The Winchendon Courier
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Week of December 12 to December 19, 2019

Our Neighbor's Kitchen Menus

Thursday, December 19, 5:30 p.m.
at Immaculate Heart of Mary church, 52 Spruce St.
Beef Stroganoff

Thursday, December 26, 5:30 p.m.
at UU Church of Winchendon, 126 Central St.
Beef Burgundy Holiday Dinner

Voting Open at Toy Town Tree Festival Through December 14

The inaugural Toy Town Tree Festival, presented by the Friends of Beals Memorial Library, begins Saturday, November 30 at The Beals Memorial Library, in Winchendon, MA. This event will showcase trees put up and decorated by over 15 businesses, groups, and families throughout the community.

Participating in this years Toy Town Tree Festival are:

Fidelity Bank
Ruschioni’s Crusin’ 12 Diner
Athol Savings Bank
Eastern Propane
The Wendell P. Clark Memorial YMCA
The Winchendon Girl Scouts
Murdock Friends of Music
Scouts BSA
Toy Town Lil’ Devils PTO
Murdock Sports Boosters
Murdock Middle & Varsity Cheer
Memorial and Toy Town Teachers
The Friends of Beals Memorial Library
The Winchendon Lions Club
The Provost Family
Atty. Dave LaPointe & Family
Rick & Vickie Morin

Visitors will be able to vote for their favorite trees and will also be able to bid on a tree to take home in the silent auction. Make sure to vote for your favorite tree and be entered into a free raffle! All proceeds received from this event will go towards the Children’s Library Fund.

The event will run from Saturday, November 30, through Saturday, December 14, with a showcase day during the Winchendon History & Culture Center’s Holiday House Tour on Saturday, December 14. Viewing hours will be:

Monday – Thursday, 1:00–8:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
special extended hours of 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14.

Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to visit on December 14 from 12:00–1:00 p.m.! Stop by to tell Santa what you want for Christmas this year and to hear stories read by Mrs. Claus!

Beals Memorial Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street in Winchendon, MA, and is fully accessible to all patrons.

Monthly Book Club at Beals Library

Are you an avid reader? Do you enjoy discussing your thoughts and reactions to a book with other readers? Well, the Beals Memorial Library in Winchendon hosts a monthly book club that is open to new members!

Held at 1:00 PM on the second Friday of every month, the Beals Book Club is a discussion group that allows readers to exchange ideas, observations, and reactions to the plots, characters, and themes of selected books. For their upcoming December meeting, the club has chosen the book, Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger, a historical mystery/coming-of-age story about the fateful summer that changed a young boy’s life, as narrated by his adult self.

The next Beals Book Club meeting will be held on Friday, December 13 at 1:00 p.m. All books are provided by the library.

Beals Memorial Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street in Winchendon. Please call the library at 978-297-0300 for more information.

Gardner Area League of Artists Small Works Holiday Art Sale continues through December 21

GALA’s Small Works Art Sale is a show of art work that is only 12” x 12” or smaller and all artwork is $100 and under. This is our most popular show for people to purchase because it's affordable. People come and shop for presents for family and friends or something special for themselves.

The art displays are replenished as art is sold, so there is always something new to see. GALA is open every Saturday and Sunday, 12:00–5:00 p.m. You can make an appointment to see art during the week by calling 978-407-1419.

We will also be on the Winchendon Historical Society’s Holiday House Tour. Please stop by and visit us. We will have light refreshments! GALA is located at 135 Front St., Winchendon, MA.

Holiday Events at the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon
Join us for some holiday cheer!
126 Central St.

Saturday, December 14, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Winchendon History and Cultural Center
Holiday Home Tour
Free tours of our decorated sanctuary, treats, and music.

Saturday, December 14, 4:00 p.m.
Murdock Middle High School Choirs Holiday Concert
in church sanctuary--free admission

Tuesday, December 24, 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
in church sanctuary, free admission

Thursday, December 26, 5:30 p.m.
Our Neighbor's Kitchen serves
Beef Burgundy Holiday Dinner
in Parish Hall, free-will donation of $2/person, $5/family

Beals Library Movie Schedule

Thur, Dec 19 at 1:30 p.m. Classic Movie Matinee
It's a Wonderful Life

Thur, Dec 19 at 6:00 p.m. Beals Teen Movie Night
The Peanut Butter Falcon

Sat, Dec 28 at 6:00 p.m. Family Movie Matinee
Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Thur, Jan 9 at 6:00 p.m. Beals Movie Night
Downton Abbey

All movies are free to the public and shown on our huge 188" screen. The Beals Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street in Winchendon. For more information, call 978-297-0300.

