Five ran­dom thoughts from the week that was.

  1. This is actu­al­ly a week late, but on Friday the 12th, my wife and I attend­ed Rock the Block down­town (which was awe­some). Before the show, we popped into the Engine House Pizza Pub on Lexington Ave., just off Main St. We had­n’t eat­en there in a cou­ple of years, and I must say I was impressed by the food and the atmos­phere. There was live music from Ronn Crowder (who won me over by play­ing a cou­ple of John Prine tunes, among oth­ers). But the star of the evening was the piz­za. We love thin crust piz­za and let me tell you, they do it right! They also have a nice selec­tion of beers on tap. Stop in some time; you won’t regret it. 
  2. Also the same evening, we saw the tem­po­rary street cross­ing art at Court & Wall Streets. It had just been com­plet­ed by a group of teens from the Rowland Arts Center, who worked with the Winchester Design Studio in a 5‑week design work­shop to plan and design the cross­walk. I’d like to see some per­ma­nent instal­la­tions like this around town. 
  3. Public schools opened for the new year this week in Clark County. Please watch for those big yel­low bus­es car­ry­ing our pre­cious kiddos. 
  4. If you dri­ve I‑64 between Winchester and Lexington reg­u­lar­ly as I do, you’ve no doubt noticed that work has begun on repaving that stretch of high­way. It’s bad­ly need­ed, and I’ve been hop­ing for years it would get done. Still, it’s so incon­ve­nient to have the heav­i­ly-trav­eled cor­ri­dor reduced to two nar­row lanes — espe­cial­ly dur­ing rush hour. Here’s hop­ing the work gets done quick­ly so we can enjoy the fresh new pave­ment before winter. 
  5. I applaud the Winchester City Commission’s deci­sion to grant bad­ly-need­ed rais­es to our police offi­cers. According to the Winchester Sun, the city raised the start­ing salary for police offi­cers near­ly $4,000, up to $40,325. Still — also accord­ing to the arti­cle in the Sun — even with the raise, our city will rank 16th among 21 area police agen­cies in this measure. 

  • Pete Koutoulas

    Pete is an IT pro­fes­sion­al work­ing in Lexington. Formerly of Campton, he and his wife have lived in Winchester since 2015. Pete is a for­mer week­ly news­pa­per pub­lish­er and for­mer colum­nist for the Winchester Sun. These days, when not work­ing he can often be found on his back porch read­ing or writ­ing, in the back­yard tend­ing to his toma­to plants, or put­ter­ing around in his garage or work­shop. Reach Pete at pete@wincitynews.org.