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Voters pass budget first time around

WINSTED — Residents approved the proposed budget for fiscal 2017-2018 at the annual budget referendum on Saturday, May 28, at Pearson Middle School.
This is the fifth year in a row that residents approved a proposed fiscal budget on the first try.
The budget, as proposed in March by Town Manager Robert Geiger, totals $33,438,506.
The budget is an increase of $337,332 from the town’s fiscal 2016-2017 budget of $33,101,174.
The mill rate remains the same as last year at 33.7.
The final vote tally was 511-53.

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Ice cream social cools down town

WINSTED —  A particularly hot week made the rescheduled townwide ice cream social that much sweeter when it took place at East End Park on Friday, May 19.
The event originally was scheduled for Saturday, May 13, but was rained out.
Winsted won the opportunity to treat residents to ice cream after a tremendous response and participation in Northwest Hills Council of Government’s [NWCOG] online resident’s survey during the winter.

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Fun and festivity at the 81st annual Pet Parade

WINSTED —  The following are the award winners from the 81st annual Pet Parade, which was held on Saturday, May 20. The awards were given out by organizers from the Torrington-Winsted Area Rotary Club. This list was provided by event co-organizer Sarah Dziedzic. 
 
Small Floats and Wagons
First place: “Police and Jailbirds,” Brianna Ortiz, Christina Thompson, Jaden Ortiz and Adriana Thompson
Second place: “Doggie in the Window,” Emma Percoski and Lizzie Desanti

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Fun for all at annual Pet Parade

WINSTED —  The 81st annual Pet Parade was held on Saturday, May 20.
Hundreds of people lined up to watch the parade, which started at the beginning of Main Street and ended at East End Park.
The event featured floats from various community organizations, including St. Anthony School, The Gilbert School, The Beardsley and Memorial Library, marching bands from both Gilbert High School and Northwestern Regional Middle School and fire trucks from the Winsted Fire Department.

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St. Anthony principal to retire

WINSTED —  St. Anthony School has announced that Principal Patricia Devanney will be retiring at the end of this school year.
School representatives made the announcement on Friday, May 12, after a crowning ceremony at St. Joseph Church.
After the ceremony, students hosted a grandparents’ tea in each classroom where Devanney’s replacement, Louis Howe, met with parents.
Devanney has spent the past 15 years as St. Anthony School’s principal.

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Budget referendum this Saturday

WINSTED —  The town’s annual budget referendum will be held this Saturday, May 27, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Pearson Middle School at 2 Wetmore Ave.
The budget, as proposed in March by Town Manager Robert Geiger, totals $33,438,506.
The proposed budget is an increase of $337,332 from the town’s fiscal 2016–2017 budget of $33,101,174.
If passed, the mill rate will remain the same as last year at 33.7.

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Police, residents honored at second annual ceremony

WINSTED —  The Winchester Police Department held its second annual awards ceremony on Thursday, May 18, at Town Hall.
The awards were determined by an Awards Committee made up of town residents, members of the Board of Selectmen, town employees and members of the department.
The goal of the awards was to review officers’ performance during the past year and to give out awards to 14 police officers in several different categories.
Additionally, 14 civilians were given Civilian Recognition awards.

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Man injured, property destroyed in fire

WINSTED —  A Torrington man was hurt in a fire that destroyed a single-family house on Monday, May 22.
According to Winsted Fire Department Chief David Sartirana, the fire took place around 5 p.m. at 334 Norwood Rd.
“The property is on a dirt road, and it was hard to find,” Sartirana said. “When the department got there, the structure was fully involved in the fire. It was already burned to the ground.”

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AMP celebrates construction progress

WINSTED — The American Mural Project (AMP) held a party celebrating the project’s progress on Friday, May 5.
The party was originally scheduled to be held at AMP’s site but was moved to the Whiting Mills Studios building due to the weather. 
Most of the project’s key players were in attendance including founder Ellen Griesedieck, Mayor Candy Perez, sponsors and AMP board members. 

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Pet Parade this Saturday

WINSTED —  The 81st annual Pet Parade, a town tradition that has spanned decades, will be held on Saturday, May 20.
The event will start, rain or shine, at 2 p.m. on Main Street.
This year’s parade will include 12 divisions: wagons, famous people, animated characters, rollerblades and skateboards, horses and ponies, and floats.
In the past, pets have included dogs, cats, birds, turtles, cows, pigs, sheep, rabbits, chickens and frogs. 

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