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Fathers Day luncheon

to be held Thursday

A Fathers Day luncheon will be held Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. To sign up, call 485-4254. The raffle drawing for the quilt will be held at 10 a.m.

∎ The Suncook Foxy Red Hatters will meet today at 10:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center.

∎ The Suncook Senior Center will host the Isles of Shoals “The Eternal Sound of the Sea,” a special performance by the Portsmouth Pontine Theatre, Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. The Pontine’s co-directors will bring the legend and lore of the Shoals to life onstage. For more information, call 485-4254.




Input needed on

improvements to beach

Residents are invited to join Selectwoman Sophie Viandier today from 1 to 3 p.m. at the town beach on Highland Lake to talk about improvements they’d like to see at Chaffee Beach. In case of rain, the location for the planning session will be at Viandier’s house, Pay it Forward Farm, at 1129 Franklin Highway (Route 11) in East Andover. The follow-up work session will be June 15 (rain date, June 22) to implement the planning done at the first session. For more information or to donate needed items (pallets for boardwalks, perennial flowers, litter-pickers, hammers, nails, drills, screws, shovels and rakes), email or call 848-0171.

∎ The historical society’s Tucker Mountain Schoolhouse opens for the season today from 1 to 3 p.m. The one-room schoolhouse, built in 1837, will be open the second Sunday of each month from June through October. The event is free and open to all; homemade cookies will be offered to visitors. For more information, call Donna Baker-Hartwell at 735-5586 or Pat Cutter at 735-5628.

∎ Back by popular demand is the opportunity for kids of all ages to build fairy houses Saturday at 10 a.m. under the trees near the library. Kids and their parents are asked to bring interesting stones, feathers, shells and flowers (no manufactured items, please); the library will also have a selection of interesting natural materials available.

∎ The Swap Shop at the transfer station will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.




Sixth annual strawberry

festival to be held

The Bow Mills United Methodist Church will hold its sixth annual strawberry festival June 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 505 South St. Festivities will include food, vendors, disc dog, dance demos, service dog demos, packgoat demos, karate demos, animals, a kids’ station of fun activities, Angry Birds and blessing of the animals at 10:15 a.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by The Kid Jazz Band; The Crossed Bow Duo, Joe Nyhan and Nate Pace; the D’Accord Barbershop Quartet; guitarists Sam Neff and Cameron DeFosses; and the Bow Mills Junior Choir. The festival will also feature strawberry shortcake, of course! Proceeds benefit the Family Promise Program of Greater Concord and scholarships for the Bow Mills church youth group mission trips. Admission is free. Rain or shine. For more information, call 228-1154.

∎ “All About Perennials” will be the topic of the garden club’s meeting tomorrow. Terri Paige, a UNH Cooperative Extension-trained master gardener, will be the featured speaker. Come learn about how perennials can provide you with beautiful flowers and greenery year after year, and more. Social time and light refreshments will be at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by a business meeting. For more information, visit or call Cathy Ahrens at 230-1128 or email

∎ The Bow Young at Heart Club will meet Wednesday at the Bow Community Building at 3 Bow Center Road. A brown bag luncheon and social time will begin at 11:30 a.m. with coffee and desserts being provided. The business meeting will begin at 1 p.m. James Boffetti from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office will be the speaker and his topic will be fraud. For more information, call 225-2835.

∎ The Bow Heritage Commission will hold a Heritage Celebration Day June 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, 91 Bow Center Road, with an old-fashioned lunch prepared by the Bow Men’s Club that will be available for purchase. All Bow residents are invited to attend where they will have an opportunity to research their own homes for historic designation. Maps, documents, scrapbooks, clothing, artifacts and memorabilia will be on display and videos and photos will be shown on a screen throughout the celebration. The highlight of the event is the opportunity to tour the 1826 Cyrus Colby Farm. For more information, call Faye Johnson at 228-8149 or email



Trustees sought to care for town’s cemeteries

In 2013, the cemetery trustees initiated a program whereby town citizens were invited to help preserve 32 of Canterbury’s 34 cemeteries. The program has 36 volunteers who currently care for many of these cemeteries. There are, at present, a small number of cemeteries which need “keepers.” A cemetery keeper is asked to provide basic care so as to preserve the general appearance and good order of their cemetery. The cemetery trustees are willing to provide assistance if required, including any substantial mowing or heavy work. If you wish to volunteer, call cemetery trustee John Goegel at 783-4079 or email

∎ Youth between the ages of 8-18 who are interested in joining the Canterbury Rascals 4-H Club for the upcoming year are welcome to start by joining the club for summer activities. Call Donna Miller at 783-0220 for more information.

