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Suncook River cleanup

to be held Saturday

Suncook River cleanup will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be different meeting sites for each community participating in the cleanup. Allenstown and Pembroke will meet at Biwise Market at Route 3 in Allenstown. You can bring a small boat and life jackets are required, but you do not need a boat to participate. For more information, call Laura Bonk at 340-3524.

∎ A pie baking contest will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center in honor of Senior Center Week. For more information, call 485-4254.

∎ “Honky Tonk Piano” with Gary Landgren will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. Call 485-4254 to reserve a spot.

∎ The Suncook Senior Center will be starting Zumba Gold classes on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. The cost will be $4. Call 485-4254 for information on the starting date.





Make sure your house

numbers are visible

The Andover Fire Department, Police Department and Emergency Medical Services urge residents to make sure they have visible house numbers that can be read from 50 feet away at a speed of 30 miles per hour. If house numbers can’t be easily spotted in an emergency, precious minutes can be lost while medical or fire services search for the correct house. Simple guidelines for adequate house numbers include: a minimum height of 3 inches, a minimum line width of 3∕8 inch, numbers set against a contrasting background color, numbers made reflective to be more visible at night, and numbers displayed where visible from the primary access to the property, such as on a mailbox at the end of the driveway.

∎  The Andover Beacon, Andover’s hometown monthly newspaper, has launched a major fundraising campaign to keep The Beacon sustainable over the long haul. All 1,000 Andover households receive The Beacon free of charge, delivered to their mailboxes every month and are provided with community news, events, coverage of town government, etc. Of that number, only about 200 routinely make a donation to help The Beacon meet its annual budget. The Beacon’s board of directors has set a goal of increasing to 650 the number of households that donate each year, in order to put The Beacon on a firm financial foundation for the foreseeable future. Donations of any amount will be accepted, are greatly appreciated, are tax-deductible, and can be sent to The Andover Beacon, P.O. Box 149, Andover, N.H. 03216.





Breast cancer team

to work on quilt Saturday

Come to the fire department Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. and watch the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Team JFJJ quilters in action. They will be working on their quilts to be raffled off Oct. 12. Raffle tickets for $1 each or six for $5 will be available that day or can be purchased from the team captain, Judy Kenison, by calling 753-4602. Pam Malcolm, Silpada Design rep, will have a display at the event from 10 a.m. to noon, and orders can be placed after viewing, with proceeds of sales going to help Team JFJJ. The team’s goal is to raise $15,000 so they can have a paver in the Garden of Hope at Memorial Field.

∎ The elementary school parent-teacher association will meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the school library.

∎ A public ham and bean supper will be held Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the town hall (basement of the Congregational Church). The menu includes ham, beans, various salads including dietetic, macaroni and cheese, homemade pies and other dessert choices. The cost is $8, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger.

∎ If you enjoy handiwork, be sure to check out the paper craft workshop Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Debbie Gilbert will lead the workshop that is open to adults and teens. Register by calling the library at 753-8576.

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




Household hazardous waste day to be held

The annual Bow/Dunbarton Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held Oct. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bow Community Center, 3 Bow Center Road (next to the fire station). For more information, visit tinyurl.com/qxsf6b2.

∎ Anyone who pre-ordered 9- to 10-inch pots of chrysanthemums through the Bow Pioneers Snowmobile Club during its recent 10th annual fall mum pre-sale can pick up their plants today at the Bow Bandstand. Large baskets of mums will also be available for purchase. Call Jodi or Dan Weed at 228-3188 or email weedfamily@comcast.net for more information.

∎ There will be a workshop on “Cloud Computing” Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the library. Registration is required; call 224-7113 or stop by the library to sign up!




Barbecue sauce samples

at the farmers market

The community farmers market will be held Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the town center, next to the library. There will be a special event, “Blues, Brews & BBQs.” Music will be performed by Mike “Dogbone” English. Get into some old-time country blues, ragtime, folk music and humor! There will be lots of different barbecue sauces to sample. Free recipes will be available for the sauces, which will be made by the farmers market vendors and board members! If you have a tasty barbecue sauce recipe you’d like to share, send it to canterburyfarmers
market@gmail.com. The recipe will be printed up and will be available at the market information tent. The market is held rain or shine.

