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Week of January 16 to January 23, 2020

Beals Library Movie Schedule

Thur, Jan 23 at 1:30 p.m. Classic Movie Matinee
The African Queen

Thur, Jan 23 at 6:00 p.m. Beals Teen Movie Night
Gemini Man

Sat, Jan 25 at 11:00 a.m. Family Movie Matinee

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. Menu for week of January 20-24:

Monday - Center Closed - MLK Day
Tuesday - Grilled chicken marsala; garlic whipped potato; glazed carrots; multigrain bread; vanilla pudding
Wednesday - Mulligatawny Soup; Turkey ala King; rotini pasta; wheat bread; fruit cup
Thursday - BBQ pulled pork on a bun; California blend vegetables; baked beans; scalloped apples
Friday - Chicken Jambalaya; brown rice; broccoli; dinner roll; fresh fruit

Our Neighbor's Kitchen Menus

Thursday, January 23, 5:30 p.m.
at UU Church of Winchendon, 126 Central St.
Baked Ziti with Sweet Italian Sausage

Thursday, January 30, 5:30 p.m.
at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 52 Spruce St.
Meatball Grinders with chips, dessert

Thursday, February 13, 5:30 p.m.
at UU Church of Winchendon, 126 Central St.
Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Free Drug Awareness Workshop on February 22

Do you feel unprepared to help with the ongoing drug epidemic? Would you like to learn how we can help our community? Join us on Saturday, February 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. as our speakers share, provide information, resources and answer questions. All attendees will receive one free nasal Narcan dispenser at the end of the workshop. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event Speakers:
Keith Barnaby, AIDS Project Worcester
Chris Gallant, POST Overdose Team
Elizabeth Haddad, Central Mass Opioid Task Force Coordinator
Deb Rivera, Celebrate Recovery Coordinator

Free of charge. At The Chapel Downtown, 286 Central St., Winchendon.

Winchendon Fall Festival Will Be Held on October 10, 2020

Fall Festival will take place on October 10, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. this year.

If you are a local vendor and interested in setting up a table, please follow the link below:

Vendor Application (PDF)

Any questions can please be directed to Nicole roberts at 978-297-3537

We look forward to seeing you there!



Winchendon American Legion
295 School Street

February 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
February 22, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Attendance is required on BOTH dates.

Registration is Required. Register online at Course ID: 4478.

This course is provided through the coordinated efforts of the Massachusetts Environmental Police and the Winchendon American Legion.

BOAT MASSACHUSETTS is offered to the public at no charge. The primary purpose of BOAT MASSACHUSETTS is to foster safe boat operation through increased awareness of required safety equipment, safe boating practices and legal responsibilities.

Youth 12 through 15 years of age who successfully complete the course will be issued a Safety Certificate allowing them to operate a motorboat without adult supervision, as required by state law. This course will also satisfy the state requirements for personal watercraft users who are 16 or 17 years of age. All graduates will be issued a Safety Certificate. Taking the class as a family is encouraged and has proven to be highly rewarding. *Students must be at least 12 years of age. Class is limited to 70 persons.

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.

Winchendon Babe Ruth Softball
Spring Season 2020 Sign Ups!

Beginning Saturday, January 18 and running through February.
Sign Ups and Open Gym every Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Murdock Gym.
Please bring a copy of player's birth certificate.
Cash or checks payable to Winchendon Youth Softball.
10U - $70
12U - $85
14U - $85
16U - $85

Clydeís Corner

It's Happening Around the Winch!


SHINE Appointments all day at Old Murdock Senior Center. Call the Center at 978-297-3155 to make an appointment. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon.


Painting Class 9:30 a.m. at Old Murdock Senior Center. Join Laurie and painting something pretty for your home or office. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon.


Send Some Love to our Troops 9:00-10:30 a.m. Hosted by Operation Winchendon Cares and Winchendon American Legion Post 193. Let's send a little love to our troops from Winchendon serving worldwide as we get ready to celebrate Valentine's Day! At American Legion Post 193, 295 School St., Winchendon.


Powwow 12:00-8:00 p.m. Hosted by the American Indianist Society. We have two drums coming: The Four Winds Singers and Humble Spirit. We will have a Gourd Dance set from 12:00 til 1:00 p.m. then a General Powwow. Dance set from 1:30 to 4:00, a break for a potluck supper, and an evening General Powwow set from 6:00-8:00 p.m. There will be raffles and a couple vendors selling crafts. There is a small entrance fee of $6.00 for adults and $2.00 for kids under 12. This is to cover the cost of the Drums and the hall rental. At the American Legion Post 193, 295 School St., Winchendon.


Community Dinner 5:30-7:00 p.m. Enjoy a yummy and healthy meal in community! The Winchendon School Main Dining Hall, 172 Ash St., Winchendon. 978-297-1223.


Annual Cake Auction 12:30 p.m. at Old Murdock Senior Center. Make plans to join us and bid on cakes of all different, sizes, shapes, and flavors. The bidding gets heated (and FUNNY) Bring your money and your sense of humor. If you'd like to donate a cake to be auctioned, call 978-297-3155. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon.


Drug Awareness Workshop 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Speakers will present information and answer questions. Attendees will receive a nasal Narcan dispenser. Free of charge. At the Chapel Downtown, 286 Central 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 youíre a beginner, youíll 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, weíd 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.

Vacancy on Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is seeking someone who enjoys working with financial numbers and budgets to fill a vacancy on the committee. The Audit Committee meets five to six times per year. If you're interested, send a letter or email to:

Town Manager's Office
109 Front Street Dept. 1
Winchendon, MA 01475
or contact the Chair of the Audit Committee, Maureen Ward, at

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! Donít 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 Managerís 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
memorial path



The Town Managerís Office seeks a key individual to join the busy Town Managerís office, supporting the Town Manager and Executive Assistant.

Position works under the direct supervision of the Town Manager or Executive Assistant to the Town Manager if so delegated by the Town Manager. Requires the ability to plan and perform operations and to independently complete assigned tasks in accordance with prescribed time schedules. Requires ability to exercise independent initiative and judgment in performing day-today duties.

Duties include preparation of correspondence for the Town Manager and the Executive Assistant, answers the Town Manager's telephone lines; responds to inquiries directed to the Town, assists with the Board of Selectmenís annual license renewals; prepares licenses for signatures, prepares Town Managerís office bills payable, maintains assigned town records and files, coordinates and compiles the Annual Town Report for publishing, maintains Cable Channel 8 24-hour Bulletin Board and maintains and schedules the re-broadcast of public meetings, updates the Town of Winchendonís website with notices, agendas, news, etc. for the Board of Selectmen and Town Managerís office, attends bi-monthly Board of Selectmen meetings, prepares meeting minutes; assist other departments when necessary.

High school diploma or equivalent, including or supplemented by courses in office procedures, computer operation. Must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Two (2) years of experience in office setting, preferably in a position requiring considerable contact with the public, experience in a municipal setting highly preferred; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

This is an hourly position: 40 hours per week Ė Monday through Thursday with bi-monthly attendance at Board of Selectmen meetings. The office is closed on Fridays. Starting salary range is $18.20 - $23.30 and commensurate with experience. A complete job description is attached to this posting. A job application and position description can be obtained through the Town Managerís office and also found on the Townís website at Application deadline is Wednesday, January 15th at noon; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Winchendon is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Arc of Opportunity is Hiring!
Jobs in Hubbardston, MA
Full Time & Part Time Openings
Direct Care Support
Apply online at:
Questions? Email our recruiter @

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.

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