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Historical society to

present History Day

The historical society will hold its annual History Day May 7 for the fourth grade students of the elementary school. The society will be open to the public from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the St. John the Baptist Parish Hall at 10 School St. For more information, call 485-4437.

∎ The Allenstown and Pembroke Old Home Day Committee has begun preparations for its Aug. 23 Old Home Day event. The committee is looking for golf putters for the mini-golf course. If anyone is willing to donate a few putters to the committee, call 485-3352.

∎ The Suncook Senior Center will hold a free dental screening May 8 from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign up soon for a time slot at the center. Call 485-4254 for more information.




Sixth annual town

cleanup begins Saturday

The sixth annual town cleanup begins Saturday. Andover residents are encouraged to adopt a road or roads, pick up some bright blue trash bags at the town hall or the transfer station, and complete their clean-up during the first three weeks of May. When full, bags can be brought to the transfer station or left by the side of the road to be picked up by road agent John Thompson and his crew at no cost to the town. Everyone taking part is urged to recycle as much as possible.

∎ Volunteers to serve on a new road and bridge committee are actively being sought by the selectmen to assist in developing a three-year plan for town roads and bridges and to help prioritize projects and determine “best practices” for road and bridge maintenance. Any residents who might be interested in serving are asked to contact any member of the selectmen or to stop by the town office.

∎ The planning board is looking for several new members willing to meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. Now that there is a good, up-to-date building permit process on the books, the planning board wants to get to work on some of the ideas and recommendations in the recently adopted Master Plan, which can be read online at Anyone interested in serving either as a regular member or as an alternate is asked to call Paul Currier, planning board chairman, at 735-5280 or email

∎ Area girls age 16 and younger who would like to play softball this spring are urged to contact Melissa Thompson at 455-4622 via voice or text. The team will play weekend games and one game during the week from May through the first week in July. There is a registration fee of $35; girls don’t have to live in Andover to join the team.




Chili, chowder and soup

cook-off to be held

A chili, chowder and soup cook-off to benefit the food pantry at the Boscawen Congregational Church will be held May 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the elementary school. Professionals and amateurs 18 and older are welcome to compete. Judges/tasters are welcome. There will be live music by The Tropical Sensations Steel Drum Band. Tickets cost $10 each. Call Rhoda Hardy at 344-5902 for details, fees and prizes.

∎ The historical society will hold a monthly meeting tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the MUCHIDO building (the old post office). New volunteers are always welcome. The society will be launching a new website that will provide information on vital statistics and cemetery records at with support from the library. Be sure to “like” them on Facebook to see their new wall at

∎ Want to grow your own vegetables, but don’t have the right spot? No problem! Community garden plots are available on Corn Hill Road through the hard work of the agricultural commission. Applications are available at the library and town offices. For those who are unable to pay for the plots, call the town offices at 753-9188, ext. 310.

∎ Come and support elementary school at the Concord McDonald’s at 111 Fisherville Road Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m. Twenty percent of the food receipts will be donated to the school and there will be a 50/50 raffle.

∎ The library will celebrate a special multicultural story time Wednesday in honor of El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros. El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros focuses on providing children with books in many languages and making reading an integral part of their lives.

∎ Dog owners are reminded to that they need to register their pets by Wednesday or pay a fine of $25 after that date. More details are available on the town’s website at

∎ The fire chief reminds all homeowners that new fire permits are available at the town offices.

∎ The town offices are changing its office hours starting May 7. The new Wednesday hours will be 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

∎ Spring is here and that means the transfer station is now open on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m., in addition to the regular hours.

∎ Learn how to protect your garden from pests by attending the Integrated Pest Management workshop on May 5. Cindy Saka will discuss how you can use IPM to keep common garden pests in check. Admission is free. Preregistration is appreciated. Call the Boscawen Agricultural Commission at 753-9188, ext. 301, or email

∎ The Friends of the Boscawen Public Library wish to thank all those who made their spring silent auction a great success. Congratulations to the winners, Elaine Clow, Polly Davison, Danielle Decicco, Deb Gilbert, Gabrielle Gregoire, Angela and Dylan Kontoes, Bonny John, Betsy Lynch and Nancy Towle.

