On June 25, 2017 at approximately 6:53 pm, Winchester Police Department (WPD) officers responded to the 1100 block of Franklin Street for reports of a subject swinging an ax at children. When officers arrived, the subject was no longer outside but witnesses claim he was chasing several children with the ax yelling “off with your head.” Officers were then contacted by the mother of one of the children who advised that her daughter was struck in the head by the subject’s fist which was holding onto the ax while swinging it. The child sustained a minor injury but was not hit with the ax.
Celebrate America’s birthday early at the fifth annual Rockin’ Independence Eve, presented by Partlow Insurance, in Old Town Winchester on Monday, July 3 from 5:00-10:00 pm. Rockin’ Independence Eve is a free, family-friendly event offering live entertainment and a fireworks display. The Taylor Pavilion in Old Town will host the bands and a beer and wine garden. Admission into the pavilion is free and beverages sales benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.
On June 21, the Lord Fairfax EMS Council held its annual EMS recognition dinner and awards ceremony and honored several local members for their outstanding service. Three Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) members and volunteers received awards.
Battalion Chief Jon Henschel received the Excellence in EMS Award. This award is presented to an EMS provider who exemplifies outstanding dedication and service to the statewide VA emergency medical services system. BC Henschel has served on the EMS Council Board since 2008 and has been serving as President since 2012.
The City of Winchester’s AAA general obligation bond rating has been affirmed again by Standard & Poor's Rating Services (S&P). The AAA rating was first assigned on October 7, 2013 (reaffirmed in October 2014) and is the highest credit rating that an entity can receive. Winchester is one of only eleven cities in Virginia to maintain a AAA rating.
On Monday, June 26, the City of Winchester will launch a new user-friendly online payment system for its utilities customers. The new interface provides several benefits to customers, enabling them to view statements and pay utility bills faster and more conveniently online or via phone.
The City of Winchester is planning to complete a sidewalk construction project on Wentworth Drive between Valley Avenue and Cedarmeade Avenue beginning in 2018 and will hold a public input open house to solicit feedback from area residents, property owners and businesses. The improvements being considered include installing new sidewalks along the entire street as none exist now and replacing some underground utility infrastructure (water, sewer and stormwater).
Old Town Winchester, in partnership with the Valley Health Wellness Center, is happy to announce a new event series called Shape Up Sundays. These free, health-focused events will take place at the Taylor Pavilion one Sunday per month, June through September. Each event will feature free outdoor fitness classes such as yoga, Jazzercise, aerobics, Bodyvive, running, kickboxing, climbing and more.
City Considers Improvements Project on Monticello/Armour Dale/Jones
The City of Winchester is exploring an improvements project on Monticello Street, Jones Street and Armour Dale off Valley Avenue, and will hold a public open house on June 20 to solicit feedback from the community. The improvements being considered include:
In preparing the local business community for the upcoming MATPRA Marketplace travel writer conference coming to Winchester September 12-14, the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has partnered with the Virginia Tourism Corporation to offer a first-of-its-kind workshop to prep local businesses for the event (click here to view flyer).
Unwind and enjoy all that Old Town Winchester has to offer at the Friday Night Live events this summer. 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. The Loudoun Street Mall will be filled with music and activities and bands will perform live at the Taylor Pavilion every third Friday in June, July and August.