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Stamp Out Hunger

food drive to be held

The Suncook Post Office will once again participate in the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive Saturday. Taking part is easy; all you have to do is leave out nonperishable, non-breakable items at your mailbox. Rain or shine, your letter carrier and volunteers will pick up and distribute the donations to local food pantries. The food drive is especially important to replenish food shelves just before the summer break, when many children will not have access to school lunch programs.

∎ The historical society will hold its Annual History Day Wednesday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall at 10 School St. This is a free event. For more information, call 485-4437.

∎ Poet’s Corner will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center.

∎ A free dental screening will be held Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. For a time slot and for more information, call 485-4254.

∎ A hike will be held Friday in Bear Brook State Park, followed by a hot dog and s’mores cookout. Meet at the senior center at 9 a.m. For more information, call 485-4254.

∎ The Suncook Senior Center quilting class is raffling a twin size bedspread, log cabin quilt pattern, June 10 at the center. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the center or by calling 485-4254 or 485-7187. All proceeds will be used for the Suncook Senior Center.

∎ The Memory Mouseketeers are raising money for a local “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” and a cookbook event coming this fall. They are still looking for family recipes to put together a cookbook of recipes passed down through generations. This walk and cookbook is being done in memory of Georgette Plourde. For more information of how to help, email Andrea Plourde at or look them up on the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” website at




Plant sale to be held

Saturday at town hall

There will be a plant sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the town hall, co-sponsored by the Andover Conservation Commission and the Merrimack County Conservation District. Plants, trees and shrubs will be offered at discount prices, and children will receive (on a first-come, first-served basis) a free bulb or plant to give to their mothers for Mother’s Day. The MCCD will also provide free instruction sheets for building bird houses, bat houses and homes for Mason bees, as well as a demonstration tent for making the Mason bee homes and how to attract pollinators to home gardens. All proceeds of the sale go to the MCCD to pay for the cost of the plants.

∎ Area folks are invited to bring their bikes to the community tune-ups and bike swap today from noon to 3 p.m. near the bandstand on the New London Green. Admission is free and there will also be a do-it-yourself workshop to teach riders how to tune up their own bikes, as well as music by Nick’s Other Band. Anyone with an unused bike can bring it to swap or donate to someone who will love riding it. The event is sponsored by the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative which covers the nine towns of the Kearsarge Valley, including Andover.

∎ It’s registration time for boats and dogs in Andover and residents are urged to stop at the town clerk’s office to take care of these duties at their earliest convenience. If residents take advantage of the opportunity to register their boats locally, part of the revenue from the registration stays in town, and if dogs are licensed before the town has to mail out reminder letters, that helps keep the cost to the town down. Dog licenses can also be renewed online at

∎ Beginning in May, residents who meet certain criteria can apply for the New Hampshire Property Tax Relief program. Application forms are available at the town clerk’s office or online at and must be filed before June 30.

∎ Andover’s Fourth of July committee is feeling its age and needs some new folks willing to help, especially on the actual day of the big celebration. The time commitment on the actual day is from about 9 a.m. to noon, with some jobs only taking an hour or two. Specific needs are for people to help with parade line-up, raffle ticket sales, the flea market, setting up the day before and cleaning up the day after. Help is also sought with collecting donations and ads for the program. The committee meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the firehouse and all are welcome. For more information or to volunteer, call chairman Bob Ward at 735-5061 or parade chairwoman Judy Perreault at 735-5493.




Garden club to

meet tomorrow

The garden club will meet tomorrow 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. Bow Garden Club meetings are open to all and new members are always welcome!

∎ The garden club’s annual spring plant sale will be held May 24 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Bow Community Building, 3 Bow Center Road. Annuals, perennials, veggie starters and hanging plants will be availably for purchase at modest prices with proceeds to benefit the Bow High School Scholarship Fund and the club’s ongoing civic beautification efforts.

