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Vote yes on water and sewer issue

10-25-13 Vote yes on water and sewer issue The town financial crisis continues. A large part of the crisis is the $3.2 million owed to the town by the Water and Sewer Commission. Members of the commission trusted the former finance director who used the Water and Sewer account to cover his tricky accounting of the town books.   It is alleged that Henry Centrella was able to use Water and Sewer to cover ...

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Differences between the local parties

10-11-13 Differences between the local parties   It’s a wild election season. The Republican ticket is headed by a former selectman who voted with the Republicans to underfund education but now says she supports education. This same former selectman also voted with the Republicans on a measure that helped undermine the town’s fund balance. Both actions made the town more vulnerable and less financially ...

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Civic education makes good citizens

Civic education makes good citizens Thu, 08/29/2013 By Selena West In response to discouraging test scores in civics among 12th-graders, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) asked a group of more than 4,000 young people, ages 18 to 24, general knowledge questions about the political process, their civic education backgrounds and specific issues about the 2012 Ele ...

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Town Garden is Winsted’s hidden gem

Town Garden is Winsted’s hidden gem Fri, 08/23/2013 - 9:15am By Sage Hahn The Winsted community garden on Wallens Hill is a special place for green-thumbed residents. Photo by Anita Garnett Special to The Winsted Journal WINSTED — Above the buzz of Main Street at the top of Wallens Hill lies a hidden Winsted gem. The Wallens Hill Town Garden is beautiful: blooming with fresh vegetables, bustling with dedica ...

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What’s a GMO? Just label it

May 10, 2013 By Charlene LaVoie Finally — growing mainstream criticism of Monsanto’s so-called science of genetically engineered food. For the past 20 years, independent researchers, farmers and consumers have criticized Monsanto science. Now the New York Times is joining the chorus. Mark Bittman, food columnist for the Times, dismantles the genetically modified organism (GMO) science in his April 2 column, ...

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Recognizing Law Day

April 3, 2013 By Charlene LaVoie In 1958, the American Bar Association proposed that May 1 be designated as Law Day as the peaceful answer to the traditional May Day military displays in Communist countries, particularly the former Soviet Union. President Eisenhower agreed and thus, the Law Day tradition was born. In 1961, a Congressional resolution pronounced Law Day as a way for Americans to celebrate “a ...

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Connecting the dots

Fri, 04/05/2013 By Charlene LaVoie An angry citizen at the Water & Sewer Commission meeting last week made a pointed comment. “Where are the checks and balances?” From this question comes the answer to how we got into this financial mess and how to get out of it. Here’s the first dot. The Board of Selectmen acted as the Winsted Water Board for over 130 years. In 1998, a change to the charter shifted the ...

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