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Town Manager Updates Fin-Com, Discusses Projects and Figures

New Winchendon Town Manager Justin Sultzbach attended his first official meeting with the Finance Committee on Tuesday, June 8, only three weeks after his job began with the May 17 Annual Town Meeting. He presented a range of topics he wants to address immediately.

Sultzbach stated that he has been meeting regularly with Town Accountant Joanne Goguen, and wanted to inform the Committee there is currently in town reserves nearly $130,000 in Transportation, about $180,000 in Unemployment, and about $35,000 in Health Care, for total reserves on hand of just under $350,000.

"In terms of setting expectations, I want to use this meeting as an opportunity, if I may, to set expectations with both the Finance Committee and things I am also looking at to wrap up the year, and other expenses of things that may have not been previously identified," Sultzbach explained.

Sultzbach addressed newly discovered Town Hall structural issues, capital items, Blair Square, and more. "We have issues on the exterior building envelope that I am looking to address. There are locations on the building where brick is so loose you can actually walk up and take them out, and while I know we don't want to spend money when we don't have to, my fear is if we continue to put this off, it's going to be twice to three times more expensive going into the future," Sultzbach stressed about Town Hall's structural issues.

The Town Manager discussed how short term and long term condition assessments along with repairs on the building need to be done before the building reaches the costly structural needs of the Senior Center. "The preliminary estimated cost of brickwork that can be reached just from the ground level is currently about $15,000. I noticed an area on the back of the building where a vine was growing into it, and I pulled out 20 feet of vine from inside the wall of the Town Hall.

"If this is in the walls, then water is getting in the building, eroding the structure. The cupola on top of the building has parts ready to fall off it, and we need to address these issues both now before the end of this budget year, and before next winter," Sultzbach said.

On a more positive note, the Town Manager informed the Committee that the town has again benefited from the Robinson Broadhurst Foundation with a 50 percent match on costs to upgrade the existing town radio communication system for Police, Fire, and DPW. "We are also looking at the redevelopment of Blair Square between Cumberland Farms and Dunkin' Donuts, which has been on the Master Plan for about a decade or more now and is a bit of a hazard, and paving projects. We need to address these areas to encourage the right type of commercial growth in town and broaden our commercial tax base to take some of the burden off residents."

Sultzbach continued, "I would like to use some of these reserve funds remaining to go towards a one hundred percent committed shovel ready design to work on Blair Square in conjunction with the state funded Central Street redevelopment project we are going to be doing in the spring of 2022. We can't get a number for the community in construction costs if we don't have these designs in hand."

Discussing payment options, Sultzbach explained, "I know we are looking at about $350K in reserve funds, and I also understand we don't want to spend all of that down as we want to balance the budget a little bit with some free cash, and we need to save some free cash for next year because last year should be a prime example. You have no clue what you are going to run into. So I am not looking to spend that cushion down, but I am looking to put it to work as much as I realistically can."

Speaking of State and Federal COVID funding, Sultzbach advised they were keeping a close eye on figures, as Round 1 has to be spent down by the end of the current calendar year, with about $275,000 left in spending set to expire.

"We will be working hard first and foremost to make sure police, fire, and public safety have all their PPE, and find ways to benefit the town in COVID-19 relations as much as possible. Additionally I submitted to the state the application for the second round of the American Recovery Act, which is designed for infrastructure for shovel ready designs. We are very much on top of it and being very aggressive seeking out those funds."

In closing, Sultzbach said, "I am not looking to set off any alarms, but I am looking to set expectations. I wanted to let this Committee know these are things that are not 'Nice to haves' but are things you 'Need to do' and can't really be put off. The buck stops here and I will keep you posted on some of the figures as we get them over the next few weeks."

When thanked for the project updates and discovery of things needing to be quickly attended to, Sultzbach said, "Thank you, and I am just getting started, so buckle up."

DCR Not Charging for Admittance to Local State Beaches

After a rainy Memorial Day weekend with highs barely reaching 50 degrees, locals looking to enjoy great weather flocked to Lake Dennison State Park on Sunday, June 6 as temperatures reached 90 degrees, providing for Sunday fun in the summer-like sun.

With some 150 cars on average filling a large portion of the parking lot throughout the day, and well over 200 vehicles coming and going by sunset, there was a welcome surprise for all enjoying both the beach and picnic area. There is currently no entrance check point to pay a user fee for park access, and admittance is currently free.

