fracasso at a previous Board of Selectmen’s meeting, Selectman George Closson had a chance to respond during the regular Board of Selectmen’s meeting Monday, April 4.
Fracasso accused Closson of a conflict of interest because Closson allegedly makes comments about applications received by the committee.
Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Bruce Hillman, who was invited by Mayor Candy Perez to discuss the issue, said he did not see any issues in Closson’s role as liaison.

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Winsted Elks invite Laurel ladies to tea

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WINSTED — Members of the Laurel City Commission joined volunteers from the Winsted Elks Lodge in kicking off the 77th annual Laurel Festival season Sunday, April 3, at the Elks Lodge on High Street.
Commission Chairman Tracie Colabella said this year’s Laurel Tea was the perfect way to get young ladies involved in this year’s pageant, parade and scholarship program, which takes place during the second weekend in June.

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