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Important Information
and Recent Notices Archive

Need Fuel Assistance?
Call the Fuel Assistance Office at (978) 342-4520 to request an appointment at the Barre Senior Center that are held there on Fridays.

Friday, October 28, 6-8 pm
Hardwick Elementary School

Click here for info

October's Hardwick Newsletter

Several Public Informational Meetings were held regarding the potential agritourism destination at Great Meadowbrook Farm. Download the COMPLETE proposal here and view all meetings on YouTube. For more information, click here for a FAQ document and a slide show from MA Dept. of Agriculture Resources. Town Counsel Opinions via Q&A

The Hardwick Board of Health wants to understand how people feel about tick bites as we work to launch an educational campaign to prevent illness from bites. Taking this survey will help you and your community by allowing the Board of Health to better understand ways to serve the needs of our community.

Final Minutes of August 22, 2022 Special Town Meeting

September Senior Center Newsletter and Menu

The Public Hearing on the proposed removal of the Wheelwright Dam was rescheduled to
Friday, October 21

Bulk Waste Day
Saturday, October 22 from 8 am - Noon
Recycling Center

On September 29 at Noon, the NRCS hosted a statewide Local Working Group meeting over Zoom. This is an opportunity to provide input on natural resource priorities for the NRCS and the state conservationist. Agricultural producers, owners/operators of nonindustrial private forest land, professionals representing agricultural and natural resource interests, and individuals representing a variety of disciplines in the soil, water, wetland, plant, forestry, and wildlife sciences are all welcome. For complete details, a link to a survey, and how to get the Zoom link, click here.

The Board of Selectmen in their role as Water Commissioners met on Monday, September 12, 2022. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss water technology upgrade that will include new remote reader water meters for customers and potential water rate increases.

Fire Station Open House
Saturday, September 17
10 am - 3 pm


How to Beat the Heat! Click here

Early In-Person Voting

State Primary early in-person voting:  Monday, August 29, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Myron E. Richardson Municipal Building in the Board of Selectmen’s meeting room. Click here for the State Primary Warrant.

Deadline for a Vote By Mail application to be received is Monday, August 29, 2022 at 5 p.m.
Download a Vote by Mail Application here

Deadline to apply for in-person Absentee Voting is Friday, September 2, 2022 at 5 p.m. and an appointment MUST be made with the Town Clerk prior to the deadline, the office is closed that day.

Voter registration session will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The deadline to register to vote by mail for the November 8, 2022 State Election is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2022

A Special Town Meeting and a Public Informational Session regarding the renewed Wastewater Upgrade Project was held on Monday, August 22 at 6 pm at the Hardwick Elementary School. Zen Acres Farm Follow-up Outreach Meeting for an Adult Use Marijuana Cultivation and Product Manufacturing Facility, June 29
August Senior Center Newsletter July 2022 Town Newsletter
July Senior Center Newsletter

June Senior Center Newsletter

Memorial Day Schedule

May Senior Center Newsletter

The Town of Hardwick is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide the Town with computer network administration and information technology technical assistance to the Town offices and departments. Deadline was April 25, 2022 Click here for the presentation regarding the proposed Wheelwright Pond Dam removal project. This is from the public hearing held March 1, 2022.
Hardwick's April Newsletter April Senior Center Newsletter
Annual Town Elections
were held on April 11, 2022.
Earth Day Ware River Park Cleanup Day
Saturday, April 23, 2022
Easter Egg Hunt rescheduled to
Sunday, April 10 from 10 am - Noon
Gilbertville Memorial Park (Off Prospect Street)
Community Outreach Meeting for an Adult Use Marijuana Cultivation and Product Manufacturing Facility was held on Thursday, April 14, 2022
Why you shouldn't feed wildlife this winter. News from Division of Fisheries and Wildlife On March 15, 2022, National Grid filed a petition with the Department of Public Utilities for a waiver of the basic service procurement requirements for residential and small commercial customers for the Winter 2022-2023 basic service period (i.e., November 1, 2022 through April 30, 2023). The Department docketed this matter as D.P.U. 22-25. For complete details click here. The deadline for written comments was on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Town of Hardwick January Newsletter

There was a Public Meeting to provide information about the possible Wheelright Pond Dam Removal on March 2. Click here for details.

