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Week of September 28 to October 5, 2023
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Warrant Open for Fall Special Town Meeting

The Warrant for the 2023 Fall Special Town Meeting is now open for articles. The Town Manager's office will be accepting warrant articles through Monday, October 2, 2023 until 12:00 noon when the warrant will officially close.

Special Town Meeting will be held on Monday, November 13, 2023, at 7:00 p.m., at the Murdock Middle/High School Auditorium, 3 Memorial Drive. Please feel free to contact the Town Manager's office with any questions you may have concerning this Special Town Meeting.

Fall Fest Ramping Up for Its Biggest Year Yet

The 7th annual Fall Fest will take place on Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Central Street between Maple Street and Blair Square. Land Use & Planning Coordinator Nicole Roberts, who organizes Fall Fest, appeared before the Board of Selectmen on Monday, September 25 to give them information and updates, and nail down some final permits, which were all readily granted. All vendor spaces have now been taken; there will be 190 booths and tables to peruse ranging from town organizations and institutions to local crafters, makers and businesses. Central Street will be closed to vehicular traffic during those hours.

Ms. Roberts explained that this year, the Clark YMCA parking area on Central Street (which has just been re-paved with fresh new blacktop) will be open until 7:00 p.m. "What we found was vendors were picking up, and they were wanting to get some food, sit down, relax for a little while, rather than just picking up and driving home directly," Ms. Roberts said. "So we've extended the Fall Fest hours in the Clark parking lot from 5:00 to 7:00. So [Kiwanis Famous Food Tent], and then we're going to have a couple more food trucks in that parking lot. And The BIG RanDom is going to play along with three other acts. So there'll be entertainment. There'll be The Harbour...So if people want to kind of sit and relax, you know, after vending all day, they can grab something to eat and listen to the band for a little while."

Ms. Roberts added that Bull Spit Brewery will have Whiskey Johnson playing until 9:00 p.m., providing more post-Fest entertainment for those who wish to walk down to 4 Summer Drive after 7:00 p.m. to enjoy it.

During Fall Fest, Ms. Roberts said, all alcohol will be served within the Clark YMCA parking area. "We're going to just segregate that whole area off because...Bull Spit will be in that parking lot as well. So we figured we can just rope the entire parking lot off. I did talk to [Clark Memorial YMCA Director] Mike Quinn. He's okay with that, rope the entire parking lot off to have no alcohol beyond this point. That way people can go about the parking lot and visit with Kiwanis and things like that if they want to." This would be more open than having a small "corral" such as The Harbour has been obliged to do in past years.

A new vendor this year who will also be in the Clark parking area is Coldbrook Springs Winery from Barre, MA.

BOS member Barbara Anderson asked about parking for the event. Ms. Roberts said, "Believe it or not, with the huge amounts of people that have come over the years? I've never heard any complaints--I don't know if anybody else has--about parking. I think people just find spots, side streets, you know, be courteous not to block driveways and not to pull up on lawns, but side streets, or some people I think carpool with one another or a lot of people might walk to Fall Fest."

Parking by Winchendon Furniture and on Summer Drive by Beauvais Insurance will be reserved for vendors. But parking will be available on Pleasant Street, including the new municipal parking lot behind the police station, and on side streets around downtown.

Along with the vendors and entertainment on Central Street itself, there will be attractions on adjacent streets that Fall Festers shouldn't miss. The Winchendon CAC, now located at 5 Summer Drive in the former bowling alley, will have tables, food, and tours of their new space. The Winchendon Farmer's Market will be set up in its usual location on Pleasant Street across from Town Hall until 1:00 p.m., vending fresh produce, baked goods, homemade crafts and farm products.

All bakers are invited to enter the 3rd annual Fall Fest Parks & Recreation Pie Baking Contest. Bake your best pie (any flavor) and register it between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at the Parks & Recreation Booth in front of the Clark YMCA parking area on Central Street. Winners will be announced at 1:00 p.m.

Board of Selectmen Discuss Officially Changing Their Name

At their meeting on Monday, September 25, the (for the time being) Board of Selectmen seriously discussed changing the official name of that body to "the Selectboard."

BOS Vice Chair Rick Ward opened the discussion with a review of history. "Next year, the town of Winchendon will be celebrating its 260th birthday," he began. "We've had a Board of Selectmen since 1764, and so there have been hundreds of Selectmen and it was a Board of Selectmen, period. It was select men from the town of Winchendon, who were picked. That's why they're called Selectmen. For two reasons, either you select men, which we've consistently done for about 230 of those 260 years roughly, or you also picked the select men of the town, which we pretty much did, which were land owners, people who had businesses in town and that type of thing."

