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WINSTED —  The Winchester Public School District held two focus group meetings at Founders Hall auditorium on Monday, March 20.

The groups discussed topics relating to the district’s search for a new superintendent.

At the meetings, former Glastonbury school district superintendent Jacqueline Jacoby, who now works as a private consultant, moderated a lively conversation with the groups about the strengths and weaknesses within the school system, as well as what it means to be a successful superintendent.

Jacoby said she started as a public school...

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State reps express doubt about budget

WINSTED —  Several state representatives attended Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s (NCCC) legislative breakfast on Friday, March 3.
The main topic of discussion during the breakfast was Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s (D) proposed biennial budget.
For fiscal year 2017–2018, Malloy is recommending $20.097 billion in expenditures for the state, while for fiscal year 2018–2019, he recommends $20.545 billion in expenditures.

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Chief Fitzgerald talks to seniors

WINSTED —  Winchester Police Chief William Fitzgerald spoke to a group of residents at the Winsted Senior Center on Thursday, March 2.
The talk was the third in a series given by members of the town’s municipal government.
In January, Town Manager Robert Geiger spoke at the center, and in February, Mayor Candy Perez spoke, along with several members of the Board of Selectmen.

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Congresswoman Esty visits Winsted VA

WINSTED — Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-5) visited the Veterans Affairs (VA) Outpatient Clinic on Monday, March 6. 
The appearance was similar to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s (D) visit to the VA on Feb. 23. Esty met with staff members and patients of the clinic.

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Comedy benefits Cub Scouts

WINSTED — A huge audience packed Chatterley’s Banquet Hall on Friday, Feb. 24, where more than 250 people came out for the second annual Comedy Night to benefit Cub Scout Pack 1027. 

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Cuatro Puntos plays ‘music for peace’

WINSTED — The chamber music ensemble Cuatro Puntos played a program featuring “music for peace” at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, Feb. 25. 
According to the group’s website at www.cuatropuntos.org, the group’s name means “four points” in Spanish.
During the Feb. 25 concert, the group played music by Johannes Brahms and folk songs from Afghanistan.
The group, which has played concerts throughout the world, includes Winsted residents Steve Larson and his wife, Annie Trépanier.

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Blumenthal visits VA Clinic

WINSTED — On Thursday, Feb. 23, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) visited the Veterans Affairs (VA) Outpatient Clinic.
Representatives for Blumenthal said that he is visiting all six VA clinics throughout the state to advocate for an upcoming infrastructure program. Blumenthal walked through the clinic with its nurse manager, Kimberly Phaneuf.
During the visit, Phaneuf provided detailed information about the clinic’s functions and needs.

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Receiver Burr proposes cut to Gilbert tuition

WINSTED — The Board of Education reviewed Winchester School District Receiver Freeman Burr’s second proposed budget during a three-hour meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
At his presentation, Burr said that the first budget proposal that he gave to the board on Feb. 14 was a “wish list” budget and will not be the recommended budget to the board.
The budget that he presented at the Feb. 22 meeting was a “bare bones” option and included several differences between the previously presented proposed budget on Feb. 14.

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Lamont talks about fake news and current issues

WINSTED — Former senatorial and gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont discussed the current state of journalism, the U.S. government, along with a history of “fake news” and its consequences at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, Feb. 25.
“At least with a bookstore you know where the fiction and the nonfiction piles are,” Lamont said at the beginning of his discussion. “I’m here to talk about the blurring of that line in the media. As a former newspaper editor, I can tell you that it counts.”

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NWR7’s robust FFA program

By SHAW ISRAEL IZIKSON
WINSTED —  Northwestern Regional High School’s FFA program started in 1984 and has grown over the years.
Originally, the program operated out of a portable classroom.
The program now has a whole wing in the school’s building that includes several classrooms, laboratories, a greenhouse and a barn where several agricultural animals, including a pig, goats and several cows are taken care of.

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Community college to open Entrepreneurial Center

WINSTED —  Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) will open its new Entrepreneurial Center on Wednesday, March 15.
The center is located in the Goulet Building on the NCCC campus at 56 Park Place.
In an interview with The Winsted Journal, Jane Williams, workforce development coordinator for NCCC, said plans for the center have been in the works since August 2016.

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