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Pie baking contest

to be held Sept. 17

In honor of Senior Center Week, a pie baking contest will be held Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. Call 485-4254 for more information about the contest.

∎ Senior Center Week will be held Sept. 16-20 at the Suncook Senior Center. An open house will be held Sept. 18, with an exhibit of the seniors’ projects, hobbies and activities. The theme is “Seniors are Experts at Living Well.”

∎ The Suncook Foxy Red Hatters will meet tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. For more information, call 485-4254.

∎ The Suncook Senior Center is planning a trip to Stonehenge in Salem on Sept. 16. Lunch will be at the Tuscan Market. Certified drivers will help out with transportation if needed. The cost for the trip is approximately $25. Call 485-4254 to reserve your spot.

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





Lions Club golf classic
to be held Sept. 23

Area golfers are urged to take part in the eighth annual golf classic, sponsored by the Andover Lions Club, Sept. 23 at the Country Club of New Hampshire. The cost is $65 per person or $260 for four; registration begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Prizes will be given for first and second places, as well as the longest drive and closest to the hole for both men and women. There will also be hole-in-one and putting contests, as well as refreshments and raffles. Sponsorships and raffle prize donations are also being sought. For more information, call Howard George at 735-5590 or Bill Egge at 768-3838. Funds raised by the tournament go back into the community by supporting the Andover Food Pantry, scholarships, and other town projects in Andover, Wilmot, West Franklin and Danbury.





Paper craft workshop

to be held at library

The library will offer a paper craft workshop lead by Debbie Gilbert on Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The workshop is open to adults and teens who are interested in altered art, decoration or handicrafts. Register by calling the library at 753-8576. Ongoing activities at the library include Legos every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, story time on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Lapsit on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. The Craft Club meets Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m. Need answers to your computer and/or e-book questions? Sign up for Tech Tutor one-on-one help on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Fall is a great time to enjoy the library passes to New Hampshire attractions, so be sure to ask the staff about them.

∎ “Care and Maintenance of Your Small Engines and Garden Tools” will be held tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the town municipal offices meeting room on the fourth floor. The workshop will be led by Arthur Bonaceto, a small engine instructor. The talk is free and registration is recommended by calling 753-9188, ext. 301, or emailing agriculture03303@gmail.com.

∎ A celebratory meeting of The Friends of the Library will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at one of the members’ homes. For more information about the joining this group, call 724-2613.

∎ Sheep owners, take notice! The County Extension Offices will host a hoof trimming clinic and breeding stock health evaluation Sept. 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Farm by the River in Effingham. The cost is $20. For more information, call Betty Lou Canty or Olivia Saunders at Carroll County Extension at 447-3834. Online registration is encouraged at tinyurl.com/kyn7nux.




Falcon Booster Club

will meet tomorrow

The Bow Falcon Booster Club will hold its first meeting of the new school year tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the high school library. The club is looking for volunteers to serve on the concession stand, golf tournament and scholarship committees for the upcoming school year. For more information, visit bowboosterclub.com.

∎ The Bow Pioneers Snowmobile Club’s 10th annual fall mum presale is ongoing and will continue until Tuesday. Pre-orders for 9-to 10-inch pots of dark red, white, yellow, pink/lavender and rust/bronze hardy mums coming directly from Murray Farms in Penacook are $10 each and will be available for pick up on either Saturday or Sept. 15 at the Bow Bandstand. Baskets of mums will also be available for sale at that time. Call Jodi or Dan Weed at 228-3188 or email weedfamily@comcast.net to order or for more information.

∎ The garden club will resume its regular monthly meeting schedule tomorrow evening with garden club member Susan Johnson providing the program “Floral Design 101.” She will demonstrate the basics of creative floral design. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., with social time and light refreshments at 6 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, 91 Bow Center Road. Call president Kerry Buckley at 225-9103, email kerrybbuckley@comcast.net or visit bowgardenclub.org for more information. Guests and new members are encouraged!

