The Winchendon Courier
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Week of July 13 to July 20, 2023
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Old Murdock Senior Center Repair Work Underway

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Old Murdock scaffolding for repair work
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Old Murdock scaffolding for repair work
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Old Murdock scaffolding for repair work
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Old Murdock scaffolding for repair work

Photos by Keith Kent

As seen in these photos taken on Thursday, July 13, long overdue and much needed structural repair work has finally begun on the Town of Winchendon Senior Center, known and loved by many as "Old Murdock High School" which is also the town's central voting polling station, vaccination center, and much more as needed.

The historically protected building which must be maintained by law has had the clock tower section of the building for the least two years wrapped in a special plastic to protect the cracks in the mortar from suffering any further water and ice damage at a considerable cost to the town preventing additional damage at an initial cost of just over $80,000 approved by the Finance Committee several years ago to assist with the project. Since then, town residents have voted on funds necessary to continue the repairs, which in total now come to or even exceed with inflation, $5 Million to save the entire vital and protected building for the town of Winchendon and its residents.

In the first photo, we see the building in its frontal entirety as viewed from adjacent GAR Park with the project's necessary scaffolding and protective netting now in place. In the second photo, we begin to see the scale of the project's setup depth just to be able to address the outer super structure. Moving closer in the third photo as viewed, you can see multiple levels, stairways, and how project workers can circle the entire tower of the building.

Lastly in the 4th and final closeup, even with the protective netting in place, the scale of rot is easily visible as items such as old window frames showing dried wood, no paint, missing primer, and cracking, just like many of the bricks around them which in the last few years started falling to the ground endangering walkers passing the building.

BIG RanDom Plays at the Big Park!

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BIG RanDom plays at GAR park

Photo by Keith Kent
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BIG RanDom plays at GAR park

Photo by Keith Kent

Local popular music group and high energy classic rock and roll cover band, the "BIG RanDom" rocked the park at Winchendon's GAR Park on Friday, July 7, as part of the scheduled Winchendon Park's and Recreation Commission summer concert series.

As part of their programs musical presentation, the BIG RanDom added songs previewing their upcoming "Tribute to Southern Rock" at the Bull Spit Pop Up Yard on July 22, and also some Woodstock 69 tunes for their upcoming "Groovy Show" at "WINCHENSTOCK" on August 12. Seen in the background photo enjoying both warm weather and a great summer time performance, are just some of the over 100 people who were in attendance for BIG RanDom's showing.

The next performance will take place at GAR Park on Friday, July 14, with music by Mr. Strickland, and food at the event made available by Atrévete a Probar who attended the recent Winchendon Food Truck Festival, and and also the Fidelity Ice Cream Truck.

If you would like to visit the Winchendon Park and Recreation Commission summer concert schedule online and much more, please visit

Heavy Rains Impact Region, Damage Farm Crops

The ceaseless rainy weather pattern which has been drenching central Massachusetts and most of New England with downpours of sometimes very heavy rain almost daily became devastating this past week, with flooded homes and businesses, landslides, and washed-out roads in Vermont and New Hampshire, and inundated fields in the fertile farmland of the Massachusetts Connecticut River valley. Not since Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 have central and western Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire seen such serious and destructive flooding. In central Vermont, some places logged up to 10 inches of rainfall in the space of two days.

Winchendon's elevation has spared it from the worst of the impact, but local lakes and rivers are high above their normal levels. In Lake Monomonac, docks, beaches and boathouses have been underwater for days, with pieces of docks, loose boats and debris floating away to create a hazard for boaters or accumulate on shorelines. An annual boat parade was cancelled because of floating debris everywhere in the lake.

In Lake Dennison State Park, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has closed the Lake Dennison recreation area in anticipation of flooding expected to occur due to high water levels at the Birch Hill Dam, owned and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The closure includes the picnic area, public beach and campground, and is expected to last at least two weeks, depending on conditions. (See full DCR announcement below)

But the damage is far worse in Franklin County, where the Connecticut River, carrying flood runoff from Vermont, was three feet above flood stage on Tuesday, July 11. Some small farms have lost their entire season's worth of crops due to flooded fields. Massachusetts towns along the north I-91 corridor received from 4.6 to 3 inches of rainfall in 48 hours.

