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This is the new version of the Winchendon Courier,

the print publication was in place for 140 years

but as technology has changed so have we. Welcome.


Ruth DeAmicis

As the managing editor of the print Winchendon Courier for 18 years, the newspaper was the heart of the town in so many ways; when the decision to end the print version was made, it just couldn't end. There are advantages to daily uploads, and we welcome your input.


JOKE OF THE DAY: Are any monsters good at math? (ONLY COUNT DRACULA)


Let’s not over do it! .5K race this Saturday


Join your fellow underachievers for a day (ok, really it’s more like 10 minutes) of blood, sweat, and tears… we’re kidding… athletic prowess, glory, and… ok, we’re still kidding. Join us for some silliness and a participation medal to raise money for the Winchendon History and Cultural Center.

We’re a federally registered 501(c)(3). We run on donations and fundraising efforts. Every penny we earn goes directly toward the care and upkeep of our three historic properties - the Murdock Whitney House, the Isaac Morse House, and as of 2018, the Old Centre Church.

The second annual WHCC 0.5K Fun Run will be held at noon on Saturday, July 20 at the Winchendon History and Cultural Center.


Here are the details!

--- The umm, "Run" will begin at noon sharp on Lincoln Avenue between our two buildings (151 Front St. and 135 Front St.). We’ll have a table set up for registrations and other questions, and we will begin checking people in at 11:00 AM. 

--- The umm, "Race", will then proceed on Lincoln Avenue toward Grove Street for exactly a quarter of a mile. Why? Because at the halfway point - you'll know it when you get there - there will be a break for coffee and donuts! You might be an underachiever at running, but do you overachieve at snacks? Show your stuff!

--- When you're finished with your leisurely coffee break, you will turn around and... run BACK the way you came to finish the race in a blaze of glory.

--- After the race, though, you can hang around, reliving the close calls, bragging to your friends, taking selfies to post on social media "I DID IT!!! I'M A FINISHER!! LOOK AT ME!!!" 

--- Now what? You're all full of adrenaline and good feels, you say? Great! Because this year? We're throwing a great big block party so you can keep on celebrating all afternoon. GALA- Gardner Area League of Artists will be selling beautiful handmade art, and there will be live music, beer, and food trucks. 

Goodies and Fun Stuff!

--- All finishers will receive a pretentious, cheap gold plastic medal JUST FOR PARTICIPATING. (Everyone gets recognized for their achievement at this event, no matter how bad you are, because we are all about positivity and self-worth.)

--- Everyone who registers will be entered into a pool to win prizes through a random draw.

--- Coffee and donut station at the halfway point for carb-loading and relaxing. 

--- We strongly encourage you to wear a funny costume on race day. There are no prizes – if we’re being honest, this is mostly for our own amusement.

--- Medical Tent. Or maybe just some bandaids.

--- Much, much, much more (as we think of ridiculous things to add or, rather, as we convince people to do the ridiculous things we have already thought of)


This year, we're upping our game for the VIP option!

--- Don't feel like running? Don't think you can make it the full 546 yards? Then you should be a VIP.

--- On the day of the race, for an additional $5, you don't even have to run! How awesome is that?!

--- The official WHCC 0.5K shuttle is…a highly decorated golf cart! If you don't want to walk all the way around the park, we'll provide you with A MUSTACHE RIDE instead.

--- You still get your participation medal, and all of the other goodies

--- But the best thing is, we will probably poke fun at you the whole way. Are you up for a good roasting, VIP? Because we think you are very special. 

--- Please join us for a unique event that promises to be full of fun and fundraising for the Winchendon History and Cultural Center!

It all happens at the Winchendon History and Cultural Center, 151 Front St.

If you have any questions about this "race", just send us a message.

Visit www.winchendonhistory.comto sign up.


adults 18 and up: $25 per person

children 10-17 years old: $10 per person

children 9 and under: free

Everyone who completes the race will get a participation medal and be entered into a pool to win prizes through a random draw.