∎ All food handlers or those interested in this type of work are invited to attend the “Food Protection Certification Course and Exam (ServSafe)” May 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Merrimack County UNH Cooperative Extension office at 315 Daniel Webster Highway. The cost of $140 per person includes the ServSave book, exam and refreshments. Lunch is on your own. For more information, call Deb Maes at 787-6944. Preregister online at http://bitly/1g3GIJh by Wednesday.

∎ It is time for this Town Crier to say goodbye to her loyal readers and I thank you for your support and submissions. If you know of a Boscawen resident who would like to take over these duties, email In the meantime, to submit events to the calendar, email



Babe Ruth baseball to

kick off second season

Bow Babe Ruth Baseball will kick off its second season with the second annual Bow Men’s Club Cup, featuring the Cobb Hill Construction 14-to 15-year-old division vs. Sanel Auto Parts 13-year-old division Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Bow Middle School field.

∎ The town of Bow and the Bow Community Men’s Club cordially invite all Bow veterans to participate in the annual Memorial Day parade on May 26. If you can march, please wear your service uniform if possible. Call Charles Griswold at 228-962 with any questions. The parade will step off at 5:30 p.m. from Bow Memorial School, will proceed down Bow Center Road, turning left onto White Rock Hill Road and will end at Bow High School. A memorial service will be conducted for all branches of the service on the football field.

∎ Experienced traveler and Concord Monitor columnist Chase Binder will speak about going abroad Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the library.

∎ The garden club will meet May 5 at 6 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, 91 Bow Center Road. Ken Cook, owner of Rusty’s Heirloom Tomatoes in Dunbarton, will be the featured speaker and share his secrets for growing the “perfect” tomato. His program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Plan to come early for refreshments and social time.



Center Cemetery talk scheduled for May 10

The historical society will host a program to be given by Dr. David Watters, professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. He will discuss his new findings about the Center Cemetery. His program will be held May 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the town hall. Admission is free. (Weather permitting, Dr. Watters will highlight his talk with a narrated tour of the cemetery). Prior to the program, the society will host its annual meeting at 10 a.m. when a brief progress report will be given and election to the board of trustees will be held. All residents of Canterbury are automatically members of the historical society.

∎ The Epsom Food Pantry is now up and running so the Loudon Food Pantry is no longer accepting new patrons from Epsom. For those patrons that are currently coming to Loudon Food Pantry you are invited to stay with us or go to Epsom Food Pantry. You cannot use both pantries. If you live in Belmont, Canterbury, Chichester, or Loudon and you need assistance, please call 603-724-9731 to see if you qualify. As of April 15, donors have helped raise a total of $9,287.97. Our goal this year was $6,500. The Feinstein Challenge ends on April 30. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to: Loudon Food Pantry, 30 Chichester Rd., Unit D, Loudon, NH 03307 (please make checks out to Loudon Food Pantry). Or made through our website at

∎ 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 your donations to Canterbury United Community Church, PO 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 Sunset Mountain Fish and Game Youth Shooting program is open to all interested youth (boys and girls). Participants will receive instructional classes in firearm safety and marksmanship. Firearms will include rifles, shotguns, pistols, revolvers and black-powder. Instructors, range safety officers, firearms and ammunition will be provided. Eye and ear protection is required and also provided. Participants may bring their own eye and ear protection. The youth program will meet once a month from April through October. A parent or authorized guardian must accompany each youth at each event. The youth program will end at noon. A free lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and soda will be available for all who attend. For more information, call Gordon Fifield at 225-3730 or email




Learn about the

evolution of the ballad

The time and location for “The Ballad Lives!” has been changed to Friday at 7 p.m. at the Grange. This program, sponsored by the library in conjunction with the New Hampshire Humanities Council, is free. John Perrault, poet, balladeer and former Portsmouth Poet Laureate, will follow the evolution of the traditional ballad, with song and guitar, from the mountains and moors of the British Isles to the Southern Mountains and Northern border of North America.

