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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...

Winsted

Relay for Life kicks off

Survivor Lap Sunday
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WINSTED — Winsted-area residents are gearing up for the annual Relay for Life of the Northwest Hills this weekend, which kicks off with a special Survivors Lap honoring those who have defeated cancer on Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m.
The Relay for Life will continue through Saturday and into Sunday, June 26. The annual two-day walk-a-thon raises tens of thousands of dollars for cancer research while celebrating survivors and remembering lost loved ones. Entertainment, refreshments and prizes are featured throughout the weekend.

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Last florist in town goes out of business

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WINSTED — Christine’s Flower Shoppe LLC has gone out of business, leaving the town without a florist for the first time in many years.
Christine Skutt owned and operated the business for 17 years out of 920 Main St., which is a building owned by the Cannavo family.
Last year, Skutt sold the business and became the manager of the floral department at Stop & Shop in North Canaan.
“I wanted to move on and do something different business-wise,” she said.
However, Skutt said she came to regret the decision.

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Selectmen settle lawsuit

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WINSTED — During their meeting on Monday, June 20, the selectmen unanimously approved an undisclosed settlement in a lawsuit alleging discrimination and civil rights violations by a former town employee.
The lawsuit was filed in May in state superior court by former fire department Captain Philip Roche.
Originally, Roche filed a complaint, against the town with the state’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities back in April 2009.
The Winsted Journal has obtained a copy of the complaint which details the allegations Roche made against the town.

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Laurel celebration mixes fun and pageantry

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WINSTED — The 77th annual Laurel Festival was held from Friday, June 10, to Sunday, June 12, at various locations throughout town.
Madison-Kelly Peltier was crowned Laurel Queen Sunday at East End Park.
Madison will graduate from Northwestern Regional High School later this month. She plans to attend Quinnipiac University as an occupational therapy major in the fall.
Right after she was crowned, Madison seemed to be overwhelmed with emotion.

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Gilbert Trust awards nearly $70,000 in scholarships

WINSTED — At its annual scholarship awards event Monday evening, June 13, The W.L. Gilbert Trust Corporation awarded almost $70,000 in higher education assistance to 59 Gilbert School seniors and alumni.
More than 170 award recipients, parents, board members, faculty and staff attended the trust-sponsored awards event in the school auditorium, followed by a coffee and dessert reception. The Gilbert Jazz Combo provided pre-event entertainment.

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Speedy special town meeting approves removal of easement

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WINSTED — It took less than three minutes for residents at a special town meeting to release a water line easement on Lakeview Road.
The vote to approve the release was 12-0.
There was no debate or discussion before the vote was taken.
The eliminated water line easement affects the properties of Marion Vaccari at 52 Lakeview Road, Joan Carrozzo at 54 Lakeview Road and Douglas Griswold at 56 Lakeview Road.
The three residents contacted interim Town Manager Mark Douglass asking for the elimination of the easement back in December 2010.

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Asbestos removal to begin

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WINSTED — A long-planned asbestos abatement project for Pearson Middle School will begin within weeks, according to Superintendent of Schools Blaise Salerno.
At the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 14, Salerno said the project has been approved by the State Department of Education.
The project was originally discussed and developed by the town’s School Building Committee back in February.
The asbestos abatement will include the demolition of 34,262 square feet of asbestos-containing floor tile located in classrooms and hallways throughout the school building.

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Northwestern students score a ‘10’

Northwestern Regional High School honored the top 10 ranked students in the senior class and the annual Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) Leadership Award recipients at its Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, June 8. Pictured, back row, from left, are Lindsay Dezi, Kyle Smith, Samuel Hess, Lior Trestman and Melissa Traub; middle row, Amanda Lee, Olivia Vitali, Kelly Morrissey, Catherine Beaudoin; and front row, Lauren Silverio and Emily Tassinari. Ashley Sullivan, not pictured, was also among the students honored.

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Salerno: State will enforce MBR

Town must find $1.5 million for schools
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WINSTED — The state has apparently sided with the Board of Education, and the town will potentially have to pay much more to fund education during the next school year.
According to Superintendent of Schools Blaise Salerno, the state has ruled that the town must fund the school district at the previously proposed minimum budget requirement (MBR) of $20,049,466, which was set in late April.
At a budget referendum in late May, voters approved the town’s budget proposed by the Board of Selectmen, which set education funding at $18,600,000 — $1,449,466 below the MBR.

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Peltier crowned Laurel Queen

Rebecca Nardi, the 2010 Laurel Queen, pinned a cape on Madison-Kelly Peltier, winner of this year’s Laurel Queen competition, Sunday at East End Park.

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