Geography Greater Gardner MA Local News

Geography Greater Gardner MA

  • Keep Gardner Beautiful (10/1/2022)
    Keep Gardner Beautiful Diane with sign 10 1 22 cu
    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.

    Video

    AUDIO: Keep Gardner Beautiful – Go Forward with Gardner
    Keep Gardner Beautiful Event Gardner Plaza 10 1 22
    Keep Gardner Beautiful
  • Community Center (9/29/2022)
    Gardner Community Center
    Gardner Community Center
    Waterford Street School Gardner MA 8
    Site of new Community Center Gardner MA

    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

  • GHS Construction (9/28/2022)
    ghs concession 9 28 22
    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. “

  • Higher Bird Ed (9/27/2022)
    Birds at MWCC 9 27 22 11
    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 (9/27/2022)
    genuinegardner2-1200
    Jackson Skate Park 9 27 22 closeup
    Jackson Skate Park Gardner MA

    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.

    Jackson Playground Basketball 9 27 22 2
    Site of Portable Skating Rink this Winter
  • Conservation (9/27/2022)
    Conservation Commission 9 26 22
    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
  • Turkeys at GES (9/26/2022)
    GES Wild Turkeys 9 26 22 2 Closeup face
    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?”

    GES Wild Turkeys 9 26 22 8 closeup
    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.

  • October Events (9/25/2022)
    Greater Gardner Event Listings
    October Events including Trick or Treat Greater Gardner MA
    Gardner-Fall-CitywideYardSale-1200

    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 (9/24/2022)
    Fall Festival and Oktoberfest 19
    Chair Luge Contestant

    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.

    Fall Festival and Oktoberfest 91
    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.

    Fall Festival and Oktoberfest 77
    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.

    Fall Festival and Oktoberfest 73
    Simmy’s Polish Express
    Fall Festival and Oktoberfest 76
    Tata’s Fonda

    Hundreds and hundreds enjoyed the food in Downtown Gardner MA.

    Fall Festival and Oktoberfest 83
    Dot Line Curve Creations

    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.

    Fall Festival and Oktoberfest 31
    The Velvet Goose
    Fall Festival and Oktoberfest 29
    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

    Fall Festival and Oktoberfest 85
    Ryan Hood Playing on Main Street Gardner MA
    Fall Festival and Oktoberfest 92
    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.

    .

  • Downtown (9/23/2022)
    fabulousfallfestival-1200-w
    Gardner MA Fabulous Fall Festival
    Octoberfest Gardner Ale House 9 24 22
    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

    Parker Street 9 18 22 4
    Parker Street Downtown Gardner MA
    Gardner Ale House 9 21 22 2
    Gardner Ale House Gardner MA

    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

    Happy Trails 9 21 22
    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

    Valley Florist in Downtown Gardner MA 9 20 22
    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

    Parker Street 9 18 22 12
    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.

    Connors Street including Tanguay Jewelers 9 16 22
    Tanguay Jewelers on Connors Street, Downtown Gardner
    Gardner Outlet Furniture 9 14 22
    Gardner Outlet Furniture Downtown Gardner
    Parker Street Central Street Gardner 9 18 22
    Parker Street Towards Central Street, Downtown Gardner
    Levi Heywood Memorial Library 9 15 22 1
    Levi-Heywood Memorial Library Downtown Gardner MA
    Pleasant and Main 9 2 22 1
    Main and Pleasant Streets, Downtown Gardner MA
    foodtruck-popssweetharts-1200
    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.

    Decanted Wine Truck 9 24 22
    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.
  • Dog Park Pavilions (9/19/2022)
    Pavillions at Dog Park 9 18 22 1
    Dog Park Pavilions

    Dog Park Pavilions Completed at Gardner MA Dog Park

    Both Dog Park Shad Pavilions have been completed at Pulaski Park. As they are very small and provide very little actual shade and/or weather protection, they are not being utilized by the public. They are located a substantial distance opposite the actual benches and water sources of the respective Small and Large Dog Parks.

  • Chairs of Gardner (9/19/2022)
    Big Chair side view 9 16 22
    Big Chair on Elm Street, Gardner MA

    Chairs a Big Part of Gardner MA

    Gardner’s Big Chair is certainly part of the Chair City’s history of the past 100 years. The latest version was made in 1976 and refurbished by Maki Corp in 2011. The Big Chair is a tourist attraction for those visiting Gardner.

    Gardner Magazine has an entire page devoted to the Big Chair and Gardner’s furniture heritage. CLICK HERE

    Chairs at First Congregational Church 9 16 22
    Chairs of the Week – First Congregational Church

    There’s another “Chair Attraction” which may not be as well known, but is certainly quite visible. The “Chairs of the Week” are on constant display at the First Congregational Church in Gardner. There is one chair for every day. We are sure they are meant to illustrate the desire of the congregation to SHARE the joy of the gospel with anyone who chooses to enter. Website, CLICK HERE

    Chair Downtown Gardner 9 18 22
    Chairs of Gardner

    In Downtown Gardner, the chair on the street sign reminds everyone of Gardner’s furniture-making heritage. The sign is located where Central, Main, and West Lynde Streets meet.

    As you enter Gardner the sign says, “Welcome to Gardner, The Chair City.”

    Welcome to Gardner Sign Closeup
    Chairs of Gardner
    Gardner PD Headquarters Chair 9 15 22
    Gardner PD Headquarters

    The Headquarters of the Gardner Police Department is constructed so that the entrance is in the shape of a chair. The building was finished in 2015.

    Gardner Police Headquarters wide
    Gardner Police Headquarters
    Gardner Museum August 2021
    Gardner Museum Gardner MA

    The Gardner Museum showcases the history of the Chair City. View the museum Calendar of Events, CLICK HERE.

    The Gardner Museum, formerly the Library when it was built, has a chair in its design. Video shows part of its historical chair collections. Website, CLICK HERE

    Gardner Museum August 2021 closeup chair
    Gardner Museum Chair
  • Genuine Gardner Today (9/15/2022)
    genuinegardner2-1200

    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.

    42 52 Parker Street 9 15 22 Closeup flag
    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.

    Gardner Elementary School 9 15 22
    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.

    Monument Park Gardner MA 9 15 22
    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.

    Chair Parker and West Lynde Street 9 15 22
    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

    Levi Heywood Memorial Library 9 15 22
    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.

    Man with Transit at Future Maki Park 9 15 22
    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.

    Surveyor at Future Maki Park 9 15 22
    Surveying Future Maki Park
    Crystal Lake large group of ducks 9 15 22
    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

    Paramount Cafe 9 15 22
    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.

    .

  • Drought Outlook (9/15/2022)
    Drought Predictions 9 15 22
    Seasonal Drought Outlook Greater Gardner MA

    NOAA Releases Seasonal Drought Outlook including Greater Gardner MA.

    Gardner Massachusetts is currently in Severe Drought (D2), after having recently improved from a D3. Drought conditions are expected to remain but improve over the next 3 months.

    Droughts come and go as you can see from the graph of the last 100 years. The graph links to an HD version of the graphic.

    Drought Conditions 1922 to 2022
    Greater Gardner Drought 1922 to 2022 – source Drought.gov CLICK IMAGE for HD view.
  • Gardner – People are Back (9/13/2022)
    populationdensity
    Population Density per square mile
    chaircitycentennial-1200
    Gardner Centennial as a City 1923 – 2023

    Gardner MA Population Highest in History: 21,499, but still more open space than elsewhere.