For just a couple of decades, he went on, "We have women who are on the Board of Selectmen. And I can remember a couple of them, Jemaine Brooks, one of the earlier ones, Beth Hunt, Amy Salter, and the four woman we have on the board now.

"Using the term Board of Selectmen, after all these years, is archaic, it's totally out of date. And it's not appropriate anymore. And towns throughout Massachusetts are changing their Board of Selectmen to Selectboard and, in fact, the MMA, [Massachusetts] Municipal Association, has officially changed that association to be Selectboards, not Selectmen anymore. There is a bill in the legislature in Massachusetts to actually change the state constitution, which has the word Selectmen in it 17 times, and they're trying to get that taken out."

Mr. Ward went on to say that he was "the minority on the Board," the only "Selectman," and he feels it should be the Winchendon Selectboard. To change the term, voters would have to approve amending the town Charter, which requires a two-thirds majority vote at Town Meeting, followed by a ballot vote, which would be on the ballot at the town election in May. The Charter is "the overruling document," Mr. Ward said. The Bylaws would then also need to be changed to update the terminology, but amending the Bylaws only requires a simple majority vote at Town Meeting.

Over 100 towns in Massachusetts have already undertaken this process and changed to Selectboards. The cost is minimal, Mr. Ward emphasized, because things like stationery are all digital, so it's not as though the town offices would need to throw out reams of paper and re-order everything.

"I would like to get the board's feeling on this because I would like to make a motion that we get an article on this Town Meeting coming up in November to start this process rolling," Mr. Ward concluded. "So I open it to the board."

Board Chair Audrey LaBrie, who was joining the meeting via Zoom, thanked Mr. Ward for the background information, saying "Selectmen" also refers to the word "human." She went on, "Speaking strictly for myself, I am perfectly comfortable with being called the Board of Selectmen. I don't take offense at that term. When anyone calls me Chairman, I don't take offense. So speaking for myself, I'm gonna vote no."

Mr. Ward responded that it was understandable that Ms. LaBrie might feel that way. "But we need to be inclusive in this town to everyone," he said. "And when you have a Board, and in fact one of the towns that saw this process through, when a woman Selectman was running for the Board of Selectmen, she tells a story that her daughter questioned why she would want to run when it's a board of men. Why are you running against you know, it's a Board of Selectmen.

"We need to be inclusive and not put up any roadblocks to folks coming to the town and want to get involved. In fact, Board of Selectmen is the only board, the only committee that we have in this town that is gender centered, as far as a gender in its name. None of the others have that. They're totally open, free...they're gender-neutral, but this is not."

Mr. Ward pointed out that when he runs a meeting, he never calls anyone Selectwoman or Selectman--he calls them "Board member" because that feels right to him. "I don't like change. I like the old ways, but I just can't sit here," he said.

After asking for any further comments, Mr. Ward said he would like to make a motion. "I move to insert an article in the November 13, 2023 Town Meeting Warrant, quote, to see if the town will vote pursuant to General Law Chapter 43B paragraph 10A to the town Charter, to add an amendment that says the Board of Selectmen shall now be known as the Selectboard. And in all places in the Charter where Board of Selectmen appears it be changed to read Selectboard. And I will point out that the Charter says Board of Selectmen 58 times, so we will have to go and change those to Selectboard."

The Board voted to approve Mr. Ward's motion 4-1, with Ms. LaBrie casting the "no" vote.

Board of Selectmen Consider Proposal for a Moratorium on Further Solar Fields in Winchendon

At the Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday, September 25, Board member Melissa Blanchard introduced a proposal to place a moratorium on further commercial solar fields within the town of Winchendon.

"It's been brought to me by many people in the town of the concern over our vast forestry that's been cut down and turned into solar fields, and with all the rains and every problems we've been having with runoff, our trees are one of our best resources we have," Ms. Blanchard began. "It not only protects our wildlife, but it protects our environment and it keeps the water from running off. it protects the soil from eroding, it filters the water. It gives us our oxygen that we breathe, and yet we're tearing down all of our natural trees to put up solar fields, which are full of chemicals that are then eroding and being put into the earth.

"It just seems like we have such a beautiful town and it seems to be slated for more and more solar fields. You can drive by the vast amounts of them already in town, we have a few, and it is an eyesore. Where there used to be trees, there is now just arrays of photovoltaic. And I'd like to see the town protected and not just opened up to developers that want to cut down our forests because they can, and put up these solar fields, and then we're going to be left with the detriment to our land. Our future children are not going to have the woods to be able to roam through."

