Wow, it is amazing how the world can change in only a week! From what I understand Pokémon Go! didn’t even exist until last Friday. While I still can’t tell you exactly what it is (even my 22 year old daughter is having a tough time figuring it out, much less explaining it to me) I must have had conversations with 10 different people about the phenomenon. It all started with a voice mail in my office earlier this week informing me that there were 10 Pokémon sites on Main St. The message raised a few eyebrows! Over the course of the week however, I have learned some things. For example, there apparently are 11 Pokémon stops between the Constitution House and Town Hall. There are 3 gyms, I know one is across the street from Town Hall… I saw it on my APP but was informed that I was not yet skilled enough to partake. I will leave it to you to figure out what a Pokémon gym is. Pokémon apparently need water, which can be found, surprising enough, near water. With two ponds and a brook running through Windsor access to water should be pretty easy.
I expect that by now many have heard some of the good, bad, true and gossip about Pokémon Go! From what I understand the APP somehow works with Google maps to identify where the Pokémon are placed. Often but not always the placement is related to historic locations, churches, public buildings and the like. We know Windsor is thick with history and churches….what I am finding out is that we are also thick with Pokémon. Anecdotally, I have heard of people coming from all around the Upper Valley to take advantage of Windsor’s rich Pokémon offerings (hopefully reading our interesting historic signs and spending in our shops as well). Apparently Hanover is the only other town in the area to compare to our Pokémon richness.
For now I will stick with the positives; it is getting people up and about, people are visiting town and meeting new people, perhaps even learning something. Please do enjoy the community as you make your way around, and please do respect our houses of worship, memorials, and cemeteries if that is where the game brings you. Please don’t be one of those people reported on the news who is hit by a buswhile crossing the street playing the game, and please don’t damage our light poles by walking into them as your search our sidewalks for the elusive creatures.
On a number of occasions I have been asked why Windsor does not have a “list-serve” like many other towns. My response has always been “because nobody has stepped up to manage one”. In the past that always ended the conversation. Well, that has changed. Daniella Malin, working with Vital Communities has stepped up and started a Windsor listserv. Daniella sent me the following basics on how it works.
This email list is a discussion forum for topics specific to Windsor. It is not an 'official' list set up by the town government. It is open to anyone who wants to participate. Residents are encouraged to subscribe and post; non-residents may subscribe, but are asked not to post.
How to ...
· You can contact the list manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
· Keep it Local, Keep it Civil, Limit Commercial Postings to Once a Month.
· No anonymous posts – If your first and last name are not obvious from your email address, please sign your post.
· The intent is to keep the discussion on and about Windsor. The issue doesn't need to be unique to Windsor, but it must be specific to Windsor. Subscribers to the list are assumed to be in agreement about that simple constraint. If in doubt about whether a topic is appropriate for our list, consider this: If there are other online forums, such as email lists
2016 Windsor Card Winners – We have 2 Winners, and are looking for 1 more!
Windsor Downtown Merchants would like to congratulate Sherry Boudro and Patricia Levesque as our latest winners of the Windsor Card $100.00 cash prize. We are still looking for the lucky holder of Windsor Card # 3655. To redeem your prize of $100.00 contact Rice Yordy at Windsor Wine & Spirits located at 54 Main Street before July 11, 2016.
Windsor EventsFriday Night Movie at the Cheese Board
Friday, July 15th 6:30PM Windsor Public Library and The Cheese Board are proud to present Family Movie Nights on Friday nights now and throughout the summer! The movie this week is “E.T.” and will be shown at The Cheese Board, 71 Artisans Way. Wood-fired pizza and maple creamies will be served so bring your appetite!
Jam for Hunger - Concert to support the Windsor Food Shelf
4 bands on the Common starting at 6pm. Music, food and a good cause. Please consider a cash donation in support of the FoodShelf.
The Windsor Summer Farmers' Market is here!