∎ Canterbury Yoga will begin its fall class Wednesday at the Parish House. The 10 week class is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $95. For more information, call 783-9065 or 746-2728. Class size limited on a first come basis. Register by sending checks payable to Judy Egan, 53 Pickard Road, Canterbury, N.H. 03224.

∎ The exercise group meets Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the elementary school. Aerobic exercise is combined with some strengthening. Admission is free. Class is not held if there is no school. Call Ginny Litalien at 783-4016 for more information.

∎ The “100 Years of Canterbury History: 1900-2000” exhibit is open for viewing on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Columbus Day in the Elkins Memorial Building (former library). Admission is free.

∎ Sunday school classes begin today. 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 class groupings are Pre-K through first grade, second through fourth, fifth through eighth, and ninth through 12th. 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.

∎ Early September is peak migration time for Monarchs when they fly from our region all the way to Mexico to their overwintering site. For the past several years, Donna Miller has been tagging Monarch butterflies as a citizen scientist for Monarch Watch at KSU. The Monarch population has decreased over the last several years, and much research is being done on the 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, Miller 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. (There is another milkweed caterpillar with the same colors that is very fuzzy – the Tussock Moth.) 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. You can track the Monarch activity on the Petals in the Pines Facebook page. Call Miller at 783-0220 for more information.





Jeff Warner to play

pocket instruments

The library is pleased to present Jeff Warner, one of the nation’s foremost performers/interpreters of traditional music. Warner’s performance,“Banjos, Bones & Ballads” or “Music in my Pockets: Family Fun in Folk Music,” will be held Friday at 7 p.m at the Grange Hall, 54 Main St. Warner plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons. He will use his skills and talent to take the audience into the past to a New England town, where families would be gathered around the hearth providing their own entertainment. This is a family event that should be lots of fun for all and provide information about forms of amusement before computers or even television. This experience is provided through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

∎ There will be a story hour and crafts for pre-kindergarteners and kindergarteners starting Monday at 3:30 p.m. at the library, and continuing on Monday afternoons throughout the month.




Woodworker to practice

his craft at the library

Steve Carey, woodworker, will practice his artistry Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

∎ An open house will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the elementary school.

∎ “Coffee Chat” will be held Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the library.

∎ The Spireside Coffee House will feature Doc Rogers on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Congregational Church vestry. Musicians, poets and storytellers may sign up for open mic performance slots beginning at 7 p.m. For information, email Lizz@dccucc.org. Admission is a donation of $5 and includes coffee, tea and snacks.





Barbecue chicken dinner

to be served Saturday

A barbecue chicken dinner hosted by the American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary will be held Saturday. Barbecue chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad, rolls, fruit salad, beverages and desserts will be served. The cost is $9, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. For more information, call 435-8770.

∎ The Epsom Cub Scouts Pack 80 will host a “Joining Night” at its first pack meeting of the season on Thursday at the American Legion Hall on Black Hall Road. All boys in first through fifth grades are invited to attend. For more information, call 736-8918 or visit epsompack80.org.

∎ Echo Valley Farm Road to Hill Top Drive will be closed tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date will be Tuesday.

∎ Suncook River cleanup will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet up with your neighbors in Barnstead, Pittsfield, Epsom, Allenstown and Pembroke. The Suncook River will be cleaned up by either small boat or by land. For more information, email Laura Bonk at bonk@alum.mit.edu or call 340-3524.

∎ The youth athletic association members meet the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the library. Meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend.

∎ The Epsom Central School Class of 2014 will host a haunted house Oct. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the school. Admission is $5 per person or a $20 cap for a family. Proceeds will benefit the Class of 2014 for their Washington, D.C., trip.

∎ A blood drive will be held Sept. 26 from 1:30 to 7 p.m. at the fire station, 1714 Dover Road.

∎ You can drop off up to 10 books for the upcoming book swap in the main office area between tomorrow and Friday at Central School.

∎ Constitution Day activities will be held Tuesday in each classroom at Central School.