Board Vice Chair Rick Ward said he wanted KP Law and town counsel to comment on his questions, but first, he wanted to ask, "A moratorium on an arbitrary business like solar fields. First of all, is it legal for us to do that? And second, is that the prerogative of the Board of Selectmen or does it require a Town Meeting vote? Because I've researched this in several towns and it's like Town Meeting usually decides this."

Ms. Blanchard responded that it would be a Town Meeting vote, because it would be a town Bylaw. Mr. Ward continued, "The next question is how long can a moratorium bind for? I've checked online with several towns that have done this. And from what I'm getting from these sites, it can't run for more than a year, a moratorium. And so that's a concern. I have the same concerns that member Blanchard has because I asked myself when I was thinking about this, what's better for the environment? Solar panels or trees? And I tried to do as much research as I could and what the only answer I could get in my research was, Well, the state is committed to solar. Our legislature is committed to solar. So there's a big drive for solar."

Mr. Ward said that he liked trees and would prefer to see trees replace a demolished building, for example, but solar panels seem to "get us to whatever number that is we're trying to get on carbon emissions" faster. The town does not have any bylaws related to solar fields currently. Mr. Ward pointed out that many towns set moratoriums to give them time to craft the appropriate bylaws for their community (as Winchendon did in 2017 for cannabis businesses).

After discussing the possible need for the Conservation Commission to be involved, and the short deadline for the Fall Town Meeting Warrant, the Board voted to put a "placeholder" article in the Fall Special Town Meeting Warrant for an article about a moratorium on solar fields, to be filled out after the Warrant closes on October 3.

The solar fields already installed in Winchendon can be viewed using Google Satellite; there are quite a few of them. A very large complex of connected solar fields has been proposed for most of the open space on the east border of Winchendon. (see "Town Boards Hear Initial Pitch for 1,400-Acre Solar Campus in East Winchendon" in the November 17-24, 2022 edition of the Winchendon Courier)

Win for Biodiversity: Habitat Restoration Project Begins at Guiney Memorial Forest in Royalston

Chestnut-sided warbler Photo cred Matt Tillett
Chestnut-sided warbler, a species whose population thrives in early-successional forests, will be monitored through eBird at Guiney Memorial Forest in Royalston.
Photo by Matt Tillett

ATHOL (September 25, 2023) - Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust is a recipient of a Cornell Land Trust Grant for 2023. The Cornell Lab's Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative awarded grants to 14 land trusts throughout the country to assist with management and restoration of private protected lands, integrate bird conservation into prioritization and planning, and develop partnerships within the birding community to amplify conservation efforts.

Mount Grace's work funded by this grant will focus on Guiney Memorial Forest, a 33-acre wildlife sanctuary in Royalston. This small sanctuary has various habitat types, including maturing white pine, hemlock, and hardwood forest as well as a diverse understory, spruce-fir tamarack forested swamp, and more.

Protected in 1998, Father John Guiney's family donated this 33-acre property to Mount Grace on the condition it be maintained as a wildlife sanctuary. Funds from this grant will be used to restore habitat and create habitat management demonstration areas that support targeted bird populations and can be used as outreach and educational tools for land trust staff, conservation practitioners, and private landowners.

Work will take place concurrently with work at Birch Hill funded by a US Forest Service Landscape Scale Restoration Grant. Partners include the Ruffed Grouse Society, National Wild Turkey Federation, Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game and Department of Conservation & Recreation. Work will include outreach to birders participating in eBird surveys of the site and outreach to landowners interested in replicating site management techniques to improve bird habitat on their own land.

"Small landowners play a significant role in forest stewardship in southern New England," says Stewardship Manager Tessa Dowling. "This project is an opportunity to engage local landowners in bird-friendly forestry by demonstrating ecological restoration work on a scale that is relevant to private owners of small forest tracts."

Work is set to begin by the end September, with opportunities to join eBird monitoring efforts soon to follow. To stay up to date on this project, visit

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Youth Voices Free After School Program

Open to all 5th Grade Students
Thursdays 3:15-4:30 p.m. October 12 through December 14
At Winchendon Works Community Hub, 5 Summer Drive
Registration Required
Not a School Sponsored Event

Valuing Our Insights for Civic Engagement Curriculum (VOICES) is designed to bolster local youth leadership development. This curriculum specifically offers participants the opportunity to explore their identities, their communities and their ability to make changes as leaders. Facilitators will establish a group atmosphere so that participants' beliefs and privacy will be respected. Snacks and Gift Cards for all participants!