∎ Celebrating Children Preschool, in the town municipal building at 10 Grandview Road, has limited openings for the 2013-14 school year. This four-day parks and recreation program is held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon, with a designated time slot on Tuesdays for a “Sport Day” at the Fieldhouse Sports Complex. To verify availability and/or to place your child’s name on a registration list, call Cindy Greenwood-Young, director, at 228-2214 or email celebchildren@bow-nh.gov.

∎ The library and the high school are co-sponsoring a series of events focused on post-high school gap years this fall. Each event will feature a different speaker. The first event will be held Thursday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. in the high school auditorium. Bow High School students, as well as homeschooled Bow students, are welcome.

∎ Do you want to get comfortable with Google Drive, Amazon Cloud Drive or another “cloud” program? Come to “Cloud Computing 101” Sept. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the library. Registration is required. Cardholders can call the library at 224-7113 to sign up.




Enjoy pizza and think

about future of the town

Transition Canterbury will host a pizza party Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m., followed “Envisioning Canterbury in 2033” at 6:15 p.m. This will be facilitated by Transition Keene. Email info@transitioncanterbury.org to reserve a spot.

∎ The Monarch Festival will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Petals in the Pines. Come to Petals in the Pines for a day focused on learning about and celebrating the amazing Monarch butterfly. This free annual event is open to all ages! Call 783-0220 for more information or visit petalsinthepines.com. Look for the “Monarch” signs to direct you to 126 Baptist Road. Please leave pets at home.

∎ Early September is peak migration time for Monarch butterflies when they fly from our region all the way to Mexico to their overwintering site. The Monarch population has decreased over the last several years, and much research is being done on this miraculous butterfly. Monarch caterpillars eat milkweed as their sole source of food. If you have milkweed growing in your yard and notice any caterpillars living on them, Donna Miller from Petals in the Pines would be happy to raise them to the butterfly stage so they can be tagged for their trip south. Monarch caterpillars are yellow, black and white, but are not fuzzy. If you have any Monarch caterpillars, you can either drop them off in a container with air holes and some milkweed leaves at Petals in the Pines, 126 Baptist Road, or Miller will come get them. Track Monarch activity on the Petals in the Pines Facebook page. Call Miller at 783-0220 for more information.

∎ Garlic Day will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Two Sisters’ Garlic. Stay for lunch, enter the “Great Garden Grow-Off,” a New Hampshire Farm Bureau Young Farmer fundraiser, visit with neighbors and friends and learn about garlic, agriculture and the Food Safety Act. From Canterbury Center, take Old Tilton Road (goes down behind the town hall); at the fork, turn left onto Clough Tavern Road. The farm is at the top of the hill. Call 783-4287 or 731-5574 for more information.

∎ Canterbury Rascals 4-H Club will meet tomorrow at the Parish House. Refreshments will be served at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Honors Evening, project sign-ups for the fall and cookie sales will be discussed. For more information, call 783-0220.

∎ The farmers market will be held Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the town center. The Grassdawgs will perform. For more information, visit ccfma.net or find the market on Facebook. Send recipes to canterburyfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

∎ An ice cream social and information for the after-school students will be held Sept. 16 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the library. Parents and students are invited to make an ice cream sundae and sign up if your child will be coming to the library during after school hours.

∎ “New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality” will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the library, hosted by the historical society. Steve Taylor will explore the lasting legacies of the one-room school and how they echo today.

∎ The annual elementary school parent-teacher organization hot dog supper/open house will be held Sept. 19. Food will be served from 5 to 6 p.m. and teachers will be in their classrooms to greet visitors from 6 to 7 p.m. The library is sponsoring a Scholastic Book Fair that evening, which will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. The fair will also be open during the school day throughout the week of Sept. 16. School district staff will be available at the open house for fingerprinting. Parents or community members who wish to become school volunteers need to be fingerprinted for a background check. School board meetings will now be scheduled on the second and third Tuesday of each month. The first September meeting will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Belmont High School.

