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Historical musician

to perform Oct. 20

The historical society will present Bob Kilham Jr., historical musician, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Old Allenstown Meeting House, 150 Deerfield Road. Kilham will sing songs of 19th-century America. Admission is free; donations are welcome. Dress warm, and there will be no restrooms. For more information, call 485-4437.

∎ To check your tickets from the St. John the Baptist 61st annual penny sale, unclaimed prizes will be posted on the church and parish hall doors and at You can pick up your prizes today and again Saturday and Oct. 20. Call about times at 485-3113.

∎ The Suncook Foxy Red Hatters will meet tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. New members are always welcomed.

∎ The Suncook Senior Center trip to the JFK Library is planned for Wednesday; this also includes lunch at Georgio’s plus the IMAX movie Rocky Mountain Express. The cost is $79. Call 485-3515 for more information.

∎ Zumba Gold is held Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. There is a $4 drop-in fee. Lorie Smith is the certified instructor. For more information, call 485-4254.

∎ A Northern Pass open house meeting for Pembroke and Allenstown residents will be held Wednesday at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 10 School St. Drop in anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. This is the time to ask questions.




Learn about saw mill women of World War II

The historical society will hold a dessert and coffee social Thursday at 6:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by Sarah Smith talking about the subject of her book, They Sawed Up a Storm. The evening will be held at the Highland Lake Grange Hall in East Andover. Admission is free. The subject of Smith’s book is a group of women who operated a saw mill on the shores of Turkey Pond in Concord during World War II, and the title refers to all the downed timber needing to be cut up after the hurricane of 1938. Those attending are asked to bring a dessert to share if they can.

∎ Interested in installing an alternative-energy system for your home or business, but having problems finding accurate information about the array of loans, rebates, incentives and tax write-offs available to help pay the bill? The Andover Energy Group will offer a workshop on “Alternative Financing Strategies for Alternative-Energy Projects” Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the town hall. Admission is free. For more information, email Larry Chase at

∎ The East Andover Village Preschool will hold its 3rd annual harvest bake and pumpkin sale Saturday and Oct. 20 at Jake’s Market on Main Street. Items will be available for purchase from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20.

∎ As additional sections of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, are set to take effect, area residents may be unsure what impacts these changes may have on their personal medical care, their insurance coverage, etc. The Andover Democrats and the Andover Public Libraries will co-sponsor an informational evening on what these changes may mean for the average consumer of health care in New Hampshire on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and the session will be held in the Andover Elementary/Middle School library (behind town hall). Those who would like to bring a dish to share are invited to arrive at 6 p.m. for a potluck supper before the program. The school and library are handicap-accessible. Discussing the ACA and answering questions will be Donna Toomey of HealthFirst Family Care Center, where she serves as patient advocate and financial counselor, helping patients apply for services.




Last church supper of

the year to be held

The last Boscawen Congregational Church supper in 2013 will be held Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. A meal of ham and beans with assorted salads, side dishes and homemade pies and dessert will be served. The cost is $8, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger.

∎ “How this Health Care Reform Fits in the Long Term Picture” will be presented by Dr. Woodward on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in the fourth-floor conference room at the town municipal offices.

∎ A soup kitchen, sponsored by the Sovereign Grace Fellowship at 235 High St. (Route 4 West), is held every third Saturday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Meals are always free to everyone.

∎ “New Fields, Old Fields: Agricultural and Wildlife Opportunities for Landowners” will be presented Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road in Warner. The program includes an indoor presentation, visits to working farms and light refreshments. The Vegetable Ranch workshop cost is $5 per person. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday. To pre-register, provide the name of all attendees in your party and contact information to Nancy Smith at Ausbon Sargent: or 526-6555. Mail payments to: Ausbon Sargent, P.O. Box 2040, New London, N.H. 03257.

