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WINSTED — With cuts in state funding and low enrollment, The Gilbert School in Winsted is anticipating that teaching positions will need to be cut.

The Gilbert School is a semi-private school that educates the Winchester School District’s seventh- through 12th-grade students. Winsted pays tuition to Gilbert for each student it sends.

School Superintendent Anthony Serio presented a draft budget proposal to members of the W.L. Gilbert School Corporation board earlier this month.The board acts as the school’s Board of Education and handles administrative...

Winsted

Bank offers to donate former building to town

WINSTED — Bank of America has offered to donate to the town of Winsted its former bank building at 44 Elm St.
The bank closed that location in July; it has been vacant since then.
According to the town’s online assessor’s database, the building was built in 1955 and is appraised at $796,800. It is two stories high and on 0.6 acres of land.
Town Manager Robert Geiger told the Winsted Board of Selectmen at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16, about the bank’s offer. 

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Finances better but still strained in Winsted

At the Winsted Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16, town Finance Director Bruce Stratford reported that the town-wide audit for fiscal 2016-17 will be completed and available in February.
For many years the town has been late in completing fiscal audits and submitting them to the state, especially during the final years of former Finance Director Henry Centrella, who was convicted in 2014 of embezzling $2 million from the town.
Stratford said he has filed several extensions with the state in order to complete the fiscal 2016-17 audit.

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Delays, yes, but Co-op still growing strong

WINSTED — The Mad River Market Co-op, which was originally scheduled to open this year, will not open until 2019, according to Glen Zeh, president of the market’s board of directors.
The Co-op formed in April after the closing of the Winsted Super Saver IGA grocery store. It is expected to be part of the Edge Works on the former Lambert Kay property. 
There have been delays in selling the Lambert Kay site to Parker Benjamin Real Estate Services.

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Security guard coming to middle school?

WINSTED -— School District Finance Director Nancy O’Dea Wyrick told members of the Board of Education that she believes the district will be flat-funded at the state-mandated Minimum Budget Requirement (MBR) for fiscal 2018-2019.
Wyrick spoke to members of the board during its Finance Committee meeting, which was held before the regular Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
Last year at the town’s budget referendum residents approved the district’s fiscal 2017-2018 budget at the MBR of $19,958,150. 

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A rockin’ night for the American Mural Project

WINSTED — The American Mural Project (AMP) held its first ever House Concert at the Whiting Mills Artist Studios building on Friday, Jan. 12.
The concert was held  to promote AMP and its programs, including its internship programs that the organization holds in conjunction with Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) and the Team Success Scholars Program.
AMP is located at 74 Whiting St., right next door to the Whiting Mills Artist Studios building where the concert was held.

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Red tape slows Lambert Kay sale

WINSTED — The sale of the former Lambert Kay property to Parker Benjamin Real Estate Services has been delayed by the need to file extensive paperwork with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Before the sale can go through, the town and Parker Benjamin have to navigate the requirements of the state’s Transfer Act, which “regulates the transfer of certain polluted real properties and business operations in the state.”

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What can’t Brian Kalay make a table out of?

WINSTED — The recently opened Home Again, located at 460 Main Street, sells custom-made furniture and a variety of antiques. Owner Brian Kalay, who has been a resident of Winsted for 25 years, is also the long-time co-owner of True Value of Winchester, but he said that he has been in the custom furniture business off and on for 25 years.

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Only Winsted gets a state road grant

WINSTED — On Dec. 27, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) announced $15 million in state grants for various transit-oriented projects across the state.
According to a press release from the governor’s office, the grant is for 11 projects in various towns and cities and comes under the Responsible Growth and Transit-Oriented Development Grant Program.
Of all the towns in the Northwest Corner, only Winsted was awarded funds from this program.

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Fire damages Lake Street garage

WINSTED — A garage in Winsted on Lake Street was damaged in a fire on Wednesday, Jan. 3.
Winsted Fire Department Chief David Sartirana said that no one was hurt in the fire, which started at around noon.
The town’s assessor database said the building is owned by Henry Schieb and was originally built in 1900. Schieb uses it as a vehicle repair facility, Sartirana said, noting that, “There is a lot of stuff in the building, a lot of vehicle parts, and it was hard to get in there once the fire was going.”

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Making schools, towns more attractive

WINSTED — Plans to address building issues and new programs will be the top priorities of the school district in 2018, according to Winsted Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley and Board of Education Chairman Doug Pfenninger.
The two school district leaders gave a presentation to the Winsted Board of Selectmen on Monday, Dec. 18.
Both Brady-Shanley and Pfenninger told the selectmen that infrastructure upkeep and potential upgrades will be a priority for the school district in 2018.

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