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Week of June 6 to June 13, 2024
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This is the final edition of The Winchendon Courier.
We are ceasing publication as of this week.

I'd like to thank all our readers over the past four and a half years. Your support has been greatly appreciated.

Special Town Meeting

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 7:00 pm

Murdock Middle High School Auditorium
3 Memorial Drive

The School Committee will be holding a public hearing on the FY25 School Budget on Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium.

The Finance Committee has scheduled a Public Hearing on the Special Town Meeting Warrant Articles for Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

BOS Finalize Special Town Meeting Warrant with One Article

Concerns Raised About Effective Communications in Town for Residents and Voters

The Board of Selectmen met on Monday, June 3 to finalize the warrant for the Special Town Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 18. The only article which will appear on the warrant is the Winchendon Public Schools FY 2025 budget appropriation, in the amount of $17,432,926. Both the dollar amount and the text of the article are identical to that in the Annual Town Meeting warrant, although some adjustments have been made to line items within the budget.

Other articles could have been added to the warrant but none were submitted to the Town Manager's office during the posted time that the warrant was open.

At the meeting, one citizen, Renee Eldredge, rose to speak. Explaining that she worked for Heywood Hospital and that the town was very important to her, Ms. Eldredge went on, "I feel that our boards need to work less in silos and more collaboratively. I know that communication is...we all need to work on that. And I think it starts with our town website. And our Town Manager being able to be present at some of these meetings. The schools are in crisis right now--again."

Ms. Eldredge said that she had a daughter in the school district and is friends with a lot of teachers. "If we don't work collaboratively, to spread the correct information across the board, with different social medias, I'm just not sure how a layperson like myself, who isn't able to attend every Board of Selectmen meeting, every School Committee meeting, every Finance Committee, every Triad meeting...that's a lot. I'm a single parent. And while I really try to do my due diligence, there's no way I'm going to hear all of them, and so I depend on all of you. You're our elected officials. We rely on your wisdom, your guidance and your judgment. And if we don't get that, the same information across the board, it makes our decision very challenging to do."

Ms. Eldredge said it doesn't matter if people "like someone on the Board or not" and that it was important to be respectful of our elected officials. "I apologize to any of you that may have gotten any backlash or any of the other departments. But people are angry. People are upset and behind the anger is the real issue, that they're afraid. They're concerned. No one seems to know what will happen to our students, our youth, come the fall. No one has an answer. All I hear is it's an unprecedented situation."

Ms. Eldredge said that someone had to know the answers, whether it was DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education), the Governor or whomever. She would be happy to serve on the Communications Committee, she said. She asked if the Boards would be sharing all the relevant information before the vote on the budget at Special Town Meeting. "Because I'm not seeing that happening," she said. "It's being relayed in bits and pieces, and it's really hard." Board Chair Rick Ward said that any information that was "firm" that was known by the time of the Town Meeting would be shared.

Board member Dr. Erika Eitland said that she was aware that the town website wasn't really clear and asked Ms. Eldredge, "in your opinion, what is the most effective way to receive that information? Is it through Facebook, and having someone formal post, is it through the school?"

Ms. Eldredge responded, "It isn't just one way or two ways, it's got to be a variety of ways and that's why a Communications Committee is so important." She suggested that the town use its ability to place signs, including large banner signs suspended over Central Street, electronic signs and so on, to make people aware of important committee meetings coming up. Many people can't access ParentSquare and can't get information directly through the school district's portal.

Board member Audrey LaBrie said, "We have limited input and knowledge about school issues. I venture onto [Facebook group] Winchendon Residents on occasion, when I have some pieces of information that I think will be helpful. It does get convoluted." Longer posts may not be read past the first paragraph. "We do have a Communications Committee in charge. I would have to go back and look and see what their charge is other than negotiating Comcast and as far as annual contracts and such like that. But I've been on the Board for nine years now and communication has always been a tough nut to crack because we can only do so much."

Following this discussion, the Board voted unaimously to finalize the single-article Warrant for Special Town Meeting.

The Communications Committee is described in, page 3. There are currently 3 vacancies on the Committee. Anyone interested in serving on the Communications Committee may contact the Town Manager's office at 978-297-0085, or send a letter of interest to or Town Manager, 109 Front Street Dept. 1, Winchendon MA 01475.

DESE Warns Town and School District About Consequences of Not Funding Schools

Winchendon Public Schools released a letter, dated May 30, 2024, to Superintendent Dr. Ruthann Goguen from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), advising her of the town's legal obligations to fund education for its students.

