Town crier for Nov. 19, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017
ALLENSTOWNSign up for holiday gifts

The Ladies of St. Anne will be accepting breads for the Thanksgiving Celebration on Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please deliver to St. John the Baptist Parish Hall and use the ramp entrance. The November meeting for the Ladies of St. Anne has been canceled.

Allenstown Holiday Family Assistance Programs signups will take place from now through Nov. 30. The Children's Holiday Wish Program is for children 17 and under. Gifts are provided to families through community donations. The Holiday Food Baskets Program is provided to families through the Capital Region Food Program.  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.

A winter parking ban prohibits vehicles from being parked on public streets through April 15 between the hours of 12:01 a.m. through 6 a.m. During a snow emergency, the road agent may declare a parking ban during the day. Declarations of a snow emergency will be posted on the town website as well as WMUR.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday.




ANDOVERHistory calendars on sale

The annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale, sponsored by the Andover Service Club, will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or until all pies are sold) at the Circle K Convenience Store on Route 11, just west of Andover Center. Homemade pies of various kinds are available at $12 a pie. Proceeds benefit community services and scholarships.

The 2018 Andover Historical Society Calendar is now on sale for $10 a copy. Copies are available at the two Andover libraries, the Service Club Thrift Shop and New Horizons Hairstylists in Andover, and at Morgan Hill Bookstore in New London. To order, send a check for $12 (including postage) payable to the AHS, to Pat Cutter, PO Box 237, Andover 03216.




BOSCAWENAuthor shares his search

Monday at the Boscawen Public Library at 6:30 p.m., author Paul Levy will be discussing his book, “Finding Phil, Lost in War and Silence.” The story that emerges reveals webs of interconnection about identity within the author’s family and within the human family.

Boscawen Public Library Presents “Ways of Color,” a mosaic workshop on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. No experience is necessary and each student creates their own piece of stained glass mosaic art. Registration is required as space is limited. Please call the library at 753-8576 for more details.

The WISHmas Tree is up in the lobby of the police department and loaded with Christmas wishes for local children. Please stop by soon and pick your ornament.

The Writer’s Workshop at the Boscawen Public Library is meeting on Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Boscawen Elementary School will be closed from Wednesday through Friday for the Thanksgiving break.

Town offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Boscawen Public Library is closing at 4 p.m. on Wednesday and is closed on Thursday. It reopens on Saturday at 9 a.m.




BOWParents, take a night off

Parents, are you looking to enjoy some alone time?  The Bow Mills United Methodist Church invites children and youth to Kids Night in. This offer continues for the second Friday of each month through May 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. All are welcome, whether church participants or not. There is no cost for this fun event. Snacks will be provided along with games and other adventures. To RSVP or for more info call 224-0884 or e-mail info@bowmillsmc.org .

The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will meet at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in stamp collecting is welcome to attend. For more information call Dan Day at 228-1154.

Following its Dec. 9 Holiday Brunch/Annual Meeting, the Bow Garden Club will be on hiatus until April 9. Please visit bowgardenclub.org and learn more about the club and how you can join for next year.   



CANTERBURYTavern hosts holiday shop

The Canterbury UCC Annual Youth Group Thanksgiving Dinner is today from 5 to 7 p.m. $8 for adults, $6 for seniors age 60 and up, $6 for kids age 5 to 11. Cost for an immediate family of four or more is $25. Kids under 5 are free. Please contact Polly Camire with donations at jpacamire@hotmail.com.

Olde Country Christmas at Clough Tavern opens this Friday and runs through Dec.3, Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two Sisters Garlic invites all to come for the annual 10 Days of Holiday Shopping in one of Canterbury’s oldest homes, featuring 44 local artisans. There will be a workshop run by Marina Forbes, Matryoshka Nested Doll painting and storytelling, on Nov. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. Fee and purchase of wooden doll required. Call Naomi at 731-5574 or 783-4287 for further details.

The Canterbury Elementary School annual Holiday Food Drive has started and runs until Dec. 9. Donations of non-perishable items will be collected in drop boxes at the front of the school. The PTO will start selling Christmas trees in the center from Saturday through Dec. 16. The Annual Holiday Fair will be Dec. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., with games, crafts, cookie decorating, Santa, and other things.

