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Week of September 21 to September 28, 2023
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Presentation on Millers River Highlights Its Importance to Winchendon and Surrounding Towns

Millers River Presentation
Anna Wilkins, Executive Director of North County Land Trust
Photo by Inanna Arthen
Millers River Presentation
Ivan Ussach, Executive Director for the Millers River Watershed Council (MRWC)
Photo by Inanna Arthen

On Sunday, September 17, representatives from numerous Winchendon town boards and organizations, and interested members of the public, attended a presentation on the Millers River watershed given by Anna Wilkins, Executive Director of North County Land Trust (NCLT), and Ivan Ussach, Executive Director for the Millers River Watershed Council (MRWC). The presentation, titled "Winchendon: Keeper of the Millers River," ran for about an hour and twenty minutes and included much information about Winchendon's historic and present relationship with this fourth-longest tributary of the Connecticut River. It was hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon (UUCW).

After a brief introduction by Jill Sackett of UUCW, Ms. Wilkins began by explaining that the river was called Papacontuckquash, or "Split Banks River" by the Indigenous Nipmuc peoples who lived in its watershed (and still do). A "watershed," Ms. Wilkins explained, is a geographical area defined by the fact that all the water which falls as precipitation or rises from springs within its boundaries flows into a single central river or stream. The Millers River watershed covers 392 square miles and includes parts of Richmond, Troy, Fitzwilliam, Jaffrey, Rindge and New Ipswich in New Hampshire, and Ashburnham, Westminster, Gardner, Templeton, Philipston, Athol, New Salem, Orange, Warwick, Erving, Wendell, Millers Falls and Montague in Massachusetts, and it completely encompasses the towns of Winchendon and Royalston, which are 100 percent within the Millers River watershed.

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map of Millers River watershed
The Millers River watershed (outlined in red)
Image courtesy of NCLT
More than 17 miles of the 51-mile long river runs through Winchendon. The North Branch flows out of Lake Monomonac in two places, and joins the Main Branch, which flows out of Sunset Lake in Ashburnham, at Whitney Pond. Flowing out of Whitney Pond, the Millers River is joined by the Otter River just below Birch Hill. The river then wends and winds westward until it joins the Connecticut River at French King Bridge in Millers Falls.

Ms. Wilkins described the ecological hierarchy of life which is dependent on the Millers River headwaters, much of it so small it's beneath most humans' notice. Single celled organisms and fungi feed invertibrates like larval insects, worms, shellfish and crabs, which are eaten by frogs, fish and other small carnivores. These in turn support larger birds and animals such as otters, beavers, mink, game fish, ducks and herons. At one time, the Millers River was stocked with brown trout and rainbow trout by Mass Wildlife and was known as "the best trout stream in Massachusetts."

Mr. Ussach then took over to talk about the many challenges and threats faced by the Millers River, including deforestation, mining (in this area, sand and gravel mining which releases sediments and impacts the water table), unrestricted livestock grazing, dams and culverts which interrupt water flow, block the migration of fish and other water creatures, and trap sediment, which concentrates pollutants, including so-called "forever chemicals" like PCPs. Development in a watershed causes many problems, including increased runoff of pesticides, fertilizers, waste products, and pollutants into the water.

It's important to protect our watersheds, Mr. Ussach said, and important to remember that all of the towns in a watershed are affected by what happens anywhere in it. There is currently a campaign to prevent the expansion of a sludge landfill in Gardner which would directly impact the water supply for the town of Templeton. There have been success stories, too. Many older people remember when the Millers River ran opaque pink and yellow in Erving by the paper mill, during the 1970s. The paper mill cleaned up its act and now the river in Erving runs sparkling clear.

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map of Lake Monomonac Preservation project
The Lake Monomonac Preservation project
Image courtesy of NCLT
Potential benefits of the river include recreation such as boating and fishing. MRWC provides maps of walking/hiking "Blue Trails" that are maintained for the public. (see But keeping the waters healthy matters far more to all of our well-being and quality of life than simply having a nice brook to fish in.