∎ Tractor hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkins, petting goats and baked goods can be enjoyed at Pustizzi Farm, located at 148 Corn Hill Road. Fun at the farm is offered every weekend through Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

∎ What are Marshmallow Wars at the library? School-age kids can find out tomorrow at 2 p.m. Learn how to make your own marshmallow shooter, construct a bridge and try to knock down your opponent’s tower. Signup is required, so be sure to call the library at 753-8576 right away.



Pajamas being collected for the Pajama Program

The garden club is collecting new and warm, cuddly pajamas again this year to be given to disadvantaged children living in shelters, foster homes, etc. throughout New Hampshire. New pajamas in all sizes (infants to teens) are collected each fall in conjunction with the national “Pajama Program” project that operates across the country. All pajamas collected are distributed to needy youths in late October and early November, just in time to provide warmth and a little comfort to some of those less fortunate. Collection boxes for the pajamas have been placed at the library, the community building, Merrimack County Savings Bank (South Street), the municipal building (town offices) and the Old Town Hall. Donations can be dropped off at those locations until Oct. 21.

∎ It is time to start thinking about preordering your holiday poinsettias! Garden club members will be accepting pre-orders now until Nov. 15. The club is offering all red, all white, all pink and red-and-white combos in the 10-inch size pots (four stems) and all red, all white and all pink only in the 8-inch size (three stems). Prices are $20 and $30. The plants, all locally grown, will be delivered to the Old Town Hall on Dec. 7 for customer pick up, unless other arrangements have been made with the salesperson. For more information, visit the garden club website at or email Joyce Kimball at

∎ The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will meet Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St. Anyone interested in stamp collecting is invited to attend. For more information, call Dan Day at 228-1154.

∎ The library will hold a series of classes beginning with “Navigating the Housing Market’s New Normal” on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. with local realtors Steve DeStefano and Joann Chergey, who will share their expertise on how both buyers and sellers can get the best results in today’s competitive market. A short Q&A will follow the presentation. “Social Media Security” will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. “Creative Tablescapes” will be held Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. “So You Want to Go Gluten-Free” will be held Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required for all of these classes. Call the library at 224-7113 or email to sign up.

∎ The energy committee will hold a free “Button Up New Hampshire” home energy-saving workshop Oct. 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library, 509 S. St. The goal of this workshop is to educate homeowners in how to do simple and affordable things to reduce their heating and electrical cost, as well as introducing them to some more advanced projects that can lead to 20-30 percent and more in savings. In addition, attendees will learn about a program that will pay for 50 percent of the work needed to achieve these larger savings. This program is not income-based. For more information and to register, visit, email Bob Eldridge at or call 344-4540.

∎ Chief Commerford will host another series of “Coffee Chats” at the library! All are welcome to come to the meeting room of the library and participate in an open discussion about police department and general law enforcement topics. Upcoming dates are Wednesday, Nov. 13 and Dec. 18 from 10 to 11 a.m.



Artisan craft fair

to be held Saturday

The annual Canterbury Benevolent Society artisan craft fair will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. upstairs in the Parish House, located in the town center, behind the church and Canterbury Store. Parking is available in the center, at the library and on Hackleboro Road. There will also be a corn chowder luncheon. More than 15 vendors will be featured, with a selection of items for the fall and harvest season, Christmas and holiday gifts, plus the always anticipated Attic Treasures table and a bake sale. Coffee and baked goods will be available starting at 10 a.m. and the luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

∎ The 7th annual Old Ways Days will be held Saturday and Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Old Ways Traditions, 418 Shaker Road. Farm tours, “The Stone Walls Tell the Story of the Farm,” will be held both days at 2 p.m. Visitors can try out the corn sheller, corn grinder, bean sheller and winnower. Bring your dry beans and corn! The crab (portable capstan) is probably the only one on display and working in the state. Ever see one? It pulls a freight wagon, but was used to move buildings and ships. Come give it a try! “Tools for Kids” will provide the opportunity for children to discover how easy it can be to use traditional tools such as hand drills, bit braces, several types of saws, spoke shaves with shaving horses and early laundry equipment. There will be at least two steam engines running the lathe and, for the first time, an antique planer. There will also be steam toys, too – engines and a 100-year-old steamboat! Come and welcome (and work with) the new blacksmith, Zach Archambeault. Try stone cutting. Music will be by Homefolks on Saturday and the Fiddling Thompsons on Oct. 20. For more information, call 783-4403, email or visit

