Contoocook River region town criers for Oct. 18, 2020

Published: 10/16/2020 11:14:59 AM
BOWThink about getting holiday flower now

■The Towns of Bow and Dunbarton will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Day & Electronics Collection on Oct. 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bow Department of Public Works on 12 Robinson Road, Bow. Please note this is a new location! For more information, visit

■The Bow Garden Club’s annual Poinsettia Fundraiser will be held this year with new procedures in place. Representatives of both the Garden Club and the Town of Bow met recently to devise a safe and efficient plan. Details will be announced soon. Beautiful red, white and pink poinsettias in 8-inch pots (contain three stems of poinsettias) and 10-inch pots (contain four stems of poinsettias) can now be pre-ordered through any Bow Garden Club member, via order forms posted in the entryways of both the Baker Free Library and the Bow Rec Dept. or by contacting Joyce Kimball at 229-1990 or The poinsettia prices are $24 for the 8-inch pots and $34 for the 10-inch pots. All proceeds will benefit the Garden Club's ongoing civic beautification efforts in Bow. All orders need to be received by Nov. 4. Customer pick up will be on Dec. 5.

■The Garden Club is now  accepting donations of new pajamas and books through its annual Pajama Project which will run through mid-November. The pajamas and books collected this year will be distributed to Family Promise of Greater Concord and Friends, families receiving assistance through Bow Human Services and Friends of Forgotten Children in Penacook, which also serves the greater Concord area. Collection boxes are now in place in the entryways of the Baker Free Library and the Bow Parks & Rec Dept. Donations can also be given to any Bow Garden Club member. Please contact Joyce Kimball at 229-1990 if you would like to drop off or a donation or would like your donation picked up at your home. 

■The Bow Mills United Methodist Church annual Pumpkin Patch sale, Snowman Craft Fair and Murder Mystery Play have all been cancelled. The church asks that their loyal pumpkin patrons instead make a donation directly to the organizations customarily supported by this annual fundraiser: Friends of Forgotten Children, , 224 Bog Road Concord, NH 03301, 753-4801; NH Food Bank,, 700 East Industrial Park Drive, Manchester, NH 03109, 669-9725; and Family Promise of Greater Concord,, 176 Loudon Road No. 2, Concord NH 03301, 856-8490.


DUNBARTONLearn how to use DNA for ancestry

■“DNA for the Overwhelmed: The Easiest Ways to Use DNA to Enhance Your Research” will be presented by Robert Cameron Weir on Tuesday at 4 p.m. via Zoom. This presentation is made possible by the Meredith Public Library and its Genealogy Club. If you are interested, please email directly for an invitation to this presentation. It is free and open to the public.

■Read to Dogs Virtually at the library. You must register with the library to participate. Kids in grades 1 to 4 who register will have a 15-minute virtual session with a dog. Next session is Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. with Murray and handler Liz. Please contact the library to reserve your spot.

■The Towns of Bow and Dunbarton will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Day & Electronics Collection on Oct. 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bow Department of Public Works on 12 Robinson Road, Bow. Please note this is a new location! For more information, visit

■To make voting on Nov. 3 run smoothly, please do the following: check in with the greeter outside to find out where to go once inside, wear a mask, follow the one-way traffic, exit at the other end of the community center and maintain social distancing. If you have concerns or difficulties wearing a mask or following any of the guidelines, ask the greeter outside or an election official. 

■The elementary school has received a $14,000 All State FDN Helping Hands Grant from Allstate Insurance agent, Crystal-Lee Thompson. Thank you for your support.

■Congratulations and thank you to Chief Jon Wiggin for 40 years of continuous Emergency Medical Service.



HENNIKER / WEARELocal merit scholar named

■The Weare Finance Committee will be meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Selectmen’s Conference Room at the Town Office Building, 15 Flanders Memorial Road.

■The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at the Weare Town Clerk’s Office, 15 Flanders Memorial Road, to make additions and corrections to the checklist for the Nov. 3 general election that will be held at WMS.

■John Stark Regional High School principal Gary Dempsey announced that Nathan Chasse of Weare has been named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

■Sept. 24 is Henniker’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Kristen at or visit the town website for a detailed flier.


