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  • Gas Leak
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    Genuine Gardner
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    Gardner Fire Department and DPW Cooperate Regarding Possible Gas Leak

    Another example of Genuine Good Gardner Employees. (GGGE’s). On October 1, 2022 the Gardner Fire Department and DPW cooperated to investigate a possible gas leak at a residence on Foss Road in Gardner. They help Gardner residents all the time, but rarely get recorded in the act of being awesome. They are “Genuine Gardner.”

    In related news, paving progress continues in Gardner MA. This is Robillard Street.

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  • Yard Sale
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    47 Parker Street, Gardner MA
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    Pumpkin Patch First Congregational Church

    Rain Holds Off, Some still hold Yard Sales in Gardner MA, Many to Hold Sales Sunday October 2, 2022

    It will end up being a Weekend Yard Sale Event in Gardner MA as this family at 47 Parker Street, Gardner will have bargains Sunday October 1, 2022 as well as others.

    Visit GardnerYardSale.com for all links.

    And the Pumpkin Patch at the First Congregational Church was open as well with beautiful orange Pumpkins enhancing the landscape.

  • Keep Gardner Beautiful
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    Keep Gardner Beautiful – Dianne Leblanc

    Dianne “Neon” Leblanc in TV Interview with Gardner Magazine on Successful Event October 1, 2022

    Dianne Leblanc and many volunteers helped Keep Gardner MA Beautiful on October 1, 2022. Weather cooperated for the annual event which once again attracted civic-minded individuals to do their part in cleaning up the Chair City. Gardner Magazine interviewed Dianne in an uplifting Go Forward with Gardner interview on the event and Gardner’s future. Watch the video by clicking play or listen to the AUDIO on any device.

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    AUDIO: Keep Gardner Beautiful – Go Forward with Gardner
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    Keep Gardner Beautiful
  • Mayor’s Update 9-30-22
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    Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson 9-30-22

    View the Mayor’s Update on our Mayor’s Update page or listen on any device. Click Play.

    Mayor’s Update September 30, 2022
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    Electrical Rates to Rise

    Mayor Nicholson Shares Various News in Weekly Update of 9-30-22

    Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson spoke of this week’s Bomb Threat made against various schools and thanked Public Safety officials who responded.

    Nicholson congratulated Eric Commodore, a Gardner representative to the Monty Tech School Committee who was just elected Chair.

    The Mayor went on to speak of the Concession Stand Construction at Gardner High School, stating they had to take out 15 feet of ledge. Goal is to get it operational by the Thanksgiving game this year.

    Nicholson spoke of the progress in Downtown Gardner and thanked all responsible for the $17 million in total grant funding this year and $11 million last year.

    The Mayor spoke of various events going on and thanked those involved in the Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest.

    Electric Rates to Go Way Up

    Mayor Nicholson had some sobering news for electric rates. The City apparently went out to bid 3 times in an effort to get the lowest aggregation kilowatt hour rate for residents for the coming year starting in November. However, the lowest rate it could get was 23 cents, up from 13 cents. Nicholson noted however, that the rate is still 11 cents lower than the 34 cents per kilowatt hour National Grid is quoting. Copy of new rates pdf — Mayor’s Email to City Council regarding the rates, CLICK HERE.

  • Nate Boudreau
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    Gardner MA City Councilor Nate Boudreau (Ward 3)

    Go Forward with Gardner Interview with Councilor Nate Boudreau

    This is another of what we hope will be a similar interview with each of Gardner’s City Councilors.

    Gardner Magazine Publisher Werner Poegel is conducting “Go Forward with Gardner” Interviews with various individuals in the Chair City. Our plan is to interview as many City Councilors as possible and various Community Leaders to get a complete picture of the Forward Vision of Gardner MA. It is a picture we want to share with residents, visitors, and those contemplating bringing business and industry. Gardner MA is a welcoming and cooperative City and we hope these interviews will show that.

    This time, our interview is with Ward 3 Councilor Nate Boudreau. Councilor Boudreau gave us his perspective on a variety of issues, clearly loves Gardner, wanting the best for its future, and was willing to answer all of our questions. Listen on any device. CLICK Play.

    Interview with Councilor Nate Boudreau

    Go Forward with Gardner page, CLICK HERE

  • STEM Grant
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    Gardner MA Gets Share of $14.6 million in Workforce Development and STEM Grants

    The State of Massachusetts announced the list of recipients of the Workforce Development Capital Grants and the STEM Equipment and Teacher Professional Development Grants. Gardner Public Schools is receiving $80,528 to be used by GHS and GMS and is the only community in the Greater Gardner area to receive a grant from this round of the program. We have the full list, CLICK HERE

  • Community Center
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    Gardner Community Center Moves Closer to Reality in Gardner MA

    From a Press Release from Gardner City Hall, we learned that “Gardner Mayor Mike Nicholson, City Council President Elizabeth Kazinskas, State Representative Jonathan Zlotnik, and the leaders of community organizations will meet at the front doors of Waterford Street School to announce the future plans for the building on MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2022, at 10:00am. The City will be converting the school into a new Community Center to house different service organizations that currently serve the City’s residents. This new move will allow all organizations to grow their services they provide to the City and collaborate in new ways among each other.”

    The building became available because students who would have gone there this year are going to the new Gardner Elementary School. Approval of the Gardner City Council is still required.

    Complete Press Release, CLICK HERE

  • Dana Heath
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    Gardner MA City Councilor Dana Heath (Ward 2)

    Go Forward with Gardner MA Interview with Councilor Dana Heath

    This is the first of what we hope will be a similar interview with each of Gardner’s City Councilors.

