Life and Living Greater Gardner MA Local News
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- Gardner City-Wide Yard Sale (5/21/2022)
The City of Gardner welcomed many to its Spring 2022 Yard Sale. We’ll advise you of Fall 2022 plans as they are announced.
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.
Click any image for larger view.
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)
Simultaneous events in Gardner MA, the Chair City are chronicled for one Wednesday afternoon.
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.
- City Council 5-16-22 (5/19/2022)
Gardner MA Councilors Debate Scooters and Approve Outdoor Dining Space.
The first item was according to Councilor Craig Cormier, ““a very simple ordinance, just a move from 9am to 8am, brings into line with how yard sales actually work and brings into line with the City-Wide Yard Sale that’s already been advertised.” City Council approved for first printing.
Watch the Gardner City Council meetings on the City of Gardner YouTube page or on our City Council page.
The complete City Council and packet is available. CLICK HERE
The Fiscal Year 2023 School Budget Presentation is available. CLICK HERE.
Gardner Magazine reached out to Councilor Ron Cormier’s telephone number to ask whether he plans to resign from the Council following his objection to the free speech discussion over the scooters. We are awaiting a reply.
Scooter Stirs Debate and Discussion, and even an attempt by one Councilor to silence free speech.
Mayor Nicholson has proposed bringing shareable dockless mobility devices to the Chair City, otherwise known as “scooters”. There was considerable discussion. Councilor George Tyros had concerns., opposing the use of the devices for respect and safety reasons in the cemeteries.
Councilor Boone was asked by Tyros about his concerns and Boone stated “there was some question on fees…one of the things is that our DPW is gonna have to pick up these things if they are left, and there was no fee structure for that, ….I think as a City we need more time to absorb what’s going on. I know these things are coming, do I think it’s gonna be a little chaotic, maybe, maybe not, so I just think we need more time to make a proper decision on the matter.”
Councilor Nick Boudreau, “ to speak to Councilor Boone’s thought, when I worked in the City of Marlborough, we implemented this during my tenure there, and there was a big ooh and aah phase at the very beginning, but then it did die down, almost to the point where it was just second nature to these people. So I don’t think necessarily people are going to be leaving them out for an extended period of time, maybe it may happen a couple of times towards the beginning, and you can find out exactly who it was based off of different apps and different ways of payment and that kind of stuff which would differ based on the vendor that we would use, but I don’t think it’s going to be, we’re not Nashville, so they’re not going to be throwing these scooters everywhere all year, or bikes, of whatever we were to get.”
Councilor Heath, ”I’ve rented a number of these, when I was out in Baltimore, when I was out in Los Angeles, you do have to be licensed, you’re supposed to be over 18 to go ahead and ride these, so it depends on which ones, my kids rode them with me. I signed off on all of them. However, they couldn’t do it themselves, I had to go ahead and do it as an adult. So have they been left around and things and such, yes, but you’re supposed to go ahead and take a photo of where you leave it, when you get off of it. “
Councilor Mack, “ I was wondering, seeing he’s present, if the Mayor could just address, he did send us documentation this afternoon addressing Councilor Boone’s concerns, …I would just like to give the Mayor the opportunity to present what’s he’s giving to us in regards to those concerns.”
In a somewhat bizarre outburst, Councilor Ronald Cormier actually objected to the City Council discussing the matter and had to be reminded by the City Council President that Councilor had an right to discuss it. Councilor Ronald Cormier stated, “this is inappropriate., the conversations.”
Council President Kazinskas stated, “this is on the motion. Councilors can speak before the motion is seconded. … Councilors asked whether the motion had been seconded and Kazinskas responded no, “we’re going to continue with the motion.”
The motion was seconded to refer to the Public Safety Committee.
Councilor Cormier, “To Councilor Tyros, we do intend to have a meeting on this week, and hope to have it back before the Council at our next meeting.
