Tourism was again an important contributor to the local economy in 2016 according to data released by the United States Travel Association. Tourism revenue for the combined Winchester-Frederick area reached $248.4 million, a 3.9 percent increase over 2015.
The Voter Participation Center (VPC) is sending Voter Registration Applications to citizens throughout the state. In the City of Winchester, approximately 1,958 residents will receive the VPC mailing, scheduled to reach households September 5-9, 2017.
The Voter Participation Center is NOT a government agency. VPC is a completely independent organization that has no affiliation with the State Board of Elections, Virginia Department of Elections, or local Voter Registration office in Virginia.
The Winchester Police Department has noticed a marked increase in reports of phone scams.
Many reports have involved victims that were coerced into sending scammers money via gift cards, debit cards, credit cards, or wire transfers under the pretense that they would be arrested for failing to do so. This scam is commonly used by individuals claiming to be part of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), but reports of scammers using other organizations have also been reported.
On Friday, September 1 at 3:00 pm, the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will officially open the “Becoming Patsy Cline” exhibit at the Visitor Center with a Top of Virginia Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting.
“Becoming Patsy Cline” was organized by the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) in partnership with Celebrating Patsy Cline, Inc. The exhibit at the Visitors Center is a condensed version of the popular exhibit of the same name that opened at the MSV four years ago this week.
The City of Winchester will operate on the following schedule the week of September 4, 2017 in observance of the Labor Day holiday:
During its August 8, 2017 meeting, City Council unanimously confirmed the appointment of John R. Piper as the City’s new police chief. Piper was selected by Winchester City Manager Eden Freeman to head the Police Department following an extensive search resulting in 86 applications from candidates spanning 25 states. Five finalists were selected who then participated in a rigorous interview process involving representatives of the community, outside law enforcement and management experts, and senior City staff. Mr.
Farmers play a key role in Winchester and communities across Virginia. To say “Thank You” to the individuals and families that support area farmers by shopping locally at the Old Town Farmers Market, a Customer Appreciation Day will be held on Saturday, August 12 for Virginia Farmers’ Market Week. On this special day, the market will offer day full of exciting activities, giveaways, shopping specials, live music, and more from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.
The City of Winchester utilizes GIS maps for a variety of tasks, projects and planning activities and provides several interactive maps online for the public to use. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) combines geography and information to create highly functional maps and data which can be used to visualize, analyze, and interpret data. GIS can also be used for animated worlds like the one in Disney’s "Zootopia", which won an Academy Award last year for Best Animated Feature.
Don’t miss the final 2017 Friday Night Live, Old Town Winchester’s summer block party, on Friday, August 18th. This popular event series, now in its fifth year, is the perfect opportunity to meet up with friends, shop, dine, and enjoy great live music, street performers, and artisans. August’s Friday Night Live event features the return of Thom Shepherd and Coley McCabe performing at the Taylor Pavilion.
The Winchester Police Department (WPD) is now accepting applications for the 21st annual Citizen Police Academy (free) to be held one evening per week from September 19 to November 21 (6:00-9:00 pm).