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Week of November 25 to December 2, 2021
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Support Winchendon Businesses on Small Business Saturday!
Saturday, November 27

Do Your Holiday Gift Shopping Locally on Saturday!

15 Central Street
Pattie's Jewelry - Jewelry. A Winchendon business since 1985!

48 Central Street
Mystical Magical Marketplace - Crystals, Sage Jewelry, Handmade candles, Oracle cards, and more

62 Central Street
Appleberry Fabrics - Grand Opening Ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m.!

172 Central Street
To Each His Own Design - Floral arrangements, gift items, handmade chocolates.

184 Central Street
Robin's Retro Dolls - Vintage and collectible dolls.

200 Central Street
Rescued Treasures Second Hand Shoppe - Second-hand miscellanea. All proceeds benefit Ahimsa Haven Animal Rescue.

206 Central Street
Toy Town Treasures - Primitive and farmhouse decor, furniture, handmade signs, soy candles, goatmilk soaps, handmade blankets, more. 10% discount on select Angel LaBarge items and raffle basket on Nov 27.

215 Central Street
Gracie's Clothing and Home Goods Store - Second-hand clothes and goods7u

290 Central Street
Not Just Produced - Crafts made by local artisans, antiques, food and ready-to-cook meals

74 Front Street
Lisa's Paparazzi Room - Jewelry, lead and nickel-free!

135 Front Street
Gardner Area League of Arists (GALA) - local artists, tree ornaments, 10% off one-day-only on Nov 27--50/50 drawing, raffle baskets

59 Gardner Road
Homestead Market - locally sourced goods, local vendors, open 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Nov 27. OpheliaJude crocheted items by Tiffany Newton--free ornament with purchases over $25

178 School Street
Lisa's Paparazzi Room - Jewelry, lead and nickel-free!

380 School Street
Horse and Buggy Feeds - Garden, pet and homesteading supplies

See the Community Directory for more Winchendon businesses! SHOP LOCAL!

WFD Holds Emergency Responder Autism Training to Better Serve Those in Need

The Winchendon Fire Department held a three hour Autism educational training on Monday, November 22, helping department members be better prepared though necessary knowledge to be able to communicate, evaluate, and assist those with emotional, social, communicational, or behavioral challenges, with those who have Autism and or are on various levels of the Autism Spectrum.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder or "ASD" is defined as, "A developmental disorder of variable severity that is characterized by difficulties in social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behavior." The Monday evening training and educational exercise, which took place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., was organized by WFD Fire Fighter / Paremedic Garrett Wante, and included some 15 members of the WFD, along with several members of the Winchendon Police Department including Lt. Kevin Wolski, Sgt. Gerald Gagne, and Sgt. Raymond Anair, as well as two members of the Town of Templeton Fire Department.

Chief Thomas Smith said, "Lance Mason of Winchendon who he himself has an Autistic son, taught the class and we are very thankful for his help and knowledge on this subject. He teaches all around the country, and with his help we can now be better prepared to serve those in need. It was very helpful as Mason was able to educate us on various areas including how to treat people with Autism with respect, and understand what their potential is. Also to understand how people could react to certain situations, and tips on how to help them react better. Topics were as an example how to better be able to communicate with those who have Autism, and how to go over and evaluate sensory communication as well including communication through pictures."

In closing Smith said, "It's frequent training and updates our members receive such as this, that help us better serve the pubic in emergency response situations with the respect, understanding, and the dignity those we provide care for deserve."

Event organizer Garrett Wante of the WFD explained, "Mr. Mason is both a retired Leominster Fire Fighter, and member of ALEC (the Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition). With the increasing population of people with Autisim, I felt we as a department and emergency responders needed to be better trained on how to efficiently and effectively interact with and provide aid for members of the Autism community, so when we encounter them, we treat them in the best possible way for both themselves and our members as responders."

Wante spoke of learning about signage, such as when you come to the aid of an Autistic person, keeping an eye out for stickers that may be placed at the entrance of a home or on a motor vehicle, to help those responding understand what they are approaching and know how to communicate, react, and be better aware of potential communication complications while trying to aid those in need. "Mason taught us a list of important steps to take and how to approach such as if we need to help remove and transport an autistic person for care, it's beneficial to wrap that person in a blanket to provide a sense of comfort as it is known to help relax that person making them feel secure, which is known to help reduce the chances of Autistic sensory overload," Wanted explained.

