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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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Gilbert and Connecticut Department of Education Contract negotiations at impasse

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WINSTED —  Negotiations for a contract between the state’s Department of Education and The Gilbert School are at a standstill, according to Gilbert School Superintendent Anthony Serio.

The last contract between the school district expired on June 30, 2015.

Gilbert representatives negotiated with members of the Winchester School District, including the Board of Education, before the last contract expired.

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Continued delays in Capitol Products foreclosure case

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WINSTED —  A pretrial conference in the town’s foreclosure case against former Selectman Michael Renzullo was delayed for a second time and is currently listed as being rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26.

However, as of press time the status of the pretrial conference is listed as being “off” on the state’s court website.

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Gilbert, NWR7 combined football team celebrate championship

WINSTED —  With a packed house of The Gilbert School and Northwestern Regional High School students at the Gilbert gym on Friday, Jan. 13, for a basketball doubleheader, both athletic communities took a step back from their rivalry to honor a shared accomplishment in another sport.

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Town attorney: Commission controls water and sewer rates

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WINSTED — After questions were posed about water and sewer rate increases at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3, Town Attorney Kevin Nelligan has ruled that the town’s Water and Sewer commission has sole control of any rate increases.

The commission approved rate increases for customers at its meeting in December: a water rate increase of $10 per quarter, a 4 percent increase in the usage charge in the sewer department’s 2016-2017 fiscal year and a $10 capital recovery fee on each household.

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Three cars involved in Main Street accident

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WINSTED — Three cars were heavily damaged in an accident on Thursday, Jan. 5, on Main Street.
The accident, which involved three vehicles, took place at 2:30 p.m. on Main Street near Case Avenue.
According to the police report by Officer Daniel Pietrafesa, the accident occurred when resident William Russo, 90, was driving his car onto the shoulder of a westbound lane on Main Street to park his car.

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Celebration and ceremony at Boar’s Head Festival

WINSTED — Despite harsh winter weather conditions on Saturday, Jan. 7, and Sunday, Jan. 8, the show went on for the 27th annual Boar’s Head Festival at the First Church of Winsted. 
For many, the festival represents a family tradition and the proper end to the Christmas season.
According to organizers, the Jan. 8 performance was the more attended as a packed house came out to enjoy Christmas caroling, live animals, a Scottish sword dancer and handcrafted period costumes during an interactive performance.

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Berkshire Country Store opens

NORFOLK — The Berkshire Country Store, located at 6 Station Place, opened its doors in Norfolk during the first week of January.
Store owner Ryan Craig said that patrons have been coming in for everything from breakfast burritos to gallons of milk and paper towels.
This is the first time in almost two years that a general store has operated in Norfolk.
For many years a general store had operated at 2 Station Place, including the Norfolk Corner Store, which was open from February 2012 to September 2014.

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2016: A year of awards, progress and celebrations

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The first part of the 2016 Year in Review appeared in last week’s Winsted Journal. Look for it online at www.tricornernews.com.

 

July

The Barkhamsted Lions Club held its 65th annual Independence Day Parade on July 4. Hundreds of people attended the event; participants included local organizations, such as the Barkhamsted Historical Society and the Barkhamsted Youth Baseball League, and various politicians and town employees.

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State settles case with Winsted superintendent

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WINSTED —  As this issue of The Winsted Journal was going to press, the state Department of Education announced it has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by Superintendent of Schools Anne Watson.
Watson was hired by the Board of Education in July 2014 and given a three-year contract with the district.
In August 2015, Watson was placed on administrative leave by now-former Winchester School District Receiver Robert Travaglini.

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Town manager meets with seniors

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WINSTED —  Fourteen members of the Winsted Senior Center attended a discussion with Town Manager Robert Geiger on Thursday, Jan. 5.
The discussion was held at the center and included a wide range of topics and questions asked by residents.
Senior Center Director Jennifer Kelley said that she invited Geiger to speak to seniors and that other town officials will  speak at the center in the future.

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