The big news this week was the incredible crash on I-91 Wednesday morning. Members of our fire department responded to a crash to find very slippery and dangerous conditions. A couple of 18 wheelers lost control when approaching the accident scene, causing members of our crew to jump the guardrail to avoid being hit. In one case the firefighter had to jump from the highway down to County Rd. The chief had to dive into the cab of the fire truck to avoid another sliding truck that came close enough to bust off the mirror. A couple of links to news stories appear below. The chief has asked that this incident be a reminder to take it easy on the roads and be mindful of conditions. Be aware of emergency lights and slow down as far in advance as possible. We really are lucky we didn’t lose anyone in this incident.
Town Meeting is Monday March 4th at 7pm in the school auditorium to include voting on articles 1- 6. Articles 7 – 22 will be discussed that evening and voted on by Australian ballot on March 5th from 9am – 7pm in the Rec Center at Town Hall. Here are links to various information sources:
Town Meeting Warning, proposed budget and other support documents http://www.windsorvt.org/documents/budgets/2013-town-meeting-documents/
Videos of Municipal & School budget meetings: http://woa-tv.org/site/
As part of the budget focus the Windsor Cemetery Association has asked that I forward the following information:
Article 17 on the warrant refers to the Ascutney Cemetery Association. Some voters may be confused as to where the cemetery is. It has over the years been referred to Ascutney Cemetery as it is located off Ascutney St. in Windsor. The Windsor Cemetery was chartered in 1856 by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont. Many prominent men from Windsor were among the incorporators: such as Hiram Harlow, Carlos Coolidge, George Green, Nathan Hale and Alfred Hall. Hiram Harlow seeing the necessity for a new burial ground for the Windsor residents and their families proposed a new cemetery as the Old South Cemetery was becoming overcrowded and no grave sites available. Alfred Hall and Hiram Harlow both owned farms in the area of the new proposed cemetery off of Ascutney Street donated land equaling approximately 30 acres, to create the Windsor Cemetery Association, later better known as the Ascutney Cemetery. Following Hiram Harlow's death he bequeathed another 30 acres , known as the Otis Farm thus , thus making the area approximately 60 acres. The Otis farm continued as a working farm for many years, thus that part of the cemetery being known as "Cow Hill". The Windsor Cemetery Association continues to supervise the operation and maintenance of the cemetery. For several years the residents of Windsor have voted an appropriation in aiding the Windsor Cemetery Association in the care of this cemetery. This appropriation is greatly appreciated by the board and we feel that we are constantly working to present the cemetery as well cared for and respected place for those buried there and to their families.
Events in Town
Winter Carnival Is Coming! - Events have changed due to weather
One Come all to the First Annual “Tastes of Windsor” Progressive Dinner, Saturday February 23rd from 5-8 pm At the Windsor High school ball fields $10.00 per person children under 10 free. Come enjoy sampling the tastes of our community as you snow shoe, cross-country ski or hike from station to station. Beginning with appetizers and ending with delightful desserts. Each station will have a warming fire ending with a giant bonfire. This event will be held with or without snow. For more information, if you would like to provide food, or help serve food. Call Sherry Boudro at 802-674-9374
Windsor Farmers Market Association Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 The Annual General Meeting of the Windsor Farmers Market Association is being held at the Windsor Welcome Center, 43 Railroad Ave. The agenda will be to inform the members, and the public, of previous and future activities, elect a board of directors, review fiscal information for the past year and asking any questions regarding the directions the Windsor Farmers Market will take in the future. A potluck dinner will be at 6:00pm. Please bring your favorite dish to share, and also please bring your own beverage, plates and utensils. The Annual Meeting will begin at 7:00pm.
Old South Church will be hosting their Open Mic Coffeehouse
Saturday march 9th at 7pm Please come and share your talents, as well as a dessert or snack, if you wish. We also welcome cheerful spectators and monetary donations (proceeds go to instrument maintenance)!
This is a family friendly evening of fellowship and entertainment. The nursery will be open for those with young children.
Wild Women of Windsor to Sponsor Dance
THE SNOW BALL Saturday March 9th 7pm at the American Legion. A silent auction & benefit dance sponsored by Wild Women of Windsor will take place Saturday March 9th 7pm at the American Legion Windsor, VT featuring About Gladys. $5 Cover charge. Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and desserts. Cover charge and auction items will raise money for various WWW community projects. View auction items on WWW Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Wildwomenofwindsor . For more information on the Wild Women contact Nida Tansey at firstname.lastname@example.org
News From The Library
Windsor Public Library Is Looking for Volunteers
Do you enjoy working with the public? Are you comfortable using (or learning to use) a computer? Have you got 2 or more hours a week to volunteer your time? The Windsor Public Library’s circulation desk is staffed entirely by volunteers and we are seeking 2-3 more volunteers to join us.
Duties: Greeting and interacting with library users. Answering questions, providing assistance with finding resources, using the online catalog, etc. Checking resources in and out. Working with library staff. Occasionally providing assistance with special projects or tasks, as available.
Windsor Public Library is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9AM-8PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2PM-6PM, Fridays from 9AM-6PM, and Saturday from 9AM-1PM. Ideally, volunteers work a regular 2-hour shift weekly, however we are also looking for “floating” volunteers who can substitute when a regular volunteer is unavailable.
Please call the library at 674-2556 or email email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering or if you have questions.
Events and Programs unless otherwise indicated, events are free and held at the Windsor Public Library, 43 State Street.
Free beginner Spanish Classes. Call the library for dates and times.
Rescheduled! Saturday, February 23, 10:30 a.m. Children’s Author Visit. Henry Homeyer reads from Wobart and the Quest for the Magic Calumet. Get a taste of the wild adventures of an unusual boy and his mountain lion friend and learn about the process of authoring a book. Free at Windsor Public Library, 43 State Street. Free.
