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Histocial society to meet

Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The historical society will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Suncook Business Park off Route 28 on Lavoie Drive. The upcoming cemetery cleanup and stone restoration will be discussed. For more information, call 485-4437.




Learn how to care for and

maintain garden tools

Care and maintenance of your small engines and garden tools is the topic of the Agricultural Commission First Monday workshop on Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the town municipal offices meeting room on the fourth floor. Arthur Bonaceto, small engine expert, will explain how to save expensive maintenance costs and get the best use of your implements. The talk is free and registration is recommended by calling 753-9188, ext. 301 or emailing

∎ It is National Library Sign Up Month; check out all that the library has to offer. You can get help with downloading books, work with office software, do internet searches and check out Facebook. Tech Tutor classes are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month and appointments are available for one-on-one 30-minute sessions. Additionally, passes to New Hampshire attractions, including Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Shaker Village and Strawbery Banke are available to library patrons.



Learn about post-high

school gap years this fall

The Baker Free Library and Bow 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 and will be held Sept. 12, 19 and 26 and Oct. 3 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. in the high school auditorium. Bow High School students, as well as homeschooled Bow students, are welcome.

∎ 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.

∎ The Bow Pioneers Snowmobile Club will begin their 10th annual fall mum pre-sale tomorrow. Pre-orders for 9-to 10-inch pots of dark red, white, yellow, pink/lavender and rust/bronze hardy mums directly from Murray Farms in Penacook are $10 each and will be able for pick up on either Sept. 14 or 15 at the Bow Bandstand. Baskets of mums will also be available for sale at that time. Orders must be in for the standard size mums by Sept. 10. Call Jodi or Dan Weed at 228-3188 or email to order or for more information.

∎ The garden club will meet Sept. 9. Garden club member Susan Johnson will provide a program for members and guests entitled “Floral Design 101.” She will demonstrate the basics of creative floral design. The meeting and program will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, 91 Bow Center Road. Light refreshments and social time will begin at 6 p.m. The program is free.



Monarch butterfly festival to be held Sept. 14

The Monarch Festival will be held Sept. 14 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! Tour the 20 theme gardens, including the Butterfly Garden where you can learn how to attract these colorful creatures to your yard. Visit the “Monarch Maternity Ward” garden to search for Monarch eggs, chrysalises and caterpillars. There will be butterfly wing tagging demonstrations (if there are any Monarchs emerging). There will be face painting and other fun activities for kids, along with informational workshops for adults. Stop by the farm stand for garden crafts or for plants that attract butterflies. Call 783-0220 for more information, or visit Look for the “Monarch” signs to direct you to 126 Baptist Road. Please leave pets at home.

∎ Garlic Day will be held Sept. 14 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.

∎ A free exercise group meets Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5 to 6 p.m. at the elementary school. The group meets and combines aerobic exercise with some strengthening. Class will not be held if there is no school that day. Call Ginny Litalien at 783-4016 for more information.

∎ A registration night for new and current members of the Canterbury Rascals 4-H Club will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Parish House. Items shown by members at the Hopkinton Fair will be displayed. This club is for kids who are, or will be, ages 8-18 as of Jan. 1, 2014. If you have any questions about the club, call 783-0220. The first monlthy meeting of the Rascals 4-H Club will be held Sept. 9 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.

∎ The community farmers market will be held Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the town center, next to the library. Music will be by 2 Fiddles, with the Canterbury Morris Dancers.

∎ The Christian Growth Committee at Canterbury United Community Church welcomes youth from pre-school through high school to join for Sunday School classes beginning this month. On Sept. 8, the year will kick off with the Charlie Gilman corn roast/potluck luncheon and Sunday school registration. This follows the 10 a.m. worship. Bring a dish to share and place settings for your family. Corn on the cob and beverages will be provided. Sunday School classes begin Sept. 15. Children spend the first 15 minutes of worship time in church, then are dismissed to classes in the Parish House. The “Bible-in-Life” curriculum will be offered to students. The curriculum provides weekly lessons that guide students on a spiritual path in much the same way Jesus led his students. The class groupings are Pre-K through first grade, second through fourth, fifth through eighth and the ninth through 12th youth group. The youth group also meets one Saturday evening a month. Call Kim Wieck (783-4774), Kiersty Scarponi (783-9127) or Donna Miller (783-0220) for more information.




