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Week of October 7 to October 14, 2021

Fundraising Dance at American Legion Post 193 with Deacon Express

On Saturday, October 9 The American Legion Post 193 will hold a fundraising dance featuring live music by Deacon Express from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. Dance to classic rock tunes and more. Take a chance on some great raffle items, including a 50/50 raffle. Cost of admission is only $10 per person, tickets available at the post. You must be 21 or older to enter. At the American Legion Post 193, 295 School St., Winchendon.

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.

July 2021 Senior Center Newsletter (PDF)

Monthly Book Clubs at the Beals Memorial Library

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

After a long hiatus, the Beals Book Club will resume meetings again on Thursday, September 23, at 4:00 p.m. The Beals Book Club is a discussion group that allows readers to exchange ideas, observations, and reactions to the plots, characters, and themes of selected books. They are open to reading books of all genres, from historical fiction to mysteries and thrillers, and members take turns picking the monthly selection. For their upcoming September meeting, the club has chosen the book, What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty, about a woman who loses the last decade of her memory and must put the pieces of her memory and her life back together, while deciding whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse. Future meeting dates and times will be voted on during the September meeting.

Meeting the following Thursday, September 30, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., is the new On the Same Page Book Club. Open to teens and adults, this group focuses on bringing members of the community together through culturally diverse stories. Their September selection is A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini. The novel is about two women in Afghanistan, born a generation apart, who bond with one another amidst the dangers of war. On the Same Page Book Club meets on the last Thursday of every month.

Copies of books for both clubs are available at the library Circulation Desk in regular, large print, and audiobook format.

PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required for all persons in the library building.

The Beals Memorial Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street in Winchendon. For more information, contact the library at 978-297-0300 or visit the library's website at bealslibrary.org.

Beals Book Club organizers
On the Same Page Book Club's organizers, Camille Hart and Molly Velasco, welcome anyone in the community to join their group.
Photo courtesy of Beals Memorial Library

GROWING PLACES
LOCAL PRODUCE PICK-UP / DELIVERY PROGRAM

Do you receive SNAP?
If you do, you receive additional benefits every month that you cannot see on your SNAP fund balance to purchase local produce.
These benefits are called the Healthy Incentive Program (HIP).
This program is available only for MA residents.

About the Program
Begins the First Week of December 2020
Growing Places was just approved by the Department of Transitional Assistance to start a weekly produce delivery program for residents to use their HIP benefits. Download this form to sign up (PDF).
You can either mail the completed form to Growing Places, 325 Lindell Ave., Leominster, MA, 01453. OR, contact Growing Places by email (staff@growingplaces.org) or by phone (978-598-3723) and we will arrange a time to pick up your completed form. You can also contact us with questions about this program.

If you do not have SNAP you can still participate in this program.
Please call or email us and we will help you sign up via credit or debit.

Where does the Produce Come From?
Growing Places grows produce indoors during the winter hydroponically and purchases produce from our local farmers.

Current Produce Pick-Up/Delivery Schedule in Winchendon

Pick-up: Not Just Produced, 290 Central St., Friday between 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Home Delivery: Ipswich Drive Friday between 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Home Delivery: Hyde Park Drive Friday between 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

New Youth Programs at the Beals Memorial Library

If you're looking to keep your kids or teens busy after school, then head over to the Beals Memorial Library in Winchendon. Beginning this October, the library will be hosting several new or returning weekday youth programs!

Starting Monday, October 4th, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM, the library is inviting teenagers in grades 6 through 12 to join the Beals Teen Advisory Board, or B-TAB. Members of B-TAB will get to help the library brainstorm ideas for future teen programs, suggest books to order for the collection, and more. If that's not enough, participation counts as community service hours! All future meetings will be held on the first Monday of every month.

