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WINSTED — This year’s Winsted Laurel Festival is scheduled for June 10. In addition to the other festivities, past queens are being invited back to take part in the parade and have a seat of honor on the bandstand when the 2018 queen is crowned.

The Laurel Festival was started in 1934 and named for the state flower, the mountain laurel, which grows in abundance around Winsted. The first Laurel Queen was crowned that year, in what was, in those days, a beauty pageant; the competition has since become a scholarship competition.

Festival Commission member Lara...

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Gilbert students show off their skill in art show

WINSTED — Students from The Gilbert School offered a display of imaginative works at the school’s fourth annual art show, held in the school’s library on Thursday, March 22. More than 150 works were on display, including oil paintings, sculptures, acrylic paintings, watercolors, photographs and drawings, according to art teacher Jessica Makowski.

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Full-time fire chief possible

WINSTED — Town Manager Robert Geiger presented a municipal budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year to the Board of Selectmen on Monday, March 19. 
The budget total is $33,644,724, a $206,218 increase from this year’s budget of $33,438,506. A large part of the budget ($2,035,000 ) is dedicated to capital improvements such as road repairs and infrastructure improvements for the town’s schools.
The Department of Public Works would get $350,000 for equipment including a plow truck, pickup truck and sidewalk snow thrower.

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Palm Sunday Lions service

WINSTED — Palm Sunday was observed in Winsted at the annual fundraising breakfast for the Winsted Lions Club on Sunday, March 25, at Pearson Middle School.
The Winsted Lions Club, which was founded in 1960, has hosted the breakfast for so many years that not even President Joe Zibell or long-time member Blanche McCarthy Sewell could remember when it started.

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New Britain Mayor Stewart campaigns

WINSTED —  New Britain Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Erin Stewart (R) continued her campaign for governor at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, March 24.
Stewart’s talk was part of the bookstore’s series featuring gubernatorial candidates.
Stewart has been mayor of New Britain for five years and was first elected in 2014.

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Who doesn’t love an Easter bunny?

WINSTED — The Winsted Fire Police Department held its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at its Prospect Street Station on Saturday, March 17.
While members of the department served up breakfast, children could visit with the Easter Bunny and receive toys courtesy of the department.
This year the Easter Bunny was played by Paula Ross from Montville. 

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Marijuana dispensary gets P&Z OK

WINSTED — After two consecutive public hearings, the Winsted Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special permit application for a medical marijuana dispensary. The decision was made at a meeting on Monday, March 12, at Town Hall.
The location for the dispensary is the former Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) building at 100 New Hartford Road. The site was been approved for a dispensary in March 2014, but the state rejected Nutmeg State Health and Wellness Center’s application for a dispensary license in April 2015.

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Boucher has financial ideas for state

WINSTED —  State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) spoke about her ideas for solving the state’s problems at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, March 17.
More than 30 people attended the talk, which was part of a series of visits by gubernatorial candidates to the store.
Boucher has not officially declared herself as a candidate in the governor’s race. She is campaigning as an exploratory candidate. Nonetheless, before her talk she handed out campaign leaflets.

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Centrella parole denied; Winsted officials ‘relieved’

WINSTED — Former Winsted Finance Director Henry Centrella was denied parole by the state’s Board of Pardons and Paroles on Friday, March 9.
Centrella was the town’s finance director from 1977 until he was fired in January 2013. In August 2013 he was arrested by State Police on charges of embezzling funds from the town and he has remained in jail since then.

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Expanded medical services at CHWC soon

WINSTED — After almost a year of planning, along with a legal drama with the town that ended in a settlement, construction will soon begin on a new location for Community Health and Wellness Center of Greater Torrington (CHWC).
The nonprofit organization offers medical care to residents of Northwest Corner towns regardless of their ability to pay, including a sliding fee scale payment plan for patients in financial need.

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P&Z continues hearing on marijuana dispensary

WINSTED — More details on an application for a special permit to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Winsted were shared at a Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing in Winsted on Monday, Feb. 26.
Many issues were raised. The hearing has been continued to Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
The proposed location for the dispensary is the former Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) building at 100 New Hartford Road.

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