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What's Up in Windsor - February 2017 - Tina Castelli


What's Up in Windsor - February 2017 - Tina Castelli

by Tina Castelli

Hot off the Press, Scoop for Windsor!

There is fantastic news for Windsor and for the Windsor Golf Club. Symetra Golf Tour, a Tour for up and coming young pre-L PGA golfers, has chosen Windsor as one of 3 California stops on their 2017 tour. The Tour includes Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Windsor. This is really an honor for Windsor to get this event. The purse is going to be $100,000 and it is supposed to bring visitors to Windsor for a whole week. The Windsor Tournament will be in April, there is a Media Day planned for Feb 8th. Check the Windsor Golf Club website for current updates.

The Town of Windsor unexpectedly lost one of it’s loyal leaders early in January, Richard Bartlett, Chief of Operations at the Waste Water Plant. It was a stormy weekend and Richard had still been texting at 8 pm on the evening before, making sure everything was going smoothly at work during the bad weather. He passed from a heart attack in his sleep Sunday morning. Town Council had a small memorial during the start of the January 18th Council meeting. It was standing room only including Richard’s wife, son and many Town staff. Former Town Manager, Matt Mullin spoke. 

It has been close to a decade since the Trust Application was filed with the Bureau of Indian Affairs by the Lytton Tribe to acquire 125 non-gaming acres to build homes for tribal members in Windsor. (This has nothing to do with the other hundreds of acres where a future resort and winery are planned.) This trust then sat for a long time until last year when the BIA submitted a list of questions to the Town of Windsor for a list of answers concerning the Trust Application. The original deadline for answers was in November. Windsor Council requested an extension to collect public comment. There have been several get-to-gethers in Town about the topic with most ending with the crowd disagreeing on the best choices for Windsor. The questions and proposed answers were presented at the Council Meeting on January 18th with a small audience in attendance. The Council turned in the answers to the BIA questions by the extension date on Monday the 23rd of January. Now we wait again. The great thing is that the line of communication is open and information is going back and forth. For further updates visit

I spent the last week with a good friend of mine who moved to Nashville 23 years ago and is now planning on moving back. I drove her around and showed her the sites, the businesses and how things had changed. I took her to a few new places to shop, for lunch, dinner and then a snack on her last day at BurtoNZ Bakery, Windsor’s own awesome maker of New Zealand style meat pies. She said to me, “ Wow, everybody around her owns their own place, all the businesses are small. In Tennesee everybody works for big companies.” It was an ah-ha moment for me and it made a lot of things lately make since. I am so happy to be a native Californian, this is the place to thrive.