∎ The annual Memorial Day celebration will be held May 26 and will include a parade and a chicken barbecue, sponsored by the Bow Community Men’s Club and the town of Bow. All Bow veterans are invited to participate in the annual Memorial Day parade. The parade is held in honor of those who have died in our nation’s service and as a resident of Bow and a member of the Armed Forces, your presence will help remind the community of the true meaning of Memorial Day. 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 where a memorial service will be conducted for all branches of the service on the football field. The chicken barbecue will be served from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Bow Community Building, 3 Bow Center Road. The cost is $12. The chicken barbecue includes, ½ chicken, potato salad, corn on the cob, rolls, water, ice tea, lemonade and ice cream.



Canterbury Artisans have

a new Facebook page

Canterbury Artisans are on Facebook! The new Facebook page is a resource for information about the Canterbury Artisans that participate in the New Hampshire Open Doors event in November. “Like” Canterbury Artisans to learn more about the artists and businesses; find out about local events, art shows and workshops offered by the artists; photo stories, blog posts, new products and art; and latest news about the artisans. All are welcome to visit the studios and businesses and meet the artisans. Check the Facebook page,, and individual websites for information about days and hours each business is open.

∎ The free exercise class meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. at the elementary school. For more information, call Ginny Litalien at 783-4016 or email

∎ 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 blackpowder. 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 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 hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and soda will be available for all who attend. For more information, call Gordon Fifield at 225-3730 or email

∎ 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 Saturday 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.

∎ This year’s One Room Schoolhouse program will focus on the year 1956 when the whole town came together to build the elementary school. The program will focus on the nature of volunteering, community spirit and how the building of the school came to be . . . even resulting in a letter written by President Eisenhower congratulating the town on its achievement. This program is almost entirely run by volunteers and with support of elementary school staff. The curriculum will include typical material taught in 1956 and include “My state has a star in the flag . . .”, a poem which Ms. Houser had her students recite every day in the Center School, reading from Dick and Jane, penmanship practice, some arithmetic, and a science lesson on magnetism. Guests will be invited to talk with the children about their experience in going from the one room schoolhouses to the new elementary school.




Open house to be held

Saturday at Jones Farm

Celebrate spring with an open house at Cornsilks Farmstand Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jones Dairy Farm, 159 Pleasant St. For more information, call 435-6885.

∎ Don’t forget to come to the library and admire the work of the artist this month, Blaze Konefall and his “Fantasy Flowers.” There will be a reception May 17 and Konefall is looking forward to people expressing their opinion of which display piece they prefer.

∎ Bill Haskett will present a demonstration on the latest in printer technology, the 3D printer, Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the library. Have you been wondering how it works? Would you like to see one in action? Do you want to know how to program it to make what you want? Call the library at 798-5613 to sign up, as space is limited.

∎ Tickets for the May raffle are available at the library. This raffle includes a small cast iron frying pan, the ingredients for baked beans and corn bread, a “heat and eat” package of chili, a bandana (which can second as a pot holder) and two cookbooks, Will Rogers Cookbook and Café Oklahoma.



Arts festival to begin

Saturday on the common

The Dunbarton Arts Festival, a unique gathering of fine artists and artisans offering their quality handcrafted works, will be held Saturday and May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Dunbarton Common. There will be 60 tent sites and a craft beer-tasting tent featuring Candia Road Brewing Co., Henniker Brewing Co., and Woodstock Inn Brewery. Admission to the beer garden is $10 and you receive a souvenir tasting glass. There will be several food vendors and a line-up of musicians and entertainers on the Grappone Auto Group bandstand both days. The festival will attract art and craft enthusiasts from far and wide. The Dunbarton Town Common is highly visible, located on the heavily travelled Route 13, part of the General John Start Scenic Byway. Proceeds Benefit the Dunbarton Town Hall and Theatre Restoration projects.

