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Week of March 7 to March 14, 2024
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Winchendon Unofficial Primary Election Results


Chris Christie2046
Vivek Ramaswamy2103
Asa Hutchinson1012
Donald J. Trump294280307881
Ron DeSantis2035
Nikki Haley7196103270
Jay Scott Fleitman798987255
Christopher J. Ryan232228256716
Mary L. Stuart597272203
Sue O'Sullivan249246270765
Christine Haslam-Giovannucci171172180523
Theresa P. Langdon169183187539
Michael Giovannucci177185183545
Theresa A. Brady165174194533
Jeff R. Pervier187186195568
Darlene A. Rossi204192206602
Kevin Nelson181180207568
Group Blanks229231258718


Dean Phillips917632
Joseph R. Biden148196183527
Marianne Williamson9121031
Michael D'lntinosanto99147127373
William J. O'Neill101149124374
Karen E. Kast-McBride94159124377
Jill N. Sackett92154127373
Edward A. Bond103151133387
David P. Connor107172149428
Amanda L. Phillips97155131383
Joseph F.Sackett,Jr.92145122359
Group Blanks100110173383


Jacob George Hornberger1203
Michael D. Rectenwald1001
Chase Russell Oliver1135
Michael Ter Maat1001
Lars Damian Mapstead0000
No Preference67720

According to the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, (see, as of February 24, 2024, voter registration in Winchendon was recorded as follows:

Total: 7,905
Democrat: 1,048
Republican: 998
Libertarian: 49
Unenrolled: 5,724

1,877 ballots were cast in the Presidential Primaries in Winchendon, which represents a voter turnout of 23.7 percent. Since Unenrolled voters can choose any party's ballot, it's not possible to determine how many Unenrolled voters chose to vote Republican, Democratic or Libertarian. However, significantly fewer Democratic ballots were cast (651) than the number of registered Democrats in town, while significantly more Republican ballots were cast (1,182) than the number of registered Republicans in town.

Since February 1, 2021, the number of registered voters in Winchendon has increased by 748 (from 7,157 to 7,905). The number of Unenrolled voters has increased by 960 (from 4,764 to 5,724). Registered Democrats have decreased by 167 (from 1,215 to 1,048) and registered Republicans have decreased by 43 (from 1,041 to 998). It was not possible to register as a Libertarian in 2021.

Large Turnout at ZBA Hearing on Permit Renewal for Gravel Mining Operation at 580 River Street

The Winchendon Zoning Board of Appeals had an unusually high turnout for their meeting on Wednesday, February 28, when the agenda included the application for renewal of the permit to operate a sand and gravel removal operation at the former Mabardy property at 580 River Street. Some 40 citizens attended the meeting in the Old Murdock Senior Center cafeteria, where it was moved to accommodate the expected high citizen interest. The Town Hall second floor auditorium was set up for early voting in the state primary elections, and the Town Hall 4th floor conference room would have been too small.

On Monday, February 26, a large crowd had packed the Board of Selectmen meeting held in the Beals Memorial Library second floor auditorium, for public comments regarding concern about the landfill capping operation ongoing on the same parcel of land on River Street. The land is owned by an entity named 580 River Street LLC.

The ZBA hearing on Wednesday was attended by representives from Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC), which is carrying out the operations on the property. Two representatives, civil engineer Kyle Hampton and Jon Kitchen, had also been at the BOS meeting on Monday.

Mr. Hampton began with a presentation on the history of the sand and gravel operation, strongly emphasizing that it is a separate operation from the landfill capping project that has been going on for several years on another section of the property. The Special Permit which was being presented for renewal includes earth removal operation, sand and gravel processing, asphalt, brick and concrete (ABC) recycling, and leaf and yard waste composting. Mr. Hampton showed photos of the sand and gravel pit in operation during the 1930s, 1970s, early 2000s at which time retention ponds were visible, and present day. The use of the property for this operation predates the area being zoned residential in 1958 and is therefore grandfathered in.

The ZBA issued the Special Permit in 1989 (to "C.J. Mabardy Washed Sand & Gravel, Inc."). It was appealed to the Land Court, no action was taken and the appeal was dismissed in 1996. In 1999 the Winchendon Building Commissioner issued a violation and said the operation must cease, but Mabardy appealed to the ZBA and the ZBA overturned the Building Commissioner's decision.