Beals continues Reading Club events


The Beals Memorial Library continues its Universe of Stories Summer Reading Club for kids of all ages with three fun and interactive programs during the week of July 15 through 18.

The Beals library Third Thursday Movie Series continues on July 18 with a screening of the movie, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, outside on the library lawn. The festivities begin at 7:00 with lawn games the whole family can play together. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy before the film starts at 8:15. Rain date is the following Thursday, July 25. This event is sponsored by the Winchendon Kiwanis Club and the Friends of the Beals Library.

The Universe of Stories Summer Reading Club programs are funded by the Beals Memorial Library, the Friends of the Beals Library, the Winchendon Cultural Council and the Winchendon Kiwanis Club.

The Beals Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street in Winchendon. For more information, call 978-297-0300. 

Concert planned at Old Murdock

Regional entertainer Dan Kirouac performs a concert at the Old Murdock Senior Center Tuesday July 30th, at 10:30 a.m. The concert is sponsored by the Winchendon Cultural Council and is free to members of the community.

Some of the nation’s best-loved songs of the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s will be revisited and re-interpreted by the simplicity of one acoustic guitar and one vocal. This will be a jukebox of memories from the stars of pop, light rock, and easy-listening.

Part of the regional music scene for more than 35 years, Kirouac has been an entertainer, drummer, keyboardist, guitarist, vocalist, and an ASCAP-affiliated songwriter and publisher who has performed hundreds of shows throughout New England and New York, and with studio recording credits from New Hampshire to Arizona. He is a current performing member of the area tribute band Beatles For Sale.   

More information is available at www.DanKirouac.com.


Polls have candidates neck and neck

By Jerry Carton

A pair of presidential polls released this week, one from the University of New Hampshire, the other from St. Anselm College, agree that former Vice-President Joe Biden leads the way, this week at least, but differ on who else seems to be next on the list.

The UNH poll, which is one used by the Democratic National Committee to determine who will make the next debate stage two weeks from now, has Biden polling at 24 percent.  

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren are next with 19-percent each. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg had 10-percent.  

That 19-percent represented Warren's best and Sanders' worst figure since polling for the 2020 cycle began last winter.

St. Anselm's survey has Biden at 21-percent and Warren at 18, but California Sen. Kamala Harris is running third in that poll at 17 percent. Buttigieg was the only other candidate to have cracked double digits, coming in at 10-percent as he did in the UNH poll.  

Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Amy Klobucher (D-MN) and Kirsten Gillebrand (D-NY) barely registered above zero. 

Neil Levesque is the executive director of St. Anselm's Institute of Politics.  

"Biden's lead is precarious," he said, adding Warren and Harris have backing from "more energized, very liberal voters."

Both polls were conducted last week. The UNH poll has a five-point statistical margin of error which means Biden, Sanders and Warren are effectively tied. 

Learn to protect yourself


The Winchendon Police Department will be offering a RAD (rape aggression defense) class starting in August. Free to all women.

No prior experience is needed as we will teach basic skills that can be applied by everyone.

Class size is limited to 20 so sign up early with a dispatcher at the Winchendon Police Department.

Dates: August 20, 22, 27, 29

Attendance to all four classes is required for successful completion.

Time: 6-9pm

Location: The first class will be held at the Winchendon Police Department in the training room. The remaining classes will be held at the Memorial School in the gym.

Beals continues Reading Club events


The Beals Memorial Library continues its Universe of Stories Summer Reading Club for kids of all ages with three fun and interactive programs during the week of July 15 through 18.

The Beals library Third Thursday Movie Series continues on July 18 with a screening of the movie, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, outside on the library lawn. The festivities begin at 7:00 with lawn games the whole family can play together. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy before the film starts at 8:15. Rain date is the following Thursday, July 25. This event is sponsored by the Winchendon Kiwanis Club and the Friends of the Beals Library.