∎ “Writing Workshop for Aspiring Authors,” presented by Joe Smiga and sponsored by the Down Cellar Writers’ Group, will be held tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the library. Younger authors, as well as adults, are welcome to participate.

∎ Do you play the lottery? Whether you do or don’t, the library has a deal for you that puts the chances of winning the lottery to shame: Library raffles! Because of the early selection of a raffle winner for the April raffle, the May raffle package is already being put together. Think campfires and/or wide open spaces. This raffle starts with a small cast iron frying pan. Added to that will be the ingredients for baked beans and corn bread, a “heat and eat” package of chili, a bandanna (which can second as a potholder) and two cookbooks: Will Rogers Cookbook and Café Oklahoma.

∎ Story hour and crafts continue Mondays at 3 p.m. at the library. This activity is for kindergartners and preschoolers. It will conclude for this school year on May 19. Thanks to Barbara Pappas for all of her efforts!

∎ Thanks to everyone who supported the library’s used book sale. The money helps support the library in purchasing/maintaining computer software, replacing computers and paying for unexpected expenses.



Gen. John Stark Day

to be held tomorrow

Gen. John Stark Day will be held tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. on the Town Commons. Talk history with the re-enactors.

∎ The library will host young adult author Joyce Ray Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Ray’s debut novel, Feathers and Trumpets: A Story of Hildegard of Bingen, was launched last month. The book chronicles the life of the recently named saint and doctor of the church against a backdrop of the rich tapestry we know as the Middle Ages. Hildegard was the strongest female voice of the 12th century. She wrote medical, as well as theological, books and composed a large body Gregorian chant. While written for a young adult audience, the historical novel also appeals to adults. Ray will share her journey to publication and show photos of her research trip to Hildegard country along the Rhine River in Germany.

∎ The book discussion of Death of a Salesman will be held Wednesday at noon at the library. Bring a bag lunch; beverage and dessert will be provided.

∎ Sam Scherier will be at the library Thursday at 6:30 p.m., sponsored by Transition Dunbarton.

∎ Men’s Coffee Chat will be held Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the library.

∎ The Ruth Hingle Scholarship applications are available to all Dunbarton high school seniors. Applications can be obtained at the Goffstown High School Guidance Office, the Dunbarton Public Library, or by calling Nancy Sherman at 774-4627. The scholarship is sponsored by the garden club, the historical society, the Congregational Church, the Firefighter’s Association, the elementary school parent-teacher organization and the American Legion. The deadline is May 7.




Turkey dinner to be served Saturday

Elwood O. Wells American Legion Post 112 and Ladies Auxiliary Unit 112 will host a turkey dinner Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Short Falls Road. The cost is $9, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and other raffles. For more information, call 435-8770.

∎ Ivy Green Rebekah Lodge 36 will host a scrapbook event May 17 from 1 to 8 p.m. at the library. The $15 fee includes snacks, drinks and dinner. Bring food items for the Epsom Food Pantry or the Central School Weekend Backpack program to receive tickets for the raffles. To register or for more information, call 736-4707.

∎ The library will have a “Teen Movie Night” Friday at 6:15 p.m. featuring The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The movie is rated PG-13 and pizza and drinks will be provided. Call the library at 736-9920 for more information.

∎ The library will offer a two-session journaling workshop, “The Write Way,” Wednesday and May 7 at 7 p.m. with Maggie Faneuf of the library staff as the presenter. Attendees are asked to bring a notebook and writing utensils, and be prepared for fun! Sign up at the front desk of the library or by calling 736-9920.

∎ Another week has gone by and the Epsom Food Pantry is bursting at the seams with all kinds of good food such as turkey, chicken, beef and pork. To all the folks who are still using the Loudon Food Pantry, come see the new Epsom pantry. The Epsom Food Pantry number is 736-4024. Leave a message and someone will call you back. Needed items are raisins and applesauce. The pantry is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon and then Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m., or by appointment.

