Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Students set to study history of community
∎ Bone Builders will be held Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center.
∎ The Allenstown Public Library will hold story time Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
∎ The Allenstown Historical Society will be holding its annual History Day event for fourth-grade students at Allenstown Elementary School and Pembroke Hill School on April 13. The members of the Historical Society will teach students the history of their towns. It is open to the public from 2:30 to 4 p.m. to come in and see photos and artifacts at the St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 10 School St. For more information, call 485-4437.
∎ A yard sale will be held April 30 at St. John Baptist Parish Hall. Call 485-3113 to rent a table, which are available for $15. This is a great way to start spring.
∎ The Suncook Senior Center will sell raffle tickets for a beautiful log cabin-style queen-size quilt. Tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5, and proceeds benefit the Suncook Senior Center. The drawing will be May 5 at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call Leslie at 485-4254.
∎ Dog licenses can be processed from Jan. 1 to April 30 at town hall or online via the purple dog licensing link. A neutered or spayed dog is $7.50, an unaltered dog costs $10. Proof of rabies vaccination may be required.
Grab your friends and head to old-time country dance
∎ An old-time Family Country Dance will be Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the school gym. Canterbury’s Dudley Laufman, a nationally acclaimed folk fiddler and folk-dance caller, will lead the event. Beginners and kids are welcome. The event is co-sponsored by the Andover Community Association and the school. Admission is free, although donations will be greatly appreciated. Snacks will be available for sale. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Storytellers invited to share
∎ An Easter sunrise service will be held at Boscawen Congregational Church at 6 a.m. today. A free pancake and sausage breakfast will follow at 7 a.m. The Easter worship service starts at 10 a.m.
∎ Boscawen Bingo will be April 9 in the basement of the Congregational Church. Lunch consists of a variety of pizzas that will be served at noon. For $10, enjoy a meal with friends and an afternoon of fun and games that includes popcorn. If you would like to serve on the Boscawen Old Home Day committee, call 796-7001.
∎ Do you have a story that you would like to share? The Writers’ Workshop with author Mel Graykin would love to hear it. The workshop meets the fourth Monday of the month at the Boscawen Public Library. It will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Taste the Bow spirit at annual booster club event
∎ The Bow Garden Club will meet April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for social time and refreshments, followed by the evening program of “Plant Propagation” with Amy Papineau of the UNH Cooperative Extension. Bring your pot-bound house plants and overgrown garden plants to find out to how to effectively divide them, creating new plants to share. For more information, visit bowgardenclub.org.
∎ The Falcon Booster Club’s second annual “Taste of Bow Spirit” Wine and Beer Tasting Event and silent auction will be Wednesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Old Town Hall. Contact Karen McGee at email@example.com for tickets.
∎ The Concord Area Center would like to remind homeowners and tenants that fuel assistance funds are still available in Belknap and Merrimack counties. It’s office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Applications for electric assistance may be completed at the same time. For more information, call 225-6880.
Youth group Easter breakfast held today at Parish House
∎ The CUCC Youth Group will sponsor an Easter breakfast today in the Parish House from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Seniors and children ages 6 to 9 are $3, adults are $5, and families are $15.
∎ Rock N Read will be at the library Tuesday at 10 a.m.
∎ There will be an extra children’s program at the library Tuesday at 10 a.m. for babies and toddlers.
∎ Kate Goegel will teach rug braiding Thursday mornings through April 7. The class is free but you’ll need to pay for materials. Registration required. For more information, call 783-4079.
∎ Young Readers Club will meet Monday at 3:15 p.m. for a dance party, activities, pizza and snacks for students in fourth through sixth grades.
∎ The Teen Advisory Group will meet Monday at 6 p.m. for a discussion on Studio Ghibli and food.
∎ Regular library programs include Scrabble on Mondays at 6 p.m., quilting Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., knitting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and the Zen of Adult Coloring on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.
∎ The Canterbury Community Farmers Market will host Master Gardener Jim Ramenek on Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss seeds and seedlings for the garden.
∎ “I Love to Read Month” begins in March. Contact the school if you can spare 15-20 minutes to come in and read to one of the classes.
∎ Canterbury’s townwide roadside cleanup will be held April 16. To sign up to clean up your favorite stretch of Canterbury, contact Patrice Rasche at firstname.lastname@example.org or 783-9360 to claim your turf.
∎ The town history project remains on schedule and all involved are thrilled that the end financial goal of $75,000 has been met, thanks in part to a recent donation from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation on top of the over 120 individual and business donations over this past year.