Normally, beginning Memorial Day weekend and running through Columbus Day weekend, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) requires either a state purchased parking pass, or a fee of $8.00 per vehicle per day at all state parks, according to the DCR website. User fees may vary by park location. Due to COVID-19, all that has changed.

A call was placed to the locally managed Otter River State Forest on Sunday, June 6, inquiring if state parking passes for sale online are currently necessary to enter state park public beaches.

An attendant on duty provided the following answer. "While we acknowledge state park passes are available for sale online at the DCR website, payment is not being taken at this time in any form as many visitors pay in cash, and due to COVID-19 and the changing of money in hands and its shared contact, the state is allowing free of charge access to state beaches until further notice, subject to change."

With over 200 vehicles coming and going on Sunday, June 6, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts potentially lost up to $1,600 in revenue in just one day at just one the state's many publicly managed beaches. The local bordering Otter River State Forest and its much smaller Beaman Pond Recreation Area are also, by this temporary policy, free of charge, including picnic areas, a professional length basketball court, volleyball court, and other facilities.

When asked if the state park campgrounds which are part of and connected to the adjacent state park beaches were currently under the same free of charge policy, the attendant answered, "No, those individual sites are not free of charge and their standard associated fees for use are still applicable."

An additional call was placed on Tuesday, June 8 to the ORSF office asking if and when life guards would be on duty, as none were in attendance during the park's busy weekend. In reply a staff member said, "We are being told by the state lifeguards will be arriving at the beaches sometime soon in the middle of this June. That is what we are being told as of this time, as most are often college students who are still coming home, but we hope to see them soon."

A quick visit to the DCR website for both a listing of fees and where you would purchase a state parking pass says nothing about state beaches and facilities being free. The linked Reserve America website again says nothing about Mass State DCR managed beaches currently not requiring a state parking pass or fees, and also says purchased annual parking passes are non-refundable.

Summer fun at Lake Denison
Sunday-Funday! Hundreds of people enjoyed their time under the long awaited hot sun while taking a dip in the cool waters of Lake Dennison.
Photo by Keith Kent
Summer fun at Lake Denison
Beach Hair Don't Care - Kayaking, tubing, splashing, and mothers keeping a watchful eye on their children was all on display to the enjoyment of many as signs of life slowly returning to normal made its appearance.
Photo by Keith Kent
Summer fun at Lake Denison
Upper body workouts. During the day on Sunday June 6, many kayaks and stand up paddle boards provided both enjoyment and fitness to water enthusiasts of all ages. Seen left in photo, a SUP rider takes a break coasting in the day long gentle breezes.
Photo by Keith Kent
Firefighter's Memorial Ceremony
In a formal procession, WFD members march in unison from the Calvary Cemetery to the Fire Fighters Memorial on Sunday, June 6 paying respect to all who have served and fallen in the call of duty.
Photo by Keith Kent
Firefighter's Memorial Ceremony
Retired WFD Deputy Chief Ricci Ruschioni speaks of the hundreds of Fire Fighters who died in the attacks of 911 telling current members, "Never Forget."
Photo by Keith Kent
Firefighter's Memorial Ceremony
WFD Chief Thomas Smith speaks of the costs paid by both Fire Fighters and their families telling members why they honor them and to never forget.
Photo by Keith Kent
Firefighter's Memorial Ceremony
Members carry the wreath to be places at the memorial monument.
Photo by Keith Kent

Local Organic Farmers to Host Workshop: Layer Management with Chicken Tractors

Many Hands Organic Farm will be hosting a workshop regarding Layer Management with Chicken Tractors on July 10th from 10:00 to noon at the farm in Barre. We will discuss the benefits of a mobile house where chickens can pasture and get some hands-on experience building a new house. Egg collection, feeding and watering, and security from roaming dogs and wildlife will also be discussed. Registration is available on the Many Hands Organic Farm website at


Saturday, June 12
Beals Memorial Library Lawn

Join us at the Beals Library outside for live music, food, games and more! Support local businesses, celebrate diversity in our community and have fun! Bring your Local Food Passports to enter into a raffle/earn prizes. There will also be virtual events throughout the week including Cultural Cooking Showcase on social media, Trivia Night, Community Conversations and more!