    Gardner Magazine Publisher Werner Poegel is conducting “Go Forward with Gardner” Interviews with various individuals in the Chair City. Our plan is to interview as many City Councilors as possible and various Community Leaders to get a complete picture of the Forward Vision of Gardner MA. It is a picture we want to share with residents, visitors, and those contemplating bringing business and industry. Gardner MA is a welcoming and cooperative City and we hope these interviews will show that.

    This time, our interview is with Ward 2 Councilor Dana Heath. Councilor Heath gave us a very honest, open, uplifting, positive and interesting interview and was willing to answer all of our questions. Listen on any device. CLICK Play.

    Interview with Councilor Dana Heath

    Go Forward with Gardner page, CLICK HERE

  • Appointments
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    Gardner MA Appointments Committee Meets

    Focus of the September 28, 2022 meeting was on appointments to the Cultural Committee. Mayor Nicholson advised that he expects an appointment coming their way for Deputy Chief of Police at the next meeting. Watch on YouTube or listen here on any device. Click Play.

    Appointments Committee 9-28-22
  • School Committee
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    School Committee Meeting Mixed Bag of Enthusiasm for School Opening and Mystery of What’s “in the Packet

    In a meeting released to the public more then 2 weeks after it occurred, the Gardner School Committee officially approved the previously released amended School Calendar, elected Robert Swartz as delegate to the Association of School Committees, stated it hoped a student member would be there for the next meeting, and focused on the new Gardner Elementary School with Superintendent Pellegrino and members expressing thanks.

    However, Gardner Magazine has reached out to Mayor Nicholson as to why the posted School Committee Agendas do not contain the complete packets as the City Council does in practice. Many references were made to “in the packet” during the meeting, leaving viewers and listeners confused by the mystery. We were assured a few months back by Superintendent Pellegrino that the agenda would contain the full packet come fall, but this has not occurred. Watch the meeting on our School Committee page or listen here on any device. CLICK play.

    School Committee 9-12-22

    View Meeting Agenda, CLICK HERE

  • Paving Update
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    Gardner MA DPW Updates City on Paving on September 28, 2022

    Base Coat to be completed in the Robillard Area. Berm is to be completed on Crestwood Drive. Kendall St/Warwick Rd to be pulverized. Thursday/Friday: Raising catch basins in the Robillard Area. Friday: – Base coat of asphalt Kendall Street and Warwick Road. Saturday: – Top/Finish Coat Crestwood Drive.

    Paving has been an expensive undertaking for the City of Gardner in 2022 as the cost of asphalt has risen substantially.

  • Pumps Update
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    Pump House at Transfer Station Gardner MA

    The Gardner MA Transfer Station is located at 744 West Street, Gardner. A Landfill Expansion Plan favored by DPW and Mayor Nicholson is currently under review by the Conservation Commission. Article on Recent Meeting

    Board of Health Director Lauren Saunders Diligently on top of Pumps Issue at Gardner MA Landfill.

    Saunders had discovered that prior to her tenure, a previous vendor handling maintenance of the pumps did a poor job, leaving the City of Gardner with a potentially huge upcoming bill. Director Saunders responded to our inquiry for more information with the following message indicating she’ll have more to say in a week or so. Listen on any device. Click Play.

    Saunders Statement Re Landfill
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    Hours at Transfer Station
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    Mound at Transfer Station

    City of Gardner Transfer Station for Gardner Residents is open various hours Weds. thru Sat. Click on any image for larger view.

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    List of Prohibited Items
  • Tidy Up Gardner
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    Keep Gardner Beautiful Nip Hunt & Clean-Up

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    It’s Going to be Tidy Up Gardner MA This Weekend

    City-Wide Yard Sale – On Saturday October 1, 2022 Gardner has its Fall City Wide Yard Sale with dozens of homes participating. 8AM TO 2PM Visit GardnerYardSale.com

    Update: Organizer Julie Mazza indicates event will be held on Sunday October 2, 2022 instead. However, you may find individuals still having their Gardner Yard Sales on Saturday. It will depend on weather.

    Gardner Clean-up: Also on Saturday, October 1, 2022 Gardner has the Keep Gardner Beautiful Nip Hunt & Clean-Up with participants gathering at Gardner Plaza Check-in for pre-registered volunteers is 8:30AM. The clean-up takes place from 9AM to 12NOON. Any member of the public may participate. Volunteers each receive a FREE MATINEE movie ticket to the Gardner Cinemas. Register here.

    Tidy Up: It’s also the unofficial Homeowners Tidy Up Weekend in Gardner. The reason is Yard Waste Pickup is October 4-7 for Gardner residents on their regular trash pickup day.

    Tips and reminders from the City: “Grass clippings and leaves may be placed in paper yard waste bags or loose in open barrels with no lid. EL Harvey has asked that residents no longer use cardboard boxes. There is no limit to how many containers or bags of yard waste you can put out. Sticks less than 2 inches thick and up to 3 feet long may be place out in bundles. Yard waste may not include rocks, gravel, sod or dirt. All bundles and containers must weigh less than 50 pounds each.”

    So with all that in mind, here’s the suggested plan:

    1. Go to GardnerYardSale.com so you can sell some of your stuff. Links to resources, permitting, getting on the map for Saturday etc. are provided.

    2. Get the young adults in your house to volunteer for the Keep Gardner Nip Hunt & Clean Up. Or volunteer yourself if you’re not having a Yard Sale. Register.

    3. Tidy up your own place Saturday or Sunday.

    4. Don’t forget to buy some of other people’s stuff at the Fall Gardner Yard Sale. Map.

    Blessing of Pets

    Don’t forget to take a little time for your pets to be blessed at the “Blessing of Pets!” taking place Sunday October 2, 2022 at St. Paul’s Church, 79 Cross Street, Gardner. All pets are welcome for a blessing in front of the church from 11am to 1pm. Website, CLICK HERE

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  • Public Safety Committee 9-28-22
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    Public Safety Committee 9-28-22

    Watch the meeting on YouTube or listen to it here, playable on any device.

