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Foliage and Cannon

Mountain trip to be held

The Suncook Senior Center is going to see the foliage and to visit Cannon Mountain to ride the tram on Wednesday. Space is limited for this trip. The tram is free for those that are 65 and older and have a New Hampshire photo identification. Lunch can be purchased at the café on the mountain. Participants will leave the center at 9 a.m. and should return by 2:30 p.m. A fee of $8 per person will be collected to help with fuel expenses for the certified drivers. For more information, call 485-4254.

∎ The historical society will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Suncook Business Park off Route. 28. For more information, call 485-4437.

∎ The Suncook Senior Center is planning a trip to the JFK Library with lunch at Georgio’s, plus the IMAX movie Rocky Mountain Express on Oct. 16. The cost of the trip is $79. Call 485-3515 to register.

∎ Chair yoga is held Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center and is the gentlest form of yoga, practiced by utilizing a chair. This will help strengthen bones, increase flexibility and help breathing capacity. Call the Suncook Senior Center at 485-4254 to sign up.





Annual chicken barbecue

to be held Oct. 12

The Boscawen Firefighter’s annual chicken barbecue will be held Oct. 12 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The cost of the meal is $9, which includes half a chicken, baked potato, cole slaw, cranberry sauce, beverages and apple crisp with ice cream. Tickets are available at the municipal offices, from any Boscawen firefighter or by calling 753-9188 or 796-2498.

∎ A free showing of Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject will be held Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Merrimack County Nursing Home. The documentary opens the floodgates of thought and conversation on many issues that everyone faces at the end of life. It examines multiple perspectives on end-of-life care and includes information and experiences gathered from interviews with patients, families, clergy and medical professionals. This presentation is sponsored by the Concord Visiting Nurse Association, and there will be a post-documentary discussion. For more information, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.

∎ Business owners are invited to attend the Boscawen Business Advocacy Group’s meeting Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Find out how this group supports buying and hiring locally. There will be additional opportunities to mingle with Boscawen and surrounding towns’ businesses on the group’s After Hours event Oct. 29.

∎ “History of Agriculture as Told by Barns” will be presented by John Porter, author and professor emeritus from UNH Cooperative Extension, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boscawen Municipal Complex, 116 N. Main St., 4th floor. He will share how the evolution of barn architecture tells the story of N.H. agriculture. Barns changed from the early English style, to gambrel, and then pole barns to accommodate the changing agriculture. This presentation will be a chronological walk through time, with photo illustrations of barns around the state that are examples of these eras of agricultural history.

∎ “New Hampshire Firewood Update” will be presented Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. by the UNH Cooperative Extension Office at 315 D.W. Highway (Route 3). Speakers from UNH Cooperative Extension, the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture and the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands will talk about wood science, buying and selling firewood, forest pests and their management, and quarantines. The talk is free, but please register by calling 796-2151 or emailing mary.west@unh.edu. If you have questions regarding the content of the workshop, call Sarah Smith at 862-2647.

∎ Fall fun at Pustizzi Farm at 143 Corn Hill Road includes a tractor hay ride to the pumpkin patch to select your own pumpkin every weekend through Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additionally, there is a petting zoo of locally raised goats that love to be petted. Lastly, browse the well-stocked farm stand and enjoy the home-baked goods.




Pumpkin patch will open

Tuesday at church

The pumpkins are coming, the pumpkins are coming! The Bow Mills United Methodist Church’s “Pumpkin Patch,” containing 2,000 pumpkins, will open Tuesday and remain open through the month of October. Proceeds from this annual pumpkin sale, now in its 10th year, will benefit local area food banks, flood victims, Friends of Forgotten Children and a women’s shelter.

∎ “Got Lobster?” The Bow Community Mens Club will host its annual Lobster Fest Oct. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bow Community Building, 3 Bow Center Road. Advance tickets may be purchased through Oct. 10 by contacting any one of the following club members: Mike Wayne, 715-1466; Charlie Griswold, 228-9621; Dick Welch, 225-5862; or Kirk Hemphill, 731-8392. The lobster meal includes a 1½-pound lobster, a bowl of fresh steamers and clam chowder “to die for,” or half a barbecued chicken and potato salad. Both meals also include fresh New Hampshire corn on the cob, watermelon and lemonade. Tickets for the lobster meal are $22 and $12 for the chicken meal. A kid’s plate is also available featuring a hot dog, chips, corn on the cob and lemonade for only $2.50.