For more information email: or call 978-297-1667. To register go to:

Hiking Club on Starting on Saturdays

f you enjoy walking the North Central Bike Path and you are looking for a more challenging walk, join the Toy Town Trekkers!

The Winchendon Parks & Recreation Commission is starting a hiking club on Saturday, September 30 at 9:30 a.m. at The Winchendon Community Park. We will hike the park's woodland and meadow trails and plan other local hikes for the month of October.

Our goal is for residents to enjoy the many hiking opportunities our town has to offer. We hope you join us on the following Saturdays at the Winchendon Community Park at 9:30 a.m.

September 30
October 7
October 14
October 21
October 26

Winchendon Lions are Starting a New Year!

Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, September 19 at the Winchendon American Legion Post 193, 295 School St., downstairs hall, 7:00 p.m.

Meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month, September - June. Dues are used for all Administrative cost, which is why we can say "All money received through fund raisers go back to the community, eye research, or other natural disasters around the world!"

Feel free to join us and try it out. We would love to see you! If you have any questions feel free to call Joni 978-297-2753. Please leave message if no answer!


Volunteer to Scare People at the Haunted Park!

If you'd like to sign up as an actor to scare your neighbors silly at the Community Park's "Haunted Park" Day on Saturday, October 14, here's your chance! Please make sure to email our Rec Coordinator ( to discuss what you will be. Participants must provide their own costume but we are working on getting a make-up artist to do make-up. Currently looking for goblins, witches & warlocks, werewolves, ghosts and skeletons. If you have something else in mind let us know. Fill out this form to volunteer:

Would you love to see a Ren Faire in Toy Town?

Winchendon Parks & Recreation is looking for individuals interested in bringing a Renaissance Faire to the Winchendon Community Park in 2024! The Fair is scheduled for April 27-28. The Committee is already hard at work and looking for donated props and help building a Viking Longboat, along with "players" and volunteers. Any and all persons who'd like to participate should send a letter of interest to or Ren Faire coordinator Dawn Higgins,

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).

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:

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.

Enter the Fall Fest Pie Contests!

Will you be at Fall Fest on Saturday, October 7? Do you love pie? Do you bake pie? These contests are for you!

Bake your best fall pie and enter it at the Parks & Recreation Table in the Clark Parking Lot at Central Street between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Pies will judged in several categories including best looking and best tasting.

Between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. there will be a pie-eating contest.

For more information, contact Sponsored by Winchendon Parks & Recreation.

Fundraiser at the American Legion October 1

The Sons of the Legion are having a fund raiser on October 1, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Winchendon American Legion Post 193, 295 School St.

For $20 you are eligible for 25 games, each single winner of a game receives 3 lobsters, all ties will each receive 2 lobsters. Come enjoy the fun and laughter! Side raffles also available, 2 large 2 lb. lobsters, $100 worth of scratch tickets, and a 50/50.

The Sons "Scratch ticket raffle" will be drawn at the end of this event. $20 per ticket gives you 3 chances to win - 1st prize entire book of $30 scratch tickets, 2nd prize entire book of $10 scratch tickets, 3rd prize, entire book of $5.00 scratch tickets. Tickets available at the Legion Members lounge or from Ken LaBrack,

Sign Up for Fall Dek Hockey!

Fall league sign up for Dek Hockey begins Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Mylec National Dek Hockey Center, 37 Commercial Drive, Winchendon (off Rte 140 across from Irving gas station). For more information, call 978-297-0088 or email

Winchendon Parks & Recreation Seeking Volunteers and Sponsors

Winchendon Parks & Recreation is seeking volunteers to help out with upcoming events at the Winchendon Community Park.

Volunteer tasks may include working the gate to check tickets, helping with parking, helping with games and refreshments, setting up tables, signs, and equipment and taking them down at closing, and more.

To learn more and volunteer, email Recreation Coordinator Tiffany Newton at

Meanwhile, the 2024 Sponsorship Packet is ready with all of the offerings for 2024. If you or your business would like to sponsor at any level, please review this packet and fill out the Sponsorship form at the end to send in with your generous sponsorship. Giving back to our community is a worthwhile cause but, on top of that there are so many ways to get your business noticed by sponsoring with Winchendon Parks and Recreation, just take a peek.

The 18-page Sponsorship Packet includes detailed information about levels of sponsorship, 2023 events, how events are promoted, a tentative schedule of events for 2024 and an application form. You can download the packet here:

2024-Season-Sponsorship-Packet.pdf (PDF)

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.

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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