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Week of February 13 to February 20, 2020

Upcoming Films to be Screened at the Beals Memorial Library

If you love movies and you’re looking for some relaxing, indoor fun this month, then go to the Beals Memorial Library in Winchendon for their February Frozen Films.

On Thursday, February 20th, the library will be screening both an afternoon and evening film, starting with their Classic Movie Matinee at 1:30 PM. This month’s selection is Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (unrated), starring Sidney Poitier, Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, and Katherine Houghton. The film is about a couple whose views are put to the test when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé.

Then, at 6 PM, the library will be showing this month’s Teen Movie, Ford VS. Ferrari (rated PG 13), starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale. The movie follows American car designer, Carroll Shelby, who’s given an opportunity to help Ford build a revolutionary car that can beat Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Teaming up with British sports car driver and engineer, Ken Miles, the two face off against corporate interference and the laws of physics to achieve their goal.

For the final film of the month, the library will screen The Addams Family (rated PG) on Saturday, February 22, at 10:30 AM. This morning matinee features the vocal talents of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, and Allison Janney. The eccentric and spooky Addams family moves to a dreary, mountain-top mansion in New Jersey. Thirteen years later, a bland suburban community is being built around them by a colorfully wicked real estate and home decor guru who’ll stop at nothing to get rid of the neighborhood eyesore.

The Beals Memorial Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street in Winchendon. For more information, please contact the library at 978-297-0300. All movie screenings at the library are free and open to the public.

Beals Library Movie Schedule

Thur, Feb 20 at 1:30 p.m. Classic Movie Matinee
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Thur, Feb 20 at 6:00 p.m. Beals Teen Movie Night
Ford V. Ferrari

Sat, Feb 22 at 10:30 a.m. Family Movie Matinee
The Addams Family

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 February 17-21:

Monday: We're Closed President's Day. Happy Birthday George and Abe!!
Tuesday: Chicken Corn Stew; winter blend vegetables; multigrain bread; butterscotch pudding
Wednesday: White Bean Kale Soup; Vegetable Lasagna Roll with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella cheese; dinner roll; mixed fruit
Thursday: Breaded Chicken Drumstick; O'Brien Potatoes; Green Peas; Wheat Bread; Almond Cookie
Friday: Roast Pork with Apple Gravy; Sweet Potato; Spinach; Multigrain bread; fresh apple

Our Neighbor's Kitchen Menus

Thursday, February 20, 5:30 p.m.
at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 52 Spruce St.
Three-cheese Kielbasa Bake, coffee, punch, dessert

Thursday, February 27, 5:30 p.m.
at UU Church of Winchendon, 126 Central St.
Meat Lasagna, sides, dessert

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!

The Winchendon Firefighters Relief Association is proud to anounce its 6th Annual Golf Tournament. This event is Saturday, May 16th at the Templewood Golf Course, Templeton, MA.

As a major infrastructure in town, we hope The Winchendon Firefighters Relief Association can rely on you to back this worthy event. A show of your support will greatly strengthen this fundraiser and potentially increase the sponsorship of other local entities as well. Our goal is to maximize our field of golfers and raise more money than ever before. To do this, we truly need your help!

Movies raised will further our ability to help those in need, educate the community in fire safety (with special focus on children and senior citizens), award scholarships to graduating seniors, and provide for those less fortunate during the holiday season.

We invite you to help however you can--whether it be as a sponsor, vendor, golfer, raffle item donor, or any combination thereof! With your commitment to aid in our fundraising goal, this year's tournament will allow us to help the community more than ever before!

Please call me at the Winchendon Fire Department, 978-297-2324, or via email at Thank you for considering this special request and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Andrew Harding
Winchendon Firefighters Relief Association

February Book Club at the Beals Memorial Library

If you’re an avid reader and enjoy discussing your thoughts and reactions to a book with others, then come join the Beals Memorial Library’s Book Club. The Beals Book Club gets together on the second Friday of every month to exchange ideas regarding a book’s characters, plot, or themes. New members are always welcome!

