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.
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).
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.
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 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.”
The Old Town Winchester Farmers Market will open two days a week this summer. In addition to the popular Saturday Farmers Market at the Taylor Pavilion, the market will also be open Thursdays from 11 am-2 pm in front of the 1840 courthouse on the Loudoun Street Mall during the months of June, July and August.
The Farmers Market is currently seeking vendors for the new Thursday market. Some of the same vendors from the Saturday market will also participate in the Thursday market, however, more vendors are needed.
On April 23, the City’s vendor, Pearson’s Appraisal Service, will begin the 2019 General Real Estate Reassessment process which includes inspecting and reviewing properties within city limits. Pearson’s Appraisal Service staff will be traveling in clearly marked vehicles and have identification.
Any property owner that has information to share with Pearson’s regarding the assessment of their property or would like to have an interior inspection should contact the City’s Real Estate Administrator at (540) 667-2048.
For this year’s Arbor Day celebration event, the City of Winchester will be doing things differently. On Saturday, April 21 from 9 am-noon at Whittier Park, the City is inviting local residents to help spruce up an area of Town Run by planting seedlings and collecting litter and debris.