2014 Musky Classic
On Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 at the Winchester Park, the Winchester Lions will be serving food from 11 AM on. The Fire Dept/EMT's will sell drinks and the Awards Ceremony will start at 1 PM. The public is welcome to attend.
Pickleball at the Winchester Park
The Pickleball court has now been painted at the Winchester Park. The net can be checked out at the library during regular hours. Check the library website for hours at: http://winchester.wislib.org/ People using this court, need to have their own equipment, minus the net. Enjoy!
Library Temporary Closure Due to Restoration
In preparation for the restoration of the Winchester 1910 School Building, the Winchester Public Library will close for approximately 3 months beginning September 15th, 2014. This is necessary so that books, supplies and equipment can be relocated during the renovation. The library staff is investigating the possibility of limited services during the period the library is closed and will notify patrons if any services can be made available. It is anticipated that the library will reopen January, 2015. Updates on the restoration progress will be posted here and on the Library website at: http://winchester.wislib.org/
New Internet Service Coming to Winchester
In the near future, the Town of Winchester will have another option for Internet service. SonicNet. will be providing this service with a new tower on one of the highest spots in town. If you have questions about cost, which plan is best for you, or the schedule of the new tower, you can contact them at:
Picnic in the Park 2014
Restoration of the 1910 School Building
TOWN OF WINCHESTER LAUNCHES A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FOR RESTORATION OF 1910 WINCHESTER SCHOOL BUILDING
The Winchester Town Board has authorized a capital campaign with a goal of $175,000 for exterior and interior restoration of the hundred year old school building which currently serves as the public library and community center. Under guidance from the Historic Preservation Division of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the Community and Historical Buildings Committee has developed plans to restore the school building originally built by the Turtle Lumber Co. in 1910 to serve the approximately 1,500 people in the fledgling mill town of Winchester. Over recent years the Town Board has spent approximately $90,000 in infrastructure up-dates to the building, including ADA compliant bathroom, heating, air conditioning, insulation, foundation repair, up-graded electrical wiring and more. It was agreed that restoration, including replacement of the belfry, installation of energy-efficient and authentic windows, replicating the original wood siding and paint colors, and interior restoration to include replication of the original wainscoting, all would be done with donated funds. The committee is pleased to announce that a $75,000 challenge gift has been pledged upon successfully raising the balance of $100,000. Residents of Winchester, families of former students at the Winchester School, or anyone with connections and caring for the Town of Winchester are encouraged to help meet that challenge and goal by sending a tax deductible donation to the Town of Winchester Restoration Fund, 7228 County Highway W, Winchester, WI 54557.
Winchester is located in the northwest corner of Vilas County, bounded by Michigan's Upper Peninsula to the north, Iron County to the west, the town of Presque Isle to the east and the town of Manitowish Waters to the south.
Winchester covers over 34,000 acres and is covered by lakes, with 34 named and 29 unnamed. Almost 80% of the town's area is wooded, and we have more than 6,000 acres of public land as part of the Northern-Highland American Legion State Forest.
Winchester is a small community most of the year, with approximately 400-500 permanent residents (estimated in the year 2012). Like many towns in the Northwoods, we have a larger summer population, with approximately 3000 seasonal residents. Our area is perfect for summer activities like fishing, boating and hiking. Winter sports such as skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing are also popular.
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A new trash compactor has been installed at the Transfer Station. Recycle Bins in the parking lot will no longer be used. All recyclables should be placed in the new compactor inside the building. Please remember, no plastic bags in the conpactor. If you have questions, please talk with Donnie at 715-686-7500. Also, remember these are the official hours:
These are the only hours materials can be dropped off!
Building permits are required in the Town of Winchester. Please contact RC Inspection Agency. Tel. (715) 543-2094 Rick Clem. The UDC Ordinance is on the Ordinances tab on the bottom left side of this Home Page.
Do You Need a Street Address/Fire Number?
The town of Winchester does not issue street addresses. If you need an address, also called a "fire number", contact Becky Nordine at Vilas County Mapping. Phone # 715 479 3655.
They will assign the address and notify the town. The town will provide the sign and post, but only orders them when we qualify for bulk prices. You are free to put up a temporary sign with your number on it in the meantime. If you have questions contact Tom Ghiloni at 715 686 2580.
A new menu item has been added on the left. Local resident, Dave Peters, made this video from his pictures he took while kayaking on Rock Lake. Thanks Dave for your wonderful work! Check this out, and enjoy great scenes from his kayak.