    Annual Growth rate now .5%: 100 years ago, Gardner’s population was about 17,000, rising to over 19,000 by 1930. Population was up and down over the years, rising to over 20,000 by 1940 and back to just under 18,000 by 1980. By 1990, the number of people in Gardner was back over 20,000 again, 50 years after it first had that distinction. Over the next 20 years, numbers rose gradually, with a consistent annual growth rate of .5% since 2011. It is estimated that Gardner added just over 100 residents per year in the last decade. With a land area of 22.1 square miles, Gardner’s population density is 974 per square mile. In contrast, Fitchburg has 1519 per square mile, Leominster 1540 per square mile, Worcester 5,664 per square mile, Springfield 4,910 per square mile and Boston 14,217 per square mile. Gardner has more open space and more breathing room than any nearby City.

    Labor Force: Over 90 percent of Gardner residents were born in the U.S. and more than ¾ were born in Massachusetts. Just under 3% of Gardner residents are not U.S. citizens. Just under 60 percent participate in the Labor Force with an Unemployment rate of about 5 percent – highest among youths 16-19, young adults 20-24, and those 60-64.

    Veterans: Gardner has 1,266 veterans: Vietnam -448, Second Gulf War-211, First Gulf War-188, Korea-149, and World War II-70

    Languages: 86% of Gardner residents speak only English, while 14% speak other languages. Spanish is spoken by just under 7% of the population.

    Data source: World Population Review

    .

  • Drought Update (9/8/2022)
    Drought Map Released 9 8 22
    Drought Map September 8, 2022 (Data as of 9-6) View Source of this Map – from the National Drought Mitigation Center. Has more cool data and past maps there if you’re interested.

    Drought Conditions Improve in Greater Gardner MA and State

    Greater Gardner is now back to a D2 (Severe Drought) according to the Drought Map released by the National Drought Mitigation Center (map shown here) and State of MA on September 8, 2022. What this means: Outdoor watering is permissible again in the evening and overnight.

    More from the State of MA Drought Status, CLICK HERE.

    Watering with hand-held hoses and watering cans can now be done again between 5pm and 9am. Under the previous Level 3 Drought, all non-essential outdoor watering use was prohibited.

    .

  • History of Gardner (9/6/2022)
    Chair City Centennial 1923 to 2023

    History of Gardner MA in 5 minutes

    With Gardner about to celebrate its 100th anniversary as a City on January 1, 2023, we thought it would be fun to create an AUDIO History of Gardner. Just click Play and learn a little bit about the Chair City of the World from our announcers Joe, Selene, and Kai.

    The History of Gardner MA
  • Gardner Tour (9/5/2022)
    Gardner MA Alive with Promise Tour

    The Gardner MA Alive with Promise 4 Minute Video Tour

    Gardner MA is a dynamic community with a welcome mat extended to business, industry, development, and incoming residents. Our 4 minute video tours several dozen Gardner features. Gardner will be a Century as a City in 2023 and is a great place to live, work, play, and visit. Play video right out of this page. Play full screen if desired.

  • Home Sales (9/3/2022)
    Home and Money

    With home prices and interest rates up, monthly payments are up. Here’s a link to an online mortgage payment calculator. CLICK HERE.

    Prices Up, Home Sales Cooling, Interest Rates Double for Greater Gardner MA

    In the City of Gardner MA, the median home price was just over 289k as of July 2021 and is up 14% to just under 330k as of July 2022. Interest rates have doubled since last summer.

    The numbers: With a 10% down payment and 30 year fixed mortgage at 3%, that median-priced home had a payment of $1098. A year later, with interest rates doubling to 6%, the same home would have a payment of $1779, allowing for both the increase in home price and interest rate. That’s a payment increase of 62%. Payments do not include mortgage insurance for less than 20% down, real estate taxes, or insurance.

    The Cooling: According to the Warren Group, “Increases in wages and salaries are not keeping pace with inflation that is now running at 8.5%. Plus, homebuyers face a very low inventory of homes for sale. All this leads to a cooler real estate market.”

    In the State of Massachusetts, the median home price was 540K as of July 2021 and is up 8.3% to 585k as of July 2022. With same down payments and rates as quoted above, the monthly payment is up 42%.

    Rents up as well. Local craigslist ads on September 3, 2022 show that a 1 bedroom can easily go for $1200/month, 2 bedroom $1400/month, and 3 bedroom $1600/month. However, the latest listing was on August 30th. Social Media posts frequently show people frustrated over availability when trying to find an apartment.

    ..

  • Gardner Magazine (8/28/2022)
    Gardner Magazine 23rd
    Gardner Magazine 19 communities

    Gardner Magazine Says Thank You!

    Gardner Magazine has entered its 23rd year of service to 19 Greater Gardner MA communities. Around the Towns page. Watch our 30 second thank you video on YouTube, CLICK HERE.

    We love info from any group having events in the area and any info from local government. Also, something you think we should cover? Let us know. Email: News@GardnerMagazine.com

  • The Zone (8/22/2022)
    Gardner MA The Zone 1200
    Gardner MA – The Zone

    Gardner MA Is in The Zone

    The Green Circle is 25 miles from Gardner MA and somewhat defines “The Zone.” Gardner is uniquely positioned for success because of its center position within The Zone.  The Chair City is accessible via major transportation routes including Route 2 – West of Fitchburg/Leominster, Northwest of Worcester, Southwest of Nashua, Southeast of Keene, Northeast of Amherst, and so on. 

    Anyone with an existing business desiring an additional location would snatch up a spot in Gardner MA in a very quick minute, because Gardner is in “The Zone.” Did you know that Gardner MA has 2 designated “Opportunity Zones” which can save investors big bucks. CLICK HERE.

  • Weekly Update 8-19-22 (8/19/2022)
    chaircityupdate-1200

    Gardner Magazine Updates City – Mayor Without Update Due to Staffing

    Note: Last week’s Mayor’s Update has received 73 views on YouTube and as of yesterday 2,354 listens on Gardner Magazine.   However, our offer to record an AUDIO update was not accepted.   So we’ll provide one instead. Click Play.

    Chair City Update August 19, 2022

    Chair City Update August 19, 2022

    Paving Week of August 22nd

    Parker Street and Connors Street will be paved on Monday August 22, 2022 beginning at 4am.  Parker Street will be paved from Lafayette Square to Main Street.  Connors Street will be paved from City Hall Avenue to Parker Street.  This is the final coat of pavement needed for these streets as part of the Downtown Infrastructure Improvement Project.

    Covid 19 Vaccine

    Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic

    On Wednesday, August 24th, there will be a Covid 19 Vaccine Clinic from 3pm to 6pm at the Bethany Baptist Church, 72 Ryan Street, Gardner.   All doses of the 3 different brands of Vaccine will be available.  Ages 5 and over are welcome via walk-in, but registration is encouraged.    Please bring vaccine card and health insurance card if  you have one.

    Weekend Events

    On Saturday August 20th, the Elvis Tribute Band, Fellowship of the King will play at Monument Park at the 45th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Concert begins at 5pm. See article

    On Sunday August 21st, Gardner Massachusetts churches are joining forces for a Community Worship Sunday starting at 10am at Monument Park, featuring music, message, food, and fun. All are welcome. See article.

