Town crier for Nov. 12, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
ALLENSTOWNHelp local family

The Allenstown Holiday Family Assistance Program will be offered to families in need during the upcoming holiday season. If you would like to apply for either of these programs, please call 485-4276, ext. 110, to make a confidential appointment with the Allenstown Welfare Department. The Holiday Food Basket sign up will take place via appointment until Friday. You can read more at allenstownnh.gov/node/21593.

Allenstown winter parking ban prohibits vehicles from being parked on public streets from Wednesday through April 15. The ban prohibits parking on public streets from 12:01 a.m. through 6 a.m. during this time period. Declarations of snow emergency will be posted on town website as well as WMUR Channel 9.

The annual Thanksgiving Feast will be held on Thursday at 12 p.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. Please RSVP early for this delicious annual tradition by calling 485-4254.

The Quilting Club will be raffling off their annual multi-color quilt on Thursday at 11:30 a.m., all the proceeds will benefit the Suncook Senior Center. Call Kelly at 485-4254 for more information.

Decorative Carving with Guy will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. with the chef from Presidential Oaks. Guy will be here to demonstrate carving techniques to pretty up your Thanksgiving table. He will create an edible work of art centerpiece which will be raffled off at the end. For more information, call 485-4254.

The game room will be open from Monday to Friday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center to play ping pong, pool or bumper pool. Thanks to the Boys and Girls Club for their generosity to the use their space on the second floor. This would exclude school vacations, holidays and teachers’ workshops. Call for more information at 485-4254.




ANDOVERAnnual Christmas Fair

Singer and songwriter Rupert Wates will perform at the monthly Andover Community Coffeehouse on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Highland Lake Grange Hall, corner of Route 11 and Chase Hill Road. The concert is free and open to the public, with donations gratefully accepted. Doors open at 6 p.m. for light-supper food and beverage purchases and for open-mic sign-ups on a first-come, first-served basis. The sponsor for the evening is The Andover Hub. More information about British-born Wates is at rupertwatesmusic.com and about the Coffeehouse at andovercoffeehouse.org.

The annual Christmas Fair, sponsored by the Andover Congregational Church, will take place in the Highland Lake Grange Hall on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering lots of crafts and a bake sale. If interested in renting a table, call Donna Thompson at 744-6858 or email craftydonna@metrocast.net.




BARNSTEADEarly holiday shopping

This Saturday, don’t miss the second annual holiday craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., located at the Maple Street Church. Holiday wreaths, ornaments and lots of gift items to choose from and enjoy a fabulous farm-to-table lunch! Get your Christmas shopping done early!




BOSCAWENHonor a veteran

A special way to honor a veteran is to listen to the stories contained in the book Finding Phil, Lost in War and Silence. Author Paul Levy will discuss the true story of his uncle, on Nov. 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Boscawen Public Library.

Weekly activities at the library are Bone Builders on Monday and Friday at 9:30 a.m., Adult Craft Group on Monday at 2 p.m., Gentle Yoga on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and Storytime Crafts on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. The library is closing at 4 p.m. on Nov. 22 and will be closed on Thanksgiving.

Do you want to know more about your child’s education at Boscawen Elementary School? The Parent Teacher’s Association at the school invites you to their meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the library. They are a welcoming group of parents who work together organizing many school events and fundraisers.

The police department has announced that a Winter Parking Ban is now in effect. There shall be no parking upon any public right of way or any public parking lots, within the town between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., through April 15. Please be aware and park accordingly as vehicles would be subject to fines and a tow.




BOWSolve murder mystery

The Bow Garden Club will hold their last regular meeting of the year Monday evening at the Old Town Hall, 91 Bow Center Road. Social time and refreshments begin at 6 and the evening’s program will start promptly at 6:30 p.m.The speaker will be Kevin Skarupa, WMUR meteorologist. Bow Garden Club meetings are open to the public and there is no fee.

The Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., will present the play A Menacing Night at The Modern Museum on Saturday with two shows, noon and 5 p.m. This murder mystery play takes place at a modern art museum in Boston and involves a host of cranky, bumbling, insecure, anxious, and wealthy characters and even a couple that just won the Powerball! The audience will be challenged to solve this “who done it?” and a delicious meal will be served. Tickets are $20 for adults; $7 for kids and 5 and under free (includes dinner, show and five clues.) Reservations are required. Call 225-3219 or 496-4534.