On Wednesday, July 12, Senator Jo Comerford toured farms in Franklin County, surveying flooded fields and flood damage and speaking to farmers and agricultural groups. Along with Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner Ashley Randle and MDAR Deputy Commissioner Winton Pitcoff, Sen. Comerford visited Grow Food Northampton and spoke to farmers associated with them, Teddy Smiarowski Farm and other farmers in Hatfield, the Czajokowski brothers and other farmers in Hadley and Jay Savage of Savage Farms and other farmers around Deerfield. Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey also met with farmers in Northampton.

Stone Soup Farm in Hadley said in an email that 8 acres of their total 10 cultivated acres were under water and would be a complete loss; some areas of the farm were only accessible by boat, according to the Boston Globe.

MDAR is asking farmers to share damage reports from impacted farms to help the Department evaluate the extent of the situation. Farmers should contact MDAR Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff Alisha Bouchard at and Director of Produce Safety Michael Botelho at Farmers are also encouraged to contact Sue Scheufele at UMass Extension at or by calling 508-397-3361.

South Deerfield based Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) will be opening its Emergency Farm Fund, offering farms zero-interest loans up to $25,000 to meet expenses. A 501c3 non-profit, CISA welcomes donations.

Few small farmers have crop insurance and options for financial assistance are limited. Many local farmers in central Massachusetts and the Monadnock region were already hit hard by the severe cold spell in February and the freak hard freeze we experienced in May, which destroyed apple and blueberry crops and many early plantings. All of this means not only hardship for farmers, but higher food prices locally, as Massachusetts consumers enjoy the benefits of a great deal of locally grown food.

More potentially heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast Thursday night and through the weekend.

Community Heart & Soul Project Seeking Residents' Feedback

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Winchendon Community Heart & Soul Logo designed by Vyrdolak
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The Community Heart & Soul team is at a new stage in the development of Winchendon's Heart & Soul statement, and they're asking residents for their feedback on the current five statements. These statements have been condensed from resident surveys, both written and in-person interviews, of more than 400 people living in Winchendon, with representatives of every age group, gender identity, race and ethnic group in town, and participants ranging from generational life-long Toy Towners to brand new homebuyers. Altogether there were 1,177 lines of data that team members sorted into common themes, collated and arranged in spreadsheets. The team then met together for two days to find the "heart and soul" of all these responses and build them into five concise statements.

Over the next few weeks, you will see appeals to share your feedback on the five Community Heart & Soul statements all around town and on social media. There will be posters and cards with a QR code leading to a quick Google form where you can click on your opinion of each statement. The team hopes to complete this phase within about four weeks.

The text of the statements is as follows:

These statements are our first draft, summarizing the hundreds of comments made by community members when asked to share their hopes, dreams, and aspirations for Winchendon.

Local Matters
Winchendon residents work towards a vibrant local economy that supports small businesses, provides employment, meets residents' essential needs, and contributes to the town's tax base.

People Matter
We value the potential for a small-town feel where all residents can know, connect, and treat one another with kindness. We embrace our different backgrounds, identities, and perspectives, and work together through our local traditions, events, and time-honored institutions to ensure that Winchendon is a viable and good home for all.

YOUth Matters
We strive to provide safe, healthy environments throughout Winchendon where our youth feel welcomed, heard, and valued for who they are.
We work together to ensure our youth have access to activities, a quality and responsive education, integrated civic engagement, and leadership opportunities.

Town Pride Matters
Winchendon residents value living in and contributing to a town that is well cared for. We are striving to provide safe, well-maintained roads, bike paths, parks, community spaces, neighborhoods, continued beautification of the downtown area, and the preservation of historic places.
People appreciate the many town-wide events and support working towards providing an effective local communication system.

Nature Matters
We cherish the quiet beauty of Winchendon's natural environment and all that it contributes to our lives, our health, and our sense of peace and well-being.
You can fill out the Google form right now at this link:

For more information about Community Heart & Soul, see this presentation given to the Board of Selectmen:

If you have questions you can contact CH&S team member Paul Hackett at

Improv Workshop and Other Events at the Beals Memorial Library

Laughcrafters at the Beals
Join the Winchendon Library for a number of fun programs the week of July 17 to July 21, including a hilarious improv comedy workshop for teens with the Phantom Sheep Players!
Photo courtesy of Beals Memorial Library

