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Halloween open house

to be held at police dept.

The Allenstown Police Department will hold its annual Halloween open house Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. They will give out candy and have raffles. Be careful while on the roadways; watch out for little trick-or-treaters.

∎ The Better Choices Better Health Program will be held tomorrow and Tuesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. There will be no class on Veterans Day. Call 485-4254 for more information.




Landowners to learn

about wildlife habitats

The conservation commission will offer a “Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Walk for Landowners” Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free and open to the public, the guided walk will be held at Tucker Mountain Tree Farm, 224 Tucker Mountain Road in East Andover, on property owned by Eric and Heide Johnson. It will be led by Dave Pilla, forester and wildlife biologist for Proctor Academy, and Tim Fleury, UNH Cooperative Extension forester. The goal of the event is to help landowners learn more about important local wildlife habitats and what they can do to enhance these habitats on their property. Co-sponsoring the program are the UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association. The walk will be held regardless of weather conditions, and will be about a mile or two in length, over level or gently sloping woodlands with some uneven footing. Accommodations for those who need assistance will be available. For more information about the walk, call Fleury at 796-2151.

∎ The Andover Food Pantry requests that residents consider contributing food items or making a monetary donation to help keep the shelves stocked as the weather gets colder. At the same time as the food pantry has been seeing an increased need for food and household items, donations have unfortunately been decreasing. Donations of food can be dropped off at the pantry, located downstairs in the town hall and open whenever the town hall is open. Donations by check can be sent to the Andover Lions Club, P.O. Box 204, Andover, NH 03216, marked for the Andover Food Pantry. No donation is too small and all will be gratefully received. Donations of basic canned, bottled or dried food items are welcome, as well as kitchen and bath necessities such as dish soap, toilet paper, shampoo and toothpaste.




Craft and book fair

to be held at school

Join the elementary school parent-teacher association Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a craft fair and Scholastic book fair at the elementary school. There are a few spots left for crafters; email if you wish to participate.

∎ The elementary school book fair begins tomorrow for students during the school day and parents can shop after school until 4 p.m. Shopping online is available on the school’s website. All orders will be shipped free to the school. Let Terri Tracewski, the librarian, know if it’s a gift. Teachers and students can also create their own wish lists and families can shop for them online.

∎ Boscawen will celebrate Halloween on Gate Night, Wednesday, with trick-or-treating from 5 to 8 p.m. The police department will hold its annual Halloween party during the same hours. Additionally, the library will be screening a scary movie.

∎ Two craft fairs will be held Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Snowman Gala Christmas Fair is the theme of the Boscawen Congregational Church fundraiser and, across the street, the Boscawen Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its fundraiser fair at the same time.

∎ “Perennial Vegetables for New Hampshire Gardens” will be presented by Amy Papineau, food and agricultural field specialist with the UNH Cooperative Extension Office, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the fourth floor conference room at the town municipal offices. She will discuss the many edible perennial plants, such as asparagus and rhubarb, that can be grown in New Hampshire and how to incorporate these vegetables into your garden and/or landscape. To sign up, email or call 753-9188.

∎ Have you ever heard of Molly’s Girls? New members always welcome. Find out about their many contributions to New Hampshire communities by contacting Brenda Bartlett at 796-2157 or Nancy Clarke at 796-2883.

∎ The historical society will meet tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the former post office. The agenda includes updates on ongoing projects, in addition to discussing new plans for the society. If you are interested in local history and volunteering your services, stop by the meeting to find out more or email



Holiday poinsettias

available for preorder

It is time to start thinking about pre-ordering 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 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 Bow Heritage Commission will hold an open house Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bow Bog Meeting House, 111 Bow Bog Road, to celebrate the completion of the restoration of the bell tower, foundation and roof. A bell ringing ceremony will occur at noon to officially announce the return to the bell tower of the refurbished bell donated to the then First Methodist Episcopal Church and Society by Mary Baker Eddy in 1903. This will be followed by a service of appreciation, history, story and song. Cider, coffee, doughnuts and light refreshments will be served. Come experience a community meeting in a restored 1835 meeting house. Dress warm; the building is unheated.

∎ 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 Nov. 13 and Dec. 18 from 10 to 11 a.m.

∎ Youth ages 12-18 are invited to a “Fright Night” Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the library. Dress in costume and be ready to play games, enjoy spooky snacks and create creatures from the dark. Call 224-7113 or email to sign up.