    On Sunday August 21st, The P.A.C.C. at 171 Kendall Pond Road West in Gardner is holding a Polish Drive-Thru on Sunday August 21, 2022 from 11am to 3pm. See article

    On Sunday, August 21st, the Tenth Annual Ride of Your Life takes place at Heywood Hospital, 242 Green Street, Gardner.  Riders and passengers pay a registration fee and take a 3 hour ride through North Central Massachusetts with stops at area motorcycle shops.   Proceeds benefit suicide prevention efforts in the North Central and North Quabbin regions.  See article

    ChiefMcAvene-1200

    Gardner Has a New Police Chief

    Lieutenant Eric McAvene is officially Chief McAvene on Monday August 22nd. Having served the past two decades on the Gardner force, he was appointed by Mayor Nicholson and accepted the position. Formal City Council confirmation to follow. See article

    Construction in the Chair City

    ges-081922-1200

    Gardner Elementary: The week of August 22, 2022 will be the 4th extended week of construction at the New Gardner Elementary School. Mayor Nicholson has advised the main goal is to get an occupancy permit for the building so school can start even if the grounds still need some work. Meanwhile, Gardner Public Schools has released its projected School Calendar reflecting the delayed start of school. See article

    Candor Realty continues work on 25 Main Street, recently completing some badly needed roof repairs. The company has also stated it is interested in purchasing additional properties in Gardner.

    Work also continues at 42 to 52 Parker Street. The walls have gone up this week following Gardner Planning Board approval of their complete plan for the building.

    Community Health Connections has made significant progress on their new Health Center building off Route 68 near Walmart.

    The Drought

    Enforcement with fines and possible water shut-offs for violators of the outdoor water use ban will begin after a Code Red call reminding people of the drought.

    pleasantstreet-mainstreet-flatiron-1200

    Pleasant Street open again

    Following meetings with staff, community leaders, and business owners, a decision was made to once again open up Pleasant Street. For just under two months, the street was closed off in order to create a plaza with outdoor seating. The idea had been proposed for years, but never tried. A comment from Mayor Nicholson in our article.

    Gardner High Athletics

    Gardner High Athletics has announced key dates for the upcoming fall season. There are youth nights, alumni nights, recreation nights, senior nights, and there will be a game on Thanksgiving morning against Quabbin. See article.

    .

  • Town Benefit Day (8/12/2022)
    Academy Hill Westminster MA

    Westminster MA Town Benefit Day is Neighbors Helping Neighbors

    The non-profit group Neighbors Helping Neighbors is sponsoring the annual Westminster Town Benefit Day on Sunday August 14, 2022 from 11am to 5pm with various activities and Food Trucks. Location: Academy Hill. (off West Main Street.)   N.H.N. helps people who need help.  Facebook page, CLICK  HERE.

    Scan and Pay

    In the 25 years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, times have changed. When it started in 1987, very few had personal computers.  Now Smart Phones are computers.  And this year the group is hoping the new ability to “Just Scan & Pay” will increase the fundraising tally which has totaled about $25,000 each year, except during the past 2 year hiatus due to the pandemic.  According to their post on Facebook, “AMAZING haul of donations for the Chinese Auction and Over The Top! We really have something for everyone!! See you Sunday!”

  • Topic of Sludge (8/11/2022)
    conservationcommssion-080922-1200
    Gardner MA Conservation Commission
    gardnerlandfill-1200
    Gardner MA Landfill

    Gardner MA Conservation Commission Chair: “not be bullied, harassed, called, bamboozled, dumped on”

    On August 9, 2022, the Gardner Conservation Commission took up the issue of the expansion of the Sludge landfill. While the City asked to continue the matter to August 22nd via an email from DPW Director Dane Arnold, Chairman Greg Dumas was not quick to dismiss the issue. He stated, “I’d like to read a few statements.” He then stated he was reading right out of the City’s Ordinance. “The purpose of Section 1 is to preserve and exercise jurisdiction over the protected resource areas as defined….” He then continued, listing all of the items and areas the Commission is charged to protect.”

    We’re Gonna Do the Right Thing”

    With a passionate tone, the Chairman stated, “This Commission will not be bullied, harassed, called, bamboozled, dumped on with all kinds of information that’s needless to the commission.  If we decide we want third party review, then we’re gonna get third party review.  If the city’s doesn’t wanna pay for it, we’re authorized…to do so… We’re gonna do the right thing, no matter what., we always have, we always will.”  The commission then voted to continue the matter to August 22nd.” In a July meeting, the Commission expressed its desire to get more information via a third party review.

    Conservation Commission 8-9-22

    Watch this meeting on YouTube – CLICK HERE Or, Listen by clicking Play. (The portion which directly applies to this matter starts at 21:56 in, just use the slider to advance to the right if desired.)

    Previous Articles and City of Gardner Position

    View our complete article of July 12, 2022. CLICK HEREView our initial article of May 25, 2022CLICK HERE. In an interview on August 3, 2022, –CLICK HERE we asked Mayor Nicholson about this matter and he stated, “….everything’s had to be vetted as thoroughly as possible by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the EPA.  This is something that, we have to be remembering our fiduciary responsibility that we have for our rate payers.  This is not a taxpayer project because not everyone is on our sewer system, but it has to be something that we take care of in the way that’s most effective, most environmentally friendly, and financially responsible for us.  In that, we’ve looked at other proposals.  We’ve looked at anaerobic digestion, we’ve looked at trucking the cost away, but it would result in a massive increase in our sewer rates, and we just can’t pass that on to the rate payers.”

    .

  • Fall Festival (8/10/2022)
    Gardner MA Fabulous Fall Festival

    Gardner MA Getting Ready for Fabulous Fall Festival and Octoberfest

    2 Events in One

    The Fabulous Fall Festival and Octoberfest is taking place Saturday, September 24, 2022 in Downtown Gardner MA.  Fall Festival is 10am to 4pm and Octoberfest is 11am to 8pm. The famous Gardner Chair Luge is back this year!

    flowers-1200

    Beautiful Flower Pots on their way

    As part of the sprucing up of Downtown Gardner prior to the Fall Festival, Gardner is expecting over 100 24 inch Flower pots. The problem: The current drought regulations only allows watering the plants in them with hand watering cans, so only some may be put out. Mayor Nicholson stated in an email, “They are arriving from the manufacturer this week. I don’t expect them to be fully out until Parker Street is paved right before the Fall Festival/Oktoberfest and hopefully the drought has been lifted by then, but we will continue to monitor the situation and play it by ear for sure.” According to Jessica DeRoy, there are 100 for Downtown Gardner and another 25 for South Gardner.

    Connors and Parker Street Gardner MA Building
    Building at Corner of Connors and Parker Streets Gardner MA

    Building Work Continues

    It will still take some time for all Downtown Buildings to be 100 percent, but the substantial progress is being noticed by everyone. We wrote a previous article on Fix It Fever. CLICK HERE.

    Paving Work Downtown

    As detailed in another article, CLICK HERE, paving work is taking place in Downtown Gardner with paving on Parker Street and Connors Street to be completed the week of August 22nd.

    We’ll provide you with more details on the Fabulous Fall Festival and Octoberfest as we get them.

    .

  • Greenwood Action (7/25/2022)
    greenwoodbathhouse2-072022-1200
    Greenwood Bathhouse on Park Street, Gardner MA
    Greenwood Bathhouse Gardner MA
    Greenwood Bathhouse Roof
    Greenwood Bathhouse Roof Falling In
    Greenwood Bathhouse Roof Falling In

    Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson was interviewed July 6, 2022 about various topics including Greenwood.

    “It’s Embarrassing to call a Memorial.” Gardner MA Mayor Nicholson calls for action on Greenwood.

    The Greenwood Pool is popular and the Swim Meets draw people to Gardner. But the old Greenwood Bathhouse looks bad, really bad. And Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson wants something done about it.