In closing when asked what Wante hoped his fellow WFD members took away from the three-hour training he replied, "I hope my fellow members took away a better understanding and mindset of what an Autistic person is thinking at that time of that call for aid situation, and how to properly assist them and care for them in the correct manner while keeping safety in mind for both the responder and the patient while again treating them with understanding, respect, and dignity."

If you would like to learn more about ALEC and the Autism Alliance you can call (508) 652-9900. or visit and view on the internet at

BOS Appoints Seven Members to the Master Plan Implementation Committee

After many months of urgently requesting and recruiting local residents to serve, on Monday, November 22 the Board of Selectmen appointed seven dedicated citizens to the Master Plan Implementation Committee. Five appointees were present at the meeting. The new Committee members are:
Kyle Bradley
Guy Corbosiero
Erika Eitland
Miranda Jennings
Nikki Nickerson
Amanda Phillips
Jill Nicholson Sackett

BOS Vice-Chair Rick Ward invited the appointees present to come to the microphones in front. "I read all of your resumes, and there's quite an array of experience and skills in those resumes. If I was still working for the government, I'd be looking to hire some of you folks," he said, and invited each appointee to introduce themselves and say a few words about why they want to serve on the committee.

Amanda Phillips began, "I've been in Winchendon for 23 years now, and I've had children go through the school system, and I think it's time for me to give back somehow. I look forward to serving on this committee."

Jill Sackett explained, "we've had ties to town since 1975. I'm happy to have retired here now, and I'm getting very involved in a lot of different town affairs. I'm very excited about the potential Winchendon has, and also looking for an opportunity to give back. I was involved in the Master Plan Committee, so this is kind of a natural follow-on from that."

Miranda Jennings, also known to Toy Towners through her work with HEAL Winchendon, said, "I've only been here for seven years, but this town has grown on me more and more every year, and there's just a wonderful sense of community here and I think this plan brings it all together. I'm excited to serve the town in this way."

"I'm the newbie of the group," Erika Eitland said, "so I've been here about a year, as of today, actually. My background is in public health and in climate-related issues as well as community engagement, so for me, I'm hoping that my nerd qualities are something that can support the plan fully, so that it's executed with a real strategic lens. And then we figure out what is the biggest priorities for the community as we look through that public health and community focused approach."

Finally, Nikki Nickerson wrapped up with, "I've been living in Winchendon for about five years. My background is in project management and quality improvement. So I'm excited to have this opportunity to help implement a plan that will give our town an opportunity to continue growing in the way that we think is a good way."

Before the vote was taken, Selectman Danielle LaPointe commented, "Can I just say, I should have added before, the background that the five of you bring, in the corporate world, in your history of what you've done, I think it's something we haven't seen before, where it's something where you guys can take the details of that plan and actually put them in a plan and execute them detail by detail by detail, so I'm so excited to see--because we've had a Master Plan for years and years and years, and I don't mean to be critical, but I feel like we've never seen them executed. So I am incredibly excited to see what you guys can do to actually take it and launch it and see where that can go."

The BOS unanimously approved the appointments of all seven committee members, to be served with staggered expiration years so the whole committee wouldn't expire at the same time. The Committee members will be sworn in at the Town Clerk's office, and an email list will be created for them to communicate as a committee.

The Master Plan Implementation Committee oversees the execution of the Master Plan. It works with the Town Manager and responsible leads of town departments. Its responsibilities include coordinating and monitoring implementation of the Plan, collaborating with players to develop and track goals, encouraging ongoing citizen engagement, identifying successful stragegies and barriers, assessing progress, periodically evaluating the Plan, and providing updates and progress reports to the BOS. The role requires strong knowledge of project management and town history, good communications skills and knowledge of "how things work."

Interested Winchendon residents can read the Master Plan on the town website at Community Master Plan: Town of Winchendon, MA (PDF).

