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Meet the candidates

March 2 at St. John

“Meet the Candidates” will be held March 2 at 2 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 10 School St. Candidates should RSVP to Dennis Fowler at 485-5437.

∎ Registration of voters will be held March 1 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the town hall.

∎ The Suncook Senior Center will be closed tomorrow in observance of Presidents Day.

∎ The Wii bowling tournament will be held Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. The cost is $1 to enter and there will be prizes. For more information, call 485-4254.




Bear biologist to speak

at Proctor Academy

Noted bear biologist Ben Kilham will speak at Proctor Academy on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the Stone Chapel on the Town Green. Kilham is a wildlife biologist from Lyme who has focused on black bears and re-introducing orphaned bear cubs back into the wild. Admission is free. For more information, email Dave Pilla at

∎ The annual parent breakfast will be held Thursday at 7 a.m. at the Andover Elementary/Middle School. Parents are encouraged to have breakfast with their child before heading to work.

∎ A spaghetti supper will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church. The price is $6, $3 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger.




Classic movie to be

shown Thursday at library

The library will show a classic movie Thursday at 1 p.m.

∎ Ready to shop . . . for health care? Come to library and get personal health insurance shopping assistance from Marilyn Sullivan of B-State Primary Care Association Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Feb. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.

∎ The Upper Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee and St. Paul’s School are proud to co-host the “Gimme Green” film screening and experts panel discussion Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s School in the Lindsay Center. “Gimme Green” is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets, and our outlook on life. Light refreshments will be served at 6:45 p.m. The free screening is open to the public, but space is limited so register by calling 796-2615 or email

∎ Town offices and the library will be closed tomorrow in observance of Presidents Day.

∎ The Boscawen 1913 Library Restoration Committee will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the elementary school library after the school’s 5 to 7 p.m. fundraiser at the Penacook McDonald’s. All are welcome. Hear an update on the LCHIP grant, the architect’s plans and fundraising.



Healthy resolution group

to hold initial meeting

Looking for help with keeping your 2014 healthy resolutions? Join Bow residents Janice Brunelle, Rosemarie Wolfe and Lois Fahey Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the library for an initial meeting to form a healthy resolution group utilizing technology to reach your goals. This month will feature an overview of free online resources and apps to track fitness activity, calories and meals.

∎ The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will meet Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St. For more information, call Dan Day at 228-1154.

∎ What will your kids be doing this summer? The Bow parent-teacher organization will host a summer camp expo Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the elementary school gym. Representatives from 15 camps will be available to answer questions and show parents what the camps have to offer their children this summer. Admission is free.

∎ Joyful Noise Preschool at 6 Branch Londonderry Turnpike East is accepting registrations for the fall 2014-15 school year. For more information, call 224-3133 or email



First decorate a mug, then make a cake in it

Make a cake in a mug! Decorate a mug to keep and make a personal cake in it to eat or take home Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the library.

∎ Rock ’n’ Read, a music and movement program for babies and toddlers, will be held Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. at the library.

∎ Story hour will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the library. There will be winter stories and a craft.

∎ The Lego Club will meet Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the library.

∎ The book discussion group is reading The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman, and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods by Julia Butterfly Hill. Copies are available at the library for anyone wishing to join the discussion Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the library.

∎ A special extended session of Lego Club will be held Feb. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the library. Create with Legos and have a special snack to keep your energy up!

∎ Julie Eades, founding president of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, will speak on the transition to a more cooperative economy Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Learn how to become more resilient by strengthening the local economy. Apple pie will be served. Visit to find information on all events, as well as a place to RSVP. While there, check out the “Folks Around Town” page that will soon begin featuring Canterbury residents that have contributed greatly to the Canterbury Spirit. If you’re interested in joining Transition Canterbury, call Ruth Heath at 783-4401 or email

∎ “Theme Night” will be held Thursday at 5:30 with an evening of “moving and grooving” in the school gym. Staff members will lead parents and children in lively dance, movement activities and yoga skills. The event will conclude with a pizza supper in the classrooms at 6:15 p.m.

∎ I Love to Read Month will be held in March. Guest readers are needed to read at the school. Call the school at 783-9944 if interested.