∎ The annual Bow/Dunbarton Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held Saturday 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 bow-nh.com/Pages/BowNH_Manager/hhw.

∎ The garden club will meet Oct. 7 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 will be “The Joy of Fairy Gardens” with Dian Mathews and Pat Murphy, members of the Old Homestead Garden Club (Keene Area) lending their expertise in creating fairy gardens, or miniature gardens for the home that give the illusion that tiny creatures live within. The program is free and open to all. For more information, call club president Kerry Buckley at 225-9103, email kerrybbuckley@comcast.net or visit bowgardenclub.org. Guests are always welcome at garden club meetings, and new members are encouraged.




Red Cross blood drive

to be held Friday

The elementary school is hosting a Red Cross blood drive Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. Those who wish to donate are asked to schedule an appointment online at redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767. Walk-ins will also be welcome.

∎ Apple Hill Farm in Concord is again helping Canterbury students raise money to fund their trip to the environmental camp, Nature’s Classroom. Last spring, Kim Wieck took the fourth-graders to the farm, where they were given a plot of land to use to raise pumpkins. Now as fifth-graders, they have returned to harvest their crop. They will again take their pumpkins to local farmers markets, where they hope to sell enough to offset the cost of their trip to the Ocean Park next spring. There will, of course, be plenty of pumpkins for sale at the school. The elementary school is very grateful to Apple Hill Farm and Deke Jackson for making this project possible.

∎ Morris Dancing practices have started up again for adults. Practices are held once per month on a Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Parish House until spring, when practices change to weekly until the Canterbury Fair. Call 783-8374 or email jpacamire@hotmail.com with any questions. You need a pair of sneakers, a pair of white hankies and some water.

∎ Celebrate the harvest season Oct. 12 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Brookford Farm. Many activities are planned for the 3rd annual Quark Fest! What is Quark? Quark is German for “curds.” It is similar to ricotta; it’s great as a spread or it can be used in savory dinner dishes or sweet desserts. Carving, farm food, live music, children’s games, a bonfire, a Quark recipe contest, CSA information and demonstrations on fermenting, canning, culturing and grass-fed meats will be featured.

∎ Painting help is needed for the final finish coat on the back of Canterbury Country Store on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. To volunteer, call Al Edelstein at 783-0335.

∎ Canterbury Rascals 4-H will meet Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. at the elementary school. This meeting will be the annual honors evening where new officers will be inducted and new members will be recognized. This event will include a potluck dinner. The 4-H cookie fundraiser is no longer available to the club, but the good news is that the club is now selling chocolate bars made right here in New Hampshire instead! Find a 4-H member to buy some delicious chocolate bars!

∎ How can we benefit from music in our lives? The Canterbury Benevolent Society invites you to attend a program on music therapy Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. in the Parish House. Hostesses will be Joan Leggett and Janet Pessolano. The society members will also finalize the plans for the artisan fair, to be held Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish House.

∎ “The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us” will be held Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the library. Margo Burns will explore an array of prosecutions in 17th-century New England. This program focuses on the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 and 1693, when 19 people were hanged and one crushed to death, but also examines a variety of other cases against women in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

∎ The library trustees will meet Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the library.

∎ Story hour will be held the first and third Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the library. Rock and Read will remain on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, also at 10 a.m.

∎ Quilters meet Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library. Bring your handwork, sewing machines and don’t forget your lunch!

∎ Scrabble players meet every Monday at 6 p.m. at the library.

∎ Elkins Library Knitters meet every Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library.

∎ Lego Club will meet Tuesday and Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. at the library. Children and families are welcome to come and build together with Lego bricks. This club will meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 4 p.m.

∎ Teen Time Read will meet Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the library. Make food and read great books. If you’re in 5th grade or older and would like to participate, call the library.

∎ The book group will meet to discuss The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the library. Copies of the book are available at the library for anyone wishing to join.

∎ Correction: School board meetings will be held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

∎ A free exercise group meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. at the elementary school. The group combines aerobic exercise with some strengthening in between. Class will not be held if there is no school. Call Ginny Litalien at 783-4016 for more information.