The Universe of Stories Summer Reading Club programs are funded by the Beals Memorial Library, the Friends of the Beals Library, the Winchendon Cultural Council and the Winchendon Kiwanis Club.

The Beals Library is located at 50 Pleasant Street in Winchendon. For more information, call 978-297-0300. 

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Less drama...please?

I wasn't looking for more drama, more medical drama that is. Long before this column originated more than 14 years ago, I'd had enough medical drama to last multiple lifetimes so more certainly wasn't what I was looking for last Tuesday morning.

I'd been home from my previous hospitalization all of four days on Tuesday, having spent the night of July 4 as an inpatient after suffering a pretty significant asthma attack and contracting bronchitis. But I finished my course of antibiotics and truth be told, when I first woke up Tuesday I felt okay. That changed quickly.

All of a sudden, and I do mean in the blink of an eye, I was gasping for breath. I fumbled with the nebulizer and managed to call 911. It's human nature to panic when you can't breathe so that didn't help matters either. I remember pleading with the dispatcher to have the paramedics "hurry". And after that? After that I remember waking up, well, sort of waking up, halfway to Heywood Hospital. 

Not for the first time, I had passed out. Not for the first time, the crew found me unconscious on the floor. Sheesh. Enough with the drama.  I'm told I wasn't very responsive for well over an hour after I'd been admitted to the ER. Maybe. I don't recall. But eventually I fully woke up and learned I'd had another even more severe asthma attack and so I spent Tuesday night once again upstairs, this time at the other end of the hall, recovering and whining about the cardiac/diabetic diet. Yuck. By Wednesday afternoon as had been the case a few days earlier, they painfully unhooked me from the IV (always worse coming out than going in), discharged me and now it's Saturday. I'm finishing a short course of prednisone and I'm feeling better if not great.  

Never boring. That's my medical life. Never, ever, ever. Thanks of course to Greg for going to my house and retrieving my phone, charger, and glasses. Thanks to Jeremy for stopping by the ER. And thanks once again to the excellent team on Watkins. I wrote last week that nurses and CNAs never get the credit or appreciation they deserve and that was the case on both ends of the hallway. Stop and think about that. They're the ones who do all the work. They deserve the kudos. Truly. And want to talk about a small world? It turned out one of my nurses this second time had been like Courtney, a softball pitcher and in fact pitched for the Dudley team which won a senior state championship in 2007, a year before Courtney and her teammates began that three year run in States. You never know who you'll run into. Impressive, Jess. Very impressive! Congratulations a dozen years later. That was a hell of an accomplishment. I hope the memories are still glowing.

So here I am. Let's hope next week goes by sans drama. And thank you again to, well, everyone, to all of you. Having this never-giving-up-on-me support system means more than I can ever explain.

One more thing. While I've spent these last two weeks waxing reflective about my latest medical dramas, I'm not unmindful there are serious public policy events going on in the larger world. Next week let's reflect on some of those. These are dangerous and scary times. There are issues we need to discuss. Agreed? I thought so. See you next time. 



Jerry Carton writes regularly for The Winchendon Courier. He has a background in both journalism and in politics; including a stint teaching journalism and one advising state level government politicos.


Journalism at its…worst


We had two incidents happen this week, one in which Vice President Mike Pence kept his head and did not get sucked into a battle of words with aggressive journalists; the second as inexperienced radio journalists did nothing but speculate on the great New York City black out.

We’ll take the Pence grace under fire first.

While the journalists badgered him with their interpretation of the upcoming ICE round up of undesirable undocumented people, Pence stood his ground. Repeating again and again that the people being pursued had already been through the US judicial system and were already identified for deportation because of illegal activities. 

He had to repeat it again, and again, and again.

His explanation was clear, concise and correct. People already slated for deportation were under the gun; not others not yet either identified or processed.

