Contoocook River region town criers for April 18, 2021

Published: 4/22/2021 8:42:15 AM

■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.


DUNBARTONDrug Take Back Day

■The Library offers limited inside browsing services in 30-minute appointments. Make your appointment in advance by phone or email. The number of people in the building will be limited to three people (two patrons and the director) or a parent with a family unit, to allow for a minimum of 6-feet social distancing. A 30-minute appointment may be used for computer use. Only one person per computer. Note that there will be no public seating or tables for meetings until further notice. Patrons over the age of 3 will be required to wear a face covering over the nose and the mouth while in the building. If a patron is unable or unwilling to wear a face covering, or is unable to enter the building, no-contact curbside pickup is still available. This service will be offered to all patrons until further notice. The 10-11 a.m. hour each day will be reserved for seniors and high-risk or immunocompromised library users. Please respect this accommodation.

■Author Ty Gagne will visit the library virtually on Tuesday at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Gagne will discuss his latest book “The Last Traverse: Tragedy and Resilience in the Winter Whites.” Email to register.

■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. Full of small and large treasures, you’ll never know what you’ll find! Masks are mandatory. For more information call 774-2682 or email

■The public library is reading “Breakfast with Buddha” by Roland Merullo for a discussion Wednesday at noon on Zoom. Contact the library if you are interested in joining.

■Virtually Reads to Dogs at the library with hosts Jake and Pat on Thursday. 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 (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event will take place on Saturday 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. The proper disposal of medication helps reduce unauthorized access, theft, abuse and damage to the environment. Contact or 774-5500 for more information.

■This month the DCC Book Club is reading “An American Marriage” by Tayrai Jones. Discussion is scheduled for May 6 from 7-8 p.m. on Zoom.



HENNIKER / WEAREOnline fundraiser

■Henniker Handmade & Homegrown is an online event to raise funds for this season’s farmers market. Winners will be drawn at 3 p.m. on May 8. Visit to purchase tickets online. Your name, phone number and payment via Venmo, PayPal or check is needed.

■For absentee ballots for the May 11 Weare election, visit

■Dates are set for the Weare Henniker Youth Theatre camps this summer. There will be three camps starting Aug. 2, Aug. 9 and Aug. 16 for young people ages 6-16. There are internships available for older actors, singers, dancers, techies and filmmakers. Contact for more info.


HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOKTwo Villages Art Society open

■Briar Hill Road, between Old Stagecoach Road and Patch Road, will be closed through Friday. The fourth of four culverts is being replaced.

■The gallery doors at Two Villages Art Society in downtown Contoocook is open for the first time in 2021. The opening show, “No Straight Lines: The Nature of Hope,” will be on display through April 30. The gallery is open Fridays from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn about the artists and their creative process, visit

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

■The Hopkinton Town Library’s theme for this summer is “Hello Hopkinton! Celebrating Our Community.” There are programs for children of all ages. The first session runs June 29-July 16 and the second one is July 27-Aug. 13. Registration will begin June 1. There are also interning opportunities for children entering grade 6 and up. There will be a combination of virtual and in-person programming. There will be reading, crafts, a summer quest and story walk. More information will follow!

■The Hopkinton Town Library is open Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call to reserve your half hour slot. If capacity has not been reached, walk-ins are still welcome. Please wear masks. Information regarding youth programs and story hours can be found by calling the library at 746-3663 or contacting Leigh Maynard at Visit

■Stop by the library to check out “A Photographer’s Eye” photography by Jeff Schapira or visit

■The St. Andrew’s Making Your Mark team has begun planning its ninth season of Making Your Mark Art Camp. Camp will be July 19-23, either in-person at the Hopkinton parish or via Zoom. All rising fourth- through sixth-graders are welcome to pick up an application in the church office or by emailing Vickie Haines at As in past years, there is no camp fee, simply a child’s desire to share in a week of creativity, companionship and fun in a safe and welcoming atmosphere. Email or with questions.

■Registration for the 2021-22 school year is now taking place at Harold Martin School. Call the school office at 746-3473 for registration information. Preschool is open to children who will be 3 and 4 years old on or before Sept. 30. This is a tuition-based program and enrollment is filled by lottery. Kindergarten is for children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30. First grade is for children who will be 6 years old on or before Sept. 30.

■Work Song Farm has opened CSA registrations for the 2021 season. Full and half shares are available. Visit

■The Contoocook Farmers Market is a community of growers, makers and artists. Check out and place your order by Wednesday midnight for pick-up on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Depot. Thanks for supporting local farmers! Masks are required. Visit the Contoocook Farmers' Market page on Facebook for updates.

■Gilded Fern Farm is a family operated fromagerie, creating artisan cheeses with milk sourced from dairies whose animals are fed and cared for in the traditional manner, free from stress and without supplemental hormones or antibodies. Gilded Fern Farm is located at 258 Dustin Road.

■Beech Hill Farm has a fully stocked inventory of its own pasture-raised, all-natural angus beef and pork, and maple syrup. Call 223-0828 to place an order and a pick-up time will be scheduled with you. Thank you for supporting local farms!

■The Hopkinton Town Library Gallery Committee is seeking two and three dimensional artwork created during the pandemic by artists ages 15-115 for a show in September and October this year. Please submit photos of your work to by July 6, including your name, a description of your medium and dimensions of your work

■The Hopkinton Recreation Department is accepting applications for summer employment. More information can be found at

■The Town of Hopkinton is seeking candidates for the position of minute taker for the budget committee. The budget committee normally meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Hopkinton Town Hall from May through November, and weekly during December and January. The budget committee is currently meeting virtually. Visit for more information.



WARNERClean up Earth

■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 Saturday and April 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!

■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.

■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. Where did everyone go and why? Register at or visit

■BookEnds BookGroup will discuss “Girl with the Louding Voice” by Abi Dare on May 2 at 4 p.m. on Zoom. BookGroup participants receive 20% off. Check out the BookEnds website for the Zoom link. All welcome.

■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.

■If you have a preschooler in your care, the Pillsbury Free Library can set you up to participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. This program lets you keep an easy reading log of how many books you read with your child and includes prizes for every 100 books read, with a grand prize and certificate at the 1,000 mark. Check the library’s kids page at for details on this and other programs for parents and children. Reading log forms are available on the site to print, or you can request one to pick up at the library.

■New Hampshire Telephone Museum’s 2021 Special Exhibit runs May through October. The exhibit, “All…Aboard!” is all about railroad communication. Ask about the railroad themed scavenger hunt. The museum is open for its spring hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are required, reservations are not. Tickets for seniors age 60+ are $6, adults cost $7, students cost $3. Call 456-2234 or visit

Elibet Chase


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