Councilor Walsh, “I’m going to support the motion to refer. This is a lengthy amendment …a lot to absorb, when it’s on our agenda for the very first time….I think a little more time to do it right as best we can in advance of these vehicles becoming part of the city’s landscape is a good idea.”
Motion was approved to temporarily close a portion of Pleasant Street for outdoor dining.
Craig Cormier “We did have a chance to discuss this…would give a 3 month closure to Pleasant Street to try out some outdoor dining on the streets for the summer months. If we don’t like it, we can obviously let it expire and not keep doing that. Businesses involved signed a letter in favor of the motion.”
The Gardner Police Department indicated the dates of closure would be June 20, 2022 from 7am through October 1, 2022 at 7am.
Dana Heath, “ I just want to say thank you to the DPW. I sent a request today at 12:40 …Ovila Case playground…the bottom floor was busted open, so kids could fall through it. It was fixed within an hour. So I just want to say thank you” George Tyros, “Nothing this evening.” Alek Dernalowicz, “ I have nothing this evening.” Judy A. Mack, “I just want to mention. With the planned improvements to the Downtown area including areas of outside seating, I would like to suggest that the traffic commission and the disabilities commission look into creating some handicapped accessible parking spots on Parker, Central, Main, or Pleasant Street for disabled people. With the recent roadwork downtown there are curb cuts to allow for accessibility for the sidewalks, but we have not made parking accessible., other than what I can see in parking lots. So, I would just like to see this considered for those people who need the accessibility to our downtown businesses.” Craig Cormier, “ I have no Council business this evening.” James S. Boone, “I saw several of the committee members and I discovered this Argus Yearbook, 1922, it was on 76 Osgood Street in an attic we were currently clearing out…” Nathan Boudreau, “Can’t wait till my yearbook is brought to a City Council meeting as a historic relic, I have no new City Council business this evening.” Karen G. Hardern “Nothing new this evening.” James M. Walsh, “Two items. Councilor Boone might want to consider if he wants it in a safe place to put it back in the attic where he found it. …The other thing I wanted to mention is a follow up to these National Grid petitions. It used to be the practice of the City Engineer to review these petitions in advance of their being presented to the City Council so that the kind of errors that occurred in the petitions we just considered would not occur….and I’m happy to say that newly appointed and confirmed City Engineer Mr. Oliver is going to be doing that as we go forward, …” Ronald F. Cormier, “I have nothing this evening.” Elizabeth Kazinskas, “ I have no new Council business.”
- Fashions Through Centuries (5/16/2022)
Fashions Through Centuries Exhibit at Rutland Historical Society Saturday May 21, 2022 from 1-4pm
The Rutland Historical Society 300th committee cordially invites you to “Fashions Through the Centuries”, an amazing exhibit of RHS’ many collections of clothing dating back from the 1700’s – 1900’s. RHS is eager to share and present their fashion collections which have been donated over many years. The exhibit will include displays and volunteers modeling the various clothing selections. This is the concluding event of the “Rutland’s History Through the Centuries” series. The town of Rutland celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2013. The Rutland Historical Society is located in the Wood House at 232 Main Street, Rutland, MA. RHS on Facebook RHS website.
- Gardner Yard Sale (5/15/2022)
Gardner MA is poised to get a huge influx of visitors on Saturday May 21, 2022 as bargain hunters will have many homes to visit for Yard Sale items!
Gardner MA City-Wide Yard Sale on May 21, 2022 from 8am to 2pm headed for huge participation success!
Event organizer Julie Mazza reports that the definite number is 126 houses who have signed up. Gardner Magazine registered GardnerYardSale.com to help and it has a link to Julie’s latest map and even posters you can use at your house to advertise your participation. If you’re thinking of having a yard sale in Gardner this year, don’t miss this event.