∎ The library is holding a series of classes. The next class will be “Creative Tablescapes” Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Interior decorator Amelia Holdsworth will demonstrate just how easy it is to create breathtaking tablescapes using items you may already have around your house. “So You Want to Go Gluten-Free” will be held Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. If you’ve been thinking about adopting a gluten-free diet or are wondering why everyone seems to be on one, join Hilary Warner of Nutrition Works to learn the difference between celiac disease, gluten intolerance and wheat allergy. Space is limited and registration is required. Call the library at 224-7113 or email to sign up.

∎ Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., invites all to come to their annual Snowman Fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy the spirit of Christmas. Relax in the Tea Room for morning refreshments from 9 to 10:30 a.m. or enjoy lunch that will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

∎ The Bow Mills United Methodist Church’s “Pumpkin Patch,” containing 2,000 pumpkins, will be 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.

∎ The Bow Rotary will hold a fundraising event, “Gala Auction in Wonderland” Saturday at the community center, 3 Bow Center Road. This annual event raises funds for scholarships and camperships for residents. In addition to auction prizes and tastings from several area restaurants, this year there will be a “Drink Me Raffle” of 100 bottles of wine, as well as a “Wonderland Raffle” of a Mac Book Pro, an I-PAD Mini and a Kindle Fire HD. Admission is $10 per person. The Rotary Club would also be happy to accept auction donations from residents. If you have items to donate, email Ron Bessette at



Dough Raiser for

Rascals to be held

The Canterbury Rascals 4-H Club will sponsor a Dough Raiser Wednesday at the Concord Uno’s Restaurant on Fort Eddy Road. If you eat lunch or dinner there, or get takeout, on either of those days, a portion of the sales will come back to the 4-H Club. You need to present your waiter a coupon that includes our club name and the date. They can be found at the Canterbury Country Store bulletin board or you can contact Donna Miller at 783-0220.

∎ Jim Miller will appear as President Abraham Lincoln and Mark Stevens will appear as General Robert E. Lee to re-enact their debate Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the town hall. Admission is free. An exploratory meeting was held late last year to talk about writing the town’s history from where James Lyford stopped in early 1900. Work has proceeded and a meeting will be scheduled for early December. All are welcome to become involved.

∎ 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 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.

∎ 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 held if there is no school. Call Ginny Litalien at 783-4016 for more information.

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

∎ Knitters meet Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

∎ 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 Mondays at 6 p.m. at the library.

∎ The Loudon Food Pantry’s annual holiday 50/50 raffle will be held Friday through Dec. 13. Half of the ticket sales will go to the winner and the other half will benefit the Loudon Food Pantry. Tickets are 50 cents each, five for $2 or 10 for $3. You can purchase your tickets at the pantry at 30 Chichester Road, Unit D, Loudon, on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. An order form will also be online at during the dates of the raffle.

∎ It’s Thanksgiving box time again! The Loudon Food Pantry expect to hand out between 120-125 boxes this year. The boxes will contain fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, as well as all the Thanksgiving dinner fixings. In order to help raise funds to support the pantry, the pantry is participating in Bon Ton’s Community Days. Donate $5 and receive a booklet containing more than $500 in exclusive coupon savings that are good on Nov. 15 and 16. The pantry keeps 100 percent of the donation.

∎ Morris Dancing practices have started up again for adults. If you have ever wanted to try it out and are looking for a healthy, fun, social activity, now’s your chance! Practices are held once per month on a Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Parish House, year round, until spring, when practice becomes weekly until the Canterbury Fair. Call 783-8374 or email Polly Camire at with any questions. You need a pair of sneakers, a pair of white hankies, and some water.




Trunk-or-treat to

be held today at park

Trunk-or-treat will be held today from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Carpenter Park. Trunk set-up begins at 4 p.m. Electricity will not be provided this year. Trophies will be given for the best decorated trunks. There will be a costume parade at 6 p.m. and trophies will be given for the Funniest, Scariest, and Most Creative children’s costumes.

∎ Story and craft hour will be held for kindergartners and pre-kindergartners tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the library.

∎ The Down Cellar Writers Group will meet tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the “Down Under” section of the library.

∎ Representatives from the Northern Pass Project have agreed to meet with interested residents Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the library. This is an opportunity to have questions answered by those involved in the project.

∎ Soccer closing ceremonies will be held Friday at 6 p.m. in the gym at Chichester Central School. Pizza and cake will be served after the awards.