Winchendon Applies for Safe Route to Schools Grant

intersection in Winchendon
Seen in this photo at the intersection of School and Grove Streets and just a few hundred feet from Toy Town Elementary, is one of many sidewalk examples showing why Tracy Murphy, Director of Planning and Development, and DPW Superintendent Brian Croteau, are working with the town to try to obtain a "Safe Route to Schools Grant" to make sidewalks safer, more acceptable, and also become compliant under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Photo by Keith Kent

Town Manager Justin Sultzbach informed the Board of Selectmen at their Monday, November 22 meeting that the town has applied for the Safe Routes to Schools Grant program to help increase sidewalk connectivity between the schools and downtown and assist children to safely travel to and from school either by bike or foot.

Sultzbach requested approval of a grant support letter by the Board Of Selectmen as part of the grant application package to begin applying for the funds. BOS Vice Chair Rick Ward asked DPW Superintendent Brian Croteau to update the BOS about where the grant stood in the process, and what the town would realize in return if it receives the grant.

Croteau informed the BOS that he brought the grant process in front of the most recent school committee meeting. Croteau explained, "This grant could help bring existing sidewalks up to current standards and make them a lot smoother than they are, and some of the focused areas are School Street and Central Street, from a corner near here at the Town Hall and up to the state line. We are also looking to add better visibility at the crosswalks which are in place now. As you have probably seen, we installed some flashing signs on upper Central Street where both the children and other pedestrians are crossing. We are also looking to add some sidewalks where they don't exist now at this time." The grant application process will be managed jointly by Department of Planning and Development Director Tracy Murphy and Croteau.

Croteau elaborated, "The state is looking to give out about $10 million on this grant, and is tailoring it to about 10 individual $1 million grants. This is kind of a three-fold process with bringing our sidewalks up to our standards, making them a lot safer, increasing visibility on crosswalks, and providing some sidewalks in areas that currently don't have them. The money is going to go quick when you see what you get for $1 million, but we will work with the state and see what we can get done."

Selectman Danielle LaPointe inquired if this was the same attempt at the grant application and project which the BOS had heard about in the past. Sultzbach replied, "Yes, this has been in the works for several months now, as we began coordinating with the state back in June or July." Selectman Amy Salter asked Croteau if the project would potentially be a project the DPW would complete or would the state be the one installing the sidewalks? Croteau responded, "So that for complete transparency would have Mass DOT design it, so if we were awarded the money tomorrow, we wouldn't have money to spend. The funding would then be provided for a contractor to come in, so it's not going to be our staff as we don't have the capabilities to do this amount of work."

Croteau added, "One of the things about the grant program is that there has to be a buy-in between the Department of Public Works and the School Department, and the School Department told us it has a 100 percent buy-in, so it's done through our Chapter 90 Funds portal, and does not affect our Chapter 90 balances."

LaPointe then asked if the town would have an opportunity for input, or is the town at the mercy of the state regarding input? Croteau responded, "We have input on how it will look, but it's their design so they put the standards necessary into play. It's not the same as the Central Street project, because we are dealing with just sidewalks and visibility, and not bike lanes and things of other nature."

Selectman Barbara Anderson commented that Mass DOT worked on School Street 25 years ago, and there were issues with crosswalk locations in relation to intersections and their proximities. Croteau replied, "It has changed a lot since then. If you look at Maple Street and other state roads in town, there is a much better standard now than there was then." Salter asked if the sidewalks' modifications will be ADA compliant, and Croteau replied, "Yes, it all must be 100 percent ADA complaint, or Mass DOT will not even do a sidewalk now that isn't going to be ADA compliant."

In closing a motion was made for the BOS to authorize a support letter to Mass DOT for the Safe Route to School Grant program offer as presented. The motion passed 4-0 yes, with all in attendance in favor.

Railroad Street work in progress
As seen in this photo, GEG Construction Inc. workers continue necessary updates on the current Railroad Street improvement and redesign project on Friday, November 19, as they connect new storm water runoff drainage in to new correct existing lines.
Photo by Keith Kent
Railroad Street work in progress
A construction worker for GEG uses a special poll to raise utility lines connecting to a building enabling heavy equipment to turn and position itself without tearing the lines from the building.
Photo by Keith Kent

Board of Assessors Makes FY2022 Tax Rate Recommendation

Town of Winchendon Board of Assessors member and Associate Regional Tax Assessor George Bourgault met the Winchendon Board of Selectmen to discuss the recommendation and setting of the annual town tax rate for Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022) at their Monday, November 22 meeting as part of a tax classification hearing.