∎ The Friends of the Library will sponsor a trip to the American Independence Museum in Exeter on May 10. Those going on the tour will meet at the library at 9 a.m. where volunteer drivers will be available for carpooling. The cost for the trip and tour is $5. Sign up ASAP at the library.

∎ The selectmen will meet tomorrow from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the town offices.

∎ The historical association will be open Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1775 Dover Road.

∎ Trustees of trust funds will meet Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the town offices.

∎ Support the Injury Prevention Center at CHAD. Safe Kids New Hampshire will host its 10th annual Safe Kids 500 Event Wednesday evening at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This is a free event for families. For more information, call 877-783-0432 or email

∎ Happy birthday to Norman Drew today!



Tea and tales to be held Tuesday

The library will present “Tea & Tales” Tuesday at 7 p.m. featuring storyteller Cora Ciampi. The evening will start with an open mic.

∎ The historical society will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at Webster Place. The program will feature a slide show documenting the building of the modern Franklin Post Office, as well as a presentation of interesting new acquisitions, of which there are several.

∎ The Junior Youth Group will meet Friday at 7 p.m. at the Bessie Rowell Community Center for a regular meeting, including games, discussion and arts expression.

∎ The planning board will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at city hall.

∎ The TRIP center will feature a Visiting Nurse Association blood pressure clinic Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. A nurse visits the center on the fourth Tuesday of every month to take blood pressures.

∎ Choose Franklin will hold its annual meeting Thursday at 8 a.m. at city hall. Officers will be elected for the coming year. This organization will present the 10th annual Community Day on May 10, with the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day providing the theme and an opportunity to honor all mothers. Many family friendly activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Odell Park, beginning with a parade.




Historical society

to host open house

The historical society will host an open house May 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Academy Hall building on Maple Street (next to the Congregational Church). This will give the public the opportunity to view all the historic treasures and artifacts in Henniker’s museum. Several volunteers and board members will be available to provide information on the history of the many items on display. There is never a charge for admission to the museum and all are invited to see the many items that have been part of the town’s long history.

∎ Henniker Youth Athletics will offer two summer camps this year: Rocket Science Camp and Lego Camp. For more information or to register, visit

∎ The historical society will present Henniker native Bertha McComish who will read from her memoir Rebel in White and answer questions about her 50-year career as a nurse, beginning with her service in World War II and continuing until 1993, on May 18 at 2 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. For more information, email Peter Flynn at

∎ Henniker Youth Theatre is looking for input from students and parents for their summer theatre camp schedule. If you are interested in attending a local camp, email with your thoughts on what week would be best and whether you’d be interested in a larger camp doing a Disney musical or a smaller camp allowing more one-on-one interaction.

∎ The annual senior expo will be held May 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at John Stark Regional High School. Expo will showcase the nearly 200 capstone projects completed by this year’s graduating seniors. Prior to the public viewing, the projects are evaluated by a team that includes at least one member of the community from 3:30 to 5 p.m. If you would be willing to participate in the very important role as a volunteer evaluator, leave a message at 529-5307 or email

∎ The John Stark Chapter of Amnesty International will host a benefit dinner May 15 during senior expo at the high school. This soup and bread dinner will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the cafe allowing people coming to view senior projects (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.) and the Ron Lesniewski Oratorical contest (7:15 p.m.) to grab a bite to eat. Dinner includes a large bowl of soup (many varieties, including vegetarian), bread, a drink and dessert for $7. All soups will be donated by area restaurants including T-Bones in Bedford and the Puritan Backroom in Manchester. Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. This year, the John Stark chapter has participated in a variety of activities including letter writing, distributing petitions and fundraising. Proceeds from this dinner will help support the chapter’s work.