∎ Pembroke Academy open house will be held Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Pembroke Academy auditorium.

∎ The library book group will meet to discuss Helen Simonson’s Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand Wednesday at 7 p.m. Copies of the book are available at the library.

∎ A very happy birthday to my husband, Tim, on Friday!

∎ Belated happy anniversaries to Carolyn and Paul Davis and Joe and Robin Davis! Hope it was spectacular!




Katie Rose to perform

Friday at the opera house

Singer-songwriter Katie Rose, the rose of the North Country, will appear at the opera house on Friday at 7:30 p.m. A native of Whitefield, Rose has appeared in venues all across New Hampshire and Vermont and has been featured at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. Prior to the performance at the opera house, Rose will present two workshops at the Paul Smith Elementary School, working with the children there to help them develop their musical sense. Any child attending the workshop will be given a free ticket to the evening performance, to be used in conjunction with a paid admission by an adult. Tickets for the concert are available at the opera house, by calling 934-1901 or online at franklinopera

∎ The Franklin School Board will meet tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the middle school.

∎ Jennie D. Blake School open house will be held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

∎ Franklin Middle School Picture Day will be held Thursday. A dance will be held Friday.

∎ A homecoming bonfire and parade will be held Friday at the high school.

∎ Homecoming games and a dance will be held Saturday at the high school. It’s a full day and includes soccer at 9 a.m., volleyball at 10 a.m., field hockey at 12:30 p.m. and the Golden Tornadoes football game at 3 p.m. Volleyball is played at the middle school gym and all other events are at the high school field.

∎ The high school is sending a team of teachers to Portsmouth to attend a conference on young adult literature Sept. 26 to work on effective ways to develop the high school library collection and help students’ reading abilities and interest in literature soar. Mary Ann Rogers, media specialist at the high school, will continue to work with the group throughout the year on these goals.

∎ Progress reports will be distributed to each student during the advisory periods on Friday. If your child’s progress report is stamped “Green Team Approved” it means that all grades are above 80 percent. The Green Team committee of teachers will be looking for ways to celebrate student achievement throughout the year.

∎ A candidate forum will be held Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at city hall. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. City of Franklin elections will be held Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

∎ The Franklin Parks and Recreation fall brochure is now available at the Bessie Rowell Community Center or online at franklinnh.org. Please refer to it regarding the following programs: Youth Soccer, Youth Field Hockey, Companion Book Club, Jewelry Making, Tennis Lessons, High School Pick Up Basketball, Babysitter Training, Archery Lessons, Teen Nights, Youth Animators, Fitness Resistance Training Zumba, Tumbling Tykes, Mom’s and Tots Yoga, Magic Blades Figure Skating Club, Iddy Biddy Tap and Ballet, Toddler Time Music Classes, Beginner Ballroom and Salsa and Merengue Lessons. To register, call Krystal Alpers at 934-2118 or email Kalpers@franklinnh.org. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am. to 5 p.m. Before and after-school program spots are sill available. The before-school program for children in kindergarten through eighth grade meets Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and costs $20 per week or $5 per day. The after school program meets from 2:30 to 6 p.m. and costs $25 per week or $8 per day. There are fun activities, group games, arts and crafts, a game room and more. Homework help is also offered. There will be special activities on Fridays. The before-school group gets a healthy breakfast and the after-school group gets a snack. Coaches for field hockey and soccer for all ages are needed. Call 934-2118 for more information.




Open house and pizza social at school

The all-school open house will be held Wednesday at Henniker Community School. Families are invited to come together to reconnect and enjoy the annual parent-teacher association pizza social from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the cafe. The open house will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Scholastic Book Fair will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

∎ Today is Homecoming Sunday at the Congregational Church. The worship service and Sunday school will be held at 10 a.m. The choir will return, there will be fellowship and grilled hot dogs after worship, a cake walk at noon, a community dinner at 5 p.m. and an art sale at the New Life Thrift Shop.

∎ Henniker’s summer market continues on Thursdays through October from 4 to 7 p.m., rain or shine, at Henniker Community Park, 57 Main St. There is live music every week.

