Summer is slipping by quickly. The annual Harpoon BBQ event is behind us and we are starting to get the word out on the next big events; The Mac & Cheese Competition and Autumn Moon Festival. Concerts on the Common will continue each Wednesday through August.
We have a lull in construction at the moment, most notably; the Main St. sidewalk project is running behind. As has been mentioned in the past we started a bit early to get the curb in before the Main St. paving project, some of the materials require extended lead times, and in order to take advantage of a bid that was about $100K less than the rest that were submitted, we went with a design that is more cost effective, practical and in the end will be aesthetically pleasing. We expect to be up and running again shortly, as redesigned wall block gets delivered and installed, which will allow for the sidewalk to be poured.
Bids for repaving of Bridge St. and County Rd (from about the I91 overpass to the prison entrance) are being opened later today. If all goes well the contracts will be awarded next week. Contractors that were interested in submitting bids all said that they could complete the projects late summer or fall of this year. While it may not be a project that you notice, work will begin shortly on the removal of the Brook Rd. bridge that was severely damaged in Irene.
Additional projects that are in varying stages of design include replacement of a culvert on County Rd. that was damaged in 2013, repair to Juniper Hill Rd. related to damage incurred in 2013, Pine, Court, Jacob st. area sidewalk and paving, Estey Lane improvements to include reducing the grade on the hill near the intersection with Brook Rd. and improved drainage, Dewey Ave. drainage and paving, and buttress repair to the dam.
The Town will also be taking delivery of a couple of new vehicles that were paid for out of FEMA funds. The Fire Dept. expect delivery of a brush truck (emergency response to brush fires as well as tactical support for other fires and accidents). The Highway Dept. will be receiving a new dump truck in the weeks ahead.
Statewide Primary – August 9th
The Statewide Primary Election day is Tuesday, August 9, 2016. The polls will be open from 9 am to 7 pm on that day. The polling place is located in the Windsor Recreation Center Gym.
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 “Frozen” 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 American Precision Museum is having a party, and you’re invited!
Saturday August 6: 5:30p – 7:00p Free Admission It’s been 50 years since the American Precision Museum opened its doors with a goal of preserving the historic Robbins & Lawrence Armory and chronicling the past, present, and future of manufacturing. Join us for cake, conversation, and a look at our new exhibit “Shaping America.” It tells the story of how manufacturing has shaped our lives in America. From the tool revolution of the 1800s to advanced manufacturing today, technical innovation has molded who we are and how we live. RSVP to email@example.com
Rachel S Harlow United Methodist Church
is hosting a Ham Dinner on Saturday August 6th starting at 4:30pm. All are invited. $10/person. Proceeds from this dinner will be going to the restoration fund for our stained glass windows. We hope to see you there.
Picnic Concert at the Snapdragon
Saturday August 6th @ 7pm - The Snapdragon Inn invites you to come enjoy a beautiful outdoor concert on their grounds, featuring the incredible fiddle & folk songs of Alex Smith and his band, The Mountain Folk. Bring a blanket to lounge on and BYOB to enjoy with a free sampling of delights from The Cheese Board. Enter the raffle to win a Vermont Farmstead Cheese Platter!
The Windsor Farmers’ Market will be on the State Street Green this Saturday from 11am - 1pm. The Market will close at 1pm (one hour early) to accommodate set up for a wedding. Congrats to the happy couple! Besides ending a little early the Market will have live music from Walter Gomez and a visit from the Windsor Lions Club. 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.
Music this Weekend
Peter Concilio Jazz at Skunk Hollow Tavern at Hartland Four Corners - 8pm
John Lakard Blues Band at Harpoon starting at 5pmSaturday
Eight Feet Tall 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
Wednesday Evening Concerts on the Common 6 – 8 pm
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of summer!
August 10th Sullivan, Davis, Hanscomb
August 17th Larry & Adam
August 24th Carlos Ocasio
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.
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.
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:
Vermont Reads Book Discussion, Saturday, August 6th, 10:00am: Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong. Ages 9 and up.
Politics of Food Book Discussion, Tuesday, August 9th, 6:00pm: Big Oyster by Mark Kurlansky
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!!
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.
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!
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!
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
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
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)
Tuesday, August 9th @ 12:00 noon – location: HARTLAND - Hartland Recreation Center :
Menu: grilled BBQ chicken, baked potatoes, corn, salad, dessert(suggested donation: $3.00)
(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