Bourgault said, "Historically the Town of Winchendon has always had a single tax rate. Some other towns have had two tax rates, one for the commercial or industrial, and one for the residential base. It has never been found in this town to go with two tax rates, because "Winchendon just isn't big enough of an industrial tax base, and would cause interruption in any kind of growth for industrial or commercial business. So based on that the board recommends a single tax rate for the Town of Winchendon."

BOS Vice Chair Rick Ward asked what the tax rate would be. Bourgault said, "Currently the tax rate is calculated and still has to be approved by the Department of Revenue, and the tax rate we have come up with is $15.12 per $1,000 in valuation, which is a 60 cent drop per $1,000 in valuation from last year's tax rate of $15.72." Ward asked Bourgault to explain to residents why that doesn't mean their tax rates would always drop? Bourgault replied, "The reason the tax rate went down, is because valuation increased considerably on sales. This is to offset that amount. The town can only increased based on last year's levy plus 2.5 percent. Overall we had an increase of ten percent in value based on 2020 calculations. We do not have an increase in commercial / industrial, but in condominiums and residential, we do have about a 10 percent increase. The average tax bill will increase by about $213.00 per year."

Bourgault also elaborated, "Two and three family homes and apartment buildings will only go up about $8.00 per year in their bill, and the reason for that is they simply did not increase in value. So it really is the single family homes and the condos that went up."

The board voted unanimously to accept the proposal of a single rate tax rate by a vote of 4-0, and also for the rate of $15.12 per $1,000 in property valuation for the Town of Winchendon for Fiscal Year 2022.

Holiday Fun at the Beals Memorial Library

Come celebrate the holidays at the library! This December, the Beals Memorial Library is getting in the holiday spirit with a fun Holiday Open House, their annual Toy Town Tree Festival, a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a Winter Bake & Book Sale. Visitors are invited to check out the beautifully decorated trees, purchase some tasty treats, and more!

On Saturday, December 11th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Winchendon library will be hosting a Holiday Open House. Join the library's Staff, Trustees, and Friends as they ring in the holiday season. In the auditorium, guests can view the decorated trees for the library's Third Annual Toy Town Tree Festival. Tree viewing is ongoing from November 29th through December 11th. This year's theme is "Stories in the Trees," so participants have decorated trees based on their favorite story or book. Most of the trees are to be auctioned off and will go home with the highest bidder. Bidding ends on December 11 at 12:45 p.m. Tree Festival goers can also purchase tickets for $1.00 to vote on their favorite tree. By voting, ticket buyers are entered into a raffle for gift certificates to local businesses, like To Each His Own Design, Not Just Produced and Smith Country Cheese. For the kids, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance to take photos and read a few timeless classics.

After checking out the trees, why not pick up a tasty treat to take home? The Friends of the Library will be running a Winter Bake & Book Sale in the library basement. Guests can purchase a fantastic, homemade goody to satisfy their sweet tooth and stock up on some gently used books, audio books, music CDs, DVDs, and more available at low prices. The bake sale will only run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., but the book sale will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please note: all baked goods available during this sale are homemade and have not been prepared in a ServSafe® certified kitchen.

All proceeds received from this event will go towards the library's Children's Room Fund. All visitors must wear masks while inside the library. For more information, contact the library at 978-297-0300 or visit their website at

Tree Festival trees
Come view the festive trees at this year's Third Annual Toy Town Tree Festival at the Beals Memorial Library in Winchendon.
Photo courtesy of Beals Memorial Library
Orange Whitney House
Seen in this photo, the Winchendon Pleasant Street home historically known as the Orange Whitney House, of Bobby O'Keefe and Don O'Neil, festively dominates the local downtown district with displays of brilliant vibrant colors and holiday bliss, which can be seen well off in the distance to the pleasure of those passing by its intoxicating and majestic view.
Photo by Keith Kent

Friday November 26, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
at the UU Church of Winchendon
126 Central Street

Please bring your new, unwrapped toy donations to drop off with our volunteers outside the church in the front drive. Toys will be distributed to Winchendon families with the assistance of the Winchendon CAC and Winchendon FD.

United Parish Spirit of Christmas
Saturday December 11, 10 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
39 Front Street, Winchendon

As you walk through the church you will see our families' Christmas treasures, Nativity Scenes and Decorated Christmas Trees and much more! We are having a contest for the best made Gingerbread House and Colored Christmas Picture. For more information and rules on the contest, please visit our website:, and click on the 'Spirit of Christmas' tab. Come Celebrate Christmas with us!

