Town crier for Dec. 24, 2017

Sunday, December 24, 2017
ALLENSTOWNSenior Center is closed

The Suncook Senior Center is closed temporarily due to water damage from broken pipes. Once the clean up is completed the center will reopen. We will keep you posted. If you have any question, call Kelly at 485-4254 for more information.

The town of Allenstown has a time limit of declaration of candidacy for the 2018 election of town officers. The filing period begins Jan. 24 and ends Feb. 2. Declaration of candidacy must be filed with the Town Clerk prior to 5 p.m. on Feb. 2. Call Kathleen for information of positions open at 485-4276, ext.116.

The Allenstown Historical Society will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Suncook Business Park off Route 28 on Lavoie Drive. For more information, call 485-4437.




ANDOVERFood pantry now open

A six-week Zumba Gold fitness class will start Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Andover Hub, 157 Main St. The fee is $25 for the series or $5 per session. A regular ongoing Zumba fitness class will begin Jan. 7 at 8:30 a.m. at a fee of $5 per session. For more information on either class, contact teacher Akiesha Young at 998-0563 or at “Zumba with Akiesha” on Facebook.

The Andover Lions Club Food Pantry is newly re-opened in the lower level of the Andover Town Office Building. The Food Pantry is open from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. Users of the Food Pantry must be Andover residents and a photo ID is required.




BARNSTEADCelebrate new year with cookies and concert

Don’t miss the New Year’s Eve Milk and Cookies Concert with Chris Bonoli at the Barnstead Town Hall on Dec. 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. We will be collecting for End 68 and the Food Pantry. Tickets are $8. Please call 340-1468 to RSVP, there are 112 tickets.




BOSCAWENMake a birdfeeder

A Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be held, tonight, at the Congregational Church of Boscawen at 6 p.m. The Sunday morning church service will be at 10 a.m., as usual.

School-age children and their parents, are invited to make a pinecone birdfeeder workshop held at the Boscawen Public Library on Thursday at 2 p.m. Peanut butter will be used in the making of them. Be sure to call the library at 753-8576 if you and your children wish to attend. The Writer’s Workshop at the Boscawen Public Library is canceled for December and will return Jan. 29.

Ring in the new year with bingo returning Jan. 6 for an afternoon of food and fun for $10. A turkey lunch is served at noon followed by bingo at 1 p.m. that includes terrific prizes. Additional games will be held through April 2018 and will be announced in future columns.

The food pantry at the Boscawen Congregational Church will be closed Monday, Christmas Day, and Jan. 1, New Year’s Day.

Merrimack Valley Schools, including the Boscawen Elementary School, will be on vacation Monday through Jan. 1.

Town Municipal Offices will be closed Monday, Christmas Day; Tuesday; and Jan. 1, New Year’s Day.

The library will be closed Monday, Christmas Day, and Tuesday from 1 to 6 p.m. (instead of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). They will be closed Jan. 1 and reopen Jan. 2 at 10 a.m.




BOW Men’s Club hosts meal

Concord Regional VNA is offering “Life After Loss,” an eight-week adult grief discussion group on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon beginning Jan. 31 at Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St. Trained grief facilitators will provide grief support and education to participants who have suffered a recent loss. The group size is limited to 12 participants and sessions are free. Registration is required; call 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 2828 or visit crvna.org.

The Bow Mills United Methodist Church invites children and youth (kindergarten to 12th grade) to Kids Night In. Children and youth can stay for one to three hours. 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 information call 224-0884 or e-mail info@bowmillsmc.org.

The Bow Community Men’s Club annual New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet will be held at the Bow Community Center, 3 Bow Center Road, on New Year’s morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost for adults is $12 and children 12 and under is $5. The buffet will consist of eggs, bacon, sausage, hash, chipped beef, beans, pancakes, blueberry pancakes, french toast, fruit salad, toast, coffee, milk, tea, hot chocolate and assorted juices.



CANTERBURYSee lights at speedway

Canterbury Elementary School vacation will be through Jan. 1.

Elkins Public Library hours on Mondays are changing to 1 to 7 p.m. The library will be closed Monday, Tuesday and Jan. 1. Knitters, embroiderers and crocheters resume gatherings on Jan. 10.

The recently published town history, 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 CHS, Bob Scarponi, last month. The book continues to be available at the library, Country Store, or Shaker Village. Also, support the CHS by shopping on AmazonSmile at smile.amazon.com.

The annual Gift of Lights, given by Eastern Propane, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is open until Dec. 31 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Attend and take three perishable food items for the Loudon Food Pantry and receive $2 discount from entry cost. See nhms.com/events/gift-of-lights for more details.