∎ The Canterbury Tilton Northfield Little League Baseball season is just around the corner. Online registration for the 2014 season will run through the last day of player evaluations on March 29. Registration is open to all boys and girls, ages 4-12. Visit for information, events and updates. In person registration for Canterbury will be held Thursday from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at the library. Free winter skills clinics will be offered to all registered players March 8 and 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Concord Sports Center. Online and paper registrations can be completed at Concord Sports Center during all clinic dates. A completed 2014 registration is required in order for players to participate in these clinics. Interested in coaching, volunteering, or sponsorship opportunities? Come to one of the sign-up dates or contact a Tilton Northfield Little League board member.

∎ Canterbury Shaker Village is partnering with Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire to offer two seed production workshops in February. Organic farmers and gardeners interested in how to harvest and preserve seeds can sign up for “The Power of Rebuilding Our Seed Heritage” to be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. or a seed production technical assistance workshop to be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information or to register, visit




Book sale to be held

Saturday at library

There will be a book sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library. There will be specials on many of the romance novels. DVDs, puzzles, collectible books and books of many genres will also be available.

∎ The Lovers of the Chichester Library will meet tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the library. This is an open meeting for those interested in volunteering to help plan library programs and special events.

∎ Story hour and crafts for preschoolers and kindergartners continue on Mondays at 3 p.m. at the library.

∎ The crafting club for adults and teens will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

∎ The heritage commission will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.

∎ The youth association is accepting registrations for T-Ball, baseball and softball for this coming season. If you have a child who will be attending kindergarten in the fall, they are eligible to play T-Ball this spring. This is a great opportunity for the children to get to know others with whom they will be going to school with. Registration forms are available online at



PTO swim party to

be held Friday in Concord

The parent-teacher organization swim party will be held Friday at the Concord Racquet Club. Kindergarten through third grade will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and fourth through sixth grade will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

∎ Breakfast is served every Sunday from 8 to 10 a.m. in the church vestry. The cost is $5, which helps increase the campership fund for Horton Center. Today there will be a chocolate lovers breakfast in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

∎ Come together for lunch and good friends Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church vestry. Bring your own sandwich; soup and beverages will be provided.

∎ The library received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to fund the program “Comics in World History and Cultures” Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Marek Bennett, renowned graphic artist, will discuss comics from Ancient Rome, the Mayan Empire, feudal and modern Japan, Nazi Germany and 20th century U.S. Admission is free.




Epsom Food Pantry

in need of donations

The Epsom Food Pantry is getting closer and closer to opening its doors. Donations of peanut butter, tuna, cold cereal and canned fruit are needed. Donations can be dropped off at the town offices or the library. A pre-registration day will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. at the pantry (Old Town Hall); if you think you qualify, come down and sign up. Call 219-3025 or 736-4407 with questions or you can also email questions to

∎ The youth athletic association has redesigned its entire website and now features online registration for sports programs. Visit, click on “Register” to create an account and sign your children up for T-ball, baseball and softball today! Payments can be made by credit card or mail-in a check. Spring sports registration ends March 3.

∎ Student vs. staff basketball game will be held tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Central School.

∎ Epsom Central School will have a “Literacy Night” tomorrow from 6 to 7 p.m. at the school library and Integrated Studies lab. This will allow parents a chance to pick out a good book and relax while reading together with their child. Quizzes may also be taken to increase your child’s Accelerated Reader points.

∎ Students in grades one through four and students in beginning instrumental and beginning vocal ensembles will present a concert Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Central School gym. The concert will highlight some of the work that students have been doing in their music classes. The snow date for the concert will be Wednesday at the same time and place.

∎ The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will present “Understanding Arthritis: The Beginners’ Guide” Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the library. Early diagnosis and appropriate management of arthritis, including self-management activities, can help.

∎ The book club will meet to discuss The Paris Wife by Paula McLain Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the library. Anyone who would like to join in the discussion is invited to stop by the library and pick up a copy of the book.

∎ The library will show the movie Free Birds Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. This family movie comedy is rated PG. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. For more information, call the library at 736-9920.

∎ The cemetery committee will meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the library.

∎ Library trustees will meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the library.

∎ The historical society will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the town office meeting room.

∎ The zoning board will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the town office meeting room.

∎ The library and town offices will be closed tomorrow in observance of Presidents Day.

∎ Happy birthday to Sue Kimball today!