∎ Reps. Howard Moffett and George Saunderson will be at the Town Meeting House on April 9 from 10 a.m. to noon for a legislative listening session. Coffee and cookies will be served. Drop in for part or all of the time, ask questions and find out what has been going on at the State House. For more information, call 783-4993.
∎ Spring yoga class with Judy and Nancy will run for 10 weeks on Wednesdays at the Parish House from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost is $95. To register, send checks to Judy Egan, 53 Pickard Road, Canterbury 03224. For more information, call 783-9065 or 746-2728.
∎ Loudon Food Pantry is running its annual Challenge to Fight Hunger from February to the end of April. Donations can be dropped off at the food pantry at 30 Chichester Road, Unit D, Loudon. For more information, call 724-9731 or visit LoudonFoodPantry.org.
Planning board seeks input in Master Plan survey
∎ Down Cellar Writers and the photography group will meet at the library Monday at 7 p.m.
∎ The Planning Board is working on the Master Plan to guide future growth and development in Chichester. Participate in the suvery at surveymonkey.com/r/ChichesterNHsurvey2016 to say what you would like to see in the town and what you want the town to be like. Paper copies are available at the town hall, library or Chichester Central School.
∎ Town volunteers are needed for the capital improvement committee, the heritage commission, the parks and recreation commission, the road advisory committee, the planning board, the zoning board and the agricultural commission. Contact the selectmen’s office if interested.
Book group to discuss ‘Innocence Under the Elms’
∎ Dunbarton Congregational Church will hold Easter sunrise service today at 6:30 a.m. at Center Cemetery, a pancake breakfast at 7:15 a.m. at the vestry and a traditional worship service at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit dccucc.org.
∎ A book discussion on Innocence Under the Elms by Louise Rich will be Wednesday at noon at the library. Bring lunch.
∎ Men’s Coffee Chat will be Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the library.
∎ A Sweetheart Dance will be held April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the school gym hosted by the PTO for girls and their chaperones. Tickets are $10 and available at dunbartonptowebstore.bigcartel.com.
Hear stories of Titanic and its N.H. connections
∎ The Epsom Public Library has received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present “All Aboard the Titanic” on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Moving beyond the physical facts of the story, the presenter, Ted Zalewski, will explore the personal experiences of selected passengers and crew including those with New Hampshire affiliations. For more information, call the library at 736-9920.
∎ The Epsom Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing Wednesday at 940 Suncook Valley Highway at 7 p.m. to take testimony on a zoning appeal to have a detached multi-family residence.
∎ The historical association will be open Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m.
∎ The library will host the VITA/TCE Taxaide Program to assist you with your tax preparation and submissions Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 7. To schedule an appointment, call 211 or visit nhtaxhelp.org.
∎ Story time will be Monday from 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
∎ Knitters will meet at the library Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
∎ Lego time will be Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
∎ Registration and screening for incoming kindergarten students will be held April 5-7 from 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and April 6 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. If your child will be an incoming first grader, literacy screenings will be held April 6 from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Call the main office at 736-9331 to schedule your child’s 45-minute block for either of these screenings. Bring a copy of your child’s immunization record, birth certificate, most recent physical exam, and two proofs of residency, including a purchase/sales or rental agreement.
∎ Epsom Central School will hold a Scholastic book fair April 5 to 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and April 8 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Money raised help purchase books for classrooms. A reading event will be that Wednesday, April 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
∎ Happy Easter everyone. May you all be safe and sound in the loving arms of family and friends.
Tax prep help is available
∎ Free tax preparation is available at the TRIP Center for anyone wanting this assistance. Call Granite State United Way at 211 to schedule an appointment.
∎ The Victorian Magic-Lantern Show is coming to the Franklin Opera House on April 7 at 7 p.m. Experience what was all the rage 120 years ago when the opera house first opened. To purchase tickets or learn more at franklinoperahouse.org or call 934-1901.
∎ The Franklin Public Library will present monthly storytelling Tuesday at 7 p.m. with Sue McPhee of Hillsboro with A Tale of Two Rivers. For more information, call 934-2911.
∎ April is cereal month at the Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry. Please remember the children and families in your neighborhood greatly in need of nutritious breakfast cereals of all kinds. For more information, call 934-2662.
∎ Author Night at The Franklin Studio will be Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 671-7018.
∎ There will be a book launch party for A Closer Walk – One Woman’s Journey, by local author Lauretta Phillips on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Franklin Studio.
