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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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Republican slate announced

WINSTED —  The Republican Town Committee (RTC) held its caucus at Town Hall on Tuesday, July 25 and picked its candidates for this November’s municipal election.
The committee picked a majority of newcomers to town politics, along with former mayor Candace Bouchard.
Bouchard was first elected to town office during the November 2013 municipal election.
Former mayor and current RTC Chairman Lisa Smith was voted in as mayor in November 2013, but she resigned in April 2014 after serving for five months.

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Children learn about fire department at library

WINSTED —  Members of both the Winsted Fire Department and Winchester Center Fire Department were part of a children’s event at the Beardsley and Memorial Library on Tuesday, July 25.
As part of the event, the Winchester Center Fire Department brought to the library’s parking lot their fire Engine #4 and allowed children to examine the truck. The Winsted Fire Department brought up their emergency rescue boat and a fire department member showed children how emergency responders dress in turnout gear.

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Town to demolish unfinished houses

WINSTED — At its meeting on Monday, July 5, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved an action request by Town Manager Robert Geiger to demolish two incomplete modular houses on Mountainside Drive, off of Wallens Street.
On June 30, town Purchasing Director Mark Douglass sent Geiger a request for a bid waiver to demolish the two houses.
“We tried to sell the homes last month and received no responses,” Douglass wrote in his request. “The houses are approximately 10 years old and have been vandalized.”

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Child care center starts painted-rock scavenger hunt throughout town

WINSTED — If you have stumbled across a painted rock tucked away in a hiding place somewhere around town, it is now your turn to paint one and hide it for the next person to find.
Beth Whitney of Winsted Area Child Care Center has started the Winsted Rocks project.
As part of the project, Whitney’s children at the day care center plant painted rocks at places all over town. 
The project is part of the center’s Before and After School Education (BASE) program. 

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Northwestern Regional theater students sing songs from Broadway shows

WINSTED —  Northwestern Regional High School’s summer theater program, STAR7, held its annual Night on Broadway on Friday, July 14.
Seven students performed at the event in order to raise funds for the performance of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” at Northwestern on Friday, July 28, Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30.

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Rowley Grill & Tap restaurant opens its doors

WINSTED —  Rowley Grill & Tap, located at 19 Rowley St., opened its doors on July 5.
The restaurant has been in planning stages since November 2016 and is co-owned by Dimitri Karouta and fiancée Kendall Fox.
According to Karouta, the menu offers a fresh take on American cuisine and comfort foods.
He said that local restaurant goers are pleased to have new options for local fare.
Karouta and his brother, Stelio, also own and operate Ollie’s Pizza of Litchfield.

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Free summer meals for area children

WINSTED — EdAdvance, previously known as Education Connection, is sponsoring a USDA Summer Food Service program for children and teenagers at the Gaylord-Tiffany Building on 75 Rowley St. in Winsted, weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
The program is available for children under 18 years old and will run daily until Friday, Aug. 11.

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Construction on American Mural Project continues

WINSTED —  Construction on the American Mural Project (AMP)  at 74 Whiting St. is moving along, according to founder Ellen Griesedieck.
AMP in 2006 purchased the old Winsted Hosiery factory.
The project continued to be under development. Completion dates and goals were set but moved forward in order for AMP to raise funds for the renovation of the old factory buildings.
In August 2014, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the state would award AMP a $1 million challenge grant.

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Joseph FireCrow remembered

WINSTED —  Resident and nationally known musician Joseph FireCrow, 58, died on Tuesday, July 11.
According to a post on his Facebook page, FireCrow had been battling Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a hereditary disease that his mother died from in 2011.
He was on a waiting list for a bilateral lung transplant.
According to his published obituary, FireCrow was a Grammy Award winner and a seven- time Native American Music Award (NAMA) winner.
In 2016,  FireCrow received the NAMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Hearings held on ethics complaints

WINSTED —  At its meeting on Tuesday, July 18, the town’s Ethics Commission held hearings on four separate ethics complaints made by Super Saver IGA owner John Dwan against four members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
On May 1, Dwan filed the complaints against Planning and Zoning Commission members George Closson, Barbara Wilkes, Art Melycher and commission alternate Lee Thomsen.

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