Senior Center February Newsletter

Senior Center January Newsletter

Senior Center December Newsletter

Senior Center November Newsletter

National Grid held 2 public hearings (December 1 and 2) via Zoom regarding their 3-year Energy Efficiency Plan for 2022 through 2024. Click here for details.

The Town of Ware Hospital Discussion Committee wants your thoughts on access to medical care in our community, as well as the Mary Lane Hospital facility. Please take a moment to fill this out. Deadline was November 19.

Special Town Meeting - Warrant
Thursday, November 18
11-18-2021 Special Town Meeting Results

A one-woman show inspired by the life
of Julia Ward Howe at the Hardwick Town House
Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 pm
Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2 pm

Senior Center October Newsletter

Hardwick October Newsletter

The Community Outreach Meeting re: Adroit Manufacturing LLC application for a Marijuana Microbusiness, scheduled Oct. 7 was canceled. A Community Outreach Meeting for a proposed Marijuana Cultivator was held October 15. The proposed establishment, Budding Botanicals, will be located at 664 North Road. Click here for more info.

Attracting Birds, Butterflies, Bees,
and Other Beneficials

Zoom Presentation | Monday, Sept. 13th | 6:30pm
Click here for details

Joint meeting between Board of Selectmen, Sewer Commissioners, and USDA
Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 6 pm
Click here to listen

Labor Day, Monday, September 6
Municipal Building will be closed

There was an informational meeting held on August 26 about the Sewer System Upgrade. Click here to listen and view the presentation.
To read the USDA Adverse Action letter the town recently received regarding defunding the sewer projects, click here.
Recycling Center Laborer (p/t)
Board of Health Clerk (p/t)
School Committee

Senior Center August Newsletter

Senior Center September Newsletter

The Municipal Building is now open.

Quarterly Taxes were due Monday, August 2
The Wachusett Medical-Reserve Corps hosted a Covid-19 vaccine clinic during the Hardwick Fair on Saturday August 21 from 8 am to 3 pm. They will be offering both the J&J and Pfizer vaccines. If you don't want to get one there, go to for other available options.
On behalf of Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company, each d/b/a National Grid, click here for the Notice of Filing, Public Hearing, Procedural Conference, and Request for Comments issued by the Department of Public Utilities in the above-captioned proceeding. There will be a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, August 11 at 2 p.m.

Hardwick July Newsletter

Senior Center July Newsletter

Gilbertville Rapid Recovery Plan Public Forum
Monday, July 19 at 7 pm
Special Review Process Request (EEA #16398) Wheelwright Pond Dam Removal Project
Hardwick & New Braintree Click here

June 19, 2021 Annual Town Meeting Minutes

June 19, 2021 Annual Town Meeting Warrant

2019 Annual Town Report and
2020 Annual Town Report

Summer Solstice Celebration!
to benefit the Hardwick Historical Society and Paige Library on Friday, June 18 from 5-8 pm on the Town Common. Click here for details.

Invitation to Bid for FY2022 Hardwick/New Braintree Road Improvement Project. Click here for details. Deadline July 16

March was the one-year anniversary of the pandemic shutdown. Hardwick resident, Dedie King, interviewed 20 other residents about their experiences. Click here for a link to her video.

Click here to listen to recording of the June 5 meeting of the Board of Selectmen and Sewer Commissioners
Gilbertville Water District Annual Meeting
June 15 at 6 pm at the Gilbertville Public Library. Click here for warrant.
Click here for a link to the Letter of Conditions from the USDA dated May 28, 2021 regarding the Sewer Project.

Effective May 29: The Commonwealth’s mask order is rescinded. The Department of Public Health has issued a new mask advisory consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance.  Masks are still mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings. For complete info click here.

For Covid-19 Vaccination Information for Hardwick residents, click here. For complete information on Covid-19 vaccinations, click here Any Hardwick resident who is home bound can now call the Board of Health office 413-477-6197 Ext. 108 to make arrangements to receive Covid-19 vaccinations.
Grab & Go Meals are available for children ages 0-18 at NO COST every Monday
from 3:30-7 pm at Quabbin Middle/High School. Parents will receive 7 days worth of food. Click here for details.
FREE MEALS for anyone under the age of 18 at QRHS and Hardwick Elementary School,
every Monday through Friday. Click here for details.

