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Chair yoga to be held Tuesday at senior center

Chair yoga will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. The fee is $4 and new members are welcome.

∎ The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer “Powerful Tools for Caregivers.” This is a free six-week program that helps caregivers learn to take care of themselves while caring for a loved one. The program will be held Tuesdays beginning Jan. 7 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Hooksett Public Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary’s Way in Hooksett. There is no fee to attend this program and space is limited. To register, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.

∎ The Suncook Senior Center will be closed Wednesday for New Year’s Day.

∎ Happy New Year!




Historical society is

selling 2014 calendars

The historical society is selling its 2014 calendar, “Potter Place: Then & Now.” The cost is $10. Proceeds will benefit the society. Copies can be bought at the Andover Service Club’s Thrift Shop, the office of The Andover Beacon, New Horizons Hairstylists on Main Street and at the Morgan Hill Bookstore in New London, or call Pat Cutter at 735-5628.




New offerings available

at the library in 2014

New offerings are available at the library in 2014. Bring your own device to the tech help group session Jan. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration is requested by calling the library at 753-8576. Classic movie matinees will be shown on a big screen Jan. 9 and 23 from 1 to 3 p.m.

A kids’ morning movie will be held Jan. 28 at 10:30 a.m. The Lego Club has been moved to Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. Join friends and enjoy the library’s collection of board games Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

∎ The First Monday Workshop of 2014, “Old Rules, New Goals: Eco-Friendly Gardening,” will be held Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Ruth Axelrod will challenge attendees to rethink their traditional gardening principles and practices and consider alternatives based on the latest research.

This free workshop is sponsored by the Boscawen Agricultural Commission and will be held in the fourth-floor conference room at the town municipal offices.

Preregistration is requested and can be done by calling 753-9188, ext. 301, or emailing

∎ The transfer station will be closed Wednesday and open Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

∎ Town offices will be open for regular hours Tuesday and will be closed Wednesday. Filing for the town offices begins Jan. 22 and ends Jan. 31. A complete list of open positions will be posted on the town of Boscawen website and in the Newsvine.

∎ A meeting to provide information on Merrimack Valley School District’s exploration of expanding kindergarten to a full day program will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Boscawen Elementary School.

∎ The Boscawen Earnest Workers 4-H Club is looking for new leadership. To learn more about the 4-H program and how to become involved, attend a meeting Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall.

If you are unable to attend, but would like more information on how your child can become involved in 4-H, call the Merrimack County 4-H Office at 796-2151.

∎ Boscawen Bingo returns Jan. 18 and 25 with additional dates in February, March and April. Catch up with your friends and enjoy a lunch for only $10. Bingo will be held in the town hall basement.

∎ Check out the new passes available to library patrons, effective Wednesday. This is a great way to escape cabin fever by visiting the Currier Museum of Art or Millyard Museum in Manchester or the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover.

Other passes include the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord and the SEE Science Center in Manchester.



Guided youth meditation

to be held Jan. 10

Are you a youth between the ages of 12 and 18 who’s feeling frazzled? Wind down at the library with a guided meditation session, snacks and crafts Jan. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. Space is limited to 15 and a consent form must be signed by both the youth and their parent to take part in the meditation session. RSVP by calling 224-7113, emailing or stopping by the library.

∎ The annual Bow Community Men’s Club New Year’s Day breakfast buffet will be held Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Bow Community Center, 3 Bow Center Road. The buffet includes eggs, bacon, sausage, hash, chipped beef, pancakes, blueberry pancakes, French toast, fruit salad, toast, coffee, milk, tea and hot chocolate. The cost is $10, $4 for children ages 12 and younger and $25 for an immediate family.

∎ How would you like to call anyone anywhere in the world from any device you own – for free? Join others at the library Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. for an overview of Google+ Hangouts and Skype. Registration is required; cardholders can call 224-7113 or email to sign up.

∎ The library is holding an informal film discussion series to be shown monthly on Mondays between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Participants will meet by the fireplace in the library; refreshments will be served during the discussion of the film.

The remaining roster of the series is: “Indie Gems,” Jan. 13; “And the Oscar Goes To,” Feb. 20; “Laugh Out Loud,” March 10; “Superb with Subtitles,” April 14; and “Feel Good Flicks,” May 12.

This series of film discussions is free and is open to the public. The library is located at 509 South St. Call 224-7113 or visit bowsbaker for more information.



Updates for library

are on its Facebook page

Up-to-date information and/or reminders often appear on the library Facebook page. Please “like” the library on Facebook and encourage your friends to do so, too.



Library will close

Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The library will close Tuesday at 4 p.m. The town clerk and selectmen’s offices will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. The transfer station will hold regular hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tax collector’s office will be closed.

∎ Celebrate New Year’s Eve with “Critters ’n’ Creatures” Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the library. Meet Aimme, the spotted skunk, and her friends. Learn fascinating facts about animals while having fun. There will be a photo opportunity after the show. Bring a camera.

