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WINSTED — The Winsted Senior Center has purchased a new van, with help from a grant from the Department of Transportation.

The state paid for 80 percent of the $55,000 purchase price of the new Ford TranStar van; the town paid the remaining 20 percent.

Winsted Senior Center Director Jennifer Kelley said that the two vans the center owns are no longer reliable.  

“We needed something we could depend on,” she said.

The van is used to take Winsted residents who are 55 and older, and residents who have disabilities, to medical appointments...

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Laurel City Revamp offer tabled a second time

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WINSTED — For the second time, the Board of Selectmen tabled a proposal made by Laurel City Revamp to purchase tax liens on the Capitol Products building during a meeting on Monday, July 18.
The nonprofit organization is led by Selectman Michael Renzullo, who recused himself as the other selectmen discussed the offer with Town Attorney Kevin Nelligan.
Mayor Candy Perez and Selectman Ken Fracasso were not present at the meeting.

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Representing at Railroad Days

The Winsted Fire Department marched in the Canaan Fire Company’s 100th anniversary parade Saturday, July 16, as part of Railroad Days in North Canaan. The Winsted company took home the award for Most Firefighters in Line.

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Valyo replaces Neal on Board of Education

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WINSTED — At a special meeting on Tuesday, July 12, Mari-Ellen Pratt Valyo was appointed to a seat on the Board of Education.
Valyo will serve out the rest of the term of Raymond Neal, who submitted his resignation to the board on June 20.
According to board Chairman Kathleen O’Brien, Neal has been absent from meetings due to illness.
Minutes on the school district’s website indicate that the last time Neal was present at a regular meeting was Nov. 9, 2010.
Neal, a Republican, was serving a four-year term and was first elected in November 2007.

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Soldiers’ Monument opens for a day

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WINSTED — The Laurel City’s historic Soldiers’ Monument at the crest of Camp Hill on Crown Street was open to visitors Monday, July 4, in celebration of Independence Day.
The inside of the monument, which was built in 1890 and dedicated to the more than 300 Winsted-area soldiers who served in the Civil War, is only open to visitors four days a year: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day.

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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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