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Week of July 29 to August 5, 2021
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ZBA Does Site Visit for Winchendon Community Park Amphitheater Project

On Tuesday, July 27, members of Winchendon's Zoning Board of Appeals, along with a dozen or so other interested persons, met for a scheduled site visit at the Winchendon Community Park to walk through the location of the future amphitheater and stage. Architect David Pollak, from Abacus Architects, brought a thick roll of design schematics and explained the different aspects of the proposed plan.

The area which will be occupied by the actual stage and amphitheater tiers is thickly overgrown with small and somewhat spindly pines which have filled in former meadowland over the last twenty years. The approximate dimensions of the spaces where the stage and seating area will be built had been paced out and marked with plastic tape.

Mr. Pollak pointed out several large oak trees which will need to be removed to accomodate the walk and steps for the amphitheater seating. Two of them are clearly in poor health with one tree presenting an immediate hazard as it is nearly hollow.

The group also viewed the barn, which will remain in place, and the location of the future proposed parking area. Mr. Pollak explained the plans for electrical service and water supply to the location. There will be sprinklers for the grass on the amphitheater tiers, and the power lines down to the site will be installed underground. Lighting around the amphitheater will be controlled remotely via a cell phone app. A proposal to install a permeable surface on the parking lot has been abandoned, due to concerns about the extra maintenance it would require. The 50-space parking lot will have an impervious pavement with runoff control and mitigation.

Mr. Pollak also explained that the boundaries for the wetlands buffer zones were calculated according to estimates of the highest possible water levels should the situation with the Whites Mill dam change.

Some Winchendon residents have expressed concern about the orange tape tied around dozens of trees surrounding the site, asking if the tape indicates that all those trees will be removed. Mr. Pollak explained that the orange tape was tied onto the trees for the surveyors. All trees over a certain size must be included on the surveyors' plans and the orange tape designated each tree to be surveyed. Some trees may be removed (this is yet to be determined), but the trees sporting orange tape ties are not all doomed.

Local wildlife appeared unconcerned about the site visitors; a wild rabbit was spotted on the grass verge of the road as the group viewed the location of the proposed parking lot. The visit was cut short after forty-five minutes as rumbling thunder and ominous clouds moved in. It was an educational and informative walk-through nevertheless.

Final Summer Reading Club Events at the Beals Memorial Library

Are you looking for some exciting and unique experiences this summer? Then head over to the Beals Memorial Library in Winchendon as they wrap up their big Summer Reading Club with a few activities that are sure to be fun for everyone!

If your kids love arts and crafts, then join the library on Wednesday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m. for their Animal Mobile Craft activity. Participants will get to make a cute, jungle animal mobile they can hang up at home. Space is limited, so contact the library to reserve a spot!

On Thursday, August 5 at 6:00 p.m., the library welcomes all stargazers to join them for their Lore of the Night Sky program. Take a fascinating walk through the seasons as Aldrich Astronomical Society introduces you to a diverse menagerie of creatures, and how they ended up in the night sky! Stargazing on the common at Old Center will follow, weather permitting. This event is open to all, no registration necessary.

Finally, on Friday, August 6 at 8:00 p.m., the library will wrap up this year's Summer Reading Club with the first of three animal-centered Outdoor Movie Nights. The first movie of the month will be the hit Disney animated film, Zootopia. That's not all! Drop in early for some live, musical entertainment beginning at 7:00 p.m. on each Movie Night. On August 6, musical entertainment will be provided by Knock on Wood. Bring the whole family and some lawn chairs. During this event, the Friends of the Library will be running both their regular book sale and a concession stand from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.. This event is open to all, no sign-ups required.

All summer events at the library will be held outdoors on the library lawn. Beals Memorial Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street in Winchendon. For more information or to register for an event, contact the library at 978-297-0300 or email at

animal mobiles
Friend of the Beals Memorial Library Louise Spofford is excited for kids to join her in crafting some cute animal mobiles.
Photo courtesy of Beals Memorial Library

Planning Board Conditionally Approves Site Plan for Cannabis Growing Facility on Juniper Street

Mantis Management Group, LLC took a step forward in its long and slow journey toward building a cannabis cultivation and processing facility at 2 Juniper Street, when the Planning Board conditionally approved the site plan on Tuesday, July 20. The major hindrance to the project is the drainage from Juniper Street to Central Street, which needs to be completely replaced. A secondary stumbling block is the current building on the lot, which is slated for demolition, but which extends slightly over the property line with the Walgreens parcel, owned by WinMass Realty, Inc.

