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Winchester Fire and Rescue to host fire safety open house

Oct 11, 2017

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.

Make a plan and know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds

Oct 06, 2017

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.

Sorrell Court fire extinguished within minutes 

Oct 05, 2017

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. 

City issues Drought Watch

Sep 29, 2017

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:

Pay by cell option at downtown meters has arrived

Sep 25, 2017

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). 

Old Town to Host the Fifth Annual Oktoberfest

Sep 21, 2017

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.”

Meet the Chief Public Open House

Sep 12, 2017

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.

Canine swim event proceeds to go to hurricane relief

Sep 08, 2017

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.  

Park to Host September 11 Commemoration Service

Sep 08, 2017

Winchester Parks and Recreation will host a September 11 Commemorative Service on Bridgeforth Field at Jim Barnett Park (1001 East Cork Street, Winchester). The event will take place Monday, September 11, 2017 at 8:00 am. 

Community members and public safety personnel are invited to attend to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and remember those who valiantly risk theirs to serve others every day. First responders are asked to join together in uniform on the field.

It's been 16 years but we will NEVER FORGET.

Tourism revenue topped $248M in Winchester-Frederick County

Sep 06, 2017

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.