Canterbury Shaker Village CVS is open at weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For full details on visiting times, programs and how to become a member see shakers.org. Do It Yourself Herbal Holiday and Body Care Gifts workshop is Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Elkins Public Library hours on Mondays are changing to 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Regular programs are featured at elkinspubliclibrary.org. The Book Group will meet on Tuesday and will read “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah. Copies available at the library. Special Annual Holiday Open House will be Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon and will feature a Russian Christmas Bazaar! The Friends of Elkins Public Library will serve refreshments.

The recently published town history book, “Staying Small in a Century of Change” was recognized for an award by the Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire, which was accepted by president of the Canterbury Historical Society, Bob Scarponi, last month. The book continues to be available at the library, Country Store or Shaker Village.

The Hunger Sucks Food Rocks Walk and Bike Ride raised $2,925 for the Loudon Food Pantry. The 50/50 Holiday Raffle Fundraiser has started and runs through Dec. 15. Holiday Box sign-ups have begun. Check the website loudonfoodpantry.org or call 724 9731 for information.



CHICHESTERTree honors librarian

Lovers of the Chichester Library will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the downstairs community meeting room.  All are welcome to hear about the new library director joining us in December. Also Monday, the Chichester Photo Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the library.  

The Chichester Library will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving and Friday and will reopen Saturday for regular hours. May everyone have safe travels and a wonderful time sharing good food and memories.

On Wednesday, eat your Thanksgiving dinner a day early at the Chichester Community Supper at the Chichester United Methodist Church Parish Hall. Enjoy a free dinner with friends and neighbors at 6 p.m.

This year, Chichester Central School is donating a decorated tree to the FEZtival of Trees at the Bektash Shrine Temple. It is a special tree as the ornaments have been handmade by the Chichester school students, in memory of our town librarian, Lisa Prizio, who passed away this past summer. She was very important to the school children and this is a wonderful way to honor her memory. The FEZtival runs until Nov. 26. Check their website for hours.

Remember to sign up children for the Chichester Secret Santa. The Chichester Police Association cannot accept gifts due to lack of storage space, but monetary donations are accepted through Dec. 15. Checks should be made out to Chichester Secret Santa and mailed to the Chichester Police Dept., 22 Main St. Call 798-4911 if more information is needed.

There is still time to register for the Chichester Christmas Food Basket Project. Contact the Town Clerk Evelyn Pike at 798-5808, ext. 1 before Dec. 15.




DUNBARTONHead to Boston on bus

Dunbarton Recreation Committee will take its annual bus trip to Boston on Dec. 2. Departure will be at 7:30 a.m. from the Dunbarton Elementary School. Limited seating. Reservations required. Call the Town Office at 774-3540, ext. 105. Cost $10 per person.

There will be no school for Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday through Friday. Town offices will be closed Thursday and Friday.

The recreation committee will hold the Christmas tree lighting on Sunday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

There will be a work session on the Dunbarton School Board budget on Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. at the elementary school library.

Dunbarton Congregational Church celebrates the 10th annual Holiday Concert on Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. featuring Daniel VanKalken on piano and keyboard, the Gold and Silver Girls, the Wandering Minstrels and the Just-In-Time Chorale. Admission includes refreshments. Order tickets online.

DCC Wreath and Poinsettia are for sale online. You can get decorated or undecorated 22-inch wreaths. Poinsettias come in three colors and four sizes. Orders must be in before Monday. Pickup will be in the Vestry on Dec. 2 and 3. For more information, email dcctrustees@comcast.net.

On Dec. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, come for a fun gift-making session at the elementary school! Craft stations will be set up for children to make a number of handmade gifts for family and friends for the holidays. A $5 donation is appreciated to help cover the cost of materials. Older children and adult volunteers are needed to assist in set-up, help children with crafts and clean-up. Email info@dunbartonpto.com to volunteer.




EPSOM Enjoy a free dinner

The annual free Thanksgiving dinner will be Thursday at the Epsom Fire Station from noon to 2 p.m. or until food runs out. If you would like to donate or volunteer, contact Karen Reese at 717-5451 and leave a message.

The library will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.

Watch The Emoji Movie on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The movie is rated PG and popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Story times will be held Mondays at 10 a.m. and Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. at the library. Children and their caregivers listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy crafts.