Acting Commissioner Russell D. Johnston wrote, "In light of recent actions related to the development of the fiscal year 2025 school committee budget in Winchendon, I want to remind you of the town's obligation to appropriate sufficient funds to meet the school district's annual net school spending obligations" per Mass General Laws Chapter 70, Section 6.

After quoting the law, Mr. Johnston continued, "Failure to pass a budget in compliance with this section of the law by July 1, 2024 would place the district's fiscal year 2025 Chapter 70 aid in jeopardy. In addition, I remind you of your obligation under [Mass General Laws Chapter 71B], and the federal Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to continue to provide special education services to those students who are entitled to it despite local budgetary conditions. Any failure to provide these services will incur compensatory services liabilities to your school district in addition to impairing your ability to receive your federal IDEA grant for FY2025."

The letter was copied to Chair of the Winchendon School Committee Karen Kast.

Winchendon Winds Opens its Tenth Year with a 4-Concert Series

Winchendon Winds 2023
The word is out: Winchendon Winds concerts crest 100 attendees
Photo courtesy of Jill Nicholson Sackett
Winchendon Winds 2023
Winchendon Winds assembled in their host venue, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon
Photo courtesy of Jill Nicholson Sackett

And the band played on! Winchendon Winds opens its annual concert series this Sunday, June 9, at 2:00 p.m. at the acoustically "live" church sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 126 Central Street. "Win Winds" is a 40-piece, professional-level band featuring the full array of band instrumentation including brass, woodwinds, and percussion. Founded by late music educator and Winchendon resident Dr. Jon Nicholson, the non-profit ensemble is marking its 10th year of operation. This year the ensemble performs four consecutive Sundays on June 9, 16, 23 and 30, each beginning at 2:00 pm.

Conductor Dr. Lindsay Bronnenkant, UMass Amherst music faculty, will make her debut on the podium, replacing Dr. James Chesebrough who retired last year. Lindsay has programmed four completely different concerts sure to please audiences and showcase these fine players.

This Sunday's concert theme is "Travels" as Win Winds "visits" Norway, France, Armenia, Spain, Russia and US to play melodies associated with those countries. On Sunday, June 16 they perform "Forms" showcasing different styles of music such as an overture, dance, medley and march. In that concert they will feature superb clarinetist Tim Coffey playing Rossini's technically brilliant Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Band. The "Crown Jewels" concert on Sunday, June 23 imaginatively assembles tunes related to gems and royalty. Win Winds closes their series on June 30 with "Hidden Figures" in which the Phantom of the Opera is one of elusive characters featured.

Winchendon Winds is unique in that its membership is hand-picked and hired each year, drawing from throughout Massachusetts, and southern New Hampshire and Vermont. This year's longest commutes are Plymouth and Dover, New Hampshire; and Windsor and Andover, Vermont. Win Winds also fields four players who live right in Winchendon. The majority of its players are music teachers and/or performers that conduct or play in other ensembles throughout the year.

Concerts are free, thanks to generous support from ten area Local Cultural Councils, the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation, and various businesses and individuals. The concerts are family-friendly and young musicians are especially welcome. The venue is ADA accessible with a wheelchair lift and ample open seating. Refreshments will be sold on the lawn before the concerts and at intermission.

Those seeking a classic concert band sound need go no further than their home town. Spend a lovely summer afternoon in Winchendon listening to one of the best wind ensembles in the region!

Dr. Lindsay Bronnenkant Takes Up the Baton as New Conductor of Winchendon Winds Concert Band

Dr. Lindsay Bronnenkant

This season, Winchendon Winds Concert Band welcomes a new conductor: Dr. Lindsay Bronnenkant, an instructor and conductor of the Symphony Band at UMass Amherst. Dr. Bronnenkant holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A. in Wind Conducting), the University of Michigan, Nazareth College and the University of Rochester. A self-taught composer, she wrote her first work for wind ensemble, Symphony for Singer, at the age of 18.

Dr. Bronnenkant kindly responded to the Courier for an interview via email, as she was traveling with the UMass Symphony Band to South America for a series of concerts.

Asked, why wind ensembles? Dr. Bronnenkant replied, "I've always been interested in learning about and playing different instruments, but I've been especially drawn to wind and percussion instruments. I'm also a very visual person and have synesthesia in which I can "see" colors while listening to music, and the variety of colors that the concert band/wind ensemble can achieve with its variety of instruments intrigues me."