∎The youth association has teamed up with Live and Let Live Farm for a fundraiser. Calendars for 2014 are available for $15. The calendars will be sold at the closing ceremonies on Friday.

∎The Chichester Grange will hold a Christmas-themed penny sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Grange Hall. Numbers will be drawn at 11:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the heritage commission’s “One Pane at a Time” project. Bring items for the food pantry and receive extra tickets. Lunch food will be available after 11 a.m.



Learn about reliable

child care Nov. 7

The library will host an informal get-together for moms and dads of young children who need babysitters Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. They hope to help young families as they search for informal or formal child care in town. If you need ideas, the library has a book available entitled Smart Mom’s Baby-sitting Co-op Handbook.

∎ The recreation committee will sponsor “Tailgate Trick-or-Treat” today from noon to 3 p.m. at the elementary school, 20 Robert Rogers Road. Decorate your trunk or tailgate and trick-or-treat car to car. Parking will begin at noon and the parade will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by tailgate trick-or-treating. Parking will be in and around the school parking lots. Both parking lots will be available for parking. We ask that no one parks behind the school, as this is a fire access way. You may hand out candy or you can leave it for the trick-or-treaters to pick from. Be creative and most of all have fun!

∎ Traditional trick-or-treat will be held Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. All town offices will be closed that evening. The library will be open and the church vestry will be open for trick-or-treat.

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

∎ The harvest moon supper will be held Nov. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the community center (school gym) at 20 Robert Rogers Road. Children’s activities will be provided from 6 to 7 p.m. This home-cooked turkey dinner with all the fixin’s, sponsored by the parent-teacher organization, has been a highlight of the Dunbarton fall season for many years! Themed raffle basket sales will support the Artist-In-Residence program at the elementary school. The cost is $9, $8 for seniors and $5 for children. Preorder tickets at or call 774-4232.




Halloween breakfast to be served today

Elwood O. Wells American Legion Post 112 will host a Halloween breakfast today from 7 to 10 a.m. Pancakes with various toppings, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, muffins, coffee (regular and decaf), tea, milk and orange juice will be served. The cost $6, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger.

∎ Rita Jane Davis, a longtime local resident of Epsom and rug braider, will share her craft Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the community center at 135 Main St. in Northwood. The public is welcome to come hear her speak of this old craft and celebrate the rugs and wall hangings she has spent a lifetime creating. See the special rug she created to replicate The Old Man in the Mountain. Learn the folklore behind her designs and her years of committed teaching. For more information, call Jan Sheehan at 834-3530.

∎ The historical association will meet Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the library.

∎ Story time will be held Monday at 10 a.m. and Tuesday at 1:30 at the library.

∎ A story time/Lego Club Halloween party will be held Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Join in for a fun afternoon of Halloween/pumpkin related stories, snacks, a craft and Lego building. Please, no costumes. For more information, call 736-9920.

∎ The library will host an American Girl tea party Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. Girls and their guest are invited to dress up in their favorite party outfit and join in for an afternoon of tea, refreshments, games and a craft. Reservations are required as space is limited! Sign up at the circulation desk. The library will also sell tickets for a chance to win the new American girl doll, Saige. For more information, call 736-9920.

∎ The newly released family movie Monsters University, rated G, will be shown Nov. 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the library. Popcorn/snacks and drinks will be provided! For more information, call 736-9920.

∎ The last day to register for the eighth grade historical trip is Friday.

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

∎ Have a safe and fun Halloween kiddos!

∎ Happy anniversary to my husband, Tim Riel; thanks for putting up with me for the last 29 years today!



Arts and crafts fair

to be held at school

On Saturday, the café and atrium at John Stark Regional High School will be filled with arts and crafts as the Visual Arts Department hosts the 6th annual arts and crafts market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artisans from around the region will be selling pottery, prints, jewelry, handmade candles and soaps, woodenware, handcrafted clothing and more. Proceeds from this market will fund the Visual Arts scholarship and artist in residency programs in the school.

∎ Author Chuck Collins will speak on wealth inequality Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. at the Congregational Church. Among other issues, he will discuss our current period of extreme inequality, our nation’s conversation about how to address this problem, why inequality is growing, why does it matter and what can we do about it. All community members are invited to this free event hosted by the Henniker Peace Community. For more information, call Barbara French at 428-3366.

∎ The library will present “Colonial Women and Tavern Keeping” Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Colonial-era taverns could get rowdy. Why would a woman want to own one? Marcia Schmidt Blaine will explore the world of Ann Jose Harvey, who ran a Portsmouth tavern for 20 years – while raising seven children – after the death of her husband in 1736.