The town of Epsom is soliciting proposals for design/build services for a new 4,500-square-foot building. The location of the new site is 980 Suncook Valley Highway, lot adjacent to the current Police Department Building. Bid specifications are available at the town of Epsom selectmen’s office, 940 Suncook Valley Highway or online at epsomnh.org. Call 736-9002 or email kelly.dearborn-luce@epsomnh.org for more information. The bid is due on Nov. 30.

The select board will meet Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the town offices.

Described as a smart, witty British comedy, Their Finest is the film scheduled for Nov. 29. The film is rated R for some language and sexuality.

May you and your family be blessed on Thanksgiving and throughout the year!



FRANKLIN Basketball nears

This is the last week to register for Franklin Parks and Recreation third grade through high school basketball teams. Coaches are also needed. The deadline for registering is Saturday. Cost is $40 and includes mouth guard, referees and team photos. Call 934-2118 or stop by the office at Bessie Rowell Community Center to sign up.

Affordable Care Act local help available by calling Donna Toomey at 934-1464 or 366-1070. Open enrollment ends Dec. 15, a shorter enrollment period, so don’t wait to call.

If you qualify for fuel assistance and meet income guidelines for weatherization and are age 62 or older, have children age 6 or younger or if there is a person with disabilities living in the house, you may be eligible for a weatherization audit from CAP Weatherization Program. Call 225-3295 for more information.

The Franklin Public Library Cookbook Club meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. Call 934-2911 with any questions.

Franklin High School will participate in College Application Week activities on Nov. 30. Seniors will have the opportunity, during the school day, to submit at least one college admissions application with the assistance of representatives from admissions offices from various N.H. colleges and universities. Application fees are waived for this specific day. Students are also eligible to win a $500 scholarship for participating in the program. Contact Megan Arena at 93-5441 for more information.

The Franklin School Board will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the middle school library.

The Twin Rivers Food Pantry is always in need of perishable items as well as plastic grocery bags. Contact Daisy at 648-2391 to ask about specific needs or stop by the pantry Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. or Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at their facility across the street from Benson Auto.

Reserve the weekend of Dec. 1 to 3 for the annual Festival of Trees at the Franklin Opera House. Brightly decorated Christmas trees, as well as other seasonal items, will be on display and raffle tickets will be available for you to possibly take home an item for your home. Visit franklinoperahouse.org for more information.




HENNIKER / WEARE Comedy for a cause

Callee Green is a senior at John Stark and as her senior project is putting on a comedy night at New England College on Nov. 30 with Mike Donovan and Jim Bishop. There will be a bar, games, and a wine grab. All proceeds go directly to the eighth-grade class. To buy tickets find a seventh- or eighth-grade student from Henniker Community School and ask them.

As you’re planning your holiday meals and gifts, remember that we’re having a special holiday farmers market on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Center. There will be lots of farmers and artisans – more than enough to check everything off your list.



HILLSBORO / DEERING Meet a weatherman

On Tuesday, WMUR weatherman Josh Judge will be at Fuller Public Library in Hillsboro at 7 p.m. to read from and sign copies of his new children’s book Be Nice to the Weather Guy. All proceeds from the book sales go to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.

On Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon, the 30th annual Cookie Walk will be held at Smith Memorial Church. There will be tons of festive, decorated, delicious Christmas cookies, a Santa’s Shoppe, quilt raffle, garden basket raffle and SERRV items.



HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOK Build a cookie house

The Beech Hill School will host its fifth annual Gingerbread House benefit on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. This year’s proceeds will go to The Water Project, thewaterproject.org. Participants will receive an assembled gingerbread house, frosting, andcandy. Each house is $25. To reserve a house, follow this link: app.sycamoreeducation.com/public_registration.php?id=1899& eid=4934249

The sixth annual Shed A Light on Bullying candlelight vigil will be Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Maple Street School and the middle and high schools. A brief presentation will be held at the Jane Lewellyn Bandstand after the contemplative walk.

Hopkinton School District will test the cancellation procedures and auto call system Monday at 5 p.m. The hope is that every member of the school community receives a call. If you do not receive a cal, contact executive assistant to the superintendent Brenda Vincent at bvincent@hopkintonshcools.org.

The next school board meeting is Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The 40th annual Contoocook Artisans Holiday Craft Fair will be held Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of “Starry, Starry Weekend,” a group of more than 20 shops and organizations in Hopkinton celebrating the holidays. The fair is held at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall.

