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Laurel Festival kicks off

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WINSTED — After months of preparation, arrangement of sponsors and coordinating events, the Laurel City’s annual Laurel Festival returns this Friday through Sunday, June 10 through 12.
This is the final weekend for 2010 Laurel Queen Rebecca Nardi to enjoy the royal treatment before she passes on the crown to a new queen, along with two runners-up. Laurel City Commission Chairman Tracie Colabella said Nardi has been an exemplary queen, participating in many community events.
“Anything we’ve asked of her, she’s done,” Colabella said. “She’s been very available.”

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An American tradition

Jeff Calzarette of Winsted offered many items during the Lions Club summer flea market in New Hartford. “There are plenty of good people here and it’s a beautiful day to go shopping,” he said. “The market is also close to home and it’s nice when the weather is all summary.”

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Economic development proposal fizzles

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WINSTED — A proposal that would authorize the Economic Development Commission to take the lead in regards to the future of two town buildings died after a lengthy debate at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, June 6.
Selectmen Glenn Albanesius and Ken Fracasso proposed that the commission should be authorized by the selectmen to find a way to get the Capitol Products and Lambert Kay buildings back on the tax rolls.

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School zones proposed

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WINSTED — During the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, June 6, Selectman Lisa Smith said plans are in the works to create school zones around school buildings.
Smith said Town Manager Dale Martin is applying for a Safe Route To School grant that would pay for signs with flashing lights to enforce speed limits when children walk or are transported to school.
“The only type of school zone we have is a small sign that is front of Pearson School,” Smith said. “We don’t know if any of the schools will be closed, so the signs would be for all three schools.”

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Vets propose renaming East End Park

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WINSTED — A small group of veterans has asked the Board of Selectmen to rename East End Park as Veterans Memorial Park.
Vietnam veteran Jay Budahazy, along with Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 296 Commander Neil Hunt and VFW member Ted Sweeney, spoke to the selectmen during the public comments portion of Monday’s selectmen’s meeting.

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Honoring those who gave everything

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WINSTED — While Memorial Day parades in surrounding towns were canceled on Monday, May 30, due to a heavy rain storm, Winsted parade organizer and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 296 Commander Neil Hunt said canceling the parade was never in his mind.
“We would have had it in the rain anyway,” Hunt said. “We will never cancel the parade. They never canceled any wars for rain.”
By the time the parade kicked off in the early afternoon, the rain had subsided.

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Clinic hosts open house

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WINSTED — The Community Health and Wellness Center at 115 Spencer St. celebrated three months in business with an open house on Thursday, May 26.
The organization, which operates its main office out of Torrington, gives low-income residents access to health services on a sliding scale based on federal poverty income guidelines. Winsted’s office is currently open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We hope to expand in the very near future,” Executive Director Chris Sherwood said. “I think everyone deserves good quality health care with compassion.”

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Smith: BOE risk-based audit still not finished

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WINSTED — A risk-based audit of the Winchester Board of Education’s budget is still being conducted, according to Selectman Lisa Smith.
A risk-based audit scrutinizes accounting practices and procedures and was approved by the Board of Selectman at a meeting in late February.
Smith made the original proposal to the selectmen and has been pursuing a risk-based audit of the Board of Education since January.

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Dig This

Spring cleaning: Helen Bunnell, Executive Director of Friends of Main Street, spruces up the median on Main Street on Wednesday, May 25. Bunnell helped to clean up the median along with several other volunteers. “When the town put in the medians, Friends of Main Street came in to help with design and planting,” she said. “We also pay for the mulch. It helps to spruce up the town.”

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NCCC graduates are ‘students of life’

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WINSTED — Hundreds turned out at East End Park Thursday, May 26, to watch students graduate from Northwestern Connecticut Community College in a joyful and inspiring ceremony under uncharacteristically clear skies.
The school’s 45th commencement opened and closed with musical performances by bagpiper Ken Storrs and featured brief but enthusiastic speeches by exceptional students, recognized community leaders and college officials, without the threat of rain that has plagued many of the school’s graduation ceremonies in recent years.

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