∎ Seniors from White Birch Community Center will visit our Vermont and view the foliage as they head over to Putney, Vt., on Friday. They will stop at Basketville, and there will be time for browsing at the Putney General Store and other places of interest in this beautiful Vermont town. They will have lunch at the famous Putney Diner. Pick up is at Rush Square at 9:15 a.m. and the Henniker Community Parking lot at 9:30 a.m. The cost for the trip is $8, and lunch is on your own. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday. Call White Birch to register at 428-3077.

∎ Tickets are available for “An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis” on Saturday in the Congregational Church’s historical meetinghouse. There will be a book signing at 4 p.m., an international potluck at 5 p.m. and a concert at 7 p.m. Call the church office at 428-3747 for more information.

∎ LINEC, The Learning Institute at New England College, is offering nice courses this fall from Oct. 7 through Nov. 14. All classes are non-credit, peer-led and open to both retired and younger adults. Course fees are minimal. Visit LINEC at linecatnec.org or call 746-6212 for more information.





Learn all about witches Sept. 26

Thanks to a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council, the library will present the program “Witches, Pop Culture and the Past” on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. Robin DeRosa of Plymouth State University will explain how Salem witch stories, history and performance collide and how the “truth,” both moral and macabre, vies with spooky thrills for its place in history. Admission is free. Call the library at 464-3595 for more information.

∎ The historical society will host Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, who will present the program “Discovering New England’s Stone Walls” tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the President Franklin Pierce Homestead, 301 2nd N.H. Turnpike. Admission is free, however, 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. Thank you to the many businesses that donated. Preschool story time starts Tuesday. Story time is held every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. A story and craft are created; choose just one day to come, though, because it’s the same craft and story both days. Schedules are available at the library.




Grand opening of story walk to be held

Join the festivities as Evan Schindewolf presides over the grand opening of the library’s new and improved Story Walk on Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. The posts and signs were Schindewolf’s Eagle Scout project. There will be a treat at the end of the walk. The story will remain up for three weeks.

∎ A fall plant sale will be held tomorrow at the home of Sue Drescher, 199 Maple St., Contoocook. Garden club members should arrive before 10 a.m. with their priced plants, books and pots. The sale will be open to the public at 10:30 a.m. New members are welcome. For more information, call 746-5119.

∎ Read with Emma this Thursday, Oct. 17 and Nov. 21 from 4 to 5 p.m. and this Saturday, Oct. 19 and Nov. 23 from 10 to 11 a.m. Emma is a gentle Yellow Lab who loves listening to readers of all ages. Sign up for 10 minutes of reading time by calling the library at 746-3663.

∎ The Easy Riders 4-H Horse Show will begin today at 8:30 a.m. Food will be for sale.

∎ The grand opening and inaugural hike of the Hopkinton Village Greenway will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Kimball Lake Cabins, Main Street. (The rain date will be Sept. 22). 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. 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 and 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 and sale will run from Oct. 3 through Dec. 7 during museum hours: Thursday through 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 at 300 Main St. For more information, call the society at 746-3825, eamil nhas@tds.net or visit hopkintonhistory.org.

∎ The Village of Contoocook’s first “Artists on the Porch” celebration will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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. 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 times are for ages 3-5. Baby lap time is held Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and is for ages 2 years and younger. No registration is required and all programs are free.





See the librarian

hold a snake

Story time has started at the library. Children ages 3 and older will meet Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. The time is filled with reading, crafts and lots of music. On Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., children from 15- to 36-months old are invited to a lap sit story time. Small stories, crafts and music are part of this gathering. Special programs for children are planned for each month. “Reptiles on the Move” will be at the library Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Preregistration is required and children must be 4 years or older. No one will want to miss seeing a librarian holding a snake!

∎ Suncook River cleanup will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Do your part to keep our waters clean. Meet up with your neighbors in Barnstead, Pittsfield, Epsom, Allenstown and Pembroke. The river will be cleaned either by small boat or by land. For Pembroke residents, meet at BiWise on Route 3. Email Phil Trowbridge at Philip.trowbridge@gmail.com or call 340-5220. Bring a canoe if you have one and life jackets. Don’t forget a water bottle, work gloves and sunscreen. For more information, visit friendsofsuncookriver.org.





