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WINSTED — A comprehensive report on the Hinsdale Elementary School building and the Batcheller Early Education building will be issued in January or February, according to Winsted Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley.

Brady-Shanley discussed the report at the Board of Education’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

At a board meeting in September Brady-Shanley discussed the possibility of re-opening the Hinsdale building and closing Batcheller.

Hinsdale was closed in June 2016 as part of former School District Receiver Robert Travaglini’...

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Republicans to host community forum

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WINSTED — If you want to complain about the Malloy administration, higher taxes and the whole idea of “shared sacrifice” in Connecticut, there are some local Republicans who would like to see you this Saturday, July 16.
On that day, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., the Winchester Republican Town Committee will hold an open forum to give residents an opportunity to describe how the state’s controversial “shared sacrifice” budget affects their lives and how they might want to respond.

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Friends of Main Street announces summer concerts

WINSTED — Friends of Main Street’s annual concert series is up and running on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in East End Park.
Northwest Community Bank has been sponsoring summer concerts in the park for more than a decade. TDBank, the Winchester Recreation Department and Friends of Main Street also contribute to the series.
The remaining concert schedule is as follows:
July 21 — Kerry Boys, Connecticut’s Irish Balladeers
July 28 — Joseph FireCrow, American Indian Music
Aug. 4 — Remedy, Rock and Roll
Aug. 11 — Mac Talla Mor Band, Celtic Roots Band

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Lakeside restaurant celebrates opening

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WINSTED — The Laurel City’s newest restaurant celebrated its grand opening June 29 at Highland Lake, where the Spillway Grill has resumed business under new ownership.
Husband-and-wife team John and Kris Navin are running the restaurant with John’s sister, Sandy Davis. The trio has installed a new deli in the rear of the restaurant and is offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with counter and booth seating in the main room and additional table seating in the back.

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AT&T wants antenna atop Winsted Health Center

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WINSTED — The town’s Planning and Zoning Commission is considering an application from AT&T to construct a cell phone antenna on top of the Winsted Health Center building at 115 Spencer St.
According to the application filed with the commission, the plan is to install nine panel antennas on the very top of the health center’s main building.
The company would also install three Global Positioning System (GPS) antennas.
Winsted Health Center Executive Director Jonathan Blum said the antennas would be no larger than 9 feet tall and would be enclosed in a box.

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First farmers market of season held

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WINSTED — Despite the threat of rain, the first Winsted Farmers Market was held at East End Park on Friday, July 8.
Five vendors, including Eaglewood Farms, George Hall Farms, Collinsville Bakery, Gresczyk Farms and artisan Theresa Cannavo, sold fresh fruits and vegetables and bakery goods.
“I’m surprised nobody thought of doing this sooner,” farmer George Hall said. “I think we have a very good group here today.”
Organizer Tara Holmberg said the market is off to a good start.

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Lego time at Beardsley

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WINSTED — As part of their children’s programs, the Beardsley and Memorial Library is offering play time with Legos during the summer.
“Why Legos? Because children love Legos!” Children’s Services Director Karin Taylor said. “It keeps them busy. I still play with Legos with my kids.”
Leeane Marvin said she was a little jealous of her children.
“When I was a kid all we had to play with is dolls,” Marvin said.
The next Lego session at the library will be held on Friday, July 22, at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the library at 860-379-6043.

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BOE chooses new superintendent

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WINSTED — After a search that lasted several months, West Hartford resident Tom Danehy has been named the new superintendent for the Winchester School District.
The Board of Education voted to hire Danehy after an hour-long executive session during a special meeting held on Tuesday, July 12.
The vote was 6-1, with board member Carol Palomba casting the lone opposing vote.
Board member Paul O’Meara was not present at the meeting.
When contacted after his hiring, Danehy said that he is looking forward to the upcoming school year.

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Selectmen table Renzullo offer

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WINSTED — The Board of Selectmen tabled a proposal for Laurel City Revamp to purchase tax liens on the Capitol Products building at a meeting on Tuesday, July 5.
The nonprofit organization, led by Selectman Michael Renzullo, purchased the long-vacant Capitol Products building at 35 Willow St. through a quitclaim deed.
However, Capitol Products has owed the town $84,203 in back property taxes since 2004.
At the meeting, Renzullo said his organization would like to offer the town $25,001 to purchase the town’s tax liens on the property.

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Former FOI director: Agency is in ‘one big mess’

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WINSTED — After lobbying against changes that would reduce the power of the state’s Freedom of Information Commission (FOIC), the commission’s former executive director, Mitchell Pearlman, said this week that the state of open government in Connecticut remains “one big mess” for the foreseeable future.
Under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s 2011-12 budget, which remains in executive-legislative limbo, the FOIC has been reduced in size and combined with eight other agencies to form a new Office of Governmental Accountability (OGA).

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Winsted-born cartoonist shares the love

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WINSTED — In today’s divided America, it probably doesn’t help matters to point out the differences between dog people and cat people. Nonetheless, for those who prefer woofs over meows, a recently released book will not only tickle your funny bone, but also make life better for all animals.
“The Best of Today’s Dogg” (Fastpencil. Inc.) is Winsted-born cartoonist Guy Gilchrist’s compendium of canine-related humor and commentary, featuring cartoons in color and black-and-white, covering everything from hungry hounds and cuddly canines to tales of loss and the emotions they inspire.

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