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WINSTED — It was a celebration of family, fraternity and community as Elks Lodge No. 844 held a benefit party on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The party was also a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the national Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in 1868.

According to the organization’s website, The Elks was founded by a group of stage actors in New York City.

When one of the members of the group died unexpectedly, his wife and children were left destitute.

The remaining members of the group pitched in to help out the family....

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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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Spring break not for everyone this year

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WINSTED — Students from The Gilbert School will enjoy a week’s vacation this month, April 11 through 15, but the time off will not be shared by students in the K-8 system, who faced more snow-related closures this year.
The difference in scheduling results from lost school days in February, when the town’s public schools were forced to close because of accumulated snow on rooftops, which the town’s building inspector, Marc Melanson, said was in excess of the maximum allowable weight. Heavy snow had resulted in roof collapses in other towns across the state.

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Civic participation rewarded with drinks

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WINSTED — Lee Thomsen, the owner of The Winning Ticket bar on Main Street, took a creative approach in encouraging citizen action this week by offering drink specials to anyone who voted at Thursday’s town meeting.
“This is the Chicago way of getting people to a meeting,” Thomsen said.
At the meeting, residents were asked to vote to override the Board of Selectmen’s rejection of a proposal by the Winchester Land Trust to acquire the development rights to 360 acres of town-owned land.

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Gilbert bands take home awards

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WINSTED — Young musicians from The Gilbert School have returned from a successful bus trip to Annapolis, Md., last week, where they took home two silver awards and one bronze award in regional band competitions.
Scott Minnerly, director of the Gilbert Jazz Band and Gilbert Symphonic Band, said the two groups showed professionalism and skill as they won silver awards for their performances of popular marches and ballads, including Karl L. King’s “Hosts of Freedom March.”

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