∎ Canterbury Rascals 4-H Club members are selling chocolate bars made right here in New Hampshire instead! Find a 4-H member to buy some delicious chocolate bars!

∎ In an effort to encourage more people to visit the exhibit at the Elkins Memorial Building, the historical society has expanded hours for October. The building will be open today, Oct. 20 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit chronicles 100 years of Canterbury history (1900-2000) through pictures, videoed events, artifacts from the archive collection and many anecdotal notes. Admission is free.

∎ 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 Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the library. Copies of the book are available at the library for anyone wishing to join.

∎ Shaker Regional School District will hold a Childfind Clinic on Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Belmont Elementary School. This clinic is a screening for preschool-age children who may have a disability related to speech, vision, hearing, coordination or learning. The screening is administered by certified staff members of the school district. All children who are 5 and younger and who are residents of the town of Belmont or Canterbury are eligible. This includes infants and toddlers. To schedule an appointment, call 267-9222. You can find the referral form at the district website,, under Student Services.

∎ Canterbury Shaker Village in fall is a time not to be missed. In addition to ongoing daily visitation hours through the end of the month, the Village will host two special events this month. Back for a second year, “Ghost Encounters” will be held Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on both days. This interactive tour, which sold out last year, allows visitors to experience for themselves true stories of ghostly encounters at the National Historic Landmark. Many of the dramatizations of true accounts will occur in the actual rooms where the other-worldly incidents took place. Tickets are $15 per person and space is limited. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the village, in partnership with the White Mountain Region Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America, will host a vintage car show on the village grounds. Visitors can admire automobiles from many eras, meet with the owners and other vintage car enthusiasts, enjoy village tours and exhibits, and shop for local handcrafts at the museum store. An outdoor grill lunch will be available, as well as soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods at the Shaker Box Lunch and Farm Stand. Tickets are $17, $8 for children ages 6-17 and free for children 5 and younger. Tickets can be purchased by visiting

∎ The final results are in and the wrap-up meeting for the Canterbury Fair will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Chapel Room of the Parish Hall. Come with your thoughts and ideas for planning next year’s fair and to hear about this year’s fair.

∎ Makris Lobster and Steakhouse will host its first blues and lobster fest today (rain date: tomorrow) from 1 to 6 p.m. The entrance fee is $3 or a $3 value in nonperishable food. The entrance fee will benefit the Loudon Food Pantry.

∎ The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will be held Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. at Memorial Field, S. Fruit St. in Concord. Visit to support the Pink Tornados!




Arts and craft fair

to be held Saturday

The parent-teacher organization fall arts and craft fair will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chichester 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, raffles and much more.

∎ The library will be closed tomorrow in observance of Columbus Day. Story hour and crafts for pre-kindergartners and kindergartners will resume Oct. 21 at 3 p.m.

∎ There is a correction to the items for the October to mid-November raffle. The pumpkin pie, stuffed (plush) turkey toy and holiday napkins remain a part of that raffle. The apple pie was intended for the December raffle. Apologies for any inconvenience.

∎ Atty. Edward “Ted” Beasley will address many of the concerns of our aging population including creating a trust to protect assets and end-of-life decision making Thursday at 7 p.m. in the “Down Under” section at the library. Accompanying Beasley will be Gregory Gagne of the Affinity Investment Group, who will talk about cash flow during retirement, the costs associated with long-term care and strategies to create legacy. Copies of the book, Trusts for the Average Person: The Optimum Estate Plan, will be available.