The deadline to sign up was Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – all you had to do was email your home address to firstname.lastname@example.org and get a free Yard sale permit from the City of Gardner. CLICK HERE Note that Mayor Nicholson has stated that even though the City Code only allows yard sales to start after 9am, the City is making an exception and allowing this sale to start at 8am and the City Council just sent a corrected ordinance to First Printing.
Yard Sale supplies. If you need some pricing stickers or sign materials we suggest the Dollar Tree in the Timpany Plaza, Walmart, Staples, Ocean State Job Lot, or Big Lots.
As of 8pm on May 19 2022, the Gardner Yard Sale Map showed 126 participants and the online Gardner Yard Sale Map had been viewed about 2200 times. Gardner Businesses should be prepared for a large influx of people to the Chair City this Saturday.
- Cupcake Fundraiser (5/9/2022)
Bakers to Battle for a good cause in Orange MA
Cupcake Wars is slated to take place Sunday, May 22, 2022 at the Orange American Legion. The event benefits the Mahar After Prom Party which is run to keep students safe. Professional and amateur bakers can compete. And the public enjoys cupcakes! For the complete article click here:
- Keep Gardner Beautiful (5/8/2022)
Keep Gardner MA Beautiful Successful Event
Regarding the Keep Gardner Beautiful effort held Saturday 5-7-22 Mayor Nicholson was quoted on WGAW’s Hotline Radio program as saying, “We had a ton of individuals out today just helping Keep Gardner Beautiful as their organization’s name says. It is our annual Nip Hunt and Litter Cleanup Day.”
Mayor Nicholson continued. “There’s several dozen people out in the community right now…it’s really a great event.” “More hands make for lighter work, we’ve got plenty of hands out there, but there’s still quite a heavy lift.”
City Council President Liz Kazinskas stated, ““It was nice to be able to go give out the kits to volunteers and speak with Dianne Leblanc, this morning, and her husband, she really does such a fantastic job with the Keep Gardner Beautiful initiative, and the City-wide cleanup is such a wonderful event to get so many people involved…I think it’s wonderful to help take some pride in the community. Councilor Judy Mack was there as well as the Mayor of the City, many different groups, there was some students from Gardner High School as well, there was a Boy Scout Troop that was going to be doing Jackson Playground. I think it’s such a wonderful thing.”
Kazinskas also had praise for James Kraskouskas of Anthony’s Liquor Mart who is providing financial support for the Nip Hunt part of the event. Money raised will be used to help an organization involved in rescuing hundreds of orphans from the Ukraine War situation.
Event organizer Dianne Leblanc stated, “We’re looking forward to getting more and more volunteers every time we come out here…any litter we take off our streets is always a good thing.”
- Gardner Fields (4/29/2022)
- H.O.P.E. (4/17/2022)
Hero Greater Gardner MA Kids Set Great Example
From the House of Peace & Education Inc.: ”H.O.P.E kiddos helped out the community yesterday and did a trash clean up! 7 bags of trash and tons of cardboard!”
- Water Line (4/16/2022)
Gardner MA Applying for funds to replace main Water Transmission Line
Gardner MA Mayor Nicholson says the City of Gardner is making a $1.2 million dollar application to replace the main water transmission line for Gardner as it was identified as a weakness by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in a 2002 report. We have obtained a copy of the Federal Government’s Infrastructure Report Card from 2017 which showcases U.S. needs. REPORT.
Nationwide, drinking water is delivered via about one million miles of pipes, many of which were laid in the early to mid 20th century with a lifespan of 75 to 100 years. There are still over an estimated 200 thousand water main breaks per year in the United States wasting over 2 trillion gallons of treated drinking water. With these facts noted, it is anticipated that Gardner will have competition for the needed funds from other municipalities around the country. Mayor Nicholson is seeking sufficient funding to not only replace the current main water transmission line, but also construct a simultaneous spare line.
Gardner MA would like to preemptively replace the main water transmission line as its breakage would compromise the delivery of water to thousands of Gardner residents.
- 4th of July (4/14/2022)
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.