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Lions club turkey donations
Winchendon Lions Club getting ready to distribute Thanksgiving turkeys and gift certificates. Happy Holidays to all!
(Left to right: Ken LaBrack, President Joni LaPlante, Vicki LaBrack, Cindy Landanno, Dee Holt, Treasurer Dave Walsh. Picture taken by Mark Landanno.)
Photo courtesy of Joni LaPlante, Winchendon Lions Club

Bull Spit Brewing Approved to Open Location in Maynard, MA

Bull Spit Brewing Company will be opening a new location at 20 Sudbury Street in Maynard, MA, according to the Worcester Business Journal, which announced the approval of Bull Spit's liquor license by the Maynard Select Board on November 16.

The newly renovated site includes a 150-barrel brewhouse, taproom, commercial space and outdoor space, and was previously the home of Battle River Brewing Cos.

Bull Spit President Keith Kopley told the WBJ that plans for the Winchendon location "are still in the works" but have been put on hold due to "environmental concerns about the property."

Unlock Your Inner Essay-Writer at the Beals Memorial Library

Not every student is a writer, but every student has a story. For all high school students looking for tips and tricks to unlock their inner writer, the Beals Memorial Library is offering a College Essay Workshop this December to help students prepare for their college applications.

On Monday, December 13, at 6 p.m., the Beals Memorial Library's Teen Advisory Board will be presenting a College Essay Workshop. This workshop will be geared towards teaching students the skills they'll need for the essay portion of their college applications. This event will be facilitated by library Trustee, Caela Provost, who has an MA in English and has worked in the field of higher education since 2014.

The workshop will be held in the library auditorium and masks are required while inside the building. The program is open to all high school students, however capacity is limited so sign-ups are required. For further information about the workshop or about the Beals Teen Advisory Board, contact the library at 978-297-0300 or visit their website at

Beals Essay Workshop
Beals Memorial Library Trustee, Caela Provost, is ready to guide students on their writing journey at the College Essay Workshop this December.
Photo courtesy of Beals Memorial Library

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Central Mass Tree

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Theme for 2021 Toy Town Tree Festival is "Stories in the Trees"

Registration is open for the third annual Toy Town Tree Festival at the Beals Memorial Library. This year's theme is "Stories in the Trees."

Individuals, businesses and organizations can contribute a tree decorated in any way that represents their personal message or interests--base it on your favorite story or book, or tell your own story.

Trees will be on display to the public in the Beals Memorial Auditorium between November 29 and December 11, at the following times:

Mondays-Thursdays, 1:00-8:00 p.m.
Fridays, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 11, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Visitors will vote on their favorite tree. Trees donated for auction will be listed in a silent auction for bids. Entrants will be responsible for picking up their tree if there are no auction bids, or they choose not to auction their tree.

All proceeds will go toward funding the new Children's Room at the library.

Click here to download the Tree Festival Guidelines (PDF)

Click here to download the Sign-Up Form (PDF)

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.

Town Committee Vacancies
as of November 22, 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 - 11 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
Planning Board - 1 Alternate vacancy
Recreation Commission - 1 student vacancy
Zoning Board of Appeals - 1 Alternate vacancy

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).

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Residential Water and Sewer Assistance Program Opens For Winchendon Residents

The Town of Winchendon is offering a one time grant of $100.00 (water user only) or $250.00 (water and sewer user) toward your current water and sewer bill. (Commercial properties are not eligible under this program.)

Eligibility: Households who are under 80% (LMI) of the FY2021 Income Limits as determined by HUD qualify for assistance. The Income limits used to determine qualification can be found here.

Proof of income is required.

Program will run from October 4, 2021 through December 30, 2021. Applications received after that date will not be accepted.

The applicant MUST live in the residence and be the/a responsible party named on the account.

All awards will be credited to current bills. Users remain responsible for any past due payments and associated fees due to the town.

All information will be kept confidential to the extent allowed by M.G.L. Chapter 66.

Applications are available here (PDF). Questions? Contact Nicole at or by calling 1-978-297-3537

Funding provided by The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) Details of this program can be found here (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.

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

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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.

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