Her enthusiasm for working with Winchendon Winds, Dr. Bronnenkant says, is that "I'm always excited to work with musicians who really want to make music together. Community ensembles have a special place in my heart because the members of the ensemble all choose to be there in their free time, and they all come together from very different walks of life. To work with a community ensemble that plays at such a high level is especially exciting."

Dr. Bronnenkant says that she tries to consider as many factors as possible in choosing music for a program--for example, "What is the function of the concert and of the ensemble? Who is the audience? Who are the players? How much time do we have to rehearse, and how much time do we have to fill?" After those basics are established, she strives to find selections from diverse styles and historical eras, both classic and modern.

Asked what her favorite pieces are, Dr. Bronnenkant replied, "The pieces that are the most fun to conduct are probably the pieces that I, the musicians onstage, and the audience all love!" She added, "I like giving audiences nostalgic or classic works plus something new that they may not yet know they like."

It's possible that in the future, Winchendon Winds audiences may be treated to a performance of one of Dr. Bronnenkant's original compositions. This year will be devoted to music from Winchendon Winds' existing repertoire.

The Courier asked Dr. Bronnenkant how important she thinks a strong music program is for public school districts. She replied, "My response to this question could be an article by itself, so I'll try to keep this on the brief side. I think a common answer we music educators have been giving in a STEM-driven environment is that students develop mentally and physically through music education. However, having formerly been a scientist who decided to switch to a career in music, I can safely say that I was not interested in making music for any cognitive development, but because music-making is an experience unlike any other. Music is an outlet to express ourselves in a way we wouldn't normally be able to, and music-making is, in my opinion, the ideal activity in which everyone works together on the same "team" to feel a communal human experience."

Winchendon Winds will welcome Dr. Bronnenkant this coming weekend for her first rehearsal and concert of the 2024 season. The concert will be on Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon, 126 Central Street--indoors, so it's rain or shine. Concerts are free to the public and the church is fully accessible.

Congratulations to the Murdock High School Class of 2024!

Ruth Adams*
Jeffrey Alisauskas*
Jeremy Barnjum
Alyssa Belliveau
Joshua Benda*
Patrick Bouchard
Rodney Brooks
Alexyss Brown
Gavin Clemente
Carly Coffin
Savanna Cortis
Shyanne Cortis
Frank Cosentino
Arriane Daigle
Maia Drake*
Brendan Gates
Steven Gauthier

(* = Murdock Scholar)
Nevaeh Hickey*
Eleanor Iwanik-Harmon*
Ariana Jones
Hunter Kapp*
Jarred Koskie
Zachary LaChance
Mackenzie LaFreniere
Hallie Lafrennie
Zoe Landry
Jaden Lane
Christian Lao
Lauren Laprise
Alexander LeBlanc*
Moss Maloney*
Miya Masci
Emily Michaud*
Alexander Murdock*
Emma Oakley
Evelyn O'Dea*
Jordan Paris
Benjamin Patriquin
Mark Quinn*
Krystel Rivera Rosario
Riley Rivers*
Selena Roberts
Via Rose
Colin Rowe*
Luis Serrano
Shea Stewart
Sierra Tenney
Margaret Trick
Christopher Walsh
Charles Watson-Fredette
Breylyn Wightman*
Emily Wightman*

Evelyn O'Dea

Mark Quinn

Advanced Placement Scholar
Mark Quinn

Class Officers
President: Mark Quinn
Vice President: Emily Wightman
Public Relations: Alexander LeBlanc

National Honor Society
Alexander LeBlanc
Mark Quinn (Vice-President)
Breylyn Wightman (Secretary)
Emily Wightman (President)

Student Council
President: Emily Wightman
Vice President: Mark Quinn

Scholarships Awarded at Class Day and the Alumni Banquet

Anthony J. LaPointe Scholarship
Eleanor Iwanik-Harmon

(Lions Club)
Hailie Lafrennie
Mark Quinn
Breylyn Wightman

Carter Veilleux Memorial Scholarship
Mark Quinn

Cathy A. Desmarais Scholarship
Breylyn Wightman

Christopher Shaw Scholarship
Nevaeh Hickey

Dr. John E. Harrington Healthcare Scholarship
Eleanor Iwanik-Harmon

Elliott S. & Hattie M. Tucker Scholarship
Ruth Adams
Jeffrey Alisauskas
Alyssa Belliveau Alexyss Brown Steven Gauthier Nevaeh Hickey Hunter Kapp
Mackenzie LaFreniere
Lauren Laprise
Alexander LeBlanc
Moss Maloney
Emily Michaud
Alexander Murdock
Evelyn O'Dea
Benjamin Patriquin
Mark Quinn
Riley Rivers
Colin Rowe
Breylyn Wightman
Emily Wightman