Ms. Wilkins spoke about the campaign to purchase and conserve a long parcel of land by Lake Monomonac in order to protect the headwaters of the Millers River North Branch, which flows out of the lake on either side of the parcel. NCLT and Mount Grace Conservation Land Trust are working to raise $150,000 to complete purchase of the land. For information about the project and how to donate, see

Following the presentation, Ms. Wilkins and Mr. Ussach took questions from the audience. There were informational handouts available, and UUCW provided light refreshments.

Winchendon Man Involved in Mass Pike Crash, Charged with OUI

Traffic on the Mass Pike (I-90) was backed up for miles in both directions into the afternoon of Tuesday, September 19, following a morning accident at Mile Marker 82 in Charlton involving a Winchendon resident.

Masssachusetts State Police responded to a call at 9:13 a.m. reporting that a 2017 Dodge 1500 pickup truck had collided with a 2016 M2106 box truck. The box truck, driven by a 34-year-old man from Everett, had flipped on its side, trapping the driver. The driver was extracted from the vehicle and transported to a hospital by medical helicopter with serious injuries.

Nathan A. Miranda, 37, of Winchendon, was arrested on charges of operating under the influence of drugs, operating under the influence of drugs causing serious injury, drug possession and other motor vehicle offenses.

The box truck, which carried a load of chicken, was completely demolished with its cargo spilling all across the highway median. While it was sitting in the median strip of the highway and the steel median barrier had been knocked down, it is unclear which directions the two vehicles were traveling in and how they collided.

At 3:00 p.m., the left lanes on both sides of the Pike were still closed for clean-up with delays expected to last through the evening commute.

Town Issues Update On Broadcast System for Meetings

Those who have been missing the broadcast of Winchendon town Board and Committee meetings (and the Courier definitely has!) will be interested in the latest update, posted to the town website on September 19, 2023:

Additional equipment (cameras, battery backups, cables, etc.) have had to be purchased as we were not able to use the current cameras with them being outdated and no longer supported by the company. We had connectivity issues using old with the new. The cameras have been installed and the first practice run of the new broadcast system on Channel 8 happened at the Board of Selectmen meeting on September 11, 2023. Click here to watch it from the new system: Board of Selectmen Meeting 9-11-2023 ( During this meeting, system and meeting configurations were established; this will be an ongoing process as we use the new system.

The next step is training. It's a whole new system so a lot to learn. There are a multitude of training videos and guides to review for the broadcast personnel which will culminate with in-house hands-on training. Training resources have been dispersed and staff reviewing this week.

We do have a link to the new system and have placed some video meetings there already. Please check it out:

Winchendon TV (

Thank you all for your patience!
The recordings on the new platform are much better quality than the YouTube versions. There did seem to be some echoing issues with the September 11 BOS meeting broadcast on Channel 8, but the recording has no sign of this. The audio on the new videos is much better than the acoustics for attendees in person in the auditorium. All of us who follow the town Board and Committee meetings will be enjoying the new system!

Wall of Words and Worries Installed at the Beals Library

Beals Wall of Words and Worries
Library Director, Manuel King, ponders what he might write on the "Wall of Words and Worries" recently installed at the Beals Memorial Library in Winchendon.
Photo courtesy of Beals Memorial Library

The Beals Memorial Library in Winchendon has recently installed a "Wall of Words and Worries" inside the ground floor entrance of the library. The Wall is a large 4 x 7 foot chalkboard where library patrons and community members of all ages are encouraged to anonymously answer monthly questions posed by Beals Memorial Library Staff about timely topics that go to the heart of many issues our community, state, and country face. The purpose of the board is not to court controversy, but to check the pulse of the community in a free exchange of ideas.

The question for the month of October is, "How do you feel about Banning Books?" This issue is a hot one for libraries nationwide, and the Beals Library staff would like to know your take on the matter.

As the Wall fills up with comments, the staff will erase the board to make room for more, but not before recording, and later uploading them to the Library website at where there will also be a digital Wall of Words & Worries if patrons would like to comment, but can't make it to the library. No comment will be removed unless it includes swear words, is a personal attack, or contains slurs.

