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Week of November 21 to November 28, 2019

Beals Library Movie Schedule

Saturday, Nov 23 at 11:00 a.m. Family Movie
The Lion King (2019)
Thursday, Dec 5 at 6:00 p.m. Beals Movie Night
Blinded by the Light
Thur, Dec 19 at 6:00 p.m. Beals Teen Movie Night
The Peanut Butter Falcon

All movies are free to the public and shown on our huge 188" screen. The Beals Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street in Winchendon. For more information, call 978-297-0300.

Read or Download the November Senior Center Lunch Menu (PDF)

Lunch served at 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon, at 11:30 a.m.
Call 978-297-3155 before noon the preceding day to RSVP. Suggested donation of $3 to help cover costs.

United Parish of Winchendon
39 Front St. Winchendon MA 01475

Please Join Us During This Thanksgiving Season

November 27 - Thanksgiving Eve Service - 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Join us as we give thanks to our Lord and Savior, for he gave us a wonderful gift and made the ultimate sacrifice! For this we ask for an offering of canned goods to give to our local food pantry.

November 30 - Make-One-Take-One Wreath Making - 9:00 a.m.
Join us as we gather together to make the wreaths and garland to decorate the church and make one for your door or mantel to take home. It is free and open to the public. We ask you to bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch.

December 1 - 1st Sunday of Advent and Hanging of the Greens - 10:00 a.m.
Join us as we light the first candle of Advent and we bless our holiday green decorations and prepare for the coming of the Lord!

Give thanks to our Lord and Savior for He gave us a Wonderful Gift, He made the ultimate sacrifice for you and for me!

Monthly Book Club at Beals Library

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

Held at 1:00 PM on the second Friday of every month, the Beals Book Club is a discussion group that allows readers to exchange ideas, observations, and reactions to the plots, characters, and themes of selected books. For their upcoming December meeting, the club has chosen the book, Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger, a historical mystery/coming-of-age story about the fateful summer that changed a young boy’s life, as narrated by his adult self.

The next Beals Book Club meeting will be held on Friday, December 13 at 1:00 p.m. All books are provided by the library.

Beals Memorial Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street in Winchendon. Please call the library at 978-297-0300 for more information.

Our Neighbor's Kitchen Menus

Thursday, December 5, 5:30 p.m.
at Immaculate Heart of Mary church, 52 Spruce St.
Grinders and Soup

Thursday, December 12, 5:30 p.m.
at UU Church of Winchendon, 126 Central St.
Turkey Tetrazzini

Thursday, December 19, 5:30 p.m.
at Immaculate Heart of Mary church, 52 Spruce St.
Beef Stroganoff

Thursday, December 26, 5:30 p.m.
at UU Church of Winchendon, 126 Central St.
Beef Burgundy Holiday Dinner

Operation WINCHENDON KIDS TOY DRIVE is now underway!

Please help by donating a new, unwrapped toy in one of our designated boxes located at Town Hall, Smith's Country Cheese, Mathieu Ford, Gourmet Donuts, and the Police & Fire Departments.

If your business would like to participate, please call us at 978-297-2324 and we'll deliver a donation box!

This drive is sponsored by the Winchendon Firefighters Relief Association.

House of Peace and Education in Gardner has some great programs for children and women available to local residents.

HOPE for Kids has three afterschool programs. The Afterschool program, a professionally directed mentoring and tutoring, serves children in grades 3 and 4. The Pals Mentoring program is a professionally directed mentoring program that provides young children with opportunities for fun, peer interaction, creative skills development, positive social behaviors, building friendships and exploring expressions of feelings. Teen HOPE is a professionally directed program that offers youth in grades 5-7 academic, cultural and social skill building support.

HOPE Job Readiness & Training Program is an 8 week individualized program of computer and job-skills training for adults who wish to learn new skills in order to enter or re-enter the workforce, to get better jobs or to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.

For information on these programs call HOPE at 978-630-4752 ext 6.