Creative Angels Bazaar and Annual Cookie Walk will be Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. There will be more than 50 varieties of cookies and a Holiday Food Pantry with gluten free choices, There also will be handmade gifts, Christmas treasures, jewelry, a hot chocolate bar. Twenty percent of proceeds will go to Got Lunch and Christmas Gifts to local children.

There will be no senior lunch Wednesday at the Slusser Center. For more information, call 746-8265.

To go with your leftover turkey pick up vegetables, meat, jam, maple syrup, breads, Indian food and holiday decorations Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Contoocook Farmers Market at Hopkinton Town Hall. SNAP/EBT accepted. For more information, visit facebook.com/ContoocookFarmersMarket.

Happy Thanksgiving.




LACONIA Grant winners

Congratulations to the 2017 fall Laconia Endowment Educational Foundation grant recipients: Toni Manning, Karen Abraham, DonnaMarie Gamlin, Christine Bassett and Sabrina Searless from Elm Street School; Mary Ann Myers and Jennifer Connelly from Woodland Heights School; Sarah Gagnon, Heather Dube, Liz Rosenfeld, Kristen Barbour, Ellen Ward-Hill, Kathleen Grenier, Courtney Leighton and Portia Magdziasz from Pleasant Street School; and Whitney McCallum, Kelsea Doucet, Sonya Roberts, Tina Flemming and Dr. Bryant from Laconia Middle School. LEEF offers grants to certified staff in Laconia School District who wish to provide enrichment learning experiences and activities to their students.

Laconia High School will have a college application drop in day Monday from 10 to 11 a.m.

There will be a concert at Pleasant Street School with the second graders on Monday from 6 to 7 p.m.

The Teen Graphic Novel Club will meet Tuesday at the Laconia Public Library from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The discussion theme is the Justice League, in graphic novels, TV and movie adaptations.

Adult board game night is Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the library. We have the games, just come and have a good time.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. noon, there will be a Parent and Child Drop-In Craft for Gingerbread Houses at the Laconia Public Library. Celebrate the beginning of the winter holiday season with a Gingerbread house craft to take home. For ages 3 to 12.



LOUDON Lots of breakfasts

Loudon Elementary Santa’s Breakfast will be Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon. Free horse-drawn carriage rides, visit with Santa. Enjoy Breakfast 8 to 10 a.m. for $6 each or $25 per family. There will also be a cookie walk for $5 and quarter raffles. There will be a children’s holiday shoppe and vendors for the adults to peruse. If you are interested in donating an item for the raffle or joining as a vendor, call 556-1587 or email ammhkingsbury@aol.com

The firefighter’s association Black Friday breakfast will be Friday from 6 to 10 a.m. at 8 Cooper St. with bacon, eggs, pancakes, corned beef hash, baked beans, sausage, gravy and biscuits for $8. Proceeds benefit the UTV fund.




PEMBROKETime to be grateful

There is always something to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!




PITTSFIELDRemember loved ones

There are new hours at the B.C.E.P. Solid Waste Facility starting Jan. 1: Tuesday through Saturday from 8 to 4 p.m. with the scales closed at 3:45 p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday.

The Concord Regional VNA’s Hospice Lights of Life Community Remembrance Ceremony will be held in Pittsfield on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

On Monday, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Center there will be a Thanksgiving Bake and Craft Sale. This would be a great time to pick up homemade goods for your Thanksgiving meal. There will also be crafts on sale, so you can shop for your holiday meal and start your Christmas shopping.

The annual Chamber of Commerce sponsored Children's Store and Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Dec. 2.  Donation boxes to collect new and gently-used items for the Children's Store will be out at the post office, town hall, Northway Bank and Epping Well Company.  Items are collected for kids-only shopping (so think items that kids would give to parents, siblings, friends and teachers).  Some ideas are: winter hats or baseball hats, flashlights, small tools, work gloves, warm gloves, candles, lotion, jewelry, picture frames, knick-knacks.  We also are in need of gift bags, tape, tissue paper and gift tags. For more information, contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com.

Kick off the holiday season as yhe Pittsfield Players present the "Musical Christmas Show" on Dec.1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Scenic Theatre.  The show is free due to the sponsorship of the Sanderson Fund.  