Lunch is served at the Old Murdock Senior Center, 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon, at 11:30 a.m.
Call 978-297-3155 before noon the preceding day to RSVP. Suggested donation of $3 to help cover costs.

House of Peace and Education in Gardner has some great programs for children and women available to local residents.

HOPE for Kids has three afterschool programs. The Afterschool program, a professionally directed mentoring and tutoring, serves children in grades 3 and 4. The Pals Mentoring program is a professionally directed mentoring program that provides young children with opportunities for fun, peer interaction, creative skills development, positive social behaviors, building friendships and exploring expressions of feelings. Teen HOPE is a professionally directed program that offers youth in grades 5-7 academic, cultural and social skill building support.

HOPE Job Readiness & Training Program is an 8 week individualized program of computer and job-skills training for adults who wish to learn new skills in order to enter or re-enter the workforce, to get better jobs or to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.

For information on these programs call HOPE at 978-630-4752 ext 6.

Holiday Fun at the Beals Memorial Library

Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Beals

Are you looking for something special to do with your little ones this holiday season?

On Saturday, December 14 at 12:00 noon, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be coming to the library to spread some Christmas cheer to our little patrons! They’ll be reading some holiday stories straight from the North Pole and will be available for pictures after, so bring your camera for the special occasion!

The Friends of the Beals Memorial Library will also be hosting a bake sale during this event, and the library’s book sale will be officially reopening. The proceeds from both will go towards future programming at the library. Visitors will also have the chance to check out all of the beautifully decorated Christmas trees set up in the library for the Toy Town Tree Festival.

So if you’re looking for a fun activity to get in the holiday spirit, come get some tasty treats, check out the Christmas trees, and join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a fun-filled hour at the library!

The Beals Memorial Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street in Winchendon. For more information, call the library at 978-297-0300.

Christmas at the
United Parish 2019

Sunday, December 15
10:00 a.m. - Christmas Cantata “Come to Christmas” Performed by the United Parish Choir, followed by Christmas Luncheon and Children’s Party.
3:30 p.m. - Community Caroling Meet at United Parish.

December 24 - Christmas Eve Services
5:00 p.m. Children's Service at United Parish
6:30 p.m. Living Nativity at Clark Memorial YMCA
10:00 p.m. Carol & Candle Service at United Parish

United Parish is located at 39 Front St., Winchendon. Clark Memorial YMCA is located at 155 Central St., Winchendon

Thank you for joining us this year! Have a Merry Christmas and may God Bless you in the New Year, 2020!

Clyde’s Corner

It's Happening Around the Winch!


Beals Book Club 1:00 p.m. This month the book club will discuss Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger, a historical mystery/coming-of-age story about the fateful summer that changed a young boy’s life, as narrated by his adult self. Copies are available at the library. Call or stop in for more information. Beals Memorial Library, 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon, 978-297-0300.


Holiday House Tour 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Please join the Winchendon History and Cultural Center for one of the favorite events of the holiday season. We have lined up a beautiful selection of homes and buildings this year. You are sure to enjoy it. Also, we will feature our newest acquisition: the Old Centre Church! On the lower level function hall of the church we will have holiday table settings for you to see and enjoy. This is always a fun day for us to showcase all the beautiful homes we have in town. Mark your calendars, this is the biggest house tour yet! Tickets are $20, and that gets you access to all the homes and buildings. Tour them at your own pace, and in any order you like. Tickets available at

Friends Holiday Bake and Book Sale 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Bring out the holiday spirit with fantastic homemade treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth,and stock up on gently used books, magazines, audio books, music CD's and DVD's at low prices. Beals Memorial Library, 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon.

Story Time with Santa & Mrs. Claus 12:00-1:00 p.m. Santa & Mrs. Claus have taken time out from their busy schedules to read stories of the season to our little patrons at the library! Come enjoy some holiday tales straight from the North Pole! Bring your camera for the special occasion. They will be available for pictures. Beals Memorial Library, 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon.