∎ All town offices and the transfer station will be closed Wednesday. Please plan ahead.




Covered bridge paintings on display at the library

Conrad Young’s water-colored covered bridges of New Hampshire are on display at the library through Jan. 10. Young said that at the age of 7 he drew his first picture, and that was the beginning of his lifelong work and love of painting. Since his retirement in 2010, he has been able to focus his attention and talents on his love of covered bridges and painting. His passion for the mountains, lakes and woodlands is evident in the landscapes he enjoys capturing in watercolors.

∎ The library will show Despicable Me 2 tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. The movie is rated PG and popcorn and drinks will be available.

∎ Story time will be held tomorrow from 10 to 11 a.m. at the library.

∎ Story time will be held Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the library.

∎ Lego Club will meet Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the library.

∎ The Suncook Valley Rotary Club is collecting clean, new and gently used winter coats to be distributed to those in need in the surrounding communities. The coat drive runs through Dec. 31. Drop off locations in Epsom are: Subway at the Epsom Traffic Circle and the Epsom House of Pizza on Route 28. For more information, call 219-1310 or 848-2350.

∎ No snow will be plowed across or into any road in Epsom per order of the selectmen. There is a $500 fine.

∎ Have a safe and happy new year!



Foster your child’s love of music at center

Do you want to foster your child’s love of music? Classes will meet Wednesdays from Jan. 8 through Feb. 12 with Mr. Hazelton at the Bessie Rowell Community Center. Classes will be taught in a multiage setting focusing on music concepts, history and theory taught through the use of singing, movement, games, stories and instruments. Call or stop by the Bessie Rowell Community Center for details. Plans for February and April vacation camps are already under way as well.

∎ First Day Franklin will be held Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Welcome kayakers for their traditional running of the rapids on the Winnipesaukee River, ending at Trestle View Park on Central Street, downtown Franklin. You can watch from the Winnipesaukee Trail starting at Central Street or near the park. Hot refreshments will be available. The Junior Youth Group of Franklin, a group of middle school students that meets at the Bessie Rowell Center on the first and third Fridays of each month, will present free kid activities at First Day Franklin: a snow sculpture building contest, beanbag toss, brain teasers and coloring pages at the group’s booth in the heated tent!

∎ The library book discussion group will meet to discuss The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield on Jan. 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the Upper Room. Call the library at 934-2911 if you would like more information about this group.

∎ Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace will be held Jan. 7 and 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Franklin Opera House (inside City Hall). Visit for more information.

∎ Happy New Year!





workshops to be held

Henniker Youth Theatre will present two day minitheater workshops this winter for area youths ages 6 to 18. Upcoming dates and places are: Saturday and Jan. 5, Hillsboro-Deering Middle School; Jan. 18 and 19, Henniker Community Center; and Feb. 15 and 16, Henniker Community Center. For more information and additional dates, visit or email




Still a few spots left

for theater camp

There are still a few spots left in the Thursday through Jan. 5 Lending Doll musical theater camp sponsored by Hillcat Theatre and Fuller Library at Hillsboro-Deering Middle School. (There also is a two day camp Jan. 5 and 6.) The camp is for ages 6 to 18; no experience necessary. Lending Doll is written by Will Ogmundson and Tom Dunn. To sign up, or for more information, call 568-5102 or email

∎ A soup and chowder fest will be held Jan. 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 16 Henniker St. There will be a variety of soups, chowders, breads and cakes. The cost is $6, $4 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 464-3056.



Old photos of Kimball

Cabins are needed

Do you have any old photos of the Kimball Cabins? The town of Hopkinton recently appointed a Kimball Lake Property Study Committee to look at options for the future use of Kimball Lake and its four cabins. As part of its charge, the committee is putting together a history of the property and would like to include as many old photos and other items as possible. Specifically, the committee is looking for photos, literature, brochures, newspaper articles, ads, etc., of the cabins from the 1930s through the 1960s when it operated as the Horseshoe Trail Camps. The committee would also like to hear from people who stayed at the cabins or have information about their construction. Items will be scanned and the originals returned. Call Heather Mitchell at 746-5352 or email if you have photos or stories to share.

∎ A skating rink is now open at George’s Park, next to Blood Field near Hopkinton High School. The rink is for open skating only; please chose another venue for hockey. Rink hours are sunrise to 11 p.m. Lights are available from 4 to 11 p.m. Volunteers are welcome to shovel after a snowfall if the ice hasn’t been cleared yet.

∎ The transfer station will be open Tuesday and closed Wednesday.

∎ The Contoocook Dance and Gymnastics Center on Pine Street has openings for new students of all levels. For more information, call Yvonne Bossi at 746-3282.

∎ Tom Pratt has produced another Hopkinton desk calendar for 2014. Each month has a photograph taken in Hopkinton, including both natural subjects and landscapes. Calendars come in a CD case that folds open to stand on its own.