On Wednesday, October 13th, from 3:30 to 5:00 PM, the first meeting of the Beals Fandom, Anime, and Manga Club, or FAM Club, will be held. This group is for teenagers in grades 6 through 12. Teens can make friends with shared interests and enjoy fun discussions and activities centered on pop culture, entertainment, and all things geek. Future meetings will be held on alternating Wednesdays.

For younger kids, the library's former Lego Club will be returning under a new name, the Fun & Games Club, starting on Monday, October 18th, from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. In addition to Lego construction, kids who attend the club can play games, do puzzles, enjoy coloring sheets, and more fun activities in the library auditorium. This program is open to children ages 4 to 8.

Finally, the library is seeking donations of board games and card games suitable for children ages 8+ for their future game club, The Middles Game Group, for kids ages 8 to 12, which they hope to begin this winter. They are also looking for games suitable for teenagers for members of the Beals FAM Club to enjoy. All donations must be in good condition and include all of their pieces.

PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required for all persons in the library building.

The Beals Memorial Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street in Winchendon. For more information, call the library at 978-297-0300 or visit the library's website at bealslibrary.org.

Beals Library new fall programs
Library staff members, Melissa Thayer and Kayla Charlonne, are excited to invite kids and teens to join their upcoming youth programs!
Photo courtesy of Beals Memorial Library

Indoor Yard Sale Ongoing at Senior Center

The annual "indoor yard sale" will be ongoing at the Old Murdock Senior Center through September. Stop in to see what new treasures have been added! Check with Senior Center staff if you have items to donate for the sale. Old Murdock Senior Center, 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon, 978-297-3155.

NFA Behavioral Health

Addiction and Mental Health Resources for Veterans

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.

Parent/Professional Advocacy League Offers Support for Winchendon Families

In February 2021, PPAL launched a series of meetings designed to provide information and support for families in Winchendon and surrounding towns. These meetings, called the Winchendon Family Network Social, are being held virtually on alternate Tuesday afternoons. Parents whose children face behavioral health challenges discuss their experiences, share knowledge and tips and provide support. Groups are led by a trained facilitator.

Mental health concerns among children have grown during the shutdown due to the pandemic. Many parents report that they need help figuring out what to do and where to go. The Winchendon Family Network Social was designed to provide this help. For more information contact PPAL at parentsupportgroup@ppal.net

Clyde's Corner

It's Happening Around the Winch!

FRIDAY OCTOBER 8

Pop Up Bull Yard 12:00 - 9:00 p.m. Hosted by Bull Spit Brewing Company. Beer, wine, slushies, snacks, music, open-air seating. Live music from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. performed by Bee's Deluxe. Partnering with Not Just Produced and Gabby's Pizza. At 270 Central St., Winchendon.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 9

Winchendon Fall Festival 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Vendors, raffles, demonstrations, food, live performances, local craftspersons, businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs. Click here for vendor application (PDF). For more info contact Nicole Roberts, 978-297-3537 or nroberts@townofwinchendon.com. On Central Street in Winchendon (from Front Street to Maple Street).

Winchendon Winds Concert 10:00 a.m. "From the Stage." "Win Winds" concert band presents a variety of traditional, popular and contemporary music performed by 40 of our finest local musicians. Presented as part of the Winchendon Fall Festival. Free admission. At the UU Church of Winchendon, 126 Central St.

WHS 2021 2nd Annual Tractor Show 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Come join us for a day of Tractor fun! Lawn Tractors! Farm Tractors! Fast Tractors! Tractors of every shape, size, make, model and year. A great place to learn about agricultural history. There will be food, drinks, Vendors and Darren Bessette will be playing LIVE for us on Saturday from 3-7PM!!! $5.00 per person, children 12 and under get in free. Continues on Sunday. At Winchendon Rod & Gun Club, 169 Winchendon Rd., Royalston, MA.