In 2008, the Special Permit was renewed for 10 years. The expiration date of the permit was extended by four years by the Massachusetts Legislature, and extended further during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The updated expiration date became March 8, 2024. The 2008 Special Permit included the following conditions:

  • A natural buffer zone of at least 100 feet in width shall be maintained along all the property lines and the existing berm of trees along the River Street property line shall be maintained.
  • The operator shall give five days written notice, including a rain date, by U.S. Mail or electronic mail to abutters on Sibley Road and shall visit homes within 1000 feet one hour before blasting to alert residents.
  • The operator will continue to pay for the street light on pole #69.
  • The operator will conduct the composting operation in a manner that will minimize and/or eliminate odor generation.
(For a complete packet of documents related to the sand and gravel operation, see

The discussion lasted more than two hours. ZBA Chair Cynthia Carvill frequently explained to the citizens attending that the ZBA can only take certain actions. She repeatedly urged citizens to learn how the zoning rules and regulations worked, and to bring complaints to the ZBA. She stated that there had never been a complaint about the sand and gravel operation brought before the ZBA up to this time.

Citizens raised many of the same questions that had been brought up on Monday. Some described damage to their properties and homes from blasting. The amount of trees removed from the property in recent years was brought up by numerous people. The issue of contaminated soil being tracked out of the site by trucks, and the truck washing station not being used, was discussed.

Ivan Ussach, Executive Director for the Millers River Watershed Council, rose to express concerns about impact on the watershed and river, directly adjacent to the property. Both Ms. Carvill and the CEC representatives repeated that the landfill capping and gravel operations are completely different. However, all operations on the site are being carried on by CEC, and all trucks entering and leaving the site are using the same access road.

Department of Public Works Director Brian Croteau rose several times to speak at length about what the town is doing to ensure that operations are safe and that citizen concerns are addressed immediately.

The CEC representatives said that no composting is currently being done on the property. No one was sure what the status is of the light on pole #69.

After all comments had been made, the ZBA did not feel able to make a decision on renewing the permit, and voted to continue the hearing to March 20, 2024.

Toy Towners Flock to Winchendon Lions Turkey Dinner

Lions Turkey Dinner
From left, Lion Curt Fitzmaurice, Lion Dave Walsh, Bob DeFeo, Lions Vicki and Ken LaBrack serve up plates
Photo by Tracey Barrows
Lions Turkey Dinner
Thanksgiving in March!
Photo by Tracey Barrows

The Winchendon Lions Club served more than 85 enthusiastic diners at their Turkey Dinner on Saturday, March 2 at Immaculate Heart of Mary church, in the parish hall. Thanks to generous donations of funding and food by local business Horse & Buggy Feeds and the Winchendon Community Action Committee, dinner was free to all.

Winchendon Lions Secretary Joni LaPlante told the Courier that at least three people worked in the kitchen the night before roasting the turkeys ahead of time. It took about six turkeys to make enough for the full dinner. The following day at least 18 volunteers pitched in to prepare all the food and serve it. Many of the volunteers were Lions Club members but other folks stepped up to volunteer, as well.

Promotion for the dinner was done primarily through Facebook and by word of mouth, Ms. LaPlante said. The Courier had also placed the dinner in the Community Calendar.

Ms. LaPlante wanted to give special thanks to Walter and Mary Anair of Horse & Buggy Feeds, who donated both the turkeys and funding for cash expenses. Thanks also go to Miranda Jennings, Director of the Winchendon CAC, and the CAC staff and volunteers for their donations of vegetables and other food.

Some diners made a voluntary cash donation for their dinner, and all donations were given to the church to help cover their costs in electricity, heat and other expenses of hosting the event.

Lions International sponsors many service projects. Their "Sight Mobile" provides free testing for eye health and vision problems, and the Lions have a donation program for used eyeglasses that can be refurbished and provided to those in need. The Winchendon Lions helped bring in several providers at the last health fair at the Old Murdock Senior Center, including the Sight Mobile, Miracle-Ear, the Talking Library, blood pressure tests by the Winchendon Fire Department and diabetes testing.