Magic show to be held Saturday at opera house

Alejandro’s Old Tyme Magik Showe will be held Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Franklin Opera House. Visit franklinopera or drop by the office to purchase tickets for this family-friendly show.

∎ The 2014 edition of the Franklin Area Walking Guide is available at several locations around the city (city hall, the library and various medical offices, to name a few). Places to snowshoe, walk or hike are featured. Call 934-2060, ext. 8329, to receive a copy or a PDF version of the map is also available on the LRGHealthcare website at Click on “Community Education.”

∎ The Franklin School Board will meet tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the middle school library.

∎ Those wishing to have assistance with signing up for health insurance through the New Hampshire Health Exchange can attend an enrollment fair Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Franklin Regional Hospital. Additional opportunities will be held Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. and the Feb. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Boscawen Public Library.

∎ A Foxwoods trip will be held March 12 and is open to the public. Space is limited and pre-registration required. Call the T.R.I.P. Center at 934-4151 for details. The T.R.I.P Center will be closed tomorrow in observance of Presidents Day.

∎ The SAU 18 School Board invites the public to a forum to discuss criteria (skills, education and characteristics) for the next superintendent of schools. The meeting will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria.

∎ The 25th annual February vacation basketball tournament will be held from Thursday through March 1. Call the parks and recreation department at 934-2118 for more information.

∎ The new Boys and Girls Club opened recently and welcomes students to its after school programs. Students grades K-8 are being enrolled at this time. The club is open after school until 7 p.m., with extended vacation and snow day hours. Free transportation from local schools is provided. Call Director Tom Charbono at 998-9984 for more information.

∎ The craft fair, to be held March 15 at the library, still has table space available. The deadline to register is March 3. The fair will support the Franklin Public Library Scholarship Fund for graduating high school seniors. For more information, call 934-2543 or 934-9300.




Family Valentine’s dance to be held

There will be a family Valentine’s dance sponsored by the Henniker Community School parent teacher association Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the school café.

∎ Henniker Youth Theatre will present the new musical, The Lending Doll, today at 5 p.m. at the Henniker Community Center. Admission to this family friendly show is by donation. Henniker residents who are in the show include Marcus McFall, Sam Villeux, Dan Morette and Carson Dunn.

∎ There will be a free community dinner today at 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall at the Congregational Church.

∎ Henniker T-ball, baseball and softball sign ups are going on now. Visit to sign up your child or children. The deadline is Feb. 28.

∎ Eighth-graders in Peter Adamo’s tech ed class are taking part in SeaPerch, a collaborative activity that is part of the National Defense Education Program administered by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. This program is based on the SeaPerch Program started by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant Education program. The eighth-grade tech ed students in Henniker have been working on a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) initiative through this SeaPerch project and have been learning how to build an underwater remotely operated vehicle. On Wednesday, the students will travel to UNH to test their ROVs in the UNH swimming pool. Along with testing the ROVs, students will get a tour of the Chase Ocean Engineering Lab.

∎ Henniker preschool is accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year. Acceptance will be determined by lottery. Parents of Henniker children ages 3 and 4 should call 428-3476 to sign up. A monthly tuition is charged for this program. Parents of children entering kindergarten in September must verify Henniker residency and the child must be 5 years old by Sept. 30. Parents of children entering first grade must be 6 years old by Sept. 30. All children can be registered by calling 428-3476. The deadline for registration is April 11.

∎ The number of Happy Hoofers continues to grow as people try to maintain their New Year’s resolution to get more exercise. Thanks goes out to the New England College athletic staff for giving White Birch seniors the use of their field house on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. Put on your walking shoes and see how many laps you can do in an hour.

∎ The RSVP Friend Dial-A-Ride Program is looking for volunteers to offer rides to folks age 60 and older to get to doctors appointments in the local area. If you have a couple hours a week or month and would like to volunteer as a driver, or if you are a senior adult in need of transportation for medical appointments, call White Birch at 428-3077.




Candidates night to be held Feb. 24

Hillsboro Pride will present “Candidates Night” Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Candidates will present their points of view, followed by questions from the audience. For more information, call 464-4640.

∎ Dreaming of a trip to a warmer place? Come to library for an armchair travel adventure Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Tom Kamberis will present a visual trip through several of the Greek Islands. Baklava will be served. For more information, call 464-3595.

