Contoocook River region town criers for April 11, 2021

Published: 4/12/2021 7:44:08 PM
BOW Virtual garden tour

■The Bow Garden Club invites you to attend a Virtual Garden Tour on Monday at 6 p.m. with New England gardener C.L. Fornari via Zoom. The program will be “Cocktails or Coffee in C.L.’s Gardens.” C.L. is a creative gardening expert who transitioned from artist to garden communicator in 1985. She has authored eight books and hosts “GardenLine” on WXTK and co-hosts “Plantrama,” a podcast for which she received a Gold Media Award from GardenComm in 2019. Space is limited and registration is required. To register for this event, email

■The annual Bow Garden Club Spring Plant Sale will go on! This year’s sale will be an outdoor event held on May 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the edge of the Bow Community Building parking lot under popup tents. The sale will be held rain or shine.

■A $1,000 Bow Garden Club Scholarship is available for a graduating senior entering college who is in good standing and is planning to further their education by majoring in horticulture, conservation, forestry, plant science or any other related field. Applications may be acquired through the Bow High School counseling office or by contacting BGC scholarship chair Debra Wayne at or 715-1466. The deadline for applications is April 30.

■Bow Rotary’s scholarship program provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors who either attended Bow High School or are Bow or Dunbarton students who attended other area high schools. Scholarships are for four-year college or technical programs or degrees. Scholarships are also available for older adults. Application information and forms can be found at or the Bow High School counseling office.


DUNBARTON Curios open Wednesday

■Supervisors of the checklist will hold a session for correction of the checklist on Wednesday from 6:30-7 p.m. at the Town Office. This will be the final date to change your party prior to the April 20 special primary election to replace Dunbarton’s state representatives. Voters may check party affiliation online at

■Curios on the Common across from Town Hall is open on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Curios is a nonprofit thrift and gift shop created to benefit the Dunbarton Congregational Church and the immediate community. Masks are mandatory. For more information call 774-2682 or email

■The garden club is selling 5-pound bags of daffodil fertilizer for $5. A pre-packaged supply is at 105 Gorham Pond Road in the woodshed at the top of the driveway. Pay by honor system. Please call Donna Dunn at 774-4567 for more information.

■Join author Ty Gagne on a virtual visit on April 20 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Gagne will discuss his latest book “The Last Traverse: Tragedy and Resilience in the Winter Whites.” To register, please email

■The public library book group is reading “Breakfast with Buddha” by Roland Merullo and will hold a discussion on Zoom at noon on April 21. Contact the library if interested.

■Virtually Reads to Dogs at the library with hosts Jake and Pat on April 22. Call the library to schedule your child’s 15 minutes of virtual reading between 3-4 p.m.

■The Dunbarton Police Department will once again be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Takeback Day. The event will take place on April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dunbarton Police Department, 18 Robert Rogers Road. Residents can turn in their unused, unwanted or expired medications, no questions asked. The department is unable to accept needles or liquids. Contact or 774-5500 for more information.



HENNIKER / WEARE Top Dog raffle

■Henniker announces the return of the Top Dog raffle. This raffle was created to motivate and remind dog owners to license their pets as state law requires. Residents automatically register for the Top Dog raffle when they obtain a license before April 30.

■Students from Weare Middle School and Center Woods Upper Elementary nominated to move on to the Northern New England Regional STEM Convention include: Riley Lees, Rose Van Kalken, Ashley Thellen, Hailey Thellen, Grace Meisser, Sadie McCallum and Claire McCallum. Congrats to all nominees!

■Weare Town Offices have reopened with regular office hours! Welcome back!



■Fuller Public Library’s Military History Book Group will meet on Monday at 2 p.m. to discuss “The British are Coming” by Rick Atkinson. You can meet in the library or from home. Contact the library at 464-3595 for a meeting code.

■Outdoor Storytime returns to Fuller Public Library, weather permitting, on Tuesday and Thursday with stories beginning at 10 a.m.! Please bring a blanket or chairs and masks for those over the age of 5. Please social distance according to the CDC guidelines.


HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOK Last chance for tax aid

■ Two Villages Art Society in Contoocook is opening for the first time in 2021. The opening show, No Straight Lines: The Nature of Hope,” will be on display April 9 to 30. The gallery is open Fridays 5-7 and Saturdays and Sundays 10-2. To l earn about the artists and their creative process, visit

■Hopkinton Soccer Club will be hosting in-town soccer this spring. Open to all Hopkinton children in grades 3-8. No practices during the week, so players can participate in other spring sports. Head to for details and to register. Registration closes April 30.

■Volunteer tax preparers will be at the Library Community Room on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Appointments are required, to request an appointment for free tax help go to (preferred method). You can also call 211. The library cannot schedule your appointment. Returns cannot be filed with rental income, self-employed individuals with a loss, employees, inventory, or home office deductions. Other limitations may apply.

■Briar Hill Road between Old Stagecoach Road and Patch Road will be CLOSED beginning on Tuesday, April 13 through Friday, April 23. The fourth of four culverts is being replaced.



WARNER BookEnds events

■Special thanks to Neil and Katharine Nevins for over 15 years as the Warner Town Criers!

■The United Church of Warner holds a weekly worship service in-person in the sanctuary and live on Zoom every Sunday from 10-11 a.m. In-person services are in a safe environment, following all protocols recommended by the state. More information and links to services are at or on the United Church of Warner Facebook.

■BookEnds BookGroup will meet Sunday at 4 p.m. on Zoom to discuss “Telephone Tales” by Gianni Rodari, the much beloved Italian children’s author. Go to to get the Zoom link.

■Spring is here and volunteers are needed for spring clean-up. Save the date and spend an hour or two helping out at the Jim Mitchell Park and The Lodge at 17 Church St. on April 24 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and May 1 (if needed). Pick up sticks, clip dead plant material, rake and sweep. Bring clippers, rakes, gloves, buckets and tarps, if you have them.

■Gather your family and friends, or just get out there on your own, and help cleanup Warner at the town’s first Earth Day Cleanup Event on April 24-25. Meet at the park and ride at 10 a.m. where you will receive bags, gloves and trash claws for anyone who struggles with mobility. For more information or to sign up, go to the WarnerCares Facebook page or contact Or, you can just show up!

■The Warner Historical Society will host Rebecca Courser who will present the “Social History of the Mink Hills” on April 28 at 7 p.m. The Mink Hills encompass over 15,000 acres in Warner. Within its boundaries were 10 distinct and independent school districts, 13 burial grounds and several small mills. In 1858, the Minks contained 140 farms and, by 1892, 50 of those farms had been absorbed into surrounding farms or reverted to timber lots. The downward trend would continue over the following decades. Register at or visit

■MainStreet Warner, Inc., and Simonds Elementary School are thrilled to announce that this year’s MSW Literacy Day author will be Warner’s own Matt Forrestt Esenwine, who will visit all the students to discuss writing and the creative process on May 17. This annual event brings the author’s books to every student at Simonds. Donations are needed to assist in the purchase of these books. Please send checks to MSW, Inc., PO Box 130 in Warner, or contribute online at Please be sure to designate that your contribution is to go towards the 2021 MainStreet Warner Literacy Project.

■Pillsbury Free Library presents Preschool Story Time with Miss Sue at the library via Zoom every Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. See the Warner events calendar at or call 456-2289 for the Zoom link.

■The new story walk is along the Warner Riverside Rail Trail. Start at the library to read “Once I Ate a Pie” by Patricia MacLachlan.

■Are you getting the weekly “Community News” from Pillsbury Free Library in your email? It is published on Thursdays. Find previous issues and subscribe at Call the library at 456-2289 for assistance. Pillsbury Free Library also provides services remotely or curbside. Books, videos, CDs and magazines for all ages are available for pick up or home delivery if you are homebound. Items can be requested by phone, email, or via the library catalog by placing holds. Find more information, contact

Elibet Chase


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