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WINSTED —  The Winsted United Methodist Church, located on 630 Main St., held its annual spring fair on Saturday, April 8. 

At the fair, vendors and church members sold a variety of handmade items and baked goods, including pies and cookies.

Volunteers also cooked up pulled pork sandwiches for fair attendees.

According to Church Pastor Rev. Florence Eddins, the church hosts Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as well as a thrift shop and a food pantry. Sunday morning services are at 10 a.m.

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Everyone’s a winner at NCCC Jeopardy! Challenge

WINSTED —  Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) held its 11th Jeopardy! Challenge on Friday, March 24, at Greenwoods Hall.
The event is an annual fundraiser for a local charity.
To enter the challenge, each student team had to raise a minimum entry fee of $250.
The money that each team raises goes to a local charity in the area.

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Education budget discussed at hearing

WINSTED —  On Monday, March 27, The Board of Selectman hosted a public hearing and comment session on the proposed fiscal 2017-2018 Winchester School District budget.
The hearing was held at Pearson Middle School.
Town Manager Robert Geiger has proposed a budget for the school district of $19,958,150, which is the state mandated Minimum Budget Requirement. 
However, the school district has proposed a budget of $20,416,779.

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P&Z continues hearing on proposed medical center

WINSTED — After an hour long public hearing on Monday, March 24, the Planning and Zoning Commission continued a public hearing over a special permit application to convert the Winsted Super Saver IGA into a medical clinic for Community Health and Wellness of Greater Torrington.
The hearing has been continued to Monday, April 10, 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
If the move is approved by the commission, it will mean the end of the last grocery store located on Main Street in downtown Winsted.

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Lambert Kay gets one bid

WINSTED —  After putting out a request for proposals, the town has received one bid for the former Lambert Kay property on 32 Lake St.
The bid was submitted on March 6 by Parker Benjamin Real Estate Services in Unionville.
However, Town Manager Robert Geiger did not offer details about the bid at subsequent Board of Selectmen’s meetings.
At the meetings, Geiger said that he wanted to consult with Town Attorney Kevin Nelligan to review details of the bid.

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Laurel Festival dates announced

WINSTED —  Details for this year’s 83rd Laurel Festival have been announced by The Laurel City Commission.
The all-volunteer commission organizes the festival, including the Laurel Queen and King pageant and Laurel Ball.
This year, the Laurel Ball will be held on Friday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Crystal Peak Ballroom.
On Sunday, June 11, the Laurel Parade will be held starting at 1 p.m. on Main Street.

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NWCC now offers help for entrepreneurs

WINSTED —  Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s (NWCC) in Winsted has opened an Entrepreneurial Center designed to help budding entrepreneurs and existing small business owners in the region.
The grand opening was held March 15 at the Goulet Building on the NWCC campus, 56 Park Place. The plan has been in the works since August 2016.
The center’s programs and activities are being led by Jane Williams, the college’s workforce development coordinator.

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Focus groups held in school superintendent search

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.

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Steam Vent begins its ninth season at First Church of Winsted

WINSTED —  The ninth season of the Steam Vent Coffee House started on Saturday, March 11, at the First Church of Winsted.
For nine years the concert series has been held on the stage of the church, with musicians from across the state. The concert series is a benefit for the church’s mission activities and charities that include the YMCA homeless shelter and the Open Door Soup Kitchen. 
The church also uses funds raised at the concert series for its mission to help out a village in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Geiger presents proposed budget

WINSTED —  Town Manager Robert Geiger presented his budget proposal for fiscal 2017–2018 to the Board of Selectmen during its meeting on Monday, March 20.
Geiger unveiled a total proposed budget for the town of $33,438,506.
Geiger’s budget proposal is an increase of $337,332 from the town’s fiscal 2016–2017 budget of $33,101,174.
If passed, Geiger said that the mill rate will remain the same as last year, at 33.7.

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Mayor, residents tell of Women’s March

WINSTED — The Winsted Community Bookstore, located at 414 Main St., hosted a panel discussion on Saturday, March 11, about the recent Women’s March on Washington, D.C.  
The march itself was held across the country on Jan. 21, one day after the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump.
The main march was held in Washington, D.C., and included hundreds of thousands of participants.

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