Holiday Concert - Murdock Middle High School Choirs 4:00-5:00 p.m. The middle school, high school, and chamber choirs, under the direction of Aly Galipeau, will sing a concert of holiday cheer at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon. The program includes favorites such as “White Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Frozen” choral suite, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Free admission. 126 Central St., Winchendon.

Annual Tree Lighting 4:30 p.m. Pictures with Santa, hot chocolate, carol singing. At the GAR Park, sponsored by the Winchendon Recreation Commission. The GAR Park is on Grove Street, next to Toy Town Elementary School and the Old Murdock Senior Center.


Christmas Cantata 10:00 a.m. "Come to Christmas" performed by the United Parish Choir. Christmas Luncheon and Children's Party following. At United Parish, 39 Front St., Winchendon.

Community Caroling Meet 3:30 p.m. At United Parish, 39 Front St., Winchendon.


Winchendon Food Project Community Meeting 1:00-2:30 p.m. Learn more and have a say about Healthy Eating and Active Living in Winchendon. Please contact Daniel Forkner with any questions or to RSVP at or by phone at 978-598-3723 ext 3. There is a lot more information including a survey that can be taken at At the Winchendon Town Hall auditorium (second floor), 109 Front St., Winchendon.


Holiday Concert - Murdock Music Department 6:30 p.m. The Murdock Middle and High School Music Department presents its annual holiday concert featuring student wind ensemble, choirs and rock band. The program will be held at the Middle High School auditorium. Free admission. 3 Memorial Dr., Winchendon.


Christmas Carols at Immaculate Heart of Mary 4:00 p.m. 52 Spruce St., Winchendon.

Christmas Eve Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary 5:00 p.m. With children's pageant. 52 Spruce St., Winchendon.

Children's Service, United Parish 5:00 p.m. 39 Front St., Winchendon.

Cornerstone Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 5:30-6:30 p.m. "The Messy Manger." 122 Gardner Rd. (Rte 140), Winchendon.

Living Nativity 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by United Parish. At Clark Memorial YMCA, 155 Central St., Winchendon.

Candlelight Service, UU Church of Winchendon 7:00 p.m. 126 Central St., Winchendon.

Carol & Candle Service, United Parish 10:00 p.m. 39 Front St., Winchendon.

Midnight Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary 12:00 a.m. 52 Spruce St., Winchendon.


Great Gatsby New Year's 2020 Celebration 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Ring in the Roaring 20s! Join us for raffles, a costume contest, prohibition cocktails, and more. Dance the night away with friends and family to a mix of jazz music and today's hits. Advance Tickets, $20 per person, $35 per couple. At the Door. $25 per person, $40 per couple. Proceeds will be donated to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting environmental awareness. At the American Legion Post 193, 295 School St., Winchendon.



Old Murdock Senior Center 9:30 a.m. Chair Exercise - exercise to your skill level. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon. 978-297-3155.

Beals Memorial Library 1:00-8:00 p.m. Friends of the Library Book Donation Day every Monday. No textbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries, obsolete non-fiction, books in poor condition or books more than five years old. 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon.

AA Meeting 7:45 p.m. Open meeting, all are welcome. UU Church of Winchendon, 126 Central Street.


Old Murdock Senior Center 9:30 a.m. Wii bowling, Pool/Card Games/Shuffleboard. Come join us for Wii bowling, or play a game of pool or shuffleboard upstairs. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon. 978-297-3155.

Beals Memorial Library 3:30-4:30 p.m. Lego Club. For Children of all ages. Join in on the fun as the Library Auditorium becomes a Lego construction zone! Come and create, build and express your LEGO creativity! For more information about this and other programs by call 978-297-0300 or visit 50 Pleasant Street, Winchendon.

Beals Memorial Library 5:30-6:30 p.m. Yoga with Paula Lashua-Brisbois For Adults and Teens. $7.00 Per Class. Yoga mats are available. Please bring your own block. All skill levels welcomed. For more information about this and other programs call 978-297-0300 or visit 50 Pleasant Street, Winchendon.