∎ Many members from the Canterbury Rascals 4-H Club learned how to cut granite during several workshop sessions under the leadership of Ted West. They created a granite bench and recently installed it at Kimball Pond so visitors can sit and enjoy the view.

∎ The elementary school fifth grade students are working on a research project about the Shakers who lived at the Canterbury Shaker Village. A presentation evening will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the school.

∎ The RISUS group, a role-playing system, like Dungeons and Dragons, but a lot less complex, will meet Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the library conference room. Email for more information.

∎ The summer reading theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read!” Every week in July will include opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Pick up your book logs starting tomorrow and start reading!

∎ Children’s Morris dancing has begun. Any children interested in learning to Morris dance, or children who have danced before, are encouraged to join. Practices are on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at the Parish House. Footwear is essential (no flip-flops or crocs,) water, and if you’ve got a set of hankies, bring those too! For more information, call Polly Camire at 783-8374 or email

∎ Youth Sunday will be held June 15 at the Congregational Church. The service will be led by the youth.

∎ On Oct. 1, the post office will have the weekday hours reduced to six hours per day. Before this happens, the postal service will send a survey to most residents in town. Part of the survey will be questions about the level of service desired by the townspeople.

∎ The next library trustee meeting will be held tomorrow at 7 p.m.

∎ County Forester Tim Fleury invites residents in Canterbury and surrounding communities to learn about the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer and how it is likely to affect your woods. The free session will be held June 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the town hall. That session will be followed by a field trip to an infested site, with date still to be determined. This is an opportunity to learn about this invasive and damaging pest.

∎ The Canterbury community farmers market will be held Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m., rain or shine, in the parking area and field next to the library. The theme will be “Picnic at the Market.” There will be music by Don Bartenstein. Visit for more information.

∎The last day of  Wood Days will be held today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Emerson’s Old Ways Traditions, 418 Shaker Road. Connect with teachers and students of traditional skills. There will be live traditional music and homemade food. The suggested donation is $5-10. For more information, call 783-4403, email or visit

∎ Final Feinstein Challenge update: Donors helped raise a total of $11,726.32. The breakdown: Food, $2,606.35 and funds, $9,119.97. The goal this year was $6,500. Thank you everyone for your help! Donations for the food pantry can be dropped off or mailed to: Loudon Food Pantry, 30 Chichester Rd., Unit D, Loudon, 03307 (make checks out to Loudon Food Pantry). Donations can also be made online at The food pantry is holding its annual 50/50 spring raffle. The raffle will run though June 30. Stop by the food pantry or use the order form at to purchase tickets. For more information, call 724-9731.

∎ Sam Papps recently published his second book, Harvest Home, and is making a bit of history himself. He is the historical society’s youngest board member and was recently named its archivist – duties he’ll juggle with his role on a committee to help write the town’s history dating to 1912. For Harvest Home, the story of an old Canterbury farmhouse, Papps spent more than two years and hundreds of hours conducting research in the town’s historical archives. The book can be purchased through the Canterbury Historical Society for $12.




Energy group is being formed this summer

The school board is putting together an energy study group this summer and is looking into ways to reduce electricity usage, a more efficient means of heating the building, and using solar power as an energy source. The intent of this study group is to have proposals that the school board will consider during this year’s budget season. If you’re interested in any of these topics, and particularly if you have experience/expertise in any of them, your involvement would be appreciated. Email Ben Brown at or call 798-4116 for more information.

∎ Thanks to everyone who supported the book and plant sale at the library yesterday. There will be another used book sale June 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

∎ Library trustees will meet tomorrow at 1 p.m. The meeting is open to residents.

∎ Sign-up now for “Fizz, Boom, Read,” the summer reading program for 3-to 13-year-olds. The program will begin on June 21. A calendar of activities is already set through August and includes a soldering workshop, a science extravaganza, Lego car derby, “Science and Magic” and “Fun with Fibonacci.”