∎ The last outdoor farmers market of the season will be held Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the town center, next to the library. A special event, “Fiber Frolic,” will be held. There will be spinning and weaving, braided rugs, freshly “hand-cranked” woolen socks, knitted caps, crafts for kids and more. Come and play outside with today, and be sure to stock up on root veggies, pumpkins and the last of the sweet summer tomatoes. Music will be by TAPAS. For more information, visit ccfma.net or on Facebook. Send recipes to canterburyfarmersmarket@gmail.com. As always, the market is open rain or shine.





Get your antiques

appraised Friday

Have you ever wondered about the value of an old antique that’s been in the family for years? John Bruno, from public TV’s Market Warriors, will present “Know Your Antiques,” where he will give appraisals Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grange. Space is limited to 85. Numbers will be handed out at the door. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Only one item per person will be appraised, but if there is more time, Bruno will continue until 9 p.m., so you may bring a second item, just in case. The program is being underwritten through the efforts of the Lovers of the Chichester Library, but donations will gladly be accepted.

∎ Registrations are being accepted for the parent-teacher organization fall arts and craft fair to be held Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central School, 219 Main St. This annual, family friendly event showcases a wide variety of locally handmade items including candles, jewelry, soap, stained glass, art, photography, local honey and so much more. Space is available to host 40 vendors, which will allow everyone the same access to customer traffic. Spaces are 7 feet by 7 feet and cost $25. Checks can be made payable to the Chichester PTO. This is a bring-your-own-table event. “Runners” will be available to help carry in and out. To request a registration form or for more information, call 798-5651 or email kalosey@comcast.net.

∎ Story hour and crafts for pre-kindergartners and kindergartners will continue tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the library.

∎ A “Down Under” book sale will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library. Hundreds of books are available for sale with prices starting at 25 cents a book.




Learn about the Hurricane of 1938

Historical lecturer John Horrigan will present “Hurricane of ’38” Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the library. He will discuss the big hurricane and how it impacted New Hampshire for years.

∎ Story time for ages 2 and older begins Thursday at 4 p.m. at the library.

∎ Volunteers ages 16 and older are needed at the Friendly Kitchen in Concord on Tuesday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Email cebagley@dccucc.org if you can assist.

∎ Men’s Coffee Chat will be held Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the library.

∎ Household Hazardous Waste Day for Bow and Dunbarton will be held Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bow Community Building (intersection of Logging Hill, Bow Center and Knox roads). Accepted items include antifreeze; gasoline; contaminated oil; drain and oven cleaners; degreasers; metal polishers; rug and upholstery cleaners; disinfectants; ammonia; air fresheners; oil paint, lacquers, stains and other finishes; paint removers; turpentine; furniture strippers; pesticides; insecticides; household chemicals; toxic glues; pool chemicals; and driveway sealer. Mercury thermometers can be exchanged for a new digital one. Do not bring latex paint, household alkaline batteries, used motor oil, propane tanks, building materials, air conditioners, computer printer cartridges, prescription drugs (go in regular trash), explosives, radioactive wastes, asbestos products or medical wastes.





Haunted house to

be held Oct. 25

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

∎ Evergreen Lodge 53 and Ivy Green Rebekah Lodge 36 are sponsoring another dinner/cabaret show Oct. 11 and 12 at the American Legion Hall on Short Falls Road. The dinner/show begins at 6 p.m. and includes appetizers, turkey, roast beef, salad, vegetables, beverages and dessert. The cost is $25 per person or a table of six for $125. The show is directed by Elizabeth Lent and features all local talent. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 736-4707. Proceeds will be used to help bring the historic Odd Fellows Hall into code compliance.

∎ A reception for the Women’s Caucus for the Arts will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the library. The New Hampshire Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art is part of a national organization that promotes the advancement of women in the visual arts through educational programs, networking and exhibition opportunities. A thriving organization with about 100 members, the New Hampshire chapter offers several exhibitions a year, hosts art shares, biannual member meetings and more. Membership is open to all artists, from students to seasoned professionals. Members include painters, sculptors, ceramicists, mixed-media artists, photographers, fiber artists, stained glass artists, video and digital artists, printmakers, jewelers and bead artists . . . the list is endless! The exhibit itself will be on display at the library Saturday through Nov. 16.