For more information, or if you have a question you would like us to consider for inclusion on the Wall, please contact the library at 978-297-0300. The Beals Memorial Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street, Winchendon, MA.

The Wall of Words and Worries is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Banned Book Week Events at the Beals Memorial Library

Beals highlights banned and challenged books
Join Winchendon library director, Manuel King, for a fun evening highlighting banned and challenged books at Banned Book Bingo on Wednesday, October 4!
Photo courtesy of Beals Memorial Library.

The Beals Memorial Library is shining a light on censorship and highlighting the freedom to read with activities and events from September 30 through October 7 in honor of Banned Books Week. During that week, children are invited to take part in a special Banned Book Storywalk outside on the library lawn, while teens and adults are invited to a fun and informative evening playing Banned Book Bingo! Join the library and learn more about censorship, intellectual freedom, and the most recent news on book challenges during this annual event as well as enjoy special book displays featuring some of the most frequently challenged books.

On Saturday, September 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., head over to the Beals Memorial Library and and join the Winchendon Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant (CFCE) on a reading adventure with their Banned Book Storywalk! This year's banned book will be Little Red Riding Hood, adapted by Mara Alperin. Little Red Riding Hood is a classic fairytale about a little girl's encounter with a wicked wolf on her way to visit her sick grandmother. The Brothers Grimm version of Little Red Riding Hood has been banned or challenged in the past, not due to violence from the wolf, but for the fact that Little Red delivers her grandmother a bottle of wine. This program is free to attend, and the Winchendon CFCE will be handing out free copies of this year's banned book pick while supplies last.

On Wednesday, October 4, at 6:30 p.m., teens and adults are invited to play a few rounds of Banned Book Bingo! Enoy a fun twist on bingo that celebrates the most frequently challenged books of the last decade. Learn some interesting trivia about the books that have made the list and enjoy a topical book discussion while playing. The winner of each round will be awarded a banned book as a prize!

The Beals Memorial Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street in Winchendon. For more information, contact the library at 978-297-0300, email at, or visit their website at

Poetry and Prose Workshop for Teens at the Beals Memorial Library

Jill Cote, writing instructor for Beals workshops
Jill Cote, an English teacher at the Winchendon School, will be facilitating two workshops focusing on poetry and prose writing from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 25, and Wednesday, September 27. The sessions will be held at the Beals Memorial Library in Winchendon
Photo courtesy of Beals Memorial Library.

The Beals Memorial Library in Winchendon will be holding two workshops for teens in grades 9 through 12, who either live or go to school in Winchendon. The first session, on Monday, September 25, will cover poetry; and the second, on Wednesday, September 27, will focus on prose writing (written language in its ordinary form, without metrical structure). Both classes run from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., and will be facilitated by Jill Cote, an English teacher at the Winchendon School. The workshops are in conjunction with the Beals Prize for Young Writers, a competition that embraces both poetry and prose. It encourages young people to explore new ways of creative communication through the written word, in whatever form they feel most comfortable. The contest will honor ten finalists with cash prizes of $150.00 for first, $75.00 for second, and $50.00 for third. The remaining seven finalists will receive $10.00. The submission deadline is Saturday, September 30, and all entries should be emailed to

The awards ceremony will be held at the library on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Poetry Workshop:
Poetry is the expression of an emotion, and this is not an easy thing to do. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of the poetic form and rhyme. They will experiment with several poetic forms, and write numerous examples as they perfect their submissions for the Beals Prize for Young Writers.

Prose Workshop:
Prose writing is a form that comes relatively easy to some, and can be incredibly challenging to others. Prose allows the writer to deeply explore a topic, in this case the various journeys which we take during our lifetimes. This workshop will begin with journaling and then expand to a short story about a journey. Participants can expect personal feedback, and encouragement through peer review. Participants are encouraged to submit their writing to the contest as well.

