Dinner and a movie
to be shown tomorrow
The Suncook Senior Center will have a dinner and a movie tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. The movie is The Out-of-Towners. For more information, call 485-4254.
∎ “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.
Historical society looking
for new members to join
The historical society is excited about new members and is eager to have more people join. Learn more about how you can help tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the Muchido Building (the former Boscawen post office), next to the historical society on King Street. The agenda for the meeting covers a range of efforts being done by the volunteers to support the society.
∎ Looking for some vacation activities for the kids? The library will show a morning movie Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Crafts will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and there will be a Seuss movie at 1 p.m. Winter Carnival, sponsored by the parks and recreation department, will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additionally, ask the library staff about passes to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover and the Millyard Museum and the Currier Gallery in Manchester.
∎ The Health Insurance Marketplace is a new way to find coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. Help with this process is available to anyone tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. at the library. Marilyn Sullivan, certified patient navigator with Bi-State Primary Care Association, will give a marketplace overview, answer your questions and assist in the computer enrollment process. To help accommodate all, register your attendance by calling the library at 753-8576 and to reserve a computer for enrollment, or bring your own laptop.
∎ The Merrimack Valley School District’s annual meeting will be held March 6 at the high school.
∎ Elections for townspeople running for public offices will be held March 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Register your vote at the town hall at 12 High St. (Route 4). The town meeting will be held at the Boscawen Elementary School starting at approximately 7:30 p.m. The offices that will be on the ballot are as follows: selectperson: Elizabeth “Betsy” Lynch, Roger Sanborn and William Urbach; trustee of trust funds: Elizabeth “Betsy” Lynch and Tracy Bartlett; supervisor of checklist: Pamela Malcolm; cemetery trustees: Mary Ellen Kenney and Adam Egounis; library trustees: Bertina Larochelle; treasurer: Karen Mackenzie and Elizabeth “Betsy” Lynch.
∎ “Geese and Ducks for Meat and Eggs” will be the topic presented by Dot Perkins, UNHCE livestock field specialist, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the fourth-floor conference room at the town municipal office building. She will provide information for folks who wish to raise them in their backyards that includes advice on breed selection, rearing, housing and care. Admission is free.
Garden club begins
its 2014 year in April
The garden club will begin its 2014 club year April 7, featuring a program on Mason bees with Michelle Mensinger of the Derry Garden Club. Mensinger is also the 2013-15 president of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, and her president’s theme is “Bee Aware, Bee Concerned, Bee a Friend to All Pollinators.” She will discuss how to incorporate Mason bees into your gardens and how to harvest them. Visit crownbees.com for more information. The meeting will begin with a social time at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting and program at 6:30 p.m. All garden club meetings are held at the Old Town Hall, 91 Bow Center Road, unless stated otherwise and are open to all. Visit bowgardenclub.org for more information about the club and/or email or call Kerry Buckley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-9103.
∎ A group concerned about taxes and spending in Bow has formed. The Concerned Taxpayers of Bow group has a website at bowtaxpayers.org. Robert Arnold of 24 Dow Road is the treasurer, and he is accepting contributions to help get the group’s message out.
∎ 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 email@example.com.
Historical society plans
to publish town history
The historical society is moving ahead with plans to write and publish a new history of Canterbury dating from 1900 to the present. This will be a continuation of Lyford’s history published in 1912. Authorized by the trustees at their planning session held in January, the committee, working under the aegis of the society, will be chaired by Stephanie Jackson and will include members Sam Papps, Lois Scribner, Pam Smarling, Mark Travis and Bob Scarponi as trustee liaison. The committee held its initial meeting Feb. 11 and will meet regularly. The society has proposed a warrant article to be considered at town meeting that will provide seed money necessary to initially fund the project. Do you have artifacts, journals, diaries or photographs to share? Do you have memories of long ago, or more recent times? Want to help? Send mail to the Canterbury Historical Society, P.O. Box 81, Canterbury, N.H. 03224, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
∎ A special extended session of Lego Club will be held Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the library. Create with Legos and have a special snack to keep your energy up!
