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WINSTED — Although Veterans Day, officially, was on Saturday, Nov. 11, there were several events honoring military veterans in Winsted during the week.  

On Friday, Nov. 10, veterans  were honored at assemblies at Batcheller Early Education Center, Pearson Middle School, Northwestern Regional School District and The Gilbert School.

On Nov. 11, a ceremony was held at Forest View Cemetery, where veterans from the Civil War to modern times are buried.

The ceremony was held at the veterans memorial in the cemetery and included a gun salute and the...

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Hurley named Gilbert Teacher of the Year

WINSTED —  At a ceremony held at The Gilbert School’s auditorium on Tuesday, June 13, English teacher Maura Hurley was named the school’s teacher of the year. 
“Four years ago [the Gilbert School faculty and staff] decided to bring in something that is, I think, absolutely necessary, which is the celebration of our teachers,” Principal Alan Strauss said to introduce Hurley.

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Fun times at Laurel Festival

WINSTED —  A new Laurel King and Queen were crowned during the 83rd annual Laurel Festival, which was held on Friday, June 9, and Sunday, June 11.
The town tradition dates back to 1934.
While a Laurel Queen has always been crowned at the end of each festival, the crowning of a Laurel King started last year.
This year, eight girls and two boys competed against each other for the crowns.
The festival started on June 9 at the Crystal Peak Ballroom with the traditional Laurel Ball.

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Gilbert incident still under investigation

WINSTED —  As of press time, an incident involving students at The Gilbert School is still under investigation by the Winchester Police Department.
According to a press release issued by Police Chief William Fitzgerald, the incident took place on Wednesday, June 7.
In the press release, Fitzgerald wrote that the incident involved a report of tainted homemade cupcakes that were distributed throughout the school.

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Selectmen review fiscal 2015–2016 audit

WINSTED —  The Board of Selectmen, along with Finance Director Bruce Stratford and Town Auditor Chris King of King, King and Associates, discussed details of the recently issued town audit of fiscal 2015–2016 during the board’s meeting on Monday, June 5.
After delays and several requests for extensions with the state, the audit was issued on Feb. 24.
According to the audit, the town’s balance for the General Fund line item was $6,174,511.

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Break-in at Auxiliary Thrift Shop

WINSTED —  Items were stolen and property damage was reported at a break-in has been reported at The Auxiliary Thrift Shop on  120 Willow St.
According to organization president Milly Hudak, the break-in took place during the evening of Friday, June 9.
The Auxiliary is a nonprofit organization that was founded over 100 years ago to offer financial aid to community health programs.
All items purchased and donated to The Auxiliary Thrift Shop help to support health related programs in and around Winsted. 

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Police participate in Torch Run

WINSTED —  Members of the Winchester Police Department participated in the state’s Special Olympics Torch Run event on Thursday, June 8.
The Torch Run was held from Wednesday, June 7, to Friday, June 9.
The Torch Run was the lead-up to Special Olympics’ annual Summer Games event which was held both at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden from Friday, June 9, to Sunday, June 11.

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Stop & Shop donates to Salvation Army

WINSTED —  Stop & Shop at Ledgebrook Plaza made a donation to the local branch of the Salvation Army on May 18.
At the check presentation, Winsted store manager Claudia Bunker along with Granby store manager Christine Willett presented $1,900 to the charity in order for 50 local children to attend Camp Connri in Ashford.

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Organization takes veterans fishing

WINSTED —  The Take a Vet Fishing organization held an event at the Northwestern Connecticut Sportsman’s Association club on Saturday, May 27.
Veterans were treated to a day fishing at the club’s pond, which was stocked with fish for the occasion.
The organization transported veterans to the event and also provided fishing equipment and food for free.
Jeff Arnson, a volunteer, said it started in 2007 with a group from the First Congregational Church of Branford.

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Ferrante honored by Elks Lodge

WINSTED —  A dinner honoring longtime Elks Lodge member Vincent Ferrante was held on Saturday, May 20.
According to co-organizer and Elks member Gary Peterson, Ferrante was honored for his years of volunteer work not just for the lodge but also for the town.

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Students learn about careers at annual Gilbert School fair

WINSTED —  The Gilbert School held its annual job fair at its gymnasium on Thursday, June 1.
One of the co-organizers was school Counselor Kaitlin Gillard.

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