Classical string quartet to perform

Take Two, a classical string quartet featuring Wendy Jensen, violin, Bozena O’Brien, violin, Donna Denniston, cello, and Jessica Helie, viola, will perform works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Haydn on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. at the Dunbarton Congregational Church. Tickets cost $10. To purchase tickets, visit

∎ The town office will be closed tomorrow.

∎ “Social Security Road Map” will be presented by Concord financial analyst Bill Meyers on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the library. Learn to safely navigate the recent changes in Social Security.

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

∎ The Dunbarton Congregational Church will host a bring your own lunch Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the vestry. There will be soup and beverages provided for this informal get-together for anyone from town.

∎ The Spireside Coffeehouse and open mic will feature Jon Godfrey from Candia Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Dunbarton Congregational Church Vestry. Godfrey performs and sings a wide variety of audience favorites on acoustic guitar from the 1960s and ’70s, as well as songs from other eras. Musicians, poets and storytellers are welcome to sign up for the open mic performance slots beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, email or visit

∎ Congratulations to the Dunbarton Congregational Church, who will receive the 2013 National Clergy Renewal Grant. Hundreds of applicants from Protestant, Catholic, nondenominational and multidenominational congregations apply each year. The First Congregational Church of Dunbarton was the only recipient in New Hampshire.




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 the school. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family. Proceeds will benefit the Class of 2014 for their Washington, D.C., trip.

∎ Join the Epsom Friends of the Library at the New Hampshire State House in Concord for a special “Insiders View” of the historic building Thursday at 4 p.m. Meet in the State House Visitor Center, Room 119. Virginia Drew, the director of the visitor center, will take you through the “oldest continuously used legislative chambers” in America! Admission is free. This tour is geared towards adults. Sign up at the library or email

∎ Thank you to the following local businesses who made donations to the golf tournament benefitting Epsom Central School’s Class of 2014 trip to Washington, D.C.: Town & Country Reprographics (Concord), Ninety Nine Restaurant (Concord), D’Tangles Salon (Epsom), Chuckster’s (Chichester), The Circle Restaurant (Epsom), Kreative Flowers and Gifts (Chichester), Dunkin’ Donuts (Epsom), Canterbury Woods Country Club (Canterbury), Beaver Meadow Country Club (Concord), Tim’s Truck Capital (Epsom), Wiley Management/Epsom Circle Mart (Epsom) and DBU Construction (Epsom). Your generous contributions were greatly appreciated and will help make it possible for all eighth-grade students to attend this historic trip!

∎  The Croods will be shown tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the library. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. The movie is rated PG.

∎ 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 be held Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the library.

∎ The library will offer a new story time Mondays at 10 a.m. beginning Oct. 21.

∎ A public pasta dinner, sponsored by the Elwood O. Wells American Legion Post 112 on Short Falls Road, will be held Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Spaghetti and meatballs, mac & cheese, garden salad, Italian bread, homemade desserts and beverages will be served. The cost is $7, $4 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. There will be door prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Post 112 Community Act.

∎ The Victory Workers 4-H Club candy bars are available in five varieties: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, almond, krispy and caramel. Call 848-7371 to order. Bars are only $1 and benefit the club.

∎ Happy birthday to Andy Crowley today!



Craney Hill Tower

will be open today

The Craney Hill Tower is open Columbus Day weekend. Hours are today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy some fresh air and hike on the easy path to see the tower during this annual event.

∎ In celebration of National School Lunch Week, there will be a family luncheon for students and families in first and second grade during their scheduled lunch time Wednesday at the Henniker Community School. “Walk to School Friday” continues Friday. The meeting places are Edmunds, the police department and the corner of Rush Road and Hillside Drive. There is a 7:40 a.m. departure to school from those sites.

