Contoocook River region town criers for Dec. 2020

Published: 12/19/2020 8:27:29 PM
BOWDonate to library

■Although the Baker Free Library Foundation suspended its official Giving Tuesday campaign, the mission to build the library’s endowment and to support the long-term sustainability of its high level of service remains the same. The library would welcome your donation this year if you are able. Please visit for details on how to donate online. You may send a check made payable to the Baker Free Library Foundation, 509 South Street, Bow, NH 03304.

■The Bow Garden Club thanks you for your support of the club’s annual Pajama & Book Drive this year which brought in a record number of PJs and books to be distributed to Bow and Concord area children in need. An additional thank you goes out to the patrons of the Garden Club’s annual Poinsettia Sale, which was very successful.

■Merry Christmas, and be well!


DUNBARTONPick up craft kits

■Town Offices are closed to walk-in business per the Board of Selectmen. Appointments are only for transactions that cannot be processed online or through the mail. Business hours are 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday. The Town Offices will be closed on Friday. Please call or email to check if the situation has changed.

■The transfer station is closed through Monday and will reopen on Tuesday with regular hours for the remainder of the week.

■The library has returned to no contact curbside pickups and returns. Please call or email the library to see when in-person browsing appointments return. Remember to use the red bin for returns. The library will be closed Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1. Please email or call the library to confirm openings and closings.

■Holiday “take and make” craft bags are available at the library. Pick up a fun, easy-to-make, holiday-themed craft bag each week during library hours. You will find them in a bag next to curbside pick-ups. Craft bags are available on a first come, first served basis because of limited supplies.

■Schools will have an early release day on Wednesday and the holiday vacation will be Thursday through Jan. 1. Always check with the school for any changes in the schedule.

■The Silver Birch 4-H Club of Dunbarton regrets that it is unable to hold its Annual Cookie Walk this year, but plans to return in 2021. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



HENNIKER / WEARESign up for sunshine

■The Henniker Congregational Church is offering a six-month and one-year “Seasons of Ray of Sunshine” subscriptions as a way to support the work that the church and White Birch does in the community. Please contact the church at 428-3747 or for more details.

■Weare’s Breaking Bread Cafe, a project of the Hand to Hand ministry, is offering free Christmas Day dinners, either for pick up or delivery. Call the cafe at 529-4263 and make reservations.

■Henniker Town Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday for Christmas and Jan. 1.

■Weare Town Hall will close on Thursday at noon and be closed for the entire day on Friday and Jan. 1.



■The Greater Hillsboro Senior Services Warner shopping trip will be on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Pick up is at 9 a.m. at Maple Leaf or the park and ride. Call Lee Avery at 478-3432 to join the trip. Masks are required.

■Due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 in the community and expected travel during the holidays, the Fuller Public Library Board of Trustees has decided that the library will be closed to the public starting Saturday, Dec. 26 through Jan. 18. You can still order online, by phone or email for porch pick-ups. Staff will be working in the library during regular hours if you need assistance. Those needing computer, printing, faxing or copying services can call 464-3595 for an appointment. Face coverings will be required. If you cannot wear one due to health reasons, other arrangements to assist you can be made. Library materials can be put in the book drop. If you are having trouble accessing Libby because of overdues, please call the library. Interlibrary loans are still available. The library appreciates your support.


HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOKDonate to pj party

■Maurgan’s Virtual Pajama Party. Maurgan is collecting donations for new games, books, and pjs for the patients at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. Help bring a little joy to the kids at CHaD by using the links below to connect to Wish lists for no contact shopping. Amazon:, Playopolis:, CHaD cash donations. Your support is greatly appreciated! A community service project by Maurgan McGrath, Hopkinton High School, Class of 2021.

■The Contoocook Farmers Market continues through the winter. In place of the traditional winter market, go to Place your order by Wednesday night each week, Saturday morning pick-up is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Train Depot. Masks are required. Stay up to date by visiting the Facebook page Contoocook Farmers Market.

■ Hopkinton Town Library continues 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. Storytime 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 mask. Questions? Please call Leigh Maynard 746-3663 or email

■The Hopkinton Town Library has revised walkthrough guidelines. There is a building occupancy limit for library visitors to five per half hour on Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call to reserve your half-hour slot. If you have traveled or were part of a group event, please consider using curbside pickup rather than a library visit. Please wear masks covering nose and mouth. The library can be reached at 746-3663.

■There is a new option off the Stevens Rail Trail. Accessible from either end of the rail trail, spot the Hemlock Spur Trail sign and follow the red blazes through a Hemlock Forest and return to the railroad bed. May thanks to Rob and Deb Klemarczyk for their work on Hopkinton’s newest trail. For more information, visit

■Registration is now open for the Bill Koch Ski League for children grades 1-8. Practices will be held after school on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Fairgrounds and some Sunday afternoons at Pat’s Peak. There will be COVID safety policies to adhere to. More information and registration can be found at or contact Juliana Dapice at



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