Contoocook River region town criers for June 28, 2020

Published: 6/29/2020 9:16:02 AM
BOWBible school plans remote lessons

■Bow Mills United Methodist Church is offering a BOLT Vacation Bible School from July 27-31 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The first three days of the program (July 27-29) will be family friendly videos and backyard activities with religious teachings. The last two days of the program (July 30-31) will be livestream interaction. Registration is open through July 20. This program is being offered at no cost, but registration is required. Anyone interested should contact 224-0884, or log on to

■In lieu of the popular annual Spring Plant Sale that was canceled due to the pandemic, the Bow Garden Club is holding a Plant-Less Plant Sale asking plant sale patrons to instead consider making a donation to the club in an amount representing the purchase of a hanging plant or a flat or two of annuals, veggie starters or herbs. The club’s spring sale is one of its primary fundraisers, second only to the winter poinsettia sale, and relies on the proceeds from this sale to cover the cost of purchasing the plantings we all enjoy on display at Rotary Park, the Town Gazebo, etc., throughout the growing season. Donations may be made by check payable to Bow Garden Club with “plant sale” noted in the memo section. Mail checks to Sharon Pearce, 17 Woodhill Road, Bow, NH 03304. All donations are tax deductible and their receipt will be acknowledged and much appreciated. Please visit or contact Joyce Kimball, BGC Fundraising Chairman at or 229-1990 for any additional information. Thank you! 

■The Bow Rotary Annual Car Show, previously scheduled for May 16, has been postponed until Aug. 22. Anyone who pre-registered may choose a refund if they are unable to attend on the new date. Updated registration forms and additional information are now available at

■The Bow Rotary Summer Concert Series has been postponed. The Rotary Club hopes to be able to reschedule it for later this summer, providing it becomes safe to do so.


DUNBARTONCurios to return

■The Transfer Station will be closed July 4.

■The Curios on the Common, a non-profit thrift and gift shop next to the Congregational Church in the Center, will reopen on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shop will be practicing the recommended health precautions to keep people safe. Come by! You never know what treasure you’ll find. At this time the Curios will be open only on Saturdays.

■In June, the DCC Book Club is reading “Here If You Need Me” by Kate Braestrup. Discussion will be Thursday at 7 p.m. on Zoom or the Vestry.

■The library’s Summer Reading Program, “Imagine Your Story – Re-imagined,” is for all ages. The program runs through July 31. This is a virtual program to keep the community safe. Reading time will be recorded on the platform READsquared ( Children who register will receive a take-and-make sign-up bag. They may be picked up at the table in front of the library. For more information contact the library.

■The library will have no-contact curbside pickups by appointments only. Patrons are encouraged to place holds on items in the library. Please limit holds to five items per household (there are still quite a number of books out in the community). Browse the catalog and place holds by logging on to or calling 774-3546. You can also email



HENNIKER / WEAREDiscuss facility use

■The Weare Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Monday at 6:30 p.m. for hearing public testimony and comments regarding adding fees for walk-ins at Chase Park and adding a facility use fee for out-of-town for-profit organizations to use the recreational fields including, but not limited to the Gazebo, Ineson Field, Purington Field and Bolton Field.

■Henniker wants to thank everyone who came out to the town meeting on June 6. The patience, support and understanding shown by the attendees was amazing. The town had its fair share of technical difficulties and appreciates everyone working together. Since the meeting adjourned to a new date (July 15 at 6 p.m.) voters will continue with the warrant articles at that point at HCS.

■The waiver approved by the USDA and the State of N.H. has been extended to offer meals to all students age 18 and under free of charge through Aug. 31. This will be a pick-up service only and you must sign up. Pick up times will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-11 a.m. at Weare Middle School for students who attend schools in Weare, including John Stark Regional High School. Pick up will be at Henniker Community School for students who live in Henniker and attend either HCS or John Stark.

■Henniker Rotarian Joyce Bosse presented the club’s Service Above Self Award to Peter Adamo III during ceremonies at the Henniker Community School on June 10. Congrats to Peter!


HILLSBOROUGH / DEERINGHistory Alive altered

■The annual History Alive celebration will be held on Aug. 16 at the Historic Hillsborough Center. The Center will be the only venue open this year and the event will be for only one day. Due to scheduling, social distancing and attendance issues, Jones Road reenactments are not  occurring this summer, but are planned to return bigger and better in 2021. There will be a sampling of reenactors demonstrating trades and activities sparsely spread throughout the Center. In order to enable safe social distancing, the Commons, church sites, Lookout and cemetery will be used as well as a large part of the field south of the Methodist Church. Masks will be encouraged. All activities will be held outside. The Center hopes to see you there and to keep this exciting Hillsborough event alive! 


HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOKFood pantry needs continued support

■The Clerk/Tax Collector’s Office is open for public walk-ins. Until further notice, contact with all other departments is by appointment only. In order to minimize foot traffic in Town Hall, to maximize social distancing and to reduce the risk of exposure to both residents and employees, we strongly encourage residents to continue to make use of our online tools and “How To” documents which can be accessed online at any time via our website,  You must wear a mask to enter the Town Hall. Masks are available if you do not have one. 

■The Hopkinton Lions normally raises funds for the Hopkinton Food Pantry by collecting money outside the Cracker Barrel and Colonial Village Supermarket in the Fall and Spring. This year they were unable to hold our Spring Fundraiser or our Annual Yard Sale, which is another significant source of fund raising.  To compensate for the cancellation of the Spring Fundraiser, the Lions Club is asking Hopkinton residents for help.  Please add what you can to the Food Pantry Lions jars in the Cracker Barrel and Colonial Village Supermarket.  You also can mail a donation to Hopkinton Lions, PO Box 185, Hopkinton, NH 03229 - Checks should be made out to Hopkinton Lions Club.

■The town playground, tennis courts and skate park are open. Social distancing guidelines need to be followed. The playground will not be sanitized, so please take your own precautions when using. 

■The Rec Department still has a few open swim lesson slots for the summer. Please visit to sign up.

■The Library is offering curbside pickup.  The library is phasing this in gradually, starting with items already in the building.   You will place holds as before, by logging into the library's catalog. Please note that in June the Library will be switching to a new public online catalog, so it will look different.  If you have questions, call 746-3663 or email us at    Initially we are limiting pickup to three items only per individual per week.   You can also call to request specific items. If we do not answer the phone, please leave a message and we will get back to you.  The Library will call or email you to let you know when your materials are available.

■Contoocook Neighbor to Neighbor Children's Clothing Sale will be held Saturday, July 11, from 8 to 10 a.m.  Rain date July 18.  The event will be held outside at Countryside Community Church Main St. $1 per item or $5 bag.  Donations of gently used clean clothing will be accepted at the side door on School Street in the donation box. Accepting clothing sized infant through children's size 16, maternity clothing, crib sheet and blankets. No books or toys.

■Starting tomorrow there will be kayak and canoe rentals at Kimball Cabins.  To view the details and the schedule go to



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