∎ In addition to recognizing their alumni and senior varsity players’ final home game, John Stark Regional High School will present a special salute to all veterans during the kickoff ceremony on Saturday. The event will be under the lights starting at 5 p.m. and the John Stark Generals will kick off against the Conval Cougars at 6 p.m. All veterans will be welcome to this game at no charge. For other attendees, the charge is $5. You can get in for $4 if you bring a nonperishable food item for the Henniker and Weare food pantries.

∎ The annual Halloween parade at the Henniker Community School will be held Thursday. The morning parade for kindergarteners is at 10 a.m. and afternoon parade afternoon pre-K through 4th graders starts at 1:30 p.m.

∎ A men’s breakfast will be served Saturday at 7:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall next to the Henniker Congregational Church.

∎ Henniker Community School eighth graders produced a cookbook chock full of more than 300 recipes collected from their families and community members. One recipe was even submitted by the Country Spirit! This hardcover cookbook full of tried and true recipes is available for only $15. All proceeds go toward their trip to Washington, D.C., later this spring. The cookbooks are on sale with Henniker eighth graders, at some local businesses and at the John Stark arts and crafts sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on how to get your copy, call 428-7747 or email

∎ The food pantry needs your help. The pantry is getting ready for Thanksgiving and collecting a variety of items to complete 70 meals. Donations needed include turkeys, potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, eggs, squash, onions, apple cider, carrots, butter, etc. Bring items to the library during regular working hours or call 494-9675 or 731-8144. The last day to donate for these holiday meals is Nov. 16.




Learn how to create

holiday cards

The library’s next How To Day will be held Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. The activity will be stamping holiday cards. Bring your own supplies, or if you don’t have any, the library will have supplies for you to use.

∎ The library’s next monthly book discussion will be held Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The book group is reading Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. Come in now to get your copy!

∎ The library will host a Tuesday Night Stitchers group every third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., beginning Nov. 19. Bring in any kind of stitch project to work on. Share patterns, triumphs, tragedies, and extra supplies with other stitchers!



Halloween luncheon

to be served

The Slusser Senior Center will host its annual Halloween luncheon Wednesday at noon. All residents 50 and older are welcome to attend. Roast pork, mashed potatoes, applesauce, green beans and pumpkin cake will be served. Costumes are encouraged, but optional. There will be games and prizes, too! If you have any questions, call 746-2915.

∎ The recreation department will host its first fall laser tag tournament tomorrow 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 have already registered, but spectators are invited. Halloween costumes are encouraged, but optional. Dress for the weather! The rain date is Tuesday. Contact the recreation department with any questions by calling 746-2915, emailing or visiting

∎ 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.

∎ Take a candlelit stroll back in time during the Historical Hopkinton Candlelight Home Tour Nov. 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. when eight historic and architecturally interesting properties will open their doors to the public. The tour begins at the historical society at 300 Main St. where visitors will receive their admission ticket and tour map. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased in advance at the historical society or at the Contoocook Farmers Market. On the day of the event, tickets may only be purchased at the historical society. This event is a collaboration with the woman’s club and the historical society and all proceeds will go to operational resources and community outreach. For more information, call the society at 746-3825 or visit

∎ Don’t miss the Hopkinton Historical Society’s 23rd “Tomorrow’s Masterpieces Annual Art Show and Sale,” on display until Dec. 7. More than 200 original works of art by 50 area artists are available for sale during museum hours: Thursday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the society at 746-3825, email or visit

∎ Lunch is served every Wednesday at noon at the Slusser Senior Center. The menu is as follows: Nov. 6: lasagna, salad, bread, cookies and ice cream; Nov. 13: sandwiches, pasta salad, green salad, chips and brownies or cookies; Nov. 20: pork loin, mashed potatoes, squash, salad, rolls, and apple pie; Nov. 27: lasagna, tossed salad, garlic bread and dessert.

∎ Experience the life of John Wesley as interpreted through drama, music and readings by BJ Johnston, nationally known actor, writer and vocalist, Nov. 3 at the Contoocook United Methodist Church, 24-28 Maple St. An informal meeting will be held with combined classes of youth and adults beginning at 9:15 a.m., which will be followed by a worship service and dramatic presentation beginning at 10 a.m. A reception will follow, giving people an opportunity to participate in a Q&A. For more information, call 746-4894, visit or call Don Job at 521-0491.