Sno Shakers will host a potluck supper and auction on Jan. 13 at their hut on Clough Pond Road. Contact Jim Lamond for details at 753-6091.



CHICHESTERRaise green for the green

If you travel to Historic Main Street in Chichester, you may have noticed the fundraising thermometer attached to a tree near the greenspace. The goal is $10,000. A challenge has been issued by an anonymous donor. If $1,000 is raised by year-end, the donor will match the amount up to the $1,000. The Heritage Commission is looking for many donors to meet this challenge; $5, $10, $25 or even $1. Donations may be sent to Chichester Heritage Commission, c/o Gazebo Fund, 54 Main St. For information about the green space project, call Lucille Noel 798-5709 or Bernie Reindhardt at 736-7074.

Sand for resident use is available inside the town shed to keep it from freezing. It is to the right side of the entrance. For any questions, call Road Agent Jim Plunkett at 219-1041.

The Chichester Garden Club will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the library.

Cemetery Trustees will meet Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the Grange.

The library and town offices are closed Monday for Christmas.

Happy holidays and happy New Year to everyone!




DUNBARTONGet shooter training

There will be no school through Jan 1.

The library will be closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. Town offices will be closed Monday.

A Lego free build will be at the library Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. Create and then leave your awesome creation on display for all to see!

On Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m., there will be a pajama story time and visit with Alex Welch-Zerba, local author of Animals in my Room. Wear your jammies! Bring your stuffies.

The Congregational Church will serve their winter breakfasts again during January and February on Sundays from 8 to 10 a.m. at the church vestry. Cost is $6 with a little extra charge for specials or extra sides. Proceeds go toward their campership fund for Horton Center. For more information, contact Susan at 774-4294 or email susanjohonnett@yahoo.com. Everyone is welcome!

Read to the dogs, Jake, Cali, or Sherman, at the library. There will be two sessions next month on Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. and Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. Please register by calling the library. Both dogs are certified and registered with Therapy Dogs International. If you want more info on each their dog, their biography is at the library.

The N.H. Fish and Game Department’s “Let’s Go Fishing Program” will offer Intermediate fly tying classes at the Dunbarton Public Library on Jan. 9, 16 and 23. Instruction by Master Fly Tier Scott Biron and the fabulous Let’s Go Fishing instructors. Interested in advancing beyond the basics? Please call me the library for online registration information.

The regular Dunbarton School Board will meet Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Dunbarton Elementary School library and Jan. 10. This will be a public information forum about the elementary school building project.

Many thanks to all who participated and contributed to Operation Secret Elf. This year, this great program helped 13 families with a total of 36 children in Dunbarton.

Wreaths Across Dunbarton, a local nonprofit that mimics the national Wreaths Across America campaign to lay holiday wreaths at veterans’ graves, has raised about $3,500 to continue this program in the next few years. Thanks to Don Larsen, many volunteers, and to the three local businesses Capital Well, the Grappone Auto Group and Dunbarton Dental Care. These businesses have pledged their financial support to the project for the next five years.

The Dunbarton Police Department will be hosting a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events training course Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. The training will be held in the library of the Dunbarton Elementary School located at 20 Robert Rogers Road. CRASE training provides participants with the fundamental skills and mindset to survive an active shooter event. Seating is limited to 30 participants. To reserve a seat, please RSVP to Sergeant Chris Remillard at chrisremillard@gsinet.net no later than Jan. 8. You don’t have to be from Dunbarton to attend. The presentation consists of realistic depictions of violence.




EPSOMPlay games at library

The library is closed on Monday due to the holiday.

Do you enjoy Cribbage, Bridge, or Mahjong? Some patrons have expressed an interest in meeting on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for Mahjong. If you are interested, please contact the library.

Brian O’Neill is looking for people interested in forming a new chess club from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. All ages and levels of experience are invited to come to play and learn. No experience? That’s great, too. Brian is more than willing to teach new players. For more information, contact BrianONeil2@gmail.com.

Knitters group will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Story time is Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Toddler time is Wednesday at 10 a.m. Bone Builders is Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. Lego Club will meet Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., Despicable Me 3 is playing. The movie is rated PG and popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Today is next year’s Christmas memory. Make it one that you will cherish, and be sure to enjoy every single moment! Happy Holidays!



FRANKLINWarm clothes needed

Enjoy a week of holiday celebrations with family and friends. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy new year.