‘Touch A Truck’ event to be held Saturday at library

The library will host a community “Touch A Truck” event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join for an opportunity to explore different community vehicles including a fire truck, police car and construction vehicles from local businesses. Raffles tickets will be on sale for chances to win Lego construction sets. Refreshments will be provided. Truck drivers are invited to a complimentary breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. Rick Belanger is helping coordinate this event. If you have a vehicle you would like to bring, call Belanger or call the library for more information at 736-9920.

∎ The library is pleased to present an evening with popular children’s author and illustrator Ellen Stoll Walsh Sept. 13 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.

∎ As part of the adult programming, the library will show the movie The Intouchables (rated R) on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. This is a French film which has gotten rave reviews. Popcorn and soft drinks will also be served.

∎ Anyone who ordered mums from the Friends of the Library may pick them up Sept. 10 after noon, as well as the rest of that week during regular library hours.

∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer an eight-week falls prevention program, “A Matter of Balance,” that gives older adults the self-confidence to reduce their fear of falling and improve their activity levels. The program takes will be held Thursdays beginning this Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Concord Hospital Medical Offices East in Epsom, 1990 Dover Road. There is no fee to attend this program and space is limited. To register, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.

∎ The school board will meet Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at Epsom Central School.

∎ Happy birthday to Priscilla Thompson on Friday! Enjoy your day!



Business resource fair

to be held Sept. 11

Metrocast Business Services will present the third annual Lakes Region Business Resource Fair Sept. 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Taylor Community Woodside Building, 435 Union Avenue in Laconia. This is a great opportunity to gather information, resources and develop networking opportunities geared toward human resources professionals, small business owners, business leaders, finance managers, procurement or sales and marketing personnel, and entrepreneurs looking to start a business. Register to ensure adequate seating. Lunch will be provided. The cost is $15 per person.

∎ The Tanger Fit for a Cure 5K Run/Walk will be held Sept. 22 at Tanger Outlets in Tilton. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Businesses and organizations are invited to form a team of 10 or more to receive a discounted entry rate ($15 per person). Team prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Largest Team and Best Overall Team Spirit. For details on pre-registering your team, email Tanger’s general manager, Eric Proulx, at



Presentation on Mt.

Everest to be held

The library will present “Everest, The Hard Way! My Storm Years on Everest: Definitely Not Your Average, Guided, Everest Expedition!” with Ed Webster Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Tucker Free Library. Come hear Webster’s lecture and see his slideshow detailing his three-month odyssey. For more information, call 428-3471.

∎ With the arrival of fall, the Senior Adult Program at White Birch Community Center will resume the monthly luncheons held at the Congregational Church Parish Hall. A big thanks goes out to The Country Spirit Restaurant for sponsoring the luncheon that will be held Sept. 9 at noon. The menu is meatballs with mushroom gravy on noodles, mixed veggies, coleslaw, rolls and dessert. The monthly meal is open to all area seniors; call the senior center at 428-3077 to make a reservation by Thursday.

∎ There will be no School tomorrow in observance of Labor Day. Seventh graders leave Tuesday for a week of outdoor education and fun at environmental camp at Sargent Camp in Hancock. Picture Day will be held Sept. 9 at John Stark Regional High School.




Program on antique

clocks to be held

The Hillsboro Historical Society will present Scott Edwards, of Scott’s Clocks in Peterborough, who will give a program on antique clocks Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at the President Franklin Pierce Homestead, 301 2nd N.H. Turnpike. He will bring around 20 clocks to show in his presentation, followed by a questions and answers segment. Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated.

∎ The library will host a reading and book signing by local poet Martha Carlson-Bradley Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. Her new book, Sea Called Fruitfulness, is a collection of lyric poems inspired by the 1651 lunar map.

∎ The Hillsboro Historical Society will present Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, who will present the program “Discovering New England’s Stone Walls” Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at the President Franklin Pierce Homestead, 301 2nd N.H. Turnpike. He will be building a miniature wall 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 library is excited to report that about 187 children participated in the summer reading program, “Dig Into Reading,” reading more than 4,000 books! Prizes were given as children reached their halfway goal and when they finished. Thanks to the many businesses that donated. Preschool story time will begin Sept. 17. Story time is held every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. A story is read and a craft is made; choose just one day to come, though, because it’s the same craft and story both days. Schedules are available at the library.