∎ The fire department will hold a mutual aid drill Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. on Mountain View Road. The purpose of this drill is to conform to the Capital Area Mutual Aid Agreement obligation and to establish the water flow needed for fire suppression for all the structures on this road and the surrounding area. These drills are held once every other year in different areas in town. Please be aware of the fire vehicle in these areas. Firemen will also be pumping water on New Road, so there will be activity there as well. Please drive safely.

∎ The Canterbury United Community Church choir will be starting up again very soon for the fall season. All who are interested in singing should call choir director Kathryn Southworth at 783-4632.

∎ The Ladies Benevolent Society will meet Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Parish House. The program will be on fall gardening, led by Donna Miller. Hostesses will be Mary Colburn and Elaine DiStefano.

∎ The tax collector and town clerk email addresses have changed. For Tax Collector/Town Clerk Ben Bynum use bbynum@canterbury-nh.org and for the deputy tax collector/deputy clerk use lcarlson@canterbury-nh.org.

∎ The 19th annual Canterbury Woodchuck Classic 5K Road Race and Chipmunk Scramble 2K Fun Run once again proved to be an unqualified success. Thanks to the following sponsors/contributors: Northeast Delta Dental; Aries Engineering (Tom Roy); Orr & Reno Professional Associates (Howard Moffett); Act One Creative (Nancy Brownstein); Hood Dairy Products; Millenium Running; Canterbury Country Store (Toni and Joe Halla); Moore’s Sunnyside Maple; and Hackleboro Pottery, Quilts and Braided Rugs (Kate Goegel). Thanks also to those groups and individuals who volunteered their time and effort on race day: Chief Peter Angwin and the volunteer fire/rescue department; Chief John LaRoche and the police department; Kathy and Mike Shields; Ginny and Ron L’Italien; Rodney Dollar; Mark Stevens; John Frick; Ken and Karen Robichaud; Peter and Linda Riendeau; Patti Capone; Chaz Hacking; Flo Woods; Donna Julian; Jody McWilliams; Heidi and Jessica Hutchinson; Ginny Wright; Audrey and Paul Knapp; and Joe LaFrance.

∎ Canterbury Shaker Village invites residents to the Canterbury Artisan Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This celebrates rural farm traditions and the traditional arts with a craft fair and farmers market. Tickets are $12, $6 for children ages 6-17 and include admission to the museum. Children five and younger attend for free. Members are also free. To purchase tickets, visit shakers.org or call 783-9511.

∎ Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s Canterbury Fair, whether you helped set up, worked at a food station, parked cars, navigated canoes in the town pond, dunked at the dunking booth, oversaw some of Canterbury’s finest critters, worked at the What Not Sale, book sale or the children’s activities, ran a race, were one of our many demonstrators, or helped with taking down and putting away the fair. Your efforts were greatly appreciated.

∎ Five distinguished 2013 Belmont High School graduates were named recipients of the I. Michael Winograd Book Award. The recipients (and the colleges/universities they will be attending in the fall) were Julia Ashey (Elmira College), Nicole Derosia (Elmira College), Hannah Drew-Moyer (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Rebecca Drew-Moyer (University of New England) and Kayli Ennis (William Smith and Hobart Colleges). The book award honors the memory of Mike Winograd and his contribution to the Canterbury town and Belmont High School communities. It recognizes the exceptional leadership qualities and academic/co-curricular achievements of Belmont High School graduates.





Cemetery walk to

be held today at 2 p.m.

The historical society’s fourth cemetery walk will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Leavitt Cemetery on Canterbury Road. Members and friends of the society will be in appropriate attire to interpret the lives of five distinguished deceased. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Refreshments will be served following the cemetery walk at the historical society’s museum at 49 Main St.

