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Windsor News for 12.07.12

I had two conversations this week that focused on the same topic, emergency response. Early in the week I was approached by a Windsor resident that expressed his gratitude for the prompt professional service of the Windsor Ambulance Corps. The resident suffered a heart attack and the timely ambulance response  was a key to his surviving the event. Separately, Marianne Blake conveyed the story below in which she observed an ambulance crew trying to discern the proper address related to a 911 call. Putting the two stories together highlighted the importance of proper display of your address. A minute or two in response time may mean life or death. Take a minute to check if your house number is visible from the street and consider if it will be visible should we have a foot of snow on the ground.

Thursday afternoon I attended the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Montpelier. The school Choir did Windsor proud as did the beautiful tree provided by Windsorites Ron and Lenny Vezina. News stories as well as a news video link are under Windsor in the News. The choir also did a nice job at the Windsor Christmas tree lighting last Saturday. The Windsor tree was donated by the Vezina’s as well.


Thank you to the Wild Women of Windsor for their nice effort in putting on their second annual Winter Wonderland social. A good time was had by all. Special thanks are in order for Jane Osgood and Ted Hilles for getting Santa to make an early visit to Windsor last Saturday assisted by the Windsor Fire Department. Windsor on Air caught all the action:


An alert to residents that are not displaying their 911 address number in the correct location from Marianne A. Blake, Windsor’s VT E-911 information coordinator 


This alert applies especially to those residents that live outside the village area.
On my way home, I, coincidentally, followed an ambulance that was headed for my neighborhood. I watched as they drove down the road, then turned around and drove back up the road. They were looking for a house that did not prominently display their 911 location number. The number was on a mail box, one of many on a stand, across the road. The crew finally found the house they were looking for. I hope the call was not a very serious one—valuable, even life-saving time was lost trying to find the location. You want emergency services to find you a soon as possible. If your house is close to the road, display the numbers on the house as long as they are big enough to read from the road. If your mailbox is at the end of your driveway, on the same side as your house, that is a good location. It would be helpful to have the numbers on each side of the mailbox. If you have a long driveway and no mailbox, you need to plant a sturdy post at the end of your driveway with the numbers displayed on the post. It is a small chore to do this, but it might save your life, the life of someone you love, or your property. If you have questions, call me at 674-5414 or e-mail at
This Weekend
Snapdragon Inn To Host Concert
Friday, December 7th 7:30pm The Snapdragon Inn will be featuring Montreal based singer/songwriter Chris Velan in an intimate concert on Friday the 7th. Velan has been motivated by a wide range of influences from 70’s singer-songwriters to West African music and reggae. To learn more about Chris and to listen to his music click here: . Tickets for the concert are $20 and are available through the inn. Stay-over packages are available as well. For more information call 802-277-0008, email or stop by the Snapdragon.
American Legion Post #25 Raffle and Roast Pork Dinner
December 8th 7:30 – 11pm The American Legion is raffling a Polaris Sportman 90CC youth model 4-wheeler. Tickets are $10 and available at the Legion, and Back 40 (where you can also see the Polaris). The Legion is also hosting a roast pork dinner on the 8th. Music to be provided by “Smoking Mirrors”. $5 cover.

Mariam’s Celebrates 3 years in Business!
Mariam's restaurant will be having a 3 year in business celebration on Saturday December 8th from 5-9 Accordionist Walter Gomez, Dinner specials Drink specials Great food , fun, and people!

Windsor Artists Sponsoring Benefit Event
Saturday December 8th 11am-5pm Windsor artists and entrepreneurs David Westby and Liz Ross are sponsoring a snow globe extravaganza to benefit the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, on Saturday December 8th. Their newly designed snow globe collection CoolSnowGlobes (preview at will be for sale as will samples and one-of-a-kinds. There will be giveaways and fun events for the whole family, as part of an open house at the gallery. Please join Liz and David along with other artists of AVA for refreshments, music and more! AVA Gallery 11 Bank Street, Lebanon NH 11am-5pm.