∎ The historical society has begun to work on the Jameson Cape and welcomes anyone who has a few hours to spare. If you have any questions, contact Ted Vallieres.

∎ The parent teacher organization’s 2014 “Me and My Guy Dance” for elementary school girls and their special big guys will be held May 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the community center (elementary school gym). There will be food, a professional DJ, raffles and prizes! Get your tickets in the elementary school Webstore.




Spring clothing swap

to be held Saturday

The spring clothing swap will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Epsom Bible Church, 398 Black Hall Road. Call 344-8843 if you are interested in volunteering. Visit or call 736-9354 for more information.

∎ 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 offer the second of two journaling workshops, “The Write Way,” Wednesday 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.

∎ The Friends of the Library will sponsor a trip to the American Independence Museum in Exeter on Saturday. 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 at 6:15 p.m. at the town offices. The selectmen are accepting names from individuals interested in serving on a committee to study the feasibility for potential new town office space. Remit via email to, U.S. mail or hand deliver during normal business hours.

∎ The historical association will be open Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1775 Dover Road. The historical association will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m.

∎ The zoning board will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the town offices.

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

∎ Many local residents are fortunate enough to own a quilt, wall hanging or basket by Carolyn Davis or Sonia Noyes. The library is pleased to present a collaborative exhibit of the work of these well-known Epsom artisans. The exhibit features a collection of baskets and a multitude of vibrantly- colored quilts, hangings and penny rugs. The exhibit will run through June 7 and may be viewed during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 736-9920 or visit

∎ Epsom Central School will hold a registration/screening for the 2014-15 incoming kindergarten students Wednesday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., as well as extended hours on Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. If your child will be an incoming first grader, literacy screenings will be held Thursday from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call the main office at 736-9331 to schedule your child’s 45-minute block for either of these screenings. Remember to bring a copy of your child’s immunization record, birth certificate, most recent physical exam, and two proofs of residency, including a purchase/sales or rental agreement.

∎ It is time for nominations and elections for the parent-teacher organization committee positions for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. Elections will be held May 12. This year’s committee members would all like to return to their current positions next year. All parents are invited to come to the meetings whether you would like to join the parent-teacher organization or simply be introduced to it. This year, the parent-teacher organization helped the school with a number of events such as: Spring Carnival, Epsom Old Home Day, Anti-bullying Month, the Haunted House, Santa’s Workshop, the Michael Briggs Spaghetti Dinner, fifth grade Enterprise City field trip, the talent show, craft and movie night, books for teachers and more! Thanks to all the volunteers who gave their time to help with these events.

∎ Parent Information Night for current eighth grade students will be held Tuesday during the school day at Epsom Central School. Course selection information for students will be held. Call Carolyn Puffer, guidance, with any questions at 736-9331, ext. 234.

∎ The Epsom Fire Auxiliary will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the fire station. For more information, call 848-7371.

∎ Happy birthday to Marissa Riel today!



Choose Franklin

Day to be held

Celebrate community at the 10th annual Choose Franklin Community Day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Odell Park. The theme is the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day! Enjoy a parade, all day entertainment, games, food and crafts vendors. Discover and support the many organizations that work together to make this a strong community.

∎ The TRIP Center will celebrate Cinco De Mayo tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy the piñata, followed by a make your own taco salad and chili bar lunch. On Thursday, there will be a special Mother’s Day luncheon at 11 a.m. Bring family and friends and after lunch to enjoy music by Bill Parker’s One Man Band. Sign up at the TRIP Center.

∎ The city council will meet tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.

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

∎ The Lions Club will meet tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at the Soda Shoppe.

∎ The high school parent advisory meeting will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the school.

∎ The WIA Student/Parent Award Night will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the high school.




Spring Scholastic book fair to be held

The Henniker parent-teacher association will sponsor a spring Scholastic book fair May 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the café. Visitors should go into the office at Henniker Community School to sign in and they will be directed to the book fair.