Register at:

Sponsored by HEAL Winchendon

First fish caught at Lake Denison
First Fish!
In a big event for any young child, 4 year old Kane Girard of Winchendon caught his very first fish, a sunfish, at Lake Dennison with his parents Ken and Amy Girard at his side on Sunday, June 6. Kane caught his first ever fish on a first time fishing trip and just the 3rd cast. Making the moment even more special, his parents took him fishing in their 1950 Ford F-100 pickup truck for good luck, also seen in photo.
Photo by Keith Kent

Signal Boost: Master Plan Implementation Committee Volunteers Still Needed

The Board of Selectmen are still seeking volunteers to serve on the Master Plan Implementation Committee. Details about the committee and the qualifications for volunteers may be found lower down on this page.

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WFD Honors Fire Fighters Fallen in the Line of Duty

Members of the Winchendon Fire Department both past and present attended the annual honoring of the local Fire Fighters Memorial on Sunday morning, June 6 after sharing in a station cooked unity breakfast.

Arriving at the Glenallen Street Memorial site for the 9:00 a.m. ceremony, WFD department members marched in professional full dress as bagpipes could be heard down the street echoing all the way past the bridge to the bike path.

After members placed the traditional wreath at the foot of the memorial, Chief Thomas Smith spoke to all attending. "It's a pleasure to see so many current members and past members of the Winchendon Fire Department as well as members of the community supporting us here today. This is a very meaningful ceremony which touches us dear in our hearts when we think of how so many members have gone before us and paved the way for the Fire Service.

"We think about it on days like today, but in our day to day activities we train and look ahead. We work the way we train and our job performance will reflect that. Honor those before us who paved the way to where we are today and make them proud."

Retired Deputy Chief Ricci Ruschioni spoke of the 343 fallen Fire Fighters and EMS members who perished in the New York City attacks of September 11, 2001. Ruschioni said, "Fire Fighter Sunday is a day of remembrance for Fire Fighters all over the world. No matter if you're a call, volunteer, or career Fire Fighter smoke and fire shows no prejudice and it will kill you just as fast as anybody all over the world.

"Today is a day you remember our fallen all over the country and any one of us could go to work and not come home. That is part of what today is also all about and we will be here year after year to remember all who served in the line of duty."

At the end of the ceremony Deacon Richard Ames, USAF Retired, read the "Fire Fighters Prayer," followed by the playing bagpipes setting the pace of the formal procession from the Memorial back across Glenallen Street to Calvary Cemetery.

At the ceremony, notable former members such as Chief Williams and Chief Allen Lafrennie were in attendance. Former Deputy Chief Bud Fletcher, who served 15 years as Deputy Chief and 35 years of voluntary on call service, was asked what Fire Fighter Sunday means to him.

Fletcher responded, "I think it's absolutely wonderful. More people should attend this type of ceremony because these people are putting their lives on the line every time they go out. You never know if you will be coming home, and services like these are just wonderful honoring all those who have served and still serve. It's just wonderful."

Firefighter's Memorial Ceremony
Department members pay respect while reflecting on those who have given up much in the call of duty, and how many gave all.
Photo by Keith Kent
Firefighter's Memorial Ceremony
Bagpipes playing the song "Amazing Grace" echo across the memorial while all looking on bow their heads in respect.
Photo by Keith Kent

Summer Fun at the Beals Memorial Library

Calling all animal lovers! Are you an avid reader? Would you like the chance to earn some prizes for reading books this summer? Then sign up for the Beals Memorial Library's Summer Reading Club and get ready to read on the wild side!

Starting on Monday, June 28th, and running until August 6th, the library welcomes the community to join them for a whale of a good time with this year's summer reading program, "Tails and Tales." There will be exciting outdoor programs, activities, stories, and more each week for the whole family to enjoy. The library will be kicking things off on Wednesday, June 30th at 2 PM with the first special event of the summer, Animal Adventures! Join the Animal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue Center on the library lawn for a unique and fun-filled wildlife learning experience.

The Summer Reading Club is free and open to participants of all ages. Registration starts Monday, June 14th, and the reading challenge starts on Monday, June 28th. To join, sign up at the circulation desk or online with Beanstack, a fun online service for tracking your reading, at For students who've been recording their reading through Epic at school, we have good news! Any reading they've logged in Epic will be counted toward their reading minutes and can be transferred over to Beanstack.

