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Town’s trash pickup

altered due to holiday

Trash pickup that was scheduled for Tuesday will be collected Monday because of the New Year holiday. Trash pickup for Wednesday will remain the same, as well as recycling on Thursday.

∎ Robin Gagne’s last day as the director of the Suncook Senior Center was Thursday. Gagne has done a wonderful job as director and will be truly missed at the center. Thank you Robin for a great job and lots of fun! Good luck on your next adventure. Peg Cheney will sub as director at the Suncook Senior Center until an new director is hired. Welcome, Peg.

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

∎ Don’t forget that the Concord Coachmen are offering four free group voice classes for men who sing and want to become better singers beginning Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall on 10 School St. For more information, call 485-7101.

∎ Happy New Year!




Library to host a

winter reading challenge

If one of your 2013 resolutions is to read more, be sure to check out the library Winter Reading Challenge that is open to children and adults. It starts Jan. 7 and concludes Feb. 16. Children ages 2 to grade 5 stamp their Cookie Club cards each time they check out a book and celebrate on the final day of the program with a cookies and cocoa party. Teens and adults reading five books or five hundred pages qualify for a $5 gift card. There are many new books at the library, including ones by authors Debbie Macomber, James Patterson, Janet Evanovich and Boscawen native Rebecca Rule’s new children’s books.

∎ It is not too early to start thinking about gardening! The presentation “Seed Varieties and Starting Seeds” will be held Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the fourth floor conference room at the town municipal offices. A master gardener from the UNH Cooperative Extension will teach you how to start seeds and how to choose the best varieties. Email or call 753-9188 to reserve your seat.

∎ “New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and Reality” will be held Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at the library. Steve Taylor from the New Hampshire Humanities Council will discuss the issues that faced these schools and explore their lasting legacy. This free event is cosponsored by the Boscawen Friends of the Library and the Boscawen Agricultural Commission. Call the library at 753-8576 or email to let them know you will be attending.

∎ The second annual Doris Jones Memorial blood drive will be held Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the basement of the town hall at 14 High St. Appointments save time waiting in line and can be made easily online at or by calling 800-733-2767.



New Year’s Day breakfast

to be held at 8:30 a.m.

The Bow Community Men’s Club will hold their annual New Year’s Day breakfast buffet from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the community center, 3 Bow Center Road. Eggs, bacon, sausage, hash, chipped beef, pancakes, blueberry pancakes, French toast, fruit salad, toast, coffee, milk, tea and hot chocolate will be served. The cost is $10, $4 for children ages 12 and younger and $25 for immediate families. All proceeds will be returned to the community.

∎ Did you receive or give someone an eReader for Christmas? The library is now forming January classes for cardholders interested in finding out how to access the library’s eBook resources. These hour-long classes will be offered on the following dates: Saturday at 10:30 a.m.; Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m.; Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. and Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Class size is limited to 15, so register early! Call 224-7113 or email to reserve your spot.

∎ The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer a free presentation, “Creating a Legacy” Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at the White Rock Senior Living Community, 6 Bow Center Road. The program will focus on sharing your life story about events that helped shape your life, creating a legacy for your family and future generations to enjoy. For more information, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.

∎ The Gary S. Dillon Detachment 734, headquartered at the Old Town Hall, is looking for a few good Marines. The detachment covers all of Merrimack County and is one of eight Marine Corps League Detachments in the state. All former Marines and Navy Corpsmen attached to FMF are eligible to join. The only requirement is they must have a DD214 to show honorable service. The league also accepts associate members who uphold Marine traditions. Inquiries and applications can be made to: Gary S. Dillon Detachment MCL, P.O. Box 121, Concord, N.H. 03202-0121.



Canterbury 4-H Rascals

to meet Jan. 7

The Canterbury 4-H Rascals will meet Jan. 7 at 6:15 p.m. at the Parish House.