    Regarding blighted properties in other sections of the Chair City besides Downtown, Nicholson stated,” “….There’s buildings in there that are safety hazards that we need to look at as well. And I think we need to not just look at those that are privately owned, but we need to start  holding the City to the same standard that we’re holding the private sector.  That’s one of the reasons that I’ve looked at the Greenwood Pool, we have a building where the roof is quite literally caving in on itself.  If that was owned by a private citizen, we’d be fining every week for the nuisance code.  But, because it’s us, we’ve let it sit in the background.  We need to hold ourselves to the same standard we are holding the private sector.  Because if I tell someone else that their lawn needs to be mowed, their property needs to be kept to a safe standard and things like that, I should be doing the same for my own property here.”

    When asked what the Mayor suggests the City Council approve as far as the Greenwood Bathhouse, he stated, “We’re working on a plan utilizing Community Development Block Grant funding.  To put that in the plan there too, so we are making a least a good faith effort that we go forward with the bathhouse.  And it’ll involve the demolition of the building and the installation of a pavilion in the area, that utilizes portions of the existing building in the construction of that pavilion, the cupola, the signs. Having it be over the body of where the pool is and filling it with a blue-dyed concrete so you can see where the pool itself was, and finding ways to make a new memorial , not one that is quite frankly embarrassing to call a memorial.” We are told that a decision on grant funding may be months away.

    A study done in 2018 for the City of Gardner showed that restoring the indoor facility to complete functionality would cost millions. SEE STUDY.

    .

  • Gardner Fix It (7/23/2022)
    fixitfever-1200
    healthcenter-fromroad-072222-1200
    Construction Continues on the new Community Health Center

    I CAUGHT FIX IT Fever Gardner MA printable pdf.

    Gardner MA Hit with “Fix It Fever”

    The condition is highly contagious and is prevalent throughout the Chair City.   Grant money, Investor money, Taxpayer City money – it’s being spent.   First it’s the roads and the sidewalks.  Then entire buildings are getting complete overhauls.   New buildings are being built.   Parks are being constructed.   Lighting is being enhanced.  Even fire hydrants are being repurposed.  Building Permit Applications –  setting records. It’s all at a fever pitch.   What’s happening in Gardner?   Everybody’s noticing it and everybody likes it. Gardner MA doesn’t need a cure for “Fix it Fever.”   This contagion is actually a blessing.

    Green and Woodland Street
    Intersection Fixed to cut down on accidents.
    Fire Hydrants Repurposed at Dog Park
    Fire Hydrants Repurposed at Dog Park
    Building Connors Street, Gardner.
    Fixing It on Connors Street in Gardner
    Growing Together
    Growing Together in Gardner MA
  • Promise Kept (7/21/2022)
    Ryan Building Gardner MA
    Ryan Building Parker Street, Gardner MA
    parkerstreetbuilding-windowsgone-cu-1200
    As promised, Dangerous Plate Glass Windows are gone

    In 36 Hrs., Lorden Keeps Promise of Removing Dangerous Plate Glass

    At a Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing on July 19, 2022, Gary Lorden of Mass. Ave. Realty stated he noticed the dangerous plate glass on the 2nd floor of the building on Parker Street and vowed to get rid of the hazard ASAP.    Not 36 hours, later, it’s gone and already safely out of the way.   Gardner Magazine spoke with Lorden’s 25 year old son shortly before noon on July 21, 2022 and he was all smiles with enthusiasm for the project.  When asked about the glass, he said, “We took it out this morning and it’s already in the dumpster.”   

    We inquired of City Hall regarding this and Mayor Nicholson released this quote, “I’m excited to see the ongoing construction on the Ryan Building and eager to see how it will improve the look of our City.”

    parkerstreetbuilding-rear-1200
    Rear of Building showing much work needing to be done
    Rear of Building
    Rear showing future parking lot

    UPDATE July 22, 2022: Mayor Nicholson released photos of the construction work (shown below) on Social Media and stated, “Approximately 8 buildings in the downtown have changed owners in the last 6-12 months- closer to 12 new owners by the end of the year. This opens up opportunities for 34 storefronts, 40 office/commercial spaces, and approximately existing 100 housing units (not including the 30 new ones in these buildings) to be renovated and bring new life to the area.”

    .

    parkerstbuilding-072222-1200
    parkerstreetbuilding-072222-2-1200
  • Dog Park (7/13/2022)
    dogpark-07132293-1200
    dogpark071322-1200
    Mulch at Pulaski Dog Park

    Gardner MA Dog Park Improvements Underway at Pulaski Park

    DPW Workers were at the Gardner Dog Park at Pulaski Park on July 13, 2022 making preparations for two covered structures and spreading out some fresh mulch.   These welcome additions to the Dog Park will provide much-needed shelter from the sun, rain, and elements to patrons of both the Large and Small dog areas.    The Dog Park was created in 2019 in large part due to funding from the Stanton Foundation, which reportedly agreed last Fall to grant funds for this most recent project.

    Pulaski Park has a picnic area, playground for children, a walking track, and a basketball court. On any given day, visitors to Gardner’s Dog Park come from within the Chair City, surrounding communities, and even from greater distances such as New Hampshire and Fitchburg – Leominster. Directions – Map.

    Dogs Relaxing at Pulaski Park
    Dogs Relaxing at Pulaski Park

    Note: The Large Dog Park has easy entrances from the Charbonneau and Wright Street sides with two separate parking lots. Easiest entrance to the Small Dog Park is from Charbonneau Street.

  • Downtown Progress (6/30/2022)
    Main Street Gardner MA
    Construction Materials Arrive as Downtown Gardner Revives

    Gardner Square Two Recognizes Downtown Gardner MA Progress

    Gardner Square Two Inc. posted some photos of progress happening right before our eyes in Downtown Gardner stating in a Facebook post, “Wow! There is so much happening in our Downtown. And we are very excited about all the revitalization going on. Temporary inconveniences for an amazing future. YES!”

    From Gardner Square Two Inc.”Our success is instrumental in returning the Downtown to an economically vital business, cultural, and residential district.  Square Two’s goal is to provide Gardner’s (Gardner MA) citizens with a safe, accessible, and diverse resource that will further enhance economic development.”

    Gardner Magazine loves to showcase positivity.  Email News@GardnerMagazine.com

    sharethechair250

    Gardner Magazine created a page called “Share the Chair” to profile Downtown Gardner Businesses. There’s even a 9 minute reenactment of positive reviews. For the page, CLICK HERE. We will be continuing to chronicle more of Gardner’s successes as they occur.

    For those inclined to open a business in Gardner and don’t know where to start, visit our page, City of Gardner Business Wish List for some ideas and also this page: Open Business in Gardner.

    If you see something we should cover, please email News@GardnerMagazine.com. Thank you.

  • Pleasant Plaza (6/19/2022)
    birthofpleasantplaza-1200

    Pleasant Plaza is Born in Downtown Gardner MA

    Monday, June 20, 2022 is the official date of birth which will be shown on the BIRTH CERTIFICATE for Pleasant Plaza on Pleasant Street, Gardner MA as the street is closed off after 5am and a new Outdoor Dining area is BORN. The idea was hatched by Gardner Business and Government leaders, gestated by the Mayor and City Council, born into reality by the efforts of many and named by the spontaneous utterances of local business people.

    The timing is perfect as Gardner celebrates its 237th Birthday on June 25th and hopes to draw thousands of people to the Chair City on that day to enjoy all that Gardner has to offer. Complete list of Events, CLICK HERE.

