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  • Council on Aging (10/4/2022)
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    Gardner MA Council on Aging Meets 10-3-22

    Listen on any device. CLICK Play.

    Council on Aging 10-3-22
  • Community Center Announcement (10/4/2022)
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    Gardner MA Michael Nicholson Announces Waterford Street School Redevelopment

    Gardner will have a Community Center, pending City Council approval. At a public announcement on October 3, 2022, Mayor Nicholson stated Waterford would become a Community Center. Press Release pdf, CLICK HERE. State Representative Jonathan Zlotnik said they would ‘fill the space in a symbiotic way. He is a former student and son of a former teacher. Center would include the Senior Center, Community Action Committee, Growing Places, and GAAMHA Inc. Mike Ellis, Director of the Senior Center said he is “excited about the project.” CAC Director Julie Meehan said it would allow their programs to be centrally located. Amy Yeagle, the Executive Director of Growing Places would retrofit the school kitchen and create a processing center to help distribute food to the needy. Tracy Hutchinson, President and CEO of GAAHMA stated, “We were so excited about partnering at Waterford Street School. We’ll be able to double to triple people we currently serve.”Shawn Hayden, VP at GAAMHA says that their existing facility on Coleman Street could then be used to expand outpatient behavioral and mental health services. “Looking to provide up to 100 new jobs in the next 2 years.” City Council President Elizabeth Kazinskas thanked Representative Zlotnik and the community partners. “A great utilization of the space for the City.” Watch on YouTube or listen to the announcement and the various speakers on any device. Click Play.

    Waterford Announcement
  • Kamuda Go Forward (10/2/2022)
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    Complete Go Forward with Gardner page, CLICK HERE.

    Go Forward with Gardner MA Series, We Interview Carolyn Kamuda

    As a Gardner icon, Carolyn Kamuda is unique. She has been a Real Estate Broker for decades, has an art gallery, projects a love for the arts and culture, and showcases a deep toolbox of common sense. The interview puts the positives of Gardner’s future in an analytical light with Kamuda’s insight providing valuable considerations for Gardner City Council, the Mayor, and businesses coming to the City. According to Kamuda, Gardner’s best asset of all is ‘its people.”

    Watch the embedded YouTube video or Click Play to play the AUDIO in any device.

    Go Forward with Gardner – Carolyn Kamuda
    AUDIO – Interview with Carolyn Kamuda
  • Yard Sale (10/1/2022)
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    Rain Holds Off, Some still hold Yard Sales in Gardner MA, Many to Hold Sales Sunday October 2, 2022

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

    Visit GardnerYardSale.com for all links.

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

  • Keep Gardner Beautiful (10/1/2022)
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    Dianne “Neon” Leblanc in TV Interview with Gardner Magazine on Successful Event October 1, 2022

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

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    AUDIO: Keep Gardner Beautiful – Go Forward with Gardner
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    Complete Go Forward with Gardner page, CLICK HERE.

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  • Nate Boudreau (9/30/2022)
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    Gardner MA City Councilor Nate Boudreau (Ward 3)

    Go Forward with Gardner Interview with Councilor Nate Boudreau

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

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

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

    Interview with Councilor Nate Boudreau

    Go Forward with Gardner page, CLICK HERE

  • Community Center (9/29/2022)
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    Gardner Community Center Moves Closer to Reality in Gardner MA

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

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

    Complete Press Release, CLICK HERE

  • Dana Heath (9/29/2022)
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    Gardner MA City Councilor Dana Heath (Ward 2)

    Go Forward with Gardner MA Interview with Councilor Dana Heath

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

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

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

    Interview with Councilor Dana Heath

    Go Forward with Gardner page, CLICK HERE

  • Tidy Up Gardner (9/28/2022)
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    Keep Gardner Beautiful Nip Hunt & Clean-Up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    3. Tidy up your own place Saturday or Sunday.

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

    Blessing of Pets

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

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  • Gardnerites United (9/27/2022)
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    Gardner MA Facebook Group Gardnerites United Shuts Down

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

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

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

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

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  • Higher Bird Ed (9/27/2022)
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    Birds at Mount Wachusett Community College

    Birds Seek Higher Education at the Mount in Gardner MA

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

  • Respectful Teenagers (9/27/2022)
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    Respectful Teenagers in Gardner MA are Genuine Gardner Assets

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

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    Site of Portable Skating Rink this Winter
  • Fourball (9/27/2022)
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    Gardner MA Municipal Golf Course Readies for Columbus Day Weekend Fourball Championship

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

  • Pumpkin Patch (9/26/2022)
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    Gardner MA Erica and Jason Bosse Straight from the Pumpkin Patch

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

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

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

  • October Events (9/25/2022)
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    October 2022 Greater Gardner Event Listings

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

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

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

  • Successful Festival (9/24/2022)
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    Gardner MA Fabulous Fall Festival – Oktoberfest Success in Photos

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

    The Chair Luge

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

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

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    Successful Festival

    The Oktoberfest

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

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

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    The Food

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

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    Hundreds and hundreds enjoyed the food in Downtown Gardner MA.

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

    The Shopping

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

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

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    Hofbrahaus Bavarians German Folk Band

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

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

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  • Double Event (9/19/2022)

    Gardner MA Fall Festival and “Oktoberfest” Octoberfest Saturday, September 24, 2022 starting at 10am Flyer

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    Gardner MA Having Two Events in One on Saturday September 24, 2022 – The Fabulous Fall Festival and the “Oktoberfest.” Octoberfest. Event is FREE.

    More on Fall Festival from Square Two, CLICK HERE. More on “Oktoberfest” Octoberfest from Ale House, CLICK HERE

    Combined Event Flyer/Brochure pdf, CLICK HERE.

    UPDATE 9-19-22: Gardner Square Two says “Show up and Be Fabulous” while revealing exciting news about what you’ll see at the Fabulous Fall Festival. For details, visit their Facebook page. CLICK HERE.

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

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    Downtown Gardner is in the process of looking even better before the event on Sat. 9-24. Up to 100 Flower Pots will be deployed in Downtown Gardner. Downtown has been spruced up since Spring.

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    Businesses, individuals, or organizations can sponsor one for $75 until around Thanksgiving in November. Also available in South Gardner Center.

    According to City Hall : “Sponsorships cover the cost of the flowers, the city will maintain them. Sponsorship signs will be placed in the flower pots shortly. There are 100 flower pots being installed downtown and 25 in South Gardner. For information on how to sponsor, contact Jessica DeRoy at jderoy@gardner-ma.gov”

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  • Community Center? (9/19/2022)
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    News of possible Gardner MA Community Center shared at Council on Aging Meeting

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

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

    Council on Aging September 12, 2022
  • Hispanic Heritage (9/18/2022)
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    What did the Mariachi Band sound like? Well here’s a short sample.

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

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

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

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  • Genuine Gardner Today (9/15/2022)
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    It was a time to celebrate what is genuinely Gardner on the beautiful day of September 15, 2022

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

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

    Patriotism is Genuine Gardner

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

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

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    Education is Genuine Gardner

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

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

    Supporting our veterans is also Genuine Gardner.

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    Embracing Gardner’s Heritage

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

    This heritage is Genuine Gardner.

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

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    Learning and Knowledge is Genuine Gardner

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

    This wonderful repository of culture and learning is Genuine Gardner.

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    Transit Man

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

    The Start of Maki Park

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

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    Surveying Future Maki Park
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    The Happy Ducks of Crystal Lake

    Nature is Genuine Gardner

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

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

    More Crystal Lake photos, CLICK HERE

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    Paramount Cafe 46 Main Street, Gardner MA

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

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

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

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  • Gardner – People are Back (9/13/2022)
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    Population Density per square mile
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    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

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  • Blue Moon (9/11/2022)
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    Blue Moon Diner Gardner MA

    It’s the next phase of the Blue Moon in Gardner MA: New owners take over

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    Kathleen and Robert Wright of Orange purchased the popular Blue Moon Diner from Jamie Floyd, who ran the business for 22 years. What’s on the menu? Stop in an find out.

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  • Opening Soon (9/11/2022)
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    New Gardner MA Breakfast – Lunch Eatery Close to Opening

    Shown is a mockup of a sign presented at a recent ZBA meeting for the new Chair City Cafe. With plans to open around Columbus Day, staffing is reportedly up to 85% of what is needed. The diner will be operated by the Chair City Church and will be located on Lynde Street at the site of the former Sacred Heart School.

  • You’ve Got This (9/9/2022)

    Gardner Magazine Publishes Gardner Elementary – You’ve Got This VideoWATCH IT!

    Sure, there’s construction and maybe even just a few challenges to go. But, You Got This Gardner! Enjoy the song in our new video, play out of the page or CLICK HERE for full screen.

  • Drought Update (9/8/2022)
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    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.

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  • Taco Rey (9/7/2022)
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    Popular Gardner MA Eatery Dazzles with New Signage and Awning

    Taco Rey Coliman is a Downtown Gardner restaurant offering dine-in, pickup, or delivery. Visit their Facebook page, CLICK HERE.

    Gardner Square Two posted, “Look at the new sign and awning for Taco Rey Coliman! They went through the City’s sign and facade grant program to get this. Contact Jessica DeRoy, Economic Development Coordinator, for help with your business.”

  • Octoberfest in September (9/7/2022)
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    Fabulous Fall Festival and Octoberfest September 24, 2022

    Gardner MA Ale House Getting Ready for Octoberfest Happening September 24th

    The renowned local restaurant and brewery is participating in Gardner’s Fabulous Fall Festival on September 24, 2022 with an Octoberfest. Complete information, CLICK HERE. The Chair Luge is also back this year. – Details, CLICK HERE.