∎ The September Art Exhibit at the library features paintings by Jean Elliot, Nancy Aguiar and Eleanor Corliss. The public is invited to view this art through the end of the month at the library and to attend the artist’s reception Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

∎ The September used-book sale will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the “Down Under” used-book area of the library.




Old Home Day to

be held Saturday

Old Home Day will be held Saturday. The festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. with a parade in the center of town and will continue with events and activities all day until fireworks at dusk. There will be lots of fun for the whole family, including activities for children, live entertainment, food and exhibitors. Local organizations wishing to participate in Old Home Day by being in the parade or by setting up a table on the common must contact Lara Routhier by phone or email at 774-7499 or Routhier@gsinet.net. There is a small fee for organizations that are selling items for profit. A pie baking contest will be held at 1 p.m., sponsored by the Congregational Church. There will be three age groups: ages 16 years and older, ages 11-15 (unassisted) and ages 6-11 (assisted). For more information and entry forms, visit dunbartonnh.org/images/Pie_Baking_Contest.pdf. The Old Home Day ham and bean supper is back! Proceeds will support the historical society building and maintenance fund. Tickets are on sale at the town office or by calling 774-3681. An Old Home Day concert will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church.

∎ The library will hold a Cuddly Critters Costume Parade on Saturday during Old Home Day. Dress your favorite stuffed animal as a famous person, character or anything your heart desires. Get creative. Drop them off Friday afternoon or Saturday by 10 a.m.

∎ Steve Carey, a woodworker, will be at the library Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

∎ Olivia Dodd of Dunbarton performed at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse this summer as part of the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Stauton, Va. Dodd played the role of Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, one of three plays produced during an all-day performance festival at the Blackfriars Playhouse on Aug. 4.

∎ Spireside Coffee House will feature Doc Rogers on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dunbarton Congregational Church vestry. Musicians, poets and storytellers are welcome to sign up for open mic performance slots beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, email Lizz@dccucc.org.

∎ The parent-teacher organization will meet Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. in the school library. Child care will be provided.





Children’s author to

sign books at library

The library is pleased to present an evening with popular children’s author and illustrator Ellen Stoll Walsh on Friday at 6 p.m. Her much loved books include the classics Mouse Count and Mouse Paint. Children and their families are invited to create a mouse inspired craft, followed by a discussion and book signing with the author. Copies of her books will be available for purchase. Call the library at 736-9920 to sign up for this event or for more information.

∎ Anyone who ordered mums from the Friends of the Library may pick them up Tuesday after noon, as well as the rest of the week during regular library hours.

∎ As part of the adult programming, the library will show the movie The Intouchables (rated R) Wednesday at 7 p.m. This is a French film. Popcorn and soft drinks will be served.

∎ Story time will be held Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the library.

∎ The knitting group will meet Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the library.

∎ Toddler Time will be held Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the library.

∎ The Lego Club will meet Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the library.

∎ A very special second anniversary to Sean and Crystal Foster!

∎ The school board will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Epsom Central School.

∎ The planning board meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the town office meeting room.

∎ Calling all singers and players! If you are in grades fourth through eighth and are interested in singing with the chorus or playing in the school band (or both!), see Ms. Cohen in the music studio. Each student enrolling in these classes will need to turn in a completed and signed enrollment form. Information and enrollment forms can be found on Ms. Cohen’s homework/webpage on the school website.

∎ A band instrument rental night will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the music room at Central School.

∎ The parent-teacher organization will meet tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the school library.

∎ A parent-teacher organization movie night will be held Friday in the gym at Central School. Donations are needed to help raise money for a bounce house rental as part of the upcoming Back-2-School-Bash. The movie, Wreck It Ralph, will begin at 6 p.m. This movie is rated PG.

∎ The magazine fundraiser begins for grades five through seven on Thursday through Sept. 24.




