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Raptors draw kids, parents to Winchendon park with falconer
07-12-2024 5:12 PM

By GREG VINE

WINCHENDON — Several dozen people, families and other interested observers, showed up at Winchendon Community Park Thursday afternoon for a lesson in falconry. The event, billed as Falconry in the Park was sponsored by the Winchendon Cultural Council...

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North Quabbin Notes, June 20
06-19-2024 3:44 PM

Athol Hospital receives IPRO Quality AwardATHOL – Athol Hospital has been named a recipient of a 2024 IPRO Quality Award presented in recognition of its significant achievements in improving healthcare quality. Athol Hospital is a participant in the...


Ten years of orchestral music celebrated
06-07-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

WINCHENDON – Winchendon Winds, an orchestra consisting almost entirely of wind instruments, was founded in 2015 by Jon Nicholson, EdD, an accomplished music educator, conductor and music program developer with more than six decades of experience.A...


Black Diamond to hold 40th anniversary show in Winchendon
05-13-2024 10:45 AM

By Max Bowen

WINCHENDON – As they say, the show must go on.William Ladeau, drummer and promoter for the rock band Black Diamond, is hosting an eight-hour music festival this Saturday, May 18, at the Snowbound Club in Winchendon. Originally meant to be a 40th...


White’s Mill development proceeds following roof cave-in
04-22-2024 4:21 PM

By MAX BOWEN

WINCHENDON—A planned re-development of the former White’s Mill complex in Winchendon Springs is proceeding, following a partial collapse of the roof from a snowstorm on April 4.Since then, Amelia Giovanoni, acting director of the Mill Farm Initiative...


Partnership succeeds in protecting Lake Monomonac forestland
04-17-2024 5:00 PM

WINCHENDON – Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust and North County Land Trust (NCLT) joined forces with residents a year ago to protect 200-plus acres of forest at the southern reaches of Lake Monomonac, according to an announcement. With the support...


Royalston residents speak against proposed transfer station partnership
01-30-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Voters will get an opportunity at April’s annual Town Election to tell officials if they want to keep the transfer station open or close it and instead take their trash to Winchendon.Winchendon Public Works Director Brian Coteau recently...


Mass Audubon to purchase 1,365-acre forest in Winchendon, Ashburnham
12-20-2023 5:01 PM

By MAX BOWEN

WINCHENDON — Two town boards have voted to assign their right of first refusal for a 1,365-acre forested area to Mass Audubon, which has pledged to conserve the land.The Winchendon Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to assign the town’s right of...


Articles for fire dept. staffing, vehicle repair, put on hold at Winchendon Town Meeting
12-14-2023 4:12 PM

By GREG VINE

WINCHENDON – Seven Town Meeting articles totaling over $500,000 may need to wait until next year, due to the town’s free cash not being certified.At the Dec. 11 Fall Town Meeting, those residents in attendance were told that the free cash had still...


In Winchendon, Wreathes Across America ceremony enters 15th year
12-05-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

WINCHENDON – During the holidays, Bridget Marinelli wants people to remember those that sacrificed all so that they could celebrate the season.Thirteen years ago, Marinelli, a Winchendon resident and member of the American Legion Auxiliary, took over...


Winchendon school remains closed following boiler explosion
12-04-2023 4:49 PM

By Greg Vine

WINCHENDON – Following an unexpected week off, Murdock Middle/High School students are back in the classroom – but not in the rooms that they normally occupy.Beginning on Dec. 4, middle schoolers were bused to Elm Street School in Gardner, while high...


Winchendon Veterans Day ceremony calls for healing of those who served
11-12-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

WINCHENDON – More than 100 people filled the chapel at Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Saturday to honor the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces over the course of the nation’s history.The crowd was welcomed by the cemetery’s...


Winchendon Schools closed following threatening social media post
10-27-2023 5:34 PM

By MAX BOWEN

WINCHENDON — Local and state police continue to investigate a threat made via social media to Murdock Middle/High School, according to a statement made by Superintendent Ruthann Petruno-Goguen.On Friday morning, the district closed all schools after...


Motorcycles converge for annual Fall Round-Up in Winchendon
09-05-2023 12:08 PM

By GREG VINE

WINCHENDON — Residents can expect to see more than the usual number of motorcycles on area roads this weekend as the Massachusetts Motorcycle Association holds its 40th annual Fall Round-Up.Those attending the entire event, which runs from Thursday...


Winchendon Music Festival brings classical, folk and bluegrass performances
08-13-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

WINCHENDON – Area music lovers can satisfy themselves on a variety of genres this month at the Winchendon Music Festival.The series kicks off on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. with lutenists Hideki Yamaya and William Simms, who will perform 16th-century...


Winchendon School Committee probes $181K payout to former schools chief
08-11-2023 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

WINCHENDON — Following the departure of Superintendent Thaddeus King in July, the School Committee has offered the position of interim superintendent to Ruthann Petruno-Goguen, who describes herself as a “change agent.”Meantime, school officials have...


Murdock Farm seeks public’s help in theft of cow skull 
07-18-2023 3:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

WINCHENDON — The owner of Murdock Farm and Dairy Bar is offering a reward for the return of a stolen cow skull that has more sentimental than monetary value.The skull of Kiley, a Texas longhorn, was stolen sometime last Friday, according to Andy...


Three-phase work on historic Winchendon building now underway
07-07-2023 3:51 PM

By GREG VINE

WINCHENDON – Two and a half years ago, Legrand Masonry of Athol applied industrial-strength shrink wrap around the clock tower of Winchendon’s Old Murdock Senior Center to curtail further collapse of the structure’s brick exterior.At the time, company...


Food Truck Festival returns with all kinds of food and live music
06-20-2023 4:18 PM

By Greg Vine

WINCHENDON – Now in its second year, the Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Food Truck Festival will feature more to eat and a lot of music to hear.Recreation Coordinator Tiffany Newton told the Athol Daily News that this Friday’s event will be...


Winchendon Town Manager search underway
06-11-2023 1:50 PM

By Max Bowen

WINCHENDON—Officials have begun the search for the community’s next town manager.In early May, the Middleton Select Board approved a contract with Winchendon Town Manager Justin Sultzbach to be its next town administrator. His first day in Middleton...


Two Winchendon music series return for the summer
06-02-2023 9:04 PM

By GREG VINE

WINCHENDON – A pair of popular local music series, made possible in part with support from the Athol Cultural Council, are returning to Winchendon.First up is the kickoff performance of the Winchendon Music Festival on Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at...

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