Contoocook River region town criers for April 25, 2021

Published: 4/26/2021 10:45:32 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 Friday.

■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. Application information and forms can be found at or the Bow High School counseling office.


DUNBARTONLibrary reopening

■The Dunbarton Public Library is moving forward to Phase Three of its reopening plan. The library has begun to offer limited inside browsing services in 30-minute appointments. Please make your appointment in advance by phone or email. The number of people in the building will be limited to three people (two people 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. Please note that there will be no public seating or tables for meetings until further notice. Although the state mask mandate expired, during Phase Three of the reopening plan, all patrons over the age of three are required to wear face coverings. If a patron is unable or unwilling to wear a face covering, or is unable to enter the building, curbside pickup is still available and will be offered to all until further notice. The 10-11 a.m. hour will be reserved for seniors and high-risk or immunocompromised library users. Please respect this accommodation.

■New Hampshire Humanities presents a visit with author Rebecca Rule, “That Reminds me of a Funny Story!” on May 4 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. A writer, humorist and storyteller, she has traveled throughout New England, telling and gathering stories. It is also a memoir – how she came to be a storyteller, why storytelling matters, and what she has learned about the craft in the hundreds of performances she has given. To register, please email

■This month the DCC Book Club will read “An American Marriage” by Tayrai Jones. Discussion is on May 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. on Zoom.

■This month the Library Book Group will be reading “To the Bright Edge of the World” by Eowyn Ivey. Discussion will be on May 19 at noon on Zoom.

■At this time the Town Clerk’s Office will continue to be open by appointment only for transactions that cannot be completed online or through the mail.




■Henniker and John Stark School District voting will be May 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Henniker Community School and Weare Middle School. Chairs of the Henniker School Board and of the John Stark School Board, Superintendent Coe and Business Manager Chris Roy will be available to answer your questions via informal Zooms on May 6 at 6:30 p.m. and May 7 at 10 a.m.

■Weare Scout Troop 529 (for both boys and girls) has had a busy month with a campout at Grolljahn Field and hosting Goffstown, NH DARE Officer Emily Crosby. For more info about joining, contact

■A new troop of Girl Scout Daisies began last fall in Weare. Troop 61281 has members in kindergarten and first grade. For more information visit



■Join the Flex & Stretch class with Fitness by Aspen at Fuller Public Library on Mondays and Thursdays starting this week. You can also join virtually from home. For just $1 per class, you will increase your strength and core stability through functional movement exercises. Spots are limited at the library, so call 464-3595 soon!


HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOKRegister for soccer

■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 Friday. 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 Friday.

■The Hopkinton High School Interact Club is sponsoring its annual yard sale to raise money for community service projects at home and abroad on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hopkinton Middle High School back parking lot. Masks are required! Donations in good condition, except clothing/shoes, will be accepted. Donations will be accepted at the HMHS front entrance on Wednesday through Friday 3-6 p.m. Email for more information.

■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. 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

■Tooky Village Barbershop will be walking June 5 with this year's Best Buddies Friendship Walk. There are Squad Tooky T-shirt’s at the shop. If you would like to join Squad Tooky, email or send a message on Facebook.

■Writing Camp for grades 3-12 will be June 28-July 2 and Aug. 16-20. Campers can attend both weeks. Camp may be virtual or hybrid or in-person. Contact Joan Follansbee ( or Trish Walton ( Cost is $140 for a half day, $190 for a full day.

■Hawk Baseball Camp will be held June 28-July 1 (rain date July 2) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. This is a kid friendly opportunity for young players 7-15 to learn the skills and fundamentals that will help them gain confidence and improve their game. In the morning, Hopkinton High School coaches and players will provide instruction for each age level on different fields. Campers will have the opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned in afternoon games. For a registration form, please call Dave Chase at 545-2960 or email Space will be limited.

■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 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.

■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. Masks are required. Visit the Contoocook Farmers' Market page on Facebook for updates.

■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.



WARNERHistory of Mink Hills

■The Warner Historical Society will host Rebecca Courser who will present the “Social History of the Mink Hills” on Wednesday at 7 p.m. 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. Registration for the program is full, but it will be available though the Warner Historical Society’s YouTube page afterwards.

■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

■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.

■Want to receive the MainStreet BookEnds e-newsletter, “Shelf Awareness?” Contact and you’ll be added to the email list to receive weekly book suggestions and updates.

■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. Donations are needed to assist in the purchase of books to be given to the children. Please send checks to MSW, Inc., PO Box 130 in Warner, or contribute online at

■The West Joppa Road Rail Trail Story Walk features 21 story walk podiums start outside the Pillsbury Free Library with the story “Once I ate a Pie.” Photos and a map link are at

Elibet Chase


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