Pop Up Bull Yard 12:00 - 9:00 p.m. Hosted by Bull Spit Brewing Company. Beer, wine, slushies, snacks, music, open-air seating. Live music from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. performed by Heath Lewis; from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Scott Brown & The Diplomats. Partnering with Not Just Produced and Gabby's Pizza. At 270 Central St., Winchendon.

Fundraising Dance with Deacon Express 8:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m. The American Legion Post 193 will hold a fundraising dance featuring live music by Deacon Express. Dance to classic rock tunes and more. Take a chance on some great raffle items. Cost of admission is only $10, tickets available at the post. You must be 21 or older to enter. At the Winchendon American Legion Post 193, 295 School St.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 10

Pop Up Bull Yard 12:00 - 7:00 p.m. Hosted by Bull Spit Brewing Company. Beer, wine, slushies, snacks, music, open-air seating. Live acoustic music from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. musicians TBA. Partnering with Not Just Produced and Gabby's Pizza. At 270 Central St., Winchendon.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 14

Our Neighbor's Kitchen Drive-Through Dinner 5:30 p.m. at UU Church of Winchendon. Our Neighbor's Kitchen goes take-out! Pick up a hearty meal to go, while practicing safe social distancing. This week's menu will be baked ziti with sweet Italian sausage, fresh salad, rolls and dessert. Drive or walk on through the front circle to pick up your meal. Free-will donation $2 per person, $5 per family; no one turned away. 126 Central Street.

Beals Movie Night 6:00 p.m. Grab your friends and family, pack some popcorn, and go enjoy a good show! This week: the Danish action flick, Riders of Justice. Free and open to the public. At the Beals Memorial Library auditorium, 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon. PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required for all persons in the library building.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 15

Pop Up Bull Yard 12:00 - 9:00 p.m. Hosted by Bull Spit Brewing Company. Beer, wine, slushies, snacks, music, open-air seating. Live music from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. musicians TBA. Partnering with Not Just Produced and Gabby's Pizza. At 270 Central St., Winchendon.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 16

Bottle and Can Drive 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Sponsored by Murdock High School. Any returnable bottle and can is welcome. What do we do with them? The funds collected go to various student groups. The metal tabs are collected and donated to Shriners' Hospitals. Coca-Cola codes are collected and entered to benefit Murdock Middle School. Then the plastic caps are donated to a project that recycles them into plastic benches and playground equipment. At 273 Central Street, in CAC parking lot. Weather permitting.

Beals Family Movie 11:00 a.m. Grab your friends and family, pack some popcorn, and go enjoy a good show! This week: Disney's Luca. Free and open to the public. At the Beals Memorial Library auditorium, 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon. PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required for all persons in the library building.

Ghost Hunt at TWO Historic Haunted Houses in Winchendon 6:00 - 11:59 p.m. Come and explore the haunted historic Murdock Whitney and Isaac Morse Houses. We provide equipment for you to use, or you're welcome to bring your own. You'll get a bit of history of both properties, and we'll tell you our ghost stories and show you some of the incredible evidence collected over the last few years. The larger group will be broken down into smaller groups, and you will head out with experienced paranormal investigators to see what you can find. Over the course of the evening, you will also get some free time to explore both houses on your own. Tickets $55 per person. Ages 18+ only. Click here to buy tickets. Hosted by Winchendon History and Cultural Center, 151 Front Street. 978-297-2142.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 17

Old Centre Cemetery Tours 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:00-1:45 p.m. Join us for a stroll through Winchendon's beautiful Old Centre Cemetery! We will be sharing all kinds of stories, fun facts, history and information about interesting lives and deaths. Tour will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Tickets for the are $10 per person at www.winchendonhistory.com/get-tickets/cemetery-tour. Wear rugged shoes, as the ground is uneven! Sponsored by the Winchendon History and Cultural Center.