On Dec. 2, continue the holiday spirit with breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the elementary school PTO at the school café from 8 to 9:30 a.m.  Breakfast is $3 or two for $5.  Pictures with Santa are available for $1.  The Children’s Store will be open in the gym from 9 a.m. to noon for children to shop for their family. Most items are $1 or less and there is free gift wrapping.  Later in the day at Dustin Park from 4 to 6 p.m., the annual Christmas tree lighting celebration will be held.  There will be free horse-drawn wagon rides, holiday music by the Joyce family, hot chocolate, cookies, popcorn, and candycanes to enjoy.  Inside Pittsfield Youth Workshop, there will be a Gingerbread House Display and raffle, and visit with Santa (who will arrive via Firetruck around 4 p.m.) Hot chili, chowder and soups will be available for a donation (either monetary or a non perishable good) to benefit the food pantry.  Holiday storytime will be held in the church basement. The highlight of the day will be gathering around the Christmas tree singing holiday songs and counting down to the lighting at 6 p.m.

A decorated wreath contest will be held at the tree lighting.  Decorate your wreath any way you'd like and drop it off at Dustin Park by 3:45 p.m. and the public will vote for the best one!  The winner will receive $50.

The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a House Decorating Contest in the spirit of the season.  Any address in Pittsfield (home or business) may enter by mailing in an entry form.  Entry forms are available for printing at pittsfieldchamber.org or on Facebook.  Entry is free and the prize is $100.  The deadline to enter is Dec. 15 and judging will take place on Dec. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m., weather permitting.

Everyone is welcome to join in for a community wide Thanksgiving Eve service on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church.  It's a good way to meditate, count your blessings and give thanks.  Special music provided by Linda Stasiak, soloist and the Jubellation Handbell Choir.  Parking and wheelchair accessible entrance are available at the rear of the church.  For more information, call the church at 435-7471.

Stand Up Pittsfield committee will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at the PMHS Media Center.  New members are encouraged to attend.

The Infant Toddler Diaper Pantry will be open Tuesday from 9 to 11a.m. at the First Congregational Church. Young families are given supplemental diapers and wipes. Everyone is welcome.  Please use the Chestnut Street entrance.  Monetary and product contributions are always welcome. Please call the church to arrange drop off at 435-7471.

Happy birthday wishes to Carol Grainger. I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving Day holiday.  I hope you can spend some time with family and friends and take some time to reflect on what you are thankful for!




SALISBURYMeet with Fungo

New Hampshire Fisher Cats’ mascot, Fungo, will visit the Salisbury Elementary School on Monday. He will be challenging the children to read five books, outside of school, over the winter months. It's time to start that extra reading, track progress, and collect two free tickets.

The conservation commission will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Academy Hall.

Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.




WARNERHome for the holidays

Warner Hometown Holiday will be Dec. 2. Join Warner in our annual celebration of the holidays, with traditional caroling, artists and artisans, food, farmers market, storytelling and more. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a concert from yhe Northeast Catholic College Choir singing carols on the terrace in the Jim Mitchell Community Park. Efner Tudor Holmes read her children's classic The Christmas Cat at noon at MainStreet BookEnds, followed by the Gear-Up Homeschoolers caroling at 12:30 p.m. Readings of “The Night Before Christmas” will be all day by the wood stove.

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 a month. People of all ages can join. 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 or search for Warner Volunteer Hub on Facebook.

MainStreet BookEnds gallery will host the annual Hospice Lights of Remembrance Ceremony on Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. with the Concord Regional VNA. Remember those most missed at this time of year.

Storytime will be the first Thursday of the month from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. at MainStreet BookEnds for kindergarten through second grade at MainStreet BookEnds. The program is lead by Simonds School teachers.

Schoodacs Coffee Shop hosts an open mic Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Grain Thief will perform string music in the Barn on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. Suggested donation of $10 goes to MainStreet Warner.

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and its Dreamcatcher’s Store will be open Small Business Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

There will be no school Wednesday through Friday.

Sign up for the school ski and snowboard program Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at the school library.




WEBSTERWork on the budget

The Webster Select Board will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the town office. It will be a work session on budget.

The N.H. Fisher Cats mascot, Fungo, will visit Webster Elementary School on Monday. He will challenge the kids to read five books this winter and win two free tickets to a game!

Webster Free Public Library will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!