Contoocook River region town criers for July 11, 2021

Published: 7/12/2021 9:14:30 AM
BOWRotary concert

■Bow Rotary will host a free concert on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the town gazebo featuring Knock on Wood, a Boston acoustic folk-rock duo. The featured performer will be singer-songwriter Howie Newman on guitar, lead vocals and harmonica. The Bow Rotary Club will hold one more concert on Aug. 6.

■The Bow Garden Club will hold its first in-person meeting since December 2019 on Monday for a predominantly outside meeting at three different members' homes. The group will tour the gardens at each location and enjoy appetizers, main dishes, sides and desserts, consecutively, as members travel from house to house throughout the early evening. The meeting will conclude with a brief members' meeting. Members are encouraged to bring a guest to enjoy this social event with them. The meeting will also be cast on Zoom for those that wish to remain remote. New members are always welcome! Contact president and membership chairman Keryn Anderson at 856-8563 or for more information.


DUNBARTONOld Home Day set

■This month the DCC Book Club will be reading “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo. Discussion is scheduled for Aug. 5 from 7-8 p.m. on Zoom.

■On Friday at 9 a.m., Men's Coffee will meet outdoors at the bandstand at the picnic table on the North side or on Mr. Zeller's side lawn. Bring your own lawn chair and your own coffee. If Friday’s weather forecast looks poor, a Zoom link will be sent out on Thursday afternoon for a virtual Men's Coffee chat.

■The Dunbarton Public Library was recently awarded American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding via a grant distribution process by IMLS and the N.H. State Library. This first round of subgrants for the ARPA was a formula program with the goal of providing funds to every public library in N.H. This formula includes a $1,000 base amount and an amount based on the population served by the library. The library applied for and received funds to purchase a portable outdoor sign and several Playaway Launchpads to support children's educational and developmental needs.

■Welcome Officer Thomas “Cody” Tompkins to the Dunbarton Police Department! He successfully completed a highly competitive and rigorous months-long hiring process which included a writing sample, physical agility test, oral board interview, executive interview, polygraph examination, background investigation, medical examination, drug screening and a psychological screening and interview. Officer Tompkins was hired in advance of an upcoming retirement to avoid operating short staffed. Officer Tompkins will be starting his orientation and initial training in the near future followed by a 16-week residential full-time police academy at the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council in Concord. Officer Tompkins is a United States Navy veteran, having served as a Master-at-Arms achieving the rank of Second Class Petty Officer. A special thank-you to Town Clerk Linda Landry for administering the Oath of Office, the board of selectmen for its continued support and to all of those in attendance for this special occasion.

■Save the date for Old Home Day! Old Home Day returns on Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. (subject to change). For more information, contact John Stevens at 774-7162 or email



HENNIKER / WEAREFireworks on Saturday

■This week's Henniker Community Concert on Tuesday is Tattoo – a five-piece group playing and singing American roots music from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Angela Robinson Bandstand.

■Tucker Free Library Preschool Outdoor Summer Story Time will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Join for stories, activities and a take home craft out on the front lawn of the library. Bring a blanket. Rain date is Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Check for changes.

■Henniker Planning Board is having a hearing on Wednesday at the Community Center at 7 p.m. to discuss a proposal to divide a 56.4 acre acre lot on Locust Lane into two lots.

■The Henniker Community Farmers’ Market is featuring a free concert by Beechwood on Thursday during the Henniker Community Farmers’ Market from 4-7 p.m. at the Community Park.

■If you missed fireworks over the July 4th weekend, remember that there will be fireworks on Saturday at the Town Center at dusk.



■The Military History Book Group at Fuller Public Library will meet to discuss “The Ghost Ships of Archangel” by William Geroux on Monday at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

■Fuller Public Library's Summer Reading Program continues with Mermaid/Merman Playdough Creating on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Register by calling 464-3595 so the library can have enough supplies.

■Zen and the Craft of Creative Writing, a non-sponsored workshop, will be held at Fuller Public Library on Thursday from 6-7:45 p.m. Cost is $89. Contact Rena Rockwell at 464-5154 for information.

■The Teen Book Group at Fuller Public Library will meet to discuss “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” on Friday at 2:30 p.m. Kids grades 6 and up are welcome to attend.


HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOKRegister for activities

■Fall sign-ups are on-going for Hopkinton Youth Soccer Association (grade 4 and under), golf, tennis and field hockey teams. Early sign-ups are always a help for planning purposes. For information about fall soccer for grades 5 and up, call 207-200-84355 or email HYSA fall registration forms are at

■The Contoocook Farmers Market is outside every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Tooky Gabezo. Visit the Contoocook Farmers’ Market page on Facebook for updates.