Winchendon Winds Concert 2:00 p.m. "Dances and Marches." "Win Winds" concert band presents a variety of traditional, popular and contemporary music performed by 40 of our finest local musicians. Free admission, pre-concert refreshments. At the UU Church of Winchendon, 126 Central St.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 21

Our Neighbor's Kitchen Dinner 5:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Served in the Parish Hall. This week the menu is chicken casserole and vegetables. Free-will donation $2 per person, $5 per family; no one turned away. 52 Spruce Street, Winchendon.

Beals Doc & Talk Movie Night 6:00 p.m. Grab your friends and family, pack some popcorn, and go enjoy a good show! This week: Roadrunner, a look into the life of celebrity chef and world traveler, Anthony Bourdain. Free and open to the public. At the Beals Memorial Library auditorium, 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon. PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required for all persons in the library building.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 22

Pop Up Bull Yard 12:00 - 9:00 p.m. Hosted by Bull Spit Brewing Company. Beer, wine, slushies, snacks, music, open-air seating. Live music from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. musicians TBA. Partnering with Not Just Produced and Gabby's Pizza. At 270 Central St., Winchendon.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 23

Old Centre Cemetery Tours 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:00-1:45 p.m. Join us for a stroll through Winchendon's beautiful Old Centre Cemetery! We will be sharing all kinds of stories, fun facts, history and information about interesting lives and deaths. Tour will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Tickets for the are $10 per person at www.winchendonhistory.com/get-tickets/cemetery-tour. Wear rugged shoes, as the ground is uneven! Sponsored by the Winchendon History and Cultural Center.

2021 Trunk or Treat 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Join us for our Trunk or Treat event! For this fun Halloween event, YMCA staff and volunteers will decorate their trunks and will hand out candy to families who walk through. Come dressed in your favorite costume and get ready for a spooky good time! This event will be held in the YMCA lower parking lot between the field house and the main building. Parking will be available in the upper parking lot and along the basketball courts. For more information or to volunteer, contact Julie Whittemore at 978-297-9622 or email j.whittemore@clarkymca.org. At Clark Memorial YMCA, 155 Central St., Winchendon.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 24

Winchendon Winds Concert 2:00 p.m. "Beauty." "Win Winds" concert band presents a variety of traditional, popular and contemporary music performed by 40 of our finest local musicians. Free admission, pre-concert refreshments. At the UU Church of Winchendon, 126 Central St.

AND COMING UP...

THURSDAY OCTOBER 28

Beals Classic Matinee Movie 1:30 p.m. Grab your friends and family, pack some popcorn, and go enjoy a good show! This week: Alfred Hitchcock's chilling classic thriller, Psycho. Free and open to the public. At the Beals Memorial Library auditorium, 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon. PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required for all persons in the library building.

Our Neighbor's Kitchen Drive-Through Dinner 5:30 p.m. at UU Church of Winchendon. Our Neighbor's Kitchen goes take-out! Pick up a hearty meal to go, while practicing safe social distancing. This week's menu will be roast pork with apples and onions, sides and dessert. Drive or walk on through the front circle to pick up your meal. Free-will donation $2 per person, $5 per family; no one turned away. 126 Central Street.

Beals Book Club 3:30-4:30 p.m. The Beals Book Club is a discussion group that allows readers to exchange ideas, observations, and reactions to the plots, characters, and themes of selected books. They are open to reading a wide variety of books and the members all take turns picking each month's selection. This month's book is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Copies available at the library. At the Beals Memorial Library, 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon. PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required for all persons in the library building.