Learn how to be happy

Thursday at the library

“Happiness is a Muscle” will be held Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library. Betsy Black will lead a session including a lecture, reflection, discussion and immediate application of positive psychology tools. Come learn how to be happy!

∎ The first “Artists on the Porch” celebration will be held Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Contoocook. Enjoy demonstrations from painters to potters and everything in between. In addition to the special items from the artists available for purchase, the local farmers market will be in full swing. Explore downtown Contoocook, enjoy some goodies and meet some local artists. 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 times will be held Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the library. Story times are for ages 3-5. Baby Lap Time is held Fridays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2 years and younger.

∎ The Contoocook Carry Triathalon will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. All information can be found online at All ages and team sizes are welcome. All money raised goes to local food assistance.

∎ The “Balloon Glow” at the library has been rescheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. The rain date is Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

∎ School will not be held tomorrow.

∎ The Hopkinton School District email list is an opportunity for community members to gain information about school district events. The link to sign up is on the school district website at

∎ The “Sundays in Riverway Park” concert series concludes today at 3 p.m. at the Lewellen Bandstand by the depot in Fountain Square in the center of Contoocook. The concert will be held at the Slusser Senior Center in case of inclement weather. Today will feature the Fountain Square Ramblers Dixieland Jazz Band.




GospelFest to be

held Saturday

The first GospelFest will be held Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church at 433 Clough Hill Road. There will be live music by the Middle River Gospel Band and Zara. There will also be games for kids and a chicken barbecue. The barbecue is $6 per person with a $25 max for a family. All other events/games are free. For more information, call the Rev. Linda Overall at 875-5822.

∎ A presentation on spiritual warfare, presented by the Rev. Kenneth Steigler, will be held Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church. Pastor Steigler has worked with cleansing and deliverance ministries in Salem, Mass., and many other places around the country. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation. This presentation is free and open to the community. For more information, call the Rev. Linda Overall at 875-5822.




Search is on for a

new superintendent

The Merrimack Valley and Andover School Boards are in the beginning phase of a search for a new Superintendent of Schools. Community meetings will be held in each town – Andover, Boscawen, Loudon, Penacook, Salisbury and Webster – to hear community member’s thoughts and ideas on the qualities and attributes of a school superintendent. The first meeting will be held Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook. Meetings for the remaining communities will be announced after Thursday. This is an important process and the hope is to involve many community members.


Fall mum sale to

be held Saturday

The Pembroke Woman’s Club will hold its fall mum sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the town hall. The mums come in red, yellow, white, bronze, orange, coral, pink and dark purple and cost $7.50 each or five for $35.

∎ Pembroke and Allenstown Old Home Day, “The Golden Age of Television,” was a success. Float winners are as follows: Best Overall: Associate Grocers of New England; First Place for Originality: Allenstown Historical Society and Meet Me In Suncook with the “Lone Ranger and Tonto;” First Place for Theme: Pembroke Boy Scout Pack 270 with “Mash;” First Place for Creativity: Kruger Trucking and Rt. 106 Race Park with “Gilligan’s Island;” Marshall’s Choice: Concord Christian Academy. Marshall’s Choice Winners for Best Overall Car: Doug Ricard of Pembroke with a 1932 Chevy Street Rod; Jeep: Ben Beauchesne of Allenstown with a 1952 Army Jeep; Hot Rod: Vincent Greco of Pembroke with a 1932 Ford Roadster; Antique: Leo Staller of Pembroke with a 1962 Chrysler; Classic: Ashley Fuller of Belmont with a 1971 Camero; Tractor: Steve Fowler of Pembroke with a 1944 John Deer B; and Fire Truck: Allenstown Fire Department with Engine #3.




Chat with the police

chief at Jitters

“Coffee Talk with the Police Chief” will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Jitters on Main Street. All are welcome to attend and ask questions or discuss concerns.

