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Week of December 26, 2019 to January 2, 2020
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Happy New Year!

Coming to Winchendon--Veterans' Housing

proposed housing
The Montachusetts Veterans Outreach Council released this architect's rendition of the current plan for low-income veterans' housing in Winchendon. Voters approved the town accepting bids for the former Poland and Streeter Street Schools on Oak Street at the Fall Special Town Meeting on October 28. Current plans are to create 25-30 low income housing units along with community and administrative space. The buildings will be connected together by a new addition. The playground around the buildings will remain a park available for the public to use. In its recent newsletter, MVOC said, "We are excited to see this project through for the Winchendon community as well as offer additional permanent housing options to veterans."

Winchendon Holiday Schedules

Town Hall
Tuesday, December 31: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 1: CLOSED for the holiday

Transfer Station
Regular Business Hours

Beals Memorial Library
Tuesday, December 31: closing at 5:00 p.m. for holiday.
Wednesday, January 1: CLOSED for the holiday

Old Murdock Senior Center
Wednesday, January 1: CLOSED for the holiday

Winchendon Public Schools
Thursday, January 2: School back in session.

Toy Town Tree Festival winners

Array of prizes
The 1st Place winner of Best Overall Tree, as voted by the visitors of the Toy Town Tree Festival is:
Scouts BSA, for their Holiday Tree: Scouting
First prize winner
The 2nd Place tree, as voted by the visitors of the Toy Town Tree Festival is:
Ruschioni's Cruisin' 12 Diner, for their Holiday Tree: Unicorn
Second prize winner
The 3rd Place tree, as voted by the visitors of the Toy Town Tree Festival is:
Eastern Propane, for their Holiday Tree: Stay Warm!

GALA announces winners of the Toy Town Coloring Contest

The Gardner Area League of Artists and Ahimsa Haven Animal Rescue held a coloring contest over the summer. The coloring poster depicted Clyde the Toy Town Rocking Horse, K-9 Clyde and Squeaks, the official Town Hall Kitty. Many posters were submitted at the Beals Memorial Library and at the Templeton Library, and they were all beautiful. It was difficult to choose the winners, but here is the final list. All placed winners and runner ups have received their prizes. Prizes were donated by GALA and Ahimsa Haven. Thank you to everyone for participating!

1st Place: Lydia Draleau, Age 9, Athol
2nd Place: Wade Davieau, Age 6, Winchendon
3rd Place: Skylar Gallant, Age 10, Phillipston
4th Place: Brody Ellis, Age 5, Templeton

Runner Ups:
Avery Ellis, Age 10, Templeton
Caleb Goldstrom, Age 12, Texas
Riley Gallant, Age 8, Phillipston
Wendy Wang, Age 10, Winchendon
Aenea Batista-lin, Age 6, Winchendon
Wesley Ellis, Age 7, Templeton
First prize winner
Lydia Draleau, 1st Place
Second prize winner
Wade Davieu, 2nd Place
Array of prizes
Prizes for the coloring contest winners
First prize winner
First Place Entry by Lydia Draleau
Second prize winner
Second Place entry by Wade Davieu
Third prize winner
Third Place Entry by Skylar Gallant
Fourth prize winner
Fourth Place Entry by Brody Ellis
Aenea Batista-Lin, Runner-up

Toy Town FYIs

2020 dog licenses are now available in the Town Clerk's office (in Town Hall, 109 Front Street), online (click here), or by mail. You must provide a valid, up-to-date rabies certificate.

Effective December 1

Winter Parking Ban
Town of Winchendon Bylaw
SECTION 7.18; WINTER BAN Parking is prohibited on all public ways between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., annually from December 1st through April 15th. In addition, any vehicle, other than one acting in an emergency, parked, day or night, on any street in the Town, so as to interfere with the work of removing or plowing snow, removing ice, or sanding the street may be removed or towed away under the authority, discretion and direction of the Chief of Police or the Chief’s designee. The registered owner of a motor vehicle which is removed pursuant to this bylaw shall be fully responsible for all charges and expenses incurred for the removal and storage of said motor vehicle.

As of Thursday, December 5, the Winchendon Fire Department will no longer be performing inspections at residences with excessive amounts of snow preventing access to the property. If a residence is found to be inaccessible the inspection will not be performed and an additional re-inspection fee will be charged.

The Winchendon Fire Department urges residents to take all safety precautions with candles and generators.

  • Generators should always be used outside, never in your home, garage or basement. Carbon monoxide is odorless and invisible and can reach lethal levels even if you don't smell exhaust or fumes. If you have a permanent emergency generator professionally installed, make sure its ventilation is clear of snow or other obstructions.
  • Candles should never be left unattended, and must always be at least a foot away from anything else flammable--including other candles.

Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home

CENSUS 2020 is coming, we need your participation!

CENSUS 2020 is coming! Your participation is important because your answers make a vital difference. When you respond to a survey or census, you are helping your community and the nation. Your answers, combined with others, become the statistics that businesses, governments and people like you use to make informed decisions about education, emergency preparedness, employment, international trade, health, housing, and other important topics.

More information can be found at:

The US Census Bureau is hiring thousands of people for the 2020 Survey. For more information go to:

Narcan Training at the Winchendon CAC

Beginning in January, the first Tuesday of the month the Winchendon CAC will be offering Narcan Training in affiliation with the Worcester Aids Project. You will learn to administer Narcan and receive a Narcan dispenser. Class space is limited--pre-registration is required. Please come into the office or call 978-297-1667 to register. The first class will be held on Tuesday, January 7. The Winchendon CAC is located at 273 Central St., Winchendon.

Clear Those Fire Hydrants!

If there's a fire hydrant near your's the fire hydrant the Fire Department will need if your house is on fire. With that in mind, help keep hydrants clear of snow and accessible this winter, for everyone's safety!

Hydrants should be completely clear of snow and ice, with an open area of three feet on all sides and clear open access from the street. It's a little extra work, but if the hydrant is needed, every second counts!

Winchendon Subway

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