Remember the “Warming Tree” at Twin Rivers Food Pantry. Hats, mittens, scarves and other items are greatly appreciated and will be distributed to families in need. Items can be dropped off at the pantry Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Call Daisy at 648-2391 to make other arrangements. The Food Pantry welcomes donations of nonperishable food items throughout the year.

First Day Franklin will be Jan. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Welcomes kayakers down the rapids of the Merrimack River into a warming tent at Trestle View Park. Celebrate the New Year surrounded by friends with warming foods available from local organizations. Activities for kids as well. Many downtown businesses will be open.

New Years’ Dinner at the TRIP Center this Thursday at 11:15 a.m. Enjoy a delicious roast pork dinner and holiday dessert. Family and friends invited too. Call 934-4151 for details.

Start the new year with healthy exercise options at the TRIP Center: line dancing, chair exercises, Keep Movin’ and yoga. Call 934-4151 or drop by the center from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for details.




HENNIKER / WEAREDon’t miss camp

From Monday to Jan. 1, there will be no school due to holiday break.

In the spirit of giving and cooperation, Mrs. Nye’s first grade class at Henniker Community School raised $990 for the Henniker Food Pantry during their weeklong coin drive in December. The first graders were assisted by Mrs. Gagnon’s four-year-old preschool class.

There are four roles open in this year’s Weare/Henniker Youth Theatre’s Holiday Camp from Wednesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Weare Middle School. These roles are for young people ages 6 to 18. For more information, call 568-5102 or email dunn.t@comcast.net.

John Stark Regional High School’s Winter Concert will be Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Café. Admission with suggestion donation of $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Snow date will be Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m.



HILLSBORO / DEERINGShop at thrift store

Deering Community Church’s Attic Treasure Thrift Shop will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. New items have been coming in throughout the holiday season. Remember, “make an offer” is our policy when you find something you need or want to buy. See deeringcommunitychurch.org for more information or call Jeanne at 529-2540 or Joyce at 464-3376.



HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOKGrab food at market

The Slusser Center is closed and will reopen on Jan. 2. For more information, call 746-8265.

Almost everything you need for your New Year’s dinner is available at the Contoocook Farmers Market, which is open Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hopkinton Town Hall. SNAP/EBT accepted. For more information, visit facebook.com/ContoocookFarmersMarket.

Registration is open for the Bill Koch ski league. The mission of the Bill Koch League is to introduce children to cross-country skiing in a supportive and fun environment. It is open to all children grades 1-8. Registration is required and equipment is not provided, although some loaner equipment is available. Practices will be held Tuesday, and Friday afternoons at the Fairgrounds and Sunday afternoons at Pat’s Peak. Skiers need not attend all practices to be a part of the group. It runs through February. Although generally not a competitive program, there are opportunities for some races and one race will be held at the end of the season. More information and registration can be found at blackwaternordic.org/content/bill-koch-youth-league or contact Juliana at Juliana.popper@gmail.com

Try Music Trivia at the Hopkinton Town Library on Saturday at 1 p.m. Teams of four or fewer (ages 8 and up) should register by Thursday. To register for programs, call the library at 746-3663 or email lmaynard@hopkintontownlibrary.org. This program will be held in collaboration with Polka Dots Gift Boutique who will be providing the prize, a $25 gift certificate to the store.

Hopkinton High School Interact Club is holding a post holiday inside yard sale. All donations will be sold to help raise funds for service projects in Nicaragua and the community. You can donate anything in good condition toward the sale from Jan. 2 to 5 at the front office. The yard sale will be Jan. 6 at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hopkinton Middle High School Cafeteria. All donations that do not sell will be re-donated to local charities or taken with the students to Nicaragua.

The school board will meet Jan. 2 to finalized the FY19 budget and Jan. 10 will present the budget to the Budget Committee.




LOUDONChurch offers eve worship service

The Loudon Congregational Church will be holding a Christmas Eve Service today at 4:30 p.m. The church is located at 7018 Church St. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact the Rev. Moe Cormier at 783-9478.




PITTSFIELDVolunteers needed

New hours at the B.C.E.P. Solid Waste Facility go into effect Jan. 1. They are Tuesday to Saturday from 8 to 4 p.m. (scales close at 3:45 p.m.) and closed Sunday and Monday.

The Concord Regional Crimeline has board openings. Simply go to our website, concordregionalcrimeline.com and print the individual application. Upon completion send it to Concord Police Dept, 35 Green St., Concord 03302 ATTN: Deputy Chief Greg Taylor. The CRCL chairman will contact the applicant for an interview. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 6.