∎ In November, Transition Canterbury’s Fourth Tuesday Film Series featured Seeds of Freedom, documenting the critical role of saving seeds is to farming around the world, and the negative effects of industrial agriculture on it. A seed exchange was held, sharing saved seeds with neighbors. The next film will be held Jan. 22. Curious about what Transition Canterbury is about? If you’d like to be part of an organization that promotes community in order to help make Canterbury more resilient, call Dave Noel at 565-2011 for more information. If you would like to be on the mailing list, join by sending an email to Visit for more information.

Don’t forget to sign up for Freecycle. This is a free service rather like an online “Swap Shop.” You can offer something you no longer need and ask for something you do need. Don’t throw it away, let someone else reuse it! Visit to sign up.

∎ The historical society trustees will conduct their annual strategic planning session Jan. 12. Each year, the trustees gather to assess the prior year’s accomplishments, evaluate current initiatives and plan their goals and objectives for the new year. Areas that will be considered include the Archive Project, particularly focusing on the digitation of the archive collection; a plan for the Center One Room School House program and its possible expansion; review progress and establish a calendar for the completion of the final phase of digitizing the remaining glass negative Cody Collection; selecting programs to be presented throughout the year; determining the subject of the annual exhibition and planning its presentation in the Elkins Memorial Building; and evaluate fundraising alternatives for accomplishing all of this!

∎ Canterbury has a town-wide email list to distribute information. If anyone is not on the list and would like to be, email

∎ Aerobics classes are held Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. in the elementary school gym, whenever school is in session. The class is free. For more information, call Ginny Litalien at 783-4016.

∎ The book discussion group discuss Snow Child by Eowyn Ivy Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the library.

∎ The Elkins Library Knitters will resume on Jan. 9.

∎ 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.

∎ A puzzle swap is ongoing at the library. Stop by, take one and leave one. All puzzles should be at least 500 pieces and in very good condition with all pieces in the box.

∎ The Treasure House has been and will continue to be closed when there is not a volunteer available to oversee it. Volunteers are needed to help keep this wonderful resource open and working for Canterbury. To volunteer a few hours a month, call the transfer station at 783-9980, email or stop by and sign up! Volunteers get first dibs on the really cool stuff that gets donated! Volunteers also make monthly trips to a local shelter for victims of domestic violence with linens, kitchen items and specific items that are needed.




Men’s Coffee Chat

to be held Friday

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

∎ The Dunbarton Congregational Church Prayer Shawl Knitting Group meets Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. For location, email

∎ The library, town offices and transfer station will be closed New Year’s Day.

∎ Happy New Year!




Quilters have their work

on display at the library

The Monday Night Quilters currently have their work on display at the library through Jan. 26. A public reception will be held Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the library.

∎ The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will present “What Was, What’s Now, What’s Next?” Jan. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the library. Home health helps older adults live independently for as long as possible by providing a wide range of services. From chores and housekeeping services, to assistance in the recovery from an accident or injury, learn how Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association can assist you.

∎ Mary Frambach and Dawn Thulin will offer a series of four classes for beginners in knitting and crocheting on Jan. 15 and 23 and Feb. 6 and 13. Students will make scarves. Frambach will teach the knitting classes. Knitting needles will be available for the cost of $2 and participants need to bring worsted-weight yarn. Those joining Thulin in learning to crochet need to bring an H hook, as well as worsted-weight yarn. Sign up for the classes at the main desk of the library.

∎ The book club will meet Jan. 17 to discuss David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet. Anyone wishing to join in the discussion is invited to pick up a copy of the book at the library.

∎ The next parent-teacher organization meeting will be held Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.

∎ The number of families donating Box-Tops and Campbell Soup Labels to the school is appreciated. The Box-Top promotion helps defray a large percentage of the Mini-Course costs. Look for those little pink squares on all products. Send in the UPC bar code along with the little Campbell Soup face instead of sending in the front of Campbell products. The accumulation of these points will allow the school to receive products for free.

∎ The yearbook staff has a goal of including a baby picture (any photo taken between six months and 5 years of age) for each student of the Class of 2013! Pictures can be sent via email to or sent into school to be scanned. All photos sent into school will be promptly returned.