Old Murdock Senior Center 9:30 a.m. Chair Exercise at Old Murdock - exercise to your skill level. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon. 978-297-3155.

Old Murdock Senior Center 9:30 a.m. ZUMBA with Alisha. Join Alisha on Wednesday mornings and Zumba! Participate at your comfort level. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon. 978-297-3155.

Old Murdock Senior Center 10:30 a.m. YOGA with Susan. Even if you’re a beginner, you’ll be gently stretching in no time. Please bring your own mat. Open to everyone aged 50 and up. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon. 978-297-3155.

Old Murdock Senior Center 12:30 p.m. Even more BINGO! 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon. 978-297-3155.

Beals Memorial Library 3:30-5:00 p.m. Teen Dungeons & Dragons for Grades 6-12. Have you ever wanted to try a role-playing game? Join us every Wednesday for Dungeons and Dragons! In this classic role-playing game, you create your character, choose how they interact with the story, and use dice to decide the outcomes of your actions. The Beals Library will provide the materials, or bring your own! All skill levels welcomed. Snacks will be provided. For more information about this and other programs by call 978-297-0300 or visit 50 Pleasant Street, Winchendon.

BINGO! at Hyde Park 6:00 p.m. Hyde Park residents hold bingo in the community hall every Wednesday night. It's inexpensive, just two cards for 5 cents, and the community is invited! Anyone over the age of 50 is welcome to join in. We'd love to have more players.

Scouts BSA Troop 193 for Boys and Girls 6:30-8:00 p.m. Scouts BSA Troop 193 offers something for everyone! We welcome all boys and girls ages 11-17 to come check us out. For more information, email for boys and for girls. At American Legion Post 193, 295 School St., Winchendon.

Dinner With The Kiwanis 6:30 p.m. The Kiwanis of Winchendon meet the second and fourth Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Carriage House Restaurant. Come be part of the service club that concentrates on helping local children with the Backpack Program at the public elementary schools, Breakfast with Santa and yes, the Family Fun Day with the Massachusetts state level chili cook off every summer. We need your help. Stop in any Wednesday, we’d love to meet you! 660 Spring St., Winchendon.

Scouts BSA Troop 6 for Girls 7:00-8:30 p.m. The Troop offers monthly camp outs, hikes, paddling, peddling, and rock climbing depending on the interests of the youth. Troop 6 for Girls provides rank advancement opportunities, including Eagle Scout, in conjunction with resources from Scouts BSA Troop 6 for Boys, Heart of New England Council, and all National BSA programs. For further information email, or stop by a meeting. Sponsored by Gardner American Legion Post 129, 22 Elm St., Gardner, in the lower hall.

Trivia Night at Zoe's 8:00 p.m. Ryan Murphy hosts Trivia Night at Zoe's Restaurant, 435 Spring St., Winchendon. No entry fee, gather your friends and create a team or come anyway and we'll match you up (some people challenge us all by themselves!).


Old Murdock Senior Center 9:30 a.m. Wii bowling, Pool/Card Games/Shuffleboard. Come join us for Wii bowling, or play a game of pool or shuffleboard upstairs. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon. 978-297-3155.

Our Neighbor's Kitchen Community Dinner 5:30 p.m. First and third Thursdays of the month at Immaculate Heart of Mary church, 52 Spruce Street, Winchendon. Second and fourth Thursdays of the month at UU Church of Winchendon, 126 Central Street, Winchendon. Suggested donation, $2 per person, $5 per family. No one turned away.

Cub Scout Pack 193 (Boys and Girls gr. K-5) 6:30 p.m. Cub Scouting is a family program for all youth in grades K-5. For more information, visit or contact us at At Toy Town Elementary School, 175 Grove St., Winchendon MA. (Last Thursday of the month at American Legion Post 193, 295 School St., Winchendon.)


Beals Memorial Library 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toddler Time For Children 3 & Under. Toddler Time is a drop-in program for children ages 3 years and under accompanied by a parent or other adult. This program features stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and play. This is an interactive program that is designed for toddlers and their caregivers. Toddler Time lasts approximately 30-40 minutes with 15-20 minutes following the session for parent/child social interaction and play. Parents are required to participate with their child, and are asked to limit personal conversations and cell phone use until the 15 minute social period. Siblings are welcome to attend the toddler session; however, siblings cannot be left unattended in the library while a parent is in Toddler Time. For more information about this and other programs by call 978-297-0300 or visit 50 Pleasant Street, Winchendon.


