Concerts on the State Street Common on Wednesdays. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy
the great sounds of summer. Dates: July 11 – Aug. 29 Time: Wednesday 6:00pm - 8:00 pm
July 11- About Gladys
July 18- River Road Blues Band
July 25- Sullivan, Davis, Hanscomb
August 1- Frydaddy
August 8- LarryDougher/Adam McMahon
August 15- East Bay Jazz Ensemble
August 22- Newmont Miltary Band
August 29- The Repeat Offender
The Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste District, which includes Windsor, is selling “Soil Saver” backyard composters for $50 each. The 100% recycled plastic composter is 28”w x 28”d x 32”high and has a 10-year manufacturer’s guarantee. We also sell Sure-Close food scrap pails for $5 each. To order, call 674-9235 for an order form or download one from the District’s website, www.vtsolidwastedistrict.org. Orders are due by Friday, April 13 and may be picked up at the Windsor Town Garage on Saturday, April 28. If you attend a backyard composting workshop, you can buy one at the workshop for $35.
Backyard Composting Workshops
The District is offering workshops again this year. If you attend one, you can purchase one composter at the greatly discounted price of $35 (additional composters are $50). The workshops will be held at 6:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays:
· Whiting Library in Chester – May 3
· First Congregational Church in Springfield – May 31
· Reading Town Hall – June 14
· Rockingham Free Public Library – June 21
The workshop presentation is about 45 minutes with time afterwards for questions. To sign up, call 674-9235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
VT designates a new WMA in Windsor
The Fish & Wildlife Division of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has recently designated approximately 825 acres of fields, woodlands and grasslands as a Wildlife Management Area. (What is a WMA? click here). The property previously fell under the jurisdiction of the Department of Buildings and General Services.
The Town of Windsor recently held a public forum to provide an overview of what the future holds for the property. A video of the forum can be foundhere.
Town Meeting is Monday, March 5th with ballot voting Tuesday March 6th. Click for links to ballot information
Click the links for various information regarding the upcoming Town Meeting
Sample Ballot https://app.box.com/s/pu33sdoqz1m9ile3sdp89i9gt1yye57c
Video of overview of Municipal and School Budgets http://woa-tv.org/site/2018/02/16/windsor-town-and-school-budget-review/
Video of Public Forum on Act 46 https://vimeo.com/256631692
Documents related to the FY 2019 Municipal budget https://app.box.com/s/pc7iadmnunwkpww7oqcfe93bib49t0cw/folder/43859421123
Wednesday February 21st 7pm Welcome Center Representatives from VT Dept. of Fish and Wildlife will be on hand to discuss land management activities and future plans for the wildlife management area formerly part of the prison property. Topics will include;
- What is a Wildlife Management Area?
- What are the characteristics of the property?
- What has taken place since property oversight was assigned to the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife?
- What are some short and long term goals of the land management process?
- Who oversees activity and does the work?
- What information will the state develop to inform the public of the WMA assets?
- Opportunity for questions and answers.
Prison closure discussion
We had a very productive public forum with many of the key executive branch and legislative players who will be involved in the prison repurposing process. We heard about the status of the prison farm as well as the deliberative process and timetable that will be used to determine the future of the facility. (Only land within the fence, the 800+ acres will remain a Wildlife Management Area). A video of that meeting can be found here.
During the meeting is was made clear that there is interest and expectation by both the executive and legislative branch to hear what Windsor’s objectives are for the property. In addition, the process is very open to specific idea (s) from Windsor for property use. It was emphasized that any ideas must have broad support from the community as well as basic vetting related to regulatory compliance, financing options, and overall social & economic value.
To ascertain what ideas may be percolating in Windsor we will be hosting a community forum on Wednesday, December 20th from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Welcome Center to hear ideas and outline the vetting process. We will have the following representatives on hand to listen and provide information:
o Regional Planning Commission: state permitting, existing regional plan
o Springfield Regional Development Corp.: business support services, potential state and private equity financing options.
o Selectboard: listen for community guidance on purpose and priority
o Zoning: local permitting and town plan provisions
Residents will be encouraged to provide a brief description on ideas for specific uses (amusement park, trade school, etc.). Equally important will be to hear comments from residents on general provisions for the land (leave land open, state social services, private development, etc.).