Holiday Art Show Featuring Gary Milek’s Paintings at Cider Hill Gardens and Gallery to Benefit Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society
December 8th from 11-3, Gary and Sarah invite visitors and their dogs for a Dog’s Day Out to view the show and enjoy dog biscuits and cider at the Gallery.
Through Dec 16th A mutual respect for the natural world has brought together Gary Milek and one of the nation’s oldest continually-operating humane societies. From December 3rd -16th, a selection of paintings by Milek will be shown at Cider Hill Gardens and Gallery in Windsor, VT to benefit Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society, and to celebrate the beauty of the living world around us. Milek’s respect for nature led him to choose Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society as the benefactor of 20% of the proceeds from the sales of select paintings shown in the December show. Gary and Sarah, his wife and business partner at Cider Hill, adopted their beloved dog Jebbie from Lucy Mackenzie 12 years ago.
 Community News & Events
Meet the Superintendent Candidates
Wed, Dec 12, 4pm – 5pm Meet the school Superintendent Candidates Wed, Dec 12, 4pm – 5pm Windsor High School Cafeteria. All are welcome.
Trinity Church
Trinity Church will be holding a Christmas Eve Candle Light Service on December 24th at 6:00pm. This service is designed for the entire family. Our children will be presenting a short Christmas drama as part of the service.
The Trinity Church Food Shelf is open to all every Tuesday afternoon from 5:00 to 6:00pm and also Wednesday mornings from 10:30am to 12:30pm. The Food Shelf at St. Francis of Assisi is no longer open. They have graciously donated some of their equipment to help us expand to meet the need. We are very grateful for the community wide participation over these years. Our goal is to expand the Food Shelf to another day during the week and possibly on Saturdays. We hope to have this option up and running after the holidays.
Trinity is taking applications for Christmas Baskets that will be distributed on December 19th. These baskets include food items for a family brunch, blankets, winter hats, mittens and board games for families to enjoy. Please direct inquires  to (674-6781) or stop by the church office during Food Shelf hours to apply.
Christmas Dinner at Old South Church - Christmas Day 12:30 – 4:00pm
The McCabe Family would like to invite anyone and everyone to our 5th annual Christmas Dinner at Old South Church on Main Street in Windsor. Christmas represents many things to many different people….but our particular philosophy is that no one should be alone at Christmas. No matter what your circumstances…..whether your children are grown or you are new in town…no matter what the story….this dinner is for you. This isn’t just a meal…it’s about community; about coming together to enjoy the company of others for a few hours; to be a part of something greater than we are as individuals…..
All are welcome…..we hope to see you there….please pass the word to anyone who you think might enjoy….and if you would like to come earlier to help, or make a donation to the dinner, please contact Ruth McCabe at 674-6032 or

Toys for Tots
A Toys for Tots collection box is located in the Town Hall lobby. Donations of new, wrapped toys are always appreciated.
Windsor Resource Center opens “The Giving Room”
The Giving Room, located at the Windsor Resource Center (by the train station) accepts donations of clothing that are then made available to the Windsor community. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 to 4. Here are some guidelines:
1-     Donations must be dropped off inside, to the service coordinator during business hours.
2-     Please- no clothing that needs to be washed, repaired or has rips & stains.
3-     We reserve the right to not accept certain items.
4-     No under garments or bathing suits.
5-     Tax deduction receipts are available for donations
6-     Requests for items will be accepted, and an effort will be made to keep an eye out for the matching donation.
New this season! Windsor Winter Farmers Market
Next Farmers Market Sunday December 16th  noon – 3pm The Windsor Farmers Market has moved indoors. This Sunday December 16th and running every other Sunday through April, the Market will be held at the Welcome Center on Railroad Ave. Seasonal produce, locally prepared foods, and various handmade crafts are offered.