    Public Safety Committee 9-28-22

    This is an important meeting to listen to as there are several issues discussed which concern Gardner Citizens.

    Gardner MA Public Safety Committee Hears From Building, Police, and Health Departments at September 28, 2022 Meeting

    In an information-packed session, the Gardner Public Safety Committee consisting of Councilors James Boone, Karen Hardern, and Chairman Craig Cormier heard from Building Commissioner Roland Jean, Police Chief McAvene, and Public Health Director Lauren Saunders.

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    Gardner Police Chief Eric McAvene (left) and Building Commissioner Roland Jean (right)
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    Lauren Saunders

    Building Commissioner Roland Jean: He stated that 841 building permits have been issued this year. He spoke of the threat of a recession and rising interest rates. Jean stated that the search to fill a local inspector’s job continues as first applicant was not deemed qualified and 2nd applicant withdrew upon hearing salary amount. The Building Department is also looking for a custodian. Jean reported that they were at School Street School again yesterday for another break-in and stated he hopes the bid goes out for that building soon. The Courts have sent the issue of Park Street Development back to the Zoning Board who will hear the matter on October 20, 2022.

    Police Chief Eric McAvene: The Chief spoke of staffing issues and about the training of new officers. Currently the Department has a shortage of 5 officers which will be up to 7 by February. With respect to donations for K-9 Rocky, “the generosity of the community has been flabbergasting, truthfully.” Animal Control also has staffing issues due to injury and illness. Councilor Karen Hardern spoke of speeders being a problem since the Pleasant Street Bridge has been open, stating that “Greenwood Street is like a racetrack.” .

    Public Health Director Lauren Saunders: The Director gave a Prevention update speaking of September being Recovery Month. A Prevention Conference will be held at City Hall this year on October 21, 2022. Saunders went on to discuss issues with the pumps at the landfill. A company was out there in the past week and looked at all the pumps. The inspector called it the cadillac of pump systems, however he concluded that the system has been neglected and the maintenance has been shoddy. According to Saunders, “It’s kind of a mess.” The Director stated she will be asking for a maintenance line in her budget which she says does not currently exist. Saunders will be asking for some free cash to take care of the problem as soon as possible and says she has already spoken of the problem with the Mayor. Cost: $100,000 to $200,000 to bring in to full compliance. “This is a big need….We can’t ignore it.” The Director spoke of housing issues, litter enforcement, and the upcoming textile ban. Keep Gardner Beautiful Cleanup is this Saturday, October 1st. Covid cases are up again, Gardner’s positivity rate is higher than the State average, and FREE test kits are still available.

    Hardern at Public Safety
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    Councilor Karen Harden Comments Regarding Public’s reaction to first-day traffic at Elementary School.

    “You go on the internet and you see everybody complaining. …the first day…I just want to say you did a fabulous job, and a lot of times, people, if they’re not complaining, I’m so sorry, they’re not happy.”

    Listen to meeting on any device. Just click Play.

    Gardner Public Safety Committee 9-28-22

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  • GHS Construction
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    Concession Stand Construction Gardner High School

    Chips, Soda, and Convenient Potty on Their Way to Gardner MA.

    Mayor Nicholson posted a photo and stated, “The construction of the concession stand and bathroom building at Watkins Field at Gardner High School has begun. “

  • Gardnerites United
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    Gardner MA Facebook Group Gardnerites United Shuts Down

    The local Social Media group had about 2600 members and was formed about 4 years ago. Topics on the site were generally about the City of Gardner. We reached out to long-time admin Andrea Edwards who stated her reasons were both “personal and professional.”

    The photo is what she stated to members before starting to dismantle the site by deleting members one by one at around 10pm on September 27, 2022. Edwards had posted in comments on the site that she could have passed on the site to someone else, but was concerned about her continued liability if she did so. (There have been court cases in which Facebook Admins have been held liable for posts on their groups, it is unclear if there is liability after leaving a group, some say no.)

    We asked Andrea if she had a message to the community and she stated to us, “This community is a wonderful place to live. That is in large part to the people who live here.”

    There are at least 3 other Gardner MA based Facebook Groups. Should any of our readers start up a group in response to Andrea’s decision, let us know and we’ll let our 16,000 plus circulation know. Just email News@GardnerMagazine.com for that and any other news tips.

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  • Higher Bird Ed
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    Birds at Mount Wachusett Community College

    Birds Seek Higher Education at the Mount in Gardner MA

    Previously we reported on Wild Turkeys at the New Gardner Elementary School. See article. —Apparently this flock had higher aspirations.

  • Respectful Teenagers
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    Respectful Teenagers in Gardner MA are Genuine Gardner Assets

    Our ongoing “Genuine Gardner” feature showcases what is genuinely good about Gardner. In this case, an observation of Genuinely Respectful Teenagers (GRT’s) at the Jackson Skateboard Park off School Street. These teenagers invited us to take a picture of their activities. They were kind to one another and it was another proud moment for Genuine Gardner MA. We were actually there to take a photo of the place where the portable ice skating rink will be located this winter, by the basketball courts at Jackson Playground.

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    Site of Portable Skating Rink this Winter
  • Conservation
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    Gardner MA Conservation Commission 9-26-22

    Gardner MA Conservation Commission Considers Work at Residence and Sludge Landfill-Again

    The Commission took up a matter regarding 231 Whitney Street Gardner and approved $700 for a 3rd Party opinion on the proposed Landfill Expansion. Agenda. Watch on YouTube or listen here on any device.

