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WINSTED —  The Winchester Public School District held two focus group meetings at Founders Hall auditorium on Monday, March 20.

The groups discussed topics relating to the district’s search for a new superintendent.

At the meetings, former Glastonbury school district superintendent Jacqueline Jacoby, who now works as a private consultant, moderated a lively conversation with the groups about the strengths and weaknesses within the school system, as well as what it means to be a successful superintendent.

Jacoby said she started as a public school...

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Shopey competes on Food Network

WINSTED —  Dan Shopey appeared on the Food Network’s “Bakers vs. Fakers” on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
A rerun of the show will be broadcast on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 11 p.m. The episode can also be found on the Food Network’s cell phone app.
The premise of the show, which started last year, is for professional chefs to compete against amateur chefs in a taste test contest.
In determining the winner, the judges do not know whether or not the professional chef or amateur chef prepared the dishes they are judging.

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Three arrested in assault and robbery case

WINSTED —  Three suspects have been arrested in the felony assault and robbery of a 53-year-old disabled male resident.
According to a press release issued by Winchester Police Department Chief William Fitzgerald, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, officers responded to and investigated the felony assault and robbery which took place at the CVS store at 47 Main St.
Fitzgerald wrote that the victim finished purchasing items at CVS when several males accosted him, beating him with an ice scraper.

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Penguin Plunge postponed to March

WINSTED —  The 14th annual Penguin Plunge, which was originally scheduled to be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, has been postponed.
The new date for the event is Saturday, March 4 at Highland Lake.
The annual event is a fundraiser the Special Olympics.
Last year, 100 people participated in the event and $59,000 was raised by participants.
The funds raised and participants were down from the number of 2015 event, during which 105 participants raised $63,000.

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DARE program funded by Auxiliary

WINSTED —  The Winchester School District’s DARE program will continue for another school year thanks to a $3,500 donation from the Auxiliary For Community Health.
The organization, which was founded in 1901, operates a thrift store on 120 Willow Street.
The auxiliary is made up volunteers, and it uses all the funds earned at the store for donations to area groups and health-related charities. 
DARE, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a national program that was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles.

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St. Anthony School celebrates Catholic Schools Week

WINSTED —  St. Anthony School is participating in national Catholic Schools Week from Sunday, Jan. 29 to Friday, Feb. 3 with a series of events.
The national event is sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association.
According to the organization’s website at www.ncea.org, the event has been held at Catholic schools throughout the country since 1974.
Schools observe the event with masses, open houses and activities for students, families, parishioners and community members.

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Legislators, organizations worry about state funding

WINSTED —  The Northwest Hills Council of Governments, in conjunction with the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, held a legislative breakfast meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
The event was held at Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s Draper Conference Center.

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Gun prank backfires

WINSTED —  A Winsted resident and a Harwinton resident were arrested and charged after a weapons incident on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
According to a press release fromWinchester Police Department Chief William Fitzgerald, on Jan. 25 at 11:54 p.m., the department received a report of a person in a black vehicle brandishing a gun out the window in the parking lot of McDonald’s located at 15 South Main Street.
Fitzgerald wrote that the vehicle left the parking lot and was heading east on South Main Street.

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Blood drive at Ambulance Association

WINSTED — The Winsted Area Ambulance Association hosted a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Friday, Jan. 20.

The Red Cross holds blood drives at the association’s headquarters at 655 Main St. on a regular basis.

Several members of the Ambulance Association were on hand for the event as well as six phlebotomists from the Red Cross.

Geography whizzes quizzed

WINSTED —  St. Anthony’s School held its annual National Geographic Geography Bee on Monday, Jan. 23.
Two students from fifth and sixth grade as well as three from seventh and eighth grades competed during three rounds of questions.
The winner of the contest will continue to the state competition with the chance to compete at the national level.

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Bubbles and Truffles next week

WINSTED —  The eleventh annual Bubbles and Truffles event is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 406 Main Street, the former site of Kathy’s Cupboard.
The snow date is Saturday, Feb. 4, at the same times.

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