The Facilitator:
Jill Cote is a resident of Winchendon and a former teacher at Narragansett Regional High School and Murdock High School. She is currently teaching at the Winchendon School. Mrs. Cote is a published poet, an avid reader, and a lover of the written word. She has her Master's in English from Worcester State University and plans on pursuing her doctorate in Mythological and Occult studies. She has been an educator for twenty-five years, and she plans on continuing to teach until she can't stand up on her own anymore! The workshops she is running at Beals are a continuation of her lifelong desire to learn, to experience, and to share those experiences with others through written expression.

Winchendon's Bob Jordan Performing in Winchester, NH

Winchendon's Bob Jordan will present the last of three programs on Sept 27, 2023, part of his series "It's All About The Songs--The Poetry of Rock," at the Conant Library in Winchester, NH on Wednesday, September 27 at 6:00 p.m., in the gazebo. See for info and directions.

A program of great songs will identify the songwriters and the singers from the rock'n'roll music of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

We will talk about what makes the songs tick - the poetry inside the lyrics; the stories, the rhythm, tempo, and the cadences which support the lyrics; and the role of the singer, the instruments, and the music.

While these sessions will be of particular interest to musicians developing their repertoires, they will also appeal to anyone who is interested in the History of popular music; or in understanding how music works and how it is interpreted and enjoyed, promoting a deeper appreciation of musical performance and the SONGS themselves.

Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Lennon-McCartney, Leonard Cohen and others will be among the poets of Song to be featured.

The event is free to the public.

For more info, contact Bob Jordan, 508-873-1767.

Youth Voices Free After School Program

Open to all 5th Grade Students
Thursdays 3:15-4:30 p.m. October 12 through December 14
At Winchendon Works Community Hub, 5 Summer Drive
Registration Required
Not a School Sponsored Event

Valuing Our Insights for Civic Engagement Curriculum (VOICES) is designed to bolster local youth leadership development. This curriculum specifically offers participants the opportunity to explore their identities, their communities and their ability to make changes as leaders. Facilitators will establish a group atmosphere so that participants' beliefs and privacy will be respected. Snacks and Gift Cards for all participants!

For more information email: or call 978-297-1667. To register go to:

Hiking Club on Starting on Saturdays

f you enjoy walking the North Central Bike Path and you are looking for a more challenging walk, join the Toy Town Trekkers!

The Winchendon Parks & Recreation Commission is starting a hiking club on Saturday, September 30 at 9:30 a.m. at The Winchendon Community Park. We will hike the park's woodland and meadow trails and plan other local hikes for the month of October.

Our goal is for residents to enjoy the many hiking opportunities our town has to offer. We hope you join us on the following Saturdays at the Winchendon Community Park at 9:30 a.m.

September 30
October 7
October 14
October 21
October 26

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Central Mass Tree

Be sure to check out our Classified and Employment Ads on the Events Page!

Enter the Fall Fest Pie Contests!

Will you be at Fall Fest on Saturday, October 7? Do you love pie? Do you bake pie? These contests are for you!

Bake your best fall pie and enter it at the Parks & Recreation Table in the Clark Parking Lot at Central Street between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Pies will judged in several categories including best looking and best tasting.

Between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. there will be a pie-eating contest.

For more information, contact Sponsored by Winchendon Parks & Recreation.

Fundraiser at the American Legion October 1

The Sons of the Legion are having a fund raiser on October 1, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Winchendon American Legion Post 193, 295 School St.

For $20 you are eligible for 25 games, each single winner of a game receives 3 lobsters, all ties will each receive 2 lobsters. Come enjoy the fun and laughter! Side raffles also available, 2 large 2 lb. lobsters, $100 worth of scratch tickets, and a 50/50.

The Sons "Scratch ticket raffle" will be drawn at the end of this event. $20 per ticket gives you 3 chances to win - 1st prize entire book of $30 scratch tickets, 2nd prize entire book of $10 scratch tickets, 3rd prize, entire book of $5.00 scratch tickets. Tickets available at the Legion Members lounge or from Ken LaBrack,

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Beaver dam on Millers River North Branch
Located at the north end of the former Whites Mill Pond, this beaver dam stretches for an estimated 150 feet and holds back some of the water flowing out of Lake Monomonac into the Millers River North Branch. A beaver lodge may be seen some 200 feet north of the dam.
Photo by Inanna Arthen

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Winchendon Lions are Starting a New Year!

Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, September 19 at the Winchendon American Legion Post 193, 295 School St., downstairs hall, 7:00 p.m.

Meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month, September - June. Dues are used for all Administrative cost, which is why we can say "All money received through fund raisers go back to the community, eye research, or other natural disasters around the world!"

Feel free to join us and try it out. We would love to see you! If you have any questions feel free to call Joni 978-297-2753. Please leave message if no answer!


Volunteer to Scare People at the Haunted Park!

If you'd like to sign up as an actor to scare your neighbors silly at the Community Park's "Haunted Park" Day on Saturday, October 14, here's your chance! Please make sure to email our Rec Coordinator ( to discuss what you will be. Participants must provide their own costume but we are working on getting a make-up artist to do make-up. Currently looking for goblins, witches & warlocks, werewolves, ghosts and skeletons. If you have something else in mind let us know. Fill out this form to volunteer:

Would you love to see a Ren Faire in Toy Town?

Winchendon Parks & Recreation is looking for individuals interested in bringing a Renaissance Faire to the Winchendon Community Park in 2024! The Fair is scheduled for April 27-28. The Committee is already hard at work and looking for donated props and help building a Viking Longboat, along with "players" and volunteers. Any and all persons who'd like to participate should send a letter of interest to or Ren Faire coordinator Dawn Higgins,

Ingleside Woods Disc Golf Course Now Open!

The Ingleside Woods Disc Golf Course at the Winchendon Community Park (86 Ingleside Drive) is now open to the public. This friendly 3-hole course, which is situated in the woods of the Winchendon Community Park, is meant to be fun and challenging for players of all types. The entrance to the course can be found across from the parking lot, and is marked with a sign. We hope you and everyone that you bring enjoy.

Without this small community of people, this volunteer project would not have made it to this point. With that, this is just the beginning of our disc golf adventure, as we are working to finalize a design for 18 holes. The hope being we will have another half dozen completed by the end of the year. Additionally, we will be working with the Beals Memorial Library and Disc Golf 978 to establish a "disc rental" program so new players can try the sport without having to buy discs. More info to come in the coming weeks.

As you enjoy this course and the property as a whole, remember the general rules of disc golf: respect each other, respect the environment, teach one another and above all else, have fun!

Residents Invited to Serve on "Destination Winchendon" Project Committee

The Town is seeking residents to serve on a new committee/project - "Destination Winchendon." You can see a presentation on the vast possibilities that will be discussed at (PDF). We are seeking forward thinkers to envision what Winchendon can be in the next five, ten and twenty years from now. Considerations include Encouraging Community Involvement and Ownership, Preserving & Enhancing Downtown Character, Ensuring Economic Vitality, Promoting Downtown Assets, Getting Into and Around Downtown, Living Downtown and Keeping Downtown Safe.

If you'd like to serve on the committee, please send in a letter of interest to Mary Calandrella -

Winchendon Farmer's Market is Open for the Season!

Undaunted by looming rain showers, the Winchendon Farmer's Market opened on schedule last Saturday, May 20. It will be open every Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., barring truly dismal weather. The Market sets up at the corner of Pleasant Street and Front Street, right across from the Winchendon Town Hall.

Vendors this year include 7 Acre Farm, Haley Farm, High Springs Farm, Rosehawk Farm, Shelly's She Shed (jams, preserved food and baked goods), Spinning Ginny (hand knitted goods and hand-spun yarn), and Olde Soul Jewelry. Right now, the Market is selling plants customers can set out in their own gardens, including all kinds of vegetables and some herbs. There are some unusual varieties available to try your hand at growing.

Co-managed by Sherry Haley and Janet Lee, the Market has been running for 14 years. It will be open until the end of October or as late as weather allows. SNAP and HIP payments are accepted. For more details, see

Parks & Rec Department Needs Volunteers!