  • More Paving (6/18/2022)
    Positive Paving Postulations Possible
    MassDot

    Positive Paving Postulations Possible in Gardner MA

    More paving means more roads will be looking better in Gardner. Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson is advising residents of plans for Tuesday June 21 through 24 in a “Traffic Advisory” so people can “plan for traffic delays or seek alternate route.”

    Route 140 Winchendon Line to Green Street

    Nicholson states, “MassDOT Rt. 140 paving will begin Tuesday June 21st through Friday June 24th. Paving will occur form the Winchendon town line to Green St. in Gardner. Traffic will be reduced to an alternating single travel lane for large portions of the roadway.”

    granitecurbing-600

    Pearson Boulevard, Gardner

    MassDOT will also be resuming work on Pearson Blvd shortly following a recent pause in the work caused by granite curbing supply issues.

    Other Gardner MA Street Work

    Mayor Nicholson stated, “Gardner crews will also be raising structures on Parker St., West St., Central St., West Lynde St., and Woodland Ave. and will be installing crossing ramps at the intersections of Oak and West Street and along Woodland Ave by Heywood Hospital.”

    .

  • Adventure IRL (6/9/2022)
    adventureirl-1200

    Eight Week Gardner MA Outdoor Adventure Program offered for 5th through 8th graders

    The J.U.M.P. Adventure IRL! Program runs from July 9, 2022 to August 27, 2022 on eight consecutive Saturday mornings from 8:30am to 10:00. Location is Rome Conservation Area, 65 Brookside Drive, Gardner. 

    Volunteer trained adult mentors guide the kids in the outdoors with topics including fire building, shelter building, plant identification, animals signs, sensory awareness, and ecology.     

    Cost of the program is $260. (Full and partial scholarships available.)  For more information, CLICK HERE. Printable pdf, CLICK HERE.

    J.U.M.P. Mission Statement, “J.U.M.P. inspires young people to realize their full potential through mentorship and a variety of outdoor adventures that provide life lessons, personal insights, and confidence which serve as a foundation for taking on leadership roles in the community.”

  • Water Restriction (5/26/2022)
    Massachusetts Water Map
    Massachusetts Water Map

    The Massachusetts Water Map shown is generated by the USGS National Water Dashboard. Some areas around Gardner MA show streamflow much below normal. A red dot indicates much below normal and an orange dot indicates below normal.

    Water Use Restricted in Gardner MA

    As of May 25, 2022, there is a mandatory water use restriction in effect in Gardner MA.   Nonessential water use is prohibited from 9am to 5pm.    The MassDEP notified City officials that this is due to a USGS streamflow being below trigger for 3 consecutive days. 

    Steamflow Status

    According to the Streamflow Status legend, a few streams near Gardner MA are much below normal. The USGS National Water Dashboard shows various water conditions throughout MA. CLICK HERE.

  • WGAW Broadcast (5/24/2022)
    wgawliveremotebroadcast-800x523-1

    Hear the Live Dedication of the Hubbardston Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial on May 30, 2022 from the WGAW website home page. CLICK HERE

    WGAW to broadcast LIVE from Hubbardston MA Memorial Day Parade

    Gardner MA Radio Station will be broadcasting live on Monday, May 30, 2022 from 11am to noon from the Hubbardston Memorial Day Parade. Starts at the Curtis Recreational Field and will end up at the Town Square for the unveiling of the new Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Monument. Hosts for the broadcast will be Steve Wendell of WGAW and the Hubbardston Town Clerk. It has been described as potentially the biggest parade in Hubbardston history. WGAW is heard on AM 1340, 98.1 FM, and live on the internet, CLICK HERE

    The Town of Hubbardston unveils not only the new Vietnam Veterans’ monument, but also the restored Civil War monument and the freshly cleaned memorials that honor those who fought in the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. The Lions Club, The Golden Agers, Friends of the Hubbardston Senior Center and the Council on Aging invite you afterwards to join them at the Senior Center across the street for a complimentary American Patriotic Celebration where hot dogs and ice cream will be served.

    .

  • Gardner City-Wide Yard Sale (5/21/2022)
    citysideyardsalelogo

    GardnerYardSale.com

    The City of Gardner welcomed many to its Spring 2022 Yard Sale. We’ll advise you of Fall 2022 plans as they are announced.

    Yard Sales Gardner MA Panorama

    It Happened and people came!  Gardner MA City-Wide Yard Sale had 133 participating homes May 21, 2022 from 8am to 2pm

    On some roads in Gardner Saturday May 21, 2022, a parade of cars could be seen traveling to Yard Sales in the Chair City. With a total of at least 133 participating homes who appeared on the map, many items were up for sale. As of the end of the sale, the online map showed 4,240 views. The City-wide Yard Sale took place this Saturday May 21, 2022 from 8am to 2pm. Cars could be seen with out-of-town and even out-of-state license plates.  

    Ways to view the list: Complete map on Google.

    Gardner Spring Yard Sale 2022 PSA
    yard sale 5-21-22
    Yard Sale Gardner MA
    Yard Sale Gardner MA

    Click any image for larger view.

    Yard Sale Gardner MA
    Yard Sale Gardner MA
    Yard Sale Gardner MA
    Yard Sale Gardner MA
    gyardsalestops-600

    Super Computer Utilized to Plot Route to all Gardner MA Yard Sale Stops

    With 133 Homes having Yard Sales in Gardner on Saturday May 21, 2022 from 8am to 2pm, we needed to find a way for you to see them all.

    The route plotted by computer starts at the Blue Moon Diner (thought you might like breakfast before shopping) and then plots out all the stops which are completed in less than 4 hours. Printable in pdf format, Directions only. 41 pages of Turn by turn maps.

  • Wednesday Afternoon (5/19/2022)
    Park Downtown Gardner MA

    Simultaneous events in Gardner MA, the Chair City are chronicled for one Wednesday afternoon.

    DPW at Gardner Dog Park
    Sports at Gardner MA High School

    It was a Great Wednesday Afternoon in Gardner MA

    On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Gardner Massachusetts, Gardner was quietly being a Great place to Live, Work, Play, and Visit.   People were going about their business on City Hall Avenue.   Shoppers were enjoying stores on Main Street.  The Lion made it to a new location on Parker Street.  The Downtown Garage was being used for vehicles, but there were plenty of easy spaces for more Downtown Shoppers to enjoy.

    The DPW was sprucing up the Dog Park and the dogs were having a good time.  A Downtown park was green with life.  Senior Center Director Mike Ellis met people at the job fair. Priscilla’s Candy Shop looked inviting from outside.  Across the City at the Uptown Rotary, the flowers were blooming.  People were shopping at Walmart, Timpany Plaza, and the Gardner Plaza.  People were enjoying food at their favorite eating places.   The construction site at the new Gardner Elementary School was quiet, with the outhouses resting after a long day of use and construction had completed for the day.   Gardner High School was active with many students enjoying the outdoors.

    It was an ordinary afternoon, but there wasn’t really anything ordinary about it.  It was actually pretty great.  People just weren’t thinking about how awesome it was!  Enjoy Gardner, the Chair City.      All Wednesday afternoon photos in the Chair City, click here.

  • Ward Map (4/19/2022)
    City of Gardner 2022 Ward Map

    City of Gardner MA Ward Map

    The City of Gardner is divided into 5 wards. One City Councilor is elected from each ward with the remainder being councilors at large. View zoomable pdf of the Ward Map. CLICK HERE.

  • 4th of July (4/14/2022)
    4th of July Independence Day Initiative

    Gardner Magazine launches 4th of July Independence Day Initiative for Greater Gardner MA

    In anticipation of more community celebrations, functions, activities, and events this year, we have created a page called The Independence Day Initiative with listings from 19 different communities. We’re seeking info from communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals.  You tell us, we’ll tell the region. For the 4th of July page, CLICK HERE.

