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Winchester Fire & Rescue to conduct smoke alarm canvass in Linden Drive area

May 29, 2018

The Winchester Fire & Rescue Department (WFRD) will conduct a working smoke alarm canvass in the Linden Drive area of the city during the evening of May 29, 2018.

During its canvass, the WFRD will be hanging informational doorhangers, supplying and installing new batteries for existing smoke alarms, and providing new smoke alarms to residents who are in need of properly functioning equipment. 

New Hands-Only CPR training tour is coming to where you are

May 25, 2018

Over 350,000 Americans fall victim to cardiac arrest every year and administering CPR (even just hands-only CPR) can help keep these victims alive until paramedics arrive, drastically increasing their chances of recovery. The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) is dedicating the month of June to bringing CPR to where residents are with the goal of training as many people as possible. Cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, so be prepared to help by learning the easy CPR technique of using only your hands.

Fifth annual KidzFest returns to Old Town May 19th

May 15, 2018

Old Town Winchester’s popular KidzFest returns Saturday, May 19. This free, family-friendly event to be held on the Loudoun Street Mall from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, features over 50 exhibits highlighting education, art, music, sports and more.

Old Town Farmers Market announces the opening day festivities

May 08, 2018

The Old Town Winchester Farmers Market at the Taylor Pavilion will open for its fourth season on Saturday, May 12 and offer delicious local produce each Saturday from 9:00 am-1:00 pm through September 29. A dozen farms and vendors will offer a wide variety of items for sale including in-season vegetables, artisan breads, cookies, cheese, grass fed beef, gluten free bread, cured meats, jam, eggs, honey and many other items (produce and items for sale vary each week with what is in season).

Stormwater system mapping project underway

May 07, 2018

Under the City of Winchester’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit, which is regulated by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the City is required to develop and maintain an accurate map and related information table of the City’s storm sewer system. This mapping will assist the City with managing the MS4 to provide both water quantity and quality protection for City waters. To assist us, we have engaged the services of an engineering and technology solutions firm, Timmons Group, to perform the State-mandated mapping of the City’s storm sewer structures. 

City Financial Report receives honors

Apr 30, 2018

For the 26th consecutive year, the City recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its FY18 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This award is the “highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting,” stated GFOA in the City’s award letter.

Mayor Smith launches new Healthy Winchester Initiative and Fitness Challenge

Apr 30, 2018

Mayor David Smith has officially launched a Healthy Winchester Initiative and implemented the first program, the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge. The first eight-week session begins May 8.

“I have always been active, but due to work obligations and a busy schedule, I stopped eating healthy and working out consistently which caused me to gain weight,” stated Mayor Smith. “This left me feeling sluggish and I knew it was affecting my overall health. Last year, I decided to start eating healthy again and exercising more. I lost 35 pounds and feel better now than I have in a long time.”