∎ Parents of seventh grade students: It may seem early, but it is time to start thinking about the eighth grade D.C. trip. There will be a special meeting Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. (snow date Jan. 9) to learn about the trip and to organize fundraising activities for your student. Students are welcome to attend.

∎ Welcome back students! Hope you had a great holiday break!

∎ Happy New Year! Welcome it in safely!



Men’s breakfast to

be held Saturday

There will be a men’s breakfast Saturday at 7:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of the Congregational Church. All men are welcome.

∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer an eight-week falls prevention program, “A Matter of Balance,” that helps older adults reduce their fear of falling and improve their activity levels. The program will run Mondays beginning Jan. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon at Rush Square at 171 Rush Road. There will be no classes on Jan. 21 and Feb. 18, so classes will be held Jan. 22 and Feb. 19 instead. There is no fee to attend this program and space is limited. To register, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.

∎ The New Life Thrift Shop will re-open Wednesday at 1 p.m. Shop hours are: Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

∎ The sixth graders in Henniker will begin their long awaited opportunity to experience the Artist in Residency program at the Henniker Community School beginning in January. This is the 13th year of the program in Henniker. It is designed to enrich and expand the study of cultures from around the world. This year’s program will focus on the enduring and rich culture of China. Students will learn about Chinese cooking and have abacus lessons with Henniker Community School parent and Taiwanese native Fay Childers. They will also learn about traditional Chinese medicine during a visit to the school by acupuncturist Jennifer Woolf from Concord Community Acupuncture. This year’s visiting Chinese teacher, Xu Ke, will team up with Bo Gao from the Chinese Culture Club at New England College to explain what life in China is like and talk about the variety of festivals that are celebrated each year. Additionally, Xu Ke will teach students the art of calligraphy, which the students will use in a pottery class project at the school with their art teacher, Mr. Storro. There will be a special performance and art exhibit at the end of studies in March.

∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer a free presentation “Amid Two Worlds: Caring for Someone With Memory Impairment” Jan. 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the White Birch Community Center, 51 Hall Ave. Caring for someone with memory impairment can be a difficult task and overwhelming at times. Discover effective strategies to create meaningful and purposeful engagement with your loved one. This program is designed for family caregivers; please no professional caregivers. For more information, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.




Soup and Chowder Fest to be held

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

∎ A book discussion of The Emperor’s Guest by Titia Bozuwa will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the library. Copies are available at the library. For more information, call 464-3595.

∎ Cold weather has returned and with it comes the urge to knit. The knitting group at the library meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 6 p.m. Knitters and crocheters of all abilities are welcome! Call 464-3595 for more information.



Library has many winter programs

The library has many winter programs to choose from. “Read With Emma” will be held Jan. 19 and Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Emma is a Yellow Lab and loves to listen to readers of all ages. Sign up for 10 minutes of reading time. Origami Workshops will be held Jan. 16 and Feb. 20 from 4 to 5 p.m. Learn some new paper folds. This workshop is for ages 6 and older. Children age 5 are welcome with an adult helper. Registration is required. Teen Cupcake Wars will be held Jan. 11 from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Learn cake decorating techniques from Shaw’s Concord Heights bakers. Use your imagination to create a cupcake for competition. This is for students in sixth grade and older. Registration is required. Family Writing Night will be held Jan. 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. Join Arlene Taranow as she guides your family to express themselves by painting an image with words (or crayons!) All ages. Registration is required. Steve Blunt will perform Jan. 20 from 4 to 5 p.m. Blunt performs sing-along, laugh-a-lot musical fun for all ages! All programs are free and open to the public. To register for the workshops that require it, call the library at 746-3663 or email If you register, but are unable to attend, call so a space can be freed up for another child. These library programs are brought to you with the support of the Friends of the Hopkinton Town Library, as part of the Friends Winter Family Series.