∎ If you run out of things to do during February school vacation, bring your favorite board game to “Game Day” on Feb. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the library.

∎ An evening musical soiree with performances by local talent of all ages will be held Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Deering Community Church, Route 149 in Deering. Admission is free; donations will be accepted.



Youth lacrosse registrations open

Youth lacrosse 2014 registrations are open for boys and girls ages 8-14. The cost is $85 per player. The Hopkinton youth lacrosse teams are in league play through the New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association. No previous experience is required to participate. The season begins mid-March and ends mid-June. To register, visit and open an account for your family. Be sure to include all health concerns for each family member as this will be part of their registration for all future recreation programs. Click on “Lacrosse” and follow prompts to register. You may pay online with a credit or debit card, or print the completed registration form and drop-off or mail, with payment, to the Hopkinton Recreation Dept., 330 Main St. Hopkinton, N.H. 03229. For more information, call the recreation department at 746-2915 or email

∎ HYSA is now accepting spring team sponsors. Your company will be featured on the team T-shirts. Email Tom Sullivan at or call 510-220-6467 or 746-1056.

∎ The school board will meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Maple Street School, Room 1.

∎ The recreation department will once again host a Funnelator competition. A Funnelator is a homemade three-person snowball launching slingshot! Guests will register as teams of three and be given all the materials necessary to make their own Funnelator. They will have time to practice and then it’s on to the competition! Teams will compete for snowball flying distance and target accuracy! The fun begins today at 2 p.m. at Houston Park. Teams may begin registering as early as 1:30 p.m. Supplies are limited, so pre-registration is recommended and walk-ins are welcome while supplies last. Pre-register at (team names and uniforms are encouraged!) Besides the Funnelator competition, families can also enjoy a challenging scavenger hunt, turkey bowling, snow sculpting competition and a bonfire. Hot chocolate and snacks will be available.

∎ Blackwater Nordic Ski Club announces Thursday night skiing at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds. Skiing is held every Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. until the end of the month. Park behind the Odd Fellows Hall. You will see the entrance to the fairgrounds groomed trails at the far end of the parking lot. Cancellations will be posted on online at For more information, email If you are not a member of Blackwater Nordic Ski Club, please consider leaving a small donation in the lock box slot (to the right of the Blackwater sign on the equipment shed).

∎ The senior lunch menu for Wednesday at the Slusser Senior Center is spiral ham, macaroni and cheese, green beans and spice cake.

∎ Bingo will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in the Slusser Senior Center dining hall. The cost is $2.50 per card or $6 for three cards.

∎ The Hopkinton Recreation Department has partnered with Active Jr. LLC to bring a new, unique February vacation camp to the area youth. Photography Camp will introduce kids, ages 7-12, to an array of digital photographic techniques emphasizing hands-on experience. The camp encourages the art of capturing life in motion on camera. Camp fees will include an individual portfolio of all the work you child produces throughout the week. Located at Harold Martin School, the camp will run daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with early/late options available. For more information and registration, visit




Annual D.A.R.E pizza

night to be held

The Loudon Police Department’s annual D.A.R.E pizza night will be held Wednesday at the elementary school. If you are interested in donating an item for the raffle, call Chief Fiske or Janice Morin at 798-5521.

∎ The selectmen will hold a public hearing for review of the proposed budget and warrant articles for fiscal year 7/01/2014 to 06/30/2015. The hearing will be held Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Loudon Community Building. The proposed budget will be voted on at the March 2014 town meeting.

∎ The youth athletic association is getting ready for the 2014 baseball season! Sign up in person at Brookside Pizza on the following dates: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Feb. 24, 6 to 8 p.m.; March 8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and March 10, 6 to 8 p.m. Email or mail in the two forms with your check payable to LYAA to: LYAA, P.O. Box 7816, Loudon, N.H. 03307. You can also find all information and forms by visiting the association’s Facebook page or

∎ The youth athletic association is trying to get a team together for softball. Do you have a girl interested in playing softball with other Loudon players? Thirteen girls are needed to have a team (minors or majors) and the team would play with Suncook Valley. If there isn’t enough interest, girls have the option to play baseball with the boys or to play softball with the Merrimack Valley Youth Baseball Softball League. Let the youth athletic association know ASAP if you are interested in softball.