The VFW Post 5613 Auxiliary will be hosting their annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 30th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. It will be held at the VFW Hall on Hathorn Road (off Route 202) in Jaffrey, NH. Admission is free. A perfect start to your holiday shopping.

Offering over 40 tables of art and lots of various handcrafted items, Christmas décor, home décor, cards, jewelry, candles, personal care items and more, plus product vendors…Something for everyone! Bake sale and hot and cold lunch items will be available for purchase. Raffle winners will be announced approximately 1:30.


Contact Tracy at if more information is needed.

Gardner Area League of Artists Small Works Holiday Art Sale continues through December 21

GALA’s Small Works Art Sale is a show of art work that is only 12” x 12” or smaller and all artwork is $100 and under. This is our most popular show for people to purchase because it's affordable. People come and shop for presents for family and friends or something special for themselves.

The art displays are replenished as art is sold, so there is always something new to see. GALA is open every Saturday and Sunday, 12:00–5:00 p.m. You can make an appointment to see art during the week by calling 978-407-1419.

We will also be on the Winchendon Historical Society’s Holiday House Tour. Please stop by and visit us. We will have light refreshments! GALA is located at 135 Front St., Winchendon, MA.

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Clyde’s Corner

It's Happening Around the Winch!


Annual Turkey Social 7:00 p.m. 25 Series, Turkeys, assorted meats, side raffles, lobsters, scratch tickets, 50/50. At the American Legion Post 193, 295 School St., Winchendon.


United Parish Holly Bazaar 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Attic treasures, basket raffles, Christmas vendors, crafts and bake sale tables. Luncheon served from 11:30-1:30: soup, chowders, tuna salad, egg salad and ham salad sandwiches, beverages and homemade desserts. 39 Front St., Winchendon.

Battle of the Bands Petty Larceny vs. Deacon Express. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m. Age 21+ event. 50/50 raffle. Tickets $15, two for $25. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the food drive. Presented by the Winchendon Lions Club. At the Winchendon American Legion, 295 School St., Winchendon.


Holiday Shopping with HOPE Come to Cup of HOPE and start your holiday shopping early with more than 10 vendors, Tarot card readings, free gift wrapping, delicious coffee and live music! At H.O.P.E., 29 Pleasant St. Gardner, MA.


Spirit of Christmas Toy Drive 12:00-4:00 p.m. Bring your new or gently used, unwrapped toys to the UU Church of Winchendon to be distributed to families in need this holiday. People with funny hats will be there to greet you and gratefully accept your donations. If you'd like to volunteer to help accept toys or decorate the sanctuary for our December open house, please just come on down! UU Church of Winchendon, 126 Central St., Winchendon.


VFW Post 5613 Holiday Bazaar 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Food, raffles, over 40 tables of art and lots of various handcrafted items, Christmas décor, home décor, cards, jewelry, candles, personal care items and more, plus product vendors…Something for everyone! VFW Hall, 12 Hathorn Rd, Jaffrey, NH.

Small Business Saturday! 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Shop at your local small businesses! Small Business Saturday Vendor Fair on Central Street, Winchendon.

Shop Small in downtown Gardner Downtown Gardner will be getting festive with holiday spirit! Come by Cup of HOPE and HOPEful Boutique for some great deals! 29 Pleasant St., Gardner, MA.


Lobster Bingo (Shoot) 2:00 p.m. Similar to Bingo, 25 games for $15.00. Side raffles: two 2.5-lb lobsters, scratch tickets, 50/50 raffle. Sponsored by Eugene M. Connor Post #193 and Sons Squadron #193. Winchendon American Legion Post, 295 School St., Winchendon.


Pet Pictures With Santa to Benefit K9 Clyde 1:00-3:00 p.m. Gardner Elks #1426 is holding a benefit to help pay for K9 Clyde's cancer treatments. Have your pet's picture taken with Santa! $10 per picture. Gardner Elks #1426, 31 Park St., Gardner, MA.