∎ Join other seniors from the White Birch Community Center on Thursday for another “Keeping it Local” trip. The group will have breakfast at 10 a.m. at Intervale Pancake House on Route 114. After breakfast, they will head over to French Pond Orchard to pick apples or buy apples, or just enjoy the beautiful view. Transportation, breakfast and the cost for apples is on your own. Sign up at the senior center, or call 428-3077.

∎ The John Stark Stage Company will present two student directed one-act plays, Just Add Zombies and Wiley and the Hairy Man, on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. For reservations and more information, call 529-5353. Just Add Zombies is being directed by John Stark senior Brenna Getzin. It is a farcical, action-packed romance about an unsuccessful high school theatre troupe overrun by zombies during their staging of Romeo and Juliet. Senior Morgan Simmons is directing Wiley and the Hairy Man. This play is a Southern folk tale come to life through rhythm and rhyme that follows a young boy as he strives to use his wit and his dog to defeat the Hairy Man. The one-act plays are senior projects for Getzin and Simmons.

∎ 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 Mondays beginning Oct. 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Henniker Community Center. There is no fee to attend and space is limited. To register, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.




Harvest supper to

be served Wednesday

A harvest supper will be held Wednesday at 5:15 and 6:45 p.m. at Smith Memorial Congregational Church at 30 W. Main St. Roast turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, squash, peas, cranberry sauce, rolls and butter, beverages and a variety of homemade pies will be served. The cost is $8, $4 for children ages 4-12 and free for children 3 and younger. Call 478-3103 for reservations.

∎ Local artist Phil Harvey will show and explain a new art medium he has invented Thursday at 3 p.m. at the library. Paintings have been on display for about a month. Come and see what he has created!



Fall laser tag tourney

to be held Oct. 28

The recreation department will host its first annual fall laser tag tournament Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. behind Kimball Cabins (185 Main St.). The event includes a bracket-style tournament, bonfire, hot dogs, s’mores and friendly competition. This is an adult/teen event and individuals age 13 and older are invited to register! Participants may register as a team of five or as individuals; individuals will be placed on teams. Fees are $20 per person and include use of the laser tag equipment, food, and first place team prize. Spectators are also welcome! Halloween costumes are encouraged, but optional. Registrations will be accepted until Oct. 25. To register, complete a registration form for each team member and submit, with payment, to the recreation department office (Slusser Senior Center) or town hall. Registration forms can be found on the town website or at the recreation department office. Dress for the weather! The rain date is Oct. 29. Contact the recreation department with any questions by calling 746-2915, emailing or visiting

∎ The Slusser Senior Center’s senior luncheon will be held Oct. 23 at noon. Thanks to the St. Theresa’s Women’s Ministries for the lasagna, salad, bread and apple crisp.

∎ The recreation department will host an evening of fun Friday at the Slusser Senior Center. The evening will include pumpkin carving and a free movie. Pumpkin carving will begin at 4:30 p.m. Tools will be provided. Adult supervision is required. Seeds will be baked so you can enjoy them during the movie! Grab dinner from the concession stand and enjoy the show! Limited pumpkins will be available and reservations are required ($12 per pumpkin). To reserve your pumpkin, complete and submit a registration form found on the recreation website. Hotel Transylvania will be shown at 6 p.m. You do not have to be part of the pumpkin carving to come to the movie! Kids are welcome to dress in costumes. Concessions will be available. All proceeds will support the recreation department.

∎ The ’Tween School ’n’ Home Child Care Program in its 31st year of serving the Hopkinton community is pleased to host the annual National Afterschool Alliance Lights on Afterschool event to celebrate and recognize the value of afterschool programs to America’s youth. If you have ever wondered what many of the children of Hopkinton are engaged in during their afterschool hours, come join in for a night of fun activities Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Harold Martin multipurpose room. Proceeds from donations for food and goodies served will benefit the food pantry and Got Lunch program.

∎ Story time is 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 children ages 2 years and younger.