The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., on Nov. 21 beginning at 1 p.m.



CANTERBURYAnti-slavery program

Canterbury Historical Society’s special program on the history of anti-slavery at the Elkins Library will be this Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Canterbury indoor farmers market will be held Saturday in the CES gym from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Familiar vendors and some new, local produce and crafts.

Canterbury UCC’s annual Youth Group Thanksgiving dinner will be held Nov. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults age 12 to 59, $6 for seniors age 60, $6 for kids age 5 to 11, $25 for an immediate family of four or more and free for kids under age 5. Please contact Polly Camire at jpacamire@hotmail.com.

4-H continues to run it’s fall fundraiser, selling N.H. Fish and Game Wildlife Calendars. Contact Laura Crockford at canterburyrascalsH@gmail.com for more details.

Canterbury Elementary School’s annual Holiday Food Drive has started and runs until Dec. 9. The CES Student Council Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Luncheon will be held on Thursday at noon in the library, and it is open to Canterbury senior citizens, who are asked to call the school to book in for the lunch. Call 783-9944. The PTO will start selling Christmas trees in the center from Nov. 25 to Dec. 16.

Elkins Public Library hours on Mondays are changing to 1 to 7 p.m. Regular programs are featured at elkinspubliclibrary.org. The book group will meet on Nov. 21, reading “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah, copies available at the library.

The Loudon Food Pantry’s program Canterbury’s Hunger Sucks Food Rocks Walk and Bike Ride raised $2,925 for the food pantry. The 50/50 Holiday Raffle Fundraiser has started and runs to Dec. 15. Holiday box sign-ups have begun. Check the website at loudonfoodpantry.org or call 724-9731.



CHICHESTERMemory Cafe is back

On Monday, the Chichester-Epsom-Pittsfield libraries are inviting caregivers and folks living with memory loss to come at 2 p.m. to the Epsom Public Library to enjoy music, food and simple activities to evoke Memories of Thanksgiving. Through January, the cafe will continue to meet at the library on the second Monday of month at 2 p.m.

On Monday afternoon, the Chichester Town Library trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Open to all to comment on library activities.

On Monday, the Chichester Historical Society, 49 Main St., will be open from 6:30 to 7 p.m. before the program at the Grange Hall, for those who would like to view a special exhibit featuring vintage Christmas ornaments. The program “The Christmas Ornament: Folk Art in Miniature,” will be presented by Beverly Weir-Longacre at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Plenty of parking.

On Wednesday, the Chichester Grange will meet at 7 p.m., upstairs in the Grange Hall.

On Thursday, the Heritage Commission will meet at 7 p.m. at the library.

Preparations are underway for the Capital Region Food Program and the Chichester 2017 Christmas Food Basket Project. Chichester residents in need of a Christmas food basket can contact Evelyn Pike at 798-5808, ext. 1, starting Monday.

The Chichester Police Association is once again sponsoring “Secret Santa.” Sign up for Chichester residents runs Monday through Dec. 15. Secret Santa starts with trying to meet the needs of those less fortunate for clothing needs, boots, jackets, ski pants, etc., and help with heating needs and utilities. Then, the good stuff, toys! Monetary donations are welcome and volunteers to shop and wrap are always needed. Checks should be made out to “Chichester Secret Santa.” For questions and volunteers, call 798-4911 to speak with Chief Clarke or Donna.




DUNBARTONAnnual wreath sale

Orders are now being accepted for the annual wreath and poinsettia sale. Visit the church website for more info and to place an order at dunbartonucc.org or call Dean Bacon at 774-4992. Orders due Nov. 20.

Hear about Robert Rogers of the Rangers on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. N.H. Humanities Speaker George Morrison will take us along a journey from colonial North America to the 21st century. This program is free and open to the public through a grant from the N.H. Humanities Speakers Bureau.

The next book discussion at the library will be on the novel “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett. Discussion to be held Wednesday at noon. Bring your lunch.

Spireside Coffee House and Open-Mic in Dunbarton will feature Chris George on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation of $5. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Dunbarton Recreation Committee’s annual Bus Trip to Boston will be Dec. 2, departing at 8 a.m. from the Dunbarton Elementary School. Limited seating. Reservations required. Call 774-3540, ext. 105. Cost is $10 per person.