St. Martin's Church of Otter River Annual Holiday Fair 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Sunday. Dozens of theme baskets and a wide array of hand-crafted decorations will be among the highlights, along with a major prize raffle, Chinese auction and fresh Christmas wreaths and greens decorated to order. The Fair’s “Polish Auction” will offer more than 40 beautifully-wrapped gift baskets that are sure to delight all ages, and a variety of home-made baked goods will brighten your holiday table. Lunch will be available both days as well as coffee and pastry throughout the day. Be sure to stop by to say hello to Santa!


Community Dinner 5:30-7:00 p.m. Enjoy a yummy and healthy meal in community! The Winchendon School Main Dining Hall, 172 Ash St., Winchendon. 978-297-1223.


Beals Book Club 1:00 p.m. This month the book club will discuss Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger, a historical mystery/coming-of-age story about the fateful summer that changed a young boy’s life, as narrated by his adult self. Copies are available at the library. Call or stop in for more information. Beals Memorial Library, 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon, 978-297-0300.


Holiday House Tour 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Please join the Winchendon History and Cultural Center for one of the favorite events of the holiday season. We have lined up a beautiful selection of homes and buildings this year. You are sure to enjoy it. Also, we will feature our newest acquisition: the Old Centre Church! On the lower level function hall of the church we will have holiday table settings for you to see and enjoy. This is always a fun day for us to showcase all the beautiful homes we have in town. Mark your calendars, this is the biggest house tour yet! Tickets are $20, and that gets you access to all the homes and buildings. Tour them at your own pace, and in any order you like. Tickets available at

Friends Holiday Bake and Book Sale 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Bring out the holiday spirit with fantastic homemade treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth,and stock up on gently used books, magazines, audio books, music CD's and DVD's at low prices. Beals Memorial Library, 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon.

Story Time with Santa & Mrs. Claus 12:00-1:00 p.m. Santa & Mrs. Claus have taken time out from their busy schedules to read stories of the season to our little patrons at the library! Come enjoy some holiday tales straight from the North Pole! Bring your camera for the special occasion. They will be available for pictures. Beals Memorial Library, 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon.



Old Murdock Senior Center 9:30 a.m. Chair Exercise - exercise to your skill level. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon. 978-297-3155.

Beals Memorial Library 1:00-8:00 p.m. Friends of the Library Book Donation Day every Monday. No textbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries, obsolete non-fiction, books in poor condition or books more than five years old. 50 Pleasant St., Winchendon.

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


Old Murdock Senior Center 9:30 a.m. Wii bowling, Pool/Card Games/Shuffleboard. Come join us for Wii bowling, or play a game of pool or shuffleboard upstairs. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon. 978-297-3155.

Beals Memorial Library 3:30-4:30 p.m. Lego Club. For Children of all ages. Join in on the fun as the Library Auditorium becomes a Lego construction zone! Come and create, build and express your LEGO creativity! For more information about this and other programs by call 978-297-0300 or visit 50 Pleasant Street, Winchendon.

Beals Memorial Library 5:30-6:30 p.m. Yoga with Paula Lashua-Brisbois For Adults and Teens. $7.00 Per Class. Yoga mats are available. Please bring your own block. All skill levels welcomed. For more information about this and other programs call 978-297-0300 or visit 50 Pleasant Street, Winchendon.


Old Murdock Senior Center 9:30 a.m. Chair Exercise at Old Murdock - exercise to your skill level. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon. 978-297-3155.

Old Murdock Senior Center 9:30 a.m. ZUMBA with Alisha. Join Alisha on Wednesday mornings and Zumba! Participate at your comfort level. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon. 978-297-3155.

Old Murdock Senior Center 10:30 a.m. YOGA with Susan. Even if you’re a beginner, you’ll be gently stretching in no time. Please bring your own mat. Open to everyone aged 50 and up. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon. 978-297-3155.

Old Murdock Senior Center 12:30 p.m. Even more BINGO! 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon. 978-297-3155.