Specific proposals will require a 3 to 5 page overview, due by January 12th for consideration by SRDC/RPC/Selectboard/zoning. Submissions will be vetted for regulatory compliance, fiscal practicality and community benefit. Proposals that meet those criteria will be moved forward to a more rigorous process of business plan development. We expect to have a submission ready for the state by early March. This timetable is designed to meet the legislative schedule.
Windsor offers a variety of tools to those doing business in Windsor and those considering a move to our community. Business planning services, competitive loans, tax stabilization, state financing and regulatory assistance are all services offered, at no charge through our Economic Development arm "Distinctly Windsor".
To learn more click here
American Precision Museum Model Engineering Show & Family Maker Space Saturday, October 28th 9am - 4pm
AMERICAN PRECISION MUSEUM PRESENTS our
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017 9am-4pm
WINDSOR, VT: What do an 1841 Springfield Special rifle, a ball-tossing robot, a miniature replica of a steam power-plant, and a 3D model of your face all have in common? They all part of the things to see and do at The American Precision Museum’s 18th annual Model Engineering Show. The show will take place at the Windsor Recreation Center, 29 Union Street, and at the museum, 196 Main Street on Saturday, October 28 from 9:00am-4:00pm. The admission fee of $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students covers entry to both the Recreation Center location and the American Precision Museum. Also, free admission for Windsor students accompanied by one parent and free admission for any Junior Machinist Apprentice graduate and one parent if the graduate wears his/her JMA pin.
The American Precision Museum’s Model Engineering Show provides visitors the chance to see the work of some of New England’s finest model engineers and machinists, along with engaging demonstrations highlighting the most intricate of machining skills from the past, present, and future.
The Family Maker Space at the Recreation Center will feature a variety of activities for all ages including making a working telegraph, a Cardboard Teck Pinball Machine, 3D Printing demonstrations, the 2016 Vermont state champion robotics team, the Rutland Robo-Rattlers, who represented Vermont at the First LEGO League World Festival in 2017. This year we will be offering a special screening of the MacGillivray Freeman documentary “DREAM BIG” sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It features the accomplishments of young women engineers.
Outside at the Recreation Center – from Vermont Technical College – “On the Move” mobile machine shop with Manufacturing Education Specialist, Chris Gray.
Around the corner at the museum, a National Park Service Ranger from Springfield Armory National Historic Site will talk about early lathes and the new Coltsville Historic Site in Connecticut. Also on display, will be a private collection of Vermont and New Hampshire antique firearms with Wayne McCutcheon.
Special guest, Gerald M. Carbone, noted author will be doing a book signing and a presentation about his most recent book “Brown & Sharpe and the Measure of American Industry”. The book follows the ascent of the dazzling array of measuring devices, machine tools and precision machinery that the company produced and marketed that helped shape Rhode Island, the nation, and the modern world.
Children from 8 to 14 can participate in the Junior Machinist Apprentice program all day at the museum. All this complements the American Precision Museum’s Shaping America exhibit.
A detailed schedule of events with times will soon be released.
The show is most generously supported by The Point, Mascoma Savings Bank, Jane Osgood and Ted Hilles, the Town of Windsor, Windsor Improvement Corp, Snapdragon Inn, Miller Construction, Windsor Mansion Inn, Blood’s Catering, Cota & Cota, and L F Trottier & Sons.
For more information visit the event web page: https://www.americanprecision.org/2012-01-18-16-22-51/model-engineering-show and the museum’s Facebook page or call 802-674-5781.
October 7th & 8th Harpoon Octoberfest at our Windsor brewery is much like our festival of the same name in Boston – nonstop live oompah music, chicken dancing, cake eating, bratwurst, and of course, barrels upon barrels of freshly brewed Harpoon beer. But instead of Boston as the backdrop, you’ve got Vermont’s beautiful upper valley in the peak of foliage season. Fresh beer, radiant fall foliage, and live oompah music…awesome. On Sunday prior to the festival, we'll be hosting our annual Harpoon Octoberfest Race which benefits the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. It's a great start to the festival and we'd love to have you! SCHEDULE: Sat., October 7th 11am - 6pm Doors close: 4:30PM
Sun., October 8th, 2017 11:00am - 4:00pm Doors close: 2:30PM
Due to the Harpoon Octoberfest Road Race to benefit the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center - we hope you keep in mind the delays on Route 5 Sunday October 8th. If possible seek alternate routes that day, or join us for the race or the Octoberfest event! Thank you for your support and understanding!