    Meanwhile, Gardner Square Two is lining up Vendors, Food Trucks, Crafters, and Non-profits for what is projected to be one of the most Fabulous Fall Festivals in a long time. Deadline to book your participation is September 5th. Previous article with all details, CLICK HERE.

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  • Needed Rain (9/6/2022)
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    Greater Gardner MA is getting much-needed rain, helping with the ongoing drought.

    Absolutely Drenched is Great News for Greater Gardner MA

    The region has been in a D3 – Extreme Drought with all unnecessary water use prohibited, browning grass everywhere, crops, and livestock affected. It is unknown how much progress towards emerging from the drought the rain of Monday 9-5 or Tuesday 9-6-22 will bring. The National Water Information System has a Web Interface showing up-to-date precipitation information. CLICK HERE.

  • Parker Paving (8/26/2022)
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    Paving on Parker Street Gardner MA with new trash can

    Newly Paved Parker Street Gardner MA Looking Beautiful

    The long-awaited paving delayed earlier in the week by the weather has been completed. And along with a beautiful Parker Street, Gardner MA gets some very nice looking trash cans. They didn’t come cheap, but they sure look nice.

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    New Trash Can

    Our article in April 2022 reported on an additional $10,000 being appropriated for the trash cans because of price increases. CLICK HERE.

  • Overdose Awareness (8/26/2022)
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    International Overdose Awareness Day

    International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31, 2022 in Greater Gardner MA

    From the website: “International Overdose Day is the world’s annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind.” Website link, CLICK HERE.

    Downloadable Overdose Fact Sheets Below.

    City of Gardner Events

    Here’s what happening in the City of Gardner: There will be Narcan Training at 5:30pm at the First Congregational Church. From 6:30 to 8:30pm at Monument Park (or City Hall Auditorium in case of rain), there will be a community event with music, speakers, memorial video, and luminaries. The Luminary Lighting will be at 8:45pm – City Hall Lawn.

    How to Get Involved

    People get involved in this day by hosting or attending an event, by posting a tribute to a loved one who has passed away from an overdose, or by making a donation to help raise awareness of overdose and spread the message that overdose is preventable.

    Fact Sheets – Downloadable

    Downloadable fact sheets: Alcohol —- Depressants —- Opioids —- Psychoactive Substances —- Stimulants —- Crystal Methamphetamine.

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  • Fire Danger (8/26/2022)
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    Gardner and other Fire Trucks in Ashby MA

    Fire Danger very Real in Greater Gardner MA

    From the Gardner Fire Department August 26, 2022: “A few photos from Gardner Engine 3 responding with the Mass District 8 tender task force to Ashby. Crews battled a fire in a very large stump and debris dump. 19 water tankers hauled well over 600,000 gallons of water up to the scene so crews could maintain a flow onto the fire of 1750 gallons a minute!”

    Gardner FIre Dept. continued,, “That’s a very impressive task to be able to maintain in an area with no fire hydrants. Gardner’s Engine 3 was dispatched at 8 a.m. and was back in the City by 3 p.m.

    Unfortunately due to our extreme drought and dry conditions, the fire has re kindled and Ashby and surrounding towns are back fighting the fire again today. We need rain and lots of it!!”

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  • Public Service (8/25/2022)
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    Public Service Committee Meets in Gardner MA

    The Gardner MA Public Service Committee met on August 25, 2022 to go over various issues. Listen to the entire meeting. Just click Play to listen on any device.

    Public Service Committee 8-25-22 YouTube
  • Top 40 (8/22/2022)
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    Gardner MA Mayor Michael Nicholson Makes the Top 40

    As he is blessed with an Angelic Singing Voice as evidenced by performances in Caroling with the Mayor, CLICK HERE for audio page, it would not have surprised us if he had a Top 40 Josh Groban type hit. However, Nicholson was nominated and won entrance into Worcester Business Journal’s 40 under 40.

    About being an award recipient, the Mayor posted, “I was both humbled and surprised when they told me. I love my community and am looking forward to the work that’s ahead of us.”

    Gardner Magazine recently told you of Mayor Nicholson’s popularity towering over an AI voice, CLICK HERE. and previously wrote about his Magic Mike. CLICK HERE. We also have an article showing the Mayor at age 40, CLICK HERE.

  • Ain’t We Got Fun (8/20/2022)
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    Another Song to Celebrate the Gardner MA Centennial Celebration Coming January 1, 2023

    Two years before Gardner became a City, the song Ain’t We Got Fun was released by Van & Schenck. We chose to feature it here because in 100 years, some of the problems and situation described are still a part of daily life. Digitized to mp3. Just CLICK PLAY.

    Ain’t We Got Fun – Van & Schenck 1921

    Sing along with the fun lyrics, pdf, CLICK HERE.

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

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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  • Community Worship (8/17/2022)
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    Gardner MA Churches Join Forces for Community Worship Sunday August 21, 2022 10am at Monument Park

    A community worship gathering jointly sponsored by 4 area congregations is taking place in Monument Park, Gardner on Sunday August 21,, 2022 at 10am. A Facebook post states there will be “music, message, food, and fun. All are welcome.”

    Hosted by the congregations of Chestnut Street Methodist, Faith Lutheran, First Congregational, and Sanctuary Ministry Center.

    Directions to Monument Park, CLICK HERE.

  • Ride of Your Life (8/17/2022)
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    The 10th Annual Ride of Your Life in Gardner MA

    The Tenth Annual Ride of Your Life Motorcycle Ride takes place Sunday, August 21, 2022 from Heywood Hospital, 242 Green Street, Gardner.    It’s a 3 hour ride through North Central Massachusetts with stops at local motorcycle shops.  Registration begins at 8am, kickstands up at 10am.  $30 for riders and $25 for passengers.   Proceeds to benefit suicide prevention efforts in the North Central and North Quabbin regions.   Pledge form and waiver, CLICK HERE.    Event flyer pdf, CLICK HERE

  • Upcoming Wildcats Season (8/17/2022)
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    Gardner MA Athletics Releases Key Dates

    From Gardner Wildcat Athletics, “Excited to announce some key dates for our upcoming fall season! While there is more fun stuff to come in addition to this list, we wanted to give everyone a chance to mark their calendars! Some quick notes:

    * Youth nights – Chair City Lions (football/cheer) and Chair City Soccer (Soccer) will partner with our varsity programs to recognize our youngest athletes on these nights. CHAIR City LIONS and Chair City Soccer will send out communication soon!

    * Alumni nights – Be on the lookout for information regarding our alumni events; we are looking to recognize alumni from a few of our sports who haven’t had an event like this in the past.

    * Recreation nightsCity of Gardner Recreation summer camp kids who wear their camp shirts on these nights will get in for free, and receive a free gift at the game.

    * Senior nights – join us as we honor our senior athletes!

    * Thanksgiving is back on Thanksgiving morning! Join us in the morning as we take on Quabbin to close out our season. This will also be senior day for our Football players and Cheerleaders.”

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  • Remmy and Zeus (8/14/2022)
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    Local Dogs Remmy and Zeus Endorse Gardner MA Dog Park

    They come from different households, but on Sunday August 14, 2022, these two German Shepherds played like siblings. Drinking water from time to time and running around like crazy, the two dogs appeared to have a great time. They didn’t speak much, but their happy expressions say everything. The Gardner Dog Park at Pulaski, off Charbonneau and Wright Streets often draws people to the Chair City.

  • Genuine Pizza (8/11/2022)
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    West Broadway Pizza and Seafood is Genuine Gardner MA.

    West Broadway and Seafood actually delivers to Gardner, Hubbardston, Westminster, and parts of Templeton MA spreading the joy of Gardner.

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    Genuine Gardner Series

    Our Genuine Gardner Series showcases positive businesses, people, places, and things in Gardner MA.

    West Broadway Pizza and Seafood, 15 West Broadway, Gardner is “Genuine Gardner.”

    According to the signage posted at West Broadway and Seafood, the popular eatery features “Deliciousness Jumping Into the Mouth”.

    The restaurant has both a website –CLICK HERE – and a Facebook page – CLICK HERE. And, is NOW HIRING!

    Food Served includes Pizza, Wings, Salads, Subs, Chicken, Pasta, and Seafood.

    West Broadway Pizza and Seafood
  • Fall Festival (8/10/2022)
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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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  • Traveling Jones (8/10/2022)
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    Country/Rock Outfit “The Traveling Jones” Playing at Monument Park, Gardner MA August 13, 2022

    Saturday August 13, 2022 at Monument Park the start time switches to 5pm.   This week it’s the Classic Country and Rock Outfit “The Traveling Jones”  Nick Langlois – Vocals/Guitar, Bobby Blue – Guitar/vocals, Corey Laine – Bass, Jimmy Bairos – Drums, and vocalist Sarah Louise French.

    From the band: “Hi there! We are comprised of 5 members. Lead guitarist and vocalist, Nick Langlois, guitarist and vocalist Robert Winter (Bobby Blue) bassist Corey Laine, drummer Jimmy Bairos and vocalist Sarah Louise French. We perform classic country, rock and original material. We have been performing together for about 5 or 6 years now and have been friends for longer performing together In various side projects and each other’s backyards for fun. We draw inspiration from Waylon Jennings, the Grateful Dead, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Bonnie Raitt. We are very much looking forward to performing for everyone this Saturday!”

    Upcoming August 20, 2022 – Fellowship of the King, CLICK HERE.

    Upcoming August 27, 2022 – the Big Random, CLICK HERE.