∎ Make a cake in a mug! Decorate a mug to keep and make a personal cake in it to eat or take home Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the library.
∎ Rock ’n’ Read, a music and movement program for babies and toddlers, will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the library.
∎ Knitters meet Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the library.
∎ Quilters meet Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library. Bring your project, sewing machines and lunch!
∎ Scrabble players meet every Monday at 6 p.m. at the library.
∎ The Shaker Regional School District’s annual meeting will be held March 7 at the Belmont High School gym. The polls will be open at 6 p.m. for the election of school district officers, and the business portion of the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. For more information about postings and checklist revisions, call the superintendent’s office between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 267-9223. Reminder: Same-day voter registration may be done at the annual meeting.
∎ 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.
∎ Each year, Alan Shawn Feinstein divides $1 million amongst participating hunger agencies such as the Loudon Food Pantry in order to inspire the public to donate during the months funds and some foods run dangerously low. To be a part of this effort, donate food or funds between March 1 and April 30 and note that it’s for the Feinstein Challenge. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to: Loudon Food Pantry, 30 Chichester Road, Unit D, Loudon, N.H. 03307 (Make checks out to the Loudon Food Pantry). They can also be made online at LoudonFoodPantry.org. A separate donate button for the Feinstein Challenge will be available from March 1 through April 30.
∎ The Sunset Mountain Fish and Game Club has once again voted to offer a $500 Challenge to aid in raising funds for the Canterbury Newsletter. Send donations to CUCC (Canterbury United Community Church), P.O. Box 216, and mark your check “Sunset Mountain Challenge.” If the church gets $500 in donations, the Sunset Mountain folks will match it, dollar for dollar.
∎ 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 March 29. Registration is open to all boys and girls, ages 4-12. Visit tnll.org for information, events and updates. 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.
∎ The exercise group meets Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the elementary school. The group goes by the school calendar. Call Ginny Litalien at 783-4016 for more information.
∎ On Feb. 1, the annual Merrimack County 4-H Food Show and Public Speaking event was held at Merrimack Valley Middle School. In the food show event, 4-Hers from around the county prepared their favorite healthy food to present to judges. Each person told about why their food is healthy and how it connects to the theme “Farm to Table All Year Round.” The Rascals Mary Osmer, Oonagh Burwell, Mya Maas-Kisiel, Annika Rosenholm, Olivia Bowser, Cody York, Sana Syed and Jasmine Syed all received participation ribbons. Participants in public speaking had to give a speech about a topic they are interested in in front of judges. Club members Astrid Rosenholm, Oonagh Burwell, Ethan Condi, Emma Galonski and Cody York all will receive recognition at Round Up in the fall. Maeve Burwell, Jacob Condi and Cecelia Condi all participated in the senior division of public speaking. Burwell was chosen to go to Honors Evening and Jacob Condi will be going to States. Congratulations to all who participated! At the February meeting, Madison Duclos was voted by the club to be the healthy living officer. She will work with the recreation chair to plan healthy activities and the refreshment chair to help promote healthy snacks at the meetings. The next meeting will be held March 3 at 6:15 p.m.
Writers’ group to meet
tomorrow at the library
The Down Cellar Writers’ group will meet tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the library. Local poets and writers are welcome to bring their own work.
∎ The garden club will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the library.
∎ The Lego Club, for young people ages 5-12, will meet Friday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the library.
Correction of checklist opportunity Saturday
The supervisors of the checklist will hold a session for correction of the voter checklist Saturday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the town office. New voter registration will also be accepted at this time. Be prepared to provide proof of identity, age, citizenship and domicile.
∎ The Watsons Go to Birmingham will be shown Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the library. The movie is appropriate for ages 8 and older.