- Food Truck (4/7/2022)
Printable poster PDF format CLICK HERE
Printable poster jpg format CLICK HERE
Google Interactive Map
Gardner MA 5th Annual Food Truck Festival to be Saturday, July 9, 2022
According to Gardner City Hall, “Gardner MA will be hosting it’s 5th Annual Food Truck Festival on Saturday, July 9th from 1pm until 8:30pm in downtown Gardner. With over 20 trucks there is bound to be something for everyone in your family. Some of the trucks include The Dogfather, Minuteman Kettle Corn, Nom Nom Hut and Shishkaberry’s. Gardner Ale House will be on site to provide your favorite beverage. The trucks will be parked along the front of City Hall on Pleasant Street and will continue along City Hall Avenue. Live entertainment! Mark your calendar”
Within 24 hours of posting the announcement on Facebook, there were about 150 Likes or Loves, dozens of positive comments, and 104 shares. This is a popular Gardner MA event. Last year there were 14 participating food trucks – an increase of 6 with 3 months to go suggests the event will be even bigger this year. The City of Gardner Food Truck Festival is handled through the Economic Development Coordinator Jessica DeRoy who can be reached at (978) 630-4074 ext. 1.
- Time for Golf (3/31/2022)
Enjoy a round of Golf in the Greater Gardner Area!
Spring Brings Greater Gardner MA Golfers to the Greens
There are more than 8 golf courses in the immediate area: Gardner Municipal Golf Course, 152 Eaton Street, Gardner Website: Rates: Facebook – Templewood Golf Course, 160 Brooks Rd., Templeton, MA Website: Rates: Facebook: – Westminster Golf & Country Club, 51 Ellis Rd., Westminster MA Website: Rates: Facebook: – The Woods of Westminster, Woods of Westminster Course, 23 Rock Maple Lane., Westminster MA Website: Rates: Facebook: – Ellinwood Country Club, 1928 Pleasant St., Athol MA Website: Rates: Facebook: – Camp Coldbrook RV Resort, Camp Coldbrook Course, 864 Old Coldbrook Rd., Barre MA Website: Facebook: – Quail Hollow Golf & Country Club, Quail Hollow Course, 1822 Old Turnpike Rd., Oakham MA Website: Rates: Facebook: – Bedrock Golf Club, Bed Rock Course, 87 Barre Paxton Rd., Rutland MA Website: Rates: Facebook:
- Gardner Yard Sale (3/13/2022)
We will promote the City of Gardner City-Wide Yard Sale with the new website AND with banner ads here. With our circulation of more than 10,000 households, we hope to increase attendance and encourage households to participate. In Gardner, Yard Sale permits are FREE.
Gardner MA Spring City-Wide Yard Sale
GardnerMagazine.com has registered GardnerYardSale.com and is donating web space to promote the Spring City-Wide Gardner Yard Sale taking place Saturday May 21, 2022 from 8am to 2pm. Visit site. CLICK HERE – On the site, we will also be listing links to Public and Private Facebook Marketplace pages and Craigslist listings.
- Atlantic Fog (3/3/2022)
For complete information on Massachusetts Beer Week and participating breweries, CLICK HERE.
Gardner MA Gardner Ale House Celebrates Massachusetts Beer Week
Known for its original beers under the Moon Hill Brewery brand, Gardner Ale House is introducing a new beer this Sunday at noon. Atlantic Fog is described as, “a hazy New England IPA” Food customers from noon to 2pm on Sunday March 6, 2022 have a chance to win Moon Hill Swag, Baseball Hats, and gift cards.
- School Vacation (2/20/2022)
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 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 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.
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.
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, 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
- Help Wanted (2/19/2022)
A great site to use in looking for work is Indeed.com as you can easily search by area and type of job desired. CLICK HERE. Another great source for employers and job seekers is the MassHire North Central Career Center. CLICK HERE
Gardner MA Employers Competing for Workers
If you are a hard worker or have unique talents, right now might be a great time to look for work as many Greater Gardner MA employers want you! See links to resources at left.