The Winchendon Lions Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Winchendon American Legion Post 193, 295 School Street, downstairs hall at 7:00 p.m. They welcome all interested persons who would like to learn more or become members. More more information, contact Joni LaPlante at 978-297-2753. The Lions' motto is, "Where there's a need, there's a Lion."

Winchendon Democrats to Elect Delegates to Democratic State Convention

On Saturday, March 16, at 9 a.m., Democrats will convene at the Winchendon Community Room at 108 Ipswich Dr. to elect 4 delegates and 4 alternates to represent Winchendon at the 2024 Democratic State Convention. The caucus will be held live at the Ipswich Dr. location, or by Zoom at:

Winchendondtc zoom account: 301 245 6637
Password: 99Rixr

Registered Democrats in Winchendon aged 16 years by Thursday February 15 may vote and be elected as delegates or alternates during the caucus. Youth (age 16 to 35), people with disabilities, people of color, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community not elected as delegates or alternates are encouraged to apply to be add-on delegates at the caucus or by visiting

The 2024 Convention will be in person at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA on June 1st. Those interested in getting involved with the Winchendon Democratic Committee, or for questions about the caucus, should contact:

Michael D'Intinosanto
Chair, Winchendon Democratic Town Committee

The Beals Memorial Library Receives Extension for National Grant for Small and Rural Libraries

$10,000 Grant Will Help the Library Work with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Beals Library receives ALA award
The Beals Memorial Library has again been awarded a $10,000 competitive grant from the American Library Association to provide individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families, expanded services to engage in sensory-friendly programming and special events through the See Beyond the Spectrum initiative. Shown is Alexis Chanthachack, Beals Library staff member and See Beyond the Spectrum project manager.
Photo courtesy of Beals Memorial Library

Winchendon - The Beals Memorial Library has been selected as one of 310 libraries nationally to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that provides community engagement and accessibility resources to small and rural libraries to help them better serve people with disabilities.

This competitive award comes with a $10,000 grant that will help the library. Additionally, the library is a Round 2 recipient of this grant award, having also received $10,000 for Round 1 last year. Individuals and families on the spectrum are underserved within Winchendon's community, and the library wants to change that by expanding services to provide an environment that allows individuals to engage in sensory-friendly programming and special events through the See Beyond the Spectrum initiative. Over the last year, the library has utilized the funding provided by the grant to create a more accepting and accessible library for individuals on the spectrum, neurodivergent patrons, and their families. In doing so, the library has engaged with community organizations to host sensory-friendly programs, has initiated a monthly sensory-friendly browsing hour, added new items to the collection to benefit autistic and neurodivergent patrons, and organized training for library personnel. The Round 2 grant extension, once again spearheaded by library staff member, Alexis Chanthachack, will allow the library to continue funding these programs and services for another year and give the library the opportunity to continue to set an example to communities throughout Massachusetts, showing the difference that an autism friendly library experience can make for patrons on the spectrum.

Are you a parent or caretaker of a child with autism? The library will be offering a number of programs and events throughout the month of April in honor of Autism Acceptance Month! On Monday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m., there will be an autism documentary screening. On Saturday, April 13, the library will have their monthly Sensory-Friendly Browsing Hour from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., followed by the Sensory Friendly Family Movie Matinee at 10:00 a.m. The following week, on Tuesday, April 16, the library will be hosting an outdoor Family Story Walk from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Participants will receive a free copy of the selected book while supplies last. On Saturday, April 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the library will be offering a Sensory-Friendly Touch-A-Truck event at the Winchendon American Legion. Individuals who are neurodivergent, on the autism spectrum, or have other special needs, and their families are invited to climb in and check out trucks and emergency vehicles without the lights, sirens, and horns! On Monday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m., caregivers, family members, and anyone supporting individuals with autism, neurodivergence, or other special needs are invited to participate in the monthly Walking Beside You Caregiver Support Group. Finally, the library will be wrapping up the month on Saturday, April 27, with a Sensory Kid Corner at the upcoming Winchendon Renaissance Faire, beginning at 10:00 a.m.!

If you are interested in learning more about the See Beyond the Spectrum initiative, please contact library staff member, Alexis Chanthachack, at 978-297-0300, or visit for more information.

