Town of Winchester Annual Meeting
Apr 20, 2015

Nov 19, 2014
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2015 Election Results
Town Chairman:  Rick Clem
Town Supervisors:  Steve Budnik & Tom Ghiloni
Town Clerk:  Ruth Allis
Town Treasurer:  Geri Sell
Winchester Library Update 4/6/2015
The satellite library at the Winchester Town Hall will be closed down permanently on 4/16/2015 in anticipation of opening 5/2/2015.
The project now is to put the library & community room back together.  Saturday, March 21, 2015 a large group of residents spent the day cleaning, and getting everything ready.  Most of the bookshelves are finished and installed.  The residents are excited about reopening the library in the newly remodeled space on Saturday, May  2, 2015.  Mark your calendar to stop by from 10:00-12:00 on May 2 to view the new building, and have some refreshments.
A grand opening celebration will be held some time this summer.  Check back to this column for the exact date!

Volunteers Needed

Anyone interested in volunteering at our new library in the month of May, should contact Cyndi Guzman at 715-686-2926, or via email at
Town of Winchester
Annual Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the Annual Town Meeting for the Town of Winchester in the County of Vilas, State of Wisconsin will be held at the Winchester Municipal Building in said town on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM.  This is in accordance to Wis. Stats. 60.10 and 60.11.
At this time, the Annual Town Meeting will be recessed to May 4, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Winchester Municipal Building in accordance to Wis. Stats. 60.11 (4).
/s/ Ruth Allis, Town Clerk
Posted this 31st day of March, 2015 

This is no longer active as of 2/6/2015.  If you have tax question, please contact Vilas County.
Property Tax Payments With Credit Card, Debit Card, Or, Electonic Check  Is Now Available

Winchester Library Restoration Progress (3/14/2015)

Rick Clem is the Project Manager, so all questions should be directed to him at
715-543-2094.  Pictures as of 3/14/2015:

1910 School Building Restoration Project

The project is coming to a close!  Everything has stayed on track, and the building is looking great. 


Saturday, March 13, 2015 the bell donated by Connie & Gerry Ghiloni was placed on top of the building.  The bell rang that day for the first time since it last rang in 1966. 


The project now, is to put the Library & Community room back together.  Volunteers worked hard cleaning both rooms, and getting everything ready to begin unpacking the Library.


The tower was built and donated by Lee Stengele.  Lee designed the tower from old pictures of the building.  Installation was donated by Lee Stengele & Bill Mcgee, and installation equipment was provided by Eugene Schillinger.  Our community spirit is alive and well!


There are so many people who have contributed their time, money, and support for this project, and the community wants to thank everyone who made this possible.  I'd like to list all the names of supporters, but I'm not sure I would have enough room to list everyone.


A grand opening will be held sometime this spring or summer.  Check back to the Winchester News column in the Lakeland Times for updates on this event.


1910 School Building Restoration Update
 Once the shelves are in, we can begin putting the library "back together".  Once we are ready to start this, we would like to ask for your help.  If you have a few hours to volunteer with this project, please contact Cyndi at 715-686-2926

Satellite Library-Winchester Town Hall


  • High speed Internet is now available in the Town Hall parking lot when the Satellite Library is closed.
  • Limited Library services are now available at the Town Hall.  Cyndi will assist with getting books through inter library's loans. This way, patrons can pick up their requests during our open hours. They can return during open hours, Monday and Thursday 10 - 1. We can also assist with E books and teach options.  High speed Internet will be available for patrons using their own laptops, tablets, or smart phones.  A copier will also be available. 
  • Looking for a DVD to watch?  Go to for a complete list of DVD's that are available.  Contact the library during the hours listed above.   
  • Any materials that have been checked out from the Winchester Library can be returned to any Northern Waters Library (Boulder Junction, Mercer, Presque Isle, or Manitowish Waters).  If you have questions, please call 715-686-2926, and leave a message.  The voice mail will be checked and messages will be returned.  Thanks again, to all who have made this project possible!

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: 


 Welcome to the Town of Winchester, Wisconsin -- "The Real Northwoods!"

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.

Please see our Notices section for current news. See AIS Warnings. 



Items that may need correction within the website....please contact the Town Clerk via email: 


Questions? Direct them to the Town Office via Email:  or call





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Town Chairman:  Monday's 5:00-6:30

Town Clerk:  Tuesday's 10:00-2:00

Town Hall Phone #
(715) 686-2123

Website Contact
Phone:  715-686-2996

Transfer Station

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:

Monday 9-4
Thursday 9-4
Saturday 9-4
Sunday 9-1
These are the only hours materials can be dropped off!


Building Permits

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.


New Video

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.