Homecoming will be

Friday and Saturday

Middle/high school homecoming will be held Friday and Saturday. JV volleyball will be held Friday at 5:30 p.m. The parade will be at 6 p.m. Varsity volleyball will be at 7 p.m. and there will be a bonfire at 8 p.m. On Saturday, soccer games will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Drake’s Field. There will be a middle school dance (grades seven and eight) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and a high school dance (grades nine through 12) from 8 to 11 p.m.

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

∎ The Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association will hold a seasonal flu shot clinic Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center. Specially trained nurses administer seasonal flu shots to people ages 3 and older and answer flu related questions. The fee is $25 per immunization (cash or check) or Medicare B, Medicaid, Healthy Kids, Harvard Pilgrim or Anthem (NHN, NHP, YGG, EHH, R, or Federal) is accepted. Clients with insurance ID cards at the clinic do not have to pay the fee. Seasonal flu clinics are dependent upon the availability of the flu vaccine and are subject to change. To confirm clinics and for a full schedule, visit crvna.org or call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.

∎ Visit GiveWith.Target.com to vote for Pittsfield Elementary School through Saturday. 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.

∎ Pittsfield Area 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 are being collected. The letters of appreciation will be collected by the Friends Program who 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 Suncook Valley Area Lions Club (Pittsfield/Barnstead) will meet tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Jitters Café.

∎ The Pittsfield Youth Workshop Board of Directors will meet Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. at Pittsfield Youth Workshop, 5 Park St.

∎ The Pittsfield Circle of Home and Family Group will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at the community center. The program, “Number Please,” is a history of the telephone. For more information, call Andi Riel at 435-6346.

∎ Tai Chi classes led by Bill Halacy are being held at Sage Wellness. Classes are held on Sundays and Mondays at 9 a.m. for eight weeks. Drop-ins are welcome, or you may register by calling 435-7711 or emailing sage.wellness@yahoo.com.

∎ Meet up with your neighbors in Barnstead, Pittsfield, Epsom, Allenstown and Pembroke to clean the Suncook River either by small boat or by land. For Pittsfield, meet at the Drake’s Field boat launch on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, email Sandy Blanchard at sandyblanchard1@juno.com or call 724-3768. Bring a canoe if you have one and life jackets. Don’t forget a water bottle, work gloves, and sunscreen. For more information, visit friendsofsuncookriver.org.

∎ Attention boys in first through fifth grades! Cub Scouts Pack 84 sign up will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the community center, second floor. There will be information packets for the parents and games for kids. For more information, call Debby Boyce at 534-1027 or Diane Richardson at 435-7924.

∎ The conservation commission will meet tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the town hall.

∎ The Pittsfield Youth Baseball Association will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Tilton Hill Club House. Call Glenn Amnott at 435-7905 for more information.

∎ The Infant Toddler Diaper Pantry will be open Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, Main Street. Young families are given supplemental diapers and wipes. Use the Chestnut Street entrance.

∎ Fall preschool story hour with Mrs. Grainger will be held on Thursdays beginning this Thursday at 10 a.m. and will continue through Oct. 24 at the library. Story time will include stories, craft activities and a snack for infants through age 5.

∎ The teen or young adult book group, a.k.a. the Josiah Book Worms, will be reading Unwind by Neal Shusterman and will meet for a discussion Oct. 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library.

∎ Girl Scout information night will be held Sept. 25 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Bicentennial Room of the community center. For more information, email sgraham@pittsfieldnhschools.org or call 435-8432, ext. 117.

∎ The elementary school will hold its annual open house on Thursday. The parent-teacher organization will host a cookout before the open house at 5:30 p.m. and the open house will begin at 6:15 p.m.

∎ Happy birthday to Louie Houle on Thursday and to my brother-in-law, Tim Riel, on Friday.

∎ Happy anniversary to my sister and brother-in-law, Robin and Fred Blais on Tuesday.