∎ Volunteers are needed to help make the sports programs run for the kids in Loudon. If you would like to coach or volunteer, please be sure to include that on your registration form. Anyone who volunteers with the kids in the youth athletic association needs to complete a criminal background check. The youth athletic association will get you the form and cover the cost.




Extended learning

offered for students

Extended Learning Opportunities are just another way to earn high school credit. This year, students have earned ELO credits for hunter safety, EMT courses, Fire Explorers, art and by completing online courses offered free through VLACS. There are also dual credit opportunities at VLACs where students can earn college credits at a reduced cost. If you are behind on credits, want to get ahead, or are interested in earning credit for a learning activity or program that you already do outside of the school day, contact Mrs. Corrow to learn more.

∎ Appointments with the NHTI Dental Clinic will be available for evaluations and cleanings; see Mr. Smith in the Wellness Center. Appointments are made on most Mondays and Fridays through April. For information about appointments for spring sports physicals, see Mr. Smith about options through MVHS and/or Convenient MD in Concord.

∎ MVHS is once again participating in the NHIAA Unified Basketball league during the winter athletic season (2013-14). The Unified Program is a NHIAA “varsity” team that is co-sponsored and grant funded through Special Olympics. The program gives students with disabilities an opportunity to experience athletics at the high school level. The MV team will play a schedule consisting of games against other high schools and will have an opportunity to compete in a state tournament.

∎ Your opinion is wanted on full-day kindergarten! Visit to complete a very short survey. Voting will be held March 6 at 7 p.m. at MVHS. For more information, visit the Facebook page “Merrimack Valley Full-Day Kindergarten.”

∎ There has been an increase of illness in the health office. This includes Norovirus (nausea, vomiting and occasionally diarrhea) and flu-like symptoms. As a reminder: Students that have a fever or flu-like symptoms should remain home for at least 24 hours after fever/symptoms have subsided (the fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medication).


Free family movie

night to be held

Grace Capital Church will host a free family movie night Friday in the church gym, 542 Pembroke St. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Guests will need to bring a blanket or chair to sit on. There will be free popcorn and candy. The movie will be Epic, rated PG.

∎ The library will hold its semi-annual book sale Friday through Feb. 27. The sale will be open during library hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call the library at 485-7851.

∎ Ruth Ann Esch of Pembroke is showing her photographs at the Spoon Revolution Vegan Bistro, 55 S. Main St., Concord (across from the Capitol Center for the Arts) during February and March. For more information, visit or call 738-4327.




Snowmobile poker run to be held

The Suncook Valley Sno-Riders of the Pittsfield/Barnstead area are getting ready for their third annual “Poker Run” Saturday starting at the PYBA field on Tilton Hill Road in Pittsfield. Registration will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. You will receive your score card with a map of the route on the reverse side. Cash prizes and door prizes will be awarded. The Pittsfield Youth Baseball and Soccer Association will be manning the snack shack on site. There will be some parking available for those who wish to trailer to the site. If you do not have a snowmobile, the card sites are available by car. Visit and on Facebook. For more information, call 435-8729.

∎ The Suncook Valley Rotary Club will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the community center, lower level.

∎ The library and historical society will present New Hampshire resident and author Michele Wehrwein Albion Thursday at 7 p.m. at the PMHS lecture hall. This event was rescheduled from last week. The Quotable Henry Ford is compilation of direct quotes from an American historical personality warranting further acquaintance. As museum curator, author and educator, Wehrwien Albion will present highlights from her research on Henry Ford as a unique character. Her books will be available for purchase and signing at the conclusion of her presentation. For more information, call 435-8406.

∎ The Pittsfield Players will hold open auditions for The Dining Room today at 2 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. at the Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot St. They are looking to cast three men and three women.

∎ The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club will meet tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Jitters Café on Main Street. New members are always welcome.

∎ The Pittsfield Youth Workshop Board of Directors will meet Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. at the Pittsfield Youth Workshop, 5 Park St.

∎ The PHS Alumni Association will meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at PMHS, meeting room 126.

∎ The Pittsfield Youth Baseball Association will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the community center. For more information, call Jesse MacGlashing at 435-6263.

∎ The Infant Toddler Diaper Pantry will be open Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main St. Please use the Chestnut Street entrance.