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  • Great Place (8/8/2022)
    Gardner is a Great Place to Be a Puppy

    Gardner MA is a great place to Build, to Innovate, To Be a Brother, to Study Music, to Bring new Ideas, to Do Business, for Great Pizza, to Get in Shape, to Grow Industry, to be a Teen, and a great place to be a puppy. Great Place!

    Gardner MA, Is a Great Place to be

    For the complete Gardner is a Great Place to be page, CLICK HERE.

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    Gardner Holds the Key to Success
  • Growing Places (8/5/2022)
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    Growing Places Non-Profit

    Growing Places is in different communities on a daily basis. If you need food now, view the calendar. CLICK HERE.

    Growing Places Pop-Up Market Stretches Gardner MA Food Budgets

    This Summer and Fall, the Growing Places Refrigerated Van Pop-up Market brings fresh local produce to 74 West Street Gardner (across from the Gardner Ale House) every Friday from 10:00am to 11:00am.   You can pay with cash, credit/debit, Farmers Market Coupons, or SNAP/HIP dollars.   In fact if you have SNAP, you can get extra benefits for local produce.   Complete flyer, CLICK HERE.   Growing Places website, CLICK HERE.

  • Music Job (8/4/2022)
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    Gardner MA Has Opening for Dream Job

    As of August 4, 2022, Gardner needs a Gardner Middle School Band Director and a Marching Percussion Instructor at Gardner High School.  Doesn’t have to be the same person.    The Middle School Band Director is a full teacher position.  The High School Percussion Instructor is part-time throughout the marching band season.

    The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in one of the Commonwealth’s most wonderful School Districts – The Chair City.  

    These are highly prestigious jobs in this sought-after School District so the positions are expected to be filled rapidly. Here is a link to the General Employment Application. CLICK HERE.

    The City of Gardner MA has other positions available. For more information, CLICK HERE – For private sector jobs available within 5 miles of Gardner MA and listed on Indeed, CLICK HERE

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  • Maestro’s Men (7/31/2022)
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    Maestro’s Men – member of the Polka Hall of Fame

    Maestro’s Men Playing Polka at Monument Park on Saturday August 6, 2022 at 6pm

    This Polka concert by this Grammy nominated band will be the last of the summer starting at 6pm. Subsequent weeks, the concerts will be at 5pm. Complete schedule, CLICK HERE.

    According to their website, “Each member of our band has added their own style and musical influences that together makes our unique blend. We are proud to be able to entertain many audiences over the years with our own style and presentation of Polka music. Together, it’s all about our love of the music. Thank you for all your support we appreciate it”..Dennis Polisky – for the Maestro’s Men website, CLICK HERE.

  • Night Out (7/26/2022)
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    Greater Gardner MA National Night Out 2022 Taking Place at Gardner High School Tuesday August 2, 2022

    The Greater Gardner National Night Out is being held  Tuesday August 2, 2022 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm with a rain date of August 9th.   The event is a cooperative effort among the Gardner Community Action Committee, the Gardner Police and Fire Departments, and the City of Gardner.

    The event has been held nationally since 1984 and is aimed at heightening crime and drug prevention awareness in the community.  This will be Gardner’s 9th year participating.  It’s slated to be an evening of fun for the entire family.  There will be a live band, resource tables, a pizza contest, raffles, kids games, an obstacle course, a climbing wall, helicopter landing, touch a truck and more. —- Printable poster pdf, CLICK HERE.

    Wachusett Mountain has agreed to sponsor bus transportation from Monument Park to Gardner High School.

    National Night Out is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities such as drug prevention and other anti-crime efforts.  According to the National Night Out website, “National Night Out culminates annually on the first Tuesday in August. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.”  For the website, CLICK HERE   To support the national effort, there’s even official merchandise.  CLICK HERE.

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  • Song of ’23 (7/24/2022)
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    Here’s an online link to a list of other hit songs from 1923. CLICK HERE.

    Hit Song in Gardner MA in 1923: Yes, We Have No Bananas

    Gardner MA celebrates its Centennial as a City on January 1, 2023. One of the hit songs 100 years ago was “We Have No Bananas”. We found the original song, digitized it, and you can play it right here.

    We Have No Bananas – Hit Song 1923

    Another song enjoyed in the period was Bye Bye Blackbird, and here is the original.

    Bye Bye Blackbird – released 1919
  • Peace on Earth (7/24/2022)
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    Let There Be Peace on Earth – Church Bells

    Genuine Gardner MA – Church Bells Play “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

    At around 10:15am on Sunday July 24, 2022, Church Bells at Mission of Grace Church at 358 Pleasant Street, Gardner captured the moment with “Let There Be Peace on Earth”.   This is Genuine Gardner and qualifies for our theme of positivity as it matches well with Gardner’s History of faith-based life since 1785.   We missed recording this beautiful rendition, but we have the song from Church Bells elsewhere.  Just click PLAY.  And may peace be with you…

  • Critical Drought (7/23/2022)
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    Map Showing Worcester County in Critical Drought Area COMPLETE MAP, CLICK HERE

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

    Greater Gardner MA now in Critical Drought – Non essential water use banned July 23, 2022

    From the State of MA, “With the majority of the state currently experiencing elevated temperatures and forecasts predicting little to no meaningful precipitation, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Beth Card today declared a Level 3-Critical Drought in the Northeast and Central Regions of the state. The Southeast, and Connecticut River Valley Regions will remain at a Level 2-Significant Drought, and the Cape Cod Region will join the Islands and Western Regions at Level 1-Mild Drought.”

    Non-essential Water Use is Completely Halted

    What this means is people who were watering their plants or lawns after 5pm or before 9am have to stop that too. No non-essential water use is advisable during a Critical Drought. Water Restrictions Map from 7-6-22

  • AUDIO – Meetings – Updates – Events (7/22/2022)
    Audio Now Available

    Gardner Magazine Publishing AUDIO of Gardner MA Meetings, Updates, and Events.

    Now you can listen to AUDIO on any device.

    Gardner City Council Meetings – all 2022 Meetings available, CLICK HERE. (links to articles too.)

    Gardner Mayor’s Updates – all 2022 Meetings available, CLICK HERE. (links to articles too)

    Gardner School Committee Meetings – all 2022 Meetings available, CLICK HERE. (links to articles too)

    Special Events and Special Occasions – AUDIO available for 2020, 2021, and 2022, CLICK HERE.

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  • Chair City Chair Bear (7/21/2022)
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    Chair City Chair Bear – Good Idea or Bad Idea?

    Editorial: Input Wanted – Chair City Chair Bear, Good Idea or Bad Idea?

    I found a cover for a plush animal being sold online.   What’s the chance there’s someone in Gardner who could make an original Chair City Chair Bear design which could be made into a custom cover?  The Chair City Chair Bear could be an item for the City’s 100th.   The seat on this particular item is 20 inches square and is available on Amazon for $14.99.  That’s just for the cover, it would have to be filled with PP cotton batting.  Obviously, the City would want something made locally if possible. Your thoughts on this. Good idea or bad idea? Email: News@GardnerMagazine.com

  • Chair City Café (7/21/2022)
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    New Restaurant Coming to Gardner MA

    The Chair City Café is under construction at this moment.  On the Chair City Church website, it says “Coming Summer 2022” Location is at the site of the former Sacred Heart School on Lynde Street in Gardner.   There is plenty of parking at the site available for the purpose.

    Chair City Church is asking for donations towards the project stating, “Thank you so much for supporting the Chair City Cafe project. The cafe will provide us with a unique opportunity to connect with our community in a personal way. Jesus is doing amazing things here and we are so thankful that you have chosen to be a part of it through your giving. We now offer the ability to give safely and securely online.”

    Gardner Magazine has reached out to Chair City Church and will provide more information as it is provided to us. Visit the church website.  CLICK HERE.

  • The Heat (7/20/2022)
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    Greenwood Pool getting ready to open July 20, 2022

    Staying Cool in Greater Gardner MA

    In Massachusetts, a “heat wave” is defined as a period of 3 or more consecutive days above 90 degrees.  And it looks like from now through the weekend we’ll be close to or over 90.   People at greatest risk for heat-related illnesses include older adults, young children, those who are sick or overweight.. Forecast for Gardner now 90 and above for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday the week of July 18, 2022.

    Stay Safe in the Heat

    What you can do:  Use an air conditioner and insulate around it if needed.  Cover windows that get sun.  Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle or even with the windows cracked open.  They can DIE in just a few minutes.  Drink plenty of water.  Stay indoors and keep pets indoors.    Go out when it’s cooler.  Tips, visit this Mass.gov site.  CLICK HERE. — Greater Gardner Weather Center. CLICK HERE

    Get Cool in the Pool!

    The Greenwood Pool in Gardner MA is one choice when you want to cool off. Here’s more information from the City of Gardner on hours and more. CLICK HERE.

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  • Free Training (7/19/2022)
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    Monty Tech offering FREE 200 Hours of Training to Greater Gardner MA Residents

    The Vocational-Technical School got a $600,000 grant from Commonwealth Corporation to offer FREE TRAINING for six different careers. You must be a Massachusetts resident, earn less than $46,700, and want to go into the industry when your training is done. You end up with certifications and job placement help. Career pathways offered include HVAC and Oil Burner Tech, Property Management, CNC Operation, Culinary Arts, Electrical, and Welding.

    Download PDF, CLICK HERE.