∎ The God of Small Things will be discussed Wednesday at noon at the library. Bring a bag lunch; beverage and dessert will be provided.
∎ The library received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to fund the program “Comics in World History and Cultures” on Thursday 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.
∎ “Loopa-Palooza” will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the library. Share your loop and loom band creations and learn some new tricks and patterns. This activity is for children ages 8 and older.
∎ Justin Murphy was the winner of the elementary school geography bee, with Ben Harris placing second and Evan Cate placing third. Abby Durgin was the winner of the spelling bee. Kelly Harris was the runner-up. Durgin will represent Dunbarton in the regional bee Saturday at The Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.
‘Free Birds’ to be show
Wednesday at the library
The library will show the movie Free Birds on Wednesday 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 selectmen will meet tomorrow at 6:15 p.m. at the town offices.
∎ The cemetery committee will meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the library.
∎ The library trustees will meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the library.
∎ The planning board will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the town offices.
∎ The trustees of the trust funds will meet Friday at 7 p.m. at the town offices.
∎ Check out the new town website at epsomnh.org.
∎ School vacation will be held tomorrow through Friday.
∎ The New World Explorer’s infant program at the library will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. The theme will be “Let’s Race.” Children will get the chance to use the new Discovery Toy caterpillars and other rolling toys. Special thanks to the Friends of the Library for purchasing these toys for this new program.
∎ Toddler Time will be held Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the library.
∎ The Karley Rose Towne Meeting Room is a public meeting room available for group meetings. Call the library for details.
∎ A very happy 5th birthday to my beautiful granddaughters, Emma Jane and Ava Marie tomorrow! Grammy and Grampa love you!
∎ Happy birthday to Joffa Raymond on Thursday.
Dispose medications at police station
A disposal box for prescription medications is available at the police department through the initiative of the Drug Task Force. This is a safe way to get rid of medications that are no longer needed. You can access the box without having to wait for assistance, as it is conveniently placed just inside the door. For more information about the Drug Task Force, call Brandy Underwood at 998-5337 or email email@example.com.
∎ The T.R.I.P. Center has the following activities: Anita Oelfke from ServiceLink will help with Medicare questions, Tuesday, 9-10:30 a.m.; craft group, Tuesday, 9-10:30 a.m.; blood pressure clinic, Tuesday, 10:30; Wayne Blanchard will help with long term support counseling and Medicare issues by appointment, Friday at 10:30 a.m. The craft group welcomes supplies such as yarn, fabric, knitting needles, patterns, notions and storage bins. Call 934-4151 for more information.
∎ Dick Lewis, planning and zoning administrator, will discuss the Franklin Master Plan at the Choose Franklin meeting March 6 at 8 a.m. at city hall. This program, scheduled for the February meeting, had to be moved to March.
∎ The book discussion group will be reading The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein for their March 13 gathering at the library. If you are interested in joining the discussions, which are held the second Thursday of each month, call 934-5717.
∎ New Hampshire Employment Security representatives are at the library every Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to help find work and benefits for those in need of a new or better job.
∎ The Franklin Junior Youth Group welcomes new members in grades 5 through 8 who want to make a positive impact on the world. Call Karen Darling at 918-1998 or like the group on Facebook (Jr. Youth Group of Franklin).
∎ Tea and Tales is held on the last Tuesday of each month at the library. This Tuesday, come to hear area storytellers perform with an open mic time, a featured teller and refreshments. The program is free. Call 934-2911 for more information.
∎ The library has a large room available for meetings and other events (baby showers, birthday parties, etc.). The room is handicapped accessible by elevator. Call 934-2911 for more information.
∎ School vacation week begins tomorrow.
Trace the history of the town meeting
Rebecca Rule will present “Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting” today at 2 p.m. at the library. Rule will trace the history of the town meeting from its beginnings to today.
∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer a free presentation “It’s a Wonderful Life: Seeing the Glass Half Full” March 3 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at White Birch Community Center, 51 Hall Ave. Do you see the world through rose-colored glasses? Find out how positive thinking brings peace, improved relationships, better health and satisfaction into your daily affairs. To register, call the White Birch Community Center Senior Program at 428-3077.
∎ February vacation has begun at John Stark Regional High School, but many students are involved in academic work during the break. A group of 20 students are in Costa Rica for expanded study of science and Spanish language. This for-credit trip includes weekly classes held during the school year, in addition to the course work during the trip. Another group of 15 students has joined 1,400 delegates at the Boston Invitational Model United Nations Conference for a weekend of debate and learning. Right after break, 24 French students and four teachers will arrive and stay with John Stark host families. In April, several John Stark students will travel with teachers to France to complete the exchange.
∎ The Henniker Community Center Activities Committee invites you to reserve an 8-by-4-foot space at the indoor craft fair/flea market to be held April 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the community center. Space costs $20. Call MaryEllen Schule at 428-7506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Registration forms are available online at henniker.org in the community center “Upcoming Events” link.
∎ On Thursday, seniors from White Birch Community Center are off to explore three consignment shops in Concord. They will visit Hilltop Consignment Gallery, New To You and OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique. They will also stop for lunch at the Common Man. The cost for the trip is $5, lunch is on your own. Pickup will be at 9:15 a.m. at Rush Square and at 9:30 a.m. at the Henniker Community Parking Lot. Call 428-3077 to make a reservation.
∎ The men’s breakfast group will meet Saturday at 7:30 a.m. for food and fellowship in the Parish Hall of the Congregational Church.
∎ There will be a Principal’s Coffee on March 5 at 7:30 a.m. in the John Stark Regional High School’s principal’s office. Join Principal Corkery for a cup of coffee and conversation about things happening at the school and bring your ideas to the table.
∎ A John Stark Regional School Board meting will be held March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. Assistant Superintendent Pamela Shepard will make a presentation about Common Core State Standards.
∎ The annual White Birch Bash will be held March 21 at New England College’s Simon Center.
HILLSBORO / DEERING
Virtually travel to the Greek Islands
Dreaming of a trip to a warmer place? Come to library for an “Armchair Travel” adventure Tuesday 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.
∎ Hillsboro Pride will host “Candidates Night” tomorrow 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.
∎ If you run out of things to do during February school vacation, bring your favorite board game to the library on “Game Day” on Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m.
∎ An “Evening Musical Soiree” with performances by local talent of all ages will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Deering Community Church on Route 149 in Deering. Admission is free; donations accepted.
∎ A corned beef and cabbage supper will be held March 8 at 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 16 Henniker St. The cost is $8, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. There will be a family rate of $28 (two adults and three or more children). Deliveries within 5 miles of the church will cost $9. For reservations, call 464-3056 or 478-5572.
Hopkinton Town Band needs members
The Hopkinton Town Band is seeking new members. The band is a volunteer community band comprised of musicians of all abilities from beginners to experts; band members range in age from teens to 80s. The Hopkinton Town Band learns and performs a wide variety of music under the baton of conductor Jim Wojewoda, including marches, show tunes, big band arrangements and classics. The emphasis is fun and camaraderie. There are no competitions and no auditions. The first rehearsal of the 2014 Hopkinton Town Band season will be held March 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maple Street School, and the band rehearses every Wednesday evening until the concert season begins with Memorial Day festivities and then Wednesday evening summer bandstand concerts. For more information, email band managers Melissa Mandrell and Lucy Gaskill at email@example.com.
∎ The Hopkinton-Contoocook Gardeners will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the home of Rosemary Dougal for a talk by Helen Hayes on invasive plants. New members are welcome. Call 746-5119 for more information.
∎ HYSA is now accepting spring team sponsors. Your company will be featured on the team T-shirts. Email Tom Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-220-6467 or 746-1056.
