Town crier for Dec. 31, 2017

Tuesday, January 02, 2018
ALLENSTOWN Budget committee to review town, school

St. John the Baptist Community Table will resume its regular meals on Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. at 10 School St.

The Allenstown Historical Society will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Suncook Business Park off Route 20 on Lavoie Drive. For more information, call 485-4437.

The budget committee will be conducting a public hearing for the 2018 budgets for the town, sewer department and school district on Jan. 13 at 9 a.m. at the Armand Dupont School gymnasium. Hope to see you there.

The declaration of candidacy for the 2018 election of town officers 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. For more information and positions, call Kathleen at 485-4276, ext. 116.




ANDOVER Bevy of activities to be held at Andover Hub

Yoga classes will be starting again this week at The Andover Hub, 157 Main St. Coleen Vaughn will offer three six-week series beginning Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15 a.m. The fee for any series is $72, or drop in at $15 if space is available. Kristen Nesbitt will offer a six-week series beginning Thursday at 6 p.m.; the series fee is $72, a four-class pass is $48 or one may drop in for $15. Registration is requested for all classes; contact Coleen at culturedvitality.com or on Facebook, or Kristen at kristengnesbitt52@gmail.com or backroadsyoga.com.

Babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers are invited to “Music with Friends,” two four-week series Fridays from 1 to 1:45 p.m. or Mondays 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at The Andover Hub, 157 Main St. Kids and their caregivers use rhythm instruments to play, dance and make music together. Taught by Julie Love of Sunapee, classes are $10 per child per session ($15 for two siblings) or $35 for a series ($50 for two siblings). To register and for more information, contact Julie at love.j@comcast.net.

Suzuki-method violin lessons, both group and individual, for ages 3 years to adult and both beginners and those who want to improve their skills, will be offered at The Andover Hub, 157 Main St. taught by Cathy Todd, who is also available to teach beginning piano, viola and cello. For more information, call or text Cathy at 748-8488.




BARNSTEAD New Year’s Eve concert supports hungry kids

Please join us today for Chris Bonoli’s annual New Year’s Eve Concert at the Barnstead Town Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be a collection for End 68 and the Food Pantry. Tickets are $8. Please call 340-1468 to RSVP.




BOSCAWEN Start new year with turkey lunch, bingo

Ring in the New Year with bingo. Games begin Saturday 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, town municipal offices and the library will be closed on Monday, New Year’s Day.




BOW Youth can chill with peers at Kids Night in

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. in Bow. 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 in kindergarten through high school to Kids Night in. Children 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 email 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 Monday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 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.

Happy new year!



CANTERBURY Family-friendly potluck rings in start of 2018

Family Game Night will be held at the Quaker Meeting House on New Year’s Eve from 6:30 to 10 p.m. to celebrate other earlier midnight times. Bring a potluck dish, non-alcoholic beverage and board games to share.

The Sing Your Heart Out Song Circle will gather Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. Bring a dish to share, song books, an instrument is optional as is teaching others a song. For more information, contact Greg or Ruth Heath 783-4401.

Canterbury Elementary School reopens Tuesday.

Shaker Regional School District budget meetings for 2018-19 will be held at the elementary school Jan. 8 at 6 p.m., and at Belmont Middle School on Jan. 10. A deliberative session concerning warrants will be at Belmont High School on Feb. 14 preparing for March 7 elections.

Elkins Public Library will be closed Monday. Rug braiding with Kate Goegel returns on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon, running for three weeks. Cost is $14 for a round mat. Contact the library to sign up or with questions at 783-4386. The Old Man Boring Book Club – not just for men – will meet Thursday at 7 p.m.

Friends of Elkins Public Library will hold its semi-annual meeting Jan. 18. Fundraising Frontier soups are still available. Membership each year is just $5. Contact Sarah Crow at smcrow@comcast.net for more information.

4-H will meet Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Parish House. Current activities include holiday baking, beaded earrings, ice fishing, rug hooking, fly tying and more. Contact Laura Crockford 540-9877 with inquiries.