∎ The library would like to hear from young people interested in starting a teen advisory board to help plan activities and events for teens in Chichester. Call the library at 798-5613, email or drop in at 161 Main St. to express your interest.



Ice cream and roller

skating to be held Friday

An ice cream social and roller skating will be held Friday. Students in grades K-3 will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and students in grades 4-6 will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

∎ Children’s Sunday at the Congregational Church will be held today at 10:30 a.m. Join in to celebrate another church school year, and honor students and high school graduates! Enjoy the “Living the Promise” retrospective. Ice cream sundaes for all ages will be after worship.

∎ A spring concert will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the elementary school.

∎ Spring roadside cleanup will be held Saturday at 8:30 a.m. For more information, email

∎ Celebrate 225 years (1789-2014) June 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Congregational Church. A historical worship service will be held. A time capsule and barbecue will follow. Email if you would like to play a part in the reenactment of the covenant signing.




Summer dinner to

be served June 28

A summer dinner will be held June 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion 1044 Short Falls Road. Cheese ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, garden salad, homemade desserts and beverages will be served. The cost is $8, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Call 435-8770 for more information.

∎ The youth athletic association is accepting fall soccer registrations for children in grades Pre-K to 6. Teams will meet on two weekday evenings and Saturday mornings. There will be a preseason clinic open to soccer participants in third through sixth grades. Sign up for the preseason clinic online when you register your child for fall soccer. Space is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. To register, visit Fall soccer is $50 per child, $100 per family with two or more children, and you will have the option to pay online or by mailing in a check. Registrations will close on July 15. If you have any questions or are interested in coaching/volunteering, call Tim Bonisteel at 630-4817 or email or call Mark Minasalli at 736-9594 or email

∎ The food pantry at the Old Town Hall, 1598 Dover Road, is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m. Coming soon will be hours on Monday evenings! Call 736-4024 for more information.

∎ The library trustees will meet tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at the library.

∎ A town sponsored flag burning ceremony will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the American Legion on Short Falls Road. Flags may also be dropped off at Central School for proper disposal at this event.

∎ The parent-teacher organization will meet tomorrow from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Central School library.

∎ The 2015 D.C. fundraising committee will meet tomorrow from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Central School cafe.

∎ The school board will meet Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Central School in Room 224.

∎ All school library books need to be returned or paid for by Tuesday.

∎ Happy belated birthdays to Beth Sirrine and Meggin Dail!

∎ Happy belated anniversary to my mother and father-in-law, Corine and Leon Miller!

∎ Happy birthday to Cherylann Arvanitis on Thursday!



Class day parade

to be held tomorrow

A 90-year tradition is still going strong! Every student and teaching and administrative staff from pre-school through graduating seniors will take part in the Class Day Parade tomorrow. The whole community turns out to cheer the students on and recognize the seniors in their caps and gowns. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the high school and proceed through downtown.

∎ The TRIP Center will offer shop and lunch in Concord tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. The transportation cost is $2 and must be paid at time of sign up. Lunch is your responsibility. Sign up at the TRIP Center.

∎ Franklin High School graduation will be held Friday at 6 p.m.

∎ The Franklin High School Academy Awards Night will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at the opera house.

∎ Paul Smith School second graders will have an author’s tea Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

∎ A Fathers Day lunch will be held Thursday at 11:15 a.m. at the TRIP Center. Bring family and friends to celebrate and enjoy a pot roach lunch.

∎ The farmers market is held every Tuesday from June through September from 3 to 6 p.m. on the lawn of Franklin Regional Hospital.

∎ The Boys and Girls Club of Franklin may have a few slots still available for the summer camp program. Call 410-5184 or visit Enrollments for the fall are also being accepted for the after school program, with the registration fee waived until July 30.




First concert in

series to be held

The first concert in Henniker’s Summer Concert Series will be held Tuesday at the Community Park under the Angela Robinson Bandstand. Jeff Dearborn & the Contoocook Blues Society will open the series with Chicago style blues. Grab a lawn chair or a blanket and meet your friends. The music starts at 7 p.m. In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to the community center.

∎ The Congregational Church’s 13th annual golf tournament and barbecue will be held today at 1 p.m. at the Angus Lea Golf Course in Hillsboro. Call Mike Crocker to register last minute at 428-7679.