  • Satellite Internet (7/19/2022)
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    Unlimited Satellite Internet now available in Gardner MA and some area towns

    Elon Musk’s venture Starlink Satellite Internet is available to Gardner residents, and other area towns such as Winchendon, Phillipston, and Templeton.  Currently, the price is $110 per month for residential plus the cost of equipment.  Other satellite services are available to Gardner, but here is the difference: the bandwidth limit and latency.  Starlink offers unlimited internet while others have considerable limits, making the use of streaming apps not feasible in the past.  With Starlink,  you can do whatever  you did before with Cable internet.    Cost is not cheap, but it is a viable alternative, and a great backup for any business relying on the World Wide Web.   Note that Fitchburg and Leominster still have to wait.   There is more information on their website and you can check your exact address for availability.   CLICK HERE.

    We checked out exact cost. You’ll pay a total of $686.44 upfront for equipment and then billing will start within about 2 weeks of shipping out to you. Currently $110 monthly.

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  • 988 Lifeline (7/18/2022)
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    Nation including Greater Gardner MA has new number for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    The new number, 988, is easy to remember and is designed to save lives. The number is accessible across the United States and will connect callers with a trained counselor at any time. You can even text the number and get a response.

    Gardner Magazine found it difficult to find a high quality image, so we’re making it available here in a pdf you can print for the office or workplace. CLICK HERE. Note: even if you have only a B/W laser printer, print and display this and you may just save a life.

    Note: To avoid confusion, we are not publishing the old longer number which is still working for now.

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  • Drought (7/17/2022)
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    Greater Gardner MA in a Significant Drought

    The Greater Gardner Area is experiencing a LEVEL 2 – Significant Drought.  According to the State of MA, this means that rain has been well below normal for over 2 months, streams are low, nearing extreme low flows in some areas, the Fire Danger is steadily increasing, and the Strain on some water supplies is greater. 

    In this instance, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Bethany Card made an announcement after lower than normal rainfall for the past 4 months. According to the State, “Stream flow is severely impacted with dry stream beds and ponding visible in many locations.  Fire Danger especially in the northern half of the state is steadily on the rise, with noticeable drought stress in shrubs and grasses.  Also drought conditions are starting to impact our farms, with losses in soil moisture, more heavy irrigation needed in some areas due to lack of precipitations, and some initial signs of crop loss.”

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    U.S. Drought Map

    Massachusetts Drought Status Map and U.S. Drought Map – locally Level 2 – Significant

    Maps Show  the level of drought in Massachusetts and the National Map shows other sections of the United States are in worse shape.   More from the state of MA, Drought Plan CLICK HERE.  MA Drought Status History, CLICK HERE Printable U.S. Drought Map (with legend) pdf, CLICK HERE.    U.S. Drought Monitor website link, CLICK HERE.

    How you can help:  Minimize overall water use.  Limit outdoor watering from 5pm to 9am, and temporarily stop installing new landscapes and plants.  To minimize fire hazard, exercise caution when using charcoal grills, backyard fire pits, and other open frame outdoor activities.

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  • Greenwood Meet (7/17/2022)
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    Swim Meet at Greenwood Pool in Gardner MA Swells Population

    Over 500 swimmers 10 and under competed in a USA Swimming/New England sanctioned meet the weekend of July 16 and July 17, 2022 at Greenwood Memorial Pool on Park Street in Gardner. The Meet Director was Patty Lemieux.

    Medals were awarded for places 1 to 8 in individual events with Ribbons awarded for places 9 to 16.  For relay events, medals awarded for 1st to 3rd place and ribbons for 4th through 8th place.  There were also team awards and special prizes for random announced heats.   For more info on the meet, CLICK HERE.

    In memory of Don Lemieux
    A tribute to the late Coach Don Lemieux
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    Meet at Greenwood Pool July 16/17, 2022
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    At Greenwood Swim Meet
  • MART (7/14/2022)
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    Bus Stop recently added in front of Gardner Academy

    Press Release: MART expanding services and Bus stops in Gardner MA

    In a Press Release dated July 13, 2022, the City of Gardner is formally announcing the expansion of services and bus stops in Gardner. View Press Release

    According to the Press Release, the shelter above was only the first of several to be added in Gardner. Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson is currently the Chair of MART’s Advisory Board. City Council President Elizabeth Kazinskas stated, “…The new bus stops will support our current residents and visitors, and the expected growth from residential and commercial development happening throughout the City.” According to the Press Release, MART will use grant funds to install 20 more shelters along their lines this year and next, with 4 to 10 of them to be placed in Gardner.

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  • Deliver Girl (7/12/2022)
    Hubbardston Fire Dept. Rescue
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    Hubbardston MA Fire Chief and EMT make the Best kind of delivery 7-12-22!

    From the Hubbardston Fire Dept. “Shortly after 5am this morning Hubbardston Firefighters and police were called to a residence for a woman in active labor. With delivery imminent the crew of A1 consisting of Chief Hayes and FF/EMT Mike Parker had HPD Officer Bergeron drive the ambulance so they could both focus on patient care. A short distance from Heywood Hospital the baby decided it couldn’t wait any longer and the crew of A1 helped deliver a healthy baby girl!.”

    Within 6 hours, Social Media was abuzz with the news, with overwhelming praise and support for these dedicated public servants.

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  • Municipal FM (7/10/2022)
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    Low Power FM Transmitter
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    Map of Gardner showing 3.5 radius from Gardner City Hall (red circle) and Gardner High School (blue circle)
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    Sample of a Low Power FM Antenna

    Costs involved

    Because of the relatively low power involved, cost would not be a huge factor as the transmitter and antenna would be fairly inexpensive. Engineering is relatively simple and the F.C.C. engineers in Washington D.C. could help for FREE. Gardner already has a television studio at the High School on Catherine Street. Gardner MA produces high quality video of City Council, School Committee, and other Municipal Meetings, and a weekly Mayor’s update. Visit the City of Gardner YouTube page here.

    Gardner MA may consider its own Low Power Municipal Radio Station

    Last year, an F.C.C. window closed on applications for regular licenses on the non-commercial band.   Sometime soon, a window will open for additional low power FM applications on the 92 -108 part of the band. That’s where the interests of Gardner come in. Does Gardner want to have a station like the City of Leominster has had since January 26, 2017, which is licensed for 21 watts with an antenna 210 feet above average terrain? See what Leominster is doing with it. Website.

    How Far would it Transmit?

    If the license was granted, Gardner High School on Catherine Street could serve as a transmitter site as it’s roughly in the middle of Gardner geographically. Gardner City Hall might also cover the City. According to the Federal Communications Commission, Low power FM has a radius of about 3.5 miles. Gardner is only 23 square miles which in this case presents an advantage – less square footage to cover with a transmitter. The calculated coverage area would be A=πr2=π·3.52≈38.48451mi² using 3.5 as the radius of a circle and calculating the area of the circle. The math shows much of the Chair City could be covered, perfect for emergencies or whatever Gardner would deem to be in its interests. Due to the low power, the coverage might have dead spots due to terrain. That is why commercial stations which cover more than one community operate with substantially more power.

    We asked the Mayor in an interview on many subjects July 6th:

    Poegel:   “Mayor, so sometime soon, an FCC window is going to open, allowing the City of Gardner to apply for a low power FM license, similar to what the City of Leominster already has.   Does the Chair City have an interest in pursuing this to protect its interests?”

    Nicholson: “I know we’ve talked about that with our Emergency Management Director Paul Topolski, because we do have a radio transmitter that we can use when we have larger events, but we don’t have a signal that is our own.  So it is something we preliminarily looked at, but it’s not something we’ve had on the radar until we just heard the rumblings that the F.C.C. might be opening up a little more, so it’s a very recent conversation that we don’t have any details on yet on our end, but it is something that did spark a conversation.” Listen to the entire interview.

    What frequency would it be?

    Low power FM is between 92 and 108 on the FM dial. You find out what’s available by doing a search on the FCC website. You need to know the latitude and longitude of the proposed transmitter location. Finding a frequency is as simple as going on the F.C.C. site, inputting latitude and longitude specs, and doing a search.   Gardner City Hall at 95 Pleasant Street is at 42 34 26, -71 59 45 and Gardner High School is at 42 34 39, -71 58 45.    Both searches yield the same available frequencies, 97.3 and 102.9. However, Steve Wendell, owner of WGAW has a construction permit for a commercial station at the 97.3 frequency for Orange MA, so our bet is the City would pick 102.9 if it’s interested in pursuing the project.

    As the Crow Flies

    If we each had a flying car, we could make it to work much quicker because the distance “As the Crow Flies” is always shorter. There’s an online tool to calculate the straight line distance between two locations. CLICK HERE.

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  • Summer Eats (7/10/2022)
    Summer Eats Free Meals for kids and teens
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    Summer Eats with Project Bread in Gardner MA Feeds Kids

    The Summer Eats Program at Gardner High School provides FREE breakfast from 8:15 to 9:00am and FREE lunch from noon to 1pm Monday through Friday through August 12th   Anyone 18 years of age or younger can enjoy breakfast and lunch for FREE in the Gardner High School cafeteria at 200 Catherine Street, Gardner. (Gym 1 entrance). 

    No Registration or ID

    No registration or ID is necessary.  Similar programs are available with lunch available at the Royalston library and various locations in Athol, Orange, Fitchburg, and Leominster.   For your community, use the convenient online map. CLICK HERE.

  • Food Truck Festival Held (7/9/2022)
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    Gardner MA Holds Its Largest Food Truck Festival Ever

    The Gardner Food Truck Festival on Saturday July 9, 2022 brought out many people from Gardner and surrounding communities to enjoy a wide variety of cuisine.  The weather was almost perfect for the event.  The Moon Hill Brewery Beer Garden delighted folks with some of their local beers produced in the Chair City.    BootHill Express provided an enjoyable sound at the steps of Gardner City Hall.   And the appetites of many were satisfied by the huge selection from more than two dozen Food Trucks.    Gardner Magazine thanks Claude Vautour for taking photographs of the Food Truck Festival so we could share them with you.

