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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...

Winsted

Selectmen approve strategic plan

WINSTED —  After a series of meetings throughout the year to develop a strategic plan for the town, the Board of Selectmen approved the plan at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 5.

Originally, the board approved a schedule for developing the plan in November 2015.

Meetings to develop the plan were held throughout 2016, and some of the meetings were facilitated by Stacy Litke.

Litke was a member of the town’s Economic Development Commission, but moved out of town earlier this year.

Plan development

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Snow going in Winsted

The first substantial snowstorm of the year took place on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 17. While weather forecasters originally called for five to eight inches of snow, a total of one foot of snow fell from the sky. Driving on roads throughout town, including Main Street, was treacherous until early afternoon, when the snow stopped. Scheduled events, including a Christmas farmers market, were cancelled. The next day, most of the snow melted as temperatures reached into the 50s. The first day of winter was officially on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

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Veterans honored at cemetery ceremony

WINSTED —  A snowstorm did not keep 25 residents from taking part in a wreath laying ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Forest View Cemetery.
The ceremony, which was organized by the local Brooks-Green Woods Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, coincided with the national Wreaths Across America event.
According to the event’s national website at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org, the Winsted event was one of over 1,100 wreath laying ceremonies held nationwide.

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Town looking to hire grant writer, facilitator

WINSTED — At its meeting on Monday, Dec. 19, the Board of Selectmen approved a motion for the town to hire a grant writer and an economic development facilitator.
Funding for both positions will be taken out of the Economic Development Consultant line item of the fiscal 2016-2017 budget, which has been funded at $45,000.
In fiscal 2015-2016, the town developed the line item and hired Connected to Connecticut owner Craig Stevenson as its economic consultant.
Stevenson’s contract with the town expired on June 30 and was not renewed.

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Commission approves new water rates

WINSTED —  At its Tuesday, Dec. 13 meeting, the Water and Sewer Commission approved a rate increase for the town’s water and sewer customers.

At the meeting, a public hearing was held for residents to discuss the rate increase.

Swell’s Car Wash owner Bill Lamoin, along with residents Alan DiCara and David LaPointe, all expressed concern with the rate increase.

After the hearing was closed, the commission approved a water rate increase of $10 per quarter.

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Winchester Police Department holds annual toy drive

WINSTED — The Winchester Police Department held its annual toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Officers from the department were stationed at both the CVS store at 47 Main St. and the TD Bank in Ledgebrook Plaza throughout the day.
At the CVS location, shoppers stopped to greet Sergeant Robert Varasconi and Officer Daniel Pietrafesa, who were just two of the many volunteers from the department accepting donations.They packed a department police cruiser with donated toys.

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Birth Notices

Rhys Evin Mesa De La Cruz

A son, Rhys Evin Mesa De La Cruz, was born Nov. 29, 2016 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Yokasia De La Cruz Bueno and Luis Elvin Mesa Perez of Winsted.

Grandparents are Yolanda Bueno and Nicholas De La Cruz of Alaska.

Great grandparents are Arelis Perez and Alsenio Taesa of the Dominican Republic.

Tyson Edwin Reynolds

A son, Tyson Edwin Reynolds, was born Dec. 6, 2016 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Aubrey (Inman) and Kyle Reynolds of Torrington.

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Community involved with Christmas tree display

WINSTED — Throughout this month, The Winsted Journal’s front window space at 396 Main St. has included a display of Christmas trees designed by local organizations, including the Winsted Fire Department, Boy Scout Pack 1027, The Laurel Commission, the Highland Lake Watershed Association, the American Mural Project and Friends of Main Street.
The idea for the display came from Lara Green-Kazlauskas, who previously designed the newspaper’s 20th-anniversary window display.

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Fire department awards scholarships

WINSTED —  Three area students were awarded scholarships from the Winsted Fire Department at an awards dinner on Thursday, Dec. 8. 
The ceremony was held at the fire house on Prospect Street, and members of the department attended.
The scholarships were given in memory of Robert “Corky” Corso, who died in August 1988 in a motorcycle accident. Corso was a member of Engine One. The department established a scholarship in his name in 1989.

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Gilbert School music teacher wins regional award

WINSTED — Gilbert School music teacher and choral director Adam Atkins was recently given the Local Hero Award by the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The award recognizes Atkins’ excellence in education and community service. 

Atkins is one of only six recipients of the award in the Connecticut and Massachusetts area.

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