∎ During February school vacation, Salty Dog Pottery will offer a set of special clay workshops for students including slab pots, coil pots, wall pockets, clay masks and clay characters. Workshops will be held from 9 to 10:15 a.m. and are open to all ages. The cost is $15 per workshop and includes clay and kiln firing for the piece. For more information, call Teresa Taylor at 435-6014, email or visit

∎ The Pittsfield Area Senior Center will be closed tomorrow in observance of Presidents’ Day.

∎ The Read, Meet and Talk book club will meet Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the library. The Dry Grass of August by Jean Mayhew will be discussed. The Josiah Teen Book Worms will meet March 6 at 7 p.m. and preschool story hour continues with Mrs. Grainger Thursday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. Children enjoy stories, snacks and crafts. For more information about events at the library, call 435-8406.

∎ Happy birthday to Sue Kimball and Jennifer Thurston today and to Patty Houle on Tuesday. I hope you all enjoy your special days.

∎ A very special happy birthday wish to my nephew, Lucas Fries, on Thursday. I hope you have a great day!

∎ Tomorrow is “Random Act of Kindness Day.” Try to do something nice and unexpected for someone.




Learn about town’s railroad stations

Did you know Warner once had seven railroad stations? The train not only meant transportation for passengers, but even more importantly it was vital to mill owners and farmers to ship their products and produce to market. The historical society will present a program, “Warner’s Railroad Stations and Stories” Friday at 7 p.m. at the town hall.

∎ The rescheduled Button Up N.H. home energy saving workshop will be held Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Learn how to reduce heating costs and have a more comfortable home. Call the library at 456-2289 for more information.

∎ BookEnds BookGroup will meet Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at MainStreet BookEnds to welcome back author Jessie Crockett to discuss Drizzled With Death, the first of a new murder mystery series by this New Hampshire author. BookEnds BookGroup usually meets every last Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. in The Gallery. BookGroup reads are 20 percent off prior to the event to BookGroup participants. Admission is free.

∎ Simonds Elementary School has the following events: winter carnival, Friday; February vacation, Feb. 24-28.

∎ Old School PE meets Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at Simonds Elementary School.

∎ Adult volleyball meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Simonds Elementary School.

∎ Homework Club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m. at the library at Simonds Elementary School.

∎ The Boys & Girls Club meets everyday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Simonds Elementary School.




First-graders led

anniversary assembly

The first-graders led the recent all-school assembly at Center Woods Elementary School in celebration of Weare’s 250th anniversary. First-graders presented some of the historical information they had been learning about their hometown. Students also shared why Weare is special to them and those answers ranged from the town library to Horace Lake.

∎ More than 60 Center Woods students and the fifth graders from the Weare Middle School created new inventions for the first Invention Convention held Feb. 7 at Center Woods Elementary School. Invention Convention Winners from Weare are as follows: Grade 1: Joel Douzanis, “Sink Rinser;” Grade 2: Fiona Winsor, “Alpine Cozies;” Grade 3: Rose Kosciuszek, “H2O Holster;” Grade 4: Liam Chapman, “Shalf Pads” (calf and shin protection for hockey); and Grade 5: Lauren Desrosiers, “Quicken Chicken Coop Cleaner.” The Sport Safety Challenge winner was Liam Chapman with “Shalf Pads.” The Student Choice winner was Cali Bishop and Alex Pike with “Lax Trax.”

∎ Weare/Henniker Youth Theatre is presenting the new musical, The Lending Doll, today at 5 p.m. at the Henniker Community Center. Admission to this family friendly show is by donation. Weare residents in the show include Isabella Pelletier, Lauren Kaiser and Dan Morette.



Parent workshops to

be held Wednesday

Bruce Johnson, Webster Elementary School reading specialist, will present two parent workshops Wednesday at the school. The first workshop, starting at 6:30 p.m., will be “How to Choose Appropriate Books for Your Child.” The second one, starting at 7 p.m., will be “Addressing the Needs of the Stronger Readers.” All parents, as well as community members, are invited to attend. Email Johnson at bjohnson@mv.k12.nh for more information.

∎ The library will be closed tomorrow in observance of Presidents Day.

∎ The trustees of the library will meet Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the library. Meetings are open to the public.

∎ Selectmen will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the town office.

∎ There will be a benefit spaghetti supper for Bill and Kitty Fifield who lost their home to a fire Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the town hall. The cost is $8, $4 for children.



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