EPSOMSchool closures

Caregivers and folks living with memory loss are invited to come and savor supportive socialization at the Chichester-Epsom-Pittsfield library’s Memory Café. At 2 p.m. on Monday at the Epsom Public Library, enjoy music, food, and activities to evoke memories of Thanksgiving.

Through January 2018, the café will continue to meet at the Epsom Public Library on the second Monday of the month at 2 p.m.

The Exception is the movie chosen for Wednesday. The film is rated R for sexuality, language and brief violence.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m., the book discussion group will discuss The Nazi Officer’s Wife, by Edith Hahn Beer, with Susan Dworkin. If you would like to join in the discussion, drop by the library to pick up a copy of the book.

Cemetery Committee will meet on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the library.

Board of Adjustment public hearing will be on Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m.

The Town of Epsom is soliciting proposals for design/build services for a new 4,500 square-foot building. Please call 736-9002 or email Kelly.dearborn-luce@epsomnh.org for more information. The bid is due on Nov. 30.

Budget Committee will meet Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

No school Monday in honor of Veterans Day.

School board will meet on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at ECS.

On Saturday, join the second annual Winter Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the ECS gym.

Happy birthday to Becky Hardy on Friday and my wonderful father-in-law Leon Miller on Saturday! Hope you have absolute wonderful birthdays!



FRANKLINEnjoy fresh pie

ACA (Affordable Care Act) open enrollment ends Dec. 15. Visit coveringnewhampshire.org or HealthCare.gov.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the soon to open Catch Housing on Memorial Street will take place Friday at 11 a.m. All are welcome.

I Spy Butterfly, scheduled for this weekend has been rescheduled to March 30 to better fit the schedule.

Franklin Middle School PTO will meet Monday at 6 p.m.

Senior Trip parent information night will be Thursday at the high school at 6:30 p.m.

Franklin Middle School dance will be Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Franklin Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for third-grade through high school basketball teams. Coaches are also needed. The deadline for registering is Nov. 25. Fee is $40 and includes mouth guard, referees and team photos. Call 934-2118 or stop by the office at Bessie Rowell Community Center.

Peabody Home meet and greet will be this Tuesday from 1 to 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. A guided tour and review of the Peabody Home services available to our elder community will be featured as well as meeting the staff. If you are not available, call Teresa at 934-3718 to schedule your personal tour.

The annual Pie Social at Peabody Home will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. If you would like to bake a pie, call Angela Mundy at 934-3718 by Monday. Please come and enjoy a delicious slice of pie and conversation.

The Companion Book Club with Mrs. Dzjuna hosts an evening book club the first Monday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Bessie Rowell Community Center for fourth- through eighth-grade students. Call 934-2118 to sign up for this free program.

The Franklin Public Library hosts free storytime and crafts for children of all ages, from any town, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Open gym and game room from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Bessie Rowell Community Center. Free snacks and supervision. Call 934-2118.

The Franklin Junior Youth Group for ages 11 to 14 meets most Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bessie Rowell Community Center. Questions and exact dates, call Karen Darling at 770-1851 or like the page on Facebook: “Jr. Youth Group Franklin NH”




HENNIKER / WEARESports award night

Fall Sports Award Night will be Monday at JSRHS at 6 p.m. On Thursday, John Stark School District will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the school library.

From Thursday to Saturday, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed at 7 p.m. nightly. Tickets at the door cost $5 for students and seniors and $7 for adults.

Conversations with White Birch seniors at Tucker Free Library can be scheduled by calling 428-3471. Meeting is Thursday at 11 a.m.

On Nov. 19 at 2 p.m., join Richard Wright, N.H. Fish and Game speaker, to discuss black bear behavior, populations and their appearance in our neighborhoods.

Music at the Meetinghouse will feature the opening of Alchemists’ Workshop’s latest musical: Kindness & Cruelty, The Story of Willa Cather in N.H. by Will Ogmundson and Tom Dunn. This professional touring show will be Friday night at 7 pm and Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Congregational Church sanctuary. Call 568-5102 or email dunn.t@comcast.net for more information or reservations.



HILLSBORO / DEERINGTrip to Lakes Region

The Military History Book Group will meet at Fuller Public Library to discuss the book Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis on Monday at 2 p.m.