∎ Early registration with savings is open for the Congregational Church’s 13th annual golf tournament, to be held June 8 at 1 p.m. at the Angus Lea Golf Course in Hillsboro. Brochures are available in the narthex of the church. If you have questions, or if you would like to help or be a sponsor, call Mike Crocker at 428-7679.

∎ White Birch seniors will enjoy another TED talk May 15 at 11 a.m. at the library. The topic will be “Language.” Attendees will head to the Country Spirit for lunch afterwards. For more information, call White Birch at 428-3077.

∎ 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

∎ Last Sunday there was a potluck luncheon after worship at the Congregational Church to honor and give thanks for all the dedicated work of the New Life Thrift Shop volunteers. Community and church members expressed gratitude and fellowship for the wonderful work of the thrift shop. The shop’s hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 428-7222.




Trip to Walmart and luncheon offered

Greater Hillsboro Senior Services will sponsor the following events: Trip to Walmart, Wednesday, meet at Shaw’s no later than 10 a.m.; senior luncheon, Thursday, noon, St. Mary’s Church. Call Marie Mogavero at 464-4726 or Marie Merrow at 464-3067 to make a reservation.



Fun fair to be held

Saturday at school

Hopkinton parent-teacher association’s biggest annual fundraiser, the Fun Fair, will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harold Martin School, rain or shine! Everyone is welcome to attend even if you do not live in Hopkinton or Contoocook. Proceeds will support all the schools in Hopkinton. For more information, email Fun Fair coordinator Tammy Ehrmanntraut at or call 746-2817. Donations of plants are still needed.

∎ The food pantry is looking for shoppers to go to the Food Bank about once a month. You will have a few hours of training. It does involve some heavy lifting and a large vehicle. Call 746-6448 or 746-5729 for more information.

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

∎ 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.

∎ 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.

∎ 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.

∎ Since 1985, the community has provided our graduates with a fun, memorable and safe celebration. Through Project Graduation, the entire senior class is invited to spend graduation night with their classmates at a “secret” location where they eat, dance and play for their last time as a class. This is a chaperoned, substance-free environment organized by parent volunteers. Project Graduation has been able to continue only through the generous support of the community, as donations are the only source of funding. All donations are welcome and appreciated. The Hopkinton High School graduation program will acknowledge the following donation levels: Honor Roll, $30; Salutatorian, $100; High Honor, $50; and Valedictorian, $250. Send your tax deductible donation to: Project Graduation, P.O. Box 291, Contoocook, N.H. 03229.

∎ The Neighbor-to-Neighbor Clothing Sale will be held Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. Donations are being accepted. 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.

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




Register for summer rec program May 15

Registration for the summer recreation program will be held May 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. and May 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the town hall. This is a six-week program open to any Pembroke or Allenstown children entering grades 1–6. The program will run Monday through Friday from July 7 to Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memorial Field in Pembroke. Extended hours for early drop off is available for an additional charge of $10 per week. Also, extended hours for late pick up is available for an additional $10 per week. There is a $20 non-refundable registration fee required when you sign your child or children up. The cost of the program is $45 a week for Pembroke residents and $55 a week for Allenstown residents. This cost includes a weekly field trip. For more information, call 848-9677.

∎ The Suncook Post Office will once again participate in the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive Saturday. Taking part is easy; all you have to do is leave nonperishable, non-breakable items at your mailbox. Rain or shine, your letter carrier and volunteers will pick up and distribute the donations to local food pantries. The food drive is especially important to replenish food shelves just before the summer break, when many children will not have access to school lunch programs.

∎ Strong Foundations Charter School summer camp will be held June 30 through Aug. 15 from 9 to 3:30 p.m. at the school. The cost is $180 for a full week with prorated prices for less than five days a week. All students entering kindergarten through eighth grade are welcome to attend. Visit or call the school at 225-2715 for more information.