Mantis Management Group, LLC came before the Board of Selectmen for a Community Outreach Meeting (mandated by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission) on December 9, 2019. (See "Plans Moving Forward for Marijuana Cultivation Facility on Juniper Street" in the December 12-19, 2019 edition of The Winchendon Courier.) They appeared before the Planning Board last October 20, 2020 with a Special Permit application to operate a Marijuana Cultivation Facility, and a Site Plan Approval application.

At the October 20 hearing, Bill Hannigan of Hannigan Engineering reviewed the parameters of the project, stressing that the facility will essentially be a manufacturing site with no retail element. The traffic impact will be limited to employees and some delivery trucks (SU30 30-foot box trucks, not semis) coming and going. Marijuana will be cultivated and processed into various refined products sold to other businesses, not to the public. Outside mechanical features such as cooling systems will be located on the side of the building away from Juniper Street, as well as the parking lot. Traffic will enter and exit from Maple Street and will not cross the area in front of Walgreens to Central Street. Juniper Street itself will be reconditioned and resurfaced, partly with asphalt paving and partly graveled.

The Planning Board approved the Special Permit, but the Site Plan hearing was continued until December 15. After several requests for continuance, Mantis Management Group LLC and Hannigan Engineering came before the Planning Board again on June 15.

On June 15, Chris Anderson of Hannigan Engineering and Wendell Orphe of Mantis Management Group LLC explained the challenge presented by the drainage situation. Mr. Anderson believes that the existing drainage consists of a 36-inch culvert running from Juniper Street, along the property line between the Walgreens parking lot and Tighe Mathieu's lot (currently hosting the Popup Bull Yard) to Central Street. That culvert, Mr. Anderson said, is probably collapsed and non-functional which would help explain why drainage in the area is so poor. Planning Board member Burt Gould described water bubbling up out of the catch basins in heavy rain. Entirely new drainage lines will be installed from the new building down to Central Street, tying in to the Central Street Reconstruction Project. However, Mantis needs to have an agreement with the abutters to get easements for the drainage pipe and permission to dig up the paved areas to install it. The abutters want the site plan approved in order to grant easements. This creates what Mr. Anderson called a "Catch-22" situation. In addition to this, Mantis needs to finalize agreements with WinMass Realty Inc. before the existing building on 2 Juniper Street can be demolished. The site plan hearing was continued to July 20.

On July 20, Mr. Anderson and Mr. Orphe stated that they were still negotiating with WinMass about the easements. Winchendon Planning Agent Alison Manugian stated that the Department of Public Works is "very much on board with those plans, they're quite excited to have this improvement to the area." With respect to the amount of the performance bond the applicants would need to put up, Ms. Manugian said that DPW Director Brian Croteau had floated an estimated hypothetical cost for installing the drainage pipes as $300,000-$350,000, if the town were to do the work itself.

Mr. Anderson said that bonds were usually done immediately before construction began, but "we can work with the DPW" to "nail down that final bond price." He opined that $300,000 "seems a little high." Ms. Manugian said "there's still plenty of time to work out those details" before construction begins.

Planning Board member Burt Gould raised questions about storm water impacting Pond Street. Ms. Manugian responded that "the DPW has not raised any concerns, they've seen these plans, we've had discussions about what's proposed, and they're very happy with them. I don't know how far down the Pond Street, Central Street interface is, but DPW has not brought forward any concerns regarding Pond Street or the piping that's there."

The Planning Board voted to approve the site plan with the conditions that: an agreement will be made between the applicant and the town on a performance bond; the applicants will submit a landscaping plan and elevation information for the building exterior; the applicants will come back to the Planning Board if any amendments are needed prior to construction; the Planning Board will receive copies of easement agreements made with abutters.

The project itself will significantly alter the arrangement of 2 Juniper Street. The existing building, previously occupied by a thrift shop and wine store, runs beside and parallel to Walgreens. The proposed new structure will run along Juniper Street to the corner of Maple Street, and will be about twice as high. Most of the square footage where the current building stands will be a 15-space parking lot for the cannibis facility's employees. Mr. Orphe said he is "open to ideas" about the final appearance of the large, windowless building's exterior to improve its esthetics.

Thad King New Interim Superintendent for WPS District--read the Courier exclusive story by Correspondent Keith Kent in the Schools Section!