The calendars are $12 each and are available at the Hopkinton Historical Society and at the society’s table at the Saturday farmers market (with a portion of proceeds going to the society). For more information, call Tom or Ruth Pratt at 746-5237 or email

∎ The Hopkinton School District email list is an opportunity for community members to gain information about school district events. The link to sign up is on the front page of the school district website at You can also follow the Hopkinton School District on Twitter: @HOPKINTONSD.

∎ The Hopkinton parent-teacher association is participating in a program through the Steeplegate Mall. The A+ School Rewards program is a special community-driven program that is committed to building relationships and providing cash to local schools, while enticing shoppers to shop at the Steeplegate Mall. Participating schools collect and tally Steeplegate Mall receipts to earn cash rewards. The program continues until April. Receipts can be recorded at the main office in the mall.

∎ The winter market will be held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through May at the town hall. The market offers veggies, fruit, breads and other baked goods, maple products, alpaca products, jams, eggs, chicken, pork, beef and more. Email or visit the market on Facebook for more information.

∎ The transfer station is now accepting #2, #4 and #5 rigid plastics. This includes products such as 5-gallon buckets, Tupperware totes, plant pots and children’s toys. These are being collected in the same bin that had been used for nonrecyclable plastics. Watch for the signs. Please no oil or grease buckets, metal, nothing larger than 2 by 2 by 4 feet, plastic bags, plastic sheeting or vinyl siding. To receive notices directly from the transfer station, sign up for email blasts at

∎ Please save your Labels for Education for the ’Tween School and home after-school program. There is a drop box at the Harold Martin School and at the town library.

∎ Please save your Box Tops for Education for Harold Martin School. There is a drop box at the school and at the town library.

∎ Please remember to submit your news by Tuesday night dinner.




Alternate members

needed for boards

Alternate members are needed for Pembroke zoning and planning boards. If you are interested, call 485-4747.

∎ Happy New Year!




Senior center has weekly events

Weekly events at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center include: Bingo, Mondays, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; yoga, Mondays, 11 to 11:45 a.m., $4 suggested donation per class; art classes with Larry Frates, Mondays, 12:30 to 2 p.m.; cribbage club, Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Young at Heart STARS (Strength Training And Restorative Exercise for Seniors), Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m., $4 per class, first class free; and Bingo, Thursdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Call 435-8482 for more information. The senior center will be closed Tuesday.

∎ The Suncook Valley Rotary Club is collecting clean, new and gently used winter coats to be distributed to those in need in the surrounding communities. The coat drive runs through Tuesday. Collection boxes are at the following locations: Jitter’s Café, Main Street; Village Pizza, Elm Street; and Maxfield’s Hardware on Route 28. For more information, call 848-2350 or 219-1310.

∎ The schools will be closed through Friday. Have a safe and fun holiday vacation!

∎ Pittsfield Youth Workshop is closed for the week. They will reopen Jan. 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. for drop-in hours.

∎ Stop in at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center on Friday at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and the movie New Year’s Eve.

∎ Happy anniversary to Wayne and Sue Kimball and Ed and Laurie Vien on Tuesday.

∎ A very special happy anniversary wish to my sister and brother-in-law, Michele and Peter Karwocki, on Tuesday. Here’s to many more happy years together!

∎ Happy New Year to one and all! I wish all of you health and happiness in the new year.




Library will open

Tuesday at 11 a.m.

The library will be open Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regularly scheduled hours will resume Thursday.

∎ Local community leaders are taking steps to reduce the effects of Salisbury’s next natural, technological, or human disaster event. A hazard mitigation committee, comprised of town departments, boards, emergency personnel and citizens has completed development of the town’s updated final draft Hazard Mitigation Plan 2014.

This updated plan is required for continued eligibility for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster and project funding. A public information meeting to discuss the plan and to solicit public feedback on the document will be held Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in Salisbury’s Academy Hall at 9 Old Coach Road. All are invited to attend and participate. The final draft Salisbury Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 2014 and the associated maps of the plan are available for review at the town office (Academy Hall).

∎ The town offices will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.




250th anniversary

kick off to be held

Weare’s 250th anniversary kick off event will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bolton Field. There will be an all-day bonfire; “Snowbowl” touch football at 10 a.m. at the high school and at 1 p.m. at the middle school; snowshoeing or hiking on the hour starting at 11 a.m.; Tug of Weare at 2:30 p.m.; hay or sleigh rides; sledding and snowman making; cross country skiing; and refreshments.

∎ Students in John Stark Regional High School art classes were fortunate to have two nationally recognized artists visit their classes in December.

Illustrator Jerry LoFaro visited the graphic arts classes and realist painter Clifford Smith spent the day with 10 John Stark students who plan to study art after finishing high school in an all day, intensive study of oil painting.

∎ Have a safe and happy new year!


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