∎ The Easy Riders 4-H Club is thankful to Scenic Views for pulling their float in the Warner Fall Festival Parade.

∎ The Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts will kick off the annual Scouting for Food Drive Saturday by delivering a flyer with information about the food drive at houses in town. The donations will be collected on Nov. 9.




Learn all about the

Shakers on Tuesday

The historical society will present a New Hampshire Humanities Council Program “The Shaker Legacy” Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the library. In their more than two and a half centuries of existence, the Shakers made ingenious contributions to agriculture, industry, medicine, women’s rights, furniture design, etc. Darryl Thompson will explore some of these contributions and personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers. The program is free.

∎ A harvest celebration like no other – the harvesting of honey – will be held Saturday at the library. A master bee keeper will be there, but her busy friends will be in their hives. The Polar Express party and gingerbread house decoration will be held in December. Both of these programs require preregistration. Call 485-7851 to preregister.

∎ The Friends of the Pembroke Library are looking for new members. The group is in danger of dissolving at year end if it doesn’t get new members. The mission of the Friends is to promote the resources and services of the library, help to develop the services and facilities for the community, and to support the freedom to read. If you’re interested in joining or would like more information, email or visit Facebook (Friends of the Pembroke Library.)




Get scared at the haunted house

Pittsfield Youth Workshop members will host a haunted house Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at 5 Park St. The haunted house is designed, constructed and run by the youth and is by donation. Call 435-8272 for more information.

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

∎ A fundraising effort is underway 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), please make checks payable to “Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund” and send to P.O. Box 98, Pittsfield, N.H.

∎ Pittsfield Listens invites you to join a series on “A Journey to Student Centered Learning.” “Schools Can’t Do It Alone” will be held Wednesday 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? Child care is available by request. For more information or to RSVP, email, call 312-6980 or visit

∎ The Pittsfield Players are proud to announce ticket sales for Millie’s Dress Rehearsal, to be performed Nov. 6, as a “modern family night.” Groups or families of five or more will be treated to a special dress rehearsal price of $14 per ticket; singles are allowed at $16 per ticket. Senior discounts don’t apply for this offer.

∎ The Pittsfield Players will present Thoroughly Modern Millie Nov. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. and Nov. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Scenic Theatre. Tickets are $17, $15 for seniors, and may be bought at the Scenic Theatre on Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

∎ Friends of the Josiah Carpenter Library are sponsoring a poinsettia sale. Order forms can be found on the library website, or stop by the library during business hours to place your order. Orders will be taken through Friday. Payment is required at time of order and checks may be made payable to Friends of the Josiah Carpenter Library and mailed or dropped off to the library. Plants are available in red, white and marble and as one plant (6 1∕2-inch pot) for $10; two plants (7 1/2-inch pot) for $16.50; three plants (8 1/2-inch pot) for $19.50; or four plants (10-inch pot) for $24.

∎ The Pittsfield Community Crime Watch Group will meet tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Jitters Café on Main Street.

∎ Rita Jane Davis, a longtime local resident and rug braider, will share her craft Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the community center, 135 Main St. in Northwood. The public is welcome to come hear her speak of this old craft and celebrate the talented rugs and wall hangings she has spent a lifetime creating. See the special rug she created to replicate The Old Man in the Mountain and learn the folklore behind her designs and her years of committed teaching. For more information, call Jan Sheehan at 834-3530.

∎ Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parish Hall on Route 4 in Northwood. There will be crafts, a white elephant table, a bake sale and raffles.

∎ The library will host Robert Veilleux, former astronomy teacher and meteorite expert, and several members of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. This program will include an introduction to the features of a brand new telescope donated by the society to the library. After the initial introduction, a hands on demonstration will be held at the Pittsfield baseball field and will include a skywatch evening assisted by several members of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society.

∎ The Rotary Club penny sale will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. in the middle high school gym.

∎ The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club (formerly the Pittsfield/Barnstead Lions Club) will be selling soups, chowders and chilis at the penny sale on Saturday at 6 p.m. The cost is $2 per bowl.

∎ The kindergarten classes will hold Halloween parades Thursday at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the elementary school. First through sixth graders will hold their Halloween parades at 1:15 p.m. through downtown.

∎ Trick-or-Treat will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Be safe and have fun!

∎ Happy 15th birthday to Sean Gauthier on Friday. Have a great day!

∎ Happy anniversary to my brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Terry Riel, today. Best wishes for many more happy years together!