∎ The White Birch Community Center senior luncheon for tomorrow will be held at Mile-Away campground instead of the church parish hall. RSVP is required at 428-3077.

∎ Henniker parent-teacher association is hoping to construct a new playground at the Henniker Community School. If you would like to have input on these plans, join the PTA at their next meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Henniker Community School Library.

∎ Tucker Free Library has a lot going on this summer. Summer reading begins with a celebration of pizza and drinks on the front lawn on June 30 at noon. Visit for a list of programs.

∎ The Henniker Teen Center will have an open house for incoming seventh graders Friday from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Come see what the Teen Center is all about. Parents and students are welcome to visit, talk with volunteers and Henniker Community Center activity committee members, fill out Teen Center paperwork and enjoy some ice cream! Students are welcome to attend the regular Friday night hours from 7 to 9 p.m. after attending the open house.

∎ A school board meeting will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the library at John Stark. A student vs. faculty kick ball game for charity will be held Friday at 3:15 p.m. John Stark’s graduation this year will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. Seating for ticket holders begins at 9 a.m.

∎ The Henniker History Walk for Henniker Community School’s third graders will be held Friday. The final walk is approximately 13 miles in length and includes a stop at Pats Peak for lunch.

∎ The World Service Committee at the Henniker Congregational Church has been presented with an opportunity to help families that are homeless through the Family Promise program. Family Promise of Concord would like to have churches commit to housing families (up to 14 people) for four weeks during the year. Each church would need volunteers to provide dinner and also to sleep over and provide breakfast. If you have any interest in volunteering, email or call 428-6359.

∎ Board members are needed for Henniker Youth Theatre/Alchemists’ Workshop. Meetings are held once every two months; occasional attendance at plays, musicals, films and middle school scholarship dances is required. Email Mary McFall at if you’d like to learn more.

∎ Peggy Herbert will talk about how her years teaching in Henniker inspired her to write Tales from Toothaker: How We Used Humor, Hard Work and Hand-Me-Downs to Create an Island Home Tuesday at 1 p.m. at White Birch Senior Center. The book is the story of the adventures she and her husband Tom had when they decided to buy 50 acres of land on an island in Lake Mooselookmeguntic in western Maine. She will also share some of her next book, More Tales from Toothaker: Surrounded by Stories. The book is available to borrow from the White Birch Senior Center library or a copy can be purchased for $12.




Learn how to play

pickleball tomorrow

Pickleball, anyone? Silly name, serious game, and one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. Come to a free demo/clinic tomorrow from 4 to 6 p.m. at the tennis courts at Grimes Field. The rain date is Tuesday. Equipment will be provided. All are welcome. For more information, call Joan Macfarlane at 478-3445, Don Decowski at 478-5643 or Priscilla Simm at 478-3435.

∎ During the entire month of June, Greater Hillsboro Senior Services is selling tickets for a raffle of a homemade queen-sized quilt created by Kay Daniels, which she donated toward the “Bus for Us” campaign. The pattern is called “Nine Patch and Rails” and can be seen at most of the Greater Hillsboro Senior Services activities. Tickets are one for $2 or three for $5. Call Joyce Peace at 464-3376 for tickets.



Learn all about

arthritis Friday

Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer a free presentation “Understanding Arthritis: The Beginners Guide” Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. at Slusser Senior Center, 41 Houston Drive. To register, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815, or sign up at the Slusser Senior Center.

∎ “Pioneer Skills: An Introduction to Survival and Camping with Rudy Bourget” will be held June 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. (raindate, June 22) on the grounds of the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner. The workshop is sponsored by The Little Nature Museum. Topics will include fire-building, tarp shelters, water purification methods, basic compass skills, pie iron cooking and cooking bread on a stick. (Cooking will include wheat flour products.) Enrollment is limited to ten. The workshop is for ages 15-90! The cost is $25 for members of The Little Nature Museum or the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, $35 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. Register by using the downloadable registration form at or call 746-6121.

∎ A community retirement and farewell reception will be held Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Maple Street School Library. Refreshments will be served honoring Nancy Alibrandi, Dr. Valerie Aubry, Martha Kruse, Corporal Robert Arseneault, Carlie Wardell, Alexander Crocker and Richard Fortier.