Senior Center June Newsletter

May 2021
Town of Hardwick Newsletter

Recycling Center Stickers for Fiscal Year 2022 will be available for purchase beginning July 1, 2021 thru June 30, 2022. ($50 for town residents; $80 for out of town) Your sticker can be purchased at the Recycling Center during normal business hours.  A current sticker is required to use the facility.

Memorial Day Observance, Sunday, May 30
No parade this year, however, there will be invocation, wreath laying and taps.
To get ready for Memorial Day the Cemetery Commissioners ask that any artificial flowers of any kind, decorations, baskets, and boxes be removed by Saturday, May 22. No planting of flowers, bushes, or trees of any kind are allowed on any of the burial lots. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Rt32/32A Rehabilitation Project
A friendly reminder that those who have chosen to donate the easements to the Town for consideration of $1.00 and consent to the taking, the signed original Certificate of Donation form must be returned to the Town no later than Friday, May 28th. If you have not mailed the form yet, you can place it in the box outside the Municipal Building, so that it is received on time.
Hardwick Mill Greenery held a Community Outreach Meeting on April 29 for Proposed Marijuana Establishment to be located at 94 Main Street in Gilbertville. Bulk Waste & Textile Collection Event
Saturday, April 24 - 8 am - Noon
Recycling Center
Hardwick is participating in the Massachusetts LRRP Program to help communities develop Local Rapid Recovery Plans for targeted downtowns and commercial districts. If you have a business in Gilbertville, please fill out this survey by April 16.

2021 Annual Town Election Results

Assessors Maps
Updated 4/13/2021

Budding Botanicals, LLC held a Community Outreach Meeting on April 12 at 5:30 pm via Zoom regarding a Marijuana Cultivation site to be located at 644 North Road. Click here for details and instructions for attending remotely.

The state DPH held a virtual “essential services hearing” Thursday, April 1 on Baystate Health’s decision to close Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center and Emergency Room. The DPH will continue to take comments and concerns from the public until April 10 by fax and email. If you would like to weigh in on this important issue email to
or Fax to (617) 753-8089

Click here to listen to the recording of the March 31 Emergency Meeting of
Board of Selectmen, Sewer Commissioners and Finance Committee

An Important Joint Meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Sewer Commissioners and Hardwick Finance Committee Re: Updates on the Town Sewer Systems Upgrades Projects was on 3/8/21. Click here to download the presentation. Click here to download the handout.

Adroit Manufacturing LLC conducted a Community Outreach Meeting on Monday, March 29 at 6 p.m. via Zoom regarding Adult-Use Marijuana Establishment to be located at 435 Lower Road, Gilbertville. Click here for details.
On or about March 29, 2021, the Town of Hardwick will submit a request to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for the release of FY 2018 Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended, for the purpose of New Braintree Road Infrastructure Improvement Project. Click here for details.

MassDOT held a virtual public hearing/webinar on the Creamery Road Bridge Replacement Project on Thursday, March 4 to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed bridge replacement project. All views and comments submitted in response to the hearing/meeting will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible. Click here for complete information.

Click here for Important Message from Board of Health Senior Center Newsletter: March 2021
Grab & Go Meals are available for children ages 0-18 at NO COST every Monday
from 3:30-7 pm at Quabbin Middle/High School. Parents will receive 7 days worth of food. Click here for details.
FREE MEALS for anyone under the age of 18 at QRHS and Hardwick Elementary School,
every Monday through Friday. Click here for details.
Annual Town Elections will be held on Monday, April 12, 2021. For more information and/or to obtain nomination papers, click here. As of March 24, 2021 there have been a total of 81 cases of COVID-19 in Hardwick.

Important Town Census Information

Dog registration for 2021 began on February 1.
National Grid Introduces a Better Way to Stay Informed During a Power Outage.
Click here
for information.
Town Newsletter: January 2021

The Hardwick Recycling Center will be closed on the following federal holidays: Christmas Day, New Years Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day when the actual holiday occurs on a Wednesday or Saturday.

Microenterprise Assistance Grants available for small businesses impacted by Covid-19.
Click here for details.

Temporary Capacity & Gathering limits
began Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020

Have you been a victim of Identity Theft? Click here for a packet of resources and instructions for steps you can take. The Hardwick/New Braintree Police Department will assist you but unfortunately, you are burdened with resolving your own credit problems. You must act quickly and assertively to minimize the damage to your good name and credit history.