Museums participate

in river programs

New Hampshire’s people settled along its rivers and built communities for more than 10,000 years. They found shelter, food, water power, paths for travel and communication, and places to work and play that connected their lives. Eight local organizations will explore the fluid relationships between natural and human communities along the Warner, Lane, Contoocook and Merrimack rivers in collaborative exhibits and programs during the summer. These rivers connect us to nature, to our history and to each other. Participating museums include the Bradford Historical Society, Hopkinton Historical Society, The Little Nature Museum, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, New Hampshire Telephone Museum, Penacook Historical Society, Sutton Historical Society and Warner Historical Society. All exhibits open Thursday. Accompanying the exhibits is a diverse array of programs and hands-on activities including lectures, outdoor experiences, history walks, a concert and a historical re-enactment. The Bradford Bog People will perform in Bradford in May. Talks include Native American fishing, mill history, covered bridges, fish habitats, invasive species, 17th century maps and natural disasters. Sutton will offer a living history reenactment in August. Plans also call for mill walks, cider making, water testing, and a canoe trip on the Contoocook. For the full schedule with dates, times, locations and raffle information, visit see

∎ Beech Hill Farm is opening this weekend for its 18th season. There are lots of new baby lambs and baby goats to visit.

∎ Please license your dogs by Wednesday at the town clerk’s office in Contoocook.

∎ A free dental screening will be held May 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Slusser Senior Center. A dental hygienist will do an assessment of each participating senior, including an oral mouth screening and any specific dental needs. Any senior age 50 and older is welcome to participate. Each participant will be asked to sign a waiver, and he/she will not be identified personally in the survey. Call the senior center at 746-3800 to reserve a 10-minute appointment.

∎ A program on the growing problem of ticks and the diseases they bring to New Hampshire residents, both human and animal, will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the library. New Hampshire currently has the highest incidence of Lyme Disease in the entire country. Dr. Alan Eaton will talk about identifying ticks and how to prevent and control the problem.

∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer a free presentation “It’s a Wonderful Life: Seeing the Glass Half Full” Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Slusser Senior Center. To register, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815, or sign up at the senior center.

∎ Senior lunches are held Wednesdays at noon at the Slusser Senior Center, 41 Houston Drive, Contoocook. The suggested price for the meal is $4. The first lunch for new members is free, with a certificate. Grilled chicken over caesar salad with a roll and strawberry shortcake will be served Wednesday.

∎ Senior pool players are wanted! Beginners are welcome; lessons are available. Pool will be played Mondays and Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. at Slusser Senior Center. Call 746-2915 for more information.

∎ The Neighbor-to-Neighbor Clothing Sale will be held May 10 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. Donations will be accepted starting tomorrow. If possible, label the bags with gender and size. If you have children’s clothing that you are done with that is in clean and in good shape and you do not have anyone special to pass it on to, please consider donating to this sale. Sizes infant through 16 will be accepted. Shoes and boots, coats, snowsuits, baby blankets, crib sheets, cloth diapers and maternity clothes will also be accepted. Toys, books, high chairs, port-a-cribs, boppy seats, breast pumps, etc. will not be accepted. Clothing will be sold for $1 per item or $5 per bag. Funds raised go to the Open Hands Resource Center, an organization in Concord serving the homeless. Unsold clothing will be donated to organizations in Concord.

∎ Friends of the Hopkinton Town Library annual meeting and dinner will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Come hear how the Friends have supported the library in the past year and vote on next year’s projects.

∎ “Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them,” a New Hampshire Humanities Council Program with oral historian Jo Radner will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the library.

∎ Lynn Lyons, noted clinical social worker, author and psychotherapist, will speak about how to address anxiety in families Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the Hopkinton High School. For more information, visit

∎ A harp concert with Piper Runnion-Bareford and her students will be held May 4 at 4 p.m.