Spaghetti dinner

fundraiser to be held

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held Oct. 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the town hall, 645 Old Turnpike Road (Route 4). The cost is $8, $5 for children 12 and younger. Proceeds will go to Jesika Heath for medical expenses due to a rare syndrome called Marthens.

∎ U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte states “New Hampshire residents who are looking for help dealing with the federal government shouldn’t hesitate to contact me. I believe strongly that the citizens of our state deserve quality, efficient constituent services, and I will strive to deliver nothing less. A member of my staff will be visiting your town in the near future.” A member of Sen. Ayotte’s staff will be at the town office, 9 Old Coach Road, Academy Hall, on Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon.

∎ The recycling committee will meet tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.




Benefit party to

be held Saturday

Party in the Field, a benefit for the Mark “Killer” Bates memorial scholarship fund at Plymouth State University, will be held Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. at 648 Schoodac Road in Warner. Bates was a Warner native and was always very generous with his time and money to help Warner causes, both personally and through his company, Weaver Bros. Construction. The day’s events will include music featuring Beechwood, Jeff Dearborn and the Contoocook Blues Society, and The Dusty Gray Band, food, a cash bar (please no BYOB) raffle opportunities (tickets are available at Sugar Bank) and fireworks. Admission is $20 and raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. There are some great raffle prizes, including weekend stays at resorts in the state; Red Sox, Bruins and UNH hockey tickets; and other great prizes with a $1,000 grand prize. Fore more information, visit Facebook, email, or call 235-2895 or 456-3319.

∎  Val Blachly , a certified teacher and musician, will offer Music and Movement for children ages 6-9 year olds beginning in January at MainStreet BookEnds. Blachly has been training at the Child Light Yoga Studio in Dover and will be share her fun activities and exercises. 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. Contact Blachly to discuss the best time of the week to make this work for you and your family at 620-0241 or 456-2385.

∎ Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice will present the documentary by Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal, Consider the Conversation, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. The documentary speaks to our common hopes and humanity in our end of life decisions. For more information, call 526-4077.

∎ BookEnds BookGroup will meet today at 3 p.m. to discuss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith in The Gallery at MainStreet BookEnds.

∎ Join fiddler Mary Carroll for a performance culminating her apprenticeship with Master Artist Carolyn Parrott as part of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Traditional Apprenticeship Program Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. in The Gallery at MainStreet BookEnds. Admission is free.

∎ MainStreet BookEnds is thrilled to welcome back Marie Harris and Mary Lyn Ray for a special afternoon devoted to the best in children’s literature Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. at MainStreet BookEnds. Harris is the former New Hampshire Poet Laureate, author of four books of poetry and one memoir, and G is for Granite. She has just released her third children’s book, The Girl Who Heard Colors, an eye-opening picture book that introduces readers to their five senses and to synesthesia, a condition in which one sense triggers another. For some people, sounds or tastes have colors. And for others, numbers and letters do. Ray is responsible for some of our most beloved children’s books, such as Pumpkins, Mud and Stars. She will be presenting her newest book, Boom!: Big, Big Thunder and One Small Dog. Admission is free.

∎  “Reading Native Art,” an exhibit at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, will be open through Thursday. 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.

∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will hold a public seasonal flu immunization clinic 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).

∎ Simonds Elementary School has the following schedule: Halloween parade, Thursday, 1:30 p.m.; end of first quarter, Friday; picture retake day/community drop-in day, Nov. 5; parent lunch, Nov. 6, 12:15 p.m.; no school, Nov. 11; no school, Nov. 27-29.




Spaghetti supper to

be served Saturday

A public spaghetti supper will be served Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the town hall for the benefit of Larry and Diana Preve. There will be spaghetti, salads and lots of great homemade deserts. The cost is $8, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger.

∎ The Women’s Union group will not be meeting Tuesday, but will meet on Nov. 5 at noon for a sandwich luncheon, followed by a business meeting and a short program.

∎ The meeting of the trustees of the library has been postponed until Wednesday at 4 p.m.

∎ The library’s book group will meet Thursday at 7:15 p.m. to discuss Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

∎ A senior luncheon will be held Thursday at the Salisbury Congregational Church. There will be a blood pressure clinic from 11:15 a.m. to noon, when the luncheon takes place, followed with time for fun and fellowship. For more information, call Dorothy Haskins at 648-2243.

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

∎ Happy anniversary to Steve and Kim Arnold.



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