∎ A beginner genealogy workshop will be the program at the April 7 meeting of the Franklin Historical Society. Presenter, and past president of the society, Steve Foley will begin at 7 p.m. at Webster Place. For more information, visit franklinnhhistoricalsociety.org.
∎ Thanks to the many people who supported the Meals-on-Wheels fundraiser by attending the breakfast at the Elks Lodge 1280. It was a huge success. Many organizations and individuals supported this event and special thanks to the Elks Lodge for offering their facility.
∎ The Junior Youth Group of Franklin will meet Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bessie Rowell Community Center. Contact Karen Darling at 918-1998 for information.
∎ The Three Rivers Choir welcomes new SATB voices to this budding choral group. Rehearsals take place every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Inspire Music. 42 River St. For more information, call 934-7163.
Local students head to national competitions
∎ Congregational Church of Henniker will have an early Easter service at 6:30 a.m. today and an Easter service at 10 a.m.
∎ The spring parent/athlete meeting will be Thursday at John Stark at 7 p.m.
∎ Congratulations to junior Brandon Diaz, part of the five-member culinary team from the Concord Regional Technical Center, who won the state ProStart cooking competition held at UNH. Brandon will advance with his team to the National ProStart Invitational Culinary Competition in Dallas, Texas, from April 29 to May 1. The team will compete against the very best high school culinary teams from across the country.
∎ Congratulations to senior Travis Stacy, who is part of the two-person student team representing New Hampshire in the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York. Travis also attends the Concord Regional Technical Center and will compete for a share of more than $3 million in prizes and scholarships and the title of the nation’s best automotive technician.
∎ Henniker PTA will host an indoor yard sale and silent auction at Henniker Community School on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from space rentals and silent auction items will benefit the HCS Playground Fund. For more information or to rent space, contact Kristen at email@example.com.
∎ Parents of children entering kindergarten in September are asked to call 428-3476 by April 8. To enroll your child, you must verify Henniker residency and the child must be 5 years old by Sept. 30. Children entering first grade must be 6.
Hillsboro / deering
Environmental series talk moose population
∎ The Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture series continues at the Henry I. Baldwin Environmental Center with “What’s Bugging New Hampshire Moose” on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Kristine Rines, a Fish and Game Department moose project leader for 28 years, will present the life history and current status of moose. For more information, call 224-9945, ext. 313.
∎ Greater Hillsboro Senior Services will take a field trip Wednesday to view Killer Heels, the Art of the High-Heeled Shoe at the Currier Museum in Manchester. Tickets are $8 plus regular museum admission fees. It will depart from the Shaw’s parking lot at 1 p.m. Transportation costs $6. For more information, call 464-5029.
HOPKINTON / Contoocook
Nature museum to host orchid lecture
∎ A rummage sale will be held April 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at Contoocook United Methodist Church. A bag sale will be at 11 a.m.
∎ A Butterfly Scavenger Hunt and Story Walk will be held at the library. Use binoculars to find the butterflies native to New Hampshire. They’ll be hidden inside the library. Choose a prize when you find them all!
∎ The Little Nature Museum will sponsor “Temperate Native Orchids: Seasonal Gems” with educator, naturalist, traveler and photographer Jean Stefanik on April 30 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the library. Stefanik will present images and stories about native orchids, some of which you may recognize. The program is free; donations are appreciated. For more information, call 746-6121 or visit hopkintontownlibrary.org.
∎ The Hopkinton Town Library will deliver library materials to patrons through “Words on Wheels.” To schedule a delivery, call Karen Dixon at 746-3663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
∎ Writing camp at the Maple Street School is a time for students who love to write and create to spend a week in the summer sharing their literacy experiences with others. Led by two experienced writing teachers, students will be given many opportunities to write, read and share in a supportive environment as writers do. For more information, visit smore.com/jbeeh.
∎ The Contoocook Farmers Market will be at its winter home at town hall every Saturday through the end of May. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/ContoocookFarmersMarket.
∎ Senior lunch will be Wednesday at noon at the Slusser Center for $4. For more information, call 746-2915.
∎ The Hopkinton Town Band is eagerly seeking new members. No auditions are necessary, just the desire to make music in a fun and supportive environment. The band rehearses Wednesdays at 7 p.m. through June 1 at the Maple Street Elementary School. Summer concerts are Wednesday evenings, starting June 22, at the Jane Lewellen Bandstand. For more information, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
∎ Work Song Farm is accepting CSA memberships. For more information, call Abigail and Dan Kilrain at 219-0297 or at the farmers market on Saturday morning.