Art Honor Society

announces members

The National Art Honor Society at Merrimack Valley High School provides avenues for recognition of artistic talents and opportunities for leadership roles for visual art students, while spotlighting the success and community work of our school’s art program. The Merrimack Valley High School NAHS chapter 1172 is proud to announce that the following students were recently accepted as members: Melissa Chaput, daughter of Ken and Tammy Chaput of Loudon; Reagan Dombrowski, daughter of Roxanne and Stanley Dombrowski of Loudon; Kodi Davis, son of Courtney and Shane Davis of Loudon; Rebecca Drew, daughter of Nancy and Bruce Carta-Drew of Loudon; and Heather Stevens, daughter of Robin and Wayne Stevens of Loudon. These students join the current membership as outstanding art students who have maintained a B or better in their art classes and display good character. They share a desire to create and to contribute to the community. The NAHS members will once again participate in The Memory Project through which they create portraits for children who live in orphanages in Haiti. Once completed, these paintings and drawings will be delivered to the children.


Supper to be held

Saturday at church

A good old fashioned church supper is held every first Saturday of the month at the Suncook United Methodist Church on Main Street. This Saturday chicken and biscuits with all the fixings will be served. Seatings will be at 5 and 5:45 p.m. The cost is $8. For more information, call 210-5118.

∎ The Friends of the Pembroke Library will hold a yard sale May 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library. Spots are available for $10 each; bring your own table. Stop by the library or call 545-7391 to sign up or for more information.

∎ The First Congregational Church of Pembroke will hold its spring-a-fair craft fair May 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Quality handmade gifts, plants and baked goods will be for sale, as well as yard sale items such as baseball cards. There will be a gift baskets raffle, a balloon artist and face painting for kids, and the cafe will be open for lunch and snacks. Visit for more information.

∎ Dreamsicle Arts & Entertainment Studio/Stage at 102 Main St. in Suncook is proud to present Adrianne Lenker and her partner, Buck Meek, to the Listening Club. Lenker and Meek are kicking off their cross country music tour from Maine to Texas with Suncook as their first stop! Lenker, former student at the Berklee College of Music, is a singer, songwriter and performer. She moved to New York City in 2012 and released her newest, and what she considers to be her true debut album, “Hours Were the Birds.” She will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. at Dreamsicles. Advanced tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit




Footwork Fridays resume at school

Footwork Fridays for elementary school students will resume Friday. Meet at Family Dollar for a brisk walk to school. Students can begin being dropped off at 7:10 a.m.

∎ The Josiah Book Worms Teen Book Discussion group meets on the first Thursday of each month at the library from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

∎ Elementary school students will join the Safe Kids 500 Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Bikes will be checked for safety and helmets will be inspected and fitted. Kids will learn safety tips and have a chance to ride on the mile racetrack. If you need assistance in getting your child’s bike to the speedway, call Mike Curtin at 435-8432.

∎ Carole Richardson has announced that because of generous donations, phase one of the Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund has been met. Fencing will begin to be installed and phase one will be complete by Memorial Day. Donations for the “Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund” are still needed; mail donations to P.O. Box 98 or 595 Tilton Hill Road, Pittsfield, N.H. 03263. For more information, call 435-8351.

∎ The Pittsfield Food Pantry will again participate in the annual Feinstein Foundation One Million Dollar Give Away to food pantries across the nation. The appeal is through Wednesday and is for both money and food donations. Each item that comes into the pantry is counted and the grant amount is based on the number of items collected.

∎ The Pittsfield Players will present Alan Ayckborn’s Living Together in July. The Pittsfield Players will hold readings of the script today from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Scenic Theatre. Whether you’re interested in being a part of the show, or are curious about whether theater is something you’d like to do, come on down! Feel free to bring a snack for yourself or to share! For more information, email director Greg Parker at Auditions for Living Together will be held May 18 and 19 at the Scenic Theatre.

∎ Foss Family scholarship applications are available. All graduates extending their education beyond high school may apply for a scholarship to pursue a two-year or four-year degree or technical/trade school education. Visit to download an application and view the requirements. The deadline is Thursday.

∎ The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club (serving Pittsfield/Barnstead) is requesting donations of gently used items for their yard sale. Call Ed Vien at 731-9321 to arrange for drop off/pick up.

∎ The town clerk’s office is processing boat registrations.