Bike Path in Fighting Trim, Thanks to "An Army of One"

With the permission of Department of Public Works Director Brian Croteau, Board of Health member Keith Kent freely volunteered hours of time over two consecutive days, some personal funds, and several buckets of sweat to improving the Bike Path for all Winchendon residents to enjoy with greater comfort and safety.

On Sunday, July 25, using a manual bypass lopper, Mr. Kent trimmed and pruned over 300 thick evergreen branches from trees along the Bike Path from the track behind Clark Memorial YMCA to the Black Bridge. The branches had grown to extend over about half the path, blocking an entire lane and restricting walkers who wished to socially distance. The Path is now fully clear for walkers and bikers, tall and small. The trimmed debris made a pile ten feet deep, fifteen feet long and six feet high.

Bike Path trimming, before and after
Bike Path trimming, before and after
Bike Path trimming, before and after

Mr. Kent was continuing with volunteer work he had already done a few weeks ago, pruning back over 300 overhanging branches on the three-quarter-mile section of the Bike Path from Glenallen Street to the Black Bridge.

On Monday, July 26, Mr. Kent purchased supplies, borrowed orange cones from the DPW and repainted the graffiti-covered yellow dividers at Black Bridge. It required five coats of paint to completely cover the spray-painted grafitti.

Mr. Kent reported that walkers, bike riders and joggers thanked him as they passed by on the path. "I'm still trying to scrub all the paint off my hands," he joked. One older jogger helped Mr. Kent move the piles of branches he trimmed on July 25. "I was very thankful for his kindness," Mr. Kent said.

Mr. Kent explained to the Courier, "As the path was the work of many great dedicated people since its inception, there never really was a maintenance component created, short of placing on the back of the Winchendon DPW if volunteers wouldn't step up.

"The DPW has done a marvelous job of keeping that first section plowed for winter walking, and also mows the grass there, along with removal of any fallen trees. Recently they have been, section by section, to their credit, replacing missing boards along multiple sections of railings and/or fencing. So the DPW has made a strong effort under Superintendent Brian Croteau."

Mr. Kent stated that he has personally removed many bags of trash from the bike trail year round, including "beer cans, soda bottles, whisky nips, fast food wrappers, you name it." He has also cleaned up dog waste left by dog owners, who could be fined for not picking up after their pets but seldom are.

"I was brought up on the idea of, 'If you're going to complain about something, instead of using all that energy to just complain, channel it to become part of the solution!'" Mr. Kent said. "So I just figured I would go purchase a few supplies and continue where I left off with the trees. It seemed a natural way to just give back to my community, and like an old saying goes, 'Did you leave something better than you found it?'

"Many people do all kinds of volunteer work all over town. We are lucky to be in a town where people care. I haven't done or continue to do anything many others haven't already done or continue to do on other topics, I just did it in a place where lots of people walk." Mr. Kent added, "We are truly blessed to have this scenic bike and walking path in our town, and I hope some day more people decide to not just walk it, but take ownership in its cleanliness. I believe it's God's will, and I wouldn't give it up for anything."

Bike Path trimming, before and after
Bike Path trimming, before and after
Bike Path trimming, before and after
Bike Path trimming, before and after
Bike Path trimming, before and after
All photos by Keith Kent
Bike Path trimming, before and after

Mystical Magical Market Place Offers Spiritual Healing and Insight on Central Street

Mystical Magical Marketplace
Happy owner Bonnie Page of Mystical Magical Market Place, which opened in October of 2020 during the pandemic, sells a wide variety of products. She invested significant time and money remodeling the building's interior to provide the atmosphere her clientele seeks for inner peace and tranquility.
Photo by Keith Kent
Mystical Magical Marketplace
This reading room is key to providing Psychic Bonnie Page and her customers privacy in a calm setting for ideal communication.
Photo by Keith Kent

It was late October of 2020. There was no grand opening, there was no ribbon cutting. Stores were open at limited capacity if at all. That didn't stop Psychic Intuitive Medium Bonnie Page from taking a deep financial and emotional plunge into seeing her own future and dreams come true, by bringing her business back to the town of Winchendon, a community near and dear to her heart. She aimed to try to help others understand their past, present, and future through peace and understanding, in clarity of mind and soul.

Born at the Winchendon Hospital and having grown up in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, Page felt a tie to the area. As Page's lease was up at her former Leominster location, she felt that the time was perfect to make the move back to Winchendon even during the national and global pandemic.

