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WINSTED — The following students have been named to the honor roll for the second semester at The Gilbert School:

High honors

Grade 7

Devin Fedorowicz, Ajla Gutic, Samantha Hass, Kate Riesselmann, Abigail Tanis, Caitlin Tucker

Grade 8

Miranda Brennan, Rebecca Dowling, Sarah Haynes, Gavin Langston, Madison Perry, Devin Ross

Grade 9

Lydia Bird, Emilienne Bouchard, Alexis Ellis, Bajram Gutic, Sam Hadash, Molly Jackson, Adam Jaworski, Dylan Keith, Sydney Kolosky, Rahul...

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Meatball cookoff at Elks Lodge

WINSTED — In celebration of Super Bowl Sunday, the Winsted Elks Lodge held a meatball cookoff Sunday, Feb. 5.
Contestants brought their homemade “super balls” to be judged and enjoyed as attendees watched the big game on TV at the lodge.
Lodge member Sue Jasch, who helped judge the meatball cookoff, donned a Patriots sweatshirt at the bar as she awaited the kickoff. 

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New restaurant to open at old Cackleberries location

WINSTED — A new restaurant, Foxtail Fine Catering and Cafe, will open in March to take the place of Cackleberries at 242 Main St.
Cackleberries shut down in January 2016 after 15 years of business.
Foxtail Fine Catering and Cafe and is co-owned by Barkhamsted resident Armand Lattizori and chef Jay Plourde.
“I’m a local kind of person, and there are a lot of things going on in Winsted,” Lattizori said. “This includes Whiting Mills and the upcoming Mad River Lofts. Also, the rent here is still kind of affordable.”

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Delicious delights at annual Bubbles and Truffles

WINSTED — The 11th annual Bubbles and Truffles event was held at 406 Main St., the former site of Kathy’s Cupboard, on Friday, Feb. 3.
The event is a benefit for local organization Friends of Main Street.
This year, the organization donated a portion of proceeds from the event to the Soldiers’ Monument Restoration Fund.
Hundreds of people attended the event. The site of the former store, which has been vacant for several years, turned into a ballroom of sorts where attendees enjoyed wine and fine food from several area vendors.

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‘Say cheese’

Several of the attendees at the annual Bubbles and Truffles event stopped for a moment to take part in a selfie. The event, a fundraiser for Friends of Main Street and the Soldiers’ Monument Restoration Fund, was held on Friday, Feb. 3. For the full story and another photo, visit Delicious delights at annual Bubbles and Truffles.

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Receiver briefs town board on school district

New assistant principal, Watson case, Board of Education meetings, among updates

WINSTED — Winchester School District Receiver Freeman Burr gave the Board of Selectmen an update on the school district at the selectmen’s regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 6
In his update, Burr spoke about the hiring of a new assistant principal for the school district, the current state of the Winchester Board of Education and the recently settled case between the district and Superintendent of Schools Anne Watson.
New assistant principal

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Town roads, education funding discussed at Senior Center

WINSTED —  Mayor Candy Perez and Selectmen Steven Sedlack and Todd Arcelaschi sat in for a meet and greet at the Winsted Senior Center on Thursday, Feb. 2.
Ten members of the center attended the meet and greet which is part of a series scheduled by Senior Center Director Jennifer Kelly.
Last month, Town Manager Robert Geiger spoke to senior center members about pressing town issues, and in March, Winchester Police Chief William Fitzgerald is scheduled to meet with members.

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Shopey competes on Food Network

WINSTED —  Dan Shopey appeared on the Food Network’s “Bakers vs. Fakers” on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
A rerun of the show will be broadcast on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 11 p.m. The episode can also be found on the Food Network’s cell phone app.
The premise of the show, which started last year, is for professional chefs to compete against amateur chefs in a taste test contest.
In determining the winner, the judges do not know whether or not the professional chef or amateur chef prepared the dishes they are judging.

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Three arrested in assault and robbery case

WINSTED —  Three suspects have been arrested in the felony assault and robbery of a 53-year-old disabled male resident.
According to a press release issued by Winchester Police Department Chief William Fitzgerald, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, officers responded to and investigated the felony assault and robbery which took place at the CVS store at 47 Main St.
Fitzgerald wrote that the victim finished purchasing items at CVS when several males accosted him, beating him with an ice scraper.

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Penguin Plunge postponed to March

WINSTED —  The 14th annual Penguin Plunge, which was originally scheduled to be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, has been postponed.
The new date for the event is Saturday, March 4 at Highland Lake.
The annual event is a fundraiser the Special Olympics.
Last year, 100 people participated in the event and $59,000 was raised by participants.
The funds raised and participants were down from the number of 2015 event, during which 105 participants raised $63,000.

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DARE program funded by Auxiliary

WINSTED —  The Winchester School District’s DARE program will continue for another school year thanks to a $3,500 donation from the Auxiliary For Community Health.
The organization, which was founded in 1901, operates a thrift store on 120 Willow Street.
The auxiliary is made up volunteers, and it uses all the funds earned at the store for donations to area groups and health-related charities. 
DARE, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a national program that was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles.

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