∎ The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce will hold a multi-town yard sale and any address in their seven member towns are welcome to join. Participants can register by mail by sending in the registration form (visit the chamber website at or by using the registration form in the Suncook Valley Sun. Mail your registration by May 24. Registration fees are $5 for individuals, $10 for group locations, and no fee for nonprofits raising funds. Mail to Multi-town Yard Sale, GPCOC, P.O. Box 234, Pittsfield, N.H. 03263.

∎ Dogs must be licensed by Thursday. Information is available at the town hall.

∎ Pittsfield Neighborhood Crimewatch will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Jitters Café on Main Street.

∎ Happy birthday to Greg Martin today and “Aunt” Rose Kimball Tuesday.




Townwide yard sale

to be held Saturday

The town-wide yard sale will be held Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Maps will be available at the library at 641 Old Turnpike Road.

∎ The Salisbury Voluntary Fire and Rescue Department will host its third annual open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire station at 276 Old Turnpike Road. During the open house, the community will have the opportunity to see an auto fire demonstration, a live burn demonstration, a demonstration of the sprinkler trailer and the New Hampshire K9 rescue dogs. Kids will enjoy free fire hats, spraying the fire hose and face painting.

∎ The education committee will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.




Victorian tea party

set for Saturday

A Victorian tea party, a Weare’s 250th anniversary event, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the town hall. Learn about Victorian etiquette, make Victorian crafts, take pictures in Victorian setting, and enjoy refreshments. The cost is $5. Call 529-0425 or email for more information.

∎ A Legion breakfast, a Weare’s 250th anniversary event, will be held today from 8 to 11 a.m., with a beard contest at 10:30 a.m.

∎ The Weare Middle School’s Penny Sale will be held May 9 at 5 p.m. This very popular fundraiser supports the Weare Middle School’s eight grade trip to Washington, D.C., each spring. Some of the items being offered include: a swan boat ride at Boston Common, tickets to The Fells on Lake Sunapee, dinner for two at the Mohegan Sun Casino, a gift certificate at Bead It!, museum passes for the Montshire Science Museum, Monarchs tickets, Boston Duck Tour passes and more!

∎ The annual senior expo at John Stark Regional High School showcasing the nearly 200 capstone projects completed by this year’s graduating seniors will be held May 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Prior to the public viewing, the projects are evaluated by a team that includes at least one member of the community from 3:30 to 5 p.m. If you would be willing to participate in the very important role as a volunteer evaluator, leave a message at 529-5307, or email

∎ The John Stark Chapter of Amnesty International will host a benefit dinner on the evening of senior expo (May 15) at the high school. This soup and bread dinner will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the cafe, allowing people coming to view senior projects (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.) and the Ron Lesniewski Oratorical contest (7:15 p.m.) to grab a bite to eat. Dinner includes a large bowl of soup, bread, a drink and dessert for $7. All soups will be donated by area restaurants including T-Bones in Bedford and the Puritan Backroom in Manchester.



First barn sale of

the year to be held

The first barn sale of the year will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pennies From Heaven Farm. There will be a big variety of items that have been donated from many townspeople, plus many from other towns. Everything is donated and proceeds help the First Congregational Church of Webster. Good, clean items will be accepted up until Wednesday at 7 p.m. For more information, call Dorothy Haskins at 648-2243.

∎ There will be a public breakfast today from 6 to 10 a.m. put on for the kayakers who are racing. Sonny Hunt is in charge of these races, as he has been for many years. The menu for breakfast will include eggs, home fries, meat, juice and coffee for $6.50. Pancakes or French toast will also be available.

∎ A senior luncheon will be held Thursday at the Salisbury Congregational Church. At 11:15 a.m., the Franklin visiting nurses will hold a blood pressure clinic. The luncheon will be served at noon and after that a time for fun and fellowship will begin. Call Dorothy Haskins at 648-2243 or Sandy Miller at 934-3198 for more information or to sign up for lunch.

∎ The elementary school reopens Monday after April vacation. On Wednesday, students in first through third grades will go on a field trip to Capital Center for the Arts to see Charlotte’s Web.

∎ The selectmen will meet tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the town office.



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