While she had been practicing her gifts since 2004, her full time business of ten years, Messages from Heaven and Healing Center, would fill yet another vital role. With the support of her family and lots of hard work, Page created "Mystical Magical Market Place and Messages from Heaven," adding a colorful and attractive business to what was once just another empty downtown Winchendon storefront. Not just known as a psychic intuitive medium locally, Page's business and talents as a medium are famous all over the world. Her ability to meet with clients over the Internet extends her reach far beyond the borders of Toy Town.

In what for most businesses was a rare occurrence, Page explained that the global pandemic actually helped her gain an international reputation and clients. Having to host live events on the Internet, including free events such as "Who are you actually missing in Heaven," greatly expanded her following. Page said, "Some of them would get as many as 5,000 views very quickly, so it allowed me a much bigger reach as well." From European Countries to India and even Australia, Page added, "I was wondering if I was even going to be able to understand them all well, but even though their people in Heaven might not have spoken English, I could understand everything they wanted to convey. What was fun about getting to know so many people in so many different countries is that it's all about the heart, and everybody is the same soul."

Both a Psychic Intuitive Medium and Demonstrating Medium, Page explained how her gifts make her the 4th generation female "Natural Born Medium" in the family--going back to her great-grandmother--to be blessed with what she calls a very special gift. She explained that her own mother had to teach her how to reach deep inside her inner self, which from that day forward not only changed her life, as Page will tell you, but many others' lives over the years.

Page elaborated, "By the time I was just four years old, I would be walking around my own house, but seeing people outside of my head objectively versus inside which is subjectively, but my mom could tune in and tell me which relative I was seeing. My gift didn't get shoved down, my gift was nurtured. My mother always said, you have to be afraid of the living, not the dead. My communication is through Jesus, God, and the Angels. Five years ago I heard God communicate with me, and he told me, 'Bonnie, I need you to do more of this.' I asked 'why?' God told me, 'the world is becoming a darker and darker place and I need more light.' I can tell you right now, it's when you are doing things that are mindless and you head is clear, that is when a spirit can get a thought to you."

A Reiki Master, Page practices the administering of "Laying on of hands" known as Reiki, which reduces stress and promotes healing by transferring life force energy from Bonnie to the client. Page offers her classes on metaphysical modalities and New Age thought at her studio, as well as at schools and colleges all over the Northeast, as listed on her website. She is internationally known both as a Medium and for her teachings and abilities. Recently, according to Page, she became a best selling author on Amazon for her book, Ask the Psychic Medium, and she has written other books including Ask the Medium Next Door. Additionally, Page explained, she is a columnist for the Lowell Sun, Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, and most recently, The Nashoba Valley Voice, which publish her weekly column, "Ask the Psychic." She has created a CD. Page has also taught at multiple metaphysical colleges and schools in New England.

When asked to describe her biggest following, Page said, "My largest area of clients are women ages 35 to 70. However, men have also been some of my best clients, and when I start telling them all kinds of information, they just weep because they are so thankful you are showing them something that they originally thought they were not going to get. Many men don't like to open up about their feelings, and when you share something important, it can really touch their soul. What is important to me is to make healing more mainstream as a modality, that is very important to me. While some psychics reach into your aura, I still ask for guidance from the divine. Everything I do is healing work."

Page was asked, "What are some of the predominant reasons people should give it a try?" Page replied passionately, "I know I keep saying it, but it's so healing! So healing to get a message from someone you thought was always going to be gone. There is no time in Heaven, they are not gone. Whatever you love to do, you are creating your version of heaven right now."

Coming up soon, Page will be teaching at the well known and prestigious Lily Dale Assembly, in the exclusive psychic community of Lily Dale, New York, a well-known center for mediumship and spiritual healing since 1870.

Page's store offers an extensive variety of items. Sound singing bowls, crystals, decks of cards Page designed called "Your Soul Knows," sage and sprays to clear energy, hand made sun catchers, homemade affirmation candles which come with a stone, celebration candles with cute sayings, lotions, silver jewelry, energy beads, pendulums and much more are available.

Regarding her psychic intuitive philosophy, Page said, "I want everybody to know, think of me as that middle aged lady who lives next door who you want to have a cup of tea with. I want it to be comforting. I love it when people tell me they are coming in for their very first time to have a reading, and it's with me, because I know how to be soft and comforting, and still be straight on the money with information for them to help. I understand sympathy and compassion. It works best if people just come with an open heart and an open mind. If you give it a chance, there is always information for everybody so you really should give it a try."

