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History of the famous Colebrook flagpole

Historic Bytes

It no longer stands, and indeed the very location has all but been forgotten, but Colebrook once boasted the largest flagpole in the state.
When you hear superlatives such as this, there is always a little voice in the back of your head that reminds that there might well be a larger one somewhere, perhaps the one in front of the state capitol, that had escaped the attention of the raisers, isolated as they were up here in the hills.

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New faces are needed in local government

The Winsted Journal Editorial

The Winchester school system is in crisis. The town’s roads are crumbling. Promises to renovate and revitalize old factory buildings have gone unkept and petty political fighting has repeatedly stalled progress in town. In short, there are many reasons to be discouraged about the state of affairs in the Laurel City. But make no mistake — this is no time to give up. It’s time for people to get involved.

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Challenging perceptions at Town Hall

Town Manager's Note

Last week, I was invited to speak at the United Methodist Church’s monthly community dinner. The dinner is typically held on the third Thursday of each month, but some vagaries of the calendar occasionally alter that regular schedule. The food was outstanding and the company very enjoyable. Contact the church for more details.
I was asked to speak about my job as the town manager. Not many people are familiar with the role of the town manager. The town manager is hired by the Board of Selectmen, not elected (by either the board or the townspeople).

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Politicians

Editorial Cartoon

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Volunteers struggle to support flotilla for Gaza aid

The Free Gaza Movement, a flotilla of five boats that embarked for the Israeli-occupied shores of Gaza on a fateful mission in 2010 to deliver humanitarian aid, resumes its controversial mission this year. A group of 50 activists is embarking for Gaza on the ship called The Audacity of Hope — a poke at President Obama’s campaign theme and book of the same name.

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When is a war a war?

In The Public Interest

The meticulous Harvard Law Review editors should be rolling over in their footnotes. The recidivist violations of constitutional and statutory requirements by their celebrated predecessor at that journal – Barack Obama — has reached Orwellian dimensions in the war against Libya.

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Back in the summer of ‘69

Historic Bytes

Historical societies often are the beneficiaries of the public’s generosity, and so it was recently with the Colebrook Historical Society receiving from Victor Tucci a number of well-preserved newspapers from the past, each one featuring some momentous occurrence, such as the first manned lunar landing, the San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fire, President Kennedy’s assassination, etc.

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Recreation survives in down economy

The Winsted Journal Editorial

Amid concerns about high gas prices and the possibility of a double-dip recession, the Town of Winchester is keeping its chin up this summer with a range of programs for children and young adults designed to make this summer a happy one for everyone. Residents and summer visitors who want to take advantage of the opportunities can find them in this newspaper and in future editions this summer, or contact the town’s Recreation Department.

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Turning hopes and dreams into goals and successes

Town Manager's Note

As part of my orientation to Winsted, I am meeting individually with various officials. It is important to open and cultivate communications in a formal setting to build upon everyday casual conversations. I hope to use these conversations to develop a vision and direction for the town.
I have asked each of the selectmen and the department supervisors to prepare a series of six cards for me.

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Laurel blooms in Winsted

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