Head over to the Winchendon library for some laugh-out-loud fun! Each week, as part of their ongoing Summer Reading Club, the library is holding programs based on the theme "Find Your Voice" that are sure to be fun for the whole family, including the main event of the upcoming week, on Wednesday, July 19: Laughcrafters Improv Workshop! Here's everything happening the week of July 17 - July 21:

On Tuesday, July 18, from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 noon, take a walk with a story for the second of four Storywalks of the summer. Join the Beals Memorial Library and the Winchendon Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant (CFCE) for a fun, interactive outdoor reading adventure by following the path of poster boards set up throughout the library lawn. The second story of the month will be Too Loud Lily, by Sofie Laguna. Lily the hippo is too loud, but when a new teacher comes to her school to teach music and drama, Lily learns that her level of loudness is perfect for performing! Each child who participates in this program will receive a book while supplies last!

On Wednesday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m., teens ages 13 to 18 are invited to unleash their inner talent and imagination at the Laughcrafters Improv Workshop with the Phantom Sheep Players! Take part in fun and hilarious theater games that teach you how to create comedy on the spot! No experience necessary to take part. The Phantom Sheep Players are the longest running professional comedy troupe in western Massachusetts. The troupe has produced over 200 scripted sketches and countless improvised scenes and they'll be bringing that experience and creativity to this workshop. Space is limited, sign up today to reserve your spot! This program is funded in part by the Winchendon Cultural Council and the Friends of the Beals Memorial Library.

Finally, on Friday, July 21, at 2:00 p.m., join in and sing along to all your favorite Disney songs at the library's family-friendly Disney Sing-Along! Sing your heart out to some of the latest hit songs from the House of Mouse. Participants are welcome to come in costume.

The Beals Memorial Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street in Winchendon. All programs at the library are free to attend! For more information or to sign up for programs, call the library at 978-297-0300, email at or visit their website at

DCR Issues Recreational Advisory for Lake Dennison for Flooding

Beginning on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, and continuing for approximately two weeks, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be closing the Lake Dennison recreation area in the Town of Winchendon in anticipation of flooding expected to occur due to high water levels at the Birch Hill Dam, owned and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Areas affected by the closure include the day use picnic area, beach, and the campground. The day use area is expected to reopen after two weeks, however, this timeline could change based on the USACE operations at the dam, as well as any assessments and repairs of damage caused by the flooding.

Live Theater Opportunities Abound Around Toy Town

Whatever your age, whether you're an actor or aspiring actor, dedicated stage hand, or just someone who loves to watch the craft and enthusiasm that go into a live performance, there are opportunities in and around Winchendon to fulfill your dreams--more than you may have realized! With the opening of the Robinson Broadhurst Performing Arts Amphitheater in the Winchendon Community Park, Winchendon now has a professional outdoor stage that can host "summer stock" shows from youth groups to professional troupes. All we need now is the talent--and we know Winchendon has it. It's time for Toy Towners to get stage-struck!

Beals Memorial Library is offering a four-day theater workshop for young people age 11 to 14 as part of their 2023 Summer Reading Club, whose theme is "Find Your Voice!" The "Theater Squad" workshop will run from Monday to Thursday July 24-27 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the library, 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon. Participants will learn the basics of theater and stage presence as they create their own play from scratch. The play will be performed for caregivers at the end of the workshop. The workshop is free of charge, but registration is required due to limited space. To register, or for more information, visit the library, call 978-207-0300 or email This workshop is sponsored by the Winchendon Cultural Council, the Friends of the Beals Memorial Library and By Light Unseen Media.

Beals Memorial Library and the Winchendon Parks & Recreation Department are co-sponsoring "Winchendon's Got Talent!" on Saturday, August 5, at 1:00 p.m. on the Robinson Broadhurst Performing Arts Amphitheater stage in the Winchendon Community Park, 86 Ingleside Drive. Participants should prepare a five-minute (or less) act (family-friendly!). "Winchendon's Got Talent!" is part of the "Lazy Days of Summer Community Day" at the Winchendon Community Park. To enter, contact the library at 978-207-0300 or email, or the Parks & Recreation Department at 978-297-5410 or email

Just a short drive away, Theatre on the Mount at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner (444 Green Street) presents half a dozen full productions every year, both children's shows and general-audience favorites. Productions have open casting, and there are many opportunities available for backstage and support assistance as well, from costuming and sets to providing musical accompaniment or helping with promotion and stage management.