Principal to explain

school report cards

Franklin High School Picture Day is Thursday. Families have the opportunity to meet their child’s teachers in the first of two open house events this year on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The open house format will include something new: Principal Richard Towne will hold an information session during the “study hall” times on the student schedules. The information sessions will introduce parents to the high school’s report cards. Because the high school report cards are competency-based, they look different from the middle school report cards families are used to. Towne will explain the “competencies” and explain the grading rubrics for meeting the competencies outlined.

∎ A book fair will be held Monday through Friday at the middle school.

∎ A representative from Sargent Camp/Natures Classroom will be at the school Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to speak with parents of sixth grade students.

∎ The Hill School Board will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

∎ Middle school open house will be held Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m.

∎ A college mini fair will be held Thursday in the high school gym.

∎ The Franklin School Board will meet Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in the middle school library.

∎ Like to sing? Join the Three Rivers Singers first rehearsal Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at The Franklin Opera House.




Walking volunteers

are needed Fridays

Walking Fridays volunteers needed. The Henniker Community School will bring back walking Fridays this fall, but are in need of volunteers to join the student walkers. The departure time each Friday is 7:40 a.m. Adult volunteers are needed at each of the three departure locations, the police station on Western Ave., the intersection of Hillside Drive and Rush Road and the parking lot at Edmund’s Department Store. The dates are this Friday, Sept. 20, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25 and Nov. 1. If you can help out, call Peg Keeler at the school at 428-3476 or email Peg.Keeler@sau24.org.

∎ The Henniker Lions Club is publishing a cookbook and needs your help. All the proceeds from the cookbook will be used to support the Henniker Lions Club sight and hearing projects. Submit up to three of your favorite recipes by email to Henniker-lionsclubcookbook@yahoo.com. The deadline for submission is Sept. 15. Please indicate the category (soup, dessert, bread, etc).

∎ The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer a free presentation “Easy Does It: Reducing Falls Through Thoughtful Decisions” Sept. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at White Birch Community Center. Find out how to reduce your risk of falling through thoughtful decision-making and simple exercises to increase strength, balance, coordination and flexibility. For more information, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.

∎ Homecoming Sunday at the Congregational Church will be held Sept. 15. The day will start with worship and Sunday school at 10 a.m. and will include grilled hotdogs, fellowship and a cake walk after worship, a community dinner at 5 p.m. and a sale at the New Life Thrift Shop. For more information, visit hennikerchurch.org or call 428-3747.

∎ Over the past several months, the library has undergone many renovations. On Sept. 19 at 11 a.m., seniors from White Birch Community Center will meet at the library where head librarian Lyn Piotrowicz will give a tour. This “Keeping it Local” activity will give seniors the opportunity to hear about the history of the library and about the many resources that are available in this historic building. Following the visit, the group will head to Country Spirit Restaurant for lunch. If you would like to sign up, drop by the White Birch office or call 428-3077.

∎ Peter Fynn has agreed to fill a vacancy on the Henniker Community School Board until voting in March. This vacancy was posted on a notice in local area papers and the SAU 24 and Henniker Community School websites. The Henniker Community School Board conducted interviews and selected Flynn. Flynn is employed by the town of New Boston as town administrator and previously held that same position in Henniker for 12 years. Flynn founded the Stark-Grange Bus Terminal Committee. He has remained as part of that group for the 11 years they have been providing a warm space and a quick snack for Henniker students waiting for the bus to John Stark in the morning.

∎ The annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held Sept. 16-20 at the Henniker Community School.





Kevin Gardner will give presentation

The Hillsboro Historical Society will present Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, who will present “Discovering New England’s Stone Walls” on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at the President Franklin Pierce Homestead, 301 2nd N.H. Turnpike. He will be building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones, while he explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousand of miles of stone walls. Admission is free but donations are always appreciated.

∎ The Hillsboro Historical Society will present Scott Edwards of Scott’s Clocks in Peterborough, who will be give a presentation on antique clocks tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the President Franklin Pierce Homestead, 301 2nd N.H. Turnpike. Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated.

