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WINSTED — The holiday season reminds us that many people are unable to pay for and prepare a full Thanksgiving or Christmas or Hanukah dinner with all the trimmings.

But the volunteers at area soup kitchens and other organizations that provide food assistance know that hunger and need are not seasonal. They are constant.

For more than 27 years, the Open Door Soup Kitchen has served free lunches at its location at 160 Main St., just behind St. James’ Episcopal Church in Winsted.

George Madore, who has volunteered at the soup kitchen for 10 years, said...

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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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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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