Contoocook River region town criers for June 6, 2021

Published: 6/10/2021 3:13:07 PM
BOWFour-Way Test Speech Contest winners

■Bow Rotary’s annual Four-Way Test Speech Contest was held recently via Zoom with four contestants, who all did very well with their 5 to 7 minute speeches: First-place winner: BHS Senior Michelle Eweka ($500 prize); Second-place winner: BHS Senior Jack Roberge ($300 prize); Third-place winner: BHS Junior Ava Noce ($100 prize). Michelle Eweka went on to place in the Rotary District’s semi-finals and then competed at the District finals and took First Place there as well, winning an additional $650! Bow Rotary is very proud of all the entrants and congratulate Michelle and her success!

■This week is “National Garden Week” and in celebration, the Bow Garden Club will again be holding a “Drive-Up & Pick-Up” event in front of the Bow Community Center where garden club members will be handing out pre-made packets to Bow youngsters containing a free plant pot, a packet of potting soil, a packet of seeds – and instructions for putting it all together! Dates: Wednesday, from 3-5 p.m. and again Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. This was a very popular event last year so come on down!


DUNBARTONGorman achieves honor for 40 years of service

■Public notice of Special Election for State Representative on Tuesday, voting hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Community Center, 20 Robert Rogers Road.

■The library’s virtual book chat group will be reading My Life in France by Julia Child. Discussion is scheduled for noon Wed. June 16. If you would like to join in, please email

■This month the DCC Book club is reading The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabelle Wilkerson. Discussion will be July 1, 7 to 8 p.m.

■The Library Summer Reading Program is COMING!! The library is planning their Summer Reading Program for children of all ages. Their Summer Reading theme for 2021 is ‘Tails and Tales.’ As always, there will be reading logs and an incentive program for preschoolers and school-aged children. The library hopes that this year will not just be about books but being together again as a community. Sign-up week: June 22 to 26. For more information, call the library at 774-3546.

■Officer Gorman achieves 40 years in law enforcement-Our very own Officer Michel Gorman is celebrating being in law enforcement for 40 years. He served part-time with the Goffstown Police Department for 22 years prior to coming to Dunbarton as a part-time officer in 2003. Officer Gorman continues to assist with patrol coverage and community events here in Dunbarton. Officer Gorman is a true law enforcement professional and is well liked and highly respected by his co-workers, members of the public, and the law enforcement community as a whole. His dedication, abilities, and commitment to the Town of Dunbarton and the law enforcement profession is above reproach. Congratulations Mike and thank you for all that you do!

■The Learning Institute of New England College (LINEC) has opened registration for its summer program, which includes online mini courses meeting weekly and one-time presentations as well as two in person field trips. Learn about composers Beethoven, Berlioz and Copland or the poetry of Joel Oppenheimer, who taught at the College. Single presentations include a documentary on Concord’s Black Heritage Trail, or the Hello Girls of World War II. Find many more programs by downloading information at or emailing Registration closes June 25. For $15, there are many and varied topics to meet every interest.



HENNIKER / WEARESign up for LINEC class

■Registration is open through June 18 for a variety of online summer classes presented by The Learning Institute at New England College. These non-credit classes range from one-time presentations to weekly discussions during July. Course descriptions: or Questions? Contact

■Kick-Off to Summer Raffle at Moody Pond Marketplace (2-26 George Moody Road in Weare, across from the bank and post office on 114) June 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain or Shine. Bid on gift cards, gift baskets, and more. You don’t have to be there for the drawing.

■The NH Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development hosted a panel from across the state to share how the pandemic has affected education. HCS principal Matthew Colby shared about Henniker’s experience with reopening.

■Henniker’s Tuesday night Summer Music Concerts start June 15.

■Weare Food Pantry schedule changes: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Pantry will be open on the following Wednesday’s: June 2, 16, July 14, August 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Nov. 17; Thanksgiving Basket pick up, Dec. 8 and 15; Christmas basket pick up.

■John Stark Regional High School sophomore Jennifer Rose Jezierski received congressional recognition in the participation of the “An Artistic Discovery” Congressional High School Art Competition in the photography category. Her photo, Dakota, A Portrait of a Dog.

■Lee Despres was named Director of Technology for SAU 24 beginning July 1. He comes to SAU 24 from the Pelham School District where he has been the Interim Information Technology Director since December.