On The Same Page Book Club 6:30-7:30 p.m. This month, in honor of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month, we'll be reading Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza & Abby Sher. Copies available at the library. For more information, join the On The Same Page Book Club Facebook group, or email Molly Velasco (mjvelasco@winchendon.org) or Camille Hart (hartcamille5@gmail.com) with any questions. At the Beals Memorial Library, 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon. PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required for all persons in the library building.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 29

Trunk or Treat 5:00-7:00 p.m. Come celebrate Halloween with us! Our trunks will be opened in the church parking lot filled with goodies! Signage for parking and safety will be posted. At United Parish of Winchendon, 39 Front St.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 30

The Haunted Park 5:00 p.m. This month we will have haunted trails and a trunk of treat. We will have a Medium as well as a carved pumpkin contest (Bring your own previously carved pumpkin to display). We hope to have cider and donuts from The Red Apple Farm and we want everyone to have a spookily good time. If you would like to decorate your vehicle for the trunk or treat and give out candy or volunteer to act as a haunted person please contact Tiffany at 978-413-4408. Sponsored by and held at Winchendon Community Park, Ingleside Drive.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 31

Trick or Treat 5:30-7:30 p.m. Halloween Trick or Treat time for Winchendon children.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6

Festive Photo Day 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Join us for some amazing backgrounds for your holiday photos! Great for Christmas cards and gifts of all kinds. We will have some gorgeous spaces decorated and ready for you to take your own amazing photos! Well trained, leashed dogs will be allowed by appointment with their families (as we donít want too many dogs here at once so they can have their space). Staff will be onsite to assist you, if needed. Hosted by the Winchendon History and Cultural Center, 151 Front Street. Free; $20 donation suggested.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 11

Our Neighbor's Kitchen Drive-Through Dinner 5:30 p.m. at UU Church of Winchendon. Our Neighbor's Kitchen goes take-out! Pick up a hearty meal to go, while practicing safe social distancing. This week's menu will be our annual Thanksgiving turkey extravaganza with all the fixin's. Drive or walk on through the front circle to pick up your meal. Free-will donation $2 per person, $5 per family; no one turned away. 126 Central Street.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 13

The Giving Event 5:00 p.m. The holiday season is upon us and what better way to embrace it than to give to those in need. Please bring something to put under our giving tree as a donation for the CAC. We will have a fire going with food available as well. We will be offering a "Turkey Hunt" with a great prize for the winner. Sponsored by and held at Winchendon Community Park, Ingleside Drive.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14

Winchendon Winds Concert 2:00 p.m. Veterans Tribute - "America!" "Win Winds" concert band presents a variety of traditional, popular and contemporary music performed by 40 of our finest local musicians. Free admission, pre-concert refreshments. At the UU Church of Winchendon, 126 Central St.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20

Bottle and Can Drive 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Sponsored by Murdock High School. Any returnable bottle and can is welcome. What do we do with them? The funds collected go to various student groups. The metal tabs are collected and donated to Shriners' Hospitals. Coca-Cola codes are collected and entered to benefit Murdock Middle School. Then the plastic caps are donated to a project that recycles them into plastic benches and playground equipment. At 273 Central Street, in CAC parking lot. Weather permitting.

Operation Winchendon Cares: A Touch of Home for the Holidays 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Send a little love for the holidays to our men and women, from Winchendon, who are stationed around the world. Come help put together packages to send to enlisted Winchendon residents. At the Winchendon American Legion Post 193, 295 School St.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 26

Spirit of Christmas Toy Drive 12:00-4:00 p.m. Bring your new or gently used, unwrapped toys to UU Church of Winchendon where they will be gratefully accepted by our volunteer "elves!" All toys will go to local families in need. If you'd like to volunteer to help accept toys or help decorate the sanctuary, please just come on down! At UU Church of Winchendon, 126 Central St.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 4

Holiday Table Settings 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Display of elaborate and vintage holiday place settings. At the First Congregational Church of Old Centre, hosted by the Winchendon History and Cultural Center. Free.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 11

Holiday in the Park 2:00 p.m. Join us to celebrate Holiday in the Park. We would like to offer a sleigh ride and cookie decorating. Santa will also be present and we will have some one teaching people how to play the game of Dreidel. There will be hot cocoa served as well. Sponsored by and held at Winchendon Community Park, Ingleside Drive.

ONGOING

Regular ongoing activities will be added as they resume.

