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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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Happy New Year!

Averi Spencer, 4, and her mother, Erica Souza, attended the Beardsley and Memorial Library’s children’s New Year’s Eve event on Friday, Dec. 30. The event was held one day before New Year’s Eve so children would not have to stay up late to celebrate the coming of 2017. For the full story, visit Library celebrates New Year's Eve a day early.

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Library celebrates New Year’s Eve a day early

WINSTED — The Beardsley and Memorial Library hosted its first early New Year’s Eve party for children in their Children’s Room on Friday, Dec. 30.
At the event, families came to enjoy crafts, create cards, hats, noisemakers and cookies. 
Siblings Clover Gangi, 7, and Tobin Gangi, 8, said that they go to the library regularly. 
The two had fun creating a Chinese New Year’s Dragon.
“They’re super cute,” Clover said. 

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Residents, students in holiday spirit of giving

WINSTED — Right up to the very end of the Christmas holiday season, both adults and children were in the spirit of giving.
On Thursday, Dec. 22, staff and students from the Highlander Transition Academy donated items to the Open Door Soup Kitchen’s Christmas meal.
“We volunteer here three times a week, and we like to give back to the community,” staff member Bobby Kiejko said. “We always find a way of doing so.”
During the fall and winter months, students raised funds to purchase the food items.

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Author talks about building cultural bridges

WINSTED — The Winsted Community Bookstore on 414 Main St. hosted a discussion with children’s author Christine Ieronimo on Sunday, Dec. 17.
Ieronimo travels to local schools to educate children about the importance of water and how water connects people all around the world. 
Her book, “A Thirst For Home: A Story of Water Across the World,” illustrates some background into her journey in adopting her Ethiopian daughter.

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Police still on the lookout for XtraMart burglar

WINSTED — The Winchester Police Department is still on the lookout for suspects in a burglary that took place on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the XtraMart store located on 102 Colebrook River Road.
According to a press release issued by Chief William Fitzgerald, the department received a call at 4:04 a.m. for a report of a possible burglary in progress.
Fitzgerald wrote that when police officers arrived on the scene a building search was conducted. No one was found inside the building.

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Water and sewer rate increases questioned

WINSTED — Members of the Board of Selectmen and residents questioned previously approved water and sewer rate increases at the board’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

The town’s Water and Sewer Commission approved rate increases for customers at its meeting on Dec. 13.

At the commission’s meeting, members approved a water rate increase of $10 per quarter.

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NCCC students’ photographs on display at DMV

WINSTED — Photographs by two Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) students are on display at the Department of Motor Vehicles satellite office located at 151 Torrington Road. 
The featured photographers, Hope Wilson and Linda Rosenbeck, are students in art professor Sue Berg’s Independent Studies of Photography class.

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Capitol Products foreclosure case rescheduled

WINSTED — A pretrial conference in the town’s foreclosure case against Michael Renzullo has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Litchfield Superior Court at 9 a.m.
The pretrial conference in the case was originally scheduled for Dec. 8. On that day, Renzullo’s attorney and father, Patsy Renzullo, filed a request with the court that the pretrial conference be delayed by 30 days “to accommodate settlement discussions.”

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Elks Lodge supports veterans group home

WINSTED —  Members of the Winsted Elks Lodge spent their time on Sunday, Dec. 18 filling Christmas stockings for veterans in need.
Elks Club secretary Beverly Balzarin and member Susan Koloski filled the stockings with items that were donated to a veterans home operated by the McCall Foundation at 231 North Main St.
Members of the club donated the items, including razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream and socks.

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Senior Center hosts informational veterans luncheon

WINSTED —  On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the Winsted Senior Center hosted a two-hour luncheon and presentation on federal disability benefits for veterans and dependents.
The presentation was led by state Veterans Services officer Peter DiMaria.
DiMaria is responsible for submitting federal disability benefits claims for veterans to the state.
According to DiMaria, the goal of the presentation was to teach and inform veterans of all ages about federal programs and benefits that are available to them and how they can apply to receive them.

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