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WINSTED — The Winsted Board of Selectmen decided at its meeting on Monday, July 2, to form a school building committee that will begin the solid planning toward a referendum vote in November on the renovation and reopening of the Hinsdale Elementary School.

“Our intent is to create a financing plan with little or no impact in terms of the town’s mill rate,” Town Manager Robert Geiger said. “We feel that we have a sufficient course to move forward with a minimal impact on taxes.”

Mayor Candy Perez said the committee will find an architect...

Winsted

Bubbles and Truffles helps build a new playground

WINSTED — A fine selection of chocolates, wine and foods at the 12th annual Bubbles and Truffles on Friday, Feb. 9, offered some welcome relief from weeks of snow, ice and cold weather.
“We always hold Bubbles and Truffles in February because people are snowed in  and need to get out of their houses,” said Friends of Main Street board member Dick Labich. “ A lot of people come here so they can see each other after a long winter.”

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Grants decrease but schools will ask for flat funding

WINSTED — The Winchester School District will once again present a budget request with a zero percent increase, according to Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley.
“Coming into this school district I have been cognizant that this district has been flat budgeted for quite some time,” Brady-Shanley said. She took over as superintendent last May after the district came out of state receivership. 

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Re-opening of Hinsdale building recommended

WINSTED — The Capitol Region Education Council’s (CREC) Construction Services Division is recommending the re-opening of Hinsdale Elementary School and the closing of Batcheller Early Education Center.
CREC  is a grassroots group that works with schools in  towns near the state capital in Hartford.
The organization recommended on Jan. 19 that work should begin as soon as possible to repair the Hinsdale School, so students can begin to attend classes there in 2019-20. 

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Books, crafts and hijinks in Winsted

WINSTED  — The Beardsley and Memorial Library invited parents to Take Your Child to the Library on Saturday, Feb. 3 — and more than 60 children and their parents did just that.
This year’s event featured “The Giant Jumperee,” written by Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury.
Children’s Librarian Carol Parent read the book out loud  and then the youngsters got to work on craft projects based on the tale. They cut out paper dolls based on the characters in the book and then held a high jump contest.

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Inspiration and conversation about helping towns grow

WINSTED — The Northwest Hills Council of Governments (NHCOG) held its third annual Economic Development Summit on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The NHCOG is made up of first selectmen from 21 Litchfield County towns. The summit was held at Mad River Lofts.
An estimated 150 people attended the event including town officials and representatives from groups such as the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, the Connecticut Small Business Development Center and the state  Department of Economic and Community Development.

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The Yankee town meeting explained

WINSTED — Author Susan Clark spoke about the history of the New England town meeting and how “slow” democracy can bring people together, at the Community Bookstore in Winsted on Saturday, Jan. 27.
Clark is the co-author of “All Those In Favor: Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting and Community,” which was published in 2005, and “Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home,” which was published in 2012.

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Land trust buys former TorWin Farm

 WINSTED — The Winchester Land Trust (WLT) has purchased a 121-acre former horse farm on the Winsted and Torrington border.
The property was formerly known as the TorWin Farm and was once owned by Gail Borden, the inventor of condensed milk.
The land trust purchased the property from owners Cara and Ken Blazier.

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Some regrets but mostly kudos for manager

WINSTED — Winsted Town Manager Robert Geiger received high praise during his annual evaluation at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Geiger, a resident of Barkhamsted, was hired by the board on Feb. 1, 2016. When asked what he felt he’s done well in the past year, he said he’s kept a close eye on town finances, worked closely with other boards in town and approached problems with a personal, hands-on approach. 

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Making music, building community at Mad River

WINSTED — Frank Guglielmino and his son, Sam, hope their new Mad River Music shop will be more than just a place to buy sheet music and instruments. They want their new business to build community.
“Music brings people together,” Sam said. “We live in a time when there is so much technology. People are always on their phones all the time. Music offers them an alternative; it’s something they can do and create. There is no other place in this area for people to get gear if they want to get started.”

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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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