DELAY ON ROUTE 5 NORTH AND SOUTH Date: Sunday October 8th 2017 When: 11am -12pm
There will be road delays on both route 5 north and south starting at 11am and ending by 12pm
4th Annual Autumn Moon Festival
Come join us for another fantastic evening of fun and entertainment on Saturday September 30th from 4-9pm on Main Street. There will be stilt walkers, fire dancers, jugglers, kids zone, craft and product vendors, food trucks and more.
New this year is a dunk tank and back by popular demand, Bob’s Tommy & Friends Train.
Pi Brick Oven Trattoria will be hosting the Beer Garden serving Harpoon beer and cider.
Music by About Gladys and to top off the evening another beautiful Fireworks display!
Sunday, September 10th 2pm Come join us at the Windsor Armory to tour the facility, enjoy a community cookout and meet members of the Twin State Roller Derby team!
Explore this unique space and and see what potential opportunities exist for the entire Windsor community. ALL people and dogs are welcome!!! FB link
Stanley Steamers Coming to the American Precision Museum
A club of Stanley Steamer automobile owners will be visiting the American Precision Museum throughout the day on Friday, August 11. Feel free to stop by the museum and chat with the owners, view the cars, and visit the museum as well. We ask that you be respectful of the cars and only touch with owner’s permission. Parking will at the museum will therefore be limited. They will not be arriving at the same time but will arrive and leave at different times throughout the day. Up to 75 cars could eventually visit eginning at 10am when we open.
WINDSOR LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE TO CELEBRATE RENOVATION PROJECT!
Thursday, August 3rd, at 6:30pm The Windsor Public Library is proud to reopen the doors of its rare and historic documents room following a long-awaited renovation of the space. This room along with the adjacent meeting room on the lower level of the Library have undergone a complete transformation, allowing patrons access to artifacts for personal research and additional space for group gatherings. The meeting room is also now equipped with state-of-the-art videoconferencing technology.
“We’re thrilled to make Windsor’s treasured historic newspapers available again inside a clean, warm, and well-lit environment,” says Tom Haushalter, president of the Library’s trustees. “We hope visitors will enjoy the new opportunity to explore our town’s fascinating past.”
All are welcome to come to the Library on Thursday, August 3rd, at 6:30pm, for an open house to celebrate the reopening of these rooms. Refreshments will be served, and Library staff will be on hand to share insights into the Library’s ongoing restoration vision.
“With a Library this vibrant, in a building this old, we face the twofold challenge of preservation and sustainability,” Haushalter says, “and reviving these rooms is an important step in our goal to make this space and its valuable resources accessible to everyone.”
Concerts on the Common
Concerts on the State Street Common on Wednesdays. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the great sounds of summer. Dates July 5–Aug. 23, 2017 Time Wednesday 6-8pm Fee FREE
July 12- East Bay Jazz Ensemble
July 19-Sullivan,Davis, and Hanscomb
July 26- Carlos Ocasio
August 2- About Gladys
August 9- River Road Blues Band
August 16-Newmont Miltary Band August
August 23-Larry Dougher/ Adam McMahon
On July 8th 9am – noon at Goodyear we will be offering a bulky waste collection for items like old furniture, scrap wood, metal, and tires. This service will be free (paid for with Windsor tax dollars, so not exactly free) and open to Windsor residents only. Without proof of residency you will be turned away by Windsor PD.
We will have 6 roll offs on hand to accept material. We will also have volunteers on hand to confirm that items are acceptable. This 6 ½ minute Windsor on Air video provides details on what will and what will not be accepted as does the list below:
JULY 8TH COLLECTION
PLASTIC / WOOD TOYS