Upcoming on stage is the Mount's production of the blockbuster musical Hello, Dolly! Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, August 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, August 20 at 2:00 p.m. You can order tickets online at

Upcoming are auditions for the November-December production ELF, the Musical, based on the popular movie starring Will Farrell. Director Kate Sheridan, Music Director Katrina Baer and Choreographer Kim Soel are looking for a large adult/teen cast and a small ensemble of children.

ELF, the Musical follows the story of Buddy, an orphaned infant who accidentally crawls into Santa's sleigh one Christmas Eve and is transported back to the North Pole, where he is adopted by Santa's elves. Buddy grows up thinking himself to be an elf until his enormous size and less than extraordinary toy-making abilities make him realize he is human. Resolving to find his true identity, Buddy makes his way to New York City and winds up helping its cynical inhabitants discover the true meaning of Christmas. Embrace your inner ELF!

Adults/Teens auditions will be held on Tuesday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 16 at 7 p.m.; Children's auditions will be held on Tuesday, August 15 at 5:30 p.m.

All auditions are by appointment only. Theatre at the Mount auditions and roles are open to ALL. Persons of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, ages and ability statuses are given fair consideration for any and all roles.

Adults/Teens - Please prepare a short vocal selection that best shows your abilities and range (bring sheet music if selection is not from the show). Wear appropriate footwear for dance audition and expect cold-readings from the script for key roles.

Kids - we will teach you a song and a short dance piece at the audition.

To schedule an audition appointment, call 978 630-9388 or email your request to For more information, including character descriptions, see

This fall Theater on the Mount will be offering several classes, including swing dancing, beginner and advanced beginner tap dancing, and "Ham-ography!" for Hamilton fans aged 12 and up. "For the first portion of class, we will go through some of the basic movements and sequences that are used within the choreography. We will then link those together into an entire routine. By the end of this class, you will know a full Hamilton number!" For full information about the classes, see

MWCC offers an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Theater Arts. For more information, see

During the school year, check out Murdock High School's annual spring musical and the Morton E. Converse Tournament of Plays, the longest-running high school one-act play competition in Massachusetts. Recent musical productions have included Matilda: the Musical and Little Shop of Horrors, with professional puppets leased for the show. Recent MHS graduate and seasoned veteran of the Murdock stage Domenic Iannacone is now majoring in Film and Media Arts at the University of Tampa, where he was just named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2023 semester.

The more Toy Towners support all these endeavors, the more there will be to support. There's never a lack of entertainment in North Central Mass!

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Sign up for the Summer Season of Dek Hockey!

The summer season of Dek Hockey begins June 28 at 6:00 p.m. at Mylec Rinks for ages 4 to 16. The Rink is located at 37 Commercial Drive (off of Rte 140/Gardner Road), Winchendon.

You can call 978-297-0089 to sign up now, or you can sign up in person on June 28. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions! We hope to see you there.

Senior Shuttle Service to Summer Events

If you are a senior (over 55) and need a ride to some of the events this summer at the Winchendon Community Park Performing Arts Amphitheater, contact Sheila at the Senior Center, 978-297-3155, to reserve a seat. Rides are available for the following scheduled events (all these events are free of charge to the public):

July 1: 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. All-American Community Day with Winchendon Winds Concert Band playing on the stage.
August 18: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Winchendon Music Festival with Andrew Arceci playing on the stage.
August 27: 2:00-4:00 p.m. Winchendon Music Festival sponsoring the Worcester Jazz Orchestra playing on the stage.

Ingleside Woods Disc Golf Course Now Open!

The Ingleside Woods Disc Golf Course at the Winchendon Community Park (86 Ingleside Drive) is now open to the public. This friendly 3-hole course, which is situated in the woods of the Winchendon Community Park, is meant to be fun and challenging for players of all types. The entrance to the course can be found across from the parking lot, and is marked with a sign. We hope you and everyone that you bring enjoy.

Without this small community of people, this volunteer project would not have made it to this point. With that, this is just the beginning of our disc golf adventure, as we are working to finalize a design for 18 holes. The hope being we will have another half dozen completed by the end of the year. Additionally, we will be working with the Beals Memorial Library and Disc Golf 978 to establish a "disc rental" program so new players can try the sport without having to buy discs. More info to come in the coming weeks.

As you enjoy this course and the property as a whole, remember the general rules of disc golf: respect each other, respect the environment, teach one another and above all else, have fun!