∎ 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 hopkintonrec.com 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 email@example.com.
∎ 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 blackwaternordic.org. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Slusser Senior Center is currently seeking volunteers for the following needs: front desk reception on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and some Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and RNs/EMTs to perform blood pressure checks Wednesdays on varying weeks from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Call 746-2915 to volunteer.
∎ Lunch for Wednesday is a potluck luncheon at the Slusser Senior Center. Seniors are asked to donate one or more food items, such as appetizers, entrees, salads, chips, rolls, side dishes or desserts. A sign-up sheet is available at the front desk at the senior center, or call 746-3800 to have your name and food item added to the list.
∎ The winter market is held every Saturday until May from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the town hall. Email email@example.com or visit Facebook for more information.
∎ The school district annual meeting will be held March 8 at 9 a.m. in the high school gym.
∎ The Little Nature Museum will present “Ospreys ” with senior naturalist Dave Erler of the Squam Lakes Science Center April 12 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the community room at the library. The program is free; donations are appreciated. Meet a live osprey up close and discover how this once threatened, fish-eating raptor is doing today. This program examines the natural history of ospreys and the current research using satellite transmitters for tracking. For weather-related cancellations, visit littlenaturemuseum.org or call 746-6121. For museum information, visit littlenaturemuseum.org. For library directions, visit hopkintontownlibrary.org.
Sign-ups for youth baseball to be held
The youth athletic association is getting ready for the 2014 baseball season! Sign up in person at Brookside Pizza on the following dates: tomorrow, 6 to 8 p.m.; March 8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and March 10, 6 to 8 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 lyaanh.com.
∎ 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.
∎ The Loudon Police Department’s annual D.A.R.E. pizza night will be held March 19 at the elementary school. If you are interested in donating an item for the raffle, call Chief Fiske or Janice Morin at 798-5521.
∎ A caregivers support group meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church on Clough Hill Road. Call the Rev. Linda Overall at 875-5822 for more information.
∎ A public presentation by CareNet Pregnancy Center of Concord will be held March 3 at 7 p.m. at Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church. A freewill love offering will be collected. Call the Rev. Linda Overall at 875-5822 for more information.
∎ The monthly potluck supper will be held March 15 at 6 p.m., followed by a concert by the Dump Run Gang Band, at Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church. A freewill love offering will be collected. Call the Rev. Linda Overall at 875-5822 for more information.
∎ A free public presentation on how to help the homeless will be held March 17 at 7 p.m. at Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church. Call the Rev. Linda Overall at 875-5822 for more information.
∎ A hazardous waste collection event will be held April 12 from 8 a.m. to noon at the transfer station for Loudon residents only; you must bring proof of residency. Swing by the station now for a complete list of what and what not to bring.
MERRIMACK VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Opinions needed on
Your opinion is wanted on full-day kindergarten! Visit tinyurl.com/m2tztrd to complete a 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.”
Now is your chance to be in music video
Want to be in a music video? Dreamsicle Arts & Entertainment Listening Club will be filming New York City singer/songwriter Clair Reilly Roe on Friday at the studio (102 Main St.) in downtown Suncook. The video is designed to capture her live performance. You can check her out at clair.co. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Call 210-1932 or visit dreamsiclearts.com/events.html for the online ticket link. The show will begin at 8 p.m. and doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance online and $25 at door. For more information, call 210-1932.
∎ Marilyn Sullivan, certified navigator from Bi-State Primary Care Association, will hold a session to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and again March 12 at the library. She will help compare plans, and review benefits and costs to help you make a choice. Call 485-7851 to reserve a spot and learn what documents you should bring. Computers are limited, but if you have a laptop, please bring it.
∎ The Suncook United Methodist Church will host a supper Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. The menu will include roast pork, vegetables and pies.