    Gardner Conservation Commission 9-26-22
  • Molina in Gardner
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    Tony Molina of Molina Realty Group Investing in Gardner MA

    Tony Molina says he bought the Gardner News Building just under a year ago and recently has begun to undertake renovation of the building and going through the permitting process. He expects to close on the Bank of America Building by the end of October. He also recently purchased the land on which the restaurant Gabby’s Place is located.

  • Fourball
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    Gardner MA Municipal Golf Course Readies for Columbus Day Weekend Fourball Championship

    The Gardner Golf Course has announced an entry deadline of Sunday 10-2-22 at 5pm. Entry fee is $100 per member or $120 per non-member.. Entry includes Practice Round, Flight Prize Pool, and Dog Fight Prize Pool. This is the Gardner Golf Course’s 11th Annual Columbus Day Weekend Fourball Championship. More details in pdf format, CLICK HERE.

  • Fields of Play
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    Gardner MA High School Athletic Field
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    Gardner High School Athletics 9-26-22

    As Flag Waves, Gardner MA High School Practices in Full Swing

    Part of the experience at Gardner High School is Athletics. Sports is a way to expel energy and stay healthy. According to Gardner Public Schools, “Athletics have always been an important part of education. Having real-life opportunities to teach collaboration, nurture the competitive spirit, and instill a deep-seated work ethic is essential in success on the field and in school. Here in Gardner, we strive to ensure that our student-athletes earn these essential skills for the future in a friendly environment that fosters self-esteem and encourages respect. “

    Dan Forte is the Athletic Director and has this message, “At Gardner Public Schools, we value a commitment to hard work, integrity, and personal growth in our athletic programs. As the A.D., I am inspired by watching our players and coaches push each other to new achievements, both on and off the field.  My commitment is to ensure that all of our student-athletes are challenged by the opportunity to excel in their sports, as well as in their classrooms and community.  Go Wildcats! “. For more information about Athletics at Gardner Public Schools, CLICK HERE.

  • Turkeys at GES
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    Wild Turkeys at Gardner Elementary School 9-26-22

    Very comfortable group of Wild Turkeys infiltrates Gardner Elementary in Gardner MA

    Word might be spreading even through the Animal Kingdom of the New Gardner Elementary School. We asked the following question of the Mayor’s office: “What is the GES official position on accepting Turkeys in the classroom?”

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    Turkeys at Gardner Elementary School

    Obviously a sign for drop off, but the turkeys didn’t know that. Some were waiting for Preschool at left and the others at right probably for a bus or van. Gardner may be a City, but this setting is beautiful.

  • Vote November 8th
    Vote Election 2022
    Election November 8, 2022

    Gardner MA Magazine Election Center

    Gardner Magazine has a special page dedicated to the upcoming November 8, 2022 election. Visit our Election Center 2022 page for lists and links for all you want and need to know. CLICK HERE.

  • Pumpkin Patch
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    Huge Pumpkins in Gardner MA
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    Pumpkins of Erica and Jason Bosse

    Gardner MA Erica and Jason Bosse Straight from the Pumpkin Patch

    They moved to Gardner less than 4 years ago, but their pumpkins are becoming topics of conversation Erica says, “Weights of the pumpkins are 142lbs, 72.2, 72.2, 83, 59.9, 52, the type is Atlantic F1 Giant Pumpkins, seeds from Johnny Seeds. These can get over 1000lbs if you feed them and pump lots of water to them. We also cut off small baby ones to focus the growth on the large ones. Those went to our friends farm for their pigs, so no waste (Ruschioni Homestead). They have the Homestead Market on rt140 Winchendon. We trade veggies with them all the time.”

    We had squash vine borers and I did some ‘surgery’ a few times to pull the worms out of the vines, we also use BT spray a few times which is an OMRI rated spray and kills them (same stuff we use on brasicas).

    Erica also states that they get their fertilizer from Emerald City in Westminster where owner Mike “helps us out all the time.” She says they only use organic methods with omri rated fertilizers.

  • October Events
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    October Events including Trick or Treat Greater Gardner MA
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    October 2022 Greater Gardner Event Listings

    Gardner MA Fall Yard Sale is This Saturday, October 1, 2022. As of 9/24/22, there were over 3 dozen homes already participating. Update: 9/27: 44 participating homes. Latest map, CLICK HERE. For links to getting your permit, Yard Sale resources, and Gardner Yard Sale Facebook page link, CLICK HERE for GardnerYardSale.com

    Gardner Magazine has a dedicated page for October 2022 Events including the Gardner Yard Sale on October 1, 2022, various events during the month, and Halloween Trick or Treat times for the area as we get the info from the various communities.

    October 2022 Listings Page, CLICK HERE. Send any info of your October event to News@GardnerMagazine.com and we will be glad to add it. No event is too small. All are important to us.

  • Successful Festival
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    Gardner MA Fabulous Fall Festival – Oktoberfest Success in Photos

    Hundreds upon hundreds of people attended the September 24, 2022 event in Gardner Massachusetts. Complete Gallery of over 110 photos, CLICK HERE.

    The Chair Luge

    Gardner Ale House Owner Rick Walton stated that the Chair Luge crowd was the largest ever in its history. There were over a dozen contestants racing their various versions of a Chair Luge. First place: Gene’s Green Mean Machine Second Place: The Knievels Third Place: Gardner Ten Pins

    The entire day’s Festival/Oktoberfest event ran from 10am to about 9pm.

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    Successful Festival

    The Oktoberfest

    The Oktoberfest taking place at the Gardner Ale House included the Moonlighter challenge in which the contestant is challenged with a device and attempts to maneuver the beer to be able to get at least a sip, thus claiming a free beer. More photos in the Complete Gallery, CLICK HERE

    The Beer Tent and various other vendors are seen in the Complete Gallery.