Canterbury Police remind that state law requires drivers to remove snow from their car roofs to avoid hitting cars following behind. Also, the department is working on having a pharmaceutical drop box available. For dispatch, call 228-1010.

Ruth Mann continues to collect can tabs to support David’s House, where families of children in treatment may stay. The project is supported by the N.H. Farm Bureau Associated Women. For more information, call 783-9886.

Loudon Food Pantry will be closed until Jan. 16 for inventory.



CHICHESTER Planning board reviews two applications

The Chichester library will be closed Monday and wishes everyone a happy new year!

The select board will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall to continue to discuss the budget.

The planning board will review two site reviews Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the fire department. Sites in review include Cruiserparts, LLC on Dover Road and Enigma Holdings, LLC on Dover Road. Upon a finding by the board that the application meets the submission requirements of the Chichester Zoning Ordinance, the board will vote to accept the application as complete, and a public hearing on the merits of the proposal will follow immediately. Application may be review at the Chichester Town Offices. For more information, call 798-5350.

The Chichester, Epsom and Pittsfield libraries will hold a Memory Cafe at Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Epsom Library.




DUNBARTON Learn to tie fishing flys

The library will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

Knitting for Kids is held every Friday after school. Drop by to knit, chat and create. All materials are provided but feel free to bring your own projects.

Intermediate fly tying sponsored by the N.H. Fish and Game’s Let’s Go Fishing Program will be Jan. 9 and 23 at 6:30 p.m. You must register through the N.H. Fish and Game website. Call the library for details.

The Congregational Church will serve its Cabin Fever 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 this month: Jan. 11 and Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. Please register by calling the library. The dogs are certified and registered with Therapy Dogs International Chapter 205. All dogs are friendly, comfy and cozy. If you want more info on each dog, their bio is at the library. Please call.

Dunbarton School Board will meet at 6 p.m. at the Dunbarton Elementary School library on Jan. 10 for a public information session on the DES building project.

Support Dunbarton Elementary School by clipping Box Tops! The elementary school earns 10 cents for each box top. The library is now a drop off point.

The Dunbarton Police Department will be hosting a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events training course on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. The training will be held in the library of the Dunbarton Elementary School. CRASE training provides participants with the fundamental skills and mindset to survive an active shooter event. Seating is limited to 30 participants. The training is free and consists of a presentation followed by an open forum discussion. 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 that some participants may find disturbing.

The Dunbarton Police want to inform you about 2-1-1. The number 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects callers, at no cost, to information about critical health and human services available in their community. It is an initiative led by Granite United Way, an organization that represents the seven United Ways across the state, in partnership with Eversouce, and the state of New Hampshire. Residents in New Hampshire can contact toll-free in state or by calling 1-866-444-4211 from out of state.




EPSOM Watch new movie release at library

On Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., the library will show the movie Home Again. Reese Witherspoon stars as a single mom in Los Angeles whose life takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young men to move in with her and her estranged husband shows up luggage in hand and ready to move back in. This is a modern romantic comedy with one very big life lesson: starting over is not for beginners!

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. O’Neill is more than willing to teach new players. For more information, contact BrianONeil2@gmail.com.

Also, at the library, knitters group will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Storytime will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Toddler time is Wednesday at 10 a.m. Bone Builders works out Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. Lego Club will meet Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

The Budget Committee will meet Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at town offices.

Trustees of Trust Funds will meet Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the town offices meeting room.

School board will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Epsom Central School.

Baby pictures of current eighth graders are due Wednesday.

The Epsom Auxiliary will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the library.

Happy birthday wishes to Susan Cormier, Josh Preve, Joni Kitson and Sherry Jackson Notaey!

Wishing you a happy new year filled with happiness and peace. May your home be filled with joy and happiness!



FRANKLIN Annual kayaking event returns to city

Welcome in the new year Monday with First Day Franklin from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watch kayakers as they roar down the rapids of the Merrimack River into a warming tent at Trestle View Park. Celebrate the new year surrounded by friends and neighbors for this festive event with warming foods available from local organizations. Activities for kids as well. Many downtown businesses will be open. Happy new year!