When someone tried to put him on the spot about how families might be affected, he again did not rise to the bait, only saying those who had already been disruptive, adjudicated and were already slated to be deported were in the line of fire. 

And yes, we can agree some of those people may have families, who will be affected, just as when any criminal goes away to jail for crimes committed.

But that is not the major intent of this ICE mission. It is a byproduct.

He didn’t give in, didn’t bash them or get frustrated with the repeated, inadequate questions. He just told those gathered the truth, and left with grace.

Hurrah. A public figure who, though absolutely being bombarded by journalists (we use the term loosely) with an agenda, did not lash out in return; didn’t begin calling them names; didn’t say their publications or broadcast parent companies were “fake” or otherwise demean them. 


The second incident was as we listened to satellite radio from New York City during the end of the blackout Saturday night. 

Those who should know, commissioners of public works, electric company executives, and so on; were subject to a barrage of basically juvenile questions about what had happened.

Idiotic questions that anyone with a brain would know could not be answered without further investigation.

On top of that, as the eager young voice journalists attempted to carry a story with no conceivable information available; they began to speculate. 

Oh, no you don’t. Ever.

Rumors are frightening enough, with the potential of it being perhaps intentional, perhaps “rigged” or the system “hacked” in some way; the journalists should not, should never, give this possibility the weight of fact.

As it turns out, it was a fire, and yes huge sections of Manhattan were affected, but it wasn’t terrorists and it wasn’t intentional as the journalists insisted on speculating.

They tried to get the officials to back them up on their scenarios, but luckily for us, and for the city of New York, these too were professionals at their jobs, and they did not rise to the bait. 

They repeated what information they had, what sections of the city were affected, what was being done to get the power back on. Not one gave a reason for it, just said it was under investigation.


As it should have been. 

It was a hallmark of eager, unconsciable young people who wanted to seem “in the know” for this story. They handled it badly.

They should have stayed with talking to citizens about how they were affected, how people were dealing with it, about the closing of Broadway, the canceling of events. And said simply that no one knew the reasons behind it…yet. 

Poor journalism, one right after the other. It is indicative of the falling of ethics and standards as larger corporation who really don’t know journalism hire cheap, give no training, and encourage strife.

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Winchendon Police Department

Editor’s Note: The information contained in this police log was obtained through public documents kept by the police department, and is considered to be the account of the police. All subjects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Police agencies can no longer print the names of people who are arrested or charged with domestic assault related charges. The new law is designed to protect victims, so they are not re-victimized through indirect identification



12:23 a.m.: noise complaint (Lake Denison) services rendered; 1:14 a.m.: MV stop (Central Street) verbal warning; 1:23-3:06 a.m.: extra patrols & building checks, secure; 1:59 a.m.: MV stop (Gardner Road) verbal warning; 4:13 a.m.: unattended death (Alger Street) services rendered; 7:55 a.m.: MV stop (Gardner Road) written warning; 9 a.m.: mental health issue (Old Centre) removed to hospital; 9:10 a.m.: assist other agency (Benjamin Street) assisted; 9:25 a.m.: animal complaint (Bemis Road) info taken; 10:30 a.m.: ambulance (Ipswich Drive) no FD service required; 10:56 a.m.: disturbance (Old Centre) services rendered; 11:30 a.m.: missing person (Lake Denison) services rendered; 11:40 a.m.: fire alarm (School Street) services rendered; 12:04 p.m.: traffic hazard (Hale Street) refer to DPW; 12:22 p.m.: mental health issue (Old Centre) removed to hospital; 3:17 p.m.: 911 call non-emergency (Central Street) advised officer; 3:46 p.m.: accident (Clark YMCA) report taken; 4:22 p.m.: general welfare check (address not printed) spoken to; 4:40 p.m.: mental health issue (walk in) removed to hospital; 4:45 p.m.: investigation (Alger Street) services rendered; 5:37 p.m.: animal complaint (Island Road) refer to ACO; 5:49 p.m.: neighbor dispute (Alger Street) spoken to; 6:32 p.m.: MV stop (Baldwinville State Road) verbal warning; 6:43 p.m.: MV stop (River Street) written warning; 6:55 p.m.: MV operating erratically (Spring Street) unable to locate; 7:18 p.m.: automatic fire alarm (Ready Drive) false alarm; 7:23 p.m.: threats (Banner Place) report taken; 8:04 p.m.: animal complaint (Central Street) unable to locate; 8:15 p.m.: MV stop (River Street) written warning; 8:54 p.m.: MV stop (Central Street) verbal warning; 9:08 p.m.: open door (High Street) checked, secure; 9:39 p.m.: MV stop (Central Street) verbal warning; 9:51 p.m.: suspicious other (Pearl Drive) area search negative.