∎ The American Legion Peterson Cram Post 75 will meet tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Post Home, 3 Loudon Road. Agenda items will include membership, Post Home remodeling, plans for POW/MIA observance to be held on Sept. 20, and Veterans Day observance on Nov. 11. Call Post Commander Merrill Vaughan at 344-0264 with any questions.

∎ The PMHS Booster Club will meet Tuesday at 6:30 the high school media center.

∎ The elementary school parent-teacher organization will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the elementary school library.

∎ 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 Street entrance.

∎ The Pittsfield Area Senior Center will be closed tomorrow in observance of Labor Day.

∎ The Visiting Nurse Association Health Education Series, “Easy Does It: Reducing Falls Through Thoughtful Decisions” will be held Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center. For more information, call Leslie Vogt at 435-8482.

∎ Lunch and a movie, 42: The Jackie Robinson Story, will be shown Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center. For more information, call Leslie Vogt at 435-8482.

∎ Parents and community members are invited to meet the new school leaders: Dean of Instruction, Susan Graham; Dean of Operations, Paul Newell; and Director of College and Career Readiness, Sarah Rollins on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the PMHS Media Center.

∎ Encore Dance classes will begin Sept. 9 at the community center. Call Sarah Sedgley at 520-2609 or email for more information.

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

∎ Barton Lumber will sponsor a “Fall Home and Family Day” open to all businesses, organizations and nonprofits. If you would like to participate and receive more information, call Lillian Wheeler at 435-6880 or email

∎ The Pittsfield Listens Community Connection Series is asking community members to complete a survey about communication. If you are connected to Pittsfield, whether a resident, business owner or work in town, your participation in a short survey is requested. If you would like to participate, call 312-6980 or email and leave a message with your name, phone number and a few good times to reach you. You can also participate in the survey online at or at The survey will close tomorrow evening.




Benefit concert to

support scholarship

The Salisbury Historical Society will host a benefit concert for the scholarship fund Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Old Baptist Meeting House, Route 4. Enjoy an afternoon with J.S. Bach by The Atlantic Trio on flute, violin and cello. Complimentary wine and cheese will be served. Tickets cost $15 and seating is limited. To reserve seating, send checks payable to Salisbury Historical Society to Salisbury Historical Society, Scholarship Concert, P.O. Box 263, Salisbury, N.H. 03268.

∎ Selectmen will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Academy Hall.

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

∎ Cemetery trustees and recycling committee will not meet in September.

∎ Due to the Labor Day holiday tomorrow, the planning board will not meet the first Monday, but instead will meet the third Monday, Sept. 16.

∎ Selectmen will meet with a TDS Representative on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall to discuss possible franchise agreement negotiations. The general public are welcome to attend.




Learn about apples

and cider Sept. 14

Two renowned authors will offer a talk on “Apples and Cider,” and possibly some heirloom apple tasting, Sept. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Jim Mitchell Community Park. Tom Burford is the country’s leading fruit historian whose family has grown apples in the Blue Ridge Mountains since 1715 and the author of Apples of North America: Exceptional Varieties for Gardeners, Growers, and Cooks. Ben Watson is a New Hampshire writer for the Slow Food Movement and cider expert; he will have the newest edition of his classic, Cider, Hard and Sweet: History, Traditions and Making Your Own.

∎ The Annual Mainstreet Warner Jim Mitchell Scholarship used book sale held on Aug. 24 was a huge success. In only five hours, the fund earned more than twice that of previous scholarship fundraisers. The board extends a big thank you to the crew that organized the event, headed by Anastasia Flanders, and a thank you to all who continue to support scholarships for Warner kids.

∎ The Kearsarge Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours event Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Upton Chandler House Museum, 10 W. Main St. Come check out the historical society’s summer exhibit, “Let Us Entertain You! Kearsarge Theatre Company: 1977-1983.” RSVP to

∎ The Media/Communications Subcommittee of the Suicide Prevention Council is excited to host a film series with the library in recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. Three different 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 Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. This 1980 timeless movie is about how the accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.

∎ Warner 4-H Open House will be held Sept. 9 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 the 4-H Website at for more information about 4-H.

∎ Simonds Elementary School has the following schedule: no school, tomorrow, parent-teacher organiation meeting, Tuesday, 7 p.m. Parents’ Room; family lunch, Wednesday, 12:15 p.m.



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