∎ A yard sale will be held by the Buntin Rumford Webster DAR and the community families May 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Meetinghouse Commons off Church Road.




‘Romeo and Juliet’ to be performed

The PMHS Drama Club will present Romeo and Juliet Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at the high school gymnasium. The price is $8 per person at the door.

∎ The Infant Toddler Diaper Pantry will be open Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main St. Young families are given supplemental diapers and wipes. Everyone is welcome. Please use the Chestnut St. entrance.

∎ Pittsfield Youth Baseball/Softball is raffling four front-row seats to a Red Sox vs. Yankees game. Tickets are available at Bell Brothers, 1 Depot St., and are $5 each or five for $20. All proceeds support quality baseball and softball experiences for the boys and girls of Pittsfield. The game is Aug. 2 at 4:05 p.m. The drawing will be held June 26.

∎ 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 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. Early registrations are appreciated! 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.

∎ The Victory Workers 4-H Club will meet tomorrow at 6:45 p.m. at the community center, lower level.

∎ The historical society will present “A Theater Near You: Mapping Cinema History in the Granite State” Thursday at 7 p.m. at Society Headquarters, Elm Street. Jeff Klenotic will present examples of his interactive map that charts every venue where movies played in the Granite State from the medium’s origins in 1896 to the rise of television in the 1940s.

∎ The American Legion Peterson Cram Post 75 will meet tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Post Home, 3 Loudon Road. Installation of Post 75 officers for 2014-15 will be held and led by District 5 Commander Gerard Leduc. All Post 75 officers are to be in place by 7:25 p.m. The uniform for the night is proper American Legion attire. The meeting is open to all members. For more information, call 496-0848.

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

∎ The elementary school parent-teacher organization will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the elementary school library for an open/public discussion, followed by the business meeting at 6:30 p.m.

∎ The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer a free presentation, “Have You Seen My Glasses? Exploring Forgetfulness As We Age” May 21 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pittsfield Senior Center, 74 Main St. For more information, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.

∎ The South Pittsfield Community Club will hold a ham and bean supper May 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the club at 444 Dowboro Road. The price is $7, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger.

∎ The Pittsfield Area Senior Center will host a “Car Fit” Tuesday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Come out for a free assessment by an occupational therapist on how to make driving more comfortable. Call 435-8482 to sign up. There are daily activities and also a Game Day on Wednesday. There will be all kinds of games to play and prizes for the winners. For more information, call Carol Schiferle.

∎ The PMHS Booster Club will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the PMHS library.

∎ The Pittsfield Youth Workshop would like to invite you to the 12th annual Pittsfield Fiddle Contest May 30. The contest will be held at the Scenic Theatre. There will be a silent auction and refreshments from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The fiddle contest will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the youth contestants competing first, followed by the open division in which anyone can participate. Email Paula Martel or Zach Powers at or call 435-8272 for more information.

∎ Happy birthday to Marissa Riel today and to Diane Bishop on Saturday.




Be sure garbage is secure in vehicle

It has been brought to the attention of the selectmen that sometimes as people are traveling to the transfer station with their garbage, things blow out of the vehicles and go onto the sides of the roads. Please take precautions to prevent this from happening to keep Salisbury looking as beautiful as it is.

∎ The planning board will meet tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.

∎ The cemetery trustees will meet Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Academy Hall.

∎ The selectmen will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Academy Hall. One of the agenda items is to meet with the new town assessors, Cross Country Appraisers.




Spring into Warner to be held May 17

“Spring Into Warner, Jump Into the Arts” will be held May 17 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. downtown. Local artists will demonstrate and musicians will perform at venues along Main Street. See performances by the Kearsarge Community Band, the Rooftop Five and more. Watch dance demonstrations and workshops by the Kearsarge Conservatory for the Performing Arts at the town hall. There will be lots for kids to do with a crafts and activity tent, the “Touch a Truck” demonstration at the Warner Power parking lot, and story hour at the library. Carriage rides with Brian Erickson’s team will be operating between the United Church of Warner and the town hall between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Shops will be open and will host activities all day. In the evening, join the MainStreet Warner Inc. fundrasing auction for the Jim Mitchell Park at MainStreet BookEnds. Tickets for the preview party are $5 and available at MainStreet BookEnds. Visit for a complete listing of activities, times and places.