MONDAYS

Old Murdock Senior Center 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. A representative from Integrity Medicare Advisors will be at the Center to answer your insurance questions. Please call the Center at 978-297-3155 to make an appointment. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon.

Old Murdock Senior Center 9:30 a.m. Chair Exercise/Yoga. Please call the Center at 978-297-3155 with any questions. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon.

Old Murdock Senior Center 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Yoga with Sue. Indoors/Outdoors as weather permits. $3 per class. Please call the Center at 978-297-3155 with any questions. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon.

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

WEDNESDAYS

Old Murdock Senior Center 9:30 a.m. Chair Exercise/Yoga. Please call the Center at 978-297-3155 with any questions. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon.

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.

Old Murdock Senior Center 12:30-2:30 p.m. BINGO! $1.00 cover charge. Please bring your own snack and drink. 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. NOTE: THIS SESSION IS FULL. If you're interested, contact the library and let them know! For more information about this and other programs by call 978-297-0300 or visit www.bealslibrary.org. 50 Pleasant Street, Winchendon.

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!).

THURSDAYS

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.

Old Murdock Senior Center 12:15 p.m. Card games. Do you play cribbage? Spades? Bridge? Canasta? Pinochle? Pitch? Perhaps you know how but do not have someone to "play with." We are looking for more card players to join us on Thursday afternoon just after lunch in the dining room. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon. 978-297-3155.

Family Meet Up 4:00-5:00 p.m. Bring the kids for fun activities and games, meet other families, enjoy Winchendon's new park! Games and craft supplies supplied by HEAL Winchendon, snacks provided by the Winchendon CAC. Sign up on this form (Google form) to make sure there are enough snacks/supplies. At the Winchendon Community Park Soccer Field, Ingleside Dr. off Maple St., Winchendon.

Winchendon Farmers' Market 4:00-7:00 p.m. Crafts, fresh farm produce, baked goods. SNAP and HIP accepted. At Veterans' Park, corner of Pleasant and Front Streets. Weather permitting.

FRIDAYS

Old Murdock Senior Center 10:00 a.m. Senior Walking Group. Wear your comfy strolling shoes and take a walk with us! Please call the Center at 978-297-3155 with any questions. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon.

SATURDAYS

Winchendon Farmers' Market 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Crafts, fresh farm produce, baked goods. SNAP and HIP accepted. At Veterans Park, corner of Pleasant and Front Streets. Weather permitting.

Town Committee Monthly Meetings by Week

Most Board and Committee meetings are being held online via Zoom. See each Board or Committee's meeting agenda for details about meeting locations and instructions for joining a Zoom meeting by computer or telephone. Masks are mandatory for all in-person meetings.

Agendas, minutes and meeting recordings are now available on the Town website: Agendas, Minutes & Past Meetings

week MON TUE WED THUR
1st Toy Town Community Partnership
5:00pm
Board of Health
7:00pm
Planning Board
6:30pm *
Zoning Board of Appeals
7:00pm
School Committee
6:00pm
2nd Winchendon Redevelopment Authority
5:00pm
Board of Selectmen
6:30pm
Finance Committee
7:00pm
Agricultural Commission
7:00pm
Conservation Commission
as posted
3rd Planning Board
6:30pm *
Zoning Board of Appeals
7:00pm
School Committee
6:00pm
4th Board of Selectmen
6:30pm

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

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

Agendas, minutes and meeting recordings are now available on the Town website: Agendas, Minutes & Past Meetings

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

To view recordings of past meetings, contact Taylor Tower at 978-297-0085, or email her at ttower@townofwinchendon.com 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.