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    Pops Sweet-Harts Ice Cream Truck & Cotton Candy

    The Food

    The Food Trucks were busy including the Ice Cream Lady at Pops Sweet-Harts, Tata’s Fonda, and Simmy’s Polish Express. People seemed to enjoy the food. And of course, lots more food was to be had at the German Beer Garden at Gardner Ale House.

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    Tata’s Fonda

    Hundreds and hundreds enjoyed the food in Downtown Gardner MA.

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    Merchants will now be getting ready for Gardner’s 100th Christmas Season as a City – Make It a Downtown Christmas coming soon….

    The Shopping

    One of the popular businesses frequented by Fabulous Fall Festival goers was Dot Line Curve Creations on Parker Street, a relatively new Gardner MA business. Other popular spots were the Velvet Goose and John’s Sport Shop. More photos in the Complete Gallery, CLICK HERE.

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    The Velvet Goose
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    John’s Sport Shop

    The Music Entertainment Ranged from a Bavarian Orchestra at the Oktoberfest to a One Man Singing Ensemble of Favorites on Main Street

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    Ryan Hood Playing on Main Street Gardner MA
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    Hofbrahaus Bavarians German Folk Band

    Hundreds turned out to hear the music in Gardner on September 24, 2022.

    An unfortunate incident did occur. Around 1pm, a vehicle accident occurred due to a medical issue. In our photo gallery, you’ll see the quick response from Gardner, Fire, Police, and Ambulance personnel. The driver was taken to Heywood Hospital. Driver is not shown in photos, just the vehicle and Public Safety Response. It has been reported that the driver is deceased. Our condolences to the family.

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  • Mayor’s Update 9-23-22
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    Mayor’s Update 9-23-22

    Watch the Mayor’s Update on the City of Gardner’s YouTube page or on our Mayor’s Update page, CLICK HERE. Or, listen right here, playable on any device.

    Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson 9-23-22
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    A Celebratory Gardner MA Mayor Michael Nicholson Addresses the Chair City

    The Mayor was full of thanks, congratulations, and reflection on a successful couple of years. However, he began by thanking those who came out to the Hispanic Heritage Event this past week and said he looks “forward to seeing how we can continue to grow that event year after year.”

    Mayor Nicholson congratulated the organizations which have had ribbon cuttings. He mentioned the ground breaking ceremony for the new Surgical Pavilion at Heywood Hospital and the dedication of Yavorsky Way.

    Nicholson reminded everyone about the Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest Saturday, September 24, 2022 in Downtown Gardner, and thanked those involved in the event’s organization. See other article, CLICK HERE. New this year will be a segment called New Kids on the Block to recognize all the new businesses which have opened up and the Mayor went through a big list of the new businesses and of the buildings which have been purchased for renovation.

    The Mayor also mentioned the Recovery Event taking place Friday, September 23, 2022 at 5pm in Perry Auditorium at Gardner City Hall featuring guest speaker Brandon Novak and told of the Domestic Violence Vigil taking place October 3rd at 6pm on the front steps of City Hall.

    Mayor Nicholson spoke of the pulverizing of Kendall Street and Warwick Street and the continuing paving work in the Douglas and Robillard Street area.

    Listen to the update on any device by clicking Play.

    Nicholson Update 9-23-22

    Interested in coming to Gardner? Contact the helpful folks at Economic Development. CLICK HERE.

  • Happy Birthday Mayor
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    Happy Birthday

    Amidst a City Bustling Anew with Activity, Gardner Magazine releases an original poem in honor of Mayor Michael Nicholson’s 28th Birthday. CLICK HERE

  • Win… Win..

    Gardner Magazine Releases Downtown Gardner Win Win Song and Narrative to celebrate the Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest. Play on any device.

    Downtown Gardner MA Win Win Win
  • Downtown
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    Gardner MA Fabulous Fall Festival
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    Gardner MA “Oktoberfest” Celebration

    Saturday, October 24, 2022 is it! The Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest in Downtown Gardner MA.

    Combined Event Flyer/Brochure pdf CLICK HERE

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    Parker Street Downtown Gardner MA
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    Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest

    It is slated to be one of the biggest and most fun events of the year! Dozens of businesses and organizations are participating. It’s an opportunity to shop Downtown Shops and Restaurants, peruse the wares of various Street Vendors, enjoy the cuisine of Food Trucks, contribute pasta to the Gardner CAC’s Macaroni Mile, view creatures from Reptiles Shows of New England, partake in Sidewalk Art, Crafts, and Super Heroes, attend a paint party, rock painting, and crafts, take a chance on the Lions Club Raffle, use the Selfie Station on Central Street, View a Pottery Making Demonstration, meet Rocky the Police K-9, enjoy the German Beer Garden at the Gardner Ale House, listen to the GHS/GMS Band and Chorus, enjoy DJ Ryan Hood, participate in the Chair Luge, and hear LIVE MUSIC on stage. An event like this only comes up every once in a while. Don’t miss it.

    Event Schedule provides details on all participants and the times of every single event: Complete Event Schedule/Brochure, CLICK HERE

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    Happy Trails Parker Street Downtown Gardner MA

    All the Happy Trails lead to Downtown Gardner MA this Saturday September 24, 2022

    The merchants of Downtown Gardner are ready to welcome you this Saturday, September 24th for the Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest. Happy Trails has been in Downtown for decades, and visibly has great looking merchandise.

    Dozens of shops with friendly store owners are waiting to greet you on Saturday. Don’t miss this great event for everyone in your family!

    Event Schedule provides details on all participants and the times of every single event: Complete Event Schedule/Brochure, CLICK HERE

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    Downtown Flower Pots

    The friendly folks from Valley Florist and Greenhouses were in Downtown Gardner putting out these fabulous flower pots for the Fabulous Fall Festival. Their smiles are contagious aren’t they?