Friends of Rec Month Long Raffle
The Friends of Rec. will be conducting their month long raffle during December. Get 61 chances to win with each $5 ticket! Tickets are available at the Rec. Center. The calendar of prizes can be found on the town website here:

There is A lot Going on at the Windsor Library
There are less than a dozen The Houses of Windsor 2013 calendars left. Calendars are $10 and can be purchased at the Windsor Public Library or Windsor Town Hall in the treasurer's office. Get your copy while they last! Friends of the Windsor Library.

December 8. Hacker Space for Kids. 10 a.m. Take apart appliances to see what’s inside! Appliances and tools provided. At Windsor Public Library.

December 10-22. Gingerbread House Contest. Drop your creation off by December 14. They will be displayed on the library mantle. Pick up houses and prizes on December 21 or 22. At Windsor Public Library.

December 11. Read to Me—Great Literature for the Holidays. 7 p.m. Hamilton Gillett, Amanda Lape-Freeberg, and Kris Garnjost read favorite seasonal stories: “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” by Dylan Thomas; “The Gift of the Magi,” by O. Henry; and Hanukkah stories. Sit back and enjoy great writing interpreted by seasoned readers who love language and literature. For adults and young people age 12 and up. At Windsor Welcome Center, 3 Railroad Avenue.

December 14 7-9 p.m. Playing through the Carols (with instruments!) Bring your musical instrument and come play some Christmas carols. Music will be provided. Bring a music stand if you have one. Sign up in advance if possible, especially if you play an instrument that is in Eb, Bb, F (saxes, French horns, etc.) See you for some tunes! At Windsor Public Library.

December 19. Adult Creative Writing Group. 7-8:30 p.m. See above.

December 20. What’s on Your Nightstand? 10-11 a.m. Do you enjoy talking about books? Join an informal discussion of what books you are reading now or have recently read. Hear about great reads from others. At Windsor Public Library.

Mt. Ascutney Annual Employee Craft Sale
Friday, December 14th from 8am-3pm and Saturday, December 15th from 8am to noon. Great opportunity to find unique and high quality hand made products. Located in the lower level of the Hospital in the conference rooms. Ample parking and clear signage. Handicapped accessible

Holiday exhibition at Nuance Gallery
“The Holly and the Ivy,” a holiday exhibition and sale of art and fine craft by local, regional and out-of-state artists will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 to Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Nuance Gallery, 85 Main St. in Windsor. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and by appointment.
Among others, the exhibit includes paintings by Nancy Silliman, Elizabeth Beliveau, James Grabowski and Peter Clive; photographs by Tom Sears and Deanna Meadow; natural found-object sculpture by Bruce Marshall and Alex Krajewski; pottery by Walt Hazelton; basketry by Gail Barton; notecards for every occasion by several artists, including Ann Semprebon (also get Maxfield Parrish cards here); woven scarves by Laura Montano; hand-painted silk scarves by Thornhill Designs; collage crafts by Katherine Rawson; gems, fossils and handcrafted items by Elaine Rohrbach; herbal body products by Betsy Alexander; books by local authors and more.

News From the Schools
The Outcast Theater Company is proud to present "Christmas Through The Years." on Dec 14th and 15th at 7 pm and Dec 16th at 2pm in the High School Auditorium. Admission is $5 per person with a cap of $30 per group and a canned good for the local food shelf. The proceeds will benefit both \ the High School trip to Washington, DC and the activities fund for the underprivileged. Come and see local residents and students perform your favorite Christmas songs in this fun and entertaining show and help support your local school. This is a show for those of all ages.
Saturday Dec. 8th 9am to noon Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale at State Street School
 Wednesday Dec. 12th 4 – 5 pm Meet the Superintendent Candidates, Windsor High School Cafeteria. All are welcome.
 Wednesday Dec. 12th 7pm Winter Choral / Band Concert grades 5 - 12
Windsor In The News
Vermont State Christmas Tree Sparkles – WCAX

Windsor Family Gives Christmas tree to State of Vermont

Windsor family donates balsam for VT State Christmas Tree – from the San Francisco Chronicle!
Windsor AD Gets a Special Welcome
Prisoners help process Thanksgiving food
Can Vermont Rap? Article on some talented local young people.