The Beals Memorial Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street in Winchendon. All summer programs will be held outdoors on the library lawn. To learn more about the Summer Reading Club or Animal Adventures, call the library at 978-297-0300 or visit the library's website at

Beals Library Director Manuel King and friend
Library Director Manuel King, and his furry friend, Coco, welcome book and animal enthusiasts to join the Beals Memorial Library's Summer Reading Club!
Photo credit: Beals Memorial Library

Stone Ladeau Funeral Home

Central Mass Tree

Winchendon Courier Launching Community Directory of Businesses and Organizations

With the ending of the State of Emergency on June 15 and the rescinding of nearly all COVID-19 mandates and restrictions, this will be the last week the Courier will publish its full weekly COVID-19 update.

The listings of town organizations and businesses will be moved to its own page, and will continue to be updated and expanded. Any Winchendon business or organization, or organization providing services to Winchendon residents, is welcome and invited to send listing information to for inclusion on the list.

Winchendon's official case count is now 762 (that's total confirmed cases since March). This is an increase of 2 cases from the previous week. As of June 10, 427 tests had been done in Winchendon in the previous 14 days, and 4 tests returned a positive result. This reduced Winchendon's two-week percent positivity to 0.94 percent, down from 1.36 percent the previous week. Winchendon still appears as gray (lowest risk) on the color-coded list of Massachusetts towns. Of surrounding towns, Ashburnham, Athol, Fitchburg, Gardner, Orange, Templeton and Westminster are now gray, except for Gardner which is green. No Massachusetts town is at "red" or "yellow" status.

The MA Department of Public Health announced that as of Thursday, June 10, there have been 662,544 confirmed cases in Massachusetts (909 in the previous week), with 17,566 fatalities (36 in the previous week). The rate of new cases across the state has fallen dramatically. The rate of deaths and hospitalizations is also greatly reduced, although not yet at zero.

As of Wednesday, June 9, 4,554,812 persons (66.1 percent of the state population) have received the first dose of vaccine. 3,913,264 (56.8 percent of the state population) have received two doses (or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and are fully vaccinated.

As of June 8, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health records Winchendon at 45.7 percent of its population having received at least one vaccination dose, and 39.1 percent of its population fully vaccinated. Winchendon is still lagging substantially behind the state overall.

Complete Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report, Thursday, June 10 (PDF, 52 pages)

Below is an updated list of the COVID-19 arrangements made by Winchendon community services, centers, organizations and businesses, as far as the Courier was able to determine as of Thursday, June 10.

Winchendon Public Schools
All classes have now returned to full in-person learning. Elementary classes will be meeting at Murdock Middle High School as the HVAC system at Toy Town is still being repaired.

Town Hall
Open to the public during its regular business hours as of Tuesday, June 1. Masks will not be required, but are recommended for non-vaccinated individuals.

The transfer station is open regular hours, with extended Thursday hours (8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.) until October 1.

The Police Station and Fire Station are open. Call 911 for emergencies only and the business numbers for general questions and calls (Police: 978-297-1212; Fire: 978-297-2324). See each department's Facebook page for ongoing updates and information.

Old Murdock Senior Center
Gradually reopening for lunches and drop-in activities. Further information to come. Call before the end of the preceding business day to reserve a spot for lunch. Essential transportation offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact them if you're a senior and need groceries or medications. See their Facebook page for updates. 978-297-3155.

Beals Memorial Library
Patrons are be able to visit the library without an appointment as of June 1. Masks are required to protect those who may be more vulnerable; hand sanitizer available at entrance. Return borrowed items to the book drop box. Patrons can make an appointment to pick up items in the lobby. Computers will be available by appointment. See their Facebook page for more details.
Interlibrary Loan is available. You can borrow library e-resources through the Beals website. (If you have a library card, you can use the Libby app to borrow ebooks via your cell phone.)

BealsCon has been rescheduled to June, 2022 as it appears uncertain that the pandemic will subside enough in 2021 for an event of this kind.

Clark Memorial YMCA
Beginning registration for summer sessions June 7. Registration open for this summer's Camp Clark. Hiring Camp Clark staff. Hiring summer staff, various shifts and hours. For full details, see their Facebook page or website.

Winchendon Community Action Committee (CAC)
See their Facebook page for hours, updates and information, or call 978-297-1667.