∎ 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.

∎ The Epsom Bible Church will hold a free clothing swap Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at 398 Black Hall Road. Call Joanne Randall at 344-8843 for more information or if interested in volunteering.

∎ Happy birthday today to Jane Leveque!




Crier resigns from

longtime position

Dear loyal readers and news gatherers: Last week I went to do my column as I have for the past seven years and my account was wiped clean! No emails and no contacts! What a violation of my friends and family! My computer is still with the repair person, it was hacked very badly so I feel I can no longer trust to put my email in the paper. I regretfully, therefore, have to resign from the Franklin crier position. I am very grateful for the friendships I have made and how you trusted me to be in this position for our city. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I have received many texts and calls about why my column suddenly disappeared. Most of you know me and I would not just disappear! I thank you for this opportunity and I am very sad someone has caused me to do this. I will treasure all of you and without your help, I would not have been so successful. I will help the next person any way I can, but have to be private since that right was taken away from me. I am a proud member of this city and will always stand tall! Thank you.



Legal seminar for seniors to be held

Edward “Ted” Beasley, a principal attorney at the Concord based law firm Beasley & Ferber, will give a free legal seminar for seniors and their families Oct. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at White Birch Senior Center. During this seminar, Beasley will discuss how to protect against the catastrophic effects of a prolonged nursing home stay; how to avoid probate; how to pass assets effectively; how to navigate Medicaid laws; and how to efficiently plan for end-of-life decisions. For more information, call 428-3077.

∎ The Henniker Congregational Church will hold a men’s breakfast Saturday at 7:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

∎ The school board will meet Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. in the Henniker Community School library. NECAP testing will be held from Oct. 8-11.

∎ NECAP testing for all juniors will be held Tuesday-Thursday at John Stark Regional High School.

∎ Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and come enjoy some popcorn and a double feature movie under the stars at John Stark’s outdoor movie night Friday (rain date: Oct. 11). Two movies will be shown on the football field on a 20-foot inflatable screen with surround sound. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG), followed by World War Z (PG-13) at 8 p.m. The cost of the outdoor movie night is $5 per student with a current school identification; a family of four or more is $17. Non-John Stark students must be accompanied by an adult. John Stark students with school identification may attend without an adult. The concession stand will be open with popcorn and snacks.

∎ John Stark Regional High School was named one of the top 10 high schools in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report this year, earning the school the distinction of receiving a silver medal honor. John Stark was ranked ninth out of the 88 high schools in New Hampshire.

∎ The historical society and museum will present an afternoon of Henniker reminiscing with eight of the town’s longtime residents. Listen to the history of Henniker that the panel of residents lived today at 2 p.m. at the community center. Using a roundtable format, the panel will discuss memories of Henniker, including “School Days,” “Downtown” and “Local Characters.” Admission is free.

∎ The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will hold a public flu clinic Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. at White Birch Community Center. This is a walk-in clinic and the cost for the flu shot is $25. However, if you have some certain insurances, the association will bill your insurance for the immunization. You must have your insurance identification card with you at the clinic. A complete list of Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association public seasonal flu clinics is available at crvna.org or by calling 224-4093 or 800-924-8620.





Talk on photography collection to be held

The historical society will present Gilman Shattuck, curator of the Manahan-Phelps-McCulloch Collection, tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the President Franklin Pierce Homestead, 301 2nd N.H. Turnpike. Shattuck will give a talk on what the collection is and how it came to be. This 145,000-piece collection encompasses the entire timeline of negative photography.

∎ Smith Memorial Congregational Church will host its annual harvest supper Oct. 16. Roast turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, squash, peas, cranberry sauce, rolls, beverages and a variety of homemade pies will be served. Seating will be held at 5:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. The cost is $8, $4 for children ages 4-12 and free for children 3 and younger. Call 478-3103 for reservations.




Lion’s 5K to be held Saturday at 9 a.m.

The 23rd annual Hopkinton Lion’s 5K Road Race and 2.5K Fitness Walk will be held Saturday. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the race starting at 11 a.m. from the Slusser Senior Center. For more information, call Ted Story 746-4347 or visit the Lions website at hopkinton-nh-lions.org to download a registration form. Awards and prizes are available for seven categories.