  • Rietta Opening 2022 (4/4/2022)
    riettaentrance-1200
    Jay Greene booth Rietta Flea Market

    Rietta Flea Market opens for another season

    Rietta Flea Market of Hubbardston MA opened for the 2022 season on 4-3-22. Even around noon time the parking lot was busy. Admission to the flea market is FREE. Vendors pay $35 for a space. Rietta celebrated its official 50 year anniversary in 2016. It started as a small music venue in 1966. Later, the flea market was added and has operated for well over 5 decades.

    Thousands of people visit Rietta Flea Market every week. There are usually hundreds of dealers offering a wide range of merchandise. People go to Rietta for “pleasure or treasure.” Rietta is also known for the quality food at its concession stand where you can get Fried Dough, Hot dogs, Burgers, French fries, and more.

    ALERT 4-4-22: Rietta Flea Market management has reached out to us to report that online crooks are attempting to sell Online Rietta Gift Cards. Please do not purchase as this is a SCAM. Rietta does not honor online gift cards. If you encounter any of these scams, please report to POLICE. Thank you.

    For the official Rietta Flea Market website, CLICK HERE

    .

  • Blue Moon (3/17/2022)
    bluemoondiner-1200
    Blue Moon Diner Gardner MA

    Meals are still being served every day at this Gardner MA Historic Landmark.

    Blue Moon Diner News in Gardner MA

    Blue Moon under agreement: The Blue Moon Diner property was listed for sale at a price of $300,000 in October 2021 by owner Jamie Brouillet who has owned it since buying it on July 13, 2000 from Dennis P. Scipione for $100,000.

    In an announcement of the sale of two other properties, Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson related that the Blue Moon was “under agreement.” It was also stated that it was expected the diner would continue operations. This is especially likely considering the Blue Moon’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places as “Miss Toy Town Diner.”

    bluemooninterior-1200
    Blue Moon interior from public real estate listing.

    Blue Moon Facts

    The Blue Moon Diner was built in 1949 by the Worcester Lunch Car Company.   Originally located in Winchendon and called the Miss Toy Town Diner, it was moved to Gardner in 1954 and became known as the Blue Moon.  

    The Blue Moon Diner has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2003, with the historic names of Miss Toy Town Diner – Blue Moon Diner and the common names of Bernier’s Diner – Skip’s Blue Moon Diner.    Map to Diner.  Here is the link to the historical building detail from the Massachusetts Historical Commission. CLICK HERE. Gardner Property Record Card. CLICK HERE. Wikipedia Article, CLICK HERE. Google search including customer reviews, CLICK HERE.

    Historic Places in Gardner MA and the Nation

    Historic Places listed in Gardner include: Miss Toy Town Diner, First Minister’s House, Gardner News Building, Levi Heywood Memorial Library Building, Jabez Partridge Homestead, F.W. Smith Silver Company, Lake Street Fire Station, Elm Street Fire Station, Garbose Building, Heywood-Wakefield Company Complex, West Gardner Square Historic District, and Gardner Uptown Historic District. We have obtained a complete list of the almost 100,000 historic places on the list in the entire country and you can download it. CLICK HERE

    .

  • Spring Projects (3/3/2022)

    Spring’s Coming for Projects in Greater Gardner MA

    With Spring just a couple weeks away on Sunday March 20, 2022, construction companies are once again getting ready to work on Chair City projects.   Just what are those upcoming projects?  The City of Gardner’s interactive Map of City Projects (which won a Municipal Award recently, CLICK HERE)  is very helpful in this regard. 

    A Number of Interactive Maps  

    Gardner has a number of highly useful map resources including the Assessor Parcel Viewer, Map of City Projects; Parks, Open Space & Trails, Playgrounds & Recreation, and Zoning Map.

    Assessor Parcel Viewer
    Assessor Parcel Viewer, CLICK HERE

    Assessor Parcels

    Zoom in or out, look up a particular address. Explore advanced functions. CLICK HERE.

    City Hall Parcel
    City Hall Parcel
    parksopenspace-600
    Parks, Open Space & Trails, CLICK HERE

    Parks, Open Space, & Trails

    This section welcomes you to an overview of the City of Gardner’s open space areas including hiking trails and scenic picnic areas.

    Described in detail are the Alisauskas Conservaton Area off Howard Street, Baily Brook Conservation Area & Park, Cowee Pond Open Space, Crystal Lake Park, Dunn Pond State Park, High Ridge Wildlife Area, Lake Wampanoag Wildlife Sanctuary, Monument Park, North Central Pathway, Perley Brook Reservoir, and Rome Conservation Area. CLICK HERE

    playgroundsandrecreation-600
    Playgrounds & Recreation, CLICK HERE

    Playgrounds and Recreation

    This section welcomes you to an overview of the City of Gardner’s playground features and recreation area.

    Described in detail are Jackson Playground and Skatepark, Bickford Playground, Pulaski Playground and Dog Park, Greenwood Park and Playground, Ovila Case Playground, Greenwood Outdoor Pool & Spray Park, Muncipal Golf Course and Driving Range, DCR Gardner Veterans Skating Rink, North Central Pathway, Dunn Pond State Park, and Monument Park. CLICK HERE

    Zoning Map
    Zoning Map, CLICK HERE

    Zoning Map

    The Zoning Map shows the various Commercial, Industrial, and Residential areas in the City of Gardner MA.

    The Map is Interactive and has a number of overlay options. CLICK HERE

  • School Vacation (2/20/2022)
    February Vacation Week

    What to do during Greater Gardner MA School Vacation Week of February 21-25, 2022

    Take a trip to the Movie Theater and see a flick. Use or get a library card at your local library. Buy some stuff at a local store. Stay home and stream something. Or go on an adventure like below:

    ecotarium worcester

    Ecotarium, Worcester  Tues. 2/22 to Fri. 2/25

    Their education team cooks up creative ways to learn and have fun — all designed especially for school-age kids and their families. Visit Site.

    wachusett mountain

    Wachusett Winterfest Science on the Slopes – February Vacation week Mon 2/21 to Friday 2/25

    This is NOT the week to sit at home! Come enjoy a full list of activities with your friends and family here at Wachusett! In addition to skiing, enjoy a fun week of programming at the mountain. Visit Site.

    dcr massachusetts

    Massachusetts State Park Programs

    There are February Vacation Week programs at Massachusetts State Parks. Visit Site.

    Most all programs are free unless noted. Parking fees may apply. Dress for the weather, carry water and snacks, and cell phones.

    fruitlands-250

    Enchanted Forest at Fruitlands, Harvard through Sun. February 27, 2022

    The Frost King has come to spend the winter at the Fruitlands Fairy Forest and he has brought all sorts of new enchantment. Visit Site.

    Ice Castles

    Ice Castles, New Hampshire

    Ice Castles is an award-winning frozen attraction built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists to create breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, and fountains. Visit site

  • Poem – Presidents (2/13/2022)
    poemofthepresidents-1200

    We have a love of everything history including that of the Greater Gardner MA area. For more on Presidents of the United States, please visit our special page for the holiday. CLICK HERE.