Beals Memorial Library 3:30-5:00 p.m. Teen Dungeons & Dragons for Grades 6-12. Have you ever wanted to try a role-playing game? Join us every Wednesday for Dungeons and Dragons! In this classic role-playing game, you create your character, choose how they interact with the story, and use dice to decide the outcomes of your actions. The Beals Library will provide the materials, or bring your own! All skill levels welcomed. Snacks will be provided. For more information about this and other programs by call 978-297-0300 or visit 50 Pleasant Street, Winchendon.

BINGO! at Hyde Park 6:00 p.m. Hyde Park residents hold bingo in the community hall every Wednesday night. It's inexpensive, just two cards for 5 cents, and the community is invited! Anyone over the age of 50 is welcome to join in. We'd love to have more players.

Scouts BSA Troop 193 for Boys and Girls 6:30-8:00 p.m. Scouts BSA Troop 193 offers something for everyone! We welcome all boys and girls ages 11-17 to come check us out. For more information, email for boys and for girls. At American Legion Post 193, 295 School St., Winchendon.

Dinner With The Kiwanis 6:30 p.m. The Kiwanis of Winchendon meet the second and fourth Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Carriage House Restaurant. Come be part of the service club that concentrates on helping local children with the Backpack Program at the public elementary schools, Breakfast with Santa and yes, the Family Fun Day with the Massachusetts state level chili cook off every summer. We need your help. Stop in any Wednesday, we’d love to meet you! 660 Spring St., Winchendon.

Scouts BSA Troop 6 for Girls 7:00-8:30 p.m. The Troop offers monthly camp outs, hikes, paddling, peddling, and rock climbing depending on the interests of the youth. Troop 6 for Girls provides rank advancement opportunities, including Eagle Scout, in conjunction with resources from Scouts BSA Troop 6 for Boys, Heart of New England Council, and all National BSA programs. For further information email, or stop by a meeting. Sponsored by Gardner American Legion Post 129, 22 Elm St., Gardner, in the lower hall.

Trivia Night at Zoe's 8:00 p.m. Ryan Murphy hosts Trivia Night at Zoe's Restaurant, 435 Spring St., Winchendon. No entry fee, gather your friends and create a team or come anyway and we'll match you up (some people challenge us all by themselves!).


Old Murdock Senior Center 9:30 a.m. Wii bowling, Pool/Card Games/Shuffleboard. Come join us for Wii bowling, or play a game of pool or shuffleboard upstairs. 52 Murdock Ave., Winchendon. 978-297-3155.

Our Neighbor's Kitchen Community Dinner 5:30 p.m. First and third Thursdays of the month at Immaculate Heart of Mary church, 52 Spruce Street, Winchendon. Second and fourth Thursdays of the month at UU Church of Winchendon, 126 Central Street, Winchendon. Suggested donation, $2 per person, $5 per family. No one turned away.

Cub Scout Pack 193 (Boys and Girls gr. K-5) 6:30 p.m. Cub Scouting is a family program for all youth in grades K-5. For more information, visit or contact us at At Toy Town Elementary School, 175 Grove St., Winchendon MA. (Last Thursday of the month at American Legion Post 193, 295 School St., Winchendon.)


Beals Memorial Library 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toddler Time For Children 3 & Under. Toddler Time is a drop-in program for children ages 3 years and under accompanied by a parent or other adult. This program features stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and play. This is an interactive program that is designed for toddlers and their caregivers. Toddler Time lasts approximately 30-40 minutes with 15-20 minutes following the session for parent/child social interaction and play. Parents are required to participate with their child, and are asked to limit personal conversations and cell phone use until the 15 minute social period. Siblings are welcome to attend the toddler session; however, siblings cannot be left unattended in the library while a parent is in Toddler Time. For more information about this and other programs by call 978-297-0300 or visit 50 Pleasant Street, Winchendon.


Beals Memorial Library is now open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Town Committee Monthly Meetings by Week
All Meetings in Town Hall

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

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

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

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

To view recordings of past meetings, contact Lindsay at 978-297-0085, or email her at If you wish to keep a copy of the recording, there is a $5 fee per recorded file.