∎ Summer camp sign ups are now being accepted at Contoocook Dance and Gymnastics. Half- and full-day sessions are available. One-week sessions start June 20 and go through July 15. For more information, email Yvonne Bossi at email@example.com or call 746-3282.
Breakfast to be held after sunrise service
∎ Loudon Congregational Church will hold an Easter morning breakfast at 8:15 a.m. The regular worship service will follow at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call the Rev. Moe Cormier at 783-9478.
∎ Loudon Elementary School Art’s Night will be April 12.
∎ Hazardous waste collection will be held at the transfer station April 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Do not bring latex-based or oil-based paint cans.
Old Home Day group seeks new volunteers
∎ Pembroke and Allenstown Old Home Day Committee will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the library. The committee is always eager to hear new ideas and feedback from the public. Come and help choose a theme for this year’s Old Home Day event and suggest ways to make this day even better. For more information, call Jocelyn 485-3352.
Gene Matras ink art on exhibit at library
∎ Preschool story hour will be Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. For ages 2 to 5.
∎ Lego Club will be Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the library. Space is limited to 15; signups required.
∎ The Josiah Carpenter library will host an art exhibit of ink drawings by Pittsfield resident, Gene Matras, through May 8. Stop by the library to view the detailed and various natural New England scenes that this talented local artist has rendered.
∎ The Pittsfield Youth Workshop will host a pasta dinner fundraiser Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at 5 Park St. There will be spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese, lasagna or chop suey served with salad, bread, a dessert and drink. Cost is $5 for adults, or $3 for children 12 and younger.
∎ Congratulations to Paul Sherwood on being awarded Pittsfield Youth Workshop Volunteer of the Year for 2015. Sherwood has been volunteering many hours leading the youth in various woodworking projects.
∎ Pittsfield Old Home Day will be July 23 and the theme is an Olympic one, “Pittsfield Goes for Gold.” Families, groups, organizations, businesses and teams should think about participating in the parade.
∎ First Congregational Church will hold the traditional Easter sunrise service today at 7 a.m. in the sanctuary. Breakfast will follow about 8 a.m. in the vestry. Another service will be at 10 a.m. with music from the Chancel Choir and JuBellation. For more information, call 435-7471.
∎ Pittsfield Middle/High School students are planning an Empty Soup Bowl event May 24. Empty Soup Bowls uses ceramic arts to fight hunger. At each event, potters and other artisans donate handcrafted bowls, guests select one of the bowls and are served a meal of soup and bread. They take home their bowl as a reminder of how many go empty around the world. Money raised will be donated to the Pittsfield Food Bank. Make a bowl Saturday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to noon with Teresa Taylor or April 16 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to noon with Kit Cornell.
∎ The Pittsfield Area Senior Center will host a Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association program, “Boosting Happiness Through Emotional Wellness,” on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. To register, call 435-8482.
∎ Selectmen will appoint an eligible person to fill their vacancy until the 2017 annual town elections. Interested eligible voters of Pittsfield who wish to be considered for appointment by selectmen may submit a letter of interest before April 19 to Cara Marston, 85 Main St., Pittsfield 03263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
∎ Sage Wellness Center will host a Buddhist workshop and open house Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 435-7711 or visit sagewellnesscenterandsp.com.
∎ Happy birthday wishes to Aunt Ethel Cochrane!
Dog license renewals will be due April 30
∎ Happy 57th wedding anniversary to Bill and Connie Wescott!
∎ Now is the time to get involved to help shape our town.The Community Visioning Session for the Master Plan update will be Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Salisbury Elementary School. The Visioning Session results will serve as some of the important base information during the update of the Master Plan’s individual chapters including Community Facilities, Transportation, Natural Features, Housing, Economics and Land Use.
∎ Road posting for a weight limit on town roads are effective now. Call 648-2116 to request permission to use a town-maintained road during the weight limit posting.
∎ All dogs older than 3 months must be licensed by April 30. Failure to license your dog subjects you to civil forfeiture which carries a $25 fine. The fees are $9 for dogs, $6.50 for neutered dogs or $2 for senior residents to register their pet.
∎ The Old Home Day Committee has changed its monthly meeting to the second Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Academy Hall. Old Home Day will be Aug. 12-13.
HaPenny Magick show comes to town hall
∎ HaPenny Magick will be presented by SKIT at the Warner Town Hall on Friday at 7 p.m. and April 2 and 3 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 6 to 18 and children under 5 are free.
