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WINSTED — The Winsted Senior Center has purchased a new van, with help from a grant from the Department of Transportation.

The state paid for 80 percent of the $55,000 purchase price of the new Ford TranStar van; the town paid the remaining 20 percent.

Winsted Senior Center Director Jennifer Kelley said that the two vans the center owns are no longer reliable.  

“We needed something we could depend on,” she said.

The van is used to take Winsted residents who are 55 and older, and residents who have disabilities, to medical appointments...

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New developments in lawsuit against P&Z

WINSTED —  Community Health and Wellness of Greater Torrington’s (CHWC’s) lawsuit against the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission continues in Litchfield Court.
The suit was filed at the Superior Court of Litchfield on Thursday, April 27.
The lawsuit is over the commission’s decision to deny CHWC a special permit application to convert the Winsted Super Saver IGA building on 372 Main St. into a medical clinic.

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Berry good time at Grange

WINCHESTER CENTER —  Winchester Grange hosted its annual Strawberry Festival on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18.
According to organizers, some 320 cartons of strawberries were brought to the grange on Friday, June 16, for hulling to make strawberry shortcakes. 
Until this year, the strawberries had been provided by the Winsted Super Saver IGA. This year, the strawberries were donated by Marandino’s in New Hartford. 

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Peace poster contest winners named

WINSTED —  The Winsted Area Peace Action Group  held its seventh annual Peace Poster Project awards ceremony at the Northwestern Connecticut Community College Library on Wednesday, June 14.
The library’s Draper Conference Center was packed with 179 colorful entries under the theme “Peace, My Responsibility: What Can I Do for Peace?”
According to organizers, there were 47 entries during the first year the Peace Poster Project was held in 2011.

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Lambert Kay proposal moves to town meeting

WINSTED — The Board of Selectmen has scheduled a special town meeting for residents to vote on the proposed sale of the former Lambert Kay property on 32 Lake St. for Thursday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
The scheduled town meeting follows rules set out in the town’s charter that any sale of town-owned property must be approved by residents at a town meeting.

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Gilbert contract approved

WINSTED —  After almost two years of operating without a contract with the Winchester School District, the Gilbert School Corporation approved a contract during a board meeting at the school on Tuesday, June 20.
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.
In August 2015, the State Department of Education took receivership of the Winchester School District.

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Town comes out for 83rd annual Laurel Festival

WINSTED —  Hundreds of residents attended this year’s Laurel Festival, which included the annual Laurel Ball held at the Crystal Peak Ballroom on Friday, June 9, and the Laurel Parade on Sunday, June 11.
At the end of the parade, during the Laurel King and Laurel Queen coronation ceremony, members of the Laurel Commission announced award winners.
Best parade car: Anhthy Pham.
Best use of Laurel in a parade float: Stephanie Blass.

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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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