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WINSTED — Terry Winn, who owns and operates The Ice Cream Man on Willow Street in Winsted, will be closing shop for good on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m.

Before Winn opened his ice cream store in 2013, he had owned and operated Winn’s Deli on Winsted Road since the 1990s.

The deli operated continuously for 16 years.

Winn said it is not economic reasons that are forcing him to close; he just feels that it is time to retire.

“I’ve had a good run, but there is a time and a place for everything,” Winn said. “I’ve been...

Winsted

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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Diner owner speaks about closing

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WINSTED — More details have emerged about the closing of The Winsted Diner at 496 Main St.
The diner originally opened in 1931 and would have celebrated its 80th anniversary this year, but closed abruptly last month.
The historic structure, which was previously owned by Bob Radocchio for more than 33 years, was gutted by an electrical fire in December 2005.
It was eventually purchased by Jean Bauer, who closed the diner unexpectedly in early March.

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Veterans seek donations for graveside flags

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WINSTED — It’s been two years since members of the Winsted VFW Post 296 asked for the community’s help with the annual replacement of American flags at the graves of the town’s deceased soldiers, sailors and marines. Volunteers are again asking for monetary donations, as it appears town leaders will once again leave funding out of Winsted’s annual budget.

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Laurel Tea at Elks Lodge kicks off festival season

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WINSTED — The 77th annual Laurel Festival has been scheduled for June 10, 11 and 12 in downtown Winsted, and organizers will host the first major event of the year in preparation for the festival this Sunday, April 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Winsted Elks Lodge.
At the annual Laurel Tea, the young ladies competing for the Laurel Queen crown will appear together for the first time to discuss the details of this year’s festival.

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