Saturdays 11-2pm on the State Street Green. Live music + delicious food = a great way to start the holiday weekend! We will be offering a great selection of locally harvested and crafted items including prepared foods, crafts, canned goods, eggs and more. Our featured musician this week is Joice Marie so grab a blanket and enjoy the beautiful day and great music!
Below is a small selection of items offered by our wonderful vendors:
Backwoods Grove: Pea Pods (cc), catnip, chives (cc), and rhubarb (cc)
Brookhaven: Rhubarb (cc), arugula (cc), radishes (cc), maybe lettuce (cc), spicy pickles, house plants, and up-cycled pillows and note pads
Contented Butterfly Farm: Farm fresh chicken and duck eggs, rhubarb (cc), head and leaf lettuce (cc), garlic scapes (cc), kale (cc), pak choi (cc) and tomatillo salsa
Max & Ozzie's: Freshly baked focaccia bread in various flavors, duck and chicken eggs, 100% cotton napkins and towels, plus more crafts!
Nada's Notes and Photos: Photo cards featuring local scenes
Split Rock Farm: Grass fed beef, eggs, canned pickled beets, ginger rhubarb jam with a hint of raspberry!
Reminder! SNAP and 3SquaresVT Program Participants- Crop Cash is available during our summer market season. Coupons can be used to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables (see the CC next to eligible products). Swipe your EBT card and get up to $10 in matching coupons! For example, take out $5 using your EBT card and get $5 worth of coupons. Take out $10 and get a matching $10 in coupons!
The Windsor Summer Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday May - October from 11am-2pm on the State Street Green.
The market is looking for vendors (daily/drop in options available) for the 2016 summer season. NOW OFFERING: Short season option for new vendors. For those who farm, cook or craft the market is a wonderful way to sell your wares in a friendly community based setting. Contact us at Windsor.email@example.com for more information.
Music this Weekend
Old Souls at Skunk Hollow Tavern at Hartland Four Corners - Carlos has put together a new trio playing all his old tunes. Check it out! 9pm
Rumblecat at Windsor Station Restaurant in Windsor, VT- 9:30pm
Music! For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Skunk Hollow: http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx
Want to know more about area music click on this link for a newsletter from Dave Clark and Yellow House Media that covers music in the Upper Valley http://www.yellowhousemedia.com
UPCOMING EVENTSHarpoon Brewery BBQ Festival
Sat, July 23, 2016, 11am - 7pm, Sun, July 24, 2016, 11am - 5pm Beers, BBQ, and Summer...We're celebrating summer the best way we know how - with beer, friends, live music, and some of the world’s best barbecue at our brewery in Windsor, VT!
Here's the deal - competitive barbecue teams from all over the country compete to be crowned the New England BBQ Champ which earns one lucky team a ticket to the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue. Read: you get to enjoy some damn good BBQ! Bring friends - we’ll supply the beer (and the napkins). Entrance to the festival is $15 and includes your first beer/soda. Children under 12 are admitted free with parents. Food is sold separately by the vendors. Tickets sold at the door and the festival takes place rain or shine (hopefully, shine!).
Picnic Concert at the Snapdragon
Friday, July 22nd 6:30 – 8pmBring your picnics and blankets and join us on the back lawn of the Snapdragon Inn for some sweet sweet music from Nashville based duo,Carolina Story. The Concert is FREE but we are collecting donations for "The Weekend lunchbox for Kids" Project sponsored by Food Shelf at Trinity EFC--as little as $2 can feed a child for a weekend. And as a super bonus, our local food truck, Erdimae's, will be parked so bring your monies for her yummy refreshments. ** If it is rainy, we can move inside but there is limited seating so first come, first serve.
Wednesday Evening Concerts on the Common 6 – 8 pm
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of summer!
July 20th Jason Cann
July 27th The Jerrymanders
August 3rd River Road Blues Band
August 10th Sullivan, Davis, Hanscomb
August 17th Larry & Adam
August 24th Carlos Ocasio
Locals Night at the Maple Kitchen
Please join us Monday nights at The Maple Kitchen to enjoy the music of Rich Thomas and Kyle Morin of About Gladys while you dine on delicious cuisine. Don’t forget, it’s locals night! Receive a 10% discount off all food when you show your local ID.