Beals Memorial Library is now open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Town Committee Monthly Meetings by Week
All Meetings in Town Hall

1st Toy Town Community Partnership
Board of Health
Planning Board
7:00pm *
Zoning Board of Appeals
School Committee
2nd Winchendon Redevelopment Authority
Board of Selectmen
Finance Committee
Agricultural Commission
Conservation Commission
as posted
3rd Planning Board
7:00pm *
Zoning Board of Appeals
School Committee
4th Board of Selectmen

* Planning Board often begins with public hearings that begin earlier, check their webpage.

Calendar of Re-broadcasts of meetings on Local Access Channel 8

Town committee meetings are now streamed live on the town website. Go to and click on the button for "Watch Meetings Live."

To view recordings of past meetings, contact Lindsay at 978-297-0085, or email her at If you wish to keep a copy of the recording, there is a $5 fee per recorded file.

Times, locations, agendas and related documents for meetings are listed on the page for each individual committee on the Town of Winchendon website.

Town of Winchendon
109 Front Street Dept. 1
Winchendon, MA 01475

The Winchendon Board of Selectmen and Winchendon School Committee are seeking qualified candidates to fill one vacancy on the Winchendon School Committee. The term is through Town elections in May 2020. If interested, please submit a letter of interest and/or resume to be received by January 8, 2020 to the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, 109 Front Street via email:

Conservation Commission Members Needed


The Conservation Commission is charged to protect the resource areas and associated values currently being regulated under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (Massachusetts General Law Ch. 131, Sec.40; the Act) to a greater degree, to protect additional resource areas beyond the Act recognized by the Town as significant. To protect the wetlands, related water resources, and certain adjoining land areas in the Town by providing for prior review and control of activities deemed to have a significant or cumulative adverse effect upon wetland values.

The Conservation Commission consists of five members and the Town has only three currently. We need your help! Don’t be afraid to step forward if you have any interest in serving your Town in this way. Lots of help and guidance can be provided.

Please send a letter to the Town Manager’s Office, 109 Front St., Dept. 1, Winchendon, MA 01475, if this interesting position piques your interest or if you would like more information, please contact the Conservation Agent, David Koonce, at 978-297-5402. If you prefer, you may email your interest or questions to Linda Daigle, Executive Assistant, at

T H A N K Y O U!

Are You a Budget Wiz?
The Winchendon Finance Committee Wants You!

The Town of Winchendon invites interested citizens to volunteer for two vacancies on the Finance Committee. Financial background preferred. Send a letter of interest to:

Town Manager's Office
Attn: Town Moderator
109 Front Street Dept. 1
Winchendon, MA 01475
or send letter by email to:

Call the Town Manager's office if you have questions: 978-297-0085, menu option 5

The E.M. Connor Post 193 of the American Legion and the Town of Winchendon Invite You to Honor a Winchendon Veteran by purchasing an Engraved Brick

All active duty military and veterans who at one time resided in the town of Winchendon are eligible to have a brick engraved with their name. Bricks will become a permanent part of the veterans roll call pathway connecting the monuments within the Legion Park.

sample brick

3 lines of 20 spaces, no logo, for $50.00
3 lines of 15 spaces with a logo, for $75.00

Order forms are available at the Winchendon American Legion Post 193, 295 School St., the Town Hall Tax Office or Not Just Produced, 290 Central St., Winchendon.

Order and pay online at

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The Carriage House Restaurant is accepting applications for a part time experienced waiter or waitress. Please apply in person. 4:00-9:00 p.m. Wed-Sat, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Sundays. 660 Spring Street, Winchendon, MA.

Xtreme Autobody & Collision Center in Fitzwilliam NH is hiring persons to join our growing business. Seeking the following:
Full-time auto body tech, 40+ hours. Good wages with experience and must have tools.
Full time tow truck operator.
Call 603-585-9700. 218 Rte 12 North, Fitzwilliam, NH.

Christos Place in Winchendon is seeking part-time delivery drivers. Apply in person at 51 Central St., Winchendon. Open daily 11:00am-10:00pm.