∎ The high school’s homecoming parade will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a bonfire at the high school following the parade.

∎ A facility listening post will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the library at Harold Martin School. Listening posts provide the opportunity for members of the school board to hear the thoughts, insights and desires of the community regarding the planning of a facility project in the Hopkinton School District.

∎ The Hopkinton Booster Club will host a fall season kickoff tomorrow. Dine in or take out between 4 and 8 p.m. at Dimitri’s and mention the Hopkinton Booster Club. Twenty percent of the total bill of your order will be donated to the Booster Club.

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

∎ 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.

∎ “Animal Tracking (Becoming a Wildlife Detective)” with Rudy Bourget will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum (18 Highlawn Road in Warner). The minimum age is 8. Class size is limited to 10 (only few spots left). The class will consist of classroom and field exercises. The cost is $25 for Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum members and The Little Nature Museum members, $30 for nonmembers. Proceeds benefit The Little Nature Museum. To register, call 746-6121 or print out and mail a form at littlenaturemuseum.org/Calendar.html.

∎ The semiannual Neighbor-To-Neighbor Children’s Clothing Sale will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Countryside Community Church. All clothing is donated and will be for sale for $1 per item or $5 per bag. Funds raised will be given to the Open Hands Resource Center in Concord, a ministry to the homeless. Unsold items are donated to organizations in Concord. Donations are being accepted at the side door of the church. Please do not leave toys or stuffed animals. Accepted items are children’s clothes for any season, as well as crib sheets and blankets and maternity clothing. Also accepted are appropriate adult items for the homeless program such as warm clothing, shoes, boots, jackets, hats, mittens, sleeping bags, blankets, etc. Please label the bag Adult Clothing for Open Hands.

∎ In addition to the list from last week, the 4-H members from the Easy Riders 4-H Club would like to thank Helen Gelinas and Rose Nolin for their support with the Easy Riders 4-H Horse Show.





New books for teen

readers at the library

Check out the new books for junior and teen readers at the library. This purchase was made possible by the generous donation of Associated Grocers of New England.





Harvest turkey supper to be served

The South Pittsfield Community Club will hold a harvest supper of turkey and all the fixings Oct. 19 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Community Club on Dowboro Road. The cost is $9, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger.

∎ The elementary school parent-teacher organization will meet Wednesday in the elementary school library. An open discussion time will be held at 6 p.m., followed by a business meeting at 6:30 p.m.

∎ Barton Lumber will host a “Fall Home and Family Day” Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 245 Province Road (Route 107N) in Barnstead. The event is open to the public and is free. Local businesses will have displays set up. Entertainment by Jim Barnes is sponsored by Eastern Propane. There will be face painting, wagon rides, miniature horses, demonstrations by local 4-H members and much more.

∎ A fundraising effort is under way to replace the fence around Floral Park Cemetery. The estimated cost is $85,000-$90,000. If you would like to donate (any amount is greatly appreciated), make checks payable to “Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund” and send to P.O. Box 98, Pittsfield, N.H.

∎ 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.

∎ 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.

∎ The Pittsfield Youth Workshop will host a parent/community information night tomorrow at 6:15 p.m. at the Pittsfield Youth Workshop, 5 Park St. New board and committee members are needed.

∎ The middle high school Booster Club will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the middle high school media center.

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

∎ Stop in at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center on Friday at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and the movie, The Sting. For more information, call Leslie Vogt at 435-8482.

∎ Picture Day will be held Tuesday at the elementary school.

∎ Happy birthday to Laurie Vien and Terry Robinson on Thursday. I hope you both have a great day!





One-room schools topic of talk Friday

Friends of the Salisbury Free Library and the New Hampshire Humanities Council will host “New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality,” presented by Steve Taylor, Friday at 7 p.m. at the library.

∎ The Franklin Visiting Nurse Association will host a flu clinic Wednesday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the town hall, 645 Old Turnpike Road (Route 4).

∎ The selectmen have changed the time of their Wednesday meeting to 5:30 p.m. at Academy Hall. This allows them the opportunity to attend an informational meeting hosted by Merrimack Valley School District regarding the search for a new superintendent of schools.