Winchendon American Legion Post 193
Opening May 29. Still hiring bartenders. See their Facebook page for hours and updates.

Winchendon History and Cultural Center
"Porch Nights" on Thursday nights are resuming as of May 13. Seppie's Ice Cream Parlor remains closed until further notice. See their Facebook page for updates about future events. 978-297-2142.

The Dance Center
Studios open for in-person dance classes. Online virtual dance classes and activities continue. See their Facebook page for more information. 978-297-5678.


Carriage House Restaurant
Open. See their Facebook page for menus, hours and specials. 978-297-1089.

Chick's Tavern
OPENING May 29. See their Facebook page for updates.

Christo's Place
Open. Still looking to hire counter help and delivery drivers, apply in person! 978-297-1142.

C & S Pizza
Open for take-out only. 978-297-2202.

Dunkin Donuts
Open for take-out and drive-through only.

Friends Garden
Open for take-out only. 978-297-2277, 978-297-2278.

Gabby's Pizza
Open. Check their Facebook page for updates. Hiring kitchen help and drivers, apply in person. 978-297-3909.

The Glen Caffe
Open for dine-in and take-out, Thurs-Sat 4:00-8:00 p.m. 978-297-0800. Preparing take-out meals for sale at Not Just Produced, 290 Central St.

Gourmet Donuts
Open. 978-297-9700

The Harbour Sports Bar
Summer outdoor seating is now open.Check their Facebook page for hours, menus and updates. 978-297-2133

Hometown Cafe
Open. Menu, including daily specials, posted on their Facebook page. 978-297-2233.

Lickity Splitz
OPEN for the season, see their Facebook page for info and specials. 978-297-1777.

Little Anthony's & Little Lizzie's
New hours, see their Facebook page. Little Lizzie's ice cream open for season. 978-297-2669, 978-297-1880.

Murdock Farm and Dairy Bar
OPEN for the season.

Ruschioni's Cruisin' 12 Diner
Open. See their Facebook page for daily menus and specials. 978-616-8956.

Open. See Facebook page for hours, weekly specials and ordering information. 978-297-0011.

Toy Town Pub
Open. 978-297-9889.

Zoe's Restaurant and Pizzeria
Trivia night on Wednesday has resumed! Hiring dish washer, delivery positions, apply in person. 978-297-5200.


Beaman's Bait Shop
OPEN. Ring for admittance.

Belletetes Winchendon
Open to customers.

Cumberland Farms


Family Dollar

Gracie's Clothing & Home Goods Store
New store, now open. See their Facebook page for info and updates. 978-297-7038.

Horse & Buggy Feeds
Garden plants, pet and livestock supplies. See their Facebook page for news and specials. 978-297-2518.

Mystical Magical Marketplace
Open Thurs-Sat. Classes beginning. 978-297-9790.

Not Just Produced
New and additional inventory. Deli is now open. Locally grown produce and beef, local cheese. Packaged meals ready-to-go prepared by the Glen Caffe. Organic produce from Charlie's Redhouse Farm. New phone number: 978-297-7142. Call and order ahead for curbside pickup.

Pattie's Jewelry
CLOSED for vacation June 12-19, re-opening June 21. See their Facebook page for daily specials and information. Hand delivery of local purchases, layaway available. 978-297-3536.

The Perennial Patch
OPEN for the season. 978-297-0604.

Powell Stone and Gravel
Open with Phase 4 occupancy limits. 978-297-5600.

Reflections Country Collections
See their Facebook page for hours and updates. 978-297-2411.

Rescued Treasures Second Hand Shoppe
Open Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., or by appointment. All proceeds benefit Ahimsa Haven Animal Rescue. See their Facebook page for fundraising events and updates.

Robin's Retro Dolls
PM Robin for an appointment. Store currently closed to customers but Robin is buying and selling dolls by appointment, mail order, and on eBay. Contact her at 978-912-1688 with inquiries. If you have a doll to sell, text a photo to 978-912-1688 and she'll get back to you. Watch her Facebook page for updates.

Smith's Country Cheese
OPEN. Call for curbside pickup. 978-939-5738.

Sunset View Farm
OPEN for the season. Garden plants, asparagus, rhubarb, eggs, jam, maple syrup.

To Each His Own Design
Store is open to customers. Taking orders by phone or over the internet, delivering. See their Facebook page for news and specials. 978-297-3959.