■How To’s Day project on Tuesday at Fuller Public Library is a Patriotic Wreath made from clothespins. Call 464-3595 or stop by to make an appointment for anytime during the day (9am-6pm). Check out our website to see the project picture.

■Tuesday (6/8). At Hillsboro’s Fuller Library in the Gilbert Room at 4PM. If you like to garden, to walk in our local woods, or care about the environment, you’d enjoy reading Braiding Sweetgrass,by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Robin is a mother, a scientist, and member of Potawatomi Tribe (similar to Abenaki) who blends her scientific training in botany with the ancient knowledge of indigenous people. (This program is not one of the regular book discussions lead by library staff, but they are glad to have it take place at their library.) For further details, call Marian at 478-5650.



■Dial A Ride is open for Rides to medical appointments, dental, physical therapy, radiation and chemotherapy and any other errands such as shopping, banking and barber or hairdresser appointments. The office hours at the Slusser center are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 Am to noon. Call 603-746-4357 to schedule an appointment Each driver and senior resident will be asked to wear a mask for the safety of everyone. Need a ride or interested in becoming a driver? Call us today to find out more!

■The Balanced Brussel Take Home Kitchen offers balanced home-made meals at a reasonable cost. Preorder by Sunday at midnight for Tuesday pick-up, 4-6:30 pm at 633 Maple Street, Contoocook. Delivery is available with a $25 minimum purchase and $3.50 delivery fee. For weekly menus and to order, visit our website:

■Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center in Hopkinton is offering a summer camp for ages 5 to 12. Tuesday through Friday 9am to 330pm. Dates: week one June 29-July 2, week two July 6-9, week three July 13-16. If the first three weeks fill, then two additional weeks in August will open. Information: 746-5681,,

■“Alnôbak Moskijik Maahlakwsikok” (“Abenaki People Emerging from Ashes”), will be on display at Two Villages Art Society on Main Street in Hopkinton, N.H., until Friday, May 28. Wednesday - Friday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm, and Saturday - Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The show is a collaboration between Two Villages Art Society, Abenaki Trails Project, and Vermont Abenaki Artists Association (VAAA) in consultation with the Abenaki Art & Education Center, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, and Hopkinton Historical Society. For more information: Two Villages Art Society, 413-210-4372 | |

■The Hopkinton Town Library Summer of Fun. The theme this summer: Hello Hopkinton! Celebrating Our Community. Programs for: Children entering kindergarten and younger, Children entering 1 st and 2 nd grade, Children entering 3 rd-5 th grade, Children entering 6 th grade and up. Two Sessions! Sign up for one or both. June 29-July 16 and July 27-Aug 13. Registration is open. . Interning Opportunities are available for children entering 6 th grade and up. There will be a combination of virtual and in-person programming. As always, there will be reading, crafts, and programs, a Summer Quest, and Story Walk™.

■The Hopkinton Town Library is open. Tuesdays 10am-6pm, Wednesday and Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am -1pm. Please wear masks covering nose and mouth. Appointments are not required. Limit visit to 1hr. Maximum of 15 patrons in the building at one time. The library can be reached at 746-3663. Up to date information available on the web site -

■The St. Andrew’s Making Your Mark team has begun planning the ninth season of Making Your Mark Art Camp. The 2021 dates will be July 19 - 23, whether in person at the Hopkinton parish house or remote via Zoom. All rising 4th, 5th and 6th graders are welcome to apply by picking up an application in the church office or emailing Vickie Haines 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. Any questions? Please email or

■Registration for the 2021/2022 school year is now taking place at Harold Martin School. Call the school office at 746-3473 for registration information. Preschool for children who will be 3 and 4 yrs on or before September 30th. This is a tuition based program and enrollment is filled by lottery. Kindergarten is for children who will be 5 yrs old on or before September 30th. First grade is for children who will be 6yrs old on or before September 30th.

■The Contoocook Farmers Market is outside. Every Saturday 9am-12n at the Tooky Gabezo. Stay up to date by visiting the Facebook page Contoocook Farmers’ Market.