What’s Happening at the Library
Windsor Public Library, 43 State Street, 802-674-2556 Check out our brand new website at www.windsorlibrary.org
Screening of Raising of America
Wednesday, July 20, 6-8pm Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership is excited to announce a film screening and panel discussion of The Raising of America on Wednesday, July 20, 6-8pm at the American Legion in Windsor, VT. This free event is open to the public and will include dinner.
The Raising of America examines the way we look at early child health and development and explores how a strong start for all kids leads not only to better individual life courses (learning, earning, and physical/mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, and more prosperous and more equitable America.
The U.S. is a can-do nation. So why is child well-being in the U.S. so much worse than in other rich countries? This film interweaves the latest discoveries in neuroscience with the stories of families and communities struggling to provide the nurturing environments all children need to thrive. After the film, a panel discussion will examine the importance of a strong start for all children and how community members can help this process.
Mt. Ascutney 5K Rainbow Run/Hike
Saturday, August 27 from 8:30 AM to 11 AM Get showered in multicolor hues while you run or hike on the Mt. Ascutney trails! Race Start Time: 9 AM Registration: Day of registration ONLY at The Climb Fitness Center at 8:30 AM Registration fee: $15 Details: Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult on the course. Questions? Please contact The Climb Fitness team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-484-3511
Windsor Public Library News and Events
Summer Activity Challenge
Windsor Public Library invited you to lace up your sneakers and join us for our summer activity challenge - 50 Miles in Summer! This program will challenge participants to move 50 (or more) human-powered miles in 70 days. This can be completed in the form of walking, running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, Zumba etc. This summer's theme is On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! Exercise Your Mind!, promoting active lifestyles so get MOVING Windsor!! Sign up at the library to receive your mileage log and detailed instructions for the challenge. This challenge is open to all ages and abilities. Good luck!!
Dog Sports: Thursday, August 4, 6:30pm: Sports are not just for people! Animals participate in sports as well. Join us for a special program featuring our furry canine friends as they demonstrate the sports of agility, freestyle, obedience (yes it's a sport) and flyball. Information on other canine sports and activities will be available.
Summer Programs for Adults (though younger folk are welcome at most...):
Everyday Bicycling Workshop, Get Back Into Riding Your Bike, Tuesday, July 12, 6:00pm: Have you been wanting to bike more but haven’t really biked much recently—or maybe haven’t biked since you were a kid? Ready to take the next step, but not quite sure where to start? We can help! In just one short hour (with pizza provided!), participants in our workshop will learn what gear you need (or don’t need), tips for keeping your bike in good shape for commuting, how to map out a route that fits with your time and comfort level, and how to “read” the street and ride safe. This program is presented by Vital Communities and Local Motion. Preregistration is required. Please call the library at 674-2556 or email email@example.com to sign up. Deadline for signups is Monday.
On Street Bike Skills Workshop, Build Your Street Skills, Saturday, July 16, 10:00am: Build your skills and confidence for riding on the road. For this workshop, we will head out for a narrated bike ride with periodic pull-offs to discuss conditions encountered and how best to respond. All participants must bring their bike and helmet and will go home witha handout of the principles covered in the workshop, an overview of the rules of the road in VT, a coupon for $6 off safety gear at area shops, and a $5 day-glo reflective vest or bike bell. This program is presented by Vital Communities and Local Motion. Preregistration is required. Please call the library at 674-2556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Garden/Art walk #2 in downtown Windsor: Saturday, July 23, 10:00am: On this walk, we will explore the art around town in the greens, at the Windsor Gallery, the Arabella Gallery and our own library as well as the beauty of the gardens of local residences.