∎Read with Emma at the library Thursday and Nov. 2 from 4 to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Nov. 23 from 10 to 11 a.m. Emma is a gentle yellow lab who loves listening to readers of all ages. Call the library at 746-3663 to sign up for 10 minutes of reading time.

∎ “Apples for Annie” will be held Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Dawn Mar Ranch at 64 Stumpfield Road. Come pet a horse, ride a pony, have a bit to eat and enjoy the horse musical numbers put on by the Easy Riders 4-H Club. Please bring an apple for Annie (a cute pony at the farm).

∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer a free presentation “Making it a Little Easier: Resources to Maximize Your Independence” Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Slusser Senior Center, 41 Houston Drive in Contoocook. As we age, maintaining our independence is important. Over time, daily tasks like walking, getting dressed or preparing food can become more difficult or impossible to complete. When this happens, we are often faced with tough decisions. Join in the discussion of community resources available to assist you in maximizing your independence. For more information, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.




Craft fair and bake sale to be held

Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church will hold its annual craft fair and bake sale Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy some yummy baked goods from a few of Loudon’s Old Home Day baking contest winners! Breakfast and lunch will also be available. The church is located at 433 Clough Hill Road. Donations for the food pantry will be collected. For more information, call the Rev. Linda Overall at 875-5822.

∎ The police department’s annual blood drive will be held Nov. 26 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Arthur Colby Safety Building. If you are interested in volunteering your time or donating a soup or stew, call Janice Morin at 798-5521 or email

∎ Do you care for a sick and/or elderly person? Do you need a support system? If so, come to the caregiver’s support group on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6 p.m. at Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church at 433 Clough Hill Road. For more information, call the Rev. Linda Overall at 875-5822.




Northern Pass meeting to be held

A Northern Pass open house meeting for Pembroke and Allenstown residents will be held Wednesday at St. John The Baptist Parish Hall, 10 School St. in Allenstown. Drop in anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. This is the time to ask questions.




Student-centered learning discussed

Pittsfield Listens invites you to join in a two part series on “A Journey to Student Centered Learning.” A reception and panel discussion will be held Thursday from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at the community center, first floor. “Schools Can’t Do It Alone” will be held Oct. 30 from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at Pittsfield Middle High School. What critical steps need to be taken in and out of the Pittsfield schools to support student centered learning? Participation in both sessions is requested. Child care is available by request. For more information or to RSVP, email, call 312-6980 or visit

∎ Park and recreation basketball signups for grades K-8 will be held Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the elementary school lobby and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the PYBA Field on Tilton Hill Road. For more information, call Darrell Wages at 340-0459 or 435-5051.

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

∎ The PHS Alumni Association will meet Thursday at PMHS, Room 126. Anyone that attended or graduated from PMHS is a member of the alumni association and is welcome to attend.

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

∎ The town offices will be open tomorrow.

∎ Kerry Wolf will provide a Columbus Day performance of gospel songs and Broadway tunes on his guitar tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center. “Trusts for the Average Person: The Optimum Estate Plan” will be presented by Attorney Edward Beasley Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Lunch and the movie The Haunting will be shown Friday at 11:30 a.m.

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

∎ The South Pittsfield Community Club will hold a harvest supper of turkey and all the fixings Saturday 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.

∎ Pittsfield schools will be closed tomorrow.

∎ Happy birthday to John Topouzoglou tomorrow, Zach Powers on Tuesday and Beth Chase on Saturday.

∎ Happy anniversary to Rick and Beth Chase on Wednesday. I hope you enjoy your special day.




Haunted hayride to

be held Oct. 26

The first Salisbury Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department’s haunted hayride will be held Oct. 26 at dusk at Maplewood Ball Field, Route 4. Bring your carved pumpkin and enter to win prizes, enjoy apple crisp, hot apple cider and popcorn, and dare to be scared as you take a haunted ride through “Little Johnny’s Nightmare.” Admission is by donation. For more information, call 648-2540.

∎ Trustees of trust funds will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Academy Hall.