Residents Invited to Serve on "Destination Winchendon" Project Committee

The Town is seeking residents to serve on a new committee/project - "Destination Winchendon." You can see a presentation on the vast possibilities that will be discussed at (PDF). We are seeking forward thinkers to envision what Winchendon can be in the next five, ten and twenty years from now. Considerations include Encouraging Community Involvement and Ownership, Preserving & Enhancing Downtown Character, Ensuring Economic Vitality, Promoting Downtown Assets, Getting Into and Around Downtown, Living Downtown and Keeping Downtown Safe.

If you'd like to serve on the committee, please send in a letter of interest to Mary Calandrella -

Winchendon Farmer's Market is Open for the Season!

Undaunted by looming rain showers, the Winchendon Farmer's Market opened on schedule last Saturday, May 20. It will be open every Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., barring truly dismal weather. The Market sets up at the corner of Pleasant Street and Front Street, right across from the Winchendon Town Hall.

Vendors this year include 7 Acre Farm, Haley Farm, High Springs Farm, Rosehawk Farm, Shelly's She Shed (jams, preserved food and baked goods), Spinning Ginny (hand knitted goods and hand-spun yarn), and Olde Soul Jewelry. Right now, the Market is selling plants customers can set out in their own gardens, including all kinds of vegetables and some herbs. There are some unusual varieties available to try your hand at growing.

Co-managed by Sherry Haley and Janet Lee, the Market has been running for 14 years. It will be open until the end of October or as late as weather allows. SNAP and HIP payments are accepted. For more details, see

Parks & Rec Department Needs Volunteers!

Sign-ups are now open for volunteer opportunities with Parks & Recreation. Stop by the office in Town Hall, email, or call if you are interesting in helping out with events. Jobs include ticket taking, entry attendant, parking attendant, table help, set up, clean up, general help and others (depending on the event). Volunteer for an amphitheater concert and get free admission to that concert! Call 978-297-5410, email or visit Town Hall, 109 Front Street, Winchendon (in the Planning office).

Love 'N Local Farm Stand

Don't forget to check out the Love 'N Local Farm Stand located at the Winchendon CAC. We're open to the public 11am-4pm Tuesday and Wednesday and 9am-2pm Thursday and Friday. We accept SNAP, HIP, cash, credit and debit!

Use this form to order produce:

Need a Ride to a Medical Appointment, but You're Not a Senior? The CAC Can Help!

In partnership with the Winchendon Senior Center the Winchendon CAC will provide Winchendon Residents under 55 medical rides! Rides will be available Monday - Thursday between 8:30am and 4:00pm. We need you to provide us with a minimum of a one week notice in order for us to facilitate this ride! Appointments need to be located in the North Central Mass area. Reminder, you will be responsible to provide a car or booster seat for any babies or toddlers required to use them. Use this form to request a ride:

Tell the Winchendon CAC What You'd Like From the Love 'n Local Farmstand!

Please let us know if you are interested is getting produce from the CAC Love 'n Local Farmstand and how often! All produce is from local farmers and all proceeds go to benefit the Winchendon CAC as well as local farmers.

The Winchendon CAC has been offering seasonal produce at the Love 'n Local Farm Stand since 2022. The winter weather has moved the farm stand operation indoors but fresh seasonal produce has continued to be available! We often have produce like potatoes, squash, onions, apples, carrots and beets. Greens have been available occasionally due to local greenhouse and tower garden operations.

Click here to fill out the Google Form

Volunteers Needed for the Sunshine Café!

The Youth Changemakers Sunshine Café is seeking youth (age 14-18) volunteers to help staff and run the Café, and adults to help supervise during open hours. All adults must be CORI checked by the CAC prior to volunteering. ServSafe® certification for adults is not necessary but a huge plus! Also needed are volunteers who can help cook and bake pastries for the Café to sell (all food preparation takes place in a certified commercial kitchen with ServSafe® supervision).

The Café is open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.. It is located in the Winchendon CAC upper level, 273 Central Street.

If you'd like to help the Café prosper and grow, fill out the volunteer signup form below.

FY 23 Senior Tax Work-Off Applications Now Available!

Once again this year, we are pleased to announce the Senior Work-Off program was approved at our Annual Town Meeting. 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 aides, cable station operator, Bike Path clean up, painting, light outdoor work and classroom volunteers. Click here for more information and a downloadable application.

Fresh Box is Here!

