Last week I reviewed the construction that is or will take place in town. I have had quite a few comments on how good the town is looking, particularly from those who have not been to Windsor for a while. I think that is great and something we can all take pride in. Not to be a buzz kill but I do want to mention a pet peeve that is related to all of the money and effort that has been put in to give Windsor a facelift….litter.
Wednesday morning I went around to pick up the “Vote Today” signs. While I was picking up the signs I was also picking up trash. Even though GreenUp was just a few months ago. and where paving has taken place the streets were left spic & span there was a fair amount of litter.
We know that there are those who litter and just don’t care. There are also those who are very conscious about appropriately getting rid of their trash. A lot of people fall somewhere in-between. In addition, sometimes despite the best intentions, a napkin or piece of paper goes flying out of a car window on a breezy day. The answer is not aggressive “litter police” rather clean streets are the result of a community wide expectation and commitment to keep the streets clean. If you see a piece of litter please pick it up. We have trash and recycling containers all over town to deposit your find. I do believe that if less litter around, less will be deposited. Garner a few karma points and help keep Windsor clean!
Related, the campaign signs that were an exercise in democracy on Tuesday became trash on Wednesday. Hopefully the candidates will have staff clean up, but more than likely not all will be retrieved. If you have one near you please dispose of it. Finally, if you are having a yard sale and advertise your event on poles and whatnot, please remember to go back and get the signs. – Thanks, Tom
Perseids Meteor Shower, Marton Road
Friday, August 12, 10:PM-2:00AM: The Perseid meteor shower is one of the best meteor showers to experience, producing up to 60 bright, luminous meteors per hour at its peak! It is produced by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of Aug 13. The waxing gibbous moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving fairly dark skies. Best viewing is after midnight. We will have a viewing telescope to look at planets, stars and the moon. Bring a reclining lawn chair or blanket, water, snack, possibly insect deterrent. Dress for evening temperatures. We will meet at the red pump house on Marton Road. Call us at 802-674-2556 for directions. Please dim headlights if driving in after 10:00pm.
Friday Night Movie at the Cheese Board
Friday, August 5th 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 “Minions” and will be shown at The Cheese Board, 71 Artisans Way. Wood-fired pizza and maple creamies will be served so bring your appetite!
The Windsor Farmers’ Market will be on the State Street Green this Saturday from 11am - 2pm and will welcome back RSVP. Are you retired? Looking to volunteer your time in your community? Stop by the market and learn more about this great organization.
Do you "Love your farmers market?". We do!! On Saturday August 20th the market will be taking part in the Vermont wide "Love your Farmer" kid's scavenger hunt! Stop by the market between 11-2 on 8/20, pick up a scavenger hunt booklet and start having fun. Kids who complete the booklet and return it to the market manager by 2pm will win a prize and be entered to win a grand prize!
And of course lots of great treats from your favorite vendors.
This week’s vendor selections:
Backwoods Grove: Zucchini (cc), catnip, chives (cc), and maybe rhubarb (cc), radishes (cc) and crookneck squash (cc).
Brookhaven: Beans(cc), beets (cc), squash (cc), scallions (cc), carrots (cc), cucumbers (cc), and up-cycled pillows and note pads
Contented Butterfly Farm: Farm fresh chicken and duck eggs, cucumbers (cc), zucchini (cc), garlic (cc), tomatillo salsa, mint jelly, and strawberry/rhubarb topping sauce.
Max & Ozzie's: Summer Sale continues! Tote bags, crocheted toys, purses, and more - all on sale! 100% cotton napkins, kitchen towels and more. Possibly freshly baked bread and scones.
Nada's Notes and Photos: Photo cards featuring local scenes and freshly made popcorn!
Split Rock Farm: Pickles, jams, relishes, and grass fed beef.
Windsor Lions Club: Hot food available such as hamburgers, hot dogs, baked goods and more.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cider Hill Gardens
SUPER SALE starts Saturday, August 13th! PERENNIALS, many at 50% off; Late Daylilies at peak.
HUGE Daylilly Clumps $10. Super Specials AND MORE! Cider Hill Gardens, 1747 Hunt Road, Windsor, VT 802-674-6825; www.ciderhillgardens.com
Music this Weekend
Chris Kleeman Blues Band at Skunk Hollow Tavern at Hartland Four Corners - 9pm
Cold Chocolate at Windsor Station Restaurant & Barroom - 9:30
Grundlefunk at Windsor Station Restaurant in Windsor, VT- 9:30pm
Concert at Saint-Gaudens
Sunday, August 14th 2pm Edward Arron, 'cello and Jeewon Park, piano Silent Woods, Dvorak, Mendelssohn and more. Bea Robinson and Chuck Bradway Concert
Jeewon Park, Korean-born pianist, is praised for her “deeply reflective playing” (Indianapolis Star) and “infectious exuberance” (New York Times.) She has garnered the attention of audiences for her dazzling technique and poetic lyricism. Since making her debut at the age of 12 performing Chopin’s First Concerto with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Park has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, 92nd Street Y, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kravis Center, and Seoul Arts Center in Korea.
Edward Arron, cellist, has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since that time, he has appeared in recital, as a soloist with major orchestras, and as a chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In 2013, Mr. Arron completed a ten-year residency as the artistic director of the critically acclaimed Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, a chamber music series created in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Museum’s prestigious Concerts and lectures series.
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
Wednesday Evening Concerts on the Common 6 – 8 pm
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of summer!
August 17th Larry & Adam
August 24th Carlos Ocasio
A Horseless Horse Show you say.....