∎ Rec Summer Camp is a weekly camp to be held June 23 through Aug. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harold Martin School. Youth campers are $115 per week, CIT (counselor in training) campers are $85 per week. Optional early drop-off/late pick-up (7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.) will be available ($35 per week). New this year will be the optional swim lesson at Kimball Pond for $15. For more information, visit or call 746-2915.

∎ The historical society will host a program on New Hampshire’s covered bridges Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Contoocook Railroad Depot at 896 Main St. in Contoocook. The program is free. For more information, call 746-3825, visit or email

∎ The Contoocook farmers market will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the historic train depot in Contoocook Village. This week music will be provided by Mike Morris and Freestyle Folk.

∎ The annual Friends of the Hopkinton Town Library book sale is coming up. Donations are being accepted. Please, no textbooks, Reader’s Digest titles, mildewed books or books in poor condition. A Friends members only preview and reception will be held June 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The book sale will be held June 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the bag sale will be held June 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.

∎ “The Joy of Nature Photography” will be held today from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your own camera and wear comfortable shoes.

∎ The Hopkinton Lions Club annual yard sale will be held today from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hopkinton Fair Grounds Stewart Arena. Enter via Kearsarge Ave. (Green Gate). All proceeds will go to local community projects.

∎ “Understanding Fish Communities Within the Warner River Watershed” with Ben Nugent and John Magee, fisheries biologists at New Hampshire Fish and Game, will be held today at 2 p.m. at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner. Admission is free (donations appreciated). This program is part of

∎ A school district mission statement Listening Post will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Maple Street School library. The proposed mission is: “Above All, Care.” A brief presentation will be made regarding the importance of being a mission driven school district, followed by a discussion.

∎ The fourth annual Hawks softball camp will be held June 23-26 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hopkinton High School softball field. Campers will receive a free T-shirt and daily prizes are awarded. The cost is $75 and it is open to any girls entering third through eighth grade. Email if you would like a camp brochure or if you have questions.

∎ The Hopkinton Town Library Summer Reading Program 2014 Fizz! Boom! Read! will run from July 1 to Aug. 8. This program will be held indoors and outdoors at the library. Registration is now open through the library website. No computer at home? Come to the library to register. Reading logs will be available at the library and online.




Summer camp set to begin June 30

Strong Foundation Charter School summer camp will be held June 30 through Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. 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. Visit or 225-2715 for more information.

∎ Pembroke and Allenstown Old Home Day will be held Aug. 23 with the usual parade down Main Street from Allenstown to Pembroke’s Memorial Field at 10 a.m. Parade marchers or floats wishing to participate should call 224-7324 or 485-3352. The committee is always in need of volunteers. To volunteer, call 492-2301. Other contacts include the following: antique car owners, call 485-3905; crafters, call 491-2301; food concessionaires, call 485-9900. This year’s theme is “Heroes and Villains.”




Presentation on Old Man of the Mountain

The historical society received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to offer Maggie Stier’s program, “The Old Man of the Mountain: Substance and Symbol,” Thursday at 7 p.m. at the historical society’s museum, 13 Elm St. The audience is invited to bring souvenirs, memorabilia or other artifacts of the Old Man of the Mountain. This program is free. For more information, call Gail Allard at 435-5169.

∎ Pittsfield Crimewatch group will meet tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Jitters Café, Main Street. For more information, call Officer Webber at 435-7535 or email

∎ The Friends of the Josiah Carpenter Library and the Pittsfield Youth Workshop have joined together to host a program featuring New Hampshire resident and author Dan Szczesny Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Pittsfield Youth Workshop, 5 Park St. The program is geared to children ages 10 and older who enjoy hiking. Call the library at 435-8406 for more information.

∎ The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce will meet tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the community center, lower level.

∎ The parks and recreation commission will meet tomorrow at 6:15 p.m. at the town hall.

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

∎ The Rockin Daddios will perform songs of the ’50s and ’60s Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot St. Tickets are $12 and are available at Jitters Cafe or at the door the night of the performance.

∎ Jody Scalise: Motion Man will perform Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center. He is a classic comic that incorporates comedy and gymnastics into his act. Admission is free. If planning on staying for lunch, call 435-8482.

∎ DARE graduation and presidential awards will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in the Pittsfield Elementary School gym.

∎ Pittsfield Middle High School will host its spring Extended Learning Opportunity celebration night Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the PMHS lecture hall. Students who have been engaged in ELO experiences this past year will provide the audience with a presentation detailing their particular learning adventures. For more information, email Sheila Ward at or call 435-6701, ext. 1117.