Emergencies can happen at any time.
Make sure your family knows how to get in touch with each other if you are not all together or if normal communications systems are disrupted. Click here to learn how to make an emergency plan for your family.

Senior Center Newsletter: January 2021

Senior Center November Newsletter

Senior Center September Newsletter

Senior Center June Newsletter

Hardwick Recycling Center is now open with some new guidelines due to Covid-19.
Swap Shed is accepting items.

Special Town Meeting on Friday, September 25
Click here for minutes.

Hardwick's October Newsletter

Hardwick's July Newsletter

Hardwick's June Newsletter

Hardwick's April Newsletter

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Hardwick's November 3, 2020
Final Election Results

Results of Annual Town Meeting
Results of Annual Town Election
USDA Grant and State Bond Bill Announcement

Results of Annual Town Election

Results of September 1, 2020 Primary Election

Board of Registrars
Finance Committee

Click here for On-Premises Alcohol/Common Victualler Outdoor Table Service Expansion Information and Application
There have been multiple reports of Unemployment Fraud, whereby people have filed for benefits under someone else's name. If you think this has happened to you, click here to report it to the State, and you must also inform the Hardwick PD.

Virtual Memorial Day Event
May 24, 2020

Click here to watch.
(video by Kim Mongeau)

Photo by Lori Hoffman of Paula Roberts, Town Clerk, reading the names of soldiers during the Memorial Day Celebration. This was her 44th year of doing this in her official capacity as Town Clerk.

For current information regarding Town Elections, Special and Regular Town meetings, click here. (Updated 6/14/2020) Resources for Drug and Alcohol Use
Emergency call 911
Click here for all COVID-19 updates

If you feel COVID-19 symptoms, stay home to avoid exposing others. Check your symptoms and connect to telehealth at for information.

MART will deliver food packages to patrons of the Food Pantry and assist in other transportation required to meet essential needs. Click here for details.
A black drop box has been installed near the main entrance doors to the Municipal Building. It is available  24-7 for residents to drop off tax payments, dog license payments or anything that needs attention, rather than mailing those payments in. If you need to talk with someone in the Municipal Building, phone calls only. 
Collector: Ellen Whitney - 477-6710, Town Clerk: Ryan J. Witkos - 477-6700
Emergency Child Care for Massachusetts Families & Essential Workers

USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Information about new cemetery regulations:
NO planting of flowers, bushes or trees
at Hardwick Cemeteries.
Emerald Ash Borer Infestation

IMPORTANT Public Informational Meeting was held September 9, 2019. Click here for handouts from the meeting.

State Agricultural Officials urge residents to check plants for Spotted Lanternfly. Click here for more information. Bears are active and searching for food: take precautions. Click here for more information.
The Hardwick Police Department has been relocated to the New Braintree Town Hall, 20 Memorial Drive, New Braintree. FID and LTC processing will now occur at the new location. Hardwick Community Development Program Information
Final Report on the Project to Examine Integrating Services of the Paige Memorial Library and Gilbertville Public Library The Hazard Mitigation Grant Update requires public input. Please click here to participate in this important survey.
Massachusetts' regional school districts face $17 million state funding shortfall - link to article Click here to learn about Hardwick's amazing biodiversity: rare, endangered, and threatened species of wildlife and plant life.
Hardwick Girl Scout Troops Forming
Click here for more information
Click here to view the presentation from the School Consolidation Task Force meeting on October 4, 2017
Central Mass. Regional EMS/ALS
Shared Services Report
Gilbertville WPCF Upgrade Project information

A Model Ecotourism Master Plan Chapter for Rural Massachusetts Communities:
A Case Study of Hardwick, MA

HCOG - Hardwick Petition Update
Announcing New Interactive Website

FY2015 Audit Files

Hardwick Public Transportation Survey Results

Download brochure about food producers,
markets and resources in north-central Mass.

Hardwick Budget Development
(download Powerpoint presentation)
Hardwick in the Boston Globe! Click here to read the article.

Available to rent for functions:
Hardwick Town House - click here

Massachusetts Senate Session Report 2015-2016
(large pdf file)
Information about the
Sewer Extension Project