Mystical Magical Market Place and Messages from Heaven is located at 48 Central Street, Winchendon, MA. It can be reached by phone at 978-297-9790, viewed on the Internet at and Page can be emailed at Page can also be seen on Facebook at and on Instagram at

Cailte Kelley concert
Cailte Kelly of Winchendon and fellow performer Corey Knapp of Orange, MA provide a solid musical performance at Winchendon's G.A.R. Park as part of the town Summer Concert Series on Friday, July 23. With Knapp on guitar, Kelly's mastery of the keyboard and both providing a strong vocal performances, there was no shortage of applause from the crowd.
Photo by Keith Kent
Cailte Kelley concert
Seen in this photo are some of the 72 people of all ages in attendance at the G.A.R. Park for the Friday, June 23 Winchendon Summer Concert Series enjoying a strong performance by Cailte Kelly and Corey Knapp along with comfortable temperatures in the low 70s.
Photo by Keith Kent

Murdock High School Class of 1971 Plans 50th Reunion Celebration

Members from the Murdock High School Class of 1971 have been planning a two-day celebration of their 50th Anniversary of their Graduation. The weekend of events is planned for September 24th and 25th. Information will be mailed to all members of the class on or about August 8. The reunion committee has mailed 95 Save the Date postcards. Classmates who did not receive a postcard can send a current mailing address and email address to

The class also posts information on a closed Facebook private group: Murdock Jr Sr High School Class of 1971.

You must already be a Facebook member to join the private group. Send a request to join to Marc Brouillette at, or request to join from the page.

The Committee is requesting help in locating several members of the Class. Anyone with information is asked to contact any member of the Committee. The following people have not been located: Roy D. Carr; Michael Connors; Mary Ann Gouslin Dunchus; John Keane; and Linda Berardi Ghize.

MHS class of '71
(Front Row, Left to Right). Bonita (Fortunato) Drew, Susan (Vaine) Martin-Scott; Susan Giardini; Coral May Grout; and Judith (Duplease) Moriarty.
(Back Row, Left to Right). Noel Veilleux; John Goan; Glenn Hunt; Marc Brouillette
Photo courtesy of Coral Grout

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from flooding to trotting at Dennison
From Flooding to Trotting!
Seen in this recent photo on Wednesday, July 28, at the Lake Dennison State Park which less than two weeks ago was nearly completely flooded from record July rainfall, four friends were seen enjoying a leisurely side by side horseback ride. From left, Lori on her horse Rose next to friend Nicole on her horse Cochise happily pose for a summer evening photo while enjoying the benefits of having local state parks so close to home.
Photo by Keith Kent

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5th Annual Fall Festival to be held October 9, 2021

We are excited to announce that the 5th Annual Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021! This will be the fifth year that the Winchendon Fall Festival has been located on Central Street. At past year's festivals, there have been over 200 crafters, vendors, and businesses set up along Central Street with over 8,000+ in attendance. Many craft vendors will be selling their handmade items. Not all vendors accept credit cards so it is best to bring cash to pay for your purchases, although there are some ATM machines along the festival route. There will be many children's activities including bouncy houses, pumpkin painting and face painting to name a few. There will be a variety of food available, a beer tent and local bands! We pride ourselves on this fun family event!

Winchendon Fall Festival will be taking place in the heart of Winchendon on Central Street from Front Street to Maple Street. If you are using a GPS mapping service, please keep in mind that there may be some road closures and detours in the immediate area of the festival; please use Central Street and Front Street for your destination.

Vendors interested in registering may find the application here (PDF).

For further information contact Nicole Roberts at 978-297-3537 or

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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.

STILL 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

Town Committee Vacancies
as of June 24, 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 Committee - 1 vacancy
Cultural Council - 7 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 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).

HEAL Winchendon Offering Financial Coaching Workshops

HEAL Winchendon, in conjunction with the Winchendon CAC, is offering a free financial coaching program to any residents who are interested. The program runs for eight weeks with a flexible schedule and is available in both English and Spanish. Coaching will be scheduled at the Winchendon CAC, 273 Central St. To enroll, fill out the form at HEAL Financial Coaching Sign-Up (Google form) or call 978-621-4524.

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.

from flooding to trotting at Dennison
As there have been many types of animals living in harmony alongside humans on the Winchendon Bike Path, this common groundhog was peacefully looking for food just ten feet away from multiple people passing by, calm as could be. Along the path many have regularly witnessed Eastern Cottontail Rabbits, Red Fox, groundhogs, skunks, and even deer on occasion. Walkers commonly share stories as they pass of what is around the next turn.
Photo by Keith Kent

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