The Winchester Police Department will host its inaugural Color with a Cop event on November 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 at the Chick-fil-A on Pleasant Valley Road, and at the Apple Blossom Mall food court from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Throughout the city, residents will have the opportunity to take part in Halloween celebrations for all ages. Enjoy the festivities, but remember to always take the time to be safe.
The Winchester Police Department and the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department will once again host the Public Safety Trunk-or-Treat on Monday, October 30 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Shawnee Fire Department, located at 2110 Valor Drive. Bring your children to check out the fire truck and police cruiser displays, have their faces painted, meet McGruff the Crime Dog, win prizes, and stock up on candy.
The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department will host an open house at the Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company, located at 2210 Valor Drive in Winchester, on October 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in observance of National Fire Prevention Week.
Does your family have a plan and know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds?
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Do you and your family know what do you do? Not having a plan in place could jeopardize your safety, or even be deadly. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.
The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department responded to a structure fire at a townhouse in the 2900 block of Sorrell Court this morning, extinguishing its flames within ten minutes.
The call came in at approximately 10:43 a.m., with all four Winchester stations responding to the blaze by 10:48 a.m. Upon arrival to the scene, firefighters observed heavy smoke coming from the front of the house and large flames swallowing the back of the house. No residents were in the townhouse at the time, and one pet was successfully rescued from the scene.
The area has experienced an extended period of dry conditions over the past month which has resulted in relatively low flows in the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, where the City draws its water supply. Since the weather forecast shows no signs of significant precipitation in the foreseeable future, City Manager Eden Freeman has issued a Drought Watch in accordance with the City’s Drought Response Plan.
There are three stages of the Drought Response Plan:
The Winchester Parking Authority in partnership with Parkmobile, LLC has implemented a program that allows customers to use their mobile devices to pay for parking at downtown meters. This new service is now available at all coin meters on-street and in parking lots throughout Winchester (approximately 568 metered parking spaces).
A taste of Germany is returning to Old Town Winchester October 13-14 with the fifth annual Oktoberfest. Attendees will sample Bavarian-inspired food, beer, and wine while experiencing music and entertainment reminiscent of the world famous Oktoberfest in Germany.
“This event keeps growing in popularity,” states Jennifer Bell, the City’s Downtown Manager. “Due to that popularity, we strive to continue evolving the event and expanding.”
The City of Winchester will host a “Meet the Chief” Open House event on Wednesday, September 20 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. to introduce the newly appointed police chief, John R. Piper. The event is open to the public and will be held at the Active Living Center of Jim Barnett Park, located at 1001 East Cork Street in Winchester.
Chief Piper began his duties in Winchester on Friday, September 1 after being sworn in by the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
Area dogs and their families are invited to the third annual All Paws on Deck Canine Swim at the Outdoor Pool in Jim Barnett Park on Sunday September 17 from 4:00-6:00 pm. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts.
Dogs will be allowed to take a dip in the Olympic-size pool and the adjacent wading pool. The event is only $2 per dog but proof of rabies vaccination is required for admittance (free for dog park members). Additional monetary and dog food donations will also be accepted and will be donated to the relief efforts.