    Food Trucks expected were Travelin’ Bones, The Grub Guru, Smokin Food Truck 51,Uncle E’s BBQ Express, Nom Nom Hut LLC, Wacky Candy Shack, Sun Kim Bop, Minuteman Kettle Corn, Inc., Sabor Latino, Pops Sweet Harts Ice Cream Truck, Kona Ice of Shrewsbury, Moe’s Sweet Eats, Grill Daddy, The Dogfather, Jackson Effie Coffee Cabin, Say Cheese!, Potato Potato, Boston Coffee Rescue Corp, Birds Nest Italian Street Food, Shishkaberrys of New England, Trolley Dogs, Shane’s Hot Dogs, Sammy’s Polish Express, Tu Antojo Boricua, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, and Clyde’s Cupcakes.   

    The streets were blocked off as Food Trucks lined up on Pleasant Street and City Hall Avenue with convenient Restroom locations at 3 different spots.  It was a bring your own chair event, but there was seating and tables in the new Pleasant Plaza.    See Previous article on Gardner Food Truck Festival with menu descriptions.

    The next big event in Gardner is Retro Stew, scheduled to play at Monument Park in Gardner on Saturday July 16, 2022.   We interviewed one of the band members about the planned classic rock music selections.  CLICK HERE

    For the complete Monument Park Concert Schedule, CLICK HERE.

    Enjoy more photos of the Gardner Food Truck Festival below.

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  • Retro Stew (7/9/2022)
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    Retro Stew – photo submitted to us by the band.

    Retro Stew to play at Monument Park in Gardner on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 6pm

    Get ready for a true delight. Retro Stew is coming to Gardner and the concert is FREE as part of the Monument Park series. For complete schedule, CLICK HERE.

    Retro Stew is a four piece acoustic/electric classic rock band known for their interesting arrangements and tight harmonies. The band has been entertaining in central Mass. for eight years at various restaurants, taverns, farms/orchards, breweries, and town events.

    Band member Gayle S. Picard stated, “We play classic rock and pop from the 1960s through the 1990s as well as some more current tunes.”

    We asked – what are the bands’ favorite classic rock tunes and Gayle stated, “We love anything that lends to harmonies. Eagles, Mamas and Papas, Beatles, Seals and Crofts, America, Moody Blues, Fleetwood Mac, to name a few bands we cover. We love to play California Dreaming, Groovin’, Help!, Bus Stop, Ventura Highway, Black Water… So many we love!”

  • Windy Knoll Farm (7/8/2022)
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    Templeton MA Windy Knoll Farm has Blueberries for the Picking

    The family farm owned by Tim and Janice Rotti often has 3 generations of family in the field. Their blueberries are early berries, with the farm generally open July 4th through the month of July, or as long as the berries last.

    According to the Rotti’s on Facebook, “Tim prides himself in having a well manicured field, we are stroller/wheelchair friendly but please use caution, it is after all a field. Dogs are not allowed at Windy Knoll Farm per the board of health (service dogs allowed, please see the blueberry shed when you arrive)

    The farm is open 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm. 2022 prices are $25 a flat (less than $3.25 per pound), or $5 per quart. Facebook page, CLICK HERE

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  • Festival Sweeter (7/7/2022)

    Gardner MA Food Truck Festival Just Got Sweeter

    Colin Smith, Coordinator of this year’s Gardner Food Truck Festival has confirmed that both hugely popular Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Clyde’s Cupcakes will be coming. This brings the total number of trucks to 25 Updated Food Truck Festival Brochure (HD – 8mb) Update Food Truck Brochure (Light – 1mb)

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    Food Truck Map and Restroom Locations

    Food Trucks will be lined up on Pleasant Street and City Hall Avenue with convenient Restroom locations at 3 different locations. (see green R at left)

    Truck number 25 is noted as Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream which is very convenient because it’s right next to the new Outdoor Dining area with tables and seating.

    The Alcohol Service Area is noted with a big A at left.

    See previous article Food Trucks are becoming very popular in the United States.  In 2012, there were 9705 food trucks.  By 2022, there were 35,512.  Source: Zippia 

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  • Projects (7/6/2022)
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    Gardner MA Mayor Michael Nicholson – The Projects Interview – July 6, 2022

    Gardner Magazine Publisher Werner Poegel interviews Mayor Nicholson. The Chair City Mayor speaks about the new Gardner Elementary School, taxes, projects, and paving. In the complete article, we now have in writing the complete section on the New School explaining how your bills won’t go up because of it, how your higher preliminary real estate bills will get adjusted in the end, and how the City will work with those needing help in paying.

    Gardner MA School Excellence and Safety

    The Mayor cites numerous examples of excellence, going above and beyond, and School Safety.

    For complete article, CLICK HERE.

    To listen to the complete interview, just click the play button below:

    Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson Project 7-6-22
  • Templeton Swim (7/5/2022)
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    Town of Templeton MA Red Cross Learn to Swim Program

    The Town of Templeton’s Red Cross Learn to Swim Program.  Sign-ups are Wednesday July 6th & Thursday July 7th, 2022 4pm – 6:30pm at Town Hall.  Hunter Marion, Program Director (WSI  American Red Cross Certified) Brianna Nunez, Assistant Director . Lessons run: Monday July 11th  through Thursday August 11th, 2022.     Templeton Recreation Learn to Swim Classes  No Fees  to Town Residents.  Lessons will be held at Templeton Fish & Game Club (Club road off of Partridgeville Rd.) 

    Classes as follows:(Monday/Tuesday/Thursday) ages 4.5-15 yrs.   Lessons start at 1PM and run on the 1/2 hour ending at around 4 PM.    Limited student space per class Level.                                                                                                                     

    1-1:30 for Beginners (Level 1) Children who haven’t put their heads under water.  MUST BE 4.5 / 5 YRS OLD. (Potty trained) 1:30-2 for Advanced Beginners (Level 2) Children putting their heads under water and starting to float comfortably with help.  2-2:30 Intermediate (Level 3) Stroke Development (Participants with rudimentary swimming skills and floating on their own front and back.) 2:30-3:00 Advanced Intermediate (Level 4) Stroke Improvement (Focus on technique.) 3:00-3:30 Swimmers (Level 5) Stroke Refinement (Feedback is given as participants swim longer distances and over their heads.)  3:30-4:00 Advanced Swimmers (Level 6) Fitness and Water Safety (Knowledge of   strokes and safety is a must as participants build to a mile long swim.)

     No lifeguard on duty at the club so children are the responsibility of their parents or their Guardian at all times and may not be dropped off.

  • Food Truck Festival (7/2/2022)

    Gardner MA 5th Annual Food Truck Festival on Saturday, July 9, 2022 Brings 2 Dozen Choices

    Update: July 7, 2022, Now 25 Trucks.

    Update July 8, 2022 Now 26 Trucks

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, about 10 more food trucks than last year will be coming to the Gardner Food Truck Festival on Saturday July 9, 2022 from 1:00pm to 8:30pm.  The cuisine will be fabulous and the beverages will be flowing.  And the band, Boothill Express will be performing on the front steps of Gardner City Hall. Full Color HD Food Truck Festival Brochure. CLICK HERE (8mb) or Smaller File (1mb)

    Here’s a listing of the confirmed Food Trucks: Travelin’ Bones, The Grub Guru, Smokin Food ruck 51,Uncle E’s BBQ Express, Nom Nom Hut LLC, Wacky Candy Shack, Sun Kim Bop, Minuteman Kettle Corn, Inc., Sabor Latino, Pops Sweet Harts Ice Cream Truck, Kona Ice of Shrewsbury, Moe’s Sweet Eats, Grill Daddy, The Dogfather, Jackson Effie Coffee Cabin, Say Cheese!, Potato Potato, Boston Coffee Rescue Corp, Birds Nest Italian Street Food, Shishkaberrys of New England, Trolley Dogs, Shane’s Hot Dogs, and Tu Antojo Boricua, and now Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Clyde’s Cupcakes. SEE PHOTOS BELOW.

    The trucks will be parked along the front of City Hall on Pleasant Street and will continue along City Hall Avenue. Bring a great appetite!

    23 Fabulous Food Trucks – What Foods will you try?

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    Tu Antojo Boricua – variety of Puerto Rican food including seafood
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    Shane’s Hot Dogs – Hot Dogs, Burgers, Sirloin Steak Subs, Grilled Polish Kielbasa Subs
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    Trolley Dogs – Gigantic All Beef Hot Dogs
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    Shishkaberry’s of New England – Chocolate dipped strawberries
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    Bird’s Nest Italian Street Food – Italian
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    Boston Coffee Rescue – Latte, Cappuccino, Organic Fresh Brewed Coffee and Tea, Baked Snacks
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    Potato Potato – French Fries and Tater Tots
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    Say Cheese – Grilled Cheese
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    Jackson Effie Coffee Cabin – Coffee
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    The Dogfather – Hot Dogs
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    The Grill Daddy – Steak and cheese and more items on the grill.
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    Moe’s Sweet Eats – Cannolis, Fried Dough, Deep Fried Oreos, Funnel Cakes, French Fries, Chicken Tenders.
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    Kona Ice of Shrewsbury – Shaved Ice
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    Pop’s Sweet-Harts – Ice Cream
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    Sabor Latino – Venezuelan Food
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    Minuteman Kettle Corn – Kettle Corn, Popcorn, Cotton Candy
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    Sun Kim Bop – Seoul Street Food
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    Wacky Candy Shack – 50 varieties of candies.
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    Nom Nom Hut – Japanese Dumplings
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    Uncle E’s BBQ Express – Barbecue
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    Smokin’ Food Truck 51 – Barbecue, Burgers, Hot Dogs
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    The Grub Guru – Asian Fusion Street Food and Mediterranean
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    Travelin’ Bones –  Low & Slow Barbecue
    Ben and Jerry's
    Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream – An Ice Cream Extravaganza
    Clyde's Cupcakes
    Clyde’s Cupcakes – Mouth-watering sweet treats for any occasion

    Download Full Color Brochure (8mb) or Smaller File (1mb)

  • The Bear (6/29/2022)
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    Bear Spotted on Century Way in Gardner MA

    According to a social media post by a Gardner resident, “This big guy just came through the woods behind my fenced in backyard, walked across Century Way, past the brook and headed toward Brookside. Be careful.”