During December, the 10 a.m. Thursday preschool story hour (at the library) will enjoy cookie decorating, ornament making and explore holiday traditions. The afterschool Cozy Nook Book Adventure Club meets at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The Stay and Play group for toddlers and their parents/caregivers meet Tuesday at 10 a.m. for a brief story, simple activities and time to socialize.

The select board is seeking a Pittsfield resident to represent the town on the BCEP Solid Waste District budget committee. A committee application may be picked up at the Selectmen’s Office.

Join your friends and neighbors and bring the whole family to a wonderful traditional candlelight service today at 7 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main St. The service includes beautiful music by the Chancel Choir and the JuBellation Handbell Choir, scripture lessons, the story of the first Christmas, the sanctuary shimmering in candlelight and the singing of “Silent Night.” Include this lovely evening service in your holiday plans. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are available at rear of church at Chestnut Street. For more information, call the church office at 435-7471.

A Christmas Eve service will be held today at 3 p.m. at Joy Church, 55 Barnstead Road with lots of Christmas music, a children’s pageant, cookies, cider, coffee, and hot chocolate. Everyone is welcome.

The Pittsfield Senior Center needs volunteers for different days of the week at different times. Mondays and Thursdays 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, during the community lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday mornings from 8 to 10 a.m. The job includes working in the kitchen preparing items for Meals on Wheels and or the Community Meal, setting up for the meals and washing dishes. Training is provided, if interested please call 435-8482. The work is easy and gratifying.

Pictures with Santa from the Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration are available for viewing on the town website, pittsfieldnh.gov. Thank you to the Wood family for taking the photos and uploading them.

Several occupations common in the 1800s are rarely practiced today. Pittsfield’s blacksmith shops, carriage builders, stage coach operators, water and steam powered sawmills, farming, grocery delivery services and peddlers wagons are all depicted and described in the 2018 calendar from the Pittsfield Historical Society. Included is an overview of the old time trades written by Larry Berkson along with 14 vintage photographs with descriptions. Calendars can be purchased at the Pittsfield Town offices, the Josiah Carpenter Library, the Pittsfield Historical Society headquarters on most Tuesday mornings between 9 a.m. and noon, or by calling Fuzz Freese at 435-7777. Cost is still only $10. Don’t leave 2017 without one.

School vacation runs through Jan. 1. The schools will reopen on Tuesday. Enjoy your holiday break.

Happy birthday wishes to Denis Guy. I hope you enjoy your special day!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all. I hope everyone has a chance to spend time with their loved ones!




SALISBURYA quiet week

It is a quiet week meeting-wise for the town of Salisbury, but remember as the holidays approach the Town Clerk will be closed Monday and Jan. 1. All other weekly hours will remain the same for all offices. The office staff wishes Salisbury residents a happy and safe holiday season.

It is school vacation this week. School reopens Jan. 2.




WARNERChat with author

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. We encourage people of all ages to 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.

MainStreet BookEnds book group will discuss The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper on Jan. 7 at 4 p.m. BookGroup participants receive 20 percent off the book prior to the event. All are welcome.

MainStreet BookEnds will host storytime Thursdays 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. in partnership with Simonds School teachers for students in kindergarten through second grade. The next will be Jan. 4.

On Jan. 14 at 2 p.m., MacArthur Fellow, author and artist David Carroll will reprise a reading and discussion of poems and prose-poems written in English and the four languages he pursues: Spanish, Italian, German and Russian. These brief works are experimental in nature. and foreign language pieces will be followed by English translations. He will talk about some of his favorite poets from various cultures, and the valuable role that dual language editions of poetry can play inlearning a foreign language. Discussion, comments, and questions from the audience will be most welcome.

Schoodacs Coffee Shop holds an open mic every Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

On Jan. 3 at SImonds Elementary School, there will be a family lunch from 12:15 to 1 p.m. and a PTO meeting from 6:30 p.m.

There will be no school Jan. 15 for Martin Luther King Day.




WEBSTERDon’t forget to read over winter break

Webster Free Public Library will be closed Monday and Tuesday, as well as Jan. 1. The library will be open its usual hours of noon - 4 p.m. on Dec. 31.

The holidays and the winter vacation are here. All Webster Elementary School students are reminded to work on their Fisher Cats Reading Challenge. That’s five books outside of school this winter. Please remember to fill out your forms and return them to school.

A special congratulations to Webster police Officer Jon Adinolfo, who was recently awarded a Life Saving Award Letter of Commendation. Adinolfo was able to save a Webster resident’s life this summer because of his quick response and excellent training. Thank you and congratulations!