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Candy store closes on Main Street

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WINSTED — Sandy’s Candy Haus, which opened in November on 450 Main St., closed sometime last week.
Where there once were shelves upon shelves of candy, chocolates and other sweet goods, the whole store is now empty and bare.
Co-owner Sandra Folett, who owned the store with her husband, Frank, blamed the closure on a lack of business.
“Winsted is a dead town,” Sandra Folett said. “We are still keeping our business open by doing farmers markets, festivals and taking Internet orders.”
This marks the fourth business to shut its doors so far this year.

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State budget uncertain at start of fiscal year

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WINSTED — The new fiscal year officially began Friday, July 1, but the future of thousands of state employees remained unclear, as Gov. Dannel Malloy reiterated his promise to zero out the state’s deficit and balance the budget — with layoffs, if necessary.
Some of the most intense negotiations of the past several weeks were scheduled to resume Tuesday, July 5. Union representatives said they would reconsider their position on concessions after rejecting an offer by the Malloy administration that would have avoided layoffs.

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Straightening things out

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Laurel City Revamp buys Capitol Products building

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WINSTED — Laurel City Revamp, a nonprofit organization formed by Selectman Michael Renzullo, has purchased the long vacant Capitol Products building at 35 Willow St.
Renzullo formed Laurel City Revamp in 2010 for the purpose of rehabilitating distressed and underused properties. He first expressed interest in the Capitol Products building in January.
Renzullo told The Winsted Journal that his company was able to acquire the building for $1 via a quitclaim deed.

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Pratt: Lambert Kay is unsafe

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WINSTED — The Lambert Kay building on Lake Street is unsafe and may need to be torn down, according to Economic Development Commission Chairman Bill Pratt.
The building has been vacant since 2001 after a pet product company ceased operations. Residents approved the town’s purchase of the property in October 2002 for $1.
It has been used in the past several years by the town as storage space to hold furniture from residents evicted from their properties.
Offers have been made to purchase the building but none have resulted in a sale.

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Public access TV drops local meetings

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WINSTED — For the third time in just more than a month, meetings held by the town’s two major boards have disappeared from local TV screens. No one from the town’s local community-access cable television station appeared to cover Board of Selectmen and Board of Education meetings held in the P. Francis Hicks Room.
For more than a decade, coverage of town meetings ranging from local selectmen and school boards to the annual town budget meeting have been covered by Charter Community Television’s Channel 13 and 15 in Winsted.

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Uncertain state budget as new fiscal year begins

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WINSTED — The new fiscal year officially began Friday, July 1, but the future of thousands of state employees remained unclear, as Gov. Dannel Malloy reiterated his promise to zero out the state’s deficit and balance the budget — with layoffs, if necessary.
Some of the most intense negotiations of the past several weeks were scheduled to resume Tuesday, July 5. Union representatives said they would reconsider their position on concessions after rejecting an offer by the Malloy administration that would have avoided layoffs.

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Summer reading program begins

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WINSTED — The Beardsley and Memorial Library kicked off its summer reading program Saturday, June 25, with a puppet show, “Woodland Cinderella.” Deborah Costine played all roles in the show, which was held in front of an audience of children and parents.
The summer reading program ends Saturday, Aug. 13, with a magic show at the library at 11 a.m.
According to Library Director Linda Senkus, the program counts the time reading books instead of how many books read.
“Operating the program like this puts fast readers in the same bracket as slow readers,” Senkus said.

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Selectmen stick with Vision Appraisal for latest property revaluation

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WINSTED — After a bidding process that ended in May, the Board of Selectmen chose Vision Appraisal over two other property revaluation companies at a meeting on Monday, June 20.
The company provides appraisal services and software to towns and cities in eight states. Vision Appraisal serves 78 towns in Connecticut, including Winsted, Barkhamsted, Colebrook, North Canaan, Kent, New Hartford, Norfolk and Sharon.

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Fifty-nine seniors say farewell to Gilbert

Small but mighty
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WINSTED — A small but mighty class of 59 students graduated from The Gilbert School Wednesday, June 22.
It was the 116th commencement ceremony for Gilbert and the smallest group of graduates since 1941.
The students were emotional at times as fellow seniors and dignitaries read speeches.
Principal Daniel Hatch extolled the achievements of the graduating class.

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