1:06-2:14 a.m.: building checks, secure; 6:48 a.m.: harassment (Front Street) spoken to; 7:36 a.m.: sex offender registration (walk in) assisted; 8:40 a.m.: noise complaint (Spring Street) advised civil action; 9:50 a.m.: MV stop (Maple Street) verbal warning; 10:08 a.m.: ambulance (Eli Drive) transport; 10:52 a.m.: animal complaint (Pine Street) refer to ACO; 10:56 a.m.: animal complaint (East Street) refer to ACO; 11:03 a.m.: illegal dumping (Lakeview Drive) no PD service required; 11:07 a.m.: officer wanted (Central Street) assisted; 2:32 p.m.: ambulance (Walnut Street) transport; 3:14 p.m.: gunshots heard (Sibley Road) unfounded; 3:51 p.m.: MV stop (Gardner Road) verbal warning; 4:45 p.m.: officer wanted (Front Street) spoken to; 5 p.m.: property found (Railroad Street) returned to owner; 5:50 p.m.: officer wanted (Main Street) removed hazardous material; 5:52 p.m.: MV operating erratically (Spring Street) spoken to; 7:06 p.m.: accident (Lake Denison) report taken; 8:11 p.m.: illegal dumping (Glenallan Street) advised officer; 8:40 p.m.: suspicious person (Lake Denison) report taken; 9:16 p.m.: ambulance (Cabot Road) services rendered; 9:22 p.m.: noise complaint (Rice Road) unfounded; 9:32 p.m.: intoxicated person (Spring Street) transport; 9:35 p.m.: ambulance (Ipswich Drive) transport; 9:44 p.m.: ambulance (Joslin Road) services rendered; 10:04 p.m.: ambulance (Joslin Road) transport; 11:18 p.m.: burglar alarm (Gateway Convenience) call canceled. 

Office of Senator Anne Gobi July Office Hours

Lucas McDiarmid, aide to Senator Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), will be holding office hours throughout the district during the month of July. Constituents and town officials are invited to meet to express any concerns, ideas and issues they have. Attendants should RSVP to Lucas at Lucas.McDiarmid@MASenate.govor by phone at (413) 324-3082. Town attendance is not restricted to residents of those towns.

Monday July 22

11:30 am-12:30 pm Charlton Senior Center, 2:00-3:00pm Monson Town Hall

Tuesday July 23

12:00-1:00pm Athol Senior Center 

Wednesday July 24

11:00am-12:00pm Templeton Town Hall, 1:30-2:30pm Petersham Town Hall, 3:00-4:00pm Phillipston Town Hall.






On and on it went, five hours worth of championship tennis on the sport's most sacred turf: Center Court at Wimbledon and when the epic finale ended, Novak Djokovic had somehow outlasted the people's choice, Roger Federer, in a match for the ages, and arguably the best part of it all? The quality of play and, oh yes, the class of the competitors.