∎ The library will host a reading and book signing by local poet Martha-Carlson Bradley on Thursday at 7 p.m. Her new book, Sea Called Fruitfulness, is a collection of lyric poems inspired by the 1651 lunar map.




Village Greenway trails officially open

The grand opening of the Hopkinton Village Greenway will be held Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. at Kimball Lake Cabins, Main Street. (The rain date is Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.). The conservation commission and the open space committee are proud to announce the launch of the Hopkinton Village Greenway, 4.5 miles of walking trails connecting town forests and conservation lands surrounding Hopkinton village. Join the inaugural hike on the Greenway. For more information, email Lucia Kittredge at lucia.kittredge@comcast.net

∎ Celebrate the opening of the historical society’s 23rd “Tomorrow’s Masterpieces Annual Art Show & Sale” at the artists’ champagne reception Sept. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. Meet the artists and enjoy champagne, hors d’oeuvres and conversation while viewing the original works of 40 area artists. Admission to the reception is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers, and is payable at the door. The Annual Art Show & Sale will run from Oct. 3 through Dec. 7 during museum hours: Thursday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no admission fee. Both the reception and show will be held in the Long Memorial Building at 300 Main St. For more information, call 746-3825 or visit hopkintonhistory.org.

∎ The village of Contoocook’s first “Artists on the Porch” celebration will be held Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy demonstrations from painters to potters. In addition to the special items from the artists available for purchase, the local farmers market will be in full swing. Follow the signs for the art show off of Exit 6 from I-89. For more information, Like the Explore Contoocook page on Facebook.

∎ Story time will be held Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the library. Story time is for children ages 3-5. Baby Lap Time is held Fridays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2 and younger.

∎ The Contoocook summer farmers market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in downtown Contoocook.

∎ The Hopkinton farmers market is open every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Beech Hill Farm. For more information, visit hopkintonfarmers





Suncook church welcomes new pastor

The Suncook United Methodist Church is pleased to welcome Pastor Sue Hyosuk Yun as new pastor. Pastor Yun worked as chaplaincy resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital from 2011 to 2012, and is currently earning an advanced theological research degree in justice and spirituality at Boston College. She grew up in South Korea, where her family still resides.

∎ The library yard sale will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet Me In Suncook will hold its bake sale at the library yard sale. All proceeds from the bake sale will go to the Pembroke Town Clock Restoration Fund.

∎ To learn how the PSNH Northern Pass Project will affect Pembroke, go to the town of Pembroke website, scroll to the bottom left-hand side of the page, and click on the link.





Letters for military to be collected

The senior center has become a drop off site for Operation Appreciation. Cards and letters of support to be sent to parents, spouses or children of service members, veterans or active duty service members will be collected by the Friends Program which will coordinate with Blue Star Families to distribute the letters. Pittsfield’s drop off site will be ongoing, but central New Hampshire has a goal of collecting 5,000 letters by mid-September. Write a letter or note, write the category of person your note was written for (child, parent, spouse, active duty) on the back of the envelope and place your note in the collection box at the senior center (no postage necessary).

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

∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer “Better Choices, Better Health,” a six-week chronic condition self-management program to help older adults gain the confidence needed to effectively self-manage their chronic condition and improve their activity levels Tuesdays beginning this Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the senior center, 74 Main St. To register, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.

∎ Encore Dance classes will begin tomorrow at the community center. Call Sarah Sedgley at 520-2609 or email sarahsedgley@yahoo.com for more information.

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

∎ The PHS Alumni Association will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the middle high school in Room 126. All PMHS graduates are welcome and encouraged to attend.

∎ St. Stephen’s Parish, during its 150th anniversary year, is honored to host the historical society Thursday at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend this program on the architecture of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and to learn how the Civil War influenced worship in Pittsfield. St. Stephen’s is located at 50 Main St.