Photographic Invitation A Photographic Celebration of Paradise Park. Photographers, please consider creating a short slide show from your favorite images taken in the park to share with the public at the Welcome Center, March 21, 7 p.m. Contact Marv Klassen-Landis at 802-674-5808 or firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15 if you want to participate. Co-sponsored by the Paradise Park Commission.
Regularly Scheduled Activities
Weekly Spanish Classes. Call 802-674-2556 for dates and times.
Adult Creative Writing Group. First and third Wednesdays monthly, 7-8:30 p.m. (February 6 and 20.) No previous writing experience necessary. Fiction writers, nonfiction writers, poets, playwrights… All are welcome! Focus on writing together, support for each other. Please call Barbara with questions at 802-674-2556 or email email@example.com.
Instrumental Music Night. Third Friday monthly, 7-9 p.m. (February 15.) Bring your musical instrument and we'll play through some polka and klezmer music (dance tunes!) Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 674-2556 to let me know you're coming.
Windsor Rambles. Third Saturday monthly, 9-10:30 a.m. (February 16.) Do you enjoy hiking, birding, photography, foraging, natural history or local history? Meet at the library for a local hike. An opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with others, to share what you know and to learn from others.
Writers’ Critique Circle. Third Saturday monthly, 1-3 p.m. (February 16.) Bring works-in-progress—it could be 1-3 poems, a short story, an essay or a chapter from a longer work—for thoughtful, in-depth peer review. Led by writer Marv Klassen-Landis. Call 802-674-5808 or email email@example.com for information or to join
Friends of the Library “Going To The Dogs”
The Friends of the Windsor Library thanks everyone who supported their efforts by purchasing their Houses of Windsor 2013calendar. It was a sell out! Folks have asked if we are doing another calendar for 2014 and the answer is ‘yes’! Our next calendar will be titled, “The Dogs of Windsor”. Windsor residents are encouraged to participate by sending in a favorite photo of their dog and the photo should include something related to Windsor. For example, Barbara Ball, our new librarian, took a picture of her dog in the pumpkin patch in Paradise Park. Group dog photos are also encouraged i.e. neighborhood dogs, best friends, family dogs etc. Here are the guidelines for sending in photos for the calendar:
1. Dog photos only (please no people or other animals in photo)
2. Photos should somehow relate to Windsor, or, just your favorite dog photo
3. Email a photo of your dog/dogs to firstname.lastname@example.org and please send along your dog’s name, age of your dog, owner’s name, and where your photo was taken.
4. If you are unable to email a photo, please send your photo to Sherrie Greeley, 3 Meadow Lane, Windsor, VT 05089 and include information in #3 along with your photo. I can scan your photo and include it in our calendar.
5. Seasonal photos are encouraged
6. We will be accepting photos until the beginning of September. The Calendar will be out in mid-October.
Have fun with it and send your photos!
News From the Town Clerk
2013 Dog licenses are now available through the Town Clerk’s office. All dogs are required to be licensed by April 1st. The cost is $12 for dogs that have not been spayed/neutered and $8 for those that have.
Following is a list of offices to be voted on in the March 5, 2013 Election for the Town of Windsor:
OFFICE CURRENTLY HELD BY:
MODERATOR-TOWN -1 YR TERM Martha Davis
MODERATOR-SCHOOL-1 YR TERM Martha Davis
SELECTPERSON-3 YR TERM Larry Dougher
SELECTPERSON-2 YR TERM Clayton Paronto
SCHOOL DIRECTOR-3 YR TERM Jesse Tyler
SCHOOL DIRECTOR-2 YR TERM Carl Malikowski
LISTER – 3 YR TERM Donna Duling
TRUSTEE OF PUBLIC FUNDS-3 YR TERM Oren Hunt
TRUSTEE OF PUBLIC FUNDS-Rem. 3 Yr. Term Vacant
We have two job postings related to VT Council on Rural Development http://vtrural.org/programs/e-vermont/newsevents/leahy-pr-11113 Area business specialist, 2 -18 month positions (different regions)
Community Meal Schedule for seniors 60+: Reservations required – call VIA @ 802-674-5971
(coordinated by: Volunteers In Action (VIA) sponsored by: Senior Solutions)
Wednesday, February 27th @ 12:00 noon – location: Windsor Mt. Ascutney Hospital-Bd. Room:
Menu: oven roasted tilapia, baked potato, Brussels sprouts, dessert, etc. (suggested donation: $3.00)
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED - please call Volunteers In Action: 802-674-5971
Community Drivers: to drive seniors to medical appts, grocery & drug store, etc.
Meals on Wheels Drivers: substitute drivers needed to deliver meals to seniors
“Connecting neighbors with needs and people who care……”
Windsor Food Shelf - Food donations needed!
Windsor Food Shelf at the Trinity Church on 44 Main Street is opening up another day when the Food Shelf is open on Thursdays. Our new schedule is:
• Tuesdays from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.
• Wednesdays from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
• Thursdays from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
News From The Schools
February Student of the Month: The Windsor Jr/Sr High School Student of the Month is junior, Mariah Marsh. Mariah plays field hockey and has been a strong member of the theatre program. She has an incredible work ethic. This can be seen in her ability to manage a part-time job, strong grades, and participation in a variety of activities. Mariah is an invaluable member of the Windsor school community.
Windsor In the News
Windsor Fire Dept. responds to I-91 crash scene. – Very dangerous conditions –news coverage
Follow-up story on crash
Windsor Coaches to be Honored
Windsor based DSM Environmental in the News