∎ Each year, the VFW Contoocook Post 11490 sponsors the Patriot’s Pen Writing contest. This year, 38 Hopkinton Middle High School eighth grade students participated in the contest. At a recent assembly, Post Commander and Patriots’s Pen coordinator/contest Chairman Ted Bradstreet and Senior Vice Commander Paul Harris announced the winners: Madison Clark, third; Parker White, second; and Sage Dubois, first. Each student received certificates, as well as monetary awards. Honorable mention went to Kristen Harritt and Emily Mitchell. Congratulations to all!

∎ The Contoocook Farmers Winter Market is held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gould Hill Farm.

∎ Happy New Year!




Class of 1973 to hold reunion meeting

The Pittsfield High School Class of 1973 will hold a reunion meeting Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. at the middle high school.

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

∎ The Pittsfield Area Senior Center will be closed Tuesday to celebrate the New Year. On Friday, brunch will be offered at 10 a.m. and lunch and a movie will be at 11:30 a.m. The movie will be The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

∎ The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer a free presentation, “A Picture Worth 1,000 Words: Relaxation Techniques Using Your Mind” Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center, 74 Main St. Your imagination can be a powerful tool to help you combat stress, tension, pain and anxiety. Explore guided imagery and visualization as a way of coping with life’s difficult situations. For more information, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.

∎ Pittsfield schools will reopen Wednesday.

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

∎ The Pittsfield Youth Workshop will reopen Wednesday. Drop in hours will be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.

∎ The budget committee will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the town hall.

∎ Happy 50th birthday to Susan Cormier. I hope you have a great day.

∎ Happy birthday to Robin Davis. Enjoy your day!

∎ Happy anniversary to my sister and brother-in-law, Michele and Peter Karwocki and to Ed and Laurie Vien tomorrow.

∎ I’d like to thank everyone that forwarded information to me for the Pittsfield column in 2012. I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year! Here’s to a fun and prosperous 2013!




3-year term position open on commission

Salisbury selectmen have posted a 3-year term position on the conservation commission to run from January 2013 to October 2015. If interested, send in a statement of your interest to the Office of the Selectmen, P.O. Box 214, Salisbury, N.H. 03268 or via email to by Jan. 16. Feel free to contact the selectmen office at 648-2473 (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.) if you have questions.




Senior luncheon to

be held Thursday

A senior luncheon will be held Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Salisbury Congregational Church. New Year’s Day will be celebrated. A blood pressure clinic will run from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed by the luncheon. After the luncheon, there will be a speaker explaining services available in our communities for seniors. Bingo will be played. To sign up for the luncheon, call Sandy Miller at 934-3198. If transportation is needed or for any other questions, call Dorothy Haskins at 648-2243 or email

∎ Webster Elementary School children will return to school Wednesday.

∎ The D.A.R.E. program starts Thursday for fifth graders.

∎ There will be a Box-Top contest coming soon. Look for more information about it at your school. Happy birthday to Sandy Starkey on Tuesday!

∎ Happy New Year!




Women Voters

fundraiser to be held

On Jan. 9 at the Double Diamond Cafe in Newbury, join the Kearsarge/Sunapee League of Women Voters and celebrate surviving the Mayan apocalypse and the 2012 election! Twenty percent of the proceeds between 4 and 10 p.m. will be donated to the league. (Please tell the wait staff when you order.) For more information, call Jan Krueger at 763-9251.

∎ Dog licenses for 2013 will be available starting Wednesday from the town clerk/tax collector at the town offices, 9 Kearsarge Valley Road, Wilmot Flat. Dogs older than three months should be licensed by April 30. The fees are: puppies three to seven months (before rabies shot), $6.50; male and female, $9; and neutered or spayed male or female adult dog, $6.50. If the dog owner is older than 65 years, then the license for the first dog is $2. Regular fees apply for any additional dogs. Dog owners forfeit $25 if their dogs are not licensed by June 1. This is per RSA 466:13. Normal business hours for the town clerk/tax collector’s office are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from noon to 7 p.m. and the last Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Rhonda Gauthier, town clerk/tax collector, at 526-9639.

∎ Yoga classes for the new year start Jan. 8 and will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. Private lessons are also available. Call 526-6772 to register.



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