    Some other resources in printable pdf format: Prevent Negative Encounters with Bears — Coexisting with black bears — Living with black bears fact sheet —- If you need to reach Gardner MA Animal Control, here is the page. CLICK HERE.

  • Bike Trail Money (6/28/2022)
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    Gardner Mayor Mike Nicholson and Assistant Director of Community Development and Planning Lyndsy Butler stand with Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and the other recipients of the Mass Trails Grant Awards in Milton at the official award ceremony. (Photo by Zack Lawrence, Mayor’s Intern)

    Gardner MA Awarded $200,000 more Bike Trail Design Funds

    “I’m very excited to see this project moving forward thanks to the grant funding we have received,” said Mayor Michael Nicholson. “This project has been something we have talked about for quite some time in Gardner, and this funding allows us to get it off the ground and brings this proposal one step closer to reality.” View entire Press Release

  • Holdin’ Back (6/28/2022)
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    Monument Park Concerts are held on Saturdays through the end of August. Schedule: CLICK HERE.

    Holdin’ Back to play at Monument Park this Saturday July 2, 2022

    Coming up this Saturday July 2, 2022 at 6pm is Holdin’ Back for a “feel good” performance to include rock ‘n’ roll, oldies, patriotic, and pop, featuring classically trained vocalist Emma Riffelmacher . Band website.   Here is the Monument Park Concert Schedule for 2022, CLICK HERE.

    From the band’s website, “Holdin’ Back was created specifically as a Bandstand Band in 2013 by seasoned Worcester County Musicians Craig Smith (bass, keys) and Paul “Blakey” Blaquiere (guitar, uke, vocals) to feature “Crowd pleasing” music for all audiences.  In 2016, they were joined by vocalist Emma Riffelmacher and drummer Joe Ostrenga. “

  • Gardner Celebrates (6/26/2022)
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    More Event Photos, CLICK HERE.

    Gardner MA Residents and Visitors Share FUN on Gardner’s Birthday Saturday June 25, 2022.

    It was a super day in Gardner MA with perfect weather. The food was abundant throughout the Chair City. Smiles were to be found on many a face as residents and visitors enjoyed the FUN in Downtown Gardner and elsewhere in the City. The Greenwood Swim Club had Swim Meets. Retailers forgot about inflation and discounted prices to the delight of savvy shoppers. It was another Small Business Saturday in Downtown Gardner from 10am to 4pm with sales, demonstrations, performances, giveaways, games, and activities. It was FUN! The formal opening of Pleasant Plaza was held. Popular host Steve Wendell of WGAW did a LIVE Man-on-the-Street broadcast LISTEN to it. The Gardner PD set up a popular safety demonstration which simulated the effects of impaired driving. Monument Park and the Lithuanian Club had FREE concerts and FIREWORKS were enjoyed by hundreds at Kendall Pond. Gardner MA is a Great Place to Live, Work, Play, and Visit. View our complete list of June 25, 2022 events.

    Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson and others get Dunked for Charity

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    Money raised from the Dunk Tank will go to the CAC Food Pantry

    Pythons Played in Public

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    Downtown Visitors played with pythons

    Downtown Stores Held Sales

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    Popular Downtown Gardner Merchants such as the Velvet Goose and John’s Sport Shop delighted shoppers with merchandise specials. Attracted to Downtown were customers of all ages. People could be heard cheering at the time of the Fireworks Grand Finale.

    Fireworks Brought in Hundreds of People to the Chair City

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    Fireworks were held at Kendall Pond about 9:30pm and lasted for about 15 minutes in celebration of Independence Day and Gardner’s 237th birthday.

    Downtown Gardner MA has been the recent subject of many positive announcements including upcoming building renovations and projects, new sidewalks, fresh paving, storefront grants, the just-approved new Maki Park to be across from the Gardner Ale House, and so many more ideas becoming reality. Today may have been the start of Downtown Gardner’s new found positive trajectory towards the future. More June 25, 2022 Photos, CLICK HERE.

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  • Share the Birthday (6/23/2022)
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    A Chair City of Gardner MA Awesome Birthday Celebration!

    Share the Birthday during the Gardner MA Celebration June 25, 2022

    What does Sharing the Birthday mean?   It means sharing for yourself and your family what the Chair City has to offer from retail stores, restaurants, and recreation, and more. And what a great day to do it with so many events on June 25, 2022. Complete listing, CLICK HERE. For more about businesses in the Chair City including reviews, ,CLICK HERE.

    Jump to Retail Stores – RestaurantsRecreation June 25, 2022 EventsShopping Elsewhere in City —- See Keri the Wonder Dog —- Pleasant Plaza Ribbon Cutting —- WGAW Live —- Kids Safety Day —- Downtown Dunk Tank —- Gardner Museum Craft Fair —- Monument Park —- Whiskey Johnson Concert —- Fireworks at PACC —-

    Complete Events page.

    Greenwood Swim Meet

    The Greenwood Swim Club is having a swim meet at Greenwood Pool this weekend. This is the first one since the passing of Don LeMieux

    Saturday, June 25, 2022 : 1. Morning session begins at 9:15.  Swimmers and parents will be rolling in around 8:30.  It will end at 12:45.  2.  Afternoon session begins at 1:15.  Swimmers and parents will be rolling in around 12:45.  It will end at 4:15. There are also meets at Greenwood Pool on Sunday.

    Retail Shopping in Downtown Gardner and the entire Chair City

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    Popular John’s Sport Shop with nearly 60 years in business. Anne Leblanc says John’s will have “racks of licensed goods, running shoes, and various shirts including the Grateful Dead.”  There will be various racks and tables.  Save up to 25 to 50% off. Website

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    With nearly 200 5 star reviews on Google, Last Minute Gifts and Flowers has a popular variety of gifts, and of course, beautiful plants and flowers. Website

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    The Gardner Thrift Store has favorable reviews including this one from Rachael, “This is a very good thrift store. With many options for collectors. They have anywhere from clothes, household items, furniture and collectibles. Highly recommend”

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    O’Neil’s Bicycle Shop is a long-time Downtown Gardner business with plenty of wheels for those desiring a great bike to pedal around town or around the neighborhood. Jordan says this about them, “Very kind, polite, and knowledgeable! Good service for any bike related work you need.”

    On Saturday June 25, 2022 Gardner will also have some exciting outdoor vendors selling interesting merchandise in Downtown Gardner MA.

    Shopping Elsewhere in the Chair City on Saturday June 25, 2022

    Other stores in Gardner having a draw for shoppers this Saturday include: Ocean State Job Lot will be open from 8am to 8pm and feature plenty of air conditioners, beach chairs and towels, patio furniture, and shock for pools.  Shoppers are also welcome to sign up for insider exclusive deals. Staples is open Saturday from 10am to 7pm and will be having a FREE PC Tuneup event featuring a free scan.  Total $30 value FREE.  Just need a computer with windows 7 or later. Big Lots will be open Saturday from 9am to 9pm and is featuring a 4th of July flyer.  Get copy online.   A paper copy is available in store. Walmart  is open Saturday 6am to 11pm and will still be doing grocery deliveries on Saturday. Dollar Tree  will be open Saturday from 8am to 10pm and has a flyer you can see online. Tractor Supply will be open Saturday from 8am to 9pm.   Dog wash open until about 8pm.  It’s $9.99 shampoo, conditioner,  and towels are provided. Family Dollar  is open Saturday from 8am to 10pm. So shop Downtown Gardner MA, eat at one of over 30 Restaurants (see below), and then do some more shopping. Scroll down for more activities.

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    Kerri the Wonder Dog at Anthony’s Liquor Mart, Gardner MA

    Chance to see Keri The Wonder Dog in Gardner MA

    Keri the Wonder Dog will be at Anthony’s Liquor Mart on Saturday June 25, 2022 from 1pm to 6pm. Anthony’s also will be featuring displays of some of the world’s most noted and appreciated wines and spirits. If you would like to see an $1,800 bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Rye, Anthony’s will have one on display. The store states, “We have the largest selection of Microbrews, Seltzers, Hard Teas, and Hard Cider of any store from Leominster to Springfield. And, Anthony’s is a lucky lottery location, having a $1.5 million dollar ticket last year.

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    Restaurants in Downtown Gardner and The Chair City

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    The Chair City of Gardner has an abundance of almost 3 dozen restaurants to welcome you on any day including Saturday , June 25, 2022. We have a previous article on Gardner MA Restaurants, including reviews. CLICK HERE.

    Recreation in the Chair City of Gardner MA

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    Gardner Massachusetts offers some great places to enjoy the Great Outdoors featuring hiking trails, scenic picnic areas and more. Here’s a link to the Parks, Open Space, and Trails map with complete information. — – Gardner offers playgrounds and recreation sites and even a map to all of them. CLICK HERE.

    Gardner MA June 25, 2022 Public Events

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    Small Business Saturday in Downtown Gardner MA from 10am to 4pm with terrific sales, demonstrations, performances, giveaways, games and activities. FREE Birthday cupcakes! Complete schedule from Gardner Square Two, CLICK HERE.