National Dance Day, Intro to Tap Dance! Saturday, July 30, 10:00am: Come dance the rhythm! Have you always wanted to try a dance class? Did you take dance as a kid and would like to return? Or do you want a low impact exercise that benefits the mind and body? If the answer is yes, then come join us in this intro to tap class! We will have fun learning basic tap techniques and sounds and by the end be able to perform a short, simple routine (yes it can happen!!!). Tap shoes are not necessary but if you have any type of shows that make noise on hard floors, bring them along!
Summer Programs for Kids:
Thursday, July 21st, 3:30, American Precision Museum Workshop: Ready? Set? Go! Make Helicopters andPropeller Race Cars! We'll walk from the library at 3:30 or meet us at APM at 3:45. Sign-up required. Limit 10. Ages 8-12.
Monday, July 25th, 10:00am, Mapping the South Pole. Rebecca Haynes from Montshire Museum of Science shows us how to use globes, maps, and NASA apps to explore the frozen land and oceans of Antartica. Recommended for kids 6 and up. Please register for this program by calling the library at 802-674-2556.
Friday July 29th, Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Bring your stuffed animal (one you can live without for a couple nights) to the library for the 6th Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover! Pick it up anytime during open hours after Monday August 1st. A video link of the sleepover will be posted on our website. Watch to see what your animal did at the library in the dark of night! All ages.
Let’s go fishing: Saturday August 13th from 2:00 - 5:00pm. An introduction to bass fishing with a VT Fish and Wildlife instructor. This clinic focuses on bass as the main target species, and no prior fishing experience is needed! We will focus on the basics and on some slightly more advanced material. No fishing license required as part of this program. All equipment is provided. Please register by calling the library at 674-2556. All ages. Limit 15 participants. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
under book discussions add:
Teen Book discussion, Saturday, August 6th, 10:00am: "Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance" by Jennifer Armstrong. For a copy of the book that you get to keep, please contact the library 674-2556.
Book discussions(Please see a librarian for a copy of the book):
Politics and Food Discussion, Thursday July 12, 6:00pm: Woman in Charge by Carl Bernstein
Adult Book Discussion, Thursday, July 19, 6:00pm: Tuesdays with Morrie or bring a book of your choice that you'd like to share and discuss!
Windsor Artist Gail Barton has a new exhibit
“Wandering in the Upper Valley” is a new art exhibit by Gail Barton and can be seen at the Hartland Library entitled. It is all recent work and done outside "en plein air". There is a reception July1st from 3-5pm and the exhibit will be up until July30th.
New Exhibit at American Precision Museum
Our new exhibit at the American Precision Museum is now open. Visitors from across the country have viewed the new exhibit and have been very impressed. Shaping America explores how the machinists and tool builders of this region’s “Precision Valley” influenced the course of American history, helping drive rapid industrialization; the emergence of the United States as a world power; and the development of our consumer culture. Read more. Make your plans to visit and explore our region!
Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, July 22nd from 12:30 to 5:30 PM American Legion Hall, 4 Court St, Windsor
For an appointment visit redcrossblood.org OR call 1 800- RED CROSS. Using the rapid pass will save you time at registration.
Kids Camp in Windsor
Kingdom Chronicles Kids Camp, Aug. 2nd-6th, 10am-Noon @ The Green. Knights & maidens Pre-K (4+) thru 6th Grade will enjoy activities, crafts, songs & stories about God's Kingdom! Prepare to put on the Armor of God & stand strong in the battle for truth! Click here to register for a royally fun time at The Kingdom Chronicles! All costs are covered by Trinity Church, 44 Main St. For more info, contact Becky Balch, email@example.com or 802.674.6781.
Windsor PD offers finger print services
Did you know that the Windsor Police Department conducts fingerprinting for State licenses, Education Employment or similar scenarios? Contact Our Administrative Assistant between 9am-2pm Monday –
Additional information sources for Windsor news:
Windsor FD Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Windsor-Fire-Department/145812745501495?fref=nf
Windsor PD Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WindsorVermontPoliceDepartment
Windsor Recreation Department Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Windsor-Recreation-Center/127897430613969
Paradise Park Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/paradise.park.71?fref=ts
Windsor on Air
Windsor on Air is a great resource for community news. View WOA-TV on Comcast Channel 8 or
On-Line: http://woa-tv.org/site, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Windsor-On-Air/304381210782.