Sign-ups are now open for volunteer opportunities with Parks & Recreation. Stop by the office in Town Hall, email, or call if you are interesting in helping out with events. Jobs include ticket taking, entry attendant, parking attendant, table help, set up, clean up, general help and others (depending on the event). Volunteer for an amphitheater concert and get free admission to that concert! Call 978-297-5410, email or visit Town Hall, 109 Front Street, Winchendon (in the Planning office).

Need a Ride to a Medical Appointment, but You're Not a Senior? The CAC Can Help!

In partnership with the Winchendon Senior Center the Winchendon CAC will provide Winchendon Residents under 55 medical rides! Rides will be available Monday - Thursday between 8:30am and 4:00pm. We need you to provide us with a minimum of a one week notice in order for us to facilitate this ride! Appointments need to be located in the North Central Mass area. Reminder, you will be responsible to provide a car or booster seat for any babies or toddlers required to use them. Use this form to request a ride:

FY 23 Senior Tax Work-Off Applications Now Available!

Once again this year, we are pleased to announce the Senior Work-Off program was approved at our Annual Town Meeting. The Senior Work-Off Abatement Program is a program allowing the Town of Winchendon the opportunity to utilize the knowledge and skills of its senior residents in exchange for credit toward the resident's property tax bill. The purpose of this program is:

  • To employ qualified senior citizens who will apply their earnings toward payment of a portion of their property taxes;
  • To increase senior citizen involvement in local government; and
  • To enhance municipal service by using the skills of resident senior citizens.
Qualified and income-eligible residents will accrue the Commonwealth's minimum wage per hour ($13.50/hr) toward a maximum credit of $1,100.00 per household during the fiscal year. The criteria for this program is:
  • You must be 60 years old or older
  • Homeowner in Winchendon and occupy property
  • Annual income below $40,150 if single; or below $45,900 if married.
Applications for the program are now available in the Town Manager's office or on the town website, and will be accepted until the eight slots are filled. There are different types of positions that are available depending on the preference and qualifications of the resident and the needs of each department. Types of past and current positions have been: Custodial services, clerical help for both School & Town, library aides, Senior Center aides, cable station operator, Bike Path clean up, painting, light outdoor work and classroom volunteers. Click here for more information and a downloadable application.

Sign Up for Fall Dek Hockey!

Fall league sign up for Dek Hockey begins Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Mylec National Dek Hockey Center, 37 Commercial Drive, Winchendon (off Rte 140 across from Irving gas station). For more information, call 978-297-0088 or email

Winchendon Parks & Recreation Seeking Volunteers and Sponsors

Winchendon Parks & Recreation is seeking volunteers to help out with upcoming events at the Winchendon Community Park, including:

Saturday, September 9, 7:00 p.m.: Reminiscents Concert (ticketed concert)

Volunteer tasks may include working the gate to check tickets, helping with parking, helping with games and refreshments, setting up tables, signs, and equipment and taking them down at closing, and more.

To learn more and volunteer, email Recreation Coordinator Tiffany Newton at

Meanwhile, the 2024 Sponsorship Packet is ready with all of the offerings for 2024. If you or your business would like to sponsor at any level, please review this packet and fill out the Sponsorship form at the end to send in with your generous sponsorship. Giving back to our community is a worthwhile cause but, on top of that there are so many ways to get your business noticed by sponsoring with Winchendon Parks and Recreation, just take a peek.

The 18-page Sponsorship Packet includes detailed information about levels of sponsorship, 2023 events, how events are promoted, a tentative schedule of events for 2024 and an application form. You can download the packet here:

2024-Season-Sponsorship-Packet.pdf (PDF)

Fresh Box is Here!

Healthy Meal Kits for Local Families

The Winchendon and Gardner CACs are both recipients of the biggest coordinated local produce distribution effort our region has ever seen thanks to Growing Places. With a Local Food Purchase Assistance USDA grant administered by the MA Department of Agricultural Resources, Growing Places (GP) and regional partners have launched a year-long program distributing free boxes of produce ($40 and $50 value) weekly. GP will pack and distribute 212 boxes weekly, with 80 going to Gardner and Winchendon CACs! This equates to about 2,000 pounds of local produce JUST to Winchendon and Gardner every week! Farmers are receiving retail prices for their produce, making this a huge win for our region's food economy and our residents. To sustain this boost in the local food system, HEAL partners will work to transition box recipients to GP's SNAP/HIP-eligible home-delivered produce program. All box recipients will receive a sheet on the benefits of buying local, a recipe, SNAP/HIP information, and a CSA enrollment form.