■COVID Call for Art. The Hopkinton Town Library Gallery Committee is seeking two and three dimensional artwork created during the pandemic by artists aged 15 to 115 for a show in September and October this year. Please submit photos of your work to by July 6 th 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

■Writing Camp for 3rd grade through high school. Can attend one or both weeks. June 28th - July 2nd and/or August 16th-20th. May be virtual or hybrid or in -person. Contact Joan Follansbee ( or Trish Walton ( $140 half day, $190 full day.

■British Soccer Camp will be held Aug 23-27. Registration is open at

■Hawk Baseball Camp for players 7-15 yrs will be held June 28-July 1 (rain date July 2) from 9:00-3:00. For a registration form, please call Dave Chase at 603-545-2960 or email



WARNERLive storytime returnsto Pillsbury Free Library

■Storytime at Pillsbury Free Library is going to be “LIVE” again, 10:30 every Thursday. MainStreet BookEnds, Inc. has graciously offered their flat lawn adjacent to their patio to use. Come join in some family fun listening to stories, joining in on songs and fingerplays, and a craft. Geared for multi ages, so all are welcome. Free and open to the public.

■Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum will hold a Navajo Weaving Workshop Saturday, June 12, 1 PM – 3 PM. Althea John, a talented young Navajo woman from New Mexico, will show how her mother and grandmother make beautiful rugs and blankets and discuss the history behind the craft. Items will be on display and participants will have the opportunity to make weavings of their own. The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. For more information and to sign up, visit

■The next Red Cross Blood Drive at United Church of Warner is Friday June 11, 1 PM - 6 PM. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter WARNER to schedule an appointment.

■Exciting news! Starting June 15, MainStreet BookEnds will again be open to the public! Tuesdays through Fridays, 12 noon to 6 PM; Saturdays, 10 AM to 4 PM. Closed Sunday and Monday.

■The Pillsbury Free Library Children’s Summer program, “Tails and Tales,” begins Tuesday, July 6, with outdoor meetings to accommodate a large group. The brochure with full schedule is now available. Contact Miss Sue at 603-456-2289 or check for details. Tortoise and Hare Design T-shirt (green) can be ordered through your library,

■$5.75 – $9.75 for sizes still in stock. See for sizes and style. (but only libraries can place an order)

■The Warner Historical Society’s Tory Hill Authors Series returns on Saturday, July 10, at 7 PM via Zoom with Ty Gagne, author of Last Traverse and Where You’ll Find Me. Tickets $5. Visit to purchase tickets and read about upcoming authors.

■Join the MainStreet BookEnds, Inc. book group on Zoom for Broken: A Love Story by Lisa Jones, Sunday, July 11, at 4 – 5 PM. Described as a story about horses, humans, and redemption on the Wind River Indian Reservation. BookGroup participants receive 20% off the book prior to the event. Visit under Upcoming Events for more information.

■Registration is open for the LINEC summer session, which offers online programs and discussions throughout July. The Learning Institute of New England College remains online, welcoming participants from a broad geographical area. Enjoy weekly discussions of Coen brothers films or learn about the Alcotts, the family behind Little Women. In addition to weekly meetings, one-time programs range from a look at Cary Grant’s life to Puritanism to the present Supreme Court and much more. For a full course description see or email For $15 LINEC offers participants a stimulating selection of programs.

■Warner Parks and Recreation has announced that the beach and facilities at Silver Lake (on Bean Road) are open for the season. There are picnic tables, changing rooms and bathrooms, shade trees and sandy beach, and the spring-fed water is always refreshing!

■The Warner Historical Society Barn Sale is open on Saturdays, 9am-noon,

■weather permitting. Masks are required. We are taking donations at the Main

■Street house back porch, please no furniture.

■Warner Connects NH’s Family Closet Thrift Store is open and accepting donations Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 AM – 4 PM, on the first floor of the Warner Community Center (Old Graded School Building) at 49 West Main Street. Guidelines for donations can be found on Facebook at Income supports the food pantry and other operating costs. The store carries new and used clothing; shoes and accessories for all ages; new and used bedding and towels; and used camping, recreational, and sports gear. Volunteers are needed! To help, contact Warner Connects, NH at 603-456-2053.

■Warner Ladies Softball league will play Sunday afternoons from the end of June-August. This is a really fun league that will be following the latest Covid protocols. If you are interested in registering a team or looking to play on a team, please contact Andrea at



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