∎ The parks and recreation committee will meet tomorrow at 6:15 p.m. at the town hall. New members are needed.

∎ The senior center’s weekly events include the following: Bingo, tomorrow, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; yoga, tomorrow, 11 to 11:45 a.m., $4/class; art classes with Larry Frates, Tuesdays, 12:30 to 2 p.m., $10/class; Cribbage Club, Wednesdays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Young at Heart STARS: Strength, Training And Restorative Exercise for Seniors, Wednesday, 9:30 to 11 a.m., $4/class; Bingo, Thursday, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Call Leslie Vogt at 435-8482 for more information.

∎ Visit GiveWith.Target.com to vote for Pittsfield Elementary School once a week through Sept. 21. Target will give money to schools all over the country for one simple act: a vote. The school needs 25 votes to earn a $25 donation from Target and for each additional vote the school will get $1 more.

∎ “Cabaret for a Cure 2013” will be held Saturday at the Scenic Theatre. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling 736-8073. Doors open at 7 p.m. for refreshments and raffles and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Seating is general admission.

∎ Happy anniversary to Crystal and Sean Foster on Tuesday and Carolyn and Paul Davis and Robin and Joe Davis on Wednesday.

∎ A very special happy birthday wish to my sister, Lisa Fries, on Wednesday.





Neighborhood Watch to meet Wednesday

The Neighborhood Watch group will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall.

∎ The budget committee will meet tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Academy Hall.

∎ The zoning board will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.

∎ The hazard mitigation group will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall.





Help a neighbor in

need at potluck

There will be a potluck dinner and silent auction Sept. 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to help raise funds for Lucretia “Cricket” Hanna who broke her left leg above the ankle in July and has been unable to work as a midwife and spiritual healer. She is self-employed and is not covered by insurance. If you have an item to donate to the silent auction, call Shandi Allen at 456-6085. Bring a dish to share and donations, and bid on the silent auction! Donations can be made at Sugar River Bank to the Lucretia Hanna fund.

∎ 4-H open house will be held tomorrow from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the United Church of Warner. New members and their families are welcome. 4-H is open to all children ages 5-18. Adult volunteers are needed. Call Susan Jenna at 456-3394 for more information. Visit http://extension.unh.edu/4H/4H.htm for more information about 4-H.

∎ Two renowned authors will offer a talk on apples and cider Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Jim Mitchell Community Park. The talk will feature Tom Burford, the country’s leading fruit historian whose family has grown apples in the Blue Ridge Mountains since 1715 and author of Apples of North America: Exceptional Varieties for Gardeners, Growers and Cooks, and Ben Watson, New Hampshire writer for the Slow Food Movement, cider expert and author of Cider, Hard and Sweet: History, Traditions, and Making Your Own.

∎ Martha White, granddaughter of E.B. White, will sign and discuss E.B. White on Dogs Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. at MainStreet BookEnds.

∎ The stage in the Jim Mitchell Community Park is nearing completion, and is being prepared to be the main stage for this year’s fall foliage festival. Come view the masterpiece. Fundraising continues at mainstreetwarnerinc.org.

∎ The Media/Communications Subcommittee of the Suicide Prevention Council will host a film series at the library in recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. Three films that portray suicide will be shown, with discussion and resources available at the end of each film. This is a free event. The first film, Ordinary People, will be shown Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” a free six-week program that helps caregivers learn to take care of themselves while caring for a loved one. To register, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815. The program will be held Thursdays beginning this Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Concord Hospital Family Tree Health Care, 2 E. Main St. in Warner.

∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer “Easy Does It: Reducing Falls Through Thoughtful Decisions” Sept. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at United Church of Warner, 43 E. Main St. For more information, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.

∎ Simonds Elementary School students will climb Mt. Kearsarge on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Rollins State Park. The rain date is Sept. 20.




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