Toy Town FYIs

Transfer Station Summer Hours

The Transfer Station has begun extended summer hours:
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

653 River Street
Sticker price: $70
Pay-As-You-Throw bags required
2023-2024 Transfer Station sticker now on sale in Town Hall and at the Transfer Station.

2023 Street Lists Available

The 2023 Town of Winchendon Street List of Residents is now available at the Town Clerk's office in Town Hall, 109 Front Street. Cost is $11.00 each, $8.00 for seniors.

2023 Dog Licenses Now Available

2023 Dog licenses are now available on-line, in person, mail, or dropbox. Spayed and Neutered are $10, Non-spayed and Non-Neutered are $20. Please provide a valid rabies certificate with payment. If purchasing on-line, please email rabies certificate to
After May 1, a $20 late fee will be assessed.
After June 1, an additional $50 failure to license fee will be assessed.

Sign up for Code Red Emergency Alerts
Sign up for our emergency notification program today! Receive up-to-date information before, during and after an emergency in your neighborhood. You can choose to be notified via voice, text and email notifications of emergency and inclement weather alerts. Click the link below for information and sign-up.

Is Your House Number Clearly Visible from the Street?
The Winchendon Fire Department reminds all residents to make sure their house number is clearly visible for first responders who may need to find you. Numbers should be at least four inches high and facing the street, with lighting if possible. Put numbers on a contrasting background so they will stand out. If your driveway is long, put the number on a mailbox or pole on the street or at the end of driveway, facing in both directions. (Reflective numbers are helpful.) Check your house numbers to make sure foliage has not grown up in front of them without your being aware of it.

Report a Pothole to the DPW

You can report potholes directly to the DPW using this form on the town website:

Winchendon Town Hall & Transfer Station Now Accepting Credit/Debit Payments

We are excited to announce that the DPW, Treasurer/Collector's Office and the Transfer Station can all now accept in-person credit and debit card payments. This means next time you need to purchase or pay for:

Trash bags
Transfer station stickers
Excise bills
Tax bills
Water & Sewer bills
And more

You can pay with a credit or debit card! (subject to a convenience fee).

If You Call for Emergency Services...

...the Winchendon Fire Department asks that you let the dispatcher know if you have flu-like symptoms, are quarantined or are under self-quarantine. This will allow the first responders to take all necessary precautions to avoiding spreading COVID-19 and to protect themselves and you.

Senior Center Seeking Food Donations

We've been so successful we need your help. We love helping our seniors, so now our Food Pantry is running low. If you can do it, we'd love your help replenishing it with such commodities as: Hormel 'Compleats' meals; Chef Boyardee ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, etc; applesauce; canned vegetables; juice boxes; Ensure; spaghetti sauce; Cookies; Crackers; small (individual) packages of cereal, etc. And anything you think would help. Thank you very much! Bring donations to the Old Murdock Senior Center, 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon.

Town Committee Vacancies
as of July 3, 2023

If you'd like to be an active participant in decision-making and management for your community, consider joining a town committee or board. There are a number of vacancies currently open.

Communications Committee - 3 vacancies
Cultural Council - 13 vacancies
Fence Viewer and Field Driver - 1 vacancy
Historical District Commission - 1 vacancy
Library Board of Trustees - 1 vacancy
Parks & Recreation Commission - 3 vacancies
Zoning Board of Appeals - 3 alternate member vacancies

If you'd like more information about any of these positions or are interested in being considered for an appointment, contact the Town Manager's office at 978-297-0085, or send a letter to Town Manager, 109 Front Street Dept. 1, Winchendon MA 01475.

Complete description of each committee's responsibilities, updated for May 10, 2021 (PDF).

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