    Schedule of Events Saturday, September 24, 2022Festival/Oktoberfest

    Highlights of Events at specific times include: 10:30 am – New Kids on the Block! hosted by Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson with a chance to meet the newest Downtown Business owners and Property owners, 10:45 am – GHS Cheer! and SAS All Stars Cheer! 11:00 am until 9:00 pm – German Beer Garden at the Ale House 11:00 am GHS Band Concert 11:20 am GMS Chorus Concert 12 noon to 2pm Ryan Hood plays all your favorites from the 1950’s to today. 11:30 am -Tapping of the Oktoberfest Keg 1:00pm – Men & Women’s Stein holding Competition 2:00 pm Gardner Chair Luge – on Parker Street in front of Gardner Ale House. 3:30 pm – Live Music on the Stage begins3:30pm – Headliner Gino Matteo, 5:15pm – Matt Swanton Band, 6:30pm New Pond Fondle. And it all wraps up by 9:00pm.

    Food Trucks expected include Pops Sweet-Harts, Tata’s Fonda, and Simmy’s Polish Express.

    Event Schedule provides details on all participants and the times of every single event. Printable Info: Combined Event Flyer pdf, CLICK HERE

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    Looking Great – Downtown Gardner MA – September 2022

    Fresh Paving & Sidewalks – Easy Shopping and Dining – Exciting Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest Saturday Sept. 24, 2022. … Don’t Miss It! Click on any photo for larger view.

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    Tanguay Jewelers on Connors Street, Downtown Gardner
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    Gardner Outlet Furniture Downtown Gardner
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    Parker Street Towards Central Street, Downtown Gardner
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    Levi-Heywood Memorial Library Downtown Gardner MA
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    Main and Pleasant Streets, Downtown Gardner MA
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    Pops Sweet-Harts Ice Cream Truck to be at Festival/Oktoberfest
    Tatas Fonda
    Tata’s Fonda Food Truck will be at the Festival
    Simmys Polish Express
    Simmy’s Polish Express will be at the Festival

    Decanted Wine Truck was granted a special one day Liquor license at a special meeting of the Gardner License Commission on 9-22-22.

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    Decanted Wine Truck will be at the Festival offering Signature Cocktails

    Don’t Miss the Gardner MA Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest – All Events: Combined Event Flyer pdf, CLICK HERE

    Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson made a statement about the combined event including traffic considerations: Click Play.

    The Mayor has another reason to celebrate on 9-24-22. It’s his 28th Birthday! Happy Birthday, Mayor Nicholson. We wish you many more!

    Mayor Nicholson Regarding Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest.
  • Heywood Construction
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    Heywood Hospital Gardner MA 9-16-22

    Heywood Construction Making Progress in Gardner MA

    Sometime in the next year or so, Heywood Hospital will have a new Surgical Wing. During the past months, employees, patients, and visitors to the Hospital would hear announcements about upcoming blasting which was to be done. Operating Rooms would receive special warnings 30 seconds before a blast to avoid costly mistakes in ongoing surgeries or procedures. Now, the next phase has begun and we have a complete Photo Gallery, CLICK HERE.

    UPDATE: 9-22-22 – Heywood Hospital has held the ground breaking for the Surgical Pavilion and dedicated a new access road. We obtained these photos from a Social Media post of Mayor Nicholson. Click on any photo for larger view.

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    Heywood Ground Breaking
    Heywood Groundbreaking 3 Yavorsky Way
    Yavorsky Way dedicated in honor of late Director of Facilities Frank Yavorosky
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    Heywood Ground Breaking
  • City Council 9-19-22
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    Informal City Council Meeting September 19, 2022
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    City Council Regular Meeting 9-19-22

    Gardner MA City Council Meets Twice on September 19, 2022

    Informal Meeting of 9/19/22 – The City Council met to hear a presentation on the Gardner Fire Department Audit. Scope of the audio included 4 major items: Emergency Medical System Review, Overview of Facility Needs, Civil Service Pros and Cons, and Current Staffing Model. Mayor Nicholson introduced presenter Chief John Parow of the consulting firm which did the audit over the last 6 months. Following the presentation, Councilor Walsh complimented the thoroughness of the report. Agenda,, CLICK HERE. Watch the meeting on YouTube, on our City Council page, or listen on any device by clicking Play.

    Informal City Council Meeting 9-19-22

    Regular Meeting of 9/19/22 – The Gardner MA City Council met in its regular meeting on September 19, 2022.

    The City Council reviewed and approved various appointments, approved payments for two bills received for an expense for last year, took up the appointments of two firefighters who were sworn in, and Council President Kazinskas reminded the Council that the Charter item will be taken up in an October informal meeting. Agenda, CLICK HERE.

    Councilor New Business and Comments

    In new business. Councilor Heath invited the Greater Gardner Community to the Fabulous Fall Festival this Saturday. He reminded everyone that the Chair Luge was back. Also, that the Gardner Price Chopper’s 10th anniversary was this Sunday. Councilor Mack commented on the amount of donations that we’ve had the last couple of months. “It’s great that they’ve been so in the fore front of our agenda lately.” Councilor Walsh commented on the plan to buy a new ambulance with ARPA funds and that those funds are not subject to appropriation by the City Council. He stated that City Council should know where the funds are being spent. Gardner has received just under $6.2 million. Curious to know how money has been spent. Mayor Nicholson stated that the City has about another $1 million in unobligated ARPA funds. And the City just received a perfect audit for the second year in a row. Hear the new business right here. Just click Play.

