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WINSTED — Christian Allyn of North Canaan sought advice on how to keep up with his business, Invasive Plant Solutions, which is, literally and figuratively, growing out of control. Marianne Burns of Burlington, who is launching a personal concierge service dedicated to helping seniors, needed input on scalability, competition and potential roadblocks. Catherine Tatge, award-winning PBS filmmaker, asked for direction on how to enlist the support of businesses for her Democracy 2020 Youth Media Challenge.

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NCCC nursing students volunteer during break

WINSTED — For many college students spring break means fun in the sun at some beach somewhere or an exquisite trip to a foreign land.
For a group of Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) Nursing Program students, spring break was about volunteering their vacation time for a good cause.
From March 14 to March 18 the group of NCCC students spent their time volunteering for Remote Area Medical, a non-profit organization.

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Former Super Saver IGA to be a medical clinic

WINSTED — The Community Health and Wellness Center of Greater Torrington (CHWC) announced the purchase of the Winsted Super Saver IGA building on Monday, March 26.
CHWC is a non-profit organization that offers medical care to residents all throughout the Northwest Corner regardless of their ability to pay, including a sliding fee scale payment plan for patients in financial need.
Located in Torrington, CHWC opened a second location in 2011 as the Winsted Health Center on Spenser Street 

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Fishing and outdoor store comes to Main Street

WINSTED —  The recently opened Still River Outfitters, located at 236 Main St., offers a selection of fishing and outdoor gear, along with survival and preparedness supplies.
The store was opened at the beginning of March by David Ragozzine who is a native of Woodbridge.

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Lambert Kay sale agreement is altered

WINSTED — At a special Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday, March 29 at Town Hall, Town Manager Robert Geiger announced a change to the sale agreement between the town and Parker Benjamin Real Estate Services for the former Lambert Kay property on 32 Lake St.

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Superintendent to do more with less

WINSTED — At the special Board of Selectmen’s meeting held at Pearson Middle School on Monday, March 26, Superintendent of Winchester Public Schools Melony Brady-Shanley presented her proposed budget for fiscal 2018-2019.

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Gilbert School has a $250,000 budget gap

WINSTED — The Gilbert School in Winsted is looking at laying off staff as a way to balance the budget, according to Superintendent Anthony Serio, who spoke  at a special meeting of Winsted’s Board of Selectmen on Monday, March 26, at Pearson Middle School.
There was also a public hearing for both the proposed Winchester School District and Gilbert School’s budgets that evening at Pearson.

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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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