The pond at Veterans Memorial Recreation Ski Area is open to the public. Visit their Facebook page for announcements for skiing and pray for more snow!

The Junior Youth Group of Franklin will be volunteering at First Day. They are led by Karen Darling at 770-1851.

Sign up this week for the monthly bus to Concord, sponsored by the TRIP Center. Enjoy shopping, keep an appointment and/or enjoy lunch out. This transportation is available the second Monday of each month, with the next bus leaving on Jan. 8. Please register by calling the TRIP Center at 934-4151 or stop by the center.

National Trivia Day will be celebrated at the TRIP Center this week at 10:30 a.m. Join in the fun with some great prizes and stay to enjoy lunch. If you haven’t visited the TRIP Center yet, it’s a great way to get acquainted. Call 934-4151 with any questions.

The Three Rivers Republican Committee will host Jen Robidoux, vice president of New Hampshire Right To Life, on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Franklin Pizza Chef.




HENNIKER / WEARE Watch original play at Holy Cross Church

Concord Regional VNA will be available Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 118 Center Road, and on subsequent first Tuesdays of each month. Contact Trish O’Loughlin at 224-4093 for more information.

And, also at Holy Cross, watch the return of Weare’s Rose Kosciuszek from her award-winning debut off-off-broadway in Tom Dunn’s and Will Ogmundson’s original musical, Georgia O’Keeffe Paints Paradise at 3 p.m. on Jan. 7.

The public is invited to the final performance by this year’s artists-in-residence and sixth-grade students on Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Henniker Community School. Admission is free. Storm date will be Jan. 12.

Wings of the Dawn purchased five metal boxes with slots for the collection of lead fishing tackle which is blamed for a 43 percent decrease in our loon population. These boxes are securely placed at the Henniker and Weare transfer stations. Wings plans on purchasing more boxes. Each box costs $40. Donations to offset the cost can be sent to Maria Colby, 64 Liberty Hill Road, Henniker, NH 03242.

Weare School District Board will meet Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. in the school library. The public hearing on the proposed 2018-19 school budget and warrant articles will be at 7 p.m. This Wednesday meeting date varies from the regular meeting schedule.



HILLSBORO / DEERING Happy new year

Wishing you love, health and happiness in 2018!



HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOK Celebrate three kings with dinner

The school board will meet Tuesday to finalize the FY2019 budget and present it to the budget committee on Jan. 10. For more information, call 746-5186.

Enjoy the Twelfth Night Dinner on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Contoocook UMC, 24-28 Maple St. The meal will be a typical Latin American three kings celebration. The cost is $10 per person. See anyone in the Outreach Committee or call Jeff at 746-2782 for more information. All proceeds go to the Nicaragua Mission Trip in July. This holiday represents the height of the Christmas season. The date marks the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas and commemorates the three wise men who traveled from afar, bearing gifts for the infant baby Jesus. The children of Mexico in particular look forward to this holiday as traditionally, gifts are exchanged on this date, not on Christmas.

The Senior Center will reopen Tuesday. Senior lunch is every Wednesday at noon for a $4 donation. The menu will be vegetable beef soup, cornbread, cake and ice cream. For more information, call 746-8265.

Contoocook Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hopkinton Town Hall. SNAP/EBT accepted. For more information, visit facebook.com/ContoocookFarmersMarket.

Hopkinton High School Interact Club is holding an inside yard sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hopkinton Middle/High School. 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 Tuesday through Friday at the HMHS front office. All donations that do not sell will be re-donated to local charities or taken with the students to Nicaragua.

Three recreation programs begin in January. There will be a First Day Hike at Kimball Cabins on Monday from 11 a.m. 1 p.m.; a six-week women’s basketball program begins Jan. 7 at 4:30 p.m. and a six-week program of Nature Babes begins Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. For more information, visit hopkintonrec.com.

Our Friends of the Hopkinton Town Library have bought a new pass for discounted admission to the Children’s Museum in Dover. The pass provides 50 percent discount for up to four people. Please visit the Hopkinton Town Library to find out about all the passes available.