On February 19, 2022 there were a number of Administrative jobs available:
Seaman Paper Company is looking for an Executive and HR Administrator, Mount Wachusett Community College is looking for Clerk IV ACT (Academic, Career, and Transfer), Patient Scheduler, Secretary -Radiology at Heywood Hospital, After School Program Coordinator at House of Peace & Education, Inc., Transfer Station Monitor for city of Gardner, Transportation Coordinator at NRT Bus Inc., Payroll Administrator at Temp-Secure Staffing, Maintenance Clerk at Garlock Printing & Converting, Furniture Warehouse Manager at Lachance Interiors, and Clerk III Box Office at Mount Wachusett Community College, Database Administrator at Gardner Public Schools
If you’re looking for Healthcare, we found these:
Patient Registrar, Patient Registration at Heywood Hospital, Lab Assistant at vivitide in Gardner, Dental Office Manger at Javad Mirzai DMD PLLC, Dental Assistant at Gardner Family Dental Care, and Behavior Technician at Behavioral Health Links.
Do you like to be involved in the making of things? Manufacturing Jobs available include:
Packer at Garlock Printing and Converting, General Laborer at Titan Transportation Services, Packers at Advanced Cable Ties, Machine Operator at Standard Chair of Gardner, Polisher at Continental Feed Screw, Door and Window Manufacturing at Specialty Wholesale Supply/Maki Building Centers in Gardner, and Wood Department Group Leader at Standard Chair.
Customer Service, Retail, and Food Industry Jobs are available at a number of locations in Gardner MA:
KFC Team member, Cashier at Price Chopper, Barista at Starbucks, Crew Team member at McDonald’s, Retail Store Associate at CVS, Store Associate/Stocker at Big Lots, Crew member at Dunkin Donuts, Ice Cream Preparer at Friendly’s (16+), Footwear Fitting Sales Associate at Dow Shoe Store, Entrance Screener at Heywood Hospital, Store Associate at Hannaford, Greeter and Customer Service Representative at SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service, Host Staff, Bartender, Dish Machine Operator, and Servers at Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub, Retail Sales Associate at Staples, Wedding Hostess, Restaurant Server, and Banquet Server at Colonial Hotel, Domino’s Pizza Delivery, Retail Staff at Gamestop, Sales Floor Associate at Dollar Tree, Delivery Driver at Papa Gino’s, Asset Protection Coach Trainee/Manager at Walmart, Team Member at Tractor Supply, Furniture Delivery Driver at Lachance Interiors, Verizon Wireless Sales Consultant, T-Mobile Retail Sales Associate, Lumber Yard Worker at National Lumber.
Interesting Jobs available outside of the City of Gardner MA include a Radio Show Morning Host, a Library Director, an Athletic Director, or a Surveillance Investigator
Radio Show Morning Host at WPKZ Radio in Fitchburg, Library Director for the City of Fitchburg or Town of Erving, Hall Monitor at the Ralph C. Mahar School District in Orange, Landscape Gardener at Fassett Farm Nursey in Jaffrey NH, Reading Tutor at the Village School in Barre, Railroad Laborer in Worcester, Middle High School Athletic Director in West Boylston, Board Clerk/Secretary – Town of Lunenburg, Camera Shader, Worcester Red Sox, Worcester – , Photographer for the Worcester Red Sox, also Technical Director and Broadcast Audio Operator, Automotive Detailer at Bouchard Automotive Group in Fitchburg, Barn Help at Highland Hill Farm in Berlin, Heavy Equipment Operator at Accura Construction Corp in New Ipswich, NH, Police Officer at Barre Police Department, Doggie Daycare Attendant at Destination Pet LLC, Shrewsbury, Entry Level Surveillance Investigator at DigiStream New England, Fitchburg and Worcester, Athletic Director at Camp Atwater in North Brookfield, Director of Finance and Operations, Winchendon Public Schools, Horseback Riding Instructor at Century Mill Stables in Bolton, Academic Recruitment Counselor at Fitchburg State University, Canine Center Attendant at NEADS World Class Service Dogs in Princeton, Bridal Consultant at Country Bridals and Formal Wear in Jaffrey, Art Model at SharonKnettell in Worcester, and Crew member at Sisco Timber in Winchendon.