Since 2014, ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities initiative has re-imagined the role libraries play in supporting communities. Libraries of all types have utilized free dialogue and deliberation training and resources to lead community and campus forums; take part in anti-violence activities; provide a space for residents to come together and discuss challenging topics; and have productive conversations with civic leaders, library trustees, and staff.

Comerford receives Legislator of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council

Senator Comerford and Senator Cindy Friedman holding the award.
Senator Jo Comerford and Senator Cindy Friedman holding the award.
Photo courtesy of Katelyn Billings

(BOSTON, MA) March 6, 2024 - Today, Senator Jo Comerford (D-Northampton) was honored at the State House by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC), receiving the Legislator of the Year award during the organization's 46th legislative advocacy day.

MDDC is an independent agency, funded by the federal government, dedicated to empowering people with developmental disabilities and their families to enjoy full productive lives by promoting self-sufficiency, community inclusion, and opportunity. Learn more about MDCC and its work here:

An excerpt from Comerford's remarks:

"In accepting this tremendous honor, I want to name the shared values that I have learned from you all: a shared commitment to access and equity; a shared commitment to full inclusion and respect for all people; a shared commitment to ensuring that the people most affected by any policy and budget decisions have a voice in shaping them; and a shared commitment to have people living with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities. Your agenda is my agenda."

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Winchendon Parks & Recreation Seeking Volunteers and an Intern

Winchendon Parks & Recreation is seeking volunteers to assist with the two-day-long Wyndonshire Renaissance Faire which will transform the Winchendon Community Park (86 Ingleside Dr) on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28. There are many volunteer roles, as well as openings for vendors. For complete details, and to sign up, go to

The Parks & Recreation department also has an unpaid part-time internship opportunity, which will train the intern in how to run events with a municipality. Skills learned include program coordination and social media/marketing. The internship is 10 hours per week with nights and weekends required (you must be available at the times that events happen). Application deadline is March 11. For a full job description, email or see The standard employment application is on the town website at

Winchendon CAC Asks Members to Answer Survey

The Winchendon CAC has a new survey they would like their members to fill out. It's available in multiple languages and is completely anonymous. The responses will help the CAC in improving and developing its programs going forward. At the end of the survey, members can put their names into a raffle for a $50 gift card. You can find the survey at this link:

Warrant for Annual Town Meeting Open Until April 8

The 2024 Annual Town Meeting has been officially scheduled for Monday, May 20, 2024 at 7:00 p.m., to be held at the Murdock Middle High School Auditorium at 3 Memorial Dr, Winchendon.

As of Tuesday, January 23, the Warrant is open. The Town Manager's office will be accepting warrant articles through Monday, April 8, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. when the warrant will officially close.

Please feel free to contact the Town Manager's office with any questions you may have concerning this Annual Town Meeting, or about placing articles on the Warrant. 978-297-0085 ext. 5.

Applications Open for Vendor Spaces at the 2024 Fall Festival

The 8th Annual Winchendon Fall Festival, to be held on Saturday, October 12, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., is now accepting applications for vendor spaces on Central Street. Contact Nicole Roberts at or 978-297-3537 with any questions or if you wish to volunteer on the day of the event. (We always need more help!) Again, we wish to express our gratitude to everyone for their continued support of this great event.

Access the application information here:

Affordable Connectivity Program Helps Low Income Households Pay for Internet

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new government program that helps low income households pay for broadband service and internet connected devices, and helps students succeed in the classroom and online (those students with a Federal Pell Grant are eligible) along with folks that participate in certain government assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, etc. This program is available NOW and if you qualify, you can save $30 a month off your internet service bill and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet or desktop computer.

The application process is simple and can be found at

If you prefer to mail in a hard copy, the application is listed below for you to print out or please stop by the Town Manager's office for a hard copy.

More information about the ACP is in the documents below.

ACP Flyer

Printable Application Form

ACP and Free School Lunch program

DCR Recreational Advisory: Lake Dennison Day Use Area

(Tuesday, December 12, 2023) Effective immediately and continuing until further notice, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has closed roadways within the Otter River State Forest and Lake Dennison Recreation Area in the Town of Winchendon due to flooding. Conditions are being monitored and roads will be reopened when water levels drop sufficiently.