Toy Town Stained Glass
Open to public, appointments available outside general hours. Classes being held at store and Monty Tech. See their website for details. 978-297-7102.

Toy Town Treasures
Open. See their Facebook page for updates and specials. 978-297-4474.


Winchendon Furniture
Winchendon and Keene showrooms now open. See their Facebook page for hours, updates and specials. 978-297-0131.


Athol Savings Bank
Branch lobbies open. See their Facebook page for updates, including current hours. 978-249-3200.

Brooks Automotive
Open for Inspection stickers during business hours, no appointment needed. Open for repairs and towing services. Call or check their Facebook page for updates and hours. 978-297-2561.

Clifford P. Beauvais Insurance Agency
Summer hours: Mon-Thur 9:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., Fri 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. For emergencies outside these hours, email If possible, call or email before coming to the office. Must wear a face mask to come inside. 978-297-0472.

LaPointe Law Office
Office is closed to the public, but attorneys are responding to queries and serving existing clients. Contact them at 978-297-2390, 978-297-3673, or by fax at 978-616-8491, or by email at:,, or See their Facebook page for more information.

Tip Top Nails
Open as of June 22. 978-297-0400.

Toy Town Barber Shop
Open with precautions. Customers are asked to wear masks and stay six feet apart while waiting. Advance appointments preferred. Call Sharon Esper at 603-554-2402 (cell) or 978-297-7354 (shop) to make an appointment.


The Chapel, The Chapel Downtown
See their Facebook page or website for information about worship services.

Cornerstone Church
See their Facebook page for information about worship services.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
Services have returned to normal schedule. See their Facebook page for more information. Contact the office at, Fr. Henry at, or call 978-297-0280.

Our Neighbor's Kitchen community suppers continue to be served as take-out meals on first and third Thursdays of the month.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon
Our Neighbor's Kitchen suppers are being distributed as "drive-through/take-out" from the church circular driveway every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. until further notice. AA Meeting on Monday nights at 7:45 p.m. in the church parish hall. For more information about these and other events, visit their Facebook page or website:

United Parish of Winchendon
See their Facebook page for information about worship services, Sunday School and other activities/events.

Applications Available for Senior Tax Work-off Program

The Senior Work-Off Abatement Program is a program allowing the Town of Winchendon the opportunity to utilize the knowledge and skills of its senior residents in exchange for credit toward the resident's property tax bill. The purpose of this program is:

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

Now Seeking Volunteers to Serve on Master Plan Implementation Committee (MPIC)

At their February 22, 2021 meeting, the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to adopt the Master Plan presented to them, and to establish a Master Plan Implementation Committee (MPIC) for the purpose of overseeing the execution of the Master Plan as outlined.

The Winchendon Master Plan describes the will of the people of Winchendon. All town boards, commissions, committees, staff and citizens should use this Plan to guide their work in creating the future everyone seeks. The Master Plan Implementation Committee (MPIC) is charged with overseeing its execution and will work with the Town Manager and Responsible Leads. Members of the MPIC have a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the Master Plan, are a Winchendon resident or have vested interest in the community, are a demonstrated team player, are reliable and have at least one of these qualifications:

  • Project management
  • Communications
  • Town history
  • Knowledge of "how things work"
MPIC specific responsibilities include:
  • Coordinate and monitor implementation
  • Collaborate with players to develop and track execution goals
  • Assist with goals that require additional resources
  • Encourage ongoing citizen engagement
  • Assess status of specific actions, evaluate priorities, and suggest new implementation techniques where appropriate
  • Identify successful strategies and barriers to progress
  • Periodically evaluate the plan
  • Create a mechanism to provide updates and progress reports to the Board of Selectmen
To see the full Master Plan, click here.

The Board of Selectmen is currently accepting letters of interest to serve on this committee. If you are interested, please send your letter of interest to the Town Manager's Office, 109 Front Street, Winchendon MA 01475 or to Taylor at

Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce Seeks Information on Available Commercial Properties in the Region

Carol Jacobson, President and CEO of the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce has announced that the Chamber is compiling a list of available commercial and industrial properties in the region. This list will be included in a data base that will be made available to the public in an effort to help market the region and facilitate economic development initiatives.