Ernest & Pauline Trombly Memorial Scholarship
Mackenzie LaFreniere

Eugene M. Connor Post 193
Ruth Adams
Steven Gauthier
Eleanor Iwanik-Harmon
Lauren Laprise
Breylyn Wightman

F. Leo & Irene D. Murray Scholarship
Ruth Adams
Jeffrey Alisauskas
Alyssa Belliveau
Alexyss Brown
Hunter Kapp
Mackenzie LaFreniere
Lauren Laprise
Alexander LeBlanc
Moss Maloney
Emily Michaud
Alexander Murdock
Evelyn O'Dea
Benjamin Patriquin
Colin Rowe
Breylyn Wightman
Emily Wightman

Harold Paul Memorial Scholarship
Breylyn Wightman

Jan Keck Memorial Scholarship
Mark Quinn

John Lafortune Memorial Scholarship
Jeffrey Alisauskas
Hunter Kapp
Hailie Lafrennie
Riley Rivers

Kiwanis Club of Winchendon
Evelyn O'Dea
Breylyn Wightman
Emily Wightman

Maliska Family Scholarship
Hailie Lafrennie

Mary Ellsworth Memorial Scholarship
Alexyss Brown

Morlock Family Trust Scholarship
Eleanor Iwanik-Harmon

Murdock Alumni Association
Alexander LeBlanc
Emily Michaud
Evelyn O'Dea
Mark Quinn
Riley Rivers
Emily Wightman

Murdock Alumni Association Life
Breylyn Wightman

Murdock Sports Boosters
Jeffrey Alisauskas
Steven Gauthier
Hailie Lafrennie

Nickolas Roy & Scott Laverdure Memorial Scholarship
Steven Gauthier
Hunter Kapp

Peter Ashley & Jim Bevilaqua Memorial Scholarship
Alexander LeBlanc

Peter Azar Memorial Scholarship
Hunter Kapp

Rick Paul Scholarship
Hailie Lafrennie

Sons of the American Legion #193
Ruth Adams
Alexyss Brown
Eleanor lwanik-Harmon
Hailie Lafrennie
Mackenzie LaFreniere
Alexander Murdock

Taylor Barrows Achievement
Eleanor Iwanik-Harmon
Emily Michaud

Winchendon Firefighters Relief Association
Hailie Lafrennie

Winchendon Garden Club
Mark Quinn

Winchendon Police Association
Steven Gauthier
Hailie Lafrennie

Winchendon Support Personnel Association
Jeffrey Alisauskas
Eleanor Iwanik-Harmon

Winchendon Teachers Association
Steven Gauthier
Nevaeh Hickey
Evelyn O'Dea
Mark Quinn

Troy Laundromat

Stone Ladeau Funeral Home

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Winchendon Businesses, Organizations, Services, and Government

Stormwater Structures Being Inspected

Winchendon is assessing the municipal drainage system to support the development of a Stormwater Asset Management Program, as part of a MassDEP Grant. Personnel from the Winchendon Department of Public Works and a hired consultant, Tighe & Bond, will be visiting stormwater structures throughout Town between May and November 2024--you may see them inspecting catch basins, drain manholes, outfalls, and culverts in your neighborhood.

Remember, when pet waste, leaves, or litter is thrown in catch basins, it can clog the drainpipes and lead to flooding, pollute our waterways, and harm the local wildlife. If you would like to learn more about Winchendon's stormwater management efforts and goals, visit

Winchendon Farmers Market Moving to G.A.R. Park - New Season Starts May 18

Winchendon Farmers Market is pleased to announce a change of location to the picturesque G.A.R Park, 55 Murdock Ave, across the street from the Murdock Senior Center. Our new location is centrally located downtown and only a few blocks away from our old location on Pleasant st. There is lots of easy parking around GAR Park for customers and vendors.

Our first market day for the 2024 season will be Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Opening day will feature an interactive activity for children. Plant a free seed to take home! (*available while supplies last. ) Come check us out, find healthy seedlings to get your garden started, buy some delicious food and lovingly handmade crafts, then explore the beautiful park.

Winchendon Farmers Market is Thursdays: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., until October 31.

Our market is certified to accept WIC & senior coupons, and we were recently approved to accept SNAP. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram @winchendonfarmersmarket. We will not set up in inclement weather. When in doubt, please check our social media for cancellations.