This applies to roadways within the Otter River State Forest and Lake Dennison Rec Area in the Town of Winchendon.

The closure is effective immediately and continuing until further notice.

Winchendon Energy Program Announces New Reduced Rate

The Town of Winchendon has signed a twenty-four month contract with its current supplier, Constellation NewEnergy. Beginning with the December 2023 meter reads, the Winchendon Community Choice Power Supply Program will have a new rate of $0.14965 per kWh. For complete details and information on how to switch your electric provider, see

Winchendon Lions Want to Welcome You!

The Winchendon Lions meet 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 through June. Dues are used for all Administrative cost, which is why we can say "All money received through fundraisers 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 a message if no answer!


FY24 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 ($15.00/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.

Town Committee Vacancies
as of December 14, 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 - 9 vacancies
Fence Viewer and Field Driver - 1 vacancy
Historical District Commission - 2 vacancies
Library Board of Trustees - 1 vacancy
Zoning Board of Appeals - 1 alternate member 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.

For a description of each board or committee, see: (PDF).

Information Sessions for HEAL Mini-Grants in March

Are you ready to make a difference in Winchendon? We're thrilled to announce our Mini-Grant Funding Opportunity, designed to bring your innovative ideas to life! If you have a project that can uplift our community, aligns with one of our 5 Community Heart & Soul Statements, and costs $1,000 or less, we want to hear from you!

This is your chance to impact Winchendon positively! Whether it's a community garden, an art installation, or something entirely new - if it can be completed by December 31, 2024, and it resonates with our town's spirit, you could be the one to make it happen.

Residents of Winchendon, this is your call to action! Collaborate, create, and submit your proposals. Let's work together to enhance our community.

To find out more, join us at one of these information sessions:

Monday, March 4 at the Winchendon Senior Center, 52 Murdock Ave., from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (RSVP at OR Saturday, March 9 at the Winchendon CAC, 5 Summer Dr., from 10:00-11:00 a.m. (RSVP at This is your chance to dive deep into how the HEAL Mini Grants can support your community projects and initiatives.

For complete details about these grants, see

Got questions? Shaina is here to help! Contact her at for all your queries.

Let's come together to plan, learn, and grow for a healthier Winchendon. See you there!

Pull Your Nomination Papers to Run for a Town Board Now!

Nomination papers may be picked up in the Town Clerk's office in Town Hall (109 Front St.) Monday through Thursday, for those wishing to run for an open seat on a town board or committee in the Town Election on May 6, 2024. Candidates must be registered voters in the town of Winchendon, and get 35 signatures of registered Winchendon voters on their nomination paper. Papers must be turned in to the Town Clerk's office by Monday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. All signatures will need to be certified by the Town Clerk as valid.

Available terms for elected boards are:

2 three-year terms for Board of Selectmen
2 three-year terms for School Committee
1 one-year unexpired term for School Committee
2 three-year terms for the Board of Health
1 two-year unexpired term for the Board of Health
1 five-year term for the Housing Authority

For information about what each role entails, speak to any current committee or board members, read the descriptions of the board or committee's responsibilities on the town website, or watch some of the board or committee's meetings on the Winchendon TV channel.

Do You Want a Fresh Financial Start?

Up to $500 of match funding towards a specific goal upon course completion!

For more details go to our website at

If you are interested in being considered for this program please fill out the interest form and someone will get back to you.

Informational meeting on Wednesday, November 1 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at the Winchendon CAC, 5 Summer Dr.

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.

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Toy Town FYIs

Transfer Station Hours

As of December 1, 2023:
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 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: $75 ($25 for additional stickers)
Pay-As-You-Throw bags required
33-gallon, $4.25 per bag, 16-gallon, $2.25 per bag
2023-2024 Transfer Station sticker now on sale in Town Hall and at the Transfer Station.

2024 Dog Licenses Now Available

2024 Dog Licenses are now available in the Town Clerk's office. Please provide valid rabies certificate. Spayed and Neutered dogs are $10. Non-Spayed and Non-Neutered dogs are $20. Dog Licenses can be obtained in person, mail, drop box, and online.

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.

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