Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 and continuing through October (weather permitting), the City’s Utilities Division will be testing and flushing all of Winchester’s 1,200 fire hydrants as part of an annual maintenance program. The process of periodically “flushing” fire hydrants is an important preventive maintenance activity and is necessary to maintain a high quality and reliable water system. It is also helps make sure the fire hydrants are fully operational in the event of a fire.
For the fourth consecutive year, Winchester Parks and Recreation will host and co-sponsor the Inclusion Volleyball Tournament to benefit local area Special Olympics (Area 13). This co-ed volleyball tournament for adults (ages 18+) will be held on Saturday, March 14 at John Handley High School in the gymnasium.
Registration dates for the Winchester Police Department’s ‘Junior Academy’ announced
The Winchester Police Department (WPD) will reprise its popular children’s program for ages 5-8, the Junior Academy, with three dates in 2020. Session dates, with their respective registration dates, are as follows:
The City of Winchester’s farmers market, located at the Taylor Pavilion off the Loudoun Street Mall, will soon return to Old Town Winchester and is currently seeking vendors, musicians and volunteers. The 2020 season will bring a renewed energy to the market and in recognition of the artisan vendors who contribute to its vibrancy, the market will now be known as the Old Town Farmers and Makers Market. The Farmers and Makers Market will be held on Saturdays from 9 am-1 pm, May 9-September 26, 2020.
The popular tourism ambassador training program, offered twice yearly by the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) since 2018, is sporting a new name and will provide even more information beginning this spring.
The City’s Public Services Department will begin two significant infrastructure improvement projects next month.
On Wednesday, February 26 from 4-6 pm, the City of Winchester will host the Rouss City Hall Reveal, a unique event to celebrate the recent Rouss City Hall renovation and the annual Charles Broadway Rouss Day. Community members are invited to stop by Rouss City Hall to see the historic building’s transformation and the many original features that were uncovered and restored. There will be guided tours held every 30 minutes (space is limited), refreshments and an opportunity to chat with the renovation’s architects, Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.
Chief John Piper of the Winchester Police Department (WPD) will host a new recurring event titled Mocha Mondays, the latest event to be added to the Department’s stacked outreach calendar. Beginning in March, Mocha Mondays will occur on the first Monday of each month from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and will be held at various coffee shops throughout the city.
Winchester Common Council expects to appoint Mary T. Price of Strasburg, VA as Interim City Manager during the February 25, 2020 Council meeting. Following Council’s official vote, Ms. Price will assist with the transition period and begin service as the Interim City Manager on March 17, 2020. City Manager Eden E. Freeman has accepted the position of Deputy City Manager in Greenville, SC. Her last day with the City of Winchester will be March 16, 2020.
At the February 11, 2020 meeting, City Council approved a resolution naming the new neighborhood park on the corner of N. Kent and E. Cecil Streets Ruth Jackson Memorial Park as recommended by the Winchester Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Ruth E. P. Jackson was the original owner of Ruth’s Tea Room which was located on the site of the new neighborhood park from 1925 to 2005.