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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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Benefit for resident suffering from cancer

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WINSTED — A benefit dinner for David Devaux Sr. will be held at the Veterans of Foreign War Post 296 on Saturday, April 2, starting at 4 p.m.
According to organizer and sister-in-law Ginger Newman, Devaux is suffering from colon cancer and needs help paying for his treatment.
He has been unemployed for three years since he was laid off from his job at Dymax Corporation, where he worked for more than 20 years.
Tickets are being sold for $15 for adults and $6 for children under 10. Tickets are available at Monaco’s Ristorante at 560 Main St.

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Weather puts brakes on DMV

What’s worse than waiting in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles? How about going to the DMV only to find out it’s closed? That was the experience for this woman Tuesday, March 8, when the DMV in Winsted was shut down due to flooded roads. The flooding followed heavy rains that drenched the area Sunday night into Monday, leading to at least one stranded car near Pinewoods Road and dozens of flooded basements, many of which had to be pumped out by firefighters.

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Unrest in Middle East hits home for motorists

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WINSTED — Gas prices throughout the state, including in the Northwest Corner, continue to rise quickly as oil prices reflect unrest in the Middle East.
According to Jim MacPherson, spokesman for Connecticut’s American Automobile Association (AAA), prices across the state for a gallon of gasoline have gone up from February to March by 30 cents.
MacPherson said AAA is attributing the higher gas prices to the political unrest in oil-producing countries like Libya.

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Petition succeeds Land Trust proposal up for reconsideration

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WINSTED — Laurel City residents have successfully petitioned for a special town meeting on Thursday, April 7, to discuss a proposal by the Winchester Land Trust that was rejected by the Board of Selectmen.
The call for the meeting at 7 p.m. at The Gilbert School will be to override the selectmen’s rejection of the Winchester Land Trust’s plan to acquire 360 acres of town-owned land in a deal that would give more than $400,000 to the town.

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Still no decision on town manager

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WINSTED — The Winchester Board of Selectmen met in executive session for more than an hour during its regular meeting on Monday, March 7, and emerged without a decision on selecting a permanent town manager.
After the meeting, Mayor Candy Perez said she had no comment on the status of the search.
The town has now officially been without a full-time town manager for more than five months.
The last official full-time town manager was Wayne Dove, who announced his resignation in August and served his last day on Oct. 29.

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School board reviews proposed 2011-12 budget

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WINSTED — Superintendent of Schools Blaise Salerno presented his proposed 2011-12 budget to the Winchester Board of Education Tuesday night, March 8, at Town Hall, giving board members a week to discuss and revise the budget before presenting it to the Board of Selectmen March 15.
The $23 million package had been slightly revised from a proposal given to budget subcommittee members at a meeting last week. Salerno acknowledged at that meeting that a proposed 11 percent increase “is not going to sell.”

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Charter TV changes the channel

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WINSTED — Live broadcasts of town government meetings will no longer be aired on public access television Channel 13, which is broadcast on the Charter Communications cable system.
Public Access Coordinator David Whitney said that live meetings now will be broadcast on Government Access Channel 15.
Whitney said that before the change, town government meetings have aired on Channel 13 since 1994.

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A night of Magic at Winsted Elks

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WINSTED — Members of the Winsted Elks Lodge 844 dedicated last Saturday evening, Feb. 26, to their primary mission — improving the lives of children — by hosting a magic show that raised more than $1,500 for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center while entertaining a crowd of enthusiastic youths.

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Selectmen approve risk-based audit

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WINSTED — By a vote of 5-2, the Board of Selectmen last week approved a motion to conduct a risk-based audit of the Winchester Board of Education’s budget.
A risk-based audit scrutinizes accounting practices and procedures. Mayor Candy Perez and Selectmen Karen Beadle, Ken Fracasso, Lisa Smith and Glenn Albanesius voted for the audit, while Selectmen George Closson and Michael Renzullo voted against it.
The risk assessment audit will cost $5,600 and will come out of the Selectmen’s Contingency Fund.
While she voted for the audit, Perez said she was voting for it reluctantly.

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Mayor discusses school issues with Winsted parents

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WINSTED — Mayor Candy Perez fielded questions from parents at a meeting of the Winchester Parent Advocacy Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Hinsdale Elementary School. She acknowledged that there are still a number of issues to be worked out ahead of the 2011-12 school year.
Perez was joined by 13 other residents who expressed a range of concerns about educational issues in town, with committee chairman Caroline Christensen leading the discussion.

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