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Closings for March 21

Mar 21, 2018

Due to inclement weather, the following are closed/canceled today:

  • All City of Winchester local government administrative offices
  • Jim Barnett Park Recreation Center
  • WinTran (public transit buses will not be running)
  • All refuse, recycling and yard waste collection services
  • Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center

Fire Marshal reminds the public to change clocks, change smoke detector batteries

Mar 07, 2018

Daylight Savings Time begins March 11, and Winchester Fire and Rescue (WFRD) reminds community members to replace the batteries in each smoke detector in their home when they change their clocks.

The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms is missing or worn batteries. Ensuring that your smoke alarm is in working order is one way to reduce the number of home fire fatalities and reap the benefits the devices were designed to provide. 

City Manager declares State of Emergency

Mar 02, 2018

City Manager Eden Freeman has declared a State of Emergency for the city following a statewide declaration by Governor Northam at 5:28 pm today. 

"Given the amount of damage to City property, the number of downed trees and limbs, and potential impacts to residents for damage on their property, I declared a state of emergency for the City at 6:45 pm,” stated Ms. Freeman. "This will allow us to be eligible for federal and state aid should the damage threshold be reached for the state.” 

City’s new lower ratings could help lower insurance premiums

Feb 14, 2018

The City’s ratings by the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) have improved in two areas: Public Protection Classification (PPC) and Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS). Low ratings show insurance companies that the City invests in and takes care of its community which has the potential to reduce premiums for fire and property insurance.

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at the Old Town Celtic Festival

Feb 14, 2018

Celebrate the community’s Irish and Scottish heritage at the third annual Old Town St. Paddy’s Celtic Festival on Saturday, March 10 from noon to 8:00 pm. This festival is free and activities will take place inside Old Town businesses and along the Loudoun Street Mall (weather permitting).