∎ The conservation commission will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Hall.

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

∎ The Old Home Day Committee will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.

∎ Cemetery trustee Jim Minard gives a big thank you to all who came to help with the second “Day of Help” at the Congregational Cemetery. Lots of work accomplished and the help is sincerely appreciated by the cemetery trustees and selectmen.

∎ School is closed tomorrow in observance of Columbus Day.




Native art exhibit on

display at museum

“Reading Native Art,” an exhibit at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, will be open through Oct. 31. Artists Rhonda Besaw, Bonnie Bowen-Mastriana, Andrew Bullock, Lynn Clowes, Chris Demerit, Judy Dow, Willow Greene, Jeanne Morningstar Kent, Vera Longtoe Sheehan and the Cowasuck Band of Abenaki have created works in textile, birchbark, beadwork, moosehair, stone, glass, plastic and femo arranged by guest curator Liz Charlebois . The stories we read in these pieces are ancient and new, happy and sad, formal and light-hearted, comforting and disquieting. In short, they are the stories of Native people’s lives in the past, in the present and preserved for the future. Admission to the Contemporary Art Gallery is free. The museum is open daily Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Visit for more information.

∎ Join MainStreet BookEnds during the 66th Fall Foliage Festival to welcome back Jessie Crockett as she launches her New Hampshire mystery series with Drizzled with Death. This is the first in the new Sugar Grove Mystery Series. She will be in front of the bookstore today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

∎ Val Blachly, certified teacher and musician, will offer Music and Movement for children ages 6- to 9-year-olds beginning Saturday from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at MainStreet BookEnds. If weather is good, it will be held in the Jim Mitchell Community Park, otherwise in the MainStreet Gallery. The focus will be on stretching, breathing, community building and developing focus skills. The cost is $10 per child. Proceeds will go toward the building of the Jim Mitchell Community Park Stage. The class is limited to 8, so pre-register by calling MainStreet BookEnds at 456-2700 or Blachly at 456-2385.

∎ Join Darlene Nevins for her annual saxophone concert Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. in The Gallery at MainStreet BookEnds. Admission is free.

∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will hold two public seasonal flu immunization clinics Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to noon and Nov. 10 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the United Church of Warner. The cost is $25, however, if you have insurance through a Medicare Advantage Plan, Medicare Part B, Medicaid, Harvard Pilgrim or Anthem (prefix NHN, NHP, YGG, EHH or Federal) Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will bill for the immunization (bring your insurance card to the clinic).

∎ The last day of the 66th annual Fall Foliage Festival will be held today downtown. For more information, visit

∎ Simonds Elementary School has the following schedule: no school, today; Homework Club, Tuesday, 3 p.m., library; nearly new clothing sale drop off, this week, parents room; nearly new clothing sale, Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon; Halloween parade, Oct. 31, 1:30 p.m.




Learn about financial

aid Tuesday at school

Seniors and their parents are invited to a “College Night” briefing about financial aid and deadlines from the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation Tuesday at John Stark Regional High School.

∎ Two ambitious John Stark seniors, Morgan Simmons and Brenna Getzin, are directing one-act plays as their senior projects this year Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at John Stark. Tickets are $5. For reservations, call 529-5353.

∎ Alumni of the John Stark football program will be honored at the last home game of the season (Nov. 2). For more information or to RSVP, email Booster President Tony Sawyer at

∎ Parents coffee hour will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Center Woods Elementary School. The topic will be “Common Core and Standards Based Report Cards.”



Sign-ups for ski program to be held

The ski program signup for elementary school students will be Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the school.

∎ The Pillsbury Lake Community Halloween Party date has been changed from Oct. 26 to Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the clubhouse.

∎ Selectmen will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

∎ The planning board will meet Thursday at 7 p.m.

∎ Happy birthday to John Starkey and Login Bartlett.

∎ Happy anniversary to Glen and Sandy Creighton.



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