∎ Happy anniversary to Cathy and Joe McHugh tomorrow. I hope you have a wonderful day!




Presentation to poke fun at the state

The historical society will host Brendan Smith, editor of the Weirs Times newspaper and author of The Flatlander Chronicles, Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the SHS Meetinghouse (Baptist Church) on Route 4. He is planning to do his F.O.O.L. presentation as he pokes fun at the idiosyncrasies of New Hampshire. This event is free.

∎ Merrimack Valley High School senior awards night will be held June 16. There will be a banquet at 5 p.m. Seniors should pick up their cap and gown at 6 p.m. for the senior class photo. The awards ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m.

∎ Congratulations to Amanda Pearl Baird, daughter of Karen Downes and granddaughter of Roy and Kathie Downes, on her high school graduation.




Edible wild plants

workshop to be held

An “Edible Wild Plants” workshop with Rudy Bourget will be held June 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. Learn to identify and safely prepare wild edible plants. Learn Native American uses for plants and the basics of safe and responsible foraging. Enrollment is limited to 20. The minimum age is 11; age 9 with an adult. The cost is $15 for members of The Little Nature Museum or the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, $20 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. Register online at or call 746-6121.

∎ The Warner area farmers market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the town hall lawn, 5 East Main St.

∎ Vermont author Katharine Britton will discuss her two novels, Little Island and Her Sister’s Shadow, today at 1 p.m. in the Gallery at MainStreet BookEnds.

∎ “Developing a Better Understanding of Fish Communities Within the Area” will be held today at 2 p.m. at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Musuem. This program is part of

∎ “Pioneer Skills: An Introduction to Survival and Camping” will be held June 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. (raindate, June 22) with Rudy Bourget on the grounds of the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. Topics will include fire-building, tarp shelters, water purification methods, basic compass skills, pie iron cooking and cooking bread on a stick. (Cooking will include wheat flour products.) Enrollment limited to ten. The workshop is for ages 15-90 and the cost is $25 for members of The Little Nature Museum or the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, $35 for nonmembers. Proceeds benefit The Little Nature Museum. Register by using the downloadable registration form at or call 746-6121. For more information, visit




Barbecue to offset

medical expenses

Center Woods Elementary School friends, parents and teachers have worked to organize a barbecue at the school Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. to help offset the medical expenses of first grader Jacy Cozby. Cozby is the daughter of Heather and Mark Cozby and is currently battling leukemia. The cost of the barbecue is $5 for a hot dog or hamburger, salad and dessert. There will be a raffle with prizes and a DJ, the elementary school’s own Sean Ward. You can just drop in at the barbecue. To reserve tickets or for more information, email

∎ The following events will be held at John Stark: school board meeting, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., library; student vs. faculty kick ball game for charity, Friday, 3:15 p.m., field; graduation, Saturday, 10 a.m. Seating for ticket holders begins at 9 a.m.

∎ First place winners at this year’s “Dancing With the Staff” at John Stark Regional High School were English teacher Suzanne Carmichael and Project Lead the Way teacher Colin Stone. This fundraiser presented by the John Stark Teachers Association benefits student scholarships, and this year raised $1,700.

∎ Congratulations to the JSRHS spring sports teams. Baseball and boy’s lacrosse made the playoffs and did the town proud, while girl’s softball and boy’s volleyball are still in the playoffs!



Registration for fall

soccer now available

It is that time of year to sign up your child for the fall soccer season! Soccer recreational teams are available for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Registration forms will be sent home with all elementary students and will also be available at the town library, the town clerk’s office and on the town website. Additionally, there will be several registration days held over the summer at the Webster Soccer Field. June dates are as follows: June 28, 10 a.m. to noon and June 29, 2 to 4 p.m. Email or call 648-2600 with any questions.

∎ Merrimack Valley School Board will meet tomorrow at 7:15 p.m. at the Merrimack Valley Middle School in Penacook.

∎ The last meeting of the 2013-14 school year of the parent-teacher organization will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Webster School. On Thursday, fifth grade students will hold an Exhibition Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the elementary school.

∎ Daniel Webster Grange will meet today at 2 p.m. at the home of Dorothy Haskins for spring instruction.



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