    Poem of the Presidents released in Templeton MA

    Gardner Magazine publisher Werner Poegel has released an original 50 Stanza poem entitled “Poem of the Presidents” as a tribute to the service of our nation’s Chief Executives on the occasion of Presidents’ Day 2022. For the complete poetic work, CLICK HERE

  • Weather (1/27/2022)
    Gardner ma temperature map

    Gardner MA Weather, Weather Maps, and Climate Change

    For Weather enthusiasts and for those who just want a good forecast, we have some Comprehensive Reports for you.  Our Weather Center has 5 services, Info from 4 airports, a new Meteo Blue Interactive Weather Map, and detailed National Weather Service Map and Forecast.  CLICK HERE.  

    And, our Weather Outlook shows the Meteo Blue seasonal outlook for January to March 2022, NOAA Winter Outlook, and a comprehensive CLIMATE CHANGE section showing Gardner temperatures and precipitation from 1979 to now, AND 12 separate charts with monthly temperatures in detail for 40+ years.  CLICK HERE.

  • Municipal Innovation Award (1/21/2022)
    Map of the City of Gardner MA Projects

    All About the Maps from Gardner MA which got the Award

    Central to Gardner MA winning the Massachusetts Municipal Association Pickard Innovation Award is the Map of City Projects.  We’re showing a static screenshot at left, but the actual map is interactive where  you can zoom in or out. CLICK HERE. Gardner was one of only 3 communities in the State of MA to win the award in 2022. For more info from MMA, CLICK HERE.

    CLICK on any of the small images in this article for a large view.

    Property viewer Gardner MA

    Public Property Viewer

    Other Gardner maps include the Public Property Viewer.    For example, we show the City Hall Avenue area at left and then a zoom in view at right.  You can look at the property card for any property in the Chair City. CLICK HERE

    Parcel info Gardner MA
    Map of Gardner MA Parks, open spaces, and trails

    Map of Parks, Open Space, and Trails

    The Map of Gardner Parks, Open Space and Trails is very useful, with detail about each area.   CLICK HERE

    Gardner MA Playgrounds and Recreation Map

    Playgrounds and Recreation

    The Playgrounds & Recreation Map is an overview of the City of Gardner’s Playground and Recreation sites, with details about each area: CLICK HERE

    City of Gardner Zoning Map

    Zoning Map

    The Gardner MA Zoning Map comes with a disclaimer that it “is for general information purposes. In the event of any discrepancy, the vote of the City Council establishing or amending boundaries and the text of the City Code governs.”  The map is highly detailed and allows you to zoom in on whatever area you desire. CLICK HERE

    PROPERTY CARDS

    City of Gardner Property Cards can be viewed at: CLICK HERE. The City of Gardner Fiscal Year 2022 tax rate is explained at: CLICK HERE. The City of Gardner Assessor’s office advises “To get the most up to date and complete property card, please contact the City Assessor at (978) 630-4004 or at ckumar@gardner-ma.gov

  • Moving Here (1/18/2022)
    Moving to the Area Gardner MA

    Moving to the Greater Gardner MA area

    If you’re relocating to the Greater Gardner MA area, you’ll likely want to know about the availability of various needs in your community. Our Moving to the Area Guide covers utilities, housing and home, transportation and taxes, municipal services, financial services, education, vices, medical, outdoor activity and exercise, shopping, entertainment and social, and attractions.

    Moving to Area Guide page, CLICK HERE

  • The Gardner Vortex (1/15/2022)
    Gardner MA - Route 2 Corridor
    Gardner MA – Route 2 Corridor CLICK for larger image.
    People Gardner MA
    Massachusetts map with Gardner
    Massachusetts Map with Gardner. CLICK for larger image.

    Gardner MA – Positioned for Success

    Wonder why the City of Gardner MA draws so much attention?   Much of it is meritorious, based on many successes.  And, there is another contributing factor.  We call it the Gardner Geographic Vortex, reflecting Gardner’s location on the Massachusetts Route 2 Corridor.  When Gardner is singled out on the map, its importance is revealed.   It is the beating heart of the region.  Positioned for being noticed.  Poised for excellence.  On its way to success in 2022 and beyond!

  • Community Park (1/12/2022)
    Winchendon  MA Community Park lgo

    Winchendon MA Community Park Performing Arts Center Closer to Reality

    Winchendon MA is inviting sealed bids from contractors for the $2 million Arts Center slated to be built at 86 Ingleside Road in Winchendon. Along with site work, the project consists of the construction of an outdoor amphitheater with covered stage.

    Winchendon Amphitheater

    A pre-bid conference and site visit is taking place Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 10am in front of the existing barn at 86 Ingleside Road, Winchendon.

    The Winchendon Community Park has a website. CLICK HERE View the complete plans for the project. (12mb) CLICK HERE.

  • Alternate Universe (1/8/2022)
    multiverse-1200

    Gardner MA in Alternate Universe

    What would Gardner MA look like in an alternate universe?   If such a city exists, could we actually see it, make comparisons, and learn from it?  Complete Article, CLICK HERE. 

    Gardner Magazine has uncovered such a City right here in the United States, a city by the same name in another state with some interesting parallels to our reality.   For details, CLICK HERE.

    .

  • $5,000,000 Bike Bridge (1/6/2022)
    gardnerunderconstruction-1200

    Gardner $5,000,000 Bike Bridge

    Now in the design phase, the more than $5 million bike bridge to go over Route 140 for the North Central Pathway is slated to begin construction in 2026. We have all the details. For the complete article, CLICK HERE.

  • Land and Water (1/6/2022)
    gardnermagazine-landandwater-1200
    CLICK IMAGE for larger view

    Learn more about the towns in the region. Using the Around the Towns menu, browse to the community of your choice for helpful information. We also have a page listing Greater Gardner MA community organizations.

    Greater Gardner MA – Land and Water Area

    Gardner MA makes up about 3 percent of the land area and 2 percent of the water area we cover. Much of the water in Petersham and New Salem is due to the Quabbin Reservoir. Ashburnham MA is known for Lake Wampanoag, Sunset Lake, Lake Watatic, Wallace Pond, and the Upper & Lower Naukeag Lakes. Westminster has Crocker Pond. Winchendon has Lake Dennison.

  • Community Spotlight (1/5/2022)
    Spotllight on Communities

    Gardner Magazine has a dedicated page for each community we cover including LOCAL NEWS and COMMUNITY INFORMATION, Community Facts, Government, Schools, Organizations, Interactive Map, Town Photos, Service pages, and Outside Links.

    Spotlight on Communities Greater Gardner MA

    Gardner MA is known as the Chair City, and the other communities covered by Gardner Magazine all have something special: Ashburnham– Town of Lakes, Ashby – smallest town, Athol-the Tool Town, Barre – Town of Patriots, Gardner – The Chair City, Hardwick – Oldest Fair, Hubbardston -1015 above sea level, New Salem – Home of Quabbin Reservoir, Oakham – Coldbrook Springs, Orange – Home of Peace Statue, Petersham – Conservation, Phillipston – Historic Town Center, Princeton – Mt. Wachusett, Royalston – Forests and Falls, Rutland – Geographic Center of MA, Templeton – Town of 4 Villages, Warwick – Mt. Grace & Forest, Westminster – Historic Places, Winchendon – the Toy Town.

  • Visit Downtown Gardner (12/13/2021)
  • Great Place to Live – Work – Play (12/13/2021)
  • Premium Quality (12/11/2021)
    gardnerpremiumquality-1200

    Are you aware of the increasing number of awesome products being made in Gardner MA and the surrounding area by some very talented people?