Times, locations, agendas and related documents for meetings are listed on the page for each individual committee on the Town of Winchendon website.

Conservation Commission Members Needed


The Conservation Commission is charged to protect the resource areas and associated values currently being regulated under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (Massachusetts General Law Ch. 131, Sec.40; the Act) to a greater degree, to protect additional resource areas beyond the Act recognized by the Town as significant. To protect the wetlands, related water resources, and certain adjoining land areas in the Town by providing for prior review and control of activities deemed to have a significant or cumulative adverse effect upon wetland values.

The Conservation Commission consists of five members and the Town has only three currently. We need your help! Don’t be afraid to step forward if you have any interest in serving your Town in this way. Lots of help and guidance can be provided.

Please send a letter to the Town Manager’s Office, 109 Front St., Dept. 1, Winchendon, MA 01475, if this interesting position piques your interest or if you would like more information, please contact the Conservation Agent, David Koonce, at 978-297-5402. If you prefer, you may email your interest or questions to Linda Daigle, Executive Assistant, at

T H A N K Y O U!

Are You a Budget Wiz?
The Winchendon Finance Committee Wants You!

The Town of Winchendon invites interested citizens to volunteer for two vacancies on the Finance Committee. Financial background preferred. Send a letter of interest to:

Town Manager's Office
Attn: Town Moderator
109 Front Street Dept. 1
Winchendon, MA 01475
or send letter by email to:

Call the Town Manager's office if you have questions: 978-297-0085, menu option 5

The E.M. Connor Post 193 of the American Legion and the Town of Winchendon Invite You to Honor a Winchendon Veteran by purchasing an Engraved Brick

All active duty military and veterans who at one time resided in the town of Winchendon are eligible to have a brick engraved with their name. Bricks will become a permanent part of the veterans roll call pathway connecting the monuments within the Legion Park.

sample brick

3 lines of 20 spaces, no logo, for $50.00
3 lines of 15 spaces with a logo, for $75.00

Order forms are available at the Winchendon American Legion Post 193, 295 School St., the Town Hall Tax Office or Not Just Produced, 290 Central St., Winchendon.

Order and pay online at


Assistant Treasurer-Collector
Town of Winchendon

The Town of Winchendon with a population of 10,542 and a budget of $32.5 million is seeking a highly qualified individual to fill the position of Assistant Treasurer-Collector. The Assistant Treasurer-Collector is appointed by the Town Manager and is responsible for assisting the Town Treasurer-Collector in all areas of responsibility, including collection, treasury, debt management, benefit administration, bokkeeping, human resource duties and filing mandated reports with various agencies. Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, in a tactful and effective manner; ability to deal with unpleasant or tense situations involving staff and/or the public, ability to maintain detailed and extensive records and to track deadlines, ability to prioritize multiple tasks and deal effectively with interruptions. An Associate's degree in business or finance in required and a Bachelor's degree in business or finance is preferred; two (2) years of experience in benefits and payroll processing, preferably in a municipal setting; or any equivalent combination of education or experience. Experience using MUNIS financial software is also strongly preferred. Starting pay for this 37 hour/week position ranges from $20.10 to $25.73/Hr. depending on qualifications. Resumes accepted until position is filled with preliminary review of resumes to occur October 24th at 12:00 PM. For full job description, please see Winchendon's website Please send your letter of introduction and resume to Town of Winchendon, Attn: Donna Spellman, Treasurer/Collector, 109 Front Street, Dept. 1, Winchendon, MA 01475. The Town of Winchendon is an EOE/AA employer.

Xtreme Autobody & Collision Center in Fitzwilliam NH is hiring persons to join our growing business. Seeking the following:
Full-time auto body tech, 40+ hours. Good wages with experience and must have tools.
Full time tow truck operator.
Call 603-585-9700. 218 Rte 12 North, Fitzwilliam, NH.

Christos Place in Winchendon is seeking part-time delivery drivers. Apply in person at 51 Central St., Winchendon. Open daily 11:00am-10:00pm.

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