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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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Northwestern Regional releases honor roll

WINSTED — The following students have been named to the Northwestern Regional High School honor roll for the first quarter:

Grade 12 

Academic Excellence 

Renee Bosse, Callie Crowston-Hickey, Brenna FitzGerald, Angela Richard, Austen Royer, Skylar Runowicz, Jessica Simon, Kristin Smith, Karen Traub, Alexa Urmaza and Clare Wieduwilt. 

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No arrests following report of shots

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WINSTED — Although a week had gone by already, no one had yet been arrested by Jan. 25 (when The Winsted Journal went to press for this week) following the shooting of a 37-year-old Winsted man on Thursday, Jan. 19.
The Winchester Police Department received a call Jan. 19 at about 10:27 p.m. reporting a gunshot wound to a man in the first floor apartment at 20 Rock St., according to a press release issued by Winchester Police Chief William Fitzgerald.

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Lambert Kay ‘fully remediated’

WINSTED —  The Lambert Kay site at 32 Lake St. has been fully remediated, according to Town Planner Steven Sadlowski.

Sadlowski talked about the status of the site during the Planning and Zoning Commission’s meeting on Monday, Jan. 23.

Work on the remediation of the property started in July 2014 when the state awarded the town $500,000 from the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) to assist with costs of redeveloping the property.

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Economic development report issued

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WINSTED —  In December, the Economic Development Commission and the town’s Planning Office held their Envision Winchester planning meeting at Town Hall.

More than 70 residents attended the meeting, which was used to develop ideas for a new town plan and a plan for Main Street, including priorities that the town would work on in the downtown area.

The meeting was led by Michael Gorman, principal with Gorman and York of East Hartford.

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Elks donate to Salvation Army

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WINSTED —  The Winsted Elks Lodge donated $1,000 to the Salvation Army’s food bank on Thursday, Jan. 12.
The organization operates the food pantry at its office at 716 Main St.
According to Elks Lodge Secretary Beverly Balzarin, the funds are part of the Elks National Foundation grants which are given to local organizations throughout the country.

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Gilbert student performs in musical

COLLINSVILLE —   Gilbert school student Nicholaus Komons will be performing in The Farmington Valley Stage Company’s first musical review, “RAW,” on Friday, Jan. 20, and Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Canton Town Hall auditorium. 
The musical review is compiled and directed by Winsted resident Diana Waller. 

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NCCC prepares for spring

WINSTED —  Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) hosted its Registration Blitz event for its spring semester on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Greenwoods Hall.
The semester started on Thursday, Jan. 19.
According to organizers, despite inclement weather plenty of students turned out to enroll in classes. 
“It’s been busy today,” said registrar Debbie Zavatkay. “We’ve had at least 25 students come through already which is above average.” 

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It was all things New Age at Whiting Mills vendor fair

WINSTED — Whether you want to reinvigorate your chakras with a reiki massage, communicate with a pet or just browse some natural jewelry, art and crafts, the Blue Waters New Age Fair had something for everyone.
The event was held at the Whiting Mills artist studios building on Sunday, Jan. 15.
Co-organizers and local new age practitioners John Marinelli and Ann Gadwah brought an eclectic collection of vendors for the fair.

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Gilbert students learn about volunteerism

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WINSTED —  Members of Gilbert School’s junior varsity and varsity basketball teams helped to clean up 406 Main St. on Saturday, Jan. 14.
The location, which was formerly Kathy’s Cupboard, will this year be the location for the 11th annual Bubbles and Truffles event, which is organized by local organization Friends of Main Street.
For several years the event was held at the Whiting Mills artist studios building.

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State settles Winsted superintendent lawsuit

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WINSTED — The state’s Department of Education has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by Superintendent of Schools Anne Watson.

Watson filed the lawsuit against the Board of Education in Superior Court in Hartford on Aug. 19, 2015.

She was suspended on Aug. 17, 2015, by former Winchester School District Receiver Robert Travaglini.

History and background

Watson was hired by the Board of Education in July 2014 and given a three-year contract with the district.

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