    City Council Regular Meeting 9-19-22
    City Council 9-19-22 New Business
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    Councilor Dana Heath Invited all to the Fabulous Fall Festival
  • Community Center?
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    Council on Aging September 12, 2022
    Gardner Community Center
    Gardner Community Center (under consideration)

    News of possible Gardner MA Community Center shared at Council on Aging Meeting

    At the Gardner Council on Aging Meeting of 9-12-22, Gardner MA Mayor Nicholson and State Representative Zlotnik spoke about the possibility of Waterford Street School becoming a Community Center for Gardner Residents as well as a place to relocate a much roomier Senior Center.

    View the entire meeting on YouTube, CLICK HERE, or listen on any device by clicking Play.

    Council on Aging September 12, 2022
  • Hispanic Heritage
    National Hispanic Heritage Month
    Hispanic Heritage Month

    What did the Mariachi Band sound like? Well here’s a short sample.

    Mariachi Band At City Hall

    Many Gardner Residents Had Supper at City Hall on Tuesday September 20, 2022

    The City of Gardner celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 5:30pm on the front steps of City Hall on Pleasant Street. In addition to exciting Hispanic Food Trucks, there was live Mariachi music. Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson posted the day after the event, “Great time last night for the City’s second annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration! Great to see people enjoying the music. Thank you to Holy Family Academy MA for providing by coffee from Brilla Coffee Roasters and to Stephen DiNatale – Mayor of Fitchburg for joining as well! Also thank you to the Gardner High School Senior Nelli Esquedero for writing a poem for the event as well!”

    National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th to October 15th nationwide. The Library of Congress hosts a website with more information. CLICK HERE. (This article was updated after the event)

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  • Mayor’s Update 9-16-22
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    Mayor’s Update 9-16-22

    Watch the Mayor’s Updates on the City of Gardner’s YouTube page or on our Mayor’s Update page, CLICK HERE. Or, listen on any device. CLICK Play.

    Mayor’s Update September 16, 2022

    Mayor Nicholson reminded the public that the Gardner City Council will meet on Monday, September 19th. Informal Meeting 6:30pm re the Gardner Fire Department Audit. Agenda and Packet CLICK HERE. Regular Meeting at 7:30pm. Agenda and Packet, CLICK HERE.

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    Rear of City Hall Gardner MA

    Enthusiastic Gardner MA Mayor Michael Nicholson speaks from Gardner Elementary School library.

    In a lengthy, but fast-moving, exciting, informative, and interesting update, Mayor Nicholson spoke first about the Gardner Elementary School. He spoke about initial pickup issues. The Mayor also explained the safety protocols in place to protect students stating, “It’s a very safe school. A very effective 21st Century environment.”

    The Mayor thanked Tender Heart Veterinary Care and Dr. Wood for offering to provide free checkups for K9 Rocky of the Gardner PD.

    Nicholson explained that due in part to watering restrictions being eliminated, flower boxes are being deployed in Downtown and South Gardner. Sponsorships through mid-November are $75.

    The Mayor spoke of various milestones, dates, and events including: SK Pierce Mansion had their ribbon cutting after 12 years of renovations and is now open to public tours. Monday, 9-19 is adult care day. Edward Jones Ribbon Cutting is 9-21. On September 23rd, Prevention month will be celebrated at Gardner City Hall. The Fabulous Fall Festival and Octoberfest is Saturday, September 24th with the Chair Luge back this year as well.

    2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

    Tuesday, September 20, 2022 will be a celebration at City Hall with live Mariachi music this year.

    Mayor’s Update 9-16-22
  • Road Safety
    Road Safety Grant Awards
    Road Safety Grand Awards

    Greater Gardner MA Communities to Receive Municipal Road Safety Grant Awards

    State Senator Anne Gobi announced on 9-15-22 that just over $300,000 is being awarded to Police Departments across the Worcester and Hampshire District who completed a highly competitive application process which included plans to improve traffic safety training, upgrade equipment and increase enforcement efforts.

    The Senator stated, “The data shows that drivers continue operating at high rates of speed, distracted and impair driving puts lives needlessly at risk. ….I look forward to my towns and cities being able to take action to keep our communities safe.”

    Area communities receiving funding include Barre, Gardner, Oakham, Princeton, Rutland, and Westminster.

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  • Cronin Book
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    Just Policing – Edward F. Cronin

    Former Gardner MA Police Chief Edward Cronin Writes “Just Policing; My Journey to Police Reform.”

    The self-published book is dedicated “For Sue, My love and partner.” and acknowledges a number of individuals. Cronin states, “Writing this book has been a very long process that began several years ago. It wasn’t until I met and talked with my co-author Dayna Kendall, that this book finally came to life. “ Cronin met often with Kendall at various coffee shops.

    The forward to the book was written in March of 2022 by Dr. Sayra Pinto, the Chief Practitioner of Moon Jaguar Strategies, who writes in part, “I think you should read this book because I had goosebumps the entire time that I read it….story of a man who taught me, over four years, the difference between the police in Honduras and what the police can be in the United States….This book tells the story of what America can be: A land where laws, votes, relationships, and visions count….a teaching tool in the creation of the America that will belong to all of us.”

    The kindle version with a short preview of the book is available on Amazon. CLICK HERE

    There is also a website for the book: CLICK HERE

    Revealing is who Cronin thanks. Chair of the Criminal Justice Program, Dr. Eve. Buzawa at Umass. For inspiring his critical thinking. Friends including Renee Berrian from Project Harmony in Waitsfield, Vermont. Former Fitchburg Police Department supervisor, Captain Joseph Carbone for quietly mentoring, encouraging, and guiding Cronin. Attorney Ed Ryan for critical assistance in becoming a a police officer and for supporting and assuring Cronin’s appointment as Fitchburg Police Chief. To Systems thinking expert Carol Sharicz who he credits to helping reduce crime in Fitchburg. To Board Chair of Moon Jaguar Strategies and Chief Restorative Practitioner Syra Pinto for helping him understand the consequences of systemic racism and applying corrective methods. His daughter Jessica for her birth, love, presence, enjoyment, helping to sustain him and inspire him to lead a life of growth and support of others. To his stepchildren Aaron and Cicely. And to his wife Susan, who has been at his side for 37 years.