Around Windsor Episode #22: Etta Fraiser & “Going the Distance” link
Concert on the Common with About Gladys link
Legacy of Asher Benjamin: link
WHS Graduation: link
Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society: July 2016 link
Community Services and Support
JULY2016Community Meal Schedule for seniors 60+:
Reservations required – call VIA @ 802-674-5971(seniors may bring guests of all ages)
(VisitingNursefootclinicofferedfor $20, @ 1:00 pm-call for reservations: 674-4118)
Wednesday, July 20th @ 12:00 noon – location: ASCUTNEY - ExitAte Restaurant
Menu: ham, two sides, salad, dessert (suggested donation: $4.00)
Wednesday, July 27th @ 12:00 noon – location: WINDSOR - Mt. Ascutney Hospital-Board Room:
Menu: spaghetti & meatballs, garlic bread, green beans, dessert(suggested donation $3.00)
(coordinated by: Volunteers In Action (VIA), sponsored by: Senior Solutions)
VOLUNTEERS IN ACTION OFFERS SERVICES FOR SENIOR RESIDENTS: Transportation, friendly visits, small chores, walking companions, telephone contact, shopping assistance.
IF YOU KNOW anyone needing assistance, please have them call us. (areas of service: Windsor, W.Windsor, Hartland, Weathersfield, Reading, Cornish & Plainfield).
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – are you able to drive a senior to a medical appointment, hairdresser, bank or be willing to take a neighbor along with you when you do your grocery shopping or deliver Meals On Wheels? We need volunteers to help our elders remain healthy and independent. We will work within your schedule – if once a month fits your schedule, just let us know. CALL: 802-674-5971
Cedar Hill Speaker Series - Common Foot and Leg Problems
Thursday, July 28 at 10:00am The Village at Cedar Hill is pleased to host the next presentation in their popular Speaker Series, "Common Foot and Leg Problems" presented by James Wilton, DPM, Valley Regional Hospital, Claremont, NH. Do you suffer from chronic pain in your feet or legs? Join us for an informative conversation where you will learn about: Common lower leg, ankle and foot problems in the general population, Reasons for chronic limb pain, Treatment options for common lower extremity injuries and pain syndromes. Following the presentation there will be time for questions or comments. Refreshments will be served. Admission is FREE. WHERE: The Village at Cedar Hill, 92 Cedar Hill Dr. Learn More at link
Windsor in the News
Draft Picks – Harpoon featured link
Windsor PD Receives Award link
Champion Reflections: Windsor Baseball link
Life Beyond Boxing – Chris Gilbert link
Act 46: https://vtdigger.org/2016/07/04/windsor-southeast-supervisory-union
Juniper Hill Rd. drainage: http://www.vnews.com/Trapping-near-culvert-raises-concerns-in-Windsor-3256896
Windsor food shelf: http://www.eagletimes.com/news/2016-07-08/Front_Page/Food_shelf_launches_project_for_foodinsecure_child.html
Katey Comstock named “All Eagle” Girls track and field team: http://www.eagletimes.com/news/2016-07-08/Sports/Windsors_Comstock_headlines_AllEagle_Girls_Track__.html
Windsor Art – A walk with Bob Haight: https://dailyuv.com/news/850133
Station Restaurant - http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/vermont/mom-and-pop-restaurants-vt/
Hands on Learning: http://www.eagletimes.com/news/2016-06-29/Front_Page/Engaging_youth_in_technology.html
Bands you should know – Windsor’s Carton comes in #2
Windsor’s Maxwell Perkins is the subject of “Genius” a new film starring Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Jude Law and Nicole Kidman: http://vtdigger.org/2016/06/05/the-genius-of-windsor-vermont/
Windsor is ranked one of the Top 10 safest cities in Vermont: http://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-vermont-2016/