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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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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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Snow foolin’

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Eleven days after the official beginning of spring, Mother Nature blanketed the Winsted area with a significant coating of snow on the morning of Friday, April 1. While many weather forecasters were predicting 6 to 12 inches, only a few inches of snow fell to the ground. It was enough, however, to create the appearance of a winter wonderland. As the snow turned to rain Friday, the light accumulation was quickly washed away.

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A storm is coming

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A Winsted artist who experienced had a number of hardships in his own life has turned his creativity toward community pride by naming his car after the Laurel City. William Malchiodi, who goes by the Native American name Connecticut Red Thunder, owns a 1981 “bumblebee” Camaro that he has nicknamed the Winsted Hurricane. The vehicle resembles one featured in the first “Transformers” movie. Malchiodi is restoring it for the summer auto show season.

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Smith still opposed to land trust deal

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WINSTED — Selectman Lisa Smith, who has twice cast a controversial swing vote to help defeat a land conservation plan presented by the Winchester Land Trust, said this week that she expects to vote against the proposal again if it comes back to the Board of Selectmen, even if community members show support for the deal.
Smith was the lone Democrat on the board to side with Republicans twice in defeating a plan that would have approved a conservation restriction on 360 acres of land in town and provide roughly $400,000 to the town of Winchester in exchange for the designation.

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Land Trust holds Zumba dance benefit

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WINSTED — About 40 residents boogied and bounced around at a special Zumba (pronounced zoom-bah) dance benefit for the Winchester Land Trust at Northwestern Regional High School on Saturday, March 26.
Zumba is a dance workout set to Latin and international music.
“This was [board member] Christine Royer’s idea, where we have fun and raise money at the same time,” board member Jen Perga said.

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Budget deliberations will go three rounds

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WINSTED — The Winchester Board of Selectmen will review department budgets and begin making cuts when at public hearings for the proposed fiscal 2011-12 budget Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 5 through 7.
Each hearing is scheduled to be held at Town Hall at 7 p.m.
Last week, on March 22 and 23, the head of each town department met with the Board of Selectmen and Interim Town Manager Paul Vayer to discuss their budget requests.
At the March 22 meeting, Police Chief Robert Scannell said he has grave concerns about the department’s fleet of vehicles.

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College students in Jeopardy!

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WINSTED — It was a night of answers and questions, in that order, at Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s fifth annual Jeopardy! tournament, held at Founders Hall Auditorium on Friday, March 25.
The contest included five student teams made up of members of on-campus groups: the History Association, the Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa, the REAL Club and the Criminal Justice Association.
The event was also a benefit for the Salvation Army Food Bank in Winsted, with the teams raising more than $1,467 for the charity.

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Selectmen: Keep health center in Winsted

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WINSTED — The Winchester Board of Selectmen voted 5-2 March 21 to write a second letter of support for the Winsted Health Center on Spencer Street, reiterating a desire to keep emergency and other services on the property and not let them move across town.
Mayor Candy Perez joined fellow Democrats Lisa Smith, George Closson and Michael Renzullo in supporting the motion, along with Republican Glenn Albanesius. Voting against the motion were Republicans Kenneth Fracasso and Karen Beadle.

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Winsted hall of fame proposed

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WINSTED — Will the town soon have a hall of fame to honor citizens who have made a difference throughout history?
Economic Development Committee member Brian O’Heron hopes so.
At a recent meeting of the committee in March, O’Heron made a proposal to honor 10 to 20 members of the community a year through a town hall of fame.
O’Heron said that he wishes to erect a hall of fame to create a more positive image for the town.
However, he is still developing the criteria for inducting members.

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Winsted Elks celebrate new slate of officers

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WINSTED — The Winsted Elks Lodge 844 held its annual installation of officers March 19, welcoming new Exalted Ruler Tom Wright to replace outgoing leader Damon Papp.
The Elks Lodge celebrated numerous accomplishments during the past year, including the launching of a new Antler club, a youth volunteer organization. During his reign as exalted ruler, Papp organized a successful magic show that raised money for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and the Elks once again appeared in the town’s major festivals and parades throughout the year.

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