∎ A discussion on home funerals, green burials and more with Lee Webster will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at MainStreet BookEnds. Come hear how you can green up a conventional funeral, or forge a family-centered, cost-effective and natural path toward a meaningful and sustainable end.
∎ Learn what’s legal, what tasks families can handle themselves and what they might want to seek help with.
∎ A poetry workshop will be April 10 at 2 p.m. in the gallery at MainStreet BookEnds. The National Poetry Month Celebration includes many of the published poets from Poet Showcase: An Anthology of New Hampshire Poets, edited by Alice B. Fogel and Sydney Hall, Jr.
∎ Maria Noel Groves will celebrate the release of her book Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care on April 17 at 2 p.m. at MainStreet BookEnds.
∎ Alzheimer’s Cafe will be held April 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the N.H. Telephone Museum.
∎ Warner Historical Society will host John Porter, author of Preserving Old Barns, will speak on old barns April 7 at 7 p.m. at the town hall.
∎ The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance will hold a barn survey workshop April 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at town hall. Cost is $10 for NHPA members, $15 for nonmembers or $10 each if two or more attendees from the same town. To register, call Beverly Thomas at 224-2281.
∎ The Warner Men’s Club will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at town hall with dinner from the Appleseed Restaurant and a talk by local author Larry Sullivan on the history of the Mount Kearsarge area.
∎ Members and guests should reserve for the dinner before Friday by emailing email@example.com, or contacting one of the officers. For more information, visit warnermensclub.org.
∎ A choir from Teen Challenge, an addiction rehabilitation program, will be participating in the 10 a.m. service at the United Church of Warner on Sunday. These young men will inform us of how this recovery program has enhanced their life journey. An offering will be received to help them continue to reach out to others. Questions: Call Nancy at 456-3802
∎ The Little Nature Museum is looking for volunteers to assist visitors in the museum. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old; seniors are also welcome to apply. Community service credit is available to students. The museum is open to the public Fridays through Sundays and holidays, from May 22 to Oct. 30 and by appointment for groups.
∎ Zumba for Kids will be held Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the elementary school.
∎ Family lunch will be held April 6 from 12:15 to 1 p.m.
∎ Kindergarten and first-grade registration night will be April 6 at 5:30 p.m.
∎ The PTO will meet April 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary school conference room.
Mr. and Mrs. Buttman discourage smoking
∎ The larger-than-life Mr. and Mrs. Buttman puppets made their fifth appearance at John Stark Regional High School on March 16, national Kick Butts Day. Donned this year by juniors Jacob Fitts and Drew McQuarrie, Mr. and Mrs. Buttman encouraged 168 John Stark students to pledge not to smoke or quit smoking as part of national Kick Butts Day.
∎ John Stark junior Brandon Diaz is part of the five-member culinary team from the Concord Regional Technical Center to win the state ProStart cooking competition held at UNH in early March. Brandon will advance with his team to the National ProStart Invitational Culinary Competition in Dallas, Texas, from April 29 to May 1. The team will compete against the very best high school culinary teams from across the country.
∎ John Stark senior Travis Stacy is part of the two-person student team representing New Hampshire in the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York on Tuesday and Wednesday. Travis also attends the Concord Regional Technical Center and will compete for a share of more than $3 million in prizes and scholarships and the title of The Nation’s Best Automotive Technician.
∎ The John Stark Football Boosters Club will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. John Stark.
∎ The John Stark Teachers Association will host ace hypnotist Steve Coppola on April 15 to benefit the Teacher’s Association Scholarship Fund, and it is looking for a few adult volunteers who would be willing to be hypnotized. If you’d be willing help, contact Lorraine Connell at Lorraine.Connell@sau24.org by April 1.
∎ New Hampshire’s college planning event, Destination College, will be Saturday. Attendees will have access to a variety of free college-planning workshops, a keynote student speaker and have the opportunity to participate in scholarship raffles and attend a college fair. All of the day’s events are free to students and parents. Registration for this event is now open.
∎ The nonprofit South Weare Improvement Society will hold bingo April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, and Oct. 15 at Osborne Memorial Hall at 7 p.m. Refreshments include hot dogs, candy, chips, desserts, and beverages; proceeds benefit Osborne Memorial Hall renovations. No one under 18 is allowed. For more information, call 529-7282.
∎ The next meeting of the Weare Writer’s Group will be at a different time than usual, on Friday at 12:30 p.m. at the library. For more information, email Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org