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

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

∎ A member of Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s staff will be at the town office, 9 Old Coach Road, Academy Hall, on Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m.

∎ Salisbury Congregational Community Church will host a free breakfast Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m. to meet the new minister.

∎ The cemetery trustees will host their second “Day of Help” in 2013 to continue with the work at the Congregational Cemetery. Volunteers are needed Saturday. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. sharp at Academy Hall. The work group will then walk to the Congregational Cemetery. After the work session, trustees will host a lunch at the home of Jim and Madeline Minard.





Suicide prevention film to be shown

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 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 second film of the series, Helen, will be shown Thursday at 6:30 p.m. This 2010 film portrays how a talented professor is forced to come to terms with her clinical depression. The third film in the series, Sensation of Sight, will be shown Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. This 2006 film was filmed in Peterborough and was written, produced and directed by New Hampshire natives. This off-beat drama about man’s search for meaning amidst the ache of despair chronicles Finn, an introspective English teacher entering a mid-life crisis impelled by a recent tragedy.

∎ A discussion and book signing with Betsy Woodman on her new book Love Potion Number 10 will be held today at 2 p.m. at MainStreet BookEnds. In the newest Jana Bibi adventure, Jana, Mr. Ganguly and the gang are back as their small town in India is rocked by an espionage scandal and a homemade remedy that has love on everyone’s mind. BookEnds BookGroup usually meets every last Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. in The Gallery. BookGroup reads are 20 percent off prior to the event to BookGroup participants.

∎ Acclaimed New Hampshire author Edie Clark will present her newest book What There Was Not to Tell on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. at MainStreet BookEnds. Clark has written extensively about New England in award-winning feature stories for Yankee Magazine for more than 30 years. Now, in her fifth book, she tells the story of her parents and the lasting impact World War II had on their lives, and all of our lives.

∎ The 66th annual fall foliage festival will be held Oct. 11-13 downtown. Volunteers are needed. For more information, email info@ wfff.org.

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

∎ Simonds Elementary School has the following schedule: parent lunch, Wednesday, 12:15 p.m.; open house, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.; fifth grade art club, Friday, 3 p.m., arts room; no school, Oct. 11 and 14.





Stark named one of state’s top schools

Congratulations to John Stark Regional High School! The school was named one of the top 10 high schools in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report this year, earning the school the distinction of receiving a silver medal honor. John Stark was ranked ninth out of the 88 high schools in New Hampshire.

∎ Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and come enjoy popcorn and a double feature movie under the stars at John Stark’s outdoor movie night Friday (rain date: Oct. 11). Two movies will be shown on the football field. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG), followed by World War Z (PG-13) at 8 p.m. The cost of the outdoor movie night is $5 per student with a current school identification; a family of four or more is $17. (Non-John Stark students must be accompanied by an adult.)




Senior luncheon to

be held Thursday

A senior luncheon will be held Thursday at the Congregational Church in Salisbury. There will be a blood pressure clinic from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Lunch will be served at noon with time for fun and fellowship after lunch for an hour or so. All seniors are invited. Call 934-3198 to sign up for lunch. Call 648-2243 for more information.

∎ The select board will meet for a work session tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the town office. This is a public meeting.

∎ The refuse disposal committee will meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

∎ Happy birthday to Delaney Boomhower.





Flu shots to be

administered Oct. 24

Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice will offer flu shots Oct. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wilmot Community Association’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road. You need to be at least 19 years old. Bring your health insurance card, Medicare card or pay $25 in cash or check for the shot. For more information, call 526-4077 or find the most current schedule at lakesunapeevna.org.

∎ The Outreach Committee of the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust will offer a workshop, “New Fields, Old Fields,” Oct. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner. This program will focus on creating new fields and using old fields for agriculture and wildlife habitat. The program will include a visit to The Vegetable Ranch owned by Larry Pletcher. More information about the organization is available online at ausbonsargent.org. The cost of the workshop is $5 per person and preregistration is required by Oct. 16. To register, call Nancy Smith at 526-6555 or email nsmith@ausbonsargent.org.

∎ The town is fortunate to have Rosanna Dude as the head librarian at the library. She was recently cited as the New Hampshire Librarian of the year by the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association. She was feted at a reception at the library recently.




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