Happy new year!




PITTSFIELD Apply to assist the Concord Crimeline

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 Saturday.

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.

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.

The schools will reopen Tuesday. Hope you enjoyed your holiday break.

The Suncook Valley Rotary Club will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the community center. For more information, contact Donna Keeley at keeledm@yahoo.com.

The Suncook Valley Sno-Riders club will hold their monthly meeting Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Barnstead Parade Fire Station. For more information on the club, visit their website at suncookvalleysnoriders.com.

The American Legion Peterson Cram Post 75 will meet Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Post Adjutant’s home at 50 Deer Meadow Road. All veterans are welcome to come and find out about the American Legion. For more information, contact Merrill Vaughan at 435-5207 or 340-1375.

At the senior center, two different exercise classes are offered. On Mondays at 10:45 a.m., there is senior/chair yoga offered at $5 per class. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m., there is a Bone Builders class, which is free.

Start the new year off by stopping in at the senior center and checking out what is offered. Lunch is served at noon, Monday through Thursday. Please call ahead to reserve your lunch at 435-8482. There is a $2 suggested donation for the meal. Weekly activities include bingo, yoga, art classes with Larry Frates, Bone Builders, Noon Café Bienvenue, Cribbage Club, crafts, quilting and healthy games including virtual bowling.

The Pittsfield Planning Board will hold public hearings on four zoning ordinance amendments proposed by the planning board on Thursdayat 7 p.m. at the town hall.

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

Stand Up Pittsfield, formerly known as the Pittsfield Wellness Coalition, will meet on Tuesdat at 6 p.m. at the PMHS Media Center. New members are always welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Victory Workers 4-H Club will meet January 8 at 6:45 p.m. at the community center.

The PMHS Food Pantry has been selected to be a beneficiary of the Hannaford Cause Bag Program at the Northwood store. Every time a shopper purchases the Fight Hunger reusable shopping bag at this location during the month of January, PMHS will receive a $0.25 donation.

The Pittsfield Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams will host Newmarket at home on Friday. The girls game starts at 5:30 p.m. and boys game starts at 7 p.m. Come show your Panther pride!

The Pittsfield Youth Workshop Board of Directors will meet Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

Happy birthday to Susan Cormier, Merrill Vaughan and Robin Davis. I hope you enjoy your special days!and Sue Kimball, Ed and Laurie Vien and an extra special 20th anniversary wish to my sister Michele and Peter Karwocki!

Here’s to a happy new year to all! Best wishes for a wonderful 2018!




SALISBURY Library to host dancing lessons

The town clerk will not be open Monday. She will be open usual hours Tuesday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., and she has hours on Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Selectmen will meet Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Academy Hall. There will be no Cemetery Trustees meeting in January. Planning Board will not be meeting the first Monday in January due to the holiday. They will meet Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.

School is back in session Tuesday.

At the library, yoga will be held Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Sessions are $5 each. Also, “Move with Melinda,” beginner ballroom dancing classes will begin in January every Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Foxtrot, tango, cha cha, swing, waltz, salsa, rumba and more! No special shoes or partner needed. Sessions are $10 each. Storytime is on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Passes are available at the library for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

The Book Group will meet the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the library. January’s Book Group is reading “Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman. Copies are now available at the library.

Happy new year!




WARNER Book group reads ‘The Other Alcott’

Kearsarge Regional School District’s will hold its deliberative session Saturday at 9 a.m. at the high school in Sutton.

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 discuss his process, a blend of creative writing and language-learning. He will talk about some of his favorite poets from various cultures and periods, and the valuable role that dual language editions of poetry can play in one’s learning 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.

The spelling bee will be held Jan. 19 at 1:20 p.m. at the school multi-purpose room.




WEBSTER Potluck at the lake

Pillsbury Lake District will hold a special event Monday at 10 a.m. at the Clubhouse. There will be mimosa and Bloody Mary brunch potluck. Please bring a dish to share. All Webster adults are welcome.

The Webster Select Board will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. with department heads. All are welcome.