Meet the candidates March 3 at school
“Meet the Candidates Night” will be held March 3 at 6:15 p.m. in the middle/high school cafeteria. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. Ask questions of candidates for local office. Candidates are invited to briefly address the group, and then everyone will join a small group for discussions. This event is hosted by the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce and Pittsfield Listens. For more information or to RSVP, email email@example.com or call 312-6980.
∎ The Suncook Valley Rotary Club will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the community center, lower level.
∎ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit saltydogpottery.com.
∎ The Read, Meet and Talk book club will meet tomorrow 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 on 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.
∎ Pittsfield Circle of Home and Family group will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at the community center.
∎ Stop in at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center on Friday at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and a movie, Big Miracle.
∎ If you would like to receive absentee ballots for the March 11 town and school district elections, please complete the absentee ballot applications (available at the town clerk’s office or online at the town website, Pittsfield-nh.com) and return them to the Town Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 98, Pittsfield, N.H. 03263.
∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer an eight-week falls prevention program “A Matter of Balance” that gives older adults the self-confidence to reduce their fear of falling and improve their activity levels. The program will be held on Fridays beginning March 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Pittsfield Senior Center, 74 Main St. There is no fee to attend this program and space is limited. To register, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.
∎ School vacation week will be held tomorrow through Friday.
∎ A very special happy birthday wish to my nieces, Emma and Ava Foster, tomorrow. I hope you have a wonderful day!
Conservation commission to meet
The conservation commission will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.
∎ School vacation for the Merrimack Valley School District will be held tomorrow through Friday.
∎ The supervisors of checklist will hold a session for voter registration Saturday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Academy Hall.
Phone inventor’s party to be held
Alexander Graham Bell’s birthday party will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the New Hampshire Telephone Museum. There will be old-fashioned party games with a twist, crafts, cake and ice cream. The cost is $3 per child; adults are free! Space is very limited. RSVP by Thursday by calling 456-2234 or emailing email@example.com. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during school vacation week.
∎ “Candidates Night” will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the town hall, lower meeting room. Positions include selectmen, school board and budget committee. There are several contested races. This is the time to listen, lean and ask questions before you vote. Marc Violette will be the moderator.
∎ BookEnds BookGroup will meet today 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.
∎ Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum received a $5,000 grant from the Cricenti Family Lead Unitrust for educational programs and a $20,000 grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for operating support.
∎ The rescheduled Button Up N.H. home energy-saving workshop will be held Thursday 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.
∎ Simonds Elementary School has the following events: February vacation, tomorrow through Friday; incoming kindergarten/new to first grade registration night, March 4, 6 p.m., library; parent-teacher organization meeting, March 4, 7 p.m., Parents’ Room; parent lunch, March 5, 12:15 p.m.; curriculum fair, March 19, 6:30 p.m.; literacy day, March 25.
∎ 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 every day from 3 to 6 p.m. at Simonds Elementary School.
Cheerleaders helped entertain at games
As the basketball season starts to wind down, special thanks to Dan Williams and the pep band, as well as the cheerleaders, who made home games entertaining all season. The floor-length flips alone that cheerleader Madison Poitras Upton does between periods make for a great show no matter how the game is going.
∎ Weare selectmen Chairman Tom Clow recently commented on how beautiful the flag pole at the town hall looks and thanked Tyler DeStefano for all his work on it for his Eagle Scout project.
∎ Eight John Stark student DECA members participated in 57th annual DECA Career Development Conference held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester last week. The following students placed in their business category at the conference: Sam Paris, Jacob Dowd, Mike Metcalf, James Wilson and Ethan Gage.
Library book group
to meet Thursday
The library book group will meet Thursday at 7:15 p.m. to discuss Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. New faces are always welcome.
∎ The elementary school is closed for vacation this week, and students will return to school on March 3.
∎ Daniel Webster Grange will host Merrimack County Pomona Grange on March 3. There will be a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m., with the business meeting and the literary program at 7 p.m.