∎ David Carroll will present his illustrations and drafts for his forthcoming children’s picture book, Turtle’s Journey, today at 2 p.m. at MainStreet BookEnds.

∎ Meet and greet Sen. Sylvia Larsen and State Reps. Clyde Carson and David Karrick May 15 at 5 p.m. in The Gallery at MainStreet BookEnds. Find out what’s been happening at the State House.

∎ On May 17 during the Spring Into Warner arts festival, MainStreet BookEnds will host five leading authors reading stories to the children. At 10 a.m., Rebecca Rule, author of The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! and Headin’ for the Rhubarb will read to children in the adjacent Jim Mitchell Community Park. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., children’s book authors and illustrators True Kelley and Lucinda McQueen will be on hand to read and at 1 p.m. David Elliott, author of bestsellers including On the Farm and And Here’s to You!, will read from his favorite children’s book, The Secret Garden. Scheduled to read at 2 p.m. will be Mary Lyn Ray, author of classics such as Stars, Pumpkins and Mud, who will introduce her latest children’s book, Deer Dancer.

∎ Donations are being accepted for the used book sale to benefit the Jim Mitchell Scholarship Fund. The book sale will be held May 17 in the park during Spring Into Warner.

∎ “Along the River: Exploring Community Connections” is a series of programs and exhibits presented by eight organizations about four rivers in five towns. The exhibits and programs will continue through October. The project is funded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and Sugar River Bank. A complete listing of programs can be found online at “Mills and Industries Along the Warner River Watershed” will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the town hall. Admission is free.




Learn all about timber framing

Tedd Benson, CEO of Bensonwood Homes in Walpole, will speak on “Timber Framing Past and Present” May 16 at 7 p.m. at the town hall. In 1974, Benson took an interest in the old craft of mortise-and-tenon construction popular in New Hampshire home building in the early 1800s. He taught himself history and technique, and with his brother founded Benson Woodworking, now Bensonwood Homes. This program is open to the public and free through the support of the Friends of the Weare Public Library. Seating is limited, so come early. Call 529-2044 for more information.

∎ The schools within Weare have announced their last day of school for students. The number of snow days this year makes the last day of school as follows: Center Woods Elementary School, June 23, 12:30 p.m. dismissal; Weare Middle School, June 23, 11:50 a.m. dismissal; and John Stark Regional High School, June 23, finals make-up day.

∎ All students at both Center Woods Elementary School and Weare Middle School have participated in studying the history of Weare and creating projects to document that study in commemoration of the 250th celebration of Weare. The public is invited to view all of this work in an interactive format May 17 between 3 and 7 p.m. at Weare Middle School. Admission to “A Walk Back in Time” is free.



Race proceeds to upgrade playground

On May 17, there will be a 5K race at 398 Dear Meadow Road. Proceeds from this race will be used to upgrade the playground at Pillsbury Lake. Sign up on Facebook, Pillsbury Lake 5K, or Racers can also sign up on race day. For more information, call 826-4180.

∎ The Webster Youth Soccer Committee will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the town hall (kitchen) to discuss the upcoming soccer season. Volunteers are needed to assist with field maintenance and coaches for the fall season are needed.

∎ This is Teacher’s Appreciation Week with National Teacher’s Day being Tuesday. On Wednesday, students in grades 4 and 5 will visit the McAuliffe Planetarium and that evening there will be an elementary chorus concert at 7 p.m. at Merrimack Valley High School.

∎ Happy anniversary to Scott and Brenda Angwin.



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