■Try the Hopkinton Town Library Summer of Fun Quest! This year’s theme is “Hello Hopkinton: Celebrating Our Community.” Contact Mrs. Maynard for the children’s book covers that are posted around town. Use the titles of these books to find the location in town where they’re posted. Find them, take a selfie with the covers and send the pictures to by Aug. 6. Be sure to include your name and age category. Names will be entered into a raffle for a $20 gift card to the local business of your choice. Send as many pictures as you can, even if you don’t find them all. For ages 5 and under, find 10 book covers. Grades K-5 need to be 15 covers and grades 6 and up need to find all 22 book covers.

■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.

■The goal of Shared Harvest of Hopkinton is to encourage backyard gardeners and local farmers to donate their excess fresh produce and eggs in support of the Hopkinton Food Pantry. Drop off produce at the Slusser Center (outside lower level) on July 21, Aug. 4, Aug. 18 and Sept. 1 from 3-5 p.m. There will be Shared Harvest tables and coolers set up to receive your veggies and eggs. Follow on Shared Harvest on Facebook and email at with questions.

■The Owen family requests people to join a celebration of Derek Owen’s life on July 24 from 2-4 p.m. at the Owen farm, 580 Brockway Road. Bring your chair and stories to share with his family and friends.

■The Hopkinton Town Library’s theme for this summer is “Hello Hopkinton! Celebrating Our Community.” There are programs for children of all ages. The second session is July 27-Aug. 13. Registration is open. 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.

■Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center in Hopkinton is offering a summer camp for ages 5-12 on Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Camps are available in July and August. Call 746-5681, email or visit

■Writing Camp for grade 3 through high school is being held Aug. 16-20. Camps may be virtual, in-person, or a hybrid. Contact Joan Follansbee ( or Trish Walton ( Cost is $140 for a half day, $190 for a full day.

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

■Dial A Ride is open for rides to medical appointments, dental appointments, 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 from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 746-4357 to schedule an appointment. Each driver and senior resident will be asked to wear a mask. Need a ride or interested in becoming a driver? Call today to find out more!



WARNER Town Hall reopened

■Town Hall has reopened for walk-in business and committee meetings using safety protocols. Be aware that most of the Town Hall offices have switched spaces: the main level is now the Town Administrator and the Assistant to the Select Board, the middle level is now the Town Clerk and Archives, and the lower level is the Land Use, Assessing, and Tax Collector offices.

■The Kearsarge Conservatory of the Performing Arts (KCPA) is running a number of summer camps starting in July: Kids and Preschool Camp (Monday-July 24), Youth Summer Musical Camp (Monday-July 24) and Ballet Intensive (July 26-30). For more information visit

■Pillsbury Free Library Book Group will meet Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. outdoors. The current book is “The Tiger’s Wife” by Tea Obreht.

■Learn how to carve a spoon! Warner Public Market will be featuring a Spoon Carving Workshop on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $130. To register, visit

■The Warner Historical Society’s Tory Hill Authors Series continues July 24 at 7 p.m. via Zoom with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, author of “The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred.” Tickets are $5.Visit to purchase tickets and read about upcoming authors.

■Come try pickleball at Riverside Park! Novices welcome. Contact Sharon at 387-3257 to be added to the TeamReach app for notifications. Nets are set up when there are two or more players coming. Pickleball is cancelled when it is raining. Play occurs on Mondays and Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday mornings (8:30 or 10 a.m. depending on the heat), and Sundays from 1-3 p.m.

■Always wondered what was inside the NH Telephone Museum but never had a chance to visit? Now you can have a virtual tour! Just go to or search “Visiting the New Hampshire Telephone Museum” on YouTube.

■Need to beat the heat? Cool off at the Silver Lake Town Beach on Bean Road. Enjoy “wild swimming” with cool, spring-fed water, a sandy beach, bathroom and changing facility, picnic table and shade. Formerly the town reservoir, the water is dark from minerals and organic tannin, but clean, safe and tested yearly for algae blooms (none so far!).

■Free meals for children 18 and under are available through Aug. 30 through the Kearsarge School District, which is participating in the USDA’s Area Eligibility Waiver. Pick up two days of breakfast and lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at area schools. Go to for more information and to complete a form to order meals.

■Want to be in the know in Warner? Subscribe to “Community News” from Pillsbury Free Library, which is published on Thursdays. Subscribe at or call the library for assistance (456-2289).

Elibet Chase


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