    Gardner MA Premium Quality

    Since 1785, Gardner MA has stood for premium quality. Premium quality products. Premium quality, caring people. And in the years ahead, premium quality potential. It is a 5 star City, on the way up, towards a new trajectory of unparalleled success. It is a welcoming Chair City and a generous “Share City.” As we celebrate the Holiday season, let us reflect on what is GOOD all around us. And let us make it even BETTER together. Want to print a HIGH RES image. CLICK HERE

  • Gardner Tops 21K (12/8/2021)
    gardnermap-1200
    Complete Gardner Census Data from 2020.

    Gardner MA Population Statistics

    According to the U.S. Census, Gardner has a population of 21,287.    Median Household Income is about $50,000.   Those with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher is close to 1 in 5.   More than half of the population is employed.  98% have health care coverage.   There’s 9,411 total housing units with 691 vacant according to the Census Bureau.  Gardner’s median estimated age of 41 is slightly above the median age in Massachusetts.  One statistic to note: Average Gardner commute time is just under ½ hr. so there’s room for more local employers.  For the complete census data, click here.

  • Visit Gardner (12/2/2021)
    downtowngardnervideopix-600

    Visit Downtown Gardner Video Released

    To celebrate a great place to shop, Gardner Magazine has released a Downtown Gardner MA video. Watch it in full HD. CLICK HERE.

  • Gardner MA History (11/25/2021)
    gardnermuseum-1200

    An Historical Find!

    You don’t want to miss this! We’ve discovered some bargain Christmas gifts at the Gardner Museum on Pearl Street. One-of-a-kind history gifts for the holidays at affordable prices for everyone starting at $1.  

      Anyone Polish in your family? Get them a silver polish bottle from the 1930s.  It’s 5 bucks.  Remember Goodnow Pearson’s with a Christmas pin.   It’s 10 bucks.   How about a Gardner Historical Landmarks mug? All for the giant price of… 5 bucks.  Now, for a great stocking stuffer: Pick up a Gardner News water bottle for just 1 dollar.   How about an Argus yearbook, there’s hundreds to choose from at just 5 bucks each.   For history buffs, an 1880 Gardner map for just 5 bucks.    There’s so much more, and it’s all affordable.  

    Don’t miss the Holiday history deals at the Gardner Museum on Pearl Street in Gardner. Website link, CLICK HERE

    The best of both worlds! Support a great local non-profit which preserves Gardner’s history and pick up some great holiday gifts. Wow!

  • Aliens at Dog Park (11/11/2021)
    Aliens at Gardner MA Dog Park
    Aliens at the Gardner Dog Park – Finnegan Saves the World with Kindness.
    World Kindness Day is Saturday, Nov. 13th. Save the World. Be Kind!

    Aliens at the Gardner Massachusetts Dog Park

    Dogs show us so much love and as the Dog Park shows, much love for fellow dogs. This fictional sci-fi movie short produced by our own 101.3 Studios explores what happens when aliens visit planet Earth at the Dog Park and hero dog Finnegan saves the World with Kindness. Visit video page to play video.

  • Live – Work – Play -Visit (10/4/2021)
    Gardner Massachusetts
    greatplacetoliveworkandplay2
    Share the Chair City, Gardner MA
    Gardner Massachusetts - Live, Work, Play

    Spread the word by printing a poster and displaying it. Thank you for living or visiting Gardner MA!

    Gardner Magazine will soon be releasing an HD video produced at our Route 101.3 Studios from footage gathered over the last few months. Come back for details.

    Live, Work, Play, Visit

    Gardner Massachusetts

    Share the Chair City

    Gardner Massachusetts is a great place to live, work, play, and visit. Route 101.3 Studios is diligently working on several video releases including the full Live, Work, and Play video movie. Watch the 2 1/2 minute trailer here. We have released “Journey to the Future”, a fictional time travel short about what Gardner might look like in 3000 AD. To watch, Click for video.

    It’s time to “Share the Chair”. Downtown Gardner of the Chair City has much to offer you, your family, and your friends. Downtown Gardner has endeavored to extend a warm welcome mat to all who choose to visit. Check out Downtown Gardner MA for a delicious meal, a shopping experience, or your daily needs. Read our full article...

    Great Place to Live, Work, Play, and Visit!

    Gardner Massachusetts is a great place to live, work, and play, AND, a great place to visit. Gardner is a great place to live with a multitude of housing, shopping, and dining choices as well as a safe, nurturing learning environment with excellent medical care, city services, opportunity to participate in government, socialize, and worship as desired. Gardner is a great place to work with a growing and stable base of business and industry offering opportunity for diverse occupations. Gardner is a great place to play with the amenities to interact and connect with each other through activities, sports, parks, facilities, the arts, recreation, and nature. Download 300 dpi 8 1/2 x11 pdf poster to print. And, Gardner is a great place to visit. Go to Visiting Gardner MA page.

    gardnermuseum-chair-600

    The Gardner Museum is a great place to visit when you visit Gardner MA. Click here for the complete article on the Gardner Museum.

    Watch a video about the Gardner Magazine site. Click here.

  • Visiting Gardner? (9/15/2021)
    visitgardnerma350

    Visiting Gardner – Revealing Secrets

    If you’re visiting Gardner Massachusetts, you’ve probably already heard some good things about the “Chair City.” But, do you know the insider information which will make your visit a completely fulfilling one? Do you know the great places to eat? Are you aware of the superb places to shop or where to go for recreation? Do you know what great things you can bring home with you? We’re glad you stopped here. Click for complete article.

  • Live Work and Play, or Visit (9/9/2021)
    Gardner MA
    Great place to live, work, and play
    Gardner MA Live Work and Play

    Spread the word by printing a poster and displaying it. Thank you for living or visiting Gardner MA!

    Gardner Magazine will soon be releasing an HD video produced at our Route 101.3 Studios from footage gathered over the last few months. Come back for details.

    Gardner MA – Live, Work, and Play

    Gardner Massachusetts is a great place to live, work, and play, AND, a great place to visit. Gardner is a great place to live with a multitude of housing, shopping, and dining choices as well as a safe, nurturing learning environment with excellent medical care, city services, opportunity to participate in government, socialize, and worship as desired. Gardner is a great place to work with a growing and stable base of business and industry offering opportunity for diverse occupations. Gardner is a great place to play with the amenities to interact and connect with each other through activities, sports, parks, facilities, the arts, recreation, and nature. Download 300 dpi 8 1/2 x11 pdf poster to print.

    Thank you for living in or visiting Gardner MA!

  • The Biggest Chair (8/1/2021)
    firstchair-250

    Gardner’s First Big Chair

    Read the complete article

    History of the “Big Chair”

    The history of the big Gardner Chair dates back over a hundred years, before Gardner MA became a city. At one time Gardner was home to a dozen furniture companies making more than a million chairs a  year and employing almost one thousand workers. 

    The 20 foot iconic chair on Elm Street is testament to the “Chair City of the World.”  In 1977, the chair was designated as the largest in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records and the record was listed in the 1978 edition of the book. 

    It is said the very first “Big Chair” was created by George C. Goodale of the Philander Derby Company in 1905 and was intended to be the company’s float in that year’s Labor Day parade.   Read the complete article.

  • Play in Athol (7/4/2021)

    The Town of Athol and the North Quabbin Region attract visitors to various activities. There are trails for varied abilities and a nice collection of parks and open spaces in and around downtown Athol. For more information visit the Parks and Trails page on the town of Athol website.

  • Ashburnham Outdoors (7/1/2021)

    Ashburnham is noted for the beautiful outdoors as the starting point for the Wapack Trail and Massachusetts Midstate trail. Mount Watatic was named as one of the 1000 places to visit in Massachusetts by the Great Places in Massachusetts Commission. Ashburnham is home to lakes and Camp Winnekeag.