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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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Winsted

Historic diner suddenly closes

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WINSTED — The Winsted Diner, a town icon that originally opened in 1931, closed unexpectedly earlier this month.
A sign on the front of the diner posted by owner Jean Bauer thanked customers for their loyal support.
Bauer, who purchased the diner in August 2007, laid the blame for the closure on the economy.
“It’s a real shame,” Bauer said. “There’s nothing I could do about it. I had no choice. I financially put everything I had into the diner, but I always ended up behind.”

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Beadle: Batcheller most likely building to close

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WINSTED — While the town’s School Building Committee has not made an official decision, committee Chairman Joseph Beadle told the Board of Selectmen at the March 7 meeting that Batcheller Elementary School is the building that the committee will most likely close down.
The committee has been meeting since early January to discuss closing one of the school district buildings before the start of the 2011-12 school year.
The closure is due to the Board of Education’s decision to move the town’s seventh- and eighth-graders to the semi-private high school, The Gilbert School.

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Fire stalls renovations at Colt building

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WINSTED — Work remains stalled at 412 Main St., formerly known as the Colt Building, where an accidental fire caused smoke damage to the ground floor last month.
Firefighters were called to the scene the evening of Feb. 19 and quickly extinguished the blaze, which they said was likely caused by spontaneous combustion of rags used for interior finishing. Current owners Christopher Petricone and Mark Giorda were not in the area at the time but had recently installed a new awning at the street level, along with new exterior woodwork.

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Board of Education approves budget

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WINSTED — After about two hours of discussion and deliberation, the Winchester Board of Education approved a cut of $27,692 from Superintendent of Schools Blaise Salerno’s proposed 2011-12 budget to come up with a final budget of $23,036,309.38 at a special meeting on Friday, March 11, at Pearson School.
The meeting was a continuation from Thursday, March 10, when the board was scheduled to review the draft budget as proposed by Superintendent of Schools Blaise Salerno.

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Winsted becomes a musical mecca

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WINSTED — It was a rockin’ and rollin’ time Saturday, March 12, when the town played host to two concerts.
Over at the First Church of Winsted, the monthly Steam Vent Coffee House held its musicians showcase.
Alex Cassaday, William Benson, Gale Gardiner, Don Jones and Eric Paradine performed.
According to co-organizer Debbie Storrs, the coffee house, which is held every second Saturday at the church, is used as a showcase for local musicians and to raise money for the church’s mission activities. The next event is scheduled for Saturday, April 9.

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Gilbert contract a go

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WINSTED — During a special meeting Thursday, March 10, the Winchester Board of Education ratified a three-year contract between the district and the town’s semi-private high school, The Gilbert School.
Last year, the board voted to move the district’s seventh and eighth grades to Gilbert, beginning with the 2011-12 school year.
The board voted 5-3 in favor of the contract, with Chairman Kathleen O’Brien and board members Carol Palomba, Paul O’Meara, Susan Hoffnagle and Joseph Hanecak voting yes.

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Gilbert and Winchester agree on special education program

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WINSTED — In addition to agreeing to a three-year contract that includes sending the district’s seventh and eighth grades to the town’s semi-private high school, representatives of the Winchester Board of Education and The Gilbert School Corporation have agreed on terms for special education students.

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Selectmen hire Dale Martin of Michigan as new town manager

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WINSTED — The Board of Selectmen voted to hire Linden, Mich., native Dale Martin as the new town manager at a special meeting Thursday, March 10.
According to Mayor Candy Perez, the vote was unanimous, but Selectman Karen Beadle was not present at the meeting due to illness.
The last full-time position Martin held in municipal government was city manager of Davison, Mich., from April 2008 to August 2010.
According to The Flint Journal, in July 2010, the City Council voted to put Martin on a 30-day paid leave with the intent to fire him.

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Gilbert students experience Costa Rica

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Fourteen students from The Gilbert School enjoyed supreme weather, extreme sports and intense language courses during a trip to Costa Rica last month.
Between zip-lining, surfing, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking and swimming in waterfalls, the students participated in numerous community and educational activities throughout their 10-day excursion to four different Costa Rican communities, including Tamarindo, a beach community bordering active volcanoes and jungle terrain.

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Benefit for resident suffering from cancer

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WINSTED — A benefit dinner for David Devaux Sr. will be held at the Veterans of Foreign War Post 296 on Saturday, April 2, starting at 4 p.m.
According to organizer and sister-in-law Ginger Newman, Devaux is suffering from colon cancer and needs help paying for his treatment.
He has been unemployed for three years since he was laid off from his job at Dymax Corporation, where he worked for more than 20 years.
Tickets are being sold for $15 for adults and $6 for children under 10. Tickets are available at Monaco’s Ristorante at 560 Main St.

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