Learn all about Lizzie

Borden on Oct. 8

The historical society will host Annette Holba who will present “Lizzie Borden Took an Axe, or Did She?” Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Baptist Meetinghouse on Route 4 (Old Turnpike Road). Holba will discuss the facts of the case and Borden’s acquittal. She will also explore the evidence that some experts suggest point to Borden’s guilt and others point to her innocence. Borden’s connection to New Hampshire will also be discussed.

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

∎ The conservation committee will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the town hall on Route 4.

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

∎ Joint Towns Shared Services group will meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Boscawen Municipal Building.

∎ The building inspector’s office will be closed Tuesday to allow for the building inspector to attend a training. The next open hours will be Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Academy Hall.

∎ The Currier and Ives Scenic Byway Council will meet Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 57 Main St. in Henniker.





Learn about the history of the phone

“A Look Back at the Early Years of Telephone Service” will be held Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Telephone Museum, 22 E. Main St. Longtime “telephone guy” Paul Violette and other associates will hold an informal discussion about the early years of telephone service in Warner. For more information, call 456-2234 or visit NHTelephoneMuseum.com.

∎ There will be a potluck dinner and silent auction Wednesday 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 for the donation jar, and bid on the silent auction! Donations can be made at Sugar River Bank to the Lucretia Hanna fund.

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

∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer “Easy Does It: Reducing Falls Through Thoughtful Decisions” Tuesday 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.

∎ Picture Day will be held Thursday at Simonds Elementary School.





Bingo to be held

Saturday at 7 p.m.

The South Weare Improvement Society will host bingo (with a carry-over coverall and pull-tabs) Saturday at Osborne Memorial Hall, 16 Deering Center Road. The door opens at 6 p.m. and play begins at 7 p.m. sharp. Refreshments will be available (please do not carry in). This event is for ages 18 and older and benefits renovations at Osborne Hall (a.k.a. the historic Grange Hall).

∎ An open house arts and crafts, bake and yard sale will be held Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Osborne Memorial Hall, 16 Deering Center Road. The South Weare Improvement Society hosts this annual event to benefit the historic Grange Hall. Come meet local artists and craftspeople and view their work, peruse the yard sale, and buy lunch and/or home baked goods. Admission is free.

∎ The South Weare Improvement Society will host a coach bus to Mohegan Sun Casino on Oct. 6. RSVP as soon as possible by calling 529-7282. The bus leaves at 7 a.m. sharp from Weare Middle School and returns that evening. The cost is $45 (prepaid); coupons worth $25 are given to participants for food and gaming. Checks can be made to SWIS, P.O. Box 392, Weare, N.H. 03281. This event benefits renovations at the historic Osborne Memorial Hall. This event is for ages 21 and older.

∎ The Weare School Board will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the middle school library.

∎ Center Woods Elementary School’s parent-teacher organization will meet Friday at 9 a.m. in the school library.




Self-defense program for women to be held

The police department will offer a free Rape Aggression Defense program for women on nights and weekends. If you are interested and want to sign up, call the police at 648-2200 and give your name, address and phone number. When they get enough for a class, you will be contacted.

∎ 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 members’ 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 later.

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

∎ The library summer reading program participants read for a grand total of 13,766 minutes. Mary Saunders won the gift certificate to Gibson’s Bookstore, and Lily Chalsma won the bucket of prizes. The biggest readers this summer were Duncan Corrow with 2,730 minutes, Sadie Barnard with 2,114 minutes, and Lily Pratt with 1,667 minutes. Other participants were Audrey and Monica Barger, Jack Barnard, Samantha Bruilard, Elizabeth Fallon, Conner Fleming, Iris Fortier and Taylor Robinson. Thanks to all for participating and many thanks to Rachel Martin, Bruce Johnson, Charlene Vary, Heidi Ohlson, Sophie LaRochelle and Theresa Barger for providing the entertainment and refreshments.

∎ The elementary school will host a parent information night tomorrow from 6 to 7 p.m.

∎ Marion Jones will celebrate her 94th birthday on Saturday and would love to receive birthday cards. Send them to Merrimack County Nursing Home, 325 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, N.H. 03303.




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