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    Formal Grand Opening of Pleasant Plaza – It’s open now for outdoor dining with an official ribbon cutting on Saturday June 25th. Enjoy food from local restaurants or visiting food trucks!

    WGAW Live Remote Broadcast
    AM 1340 – 98.1 FM – Live Online

    Man on the Street with Steve Wendell

    The popular host of Gardner’s hit radio show, Hotline Radio, Steve Wendell, will be in Downtown Gardner starting sometime mid-morning and continuing through mid-afternoon. Steve will be stopping by various booths, talking to people, and letting listeners know about the fun going on. WGAW is heard 24/7 on AM 1340, 98.1FM, and live online at this link to Listen Live.

    Kids Safety Day Gardner Elks

    Kids Safety Day at the Gardner Elks Lodge from 11am to 12:30pm featuring FREE Hot dogs, ice cream, chips and water. With door prizes, FREE bicycle helmets and various demonstrations including a live K9 demonstration. Printable flyer pdf click here.

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    The Downtown Dunk Tank will be set up by the Gardner PD on Parker Street from noon to 3pm. Proceeds benefit the Gardner CAC Food Pantry. Here’s the line-up of dunkees: 12:00 – Von Smith, 12:30 – Mayor Michael Nicholson, 1:00 – Officer Willis, 1:30- Lt. Maroni, 2:00 – John Lawrence, 2:30pm – Lt. Maroni. Come and support the Gardner CAC and DUNK your favorite!

    Gardner Museum

    Gardner Museum Craft Fair from 10am to 4pm. Craft vendors, raffles, refreshments,and a food truck in the museum parking lot. FREE ADMISSION. The Gift Shop will also be open. Website

    Boothill Express

    Monument Park Concert at 6pm – A FREE performance by the Country band “Boothill Express” will grace the stage at Monument Park. Boothill Express Website.Complete Monument Park 2022 Schedule, CLICK HERE

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    Whiskey Johnson Concert at Lithuanian Club from 7pm to 11pm. NO COVER CHARGE. Whiskey Johnson on Facebook

    Fireworks Kendall Pond

    Fireworks at Kendall Pond -The Fireworks at dusk is in observance of Independence Day and Gardner’s 237th birthday and will take place at the Polish American Citizens Club. FREE ADMISSION.

    With exciting outdoor dining opportunities in Downtown Gardner MA, fantastic Sidewalk Sales by Downtown Retail Stores, offerings by service providers, and superb food from Downtown Gardner restaurants, it is sure to be a hugely popular event. Gardner is a great place to Live, Work, Play,and Visit.   Make it a date, June 25, 2022 Downtown Gardner MA. Happy 237th Birthday, Gardner Massachusetts! Complete Events page.

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  • Pleasant Plaza (6/19/2022)
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    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.

  • Dinner on Us (6/18/2022)
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    Gardner MA CAC to help struggling families with “Dinner’s on Us!” Program

    The Dinner’s On Us! Program offers eligible applicants healthy, ready-to-cook fresh and frozen crockpot dinners. Meals prepared at the CAC kitchen are delivered to each registered, approved household once per week. Communities served include Ashburnham, Gardner, Hubbardston, and Westminster. More Details and application, CLICK HERE.

    The Gardner CAC’s Mission is to provide services and resources to those in need. Donations are accepted. For secure paypal link, CLICK HERE.

  • Square Two (6/17/2022)
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    Gardner Square Two says June 25, 2022 in Gardner MA will be so much fun for the whole family!

    Gardner Square Two has put out some more info about the awesome day about to happen in Downtown Gardner on Small Business Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 10am to 4pm. (with other events throughout the evening elsewhere in the City)   See our Complete Article.   Gardner Square Two encourages residents and visitors to Shop! Eat! And Play! and advises ”Downtown merchants and restaurants will be offering specials.  Local organizations and vendors will be displaying their merchandise and conducting demonstrations.   Meet Superheroes and Princesses.  Participate in the games, sidewalk art, and other fun activities.   Join the Mayor at the big ribbon cutting and celebrate Gardner’s 237th birthday celebration at Pleasant Plaza.  So much fun for the whole family!”

  • Relay Draws Hundreds (6/11/2022)
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    Survivors Lap at Gardner Relay for Life 2022
    Survivors’ Lap at Gardner Relay for Life
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    Gardner MA Relay for Life June 10, 2022
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    Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson with Leominster Mayor Mazzorella who wears Gardner shirt

    Greater Gardner MA Relay for Life Draws Hundreds, Exceeds Goal

    The Gardner MA Relay for Life was held from Friday June 10, 2022 at 6pm to Saturday June 11, 2022 at 2pm. One of 2500 events of its type held in the United States, the event has raised almost 15 million dollars in 29 years. This year’s goal of $100,000 was announced to be already exceeded at $105,000 when the event began. The opening ceremonies included a celebration of local cancer survivors and Cancer Survivors took a victory lap to kick off the Relay for Life.

    The community -based walk event was successful once again. The Mayoral Challenge was won by Gardner with 141 Relayers. Town of Westminster was 2nd with 64, Leominster 3rd with 42, and Fitchburg 4th with 32. When this was announced by Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson, Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzorella put on the iconic Orange Gardner shirt.

    Friday Evening Theme Hours

    This year’s theme was “Tune Out Cancer, Tune in Hope” and a great day of entertainment and activities was had by all including on Friday night hours such as “Party Like It’s the 1980s”, “the 1950’s Hour” “1960’s Hour”, and a Western Hour/Country Style just before midnight when the sound system went silent until 6am Saturday.

    Saturday Themes

    There were various silent themes overnight followed by “Revelry, Good Morning Relayers” at 6am. The Caregiver Reception started in the Big Tent at 9am. The Band “Back to the Garden” performed at 11am. Noon brought line dancing. Closing Ceremonies were held from 1pm to 2pm with special recognition, awards, and a very special last lap in which each team could participate. There were food vendors galore on both days of the event.

    Due to the pandemic, the last full Relay for Life was held back in 2019 and many were happy to see it back again.

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    Gardner MA Relay for Life – was held from Friday June 10, 2022 at 6pm through Saturday June 11, 2022 until 2pm
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    Relay grounds after Completion

    Event Cleanup

    It happens – an event is held and there’s evidence the next day because there’s trash and debris all over the place. The site of the Relay for Life, however, is already clean. At just about 4pm, just 2 hours after the culmination of the event, it was obvious a great cleanup team did miracles in restoring the grounds at Mount Wachusett Community College to pristine condition.

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    Clean Field at MWCC about 4:30pm June 11, 2022
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    The Parade of the Porta-Potties at Gardner Relay for Life Saturday June 11, 2022 about 4:30pm

    Flags at Mount Wachusett Community College entrance.

    Flag Display

    This beautiful flag display greeted visitors at Mount Wachusett Community College on the weekend of June 10/11, 2022.

  • Gardner’s Birthday (6/10/2022)
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    Gardner Square Two Releases June 25, 2022 Gardner MA Event Schedule

    It will be a huge day of fun in the Chair City on Saturday June 25, 2022 from 10am to 4pm. Complete event details, CLICK HERE

  • Fishing Derby (6/9/2022)
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    FREE Trout Fishing Derby for Kids in Gardner MA Sunday, June 12, 2022

    The John Polchlopek Annual Kid’s Free Trout Fishing Derby takes place Sunday June 12, 2022 from 9am to 2pm at the Gardner Fish and Gun Club, 538 Clark Street, Gardner. 13 and under fish free. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and refreshments provided to kids. Bait is provided and lots of prizes will be awarded. The Gardner Fish and Gun Club says, “Come join us and bring a kid fishing.” Website. Facebook page.

  • Adventure IRL (6/9/2022)
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    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.”

  • Vietnam Memorial (5/31/2022)
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    Vietnam Veterans Memorial unveiled May 30, 2022 Memorial Day in Hubbardston MA.

    The well-attended Hubbardston Memorial Day Parade started at Curtis Recreational Field and ended up at the Town Square for the unveiling of the new Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Monument.

    The Monument was entirely funded by donations which exceeded the amount needed so the Committee arranged for other monuments in Hubbardston to be cleaned and repaired as needed.

    The dedication ceremony was broadcast live on WGAW AM 1340, 98.1 FM. To listen to the touching 1 hr. program, visit the website home page and click PLAY.

    The Town of Hubbardston unveiled 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 invited the public for FREE hot dogs and ice cream at the Senior Center across the street after the ceremonies had concluded.

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  • Mayor gets Chair (5/28/2022)
    Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson and Gardner Wood
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    Artist Gardner Wood’s painting of the Big Chair
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    The Gardner Big Chair

    Gardner Magazine would like to cover more stories about Art and Music in the area. For any story ideas about any subject email News@GardnerMagazine.com

    Local Artist Gardner Wood presents Gardner MA Mayor Nicholson with Big Chair painting – Has another Patriotic painting hidden underneath!

    The Mayor stated, “This was a great surprise today!  Thank you to local artist Gardner Wood for stopping by today to donate this painting of the Big Chair to hang in the Mayor’s Office!” Gardner Magazine was able to interview artist Gardner Wood.

    About the Artist

    Artist Gardner Wood randomly donates his work to area businesses including a local diner in Winchendon.  He earns a living by working at Mount Wachusett Community College which is where he says he met Mayor Nicholson while adding a cowboy to another work for the VetTech class at MWCC. 