On Wednesday, GHSS is heading off to the Lakes Region, but first we’ll lunch at Hart’s Turkey Farm and then go to Keepsake Quilts. Next, we’ll venture to the Oldest Country Store and Museum in the U.S. that carries an eclectic, soup-to-nuts mix of merchandise. On the way home, a stop is planned for making sundaes. Transportation cost is $14. Leaving Shaw’s at 10 a.m. Call Marie Mogavero at 464-4726.

The GHSS Senior Luncheon is Thursday at St. Mary’s at noon for a traditional Thanksgiving luncheon with all the fixings. The fee is $5. Call Marie Merrow for a reservation at 464-3067.

“How a Bill Becomes a Law” will be presented at the Fuller Public Library on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.




The Hopkinton-Contoocook Gardeners will meet Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester for a program on Eagles and City Raptors. Meet at 9:20 at the Hopkinton Congregational Church to carpool. Please note day change.

Information Session No. 4 on secondary education will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Hopkinton Middle-High School Library.

The Contoocook Farmers Market has moved to its winter home at the Hopkinton Town Hall, 330 Main St., in Hopkinton village, and will be open there Saturdays through the end of May. Please note the time change – winter market hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. SNAP/EBT accepted. For more information, visit facebook.com/ContoocookFarmersMarket.

Senior Center information is available at 746-8265. Lunch will be Wednesday at noon. Donation of $4 is suggested. Menu of beef stroganoff with noodles, salad, corn bread and mystery dessert.




LACONIA‘Wonder Woman’

On Monday from 10 to 11 a.m., there will be a Laconia High School College Application Drop-In in the Guidance Department. High school seniors have an opportunity to explore college options and submit an application.

On Monday from 6 to 7 p.m., Pleasant Street School’s First Grade Concert will be held.

On Tuesday at 6 p.m., “Fake News: What’s the real story?” will be presented. Randall Mikkelsen, a White House Press veteran who is currently managing editor at Thomson Reuters will present this program at the library.

On Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m., Adult Board Game Night will be held at the Laconia Public Library.

On Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Laconia Middle School PTO will meet at 150 McGrath St.

On Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Woodland Heights Elementary School PTO meeting will be held at 225 Winter St.

On Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a student/family Thanksgiving luncheon at all three elementary schools in the Laconia Public School District will be held.

On Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m., a Military Panel at Laconia High School will be held. Students will get information on all different branches in a question/answer format at 345 Union Ave.

On Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m., attend Purl Jam at the Laconia Public Library, 695 Main St.

On Thursday at 6 p.m., hear History of Draper & Maynard Sporting Goods Company at the Laconia Public Library, 695 Main St.

On Friday from 3:45 to 5 p.m., watch “Cars 3” at the Laconia Public Library, 695 Main St.

On Friday at 7 p.m., the Laconia Putnam Fund presents Soul of a Legend featuring Charlie Huhn and James Montgome. This is a free concert and will be at Laconia High School, 345 Union Ave. First come, first seated.

On Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wonder Woman will be shown at the Laconia Public Library, 695 Main St. Rated PG-13.



PEMBROKECongrats Spartans!

Congratulations to Pembroke Academy for winning the Division II Boys’ Soccer Championship on Saturday. The Spartans captured their first state title since 1958. Well done!




PITTSFIELDA night of laughs

The Pittsfield Players present Once Upon A Mattress on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Scenic Theatre. Tickets are $17 and may be purchased by visiting the Players’ website, pittsfieldplayers.com, and clicking on the TicketLeap button or by calling 435-8852 and leave your name, phone number and date of show you would like to see. Please spell your name when leaving a message. The tickets will be waiting for you at the door the night of the show – please remember checks or cash only for payment of tickets when picked up at the box office.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 50 Main St., will host their annual Holly Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will have hand-crafted holiday decorations, a silent auction, baked goods and a yummy cafe for breakfast and lunch! The birch log reindeer, snowmen, lighted trees and stars are very popular and sell out every year. Come enjoy this fun community event. The church will offer door prizes, raffles and something for everyone!

New hours at the B.C.E.P. Solid Waste Facility (the recycling center), effective Jan. 1 are Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (scales close at 3:45 p.m.) and closed Sunday and Monday.

The Pittsfield Police Association is sponsoring Night of Laughs Comedy Show will be held on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Dell Lea Country Club. Doors open at 6 p.m. This is a 21-plus show. For more information, call 435-3112.