Tracy Murphy, Director of Planning & Development is currently compiling a list of available properties in Winchendon. Property can be existing structures or buildable land but must be zoned for commercial or industrial use(s). If you own or know of properties that are available for purchase or lease please send an email that includes details and photos, if available, and pertinent facts about the property that you wish to be included such as price, lease terms, contact info, etc. to: Feel free to reach out to the Planning & Development Department if you have any questions at: 1-978-297-3537.

Town Committee Vacancies
as of May 10, 2021

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 Commission - 1 vacancy
Council on Aging - 1 vacancy
Cultural Council - 8 vacancies
Fence Viewer and Field Driver - 1 vacancy
Historical Commission/Historic District - 1 Alternate vacancy
Master Plan Implementation Committee - 7 vacancies
Open Space Preservation Appraisal and Survey Revolving Fund Advisory Committee - 1 vacancy
Recreation Commission - 1 regular vacancy, 1 student vacancy
Toy Town Community Partnership - 4 vacancies
Zoning Board of Appeals - 2 Alternate vacancies

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

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

Town of Winchendon
Public Notice
Montachusett Regional Vocation Technical School
District Representative Appointment

In accordance with the Agreement establishing the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School District (as amended), notice is hereby given that letters of interest are being accepted for appointment of the Town of Winchendon's representative to the Regional District School Commitee. Winchendon residents interested in being considered for appoinment are asked to forward a letter of interest to the Selectman's Office, Winchendon Town Hall, 109 Front Street, Dept. 1, Winchendon MA 01475 or email your letter to the Board of Selectmen's Executive Assistant, Linda Daigle, at The deadline for accepting letters is June 1, 2021. Said position is jointly appointed by the members of the Board of Selectmen, Town Moderator and local School Committee.

Water Use Restrictions Begin May 1

Water use restrictions for users of Winchendon town water will be effective as of Saturday, May 1, 2021 and will remain in effect until October 1.

Outdoor water use is permitted for odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered days, and for even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days. Watering is permitted only overnight, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m., to minimize water loss from evaporation.

Call the Department of Public Works at 978-297-0170 if you have any questions.

According to the National Weather Service, the Monadnock region is currently experiencing "moderate drought" with below normal amounts of spring rainfall.

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.

Toy Town FYIs

The 2021 Town Street List is now available at Town Hall and on the town website. You can download a PDF copy at You may purchase the hard copy of the book for $8.00 or $5.00 for seniors. Please call Town Clerk's office at 978-297-2766 to arrange pick up/payment.

The 2020 Annual Town Report is now available at Town Hall and on the town website. You can download a PDF copy at 2020 Town Report PDF. Hard copies are available, free of charge, and can be picked up at the Town Manager's Office during regular business hours (Monday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). To request a copy, call the Town Manager's Office at 978-297-0085, extension 5, or email

2021 Dog Licenses are now overdue. All dogs were required to be licensed by March 31. You may purchase a license through the mail, drop box, or online through the Town Clerk's page. The licenses will be mailed to you. Please be sure to provide a valid rabies certificate. Spayed & Neutered dogs are $10 and Non-Spayed & Non-Neutered dogs are $20.

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Please Do Not Flush Sanitizing Wipes Down the Toilet
Wipes Clog Pipes!

The Department of Public Works is asking all users of the public sewer system to please be careful not to flush santizing wipes down the toilet. These wipes collect in the pumps and destroy them, causing the Town to be forced to replace two pumps just in the last month alone. If a pump at the wastewater treatment plant were to burn out from wipe accumulation, it would cost the Town $30,000 to replace it. Please throw these wipes into your rubbish instead.

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.

Town of Winchendon Hiring Multiple Positions

The Town of Winchendon is seeking applicants for several positions, including a part-time Veterans' Agent, a full-time Department of Public Works Foreman, a full-time Department of Public Works Highway Laborer and a full-time Department of Public Works Cemetery Laborer. For complete details and an application, go to: Town of Winchendon Job Opportunities or call 978-297-0085.

Organic Farm Opens CSA Shares for 2021

Many Hands Organic Farm will be hosting its largest organic community supported farmshare yet, with a goal of 200 shares! MHOF focuses on maximum fertility through soil carbon-sequestering techniques that grow the tastiest and most nutrient-dense vegetables. The summer fruit and vegetable CSA starts on May 24 and runs through October 22. Become involved in the local food movement by signing up for a share at

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