Those of us of a certain age no doubt remember John McEnroe's histrionics ("you CANNOT be serious') and Illie' Nastase's outbursts and Jimmy Connors' tantrums. There has never been any of that from Djokovic or Federer. There just hasn't. For sure they've not been as entertaining as the aforementioned trio, but they've behaved the way you would want your kid to behave and not just in the proper environment at Wimbledon. They're just as classy in the chaos of the US Open. And they're really, really, really good tennis players, the best of the Open era which began in 1968.  

Sunday's match was awesome. It might be too much to ask to ever see it's likes again - when they get to Arthur Ashe stadium next month Federer will be a distinct underdog and no one beats Nadal on clay so this was an event to savor.

As for the women's final, only time is undefeated as the saying goes so the 'ancient' Serena Williams reaching the championship round was a pretty cool sight. She couldn't keep up with Simona Halep Saturday but that's okay. Serena gave the fans and the TV audience a lot to cheer over the fortnight and she often seems to be only American of either gender to ever reach the finals. I have no idea what's wrong with American men's tennis, at least the women are competitive, but it just feels like only Serena gets to that seventh match in Grand Slams. She's had her own hissy fits for sure but at least she tends to be there in the end.

Sure, it was really just batting practice and in a season where something is going on with the baseball, despite that, last week's HR Derby was a sight to behold, wasn't it? The sheer volume of homers, the tenacity of the competitors, and the presence of two rookies in the final, all made for a great show. I can't stand the emphasis on WAR, exit velocity, launch angle and the rest of the statistical garbage promoted by new-age geeks, but for one night watching the balls sail off into the distance was fun.

So too was Sunday night's 12 inning marathon between the Red Sox and Dodgers. This game had everything - JBJ made a base running error in the 11th which would've been unacceptable for an 11 year-old - when you're on second and the ball is hit in front of you to short, why in God's name are you running to third? There were just three dingers, there were two game-saving throws from the outfield, one on each side and, bottom line, it was the kind of contest which reminded us why we love the game. 

We need a lot more like that one. Please?  



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Indoor yard sale now open

Were you wondering if Old Murdock Senior Center was having its indoor yard sale? 


The indoor yard sale is now officially open! In the words of Ariel, we've got gadgets and gizmos aplenty, whos-its and what's is galore...thingamabobs...we've got plenty! 

Come check it out any day (Monday-Thursday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and Friday 9:00 am to noon)

Assistant Town Accountant
Town of Winchendon

The town of Winchendon with a population of 10,542 and a budget of $29.8 million is seeking a highly qualified individual to fill the full time position of assistant town accountant. The assistant town accountant is appointed by the town manager. The assistant town accountant supports the town accountant in maintaining the town’s financial records. Responsibilities include but not limited to: processing bi-weekly payroll for the town and the school department, posting to the general ledger, processing purchase orders, processing bi-weekly vendor warrants, reconciling various general ledger accounts, producing monthly financial reports and assisting auditors during the annual audit. Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal accounting according to the Uniform Massachusetts Accounting System and of the applicable provisions of Massachusetts General Law. Prior experience with MUNIS preferred. Associate’s degree in accounting, bookkeeping, or business administration strongly preferred. Five (5) years of experience involving accounting, bookkeeping, or management of financial records; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Current salary range $22.19-$28.41 per hour. This is a full time, 37 hour per week position. Please submit a letter or interest and resume to Joanne Goguen, Town Accountant, 109 Front Street, Dept. 8, and Winchendon MA 01475. Deadline for submission is July 25th at 12:00 pm.

Immediate openings for CNA/LNA staff  


Broadview Inc. a Senior Living Community at 547 Central St., is searching for experienced, enthusiastic, and caring individuals to join our team. We are looking to expand our resident care staff and are seeking CNA's and LNA's to fill part-time 11p-7a and 3p-11p shifts! We have a unique, employee friendly environment, competitive wages, and we include free meals during every shift. Broadview Inc. is family owned and operated community that has been serving the elderly community for over 22 years.



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