The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce will hold a regular business meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Community Center.

The PES PTO will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the PES Library.

The Pittsfield Circle of Home and Family will meet on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center.

Parks and Recreation Committee will meet on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at town hall.

Dorcas Guild of the First Congregational Church, 24 Main St., will hold its annual Christmas Fair and Bake Sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Since the Dorcas Guild will not be holding an additional Craft Fair, final silent auction bids are due in by the close of the fair, 2 p.m. For more information, call 435-7471.

On Nov. 20 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Center, there will be a Thanksgiving Bake and Craft Sale.

On Tuesday at 12:30 a.m. at the Senior Center, join us for 1, 2, 3 Cook! The program is designed for an overall healthy lifestyle with simple easy steps to follow.

The Suncook Valley Rotary Club will meet on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Community Center, lower level. For more information, contact Donna Keeley at keeledm@yahoo.com.

The Pittsfield Girls’ Basketball program is sponsoring a Craft Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pittsfield Middle High School gym.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Sheila Fries and Tina Fife on Nov. 5 and to Effie Topouzoglou on Nov. 6. I hope you all had great days!

Happy birthday wishes to Edie St. George on Thursday and to my wonderful father-in-law, Leon Miller on Saturday. I hope you both enjoy your special day.




SALISBURYTax bills due

The tax collector has mailed the second issue of tax bill. Due date is Dec. 12.

Budget Committee will meet Monday at 7 p.m. upstairs at Academy Hall.

Selectmen will meet Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. upstairs at Academy Hall.

Salisbury Friends of Library will host the annual holiday craft fair on Dec. 2 at the Salisbury Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be sure to put this on your calendar.

There will be no school on Friday at Salisbury Elementary School.

Come join our annual Veterans Day Program at SES on Friday at 10 a.m. If you know of a veteran, please invite them to join us at our program.

Salisbury PTG is selling Christmas wreaths again this year. Order forms were sent home with children. Please call the school at 648-2206 if you are interested in purchasing wreath and do not have order form.




WARNERRenovation reveal

You are invited to the open house to celebrate the completion of our renovations of the library’s historic section inside and out on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. We appreciate the community’s support for our multi-year project! Refreshments and no speeches! Very informal chance to enjoy the refurbished historic space. Please pass on to your friends and neighbors.

The Warner Volunteer Hub is a place to check on the latest projects and opportunities that you can volunteer for, without having to sign up for hours each month. Organizations, clubs and community groups are encouraged to submit their projects to the website. Volunteers sign up directly with the organization as they are available or able. Find the Warner Volunteer Hub at warnervolunteerhub.org.

Today at MainStreet BookEnds, meet Julie Boardman, author of Death in the White Mountains and Dan Allen, author of Don’t Die on the Mountain.

Also today at 4 p.m., BookEnds Book Group will discuss Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. This is to prepare for the prequel of this novel, The Rules of Magic. Free and open to all.

At United Church of Warner on Monday from 10:30 a.m. to noon, the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will present “Grief Through The Holidays” for adults who are adjusting to life after loss while also facing the stress of the holiday season. Registration is required by calling 224-4093, ext. 2828 or emailing carmella.dow@crvna.org.




WEBSTERA special thanks

Free Library Movie Night on the big screen will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Webster Public Library. Coming Through the Rye will be shown. Free popcorn!

Webster Congregational Church will host a Harvest Supper and Penny Sale on Saturday at town hall from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Enjoy a yummy meal and good conversation.

Webster Congregational Church is striving to give a lap blanket to every resident at Merrimack County Nursing Home for Christmas. Please consider making a quilt, blanket or afghan as a token of love from the community. Questions or more information can be found by contactacting Terry Ohlson-Martin at terryohlson.martin@gmail.com or Mary Heath at 796-2165.

Webster Select Board will meet with the Merrimack Valley School Board Thursday at 6 p.m. at MV High School to discuss collaborative work between town and school board.

Zoning Board will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Town Office. Open to public.

Planning board will meet Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Town Office. Open to public.

A heartfelt thanks from Webster residents to our Road Agent and crew who did a wonderful job cleaning up after last week’s storm. Extra special thanks from the eighth-grade families for enabling us to make it to school Monday morning to catch the early bus to D.C.!