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The Town of Winchendon is seeking applicants for a Fulltime, 40 hour per week Planning/Conservation Agent. This position performs professional planning and technical work in assisting the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and Conservation Commission in reviewing and evaluating specific projects as well as assisting in the development of planning approaches to growth and development in the Town. Responsibilities include administration and enforcement of the Wetlands Protection Act, MS4 and all related Town conservation and planning rules and regulations and all other work as required. Typical hours are Monday 8:00am Ė 6pm, Tuesday through Thursday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Planning/Conservation Agent is the staff liaison to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and the Conservation Commission and is required to attend their meetings in the evenings. Responsibilities include review of subdivisions and site plans, review and evaluate all wetlands filings for conformity to federal, state, and local regulations seeks, coordinates, and evaluates all engineering, other technical and general input (including Town staff) into review processes, assuring that all commitments and deadlines are met; and performs follow-up site and other inspections to insure compliance with decisions and regulations. A B.S. or higher in Environmental Management, Natural Resource Science, Wetland Ecology, Land Use/Community Planning, Engineering or related field is desirable, 1-3 years of experience in Municipal Planning and/or Conservation preferred; or an equivalent combination of education and related experience as deemed appropriate by the Town Manager. Wage range is $22.19 to $28.41.

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to: Justin Sultzbach, Town Manager 109 Front Street, Dept. 1, Winchendon, MA 01475. or to: jsultzbach@townofwinchendon.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Town of Winchendon is an AA/EOE employer.

TOWN OF WINCHENDON
EMPLOYMENT POSTING
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
TOWN MANAGERíS OFFICE

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

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

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

Associates degree preferred at minimum. Must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Two (2) years of experience in office setting, preferably in a position requiring considerable contact with the public, experience in a municipal setting highly preferred; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

This is an hourly position: 40 hours per week Ė Monday through Thursday typically with bi-monthly attendance at Board of Selectmen meetings. The office is closed on Fridays. Current salary range is $18.20 - $23.30 and commensurate with experience. A job application and position description can be obtained through the Town Managerís office and also found on the Townís website at www.townofwinchendon.com. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Linda Daigle, Executive Assistant, Town Managerís Office, 109 Front St., Winchendon, MA 01475 or email ldaigle@townofwinchendon.com. Deadline for submissions is Monday, September 20, 2021 at noon; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Winchendon is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

TOWN OF WINCHENDON
PARAMEDIC / FIREFIGHTER
FULL-TIME and PART TIME POSITIONS

The Fire Chief is seeking applications to fill one (1) Full-time Firefighter/Paramedic position along with numerous part time firefighter/paramedic positions. Qualified candidates should mail or hand deliver a letter of intent along with a resume to the Fire Chief. These positions will remain open until filled. Complete job descriptions are available at the fire station which is at 405 Central Street, Winchendon.

Full-time pay and benefits will be as outlined in the collective bargaining agreement between the Town of Winchendon and the International Association of Firefighters Local 4542. Part-time Firefighter/Paramedics will start at the current rate of $25.50 per hour.

Job Qualifications: In addition to the required qualifications outlined in the job description, the candidates must;
Have a minimum; high school diploma or equivalent;
two years of firefighting experience or Firefighter I/II training preferred;
Massachusetts EMT-P certification or in progress with completion within twelve months;
current CPR certification;
active Massachusetts Class D driverís license or higher.

Candidates must possess very good communication skills (both oral and written), computer knowledge, present a positive public image, have a good mechanical aptitude, relate well to children and senior citizens, work well with other employees while following department rules and guidelines.

** The Town of Winchendon is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

JOB POSTING

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

OPERATOR III ĖDPW/HWY/CEMETERY
38.5 HOURS PER WEEK/OVERTIME REQUIRED
RATE OF PAY $20.60 PER HOUR

REQUIREMENTS:
MA CDL CLASS B
MA 2B HOISTING ENGINEER LICENSE
THE TOWN OF WINCHENDON IS AN AA/EOE EMPLOYER
JOB DESCRIPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE
DPW OFFICE, WINCHENDON TOWN HALL, 109 FRONT STREET,
WINCHENDON, MA 01475

Interested applicants must apply in writing to the Town Manager.
Positions are open until filled.