- Dog Licenses (2/9/2022)
Gardner MA Dog Licenses Now Available
From the City of Gardner, “2022 Dog Licenses are now available. For more information please call the Clerk’s Office at 978-630-4058 or visit https://www.gardner-ma.gov/702/Dog-License.” Please note: Due to a City Council vote 2 days ago, if you’re over 70, your dog license(s) are FREE.
- Exciting FM (1/27/2022)
WGAW programs a News/Talk format 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from studios across the street from Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner. Popular programs include the Morning News with Steve Wendell, Hotline Radio, and various syndicated talk shows. For a complete Program Guide, CLICK HERE.
Local Gardner MA Radio Station adds 98.1 FM to its signal offering.
WGAW1340.com now has a reliable FM signal at 98.1 FM to go with its AM signal at AM 1340. The radio station is in its 76th year of broadcasting to the region. Station owner Steven Wendell is excited about the new option, which provides a signal immune to static and electrical interference present in some Gardner MA area buildings. As a result, the audience is expected to grow even more.
For station website, CLICK HERE
The radio station had been testing for some time under a Construction Permit for 98.1 FM issued by the F.C.C. As Steve says, “Give it a listen, it sounds great!”
- Weather (1/27/2022)
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.
- Hubbardston Recreation (1/24/2022)
- Moving Here (1/18/2022)
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
- Active Library (1/18/2022)
Gardner MA has an Active Library
Levi-Heywood Memorial Library in Gardner MA is an active member of the Gardner MA community with a beautiful facility at 55 West Lynde Street in Gardner MA. January is Winter Craft Month in the Children’s Room. There’s Grab & Go Storytime now through February 22. The Spice Club hands out a new kit every month. And now through February, 2022, the Library’s Exhibit Gallery is featuring the “Ideal House” Youth Art Exhibition.
You can borrow ebooks and audiobooks without leaving home. For more about all the items you can borrow from Gardner’s Levi Heywood Memorial Library, visit the library website. CLICK HERE.
Massachusetts museum passes are available, CLICK HERE
- Advanced Library (1/18/2022)
Stevens Memorial Library – Ashburnham MA at the top of the Library Endeavor
Anyone making a trip to the Stevens Memorial Library website is immediately impressed by the wealth of opportunity and immersed in the online experience. If you have a valid library card, you can borrow so many items for FREE at the library. Tech items you can borrow include chromebooks, hotspots, record playes, and ipads. Here’s a link to the tech page: CLICK HERE
The library says that patrons have access to more than 27,000 titles for FREE on Kanopy to watch video for kids, teens, and adults. And of course, you can borrow books, lots of books. For more about this incredible community resource, please visit the library website: CLICK HERE.
From the library website: “Ashburnham’s library is a town-wide resource for educational, cultural, historical, and recreational print and electronic information for citizens, businesses, and residents of Ashburnham, MA and neighboring communities.”
- Moses How Award (1/17/2022)
3rd Annual Moses How Award Rutland MA
The Select Board is seeking nominations for the 3rd Annual Moses How Award, to be presented to a member of the public for exemplary public service to the People and Town of Rutland MA. Nominations will close on January 31st. To submit a nomination, CLICK HERE
From the Town of Rutland website: “Moses How (1695-1749) was a founding father of Rutland, Massachusetts and is recognized as Rutland’s first law enforcement officer.“
- Unemployment (1/14/2022)
Gardner MA started 2021 with 9% Unemployment and finished the year at 6%.