August 28th, 10 am This fun and educational event is a complete show that includes everything that happens in a horse trails (event) and dressage show with the added excitement of a trail class and gymkhana games. You start with filling out the entry form and end with ribbons and trophies for the best performances! All classes will have descriptions to explain the requirements AND helpful judges to assist you in understanding the criteria to perform well. For more information email DelaneyStables@gmail.com or visit our Face Book page. All trails lead here for a fun family-friendly outing! No Horse Experience needed. Groups welcome.
Bag Ali will be returning to Mt. Ascutney Hospital
Tuesday, August 30th from 7:30AM – 4:00PM in Conference Room A with their fabulous collection of handbags and accessories. NEW FALL STYLES will be featured. The Bag Ali collection includes the hottest handbag styles made from buttery-soft leathers and fashion materials. Also being featured is chic metallic and prints, all in the latest bold colors and shapes. There will be briefcases, scarves, wallets and small leather goods for women and men. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express welcome. A portion of the sales will benefit Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center.
4th ANNUAL VERMONT MAC AND CHEESE CHALLENGE!
Welcome Mac & Cheese Lovers!!! Come join us for the 4th Annual Mac & Cheese Challenge!
Sunday, September 11, 2016· 11am – 3pm · Artisans Park, Windsor, VT
This will be our fourth annual Mac & Cheese Challenge coming up in September! Ticket purchase in advance for $15 at www.vtmacandcheese.com or pay $20 at the event. Tickets will go on sale approximately 6 weeks before the event.
Come sample 20-25 competing Mac & Cheese dishes from top chefs and restaurants from around the region. Just $15 ($20 if purchased at the door) gets you a voting ballot and entry to event where you can sample every recipe and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.
Harpoon Draft Beer available for purchase, Live Music, Calf Petting Zoo, Kids under 6 get in free….
Rain or Shine! Don’t miss it. All proceeds will go to benefit Vermont Foodbank and Sustainable Woodstock.
Autumn Moon Festival
Date changed this year to September 24th Time 4-9 pm Where State and Main South to The Windsor Diner. Plenty of entertainment, Kids zone, vendors, food, and much more... Including something special that is sure to have this year's event go out with a bang...
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
What's Happening at Windsor Public Library:
Please note that the last day to complete your walking challenge miles is Saturday August 20th.
Ready, Set, Let's Go Bass Fishing, Saturday, August 13th, 2:00pm-5:00pm: Intro to Bass Fishing with a VT Fish and Wildlife Instructor. All equipment will be available. Casting, water ecology, fishing skills, ethics, rules, and regulations will also be covered. No fishing license required if participating in this program! Please register by calling the library at 802-674-2556. All ages, however, children under 12 MUST by accompanied by an adult.
Book Discussion Groups:
Adult Book Discussion, Tuesday, August 16th, 6:00pm: We've made some changes!! For the next few months, you will choose what to read, based on a list of suggested titles from others in the group, or based on a common theme. This way, you get to choose your favorite styles and genres, while still trying a book that is new to you! This month's suggested reading list is available in the library and on our website.
Knitting group: Monday August 8th and Monday August 22nd at 6:30pm. This group is for all levels.
Preschool Storytime, Every Wednesday at 10:30am: Caregivers and their children are welcome as we share stories, songs, and crafts.
Spanish Conversation Class, All levels. Currently Wednesdays at 3:00pm. Please call the library to confirm the time.
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!!
News From The Schools
Windsor makes significant gains in SBAC scores.
Check out the results here
Relive the glory
WHS has put several of the most exciting WHS athletic events of the past decades on YouTube. You can check them out here
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
Lisa Palmer is organizing a Backpack drive for Kurn Hattin Homes, who is in need of 97 new back packs and school supplies for the upcoming school year. The ages are from 8 years to 8th grade and includes both boys and girls. You can drop your donations off at Arabella Gallery 65 Main St. Windsor, VT
or contact Lisa to arrange drop off or pick up.
If you would rather give a monetary donation, please make checks payable to Kurn Hattin Homes and remember, there is no such thing as an insignificant donation! You can also donate on their website at https://kurnhattin.org This campaign will end on August 20th so lets get going and show the kids we care!
When we asked for your help for WISE, the community response was overwhelming and your generosity brought a couple of us to tears. The miscellaneous donations of small items added up to be HUGE!
Medicare Boot Camp
Senior Solutions staff provides unbiased information about the Medicare system at Medicare Boot Camp. This FREE class is for Vermonters who are new to Medicare, and the family members who help them.
Boot Camp will be held on three dates in Windsor, from 10 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. You may register to attend one of these dates: August 10, August 24, September 7. This is NOT a multiple-session series, so please choose only one date.
Family members who help these beneficiaries may also attend. Medicare has strict enrollment periods, and Medicare Boot Camp prepares participants make timely decisions about drug plans and supplemental plans as well as many other issues.
Space is limited, so please call in advance to the Senior HelpLine for registration and detailed location information: 1-800-642-5119. More classes are listed atwww.seniorsolutionsvt.org . Senior Solutions is also seeking volunteers to help with our Medicare department and outreach. To learn more, please call the Senior HelpLine.
Community 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, August 17th @ 12:00 noon – location: ASCUTNEY - ExitAte Restaurant
Menu: fish (haddock), two sides, salad, dessert (suggested donation: $4.00)
Wednesday, August 24th @ 12:00 noon – location: WINDSOR - Mt. Ascutney Hospital-Board Room:
Menu: hot roast beef sandwich, chips, coleslaw, 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
Windsor in the News
Article on Windsor PD link
Harpoon BBQ Championships link