    Chapters in the book include: 1. Epiphany: A Christmas Nightmare 2. Growing Up: Sorting Through Bedlam 3. Learning Policing: The Real Story 4. Umass Lowell: Putting in the Extra Effort 5. Learning the Job: Trying to Organize Chaos 6. Oxford: What I Thought I Knew 7. Russia: Shock and Awe 8. Gardner Police: Careful What You Ask For 9. Project Harmony: Taking it to the International Community 10. Return to Fitchburg; Executing the Plan 11. Bag Job: Or Who Stole My Cheese! 12. Sayra and Systems: Finally, There was hope! 13. Searching for Answers: Unexpected Results 14. In the Shadows: Negotiating the Pain 15. A Virus Takes Leave: Back to the International Arena 16. My Stay at the Lodge: More Success for Fitchburg 17. Moldovan Life and Politics: Proving Myself Again! 18. The Plan and the Mission: From Corruption to Success! 19. Just Police Reforms: History Tells Us So!

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  • SK Pierce Mansion
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    SK Pierce Mansion 4 West Broadway Gardner MA

    Complete Property Record Card, CLICK HERE Architectural Digest has a listing of the most beautiful haunted places in the world, CLICK HERE

    Reportedly Haunted 150 Year-old SK Pierce Mansion Renovated and Open for Tours

    Built in 1875, the SK Pierce Mansion was purchased on July 22, 2015 by Robert J. and Allison M. Conti of Manalapan, New Jersey for the purpose of eventually opening it as a Bed and Breakfast while also offering Historical/Haunted tours. While many original features of the property were intact, it has taken 7 years of renovation to restore the place.

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on September 15, 2022, and now the SK Pierce Mansion is now open for tours which cost $25. According to Robert Conti, “The Pierce Mansion is considered the most haunted house in Massachusetts and the 9th most haunted house in America.” The Mansion employs caretaker Marion Luoma, Curator Ken Watson, resident psychic Memie Watson, and a recently hired staff of 11 tour guides. Bookings can be made through the website, CLICK HERE.

  • Genuine Gardner Today
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    It was a time to celebrate what is genuinely Gardner on the beautiful day of September 15, 2022

    This is our regular feature, “Genuine Gardner.” What is special about the Chair City.

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    U.S. Flag of Respect at 42-52 Parker Street, Gardner

    Patriotism is Genuine Gardner

    Work continued at 42-52 Parker Street, but only the eagle eye would spot the United States flag on the building.

    Undoubtedly, the owner put it there out of a sense of respect, not knowing it would be noticed. But it was. And it is this sense of goodness which is Genuine Gardner. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

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    Gardner Elementary School 9-15-22

    Education is Genuine Gardner

    The pristine and majestic new Gardner Elementary School stood as a testament to Gardner’s bright future. This hall of learning welcomed students on September 15, 2022 and is Genuine Gardner.

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    Monument Park 9-15-22

    Monument Park

    Monument Park was utilized over the summer for concerts enjoyed by many. In fact, it was a summer with no Saturday rain outs. On this day, Monument Park was a source of information from the Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center.

    Supporting our veterans is also Genuine Gardner.

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    The Chair sign Downtown Gardner MA

    Embracing Gardner’s Heritage

    The Chair was hardly noticed by most who passed it by. But this Chair in the sign at Parker Street and West Lynde Street serves to illustrate the wonderful heritage of furniture making which has graced Gardner MA over the course of time.

    This heritage is Genuine Gardner.

    View our article on Gardner’s Big Chair, CLICK HERE

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    Levi-Heywood Memorial Library

    Learning and Knowledge is Genuine Gardner

    Serving those who thirst for knowledge was the Levi-Heywood Memorial Library, also proudly displaying the Star Spangled Banner.

    This wonderful repository of culture and learning is Genuine Gardner.

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    Transit Man

    The new Maki Park will be using a terraced approach due to the slope of the terrain. It is expected to be a beautiful addition to Downtown Gardner.

    The Start of Maki Park

    The Transit Man and his fellow Surveyor became part of the cycle of Gardner MA History on September 15, 2022 as they marked off part of the future Maki Park on Parker Street. It will be another way for Gardner to be a great place to Live, Work, Play, and Visit.

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    Surveying Future Maki Park
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    The Happy Ducks of Crystal Lake

    Nature is Genuine Gardner

    While everyone in Gardner did their thing, the creatures of Crystal Lake enjoyed a beautiful day quacking about.

    Yes, even the ducks of Crystal Lake are Genuine Gardner.

    More Crystal Lake photos, CLICK HERE

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    Paramount Cafe

    Paramount Cafe 46 Main Street, Gardner MA

    Launched in the 30s about a decade after Gardner became a City, the Paramount Cafe is Genuine Gardner.

    With a 4.5 and 55 reviews on Google, customers generally love the place. Some comments, “Been going to this place for over 40 years…”, “…great grill cook and friendly server, this is your place.”, “Small Town diner with hearty meals at reasonable prices.”, “…good old fashioned breakfast and lunches”, “Real old school diner good food great prices”, “We go here almost once a week”, “First cafe in town to open up shop each morning, 5AM”, “Great classic diner food”, “The best place for breakfast and lunch”. The building housing Paramount Cafe is part of the 46-54 Main Street parcel and has been owned by Local 154 UFWA AFL CIO since 1977.

    The Chair City of Gardner, Massachusetts is Genuinely Special. Visit our Gardner is a Great Place page, CLICK HERE. Our Share the Chair page, CLICK HERE.

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