Greater Gardner MA Unemployment Rate
During 2020, unemployment in Gardner MA averaged out at 10.5%, Right now, the rate hovers around 6%. You can get the Unemployment rates by Workforce Development Area, By County, and by City/Town through an easy-to-use Interactive Map. CLICK HERE.
- Community Park (1/12/2022)
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.
- Tree Pickup (1/9/2022)
Gardner MA Christmas Tree Pickup January 12, 13,14, 2022
From City of Gardner, “Curbside Christmas tree collection was interrupted this week due to illness. If your tree was not picked up please note that E.L. Harvey will be picking up trees next week on January 12th, 13th and 14th on your regularly scheduled trash collection day.”
- Dog Licensing (1/7/2022)
UPDATE January 7, 2022 from City of Gardner: ” Dog Licenses Are Not Currently Available Due To Production Delay. Please be advised that 2022 dog licenses are not available at this time due to a production delay with our tag manufacturer. If you have mailed in your license request, your check will not be cashed until we receive the new tags, which could be as late as some time in February. We will periodically update the website or you can feel free to contact the City Clerk’s office at 978-630-4058. The time frame for late fees will be adjusted accordingly.”
Greater Gardner MA Dog Licensing 2022
Dog licensing in the Greater Gardner MA area needs to be done every year. In Gardner MA, Fees are: Males/Females not fixed – $15, and neutered/spayed $11 Due dates, fees, and late penalties vary by community. All communities require proof of rabies. Wearing a dog license tag protects your dog, as your pet can be traced back to you in the event your dog gets loose. Here are the dates and dog licensing web links by community:
Ashburnham – by 5/31/22, — Ashby – by 1/1/22, — Athol – by 2/28/22, — Barre – by 3/31/22, — Gardner by 3/31/22, — Hardwick- by 4/1/22, — Hubbardston – by 5/1/22, — New Salem -date not listed , —Oakham – 4/1 to 3/31, late after 6/1, — Orange – by 3/31/22, — Petersham – by 1/1/22 (website as of 12/31/21 only listed 2020 info), — Phillipston – by 3/31/22, —Princeton by 4/28/22 (last business day in April), — Royalston – date not listed, — Rutland by 3/31/22, — Templeton by 3/31/22, — Warwick by 6/1/22 a new town website is in progress Old town website Fees were at this link, — Westminster by 4/15/22, — Winchendon by 3/31/22
- Templeton Senior Center (1/6/2022)
Senior Center Closed
From the Town of Templeton, “Due to staffing issues, the Templeton Senior Community Center will be closed to the public through Monday, January 17, 2022, and we are hoping to re-open on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. All scheduled activities will be canceled during the closure, but transportation will continue. If you have any questions or need transportation during this time, call the Senior Center’s main number at 978-894-2780 and leave a message.”
- Keeping Active (1/3/2022)
Keep Active in Greater Gardner MA
With so many of us spending more time indoors during the winter months, it’s still important to keep active. Here are some options:
The Fitness Center at Mount Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St., Gardner MA is 65,000 square feet and open to the public. It has a pool, courts, tracks, equipment, 85 programs, and even childcare. For more information, CLICK HERE.
There’s ice skating at the Gardner Veterans Arena, 45 Veterans Drive, Gardner. For more information, CLICK HERE
- Eating Out (1/2/2022)
Restaurants in Gardner MA
Gardner has enough restaurants for you to try a new one every day. We have the Gardner MA Search Engine Ratings for the nearly 3 dozen restaurants in the Chair City and easy links for online ordering. For the article, CLICK HERE.
- Christmas with the Animals (12/13/2021)
- Aliens at the Gardner MA Dog Park (12/13/2021)
- Great Place to Live – Work – Play (12/13/2021)
- Live Work Play (short) (12/13/2021)
- Plain View Farm (11/29/2021)
Plain View Farm wants to SOCK IT TO YOU in a good way!