We are still accepting applications for vendors to join us for the 2024 season. If you are a local farmer, producer, crafter or artist: Let's talk! Please visit our website for an application.

Questions or Concerns? Email the Town Manager!

A one-click email form has been added to the town website for all residents who would like to contact the Town Manager with concerns and questions about things happening in the community. The button is at the top of the left column of buttons under "Citizen Action Center" on the left side of the website's front page. The direct link is:

Applications Open for Crafts Vendors at 3rd Annual Food Truck Festival

Winchendon Parks & Recreation is looking for craft vendors for our 2024 food truck festival and Battle of the Bands event. The event will be at the G.A.R. Park, 52 Murdock Ave, Winchendon on Friday, June 28 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. If interested, please fill out a vendor application here:

Applications Open for Vendor Spaces at the 2024 Fall Festival

The 8th Annual Winchendon Fall Festival, to be held on Saturday, October 12, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., is now accepting applications for vendor spaces on Central Street. Contact Nicole Roberts at or 978-297-3537 with any questions or if you wish to volunteer on the day of the event. (We always need more help!) Again, we wish to express our gratitude to everyone for their continued support of this great event.

Access the application information here:

Winchendon Energy Program Announces New Reduced Rate

The Town of Winchendon has signed a twenty-four month contract with its current supplier, Constellation NewEnergy. Beginning with the December 2023 meter reads, the Winchendon Community Choice Power Supply Program will have a new rate of $0.14965 per kWh. For complete details and information on how to switch your electric provider, see

Winchendon Lions Want to Welcome You!

The Winchendon Lions meet 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 through June. Dues are used for all Administrative cost, which is why we can say "All money received through fundraisers 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 a message if no answer!


FY24 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 ($15.00/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.

Town Committee Vacancies
as of May 28, 2024

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
Conservation Commission - 1 vacancy
Cultural Council - 9 vacancies
Fence Viewer and Field Driver - 1 vacancy
Finance Committee - 1 vacancy
Historical District Commission - 2 vacancies
Library Trustees - 1 vacancy
Parks & Recreation Commission - 2 regular vacancies and 1 student vancancy
Zoning Board of Appeals - 1 alternate vacancy

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 of interest to or Town Manager, 109 Front Street Dept. 1, Winchendon MA 01475.

For a description of each board or committee, see: (PDF).

Construction Beginning on Extension to Bike Path

Beginning in late May, a contractor for the Town will begin the construction of the new Webster Street Shared Use Path (SUP). The new SUP will be constructed between the existing Rail Trail path at the Clark YMCA and extend to Jackson Ave. Work is during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and expected to continue until July. Please email the DPW with questions or concerns,

Explanation of Town Mailing About "Taking by Eminent Domain"

The Town has begun sending out letters to property owners on all or portions of the following streets advising of eminent domain takings. This applies only to the streets, not anyone's yard or house. At Special Town Meeting in December, these streets were voted to be accepted as public ways. They were previously private ways that were not under the Town's control to maintain. Now they are and will be added to our pavement management plan. The letters are the legal notification of this action. No action is required on the part of the recipient.

Please call the Town Manager's office at 978-297-0085 x5 with any questions you may have. Below are the roads and streets that apply to this Notice.

Maple [Place]
King Phillip
Shady Glen
Sunny Cove

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Toy Town FYIs

Transfer Station Hours

As of December 1, 2023:
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 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: $75 ($25 for additional stickers)
Pay-As-You-Throw bags required
33-gallon, $4.25 per bag, 16-gallon, $2.25 per bag
2023-2024 Transfer Station sticker now on sale in Town Hall and at the Transfer Station.

2024 Dog Licenses Now Available

2024 Dog Licenses are now available in the Town Clerk's office. Please provide valid rabies certificate. Spayed and Neutered dogs are $10. Non-Spayed and Non-Neutered dogs are $20. Dog Licenses can be obtained in person, mail, drop box, and online.

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.

Affordable Connectivity Program Helps Low Income Households Pay for Internet

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new government program that helps low income households pay for broadband service and internet connected devices, and helps students succeed in the classroom and online (those students with a Federal Pell Grant are eligible) along with folks that participate in certain government assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, etc. This program is available NOW and if you qualify, you can save $30 a month off your internet service bill and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet or desktop computer.

The application process is simple and can be found at

If you prefer to mail in a hard copy, the application is listed below for you to print out or please stop by the Town Manager's office for a hard copy.

More information about the ACP is in the documents below.

ACP Flyer

Printable Application Form

ACP and Free School Lunch program

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