    Story of the Big Chair Painting

    He utilized various online photos in composing the painting, which is a 16×20 acrylic and took him about 4 hours on a Saturday to complete.   But, there’s even a more interesting story behind the painting, it’s not the only one on the canvas.  Gardner Wood took an existing painting featuring a nature scene and an eagle and painted over it.   So what the Mayor just hung in his office prior to the Memorial Day holiday also  honors those who have given their lives for our country, a painting with an American Eagle hidden under a painting of Gardner’s iconic Big Chair.   Gardner Wood also states that he usually signs his paintings “G. Wood”, but in this case had to use his full name since it was for the City of Gardner and that’s his first name.    Thank you to Gardner Wood.

    The Inspiration of the Work

    We asked, What inspired you to paint the Big Chair and Gardner Wood responded, ““I work in Gardner, I live in Winchendon, I do have my artwork in a local diner….  I started a personal project…  My main goal is I want to randomly donate a painting to local businesses.  I’ve already started in Winchendon.  That led me to be inspired to do the Chair for the Mayor.  I met him and he’s very friendly, very nice.  We basically talked about it. …It’s just my personal thing that I’ve taken upon myself  to do….He seemed very excited about it.”

    First Time’s a Charm

    Gardner says this is the first time he’s ever painted the Chair.   “I went on the computer and pulled up various different pictures, so I got all the pictures of the Chair. I did it in a Saturday morning for the most part.” “I paint for the people. I don’t paint to make money.” In the diner, I will listen and see what people are looking for. I will randomly give them to children. I enjoy doing it.” Gardner went on to say, “The chair, that painting is very unique for me because of course my name is Gardner Wood and I sign all of my paintings, G. Wood, basically because it’s a long name.  But this one I felt I had to, so the bottom of that chair, the painting, I wrote Gardner Wood, my full name.

    Hidden Painting

    “Actually I can tell you a little bit more about it too.  I am a little on the impatient side, maybe that comes with being an artist.  I was at my house and I was looking and I didn’t have any 16 by 20s, I didn’t want to do a small one, I wanted to do a big one.  So basically I grabbed one of my old paintings. The  original painting was basically trees on both sides, and basically an eagle flying.  In the painting, the eagle was too small…it was one of my first types of paintings, so I said, ok here’s a 16 by 20, so I painted over it.  So if you were to actually xray through that, you’d actually see another painting under it.  …That’s what happens when you don’t have a whole pile of good canvas….The painting was ok, but the eagle was too small, then it just worked out good.”

    Let us note the historic Gardner Big Chair painting was placed in the Gardner MA Mayor’s office in May 2022. Thank you Gardner Wood for your generosity of time and of spirit.

  • Car Hatching (5/26/2022)
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    5 white vehicles in a row at Pulaski Park – What are the mathematical chances of this happening again?

    Spontaneous Gardner MA Car Hatching or Mathematical Anomaly?

    A curious scene at Pulaski Park in Gardner on May 26, 2022.   4 White vehicles seemingly appeared out of nowhere near the Basketball Courts.  And then a 5th one!   Did they spontaneously hatch in some universe-correcting miracle?  Or was it simply a random event with mathematical implications?    We believe it was just a random event, but read below about something else very curious that day.  

    According to facts we can find, 24% of cars on the road are white. The odds of 5 of them parked in a row at one time is calculated to be 8 out of 10,000.

     

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    Herbie the Dog at the Dog Park

    One of the dogs at the park who witnessed these vehicles was named “Herbie”.   Remember, Herbie the Love Bug from the Disney movies? – the living car! Here’s an article about Herbie the Love Bug.   It just goes to show that if you look hard enough and have a big enough imagination, you can always find something of wonder in the Chair City of Gardner MA. 

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    Business Hatching in Gardner MA

    Hatching Cars. Probably Not.

    But, NEW businesses are hatching on a regular basis in the City of Gardner MA.

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    5 white sedans and 1 white service truck

    Another Math Anomaly?

    And then, the math mold was broken again. Just as we were about to leave the Dog Park, a white service vehicle pulled in between the other 5 white vehicles. What are the odds of that happening at exactly that moment?

  • Water Restriction (5/26/2022)
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    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.

  • Bear Spotted (5/26/2022)
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    Bear Spotted in Clark Street, Gardner MA Backyard and all about Bears in Massachusetts

    On May 26, ,2022, a bear was spotted on Clark Street in Gardner.   A resident posted the picture to Social Media.  The post has received plenty on interest with dozens of likes, wows, and love expressed by other members.  

    For those interested in Bear pictures, there is actually a public Facebook group entitled, “Awesome Bear lovers.”   Members post Bear pictures and even Bear videos.

    The rest of our article is about Bears in Massachusetts with Bear tips for Greater Gardner MA residents.

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    Mama bear and cubs

    Bears in Massachusetts

    According to the State of Massachusetts website Mass.gov, black bears have been increasing in numbers and distribution for the past 50 years, with an estimated current statewide population exceeding over 4,500 animals.  Black bears live and breed in Worcester County, northern Middlesex County, and west to the Berkshires.   Black bears are black overall, typically with a brown muzzle and sometimes with a white chest patch.  Males weigh from 130 to 600 pounds and females are 100 to 400 pounds. Bears eat both vegetation and meat.  They are often attracted to yards by bird feeders and unsecured trash.  

    Bear Tips

    Mass.gov has some tips for residents:  Remove bird feeders if you live in an area with bears.   Put out  your trash the morning of trash pickup rather than the night before.    Feed your own pets indoors.  Clean barbecues and grills after each use and don’t leave any food scraps around.   If you see a bear in your yard, yell, and make lots of noise and the bear and its young will usually leave.   If you see a bear in the wild, make the animal aware of your presence by clapping, talking, or making other sounds while slowly backing away.   Obviously, don’t approach bears, especially a female bear with her cubs, keep a respectful distance away.

    Some other resources in printable pdf format: Prevent Negative Encounters with BearsCoexisting with black bearsLiving with black bears fact sheet

    If you need to reach Gardner MA Animal Control, here is the page. CLICK HERE.

  • Community Garden (5/25/2022)
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    Gardner MA St. Paul’s Episcopal Church establishes Community Garden to benefit CAC

    The Community Garden is located at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Cross Street in Gardner where the sign states, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat” – Matthew 25:35. Distribution of food grown will occur through the Food Pantry of the Community Action Committee. The CAC serves disadvantaged individuals in Gardner, Ashburnham, Baldwinville, Hubbardston, Otter River, Templeton, and Westminster. Gardner CAC website, CLICK HERE. To donate to the CAC securely click here. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church website, CLICK HERE.

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    Garden at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Gardner

    The garden was funded by a $3,000 grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and will contain vegetables most commonly used by patrons of the CAC.

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    Even Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson helped plant the garden.
  • WGAW Broadcast (5/24/2022)
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    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.

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  • Gardner City-Wide Yard Sale (5/21/2022)
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    The City of Gardner welcomed many to its Spring 2022 Yard Sale. We’ll advise you of Fall 2022 plans as they are announced.

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    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.

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    Yard Sale Gardner MA

    Click any image for larger view.

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

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    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.

  • City Council 5-16-22 (5/19/2022)
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    Gardner City Council Meeting May 16, 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.

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    Bird Scooters is a company mentioned by Mayor Nicholson

    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.”

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    Outdoor dining rendering

    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.

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    Councilor Comments

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    Councilor James Boone holds up 100 year old Yearbook he found in attic.
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    Councilor Judy A. Mack suggested Handicapped Parking

    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)
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    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)
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    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!

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    Gardner May 21, 2022 Yard Sale Map as of 5/15/22 – Already over 100 homes signed up.

    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 gardneryardsale@gmail.com 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.

    Gardner Yard Sale Audio Ad

    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.

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  • Cupcake Fundraiser (5/9/2022)
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    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)
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    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.”  

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  • Gardner Fields (4/29/2022)
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    City of Gardner MA Athletic Fields

    Gardner is investing over $600,000 to improve School Athletic Fields. Press Release has details. CLICK HERE

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  • H.O.P.E. (4/17/2022)
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    More info about H.O.P.E. on their Facebook page.

    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    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)
    Greater Gardner MA Golf Courses

    Enjoy a round of Golf in the Greater Gardner Area!

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    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: FacebookTemplewood 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)
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    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)
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    Atlantic Fog Release Party Sun. March 6, 2022 at Gardner Ale House

    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)
    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:

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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)
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    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

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    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.

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    Customer Service, Retail, and Food Industry Jobs are available at a number of locations in Gardner MA:

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    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.

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    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.

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  • Dog Licenses (2/9/2022)
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    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    Hubbardston MA Recreation Map

    Come and find all the hiking playgrounds, fishing, boating, and recreational areas in Hubbardston. Hubbardston has an informative map. CLICK HERE.

  • Moving Here (1/18/2022)
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    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)
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    Children's Room at Levi Heywood Memorial Library

    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)
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    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.”

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  • Moses How Award (1/17/2022)
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    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)
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    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)
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    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.

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    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.

  • Tree Pickup (1/9/2022)
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    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.”

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    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)
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    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)
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    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.

    Planet Fitness, 74 Victoria St., Gardner. Website. Rates.

    Vanarchy Gym, 212 West St., Gardner Website Rates

    Clark Memorial YMCA, Central St. WInchendon Website Rates

    There’s ice skating at the Gardner Veterans Arena, 45 Veterans Drive, Gardner. For more information, CLICK HERE

    Fitness Concepts, 696 West Broadway, Gardner. Website Rates.

    Muscleworks Gym, 34 Sanborn St., Gardner Website Rates

    Another option is bowling at Gardner Ten Pins, 560 West Broadway, Gardner. For more information, CLICK HERE

    Have one to add? Let us know and we’ll add to this post.