Located on 130 Gardner Road in Hubbardston, the farm raises Alpacas and sells its own wooly goods online including popular $24 Survival socks. Alpacas are sheered in May yearly and a Massachusetts based mill processes the fleece. Plain View Farm website. — Read our complete article.
- Trash Talk (11/27/2021)
Greater Gardner MA Trash Talk
Solutions for trash and recycling after making all those Small Business and Holiday purchases. What do you do with the old TV, mattress, furniture, or tires? Complete information, CLICK HERE
- Vegetables (11/17/2021)
- Event Machine (11/14/2021)
Greater Gardner MA Event Machine
This time of year there are many events. We want to remind our readers that our Greater Gardner MA Event Machine automatically pulls up google searches of events occurring in area towns. Just click on your town and events will appear! ASHBURNHAM – ASHBY – ATHOL – BARRE – GARDNER – HARDWICK – HUBBARDSTON – NEW SALEM – OAKHAM – ORANGE – PETERSHAM – PHILLIPSTON – PRINCETON – ROYALSTON – RUTLAND – TEMPLETON – WARWICK – WESTMINSTER – WINCHENDON. A great tool to quickly find out what’s going on in the Greater Gardner region. For public meetings CLICK HERE.
- No Zapping, please! (11/2/2021)
Against Shock Collars
I’m an anti-zapper. Are you? We thought it would be helpful to write an editorial against aversive training methods and electric shock collars as occasionally we encounter postings from animal trainers advocating those methods. We say, Luv em, don’t Zap em. Every single animal organization we can find in the U.S. and across the planet is against shock collars. Click for more details
- Westminster Event (10/10/2021)
The Westminster Cracker Festival
Mark your calendars for October 16, 2021 for 10am to 5pm rain or shine. Held in the village center of downtown Westminster, MA, this celebration has food, fun, crafts, kids activities, and music. For more information, visit the Westminster Cracker Festival site.
- The Lost Murals (10/10/2021)
- Making you Hungry! (10/5/2021)
Eating out in Gardner MA
Are you thinking about eating out in the Greater Gardner, Massachusetts area tonight? Well, we thought we’d make you hungry by showing some of your favorite dishes. View them all on our “Making You Hungry” page. And enjoy your night out! We salute all the great cooks.
- Gardner Yard Sale (9/30/2021)
Gardner City Wide Yard Sale
The City of Gardner will be home to yard sale shoppers this Saturday for the Gardner City Wide Yard Sale Saturday, October 2, 2021. Taking place beginning at 8am, the sale has more than 75 listed homes. Google Map of participants.
- Live Work and Play, or Visit (9/9/2021)
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!
- Vinyl? (8/25/2021)
What Happened to Vinyl
So what happened to vinyl, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, and Hard Drives? Well, vinyl is still around, albeit sought after by certain collectors. CDS and DVDs are not even selling well at the flea market. Hard Drives are increasingly being replaced by Solid State Drives which have no moving parts and are much faster.
And flash drives? They are still around and still popular, along with a few varieties of digital memory cards for phones, digital cameras, and camcorders.
Gotta love technology! Oh, could somebody hand me that 8 track tape over there. Thanks.
- The Biggest Chair (8/1/2021)
Gardner’s First Big Chair
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.
- Unemployment Rate (7/12/2021)
Return to the Gardner MA Work Force
Gardner residents continue to return to the work force. While the Gardner – Fitchburg – Leominster unemployment rate is hovering at 7% and is 3.2% higher than the March 30, 2020 rate of 3.8%, it is much lower than the pandemic high of 17.6% reported for April 2020.
The Massachusetts Unemployment rate before the pandemic was 2.7%, but that quickly rose to 16.4% one month later as reported for April 2020. The current Massachusetts unemployment rate is still higher than before the pandemic and is hovering around 6%. Each of the charts can be viewed in large size by clicking the image.