The club’s next meeting will be on Friday, February 14 at 1:00 PM. Copies of selected books are set aside for checkout by club members at the library circulation desk.

For February, the club has chosen The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin. Set in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the twentieth century, this historical fiction novel centers on a reclusive orchardist who begins to look out for two, troubled teenage girls until tragedy strikes and he’s left having to face the ghosts of his past.

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

Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Beals Memorial Library

Are you looking for a fun and unique activity to do with your kids this February vacation? Then head over to the Beals Memorial Library for their first ever Mardi Gras Craft Hour!

On Wednesday, February 19th, at 1:30 PM, the library is inviting children of all ages to join them in celebrating New Orleans’ biggest festival. For one fun hour, they’ll take part in making masks, hats, and necklaces, the iconic accessories worn at the festival, and will learn what the Fat Tuesday celebration is all about. Spots are limited and registration is required.

The Beals Memorial Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street in Winchendon. To sign up or for more information, please call the library at 978-297-0300.

Mardi Gras Crafts at Beals Memorial Library
Melissa Thayer is ready to celebrate Mardi Gras with some fun crafts at the Beals Memorial Library on Wednesday, February 19, at 1:30 p.m.!



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

Clyde’s Corner

It's Happening Around the Winch!


RESCHEDULED from 2/13 due to weather
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.

Beals Library Book Club 1:00 p.m. Come discuss The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin, a historical novel set in the Pacific Northwest in the 19th Century. Copies of the book are available to borrow at the circulation desk. At Beals Memorial Library, 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon. Call 978-297-0300 for more information.


"When It Hits Close to Home, Home Has Your Back" 8:00 p.m. Benefit to help the three members of our community injured in the January 10th incident at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. Let’s get them back on their feet! Live music by Deacon Express and The Noize! Raffles and more! $10.00 cover. Winchendon American Legion Post 193, 295 School St.


Mardi Gras Craft Hour 1:30-2:30 p.m. The Beals Library is celebrating Mardi Gras by inviting children of all ages to join in the fun of making masks, hats and necklaces. Registration Required! Only 20 spots available! Visit or call the library to sign up. Beals Memorial Library, 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon, 978-297-0300.


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.


Author Event 6:30 p.m. Author Eveline MacDougall, a former resident of Winchendon, will speak about her book, Fiery Hope: Building Community with the Amandla Chorus at the Beals Memorial Library, 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon. Call 978-297-0300 for more information.


Spaghetti for Summer Camp Dinner 5:00-7:00 p.m. Our annual Spaghetti For Summer Camp Dinner to help our Scouts pay for an entire week at beautiful Camp Wanocksett! Hosted by Scouts BSA Troop 193 and 7193. At Winchendon American Legion Post 193, 295 School St.



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
6:30pm *
Zoning Board of Appeals
School Committee
2nd Winchendon Redevelopment Authority
Board of Selectmen
Finance Committee
Agricultural Commission
Conservation Commission
as posted
3rd Planning Board
6:30pm *
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.


(In accordance with Article XXVII of the agreement between the Town of Winchendon and AFSCME Council 93, Local 1887, Department of Public Works)

Highway Department Working Foreman

Rate of Pay $22.56 per hour
38.5 hours per week / overtime required

MA CDL Class B
MA 2B Hoisting Engineer License
Must have one year minimum experience in a highway department

Application and job description available on the Town's website at or at the DPW office, Winchendon Town Hall, 109 Front Street, Winchendon, MA, 01475

Interested applicants must apply in writing to the Town Manager, Keith Hickey, 109 Front St., Winchendon, MA 01475. Application deadline is February 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.; however, the position will remain open until filled. The Town of Winchendon is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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

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!

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 Manager’s Office seeks a key individual to join the busy Town Manager’s 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 Selectmen’s annual license renewals; prepares licenses for signatures, prepares Town Manager’s 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 Winchendon’s website with notices, agendas, news, etc. for the Board of Selectmen and Town Manager’s 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 – 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 Manager’s office and also found on the Town’s 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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