HILLSBOROUGH / DEERINGCrafters to create hats for donations

■Crafty Critters will meet on Monday at 10 a.m. at the Deering Fish & Game on Longwood’s Road. Come join the group for refreshments and for crafting. There will be a training session on crocheting hats that will be donated. Bring your crocheting to future Crafty Critters to continue working on them. There will be other simple and fun fall crafts as well. If you have crochet hooks and yarn bring them, but if not, they will be provided. The bus will be available to pick you up at your home, if you prefer. Contact Marie Mogavero at 724-5272 if you want a ride. Call Barbara Hays if you have questions or suggestions at 464-2692. Masks, sanitizing and social distancing are strongly urged. Crafty Critters is also seeking the following items: yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles, glue guns, craft sticks, acrylic paints, paint brushes, glue sticks/glue, modpodge, buttons/beads. If you would like to donate, contact Barbara Hays.

■GHSS will host a local trip to the American Legion in Hillsboro for a Big E’s Fish Fry on Friday at 5 p.m. Call Marie Mogavero at 724-5272 by Tuesday to reserve your spot. You can order and pay individually from the menu. There will be no charge for the bus ride from your door. There is plenty of room for social distancing. Masks are required for the bus ride and entry to the legion. All servers and cooks wear masks.


HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOKBeech Hill maze open

■The Contoocook Farmers' Market is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon behind the depot in Contoocook. Please wear a mask.

■The Hopkinton Town Library welcomes you to walkthrough opening. Limited hours by appointment; call 746-3663 or email Hours will be Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon (seniors only) and 3 to  5 p.m. (all); Friday, 10 a.m. to noon (families only) and 3 to 5 p.m. (all); Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (all). Maximum of 15 patrons in the building at a time. Registration requested. Patrons can reserve ½-hour time slots. If capacity hasn’t been reached, walk-ins are welcome. Please continue to use the external book return box. Masks are required. Limited computer use available up to one hour by appointment only.  Curbside Pickup will continue 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 

■Beech Hill Farm corn mazes are open through Halloween. October is the last month of the season at Beech Hill Farm and Ice Cream Barn. The farm is open noon to 7 p.m. on the weekend and 2 to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

■The Hopkinton Town Clerk’s office mailed out absentee ballots to voters who had submitted absentee ballot requests for the General Election on Nov. 3. You can mail, fax, or hand deliver the completed form to the Town Clerk. If you mail or fax your request, an absentee ballot will be mailed to you. If you hand deliver your ballot request to the Town Clerk Office, you can pick up an absentee ballot, vote, and turn in your completed ballot to the clerk in a one-stop visit. If you have any questions about voting, please call the Town Clerk at 746-3180.

■Propane sale on Oct. 24 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the Hopkinton Lions Club at H.R. Clough 76 Pine St. $10 per tank. 20lb tank max.

■Hopkinton High School Interact Club is hosting two large flocks of flamingos for your enjoyment. These flocks will be available to roost in your yard or you can sponsor a flock to visit the yard of a friend or family member. To host a flock of your own please contact the flocking team leader Or if you would like to flock a friend or family member's yard please request a Flock a Friend form. All donations will need to be mailed or dropped off at HMHS. Checks should be made payable to HMHS. The mail address is 297 Park Ave., Contoocook NH 03229, attn: Interact Club. The Interact Club will use the proceeds from this fund-raiser to support the Hopkinton Food Pantry, Breast Cancer awareness and their continuing projects in the community and in Nicaragua.

■As the days get cooler, the Hopkinton Town Library will continue to offer Family Story Times outside. Bundle up, grab a blanket to sit on, and join the fun! Interactive stories and songs will keep you and your child moving, engaged and Warm! Family Story Time is held on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. (rain date the following day at 10:30 a.m.) until the snow flies. Story time is geared for ages 4 and under. Siblings are welcome to attend. There will be snow stakes marking 6 foot distances. We will be following the Hopkinton Schools guidelines and expecting everyone 5 and older to wear a mask. Questions? Please call Leigh Maynard 746-3663 or email



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