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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...

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Freezin’ for a Reason for homeless

WINSTED — More than 40 people camped out at East End Park on Friday, Dec. 8, as a way to raise funds for and awareness of the Northwest YMCA’s homeless shelter.
The sixth annual Freezin’ for a Reason earned its name. Temperatures that night dipped into the mid 20s, but  the participants had come prepared with tents and sleeping bags. Everyone who took part in the overnight event raised money for the YMCA, which has branches in Winsted, Torrington and North Canaan.

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Holiday songs remind board ‘what it’s all about’

WINSTED — A little bit of Christmas cheer was spread by members of the Pearson Middle School Show Choir, who sang holiday songs at the Winsted Board of Education’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Winsted Town Hall.
The choir is made up of fifth- and sixth-grade students who attend Pearson and participate   in the after-school choir program.

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Bright night at parade

WINSTED — In spite of cold weather and snow, which fell from the sky in heavy flurries, the 14th annual Gator Parade was a success with multiple fire departments and several area residents taking part in the Saturday, Dec. 16, event.
The parade, which was organized by the Winsted Fire Department, included emergency service vehicles from area towns and organizations, including fire engines, ambulances and other vehicles decorated with holiday lights and ornaments. 

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Winsted college, NCCC, will join statewide system

WINSTED —  At its meeting in Hartford on Thursday, Dec. 14, the state’s Board of Regents approved a plan that will consolidate the state’s 12 community colleges into one college by 2021.
In May, Mark Ojakian (who is president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, CSCU)  announced that Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) President Michael Rooke would take the lead role in developing a community college consolidation strategy.

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Fun and games at Morsel Munk

WINSTED — Morsel Munk, a combination outdoor sports and toy store, started life as an online-only store 10 and a half years ago. For the past six and a half years, owners Scott Rouleau and his wife, Brigitte, have operated a bricks-and-mortar shop  at 118 Main St.
For the holiday season, Brigitte Rouleau said the store has lots of unexpected gift ideas, including Docktails-brand beverage dispensers.

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Massachusetts man sentenced in bank robberies

WINSTED — On Thursday, Dec. 7, Vincent Torraco, 26, of Athol, Mass., was sentenced to 43 months in federal prison after being convicted of three bank robberies in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire.
According to a press release issued by Department of Justice  Acting United States Attorney John Farley, Torraco robbed three TD Bank branches in 2016 in three states, including one at 200 New Hartford Road in Winsted on Sept. 24, 2016.
The other branches were in Gardner, Mass., and Rindge, N.H. 

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End of a tradition: no more Boar’s Fest

WINSTED —  After 27 years, the curtain has fallen for possibly the last time on the Boar’s Head Festival.
Deborah Storrs, who has organized the festival for 20 of its 27 years, has announced that there will not be a Boar’s Head Festival in 2018.
Traditionally held every January at the First Church of Winsted, the festival draws hundreds of people.

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Diversity in comic books

WINSTED — Comic book historian and culture expert William Foster spoke about diversity, including the history of African Americans in comic books, at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) on Thursday, Nov. 30.
The event was sponsored by the college’s Diversity Committee; a large audience of about 50 people turned out.
Foster, who is an English professor at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, has served as a cultural commentator on CNN, National Public Radio and the PBS series “History Detectives.”

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Holiday spirit is alive in Winsted

WINSTED — Christmas cheer was spread throughout town as various organizations held holiday events on Saturday, Dec. 2.
The day began with a  Christmas Open House at the Beardsley and Memorial Library. Christmas songs were performed by members of the Northwestern Regional School District’s choir.
The choir members sang traditional Christmas songs for the audience and festive holiday snacks were served.
Children had a chance to take part in a Christmas-themed scavenger hunt and visit with Santa Claus.

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Ex-Winchester PTO treasurer arrested

WINSTED — Former Winsted resident Jeni Shean pleaded not guilty to one count of larceny in the second degree at her arraignment in Torrington Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 27.
Shean, who is a former treasurer of the Winchester Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), was arrested on Nov. 18.
Winchester Police Chief William Fitzgerald said in a press release that the police department had received a complaint from the PTO’s president at the end of May about irregularities with bookkeeping records during Shean’s time as treasurer.

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