Healthy Meal Kits for Local Families

The Winchendon and Gardner CACs are both recipients of the biggest coordinated local produce distribution effort our region has ever seen thanks to Growing Places. With a Local Food Purchase Assistance USDA grant administered by the MA Department of Agricultural Resources, Growing Places (GP) and regional partners have launched a year-long program distributing free boxes of produce ($40 and $50 value) weekly. GP will pack and distribute 212 boxes weekly, with 80 going to Gardner and Winchendon CACs! This equates to about 2,000 pounds of local produce JUST to Winchendon and Gardner every week! Farmers are receiving retail prices for their produce, making this a huge win for our region's food economy and our residents. To sustain this boost in the local food system, HEAL partners will work to transition box recipients to GP's SNAP/HIP-eligible home-delivered produce program. All box recipients will receive a sheet on the benefits of buying local, a recipe, SNAP/HIP information, and a CSA enrollment form.

Time to Sign Up for Youth Baseball and Softball!

Spring is around the corner, and youth baseball & softball registration is now open! Click the link below to go to the registration page.

If you have questions, contact the following:

For Baseball: Kevin Southwell, 603-209-1603 or

For Softball: Randy Tenney, 978-895-3334 or

Winchendon Farmer's Market Accepting 2023 Vendor Applications

The Winchendon Farmer's Market, which is organized by the Winchendon Agricultural Commission, is accepting applications for vendors for the 2023 season. "This is a producer only market. We know that there are many small farmers, gardeners and handcrafters who would love to show off your hard work."

The Farmer's Market sets up at the corner of Pleasant and Front Streets across from Town Hall, 109 Front Street. Hours are Thursdays, 4:00-7:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

A space is $20 for the entire season, or $5 for just one day. Vendors must supply all their own tables and set-up.

Download the application at If you have questions, contact the Winchendon Agricultural Commission.

Toy Town FYIs

Transfer Station Summer Hours

The Transfer Station has begun extended summer hours:
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

653 River Street
Sticker price: $70
Pay-As-You-Throw bags required
2023-2024 Transfer Station sticker now on sale in Town Hall and at the Transfer Station.

2023 Street Lists Available

The 2023 Town of Winchendon Street List of Residents is now available at the Town Clerk's office in Town Hall, 109 Front Street. Cost is $11.00 each, $8.00 for seniors.

2023 Dog Licenses Now Available

2023 Dog licenses are now available on-line, in person, mail, or dropbox. Spayed and Neutered are $10, Non-spayed and Non-Neutered are $20. Please provide a valid rabies certificate with payment. If purchasing on-line, please email rabies certificate to
After May 1, a $20 late fee will be assessed.
After June 1, an additional $50 failure to license fee will be assessed.

Sign up for Code Red Emergency Alerts
Sign up for our emergency notification program today! Receive up-to-date information before, during and after an emergency in your neighborhood. You can choose to be notified via voice, text and email notifications of emergency and inclement weather alerts. Click the link below for information and sign-up.

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.

Report a Pothole to the DPW

You can report potholes directly to the DPW using this form on the town website:

Winchendon Town Hall & Transfer Station Now Accepting Credit/Debit Payments

We are excited to announce that the DPW, Treasurer/Collector's Office and the Transfer Station can all now accept in-person credit and debit card payments. This means next time you need to purchase or pay for:

Trash bags
Transfer station stickers
Excise bills
Tax bills
Water & Sewer bills
And more

You can pay with a credit or debit card! (subject to a convenience fee).

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.

Senior Center Seeking Food Donations

We've been so successful we need your help. We love helping our seniors, so now our Food Pantry is running low. If you can do it, we'd love your help replenishing it with such commodities as: Hormel 'Compleats' meals; Chef Boyardee ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, etc; applesauce; canned vegetables; juice boxes; Ensure; spaghetti sauce; Cookies; Crackers; small (individual) packages of cereal, etc. And anything you think would help. Thank you very much! Bring donations to the Old Murdock Senior Center, 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon.

Town Committee Vacancies
as of July 3, 2023

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 - 3 vacancies
Cultural Council - 13 vacancies
Fence Viewer and Field Driver - 1 vacancy
Historical District Commission - 1 vacancy
Library Board of Trustees - 1 vacancy
Parks & Recreation Commission - 3 vacancies
Zoning Board of Appeals - 3 alternate member 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).

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