Town Crier for March 4, 2018

Friday, March 02, 2018
ALLENSTOWNRaffle tickets for quilt

Meet the Candidates will be held on March 11 at 1 p.m. at the Suncook Senior Center, 8 Whitten St. They will use the lounge upstairs in the Boys and Girls Club.

The sample 2018 ballots for the town and school elections to be held on March 13 are now available at town hall and online. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Kathleen Pelissier at 485-4276, ext.116. One can view the ballots at the voting day calendar event on the town’s website.

Bone Builders is held on Monday at 9 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center.

Bingo is held at 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the Suncook Senior Center.

Chair Yoga is held on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center and the cost is $5 per class.

Pastel Drawing Class will be held on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. with instructor June Marie Garny. Classes are $45 for a six-week session including materials.

The Community Table is held at 5 p.m. every Tuesday at the St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 10 School St.

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

The Cribbage Club will meet on Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. Come in and join the fun.

On Thursday, come on down to the Suncook Senior Center and enjoy coffee and visit with Chief Paul Paquette from 9:15 to 10 a.m. Then stay around and play Bingo.

Tai Chi classes are held on Friday at 9 a.m. with instructor Marcia Wyman at the Suncook Senior Center and the cost is $5 per class.

The Suncook Senior Center Quilting Class is selling raffle tickets for a 65-inch by 80-inch pink color quilt. The drawing will be held at 12 p.m. on March 29. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Tickets can be purchased by calling Kelly or visiting the Suncook Senior Center. Contact 485-4254.

St. John the Baptist Parish office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday through Friday. For more information, call 485-3113.




ANDOVERCribbage Night begins

An ongoing Cribbage Night will begin on Wednesday at The Andover Hub, 157 Main St., 6 to 8 p.m., open to anyone who enjoys a friendly game of cribbage and welcoming new players at any time. Each player donates $5 each evening, participants play in teams of two, and the five top-scoring teams split the pot at the end of the evening. Contact Heather Wood at 340-4421 or at dekteig18@gmail.com for more information. A “refresher class” will also be offered on Tuesday at 6 p.m. for those who’ve never played or would like to brush up on the rules of the game.

Residents who have a computer software question or want to learn a new skill can sign up for a half-hour appointment on Thursday at The Andover Hub, 157 Main St., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to work with freelance computer consultant Pat Michaud of Concord. The sessions are free of charge, but donations to The Hub are appreciated. Pat will have laptops available or bring your own (PCs only, no MACs). Email AndoverCommunitySpace@gmail.com to set up an appointment.

A three-week Ukrainian Easter Egg-decorating series will begin on March 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at The Andover Hub, 157 Main St. Free of charge, with a small fee charged for materials. Registration is required; to register, contact Gisela Darling at 735-5681 or darlinggi@tds.net, or Nadja Hebert at 735-4084 or nhebert@tds.net.




BARNSTEADLearn business skills

This Tuesday, a free Business Skills Workshop is being offered at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library at 7:30 p.m. Britni Lamontagne is the facilitator. To RSVP please email suriaah@gmail.com.

This Saturday, Meet the Candidate Lori Mahar at the Barnstead Country Store from 10 a.m. to noon. Let’s have breakfast and talk!




BOSCAWENRegister your dog

More Bingo fun is coming on Saturday beginning at noon at the Boscawen Town Hall (basement of Congregational Church at 14 High St). Soups, quiches, salads and desserts are on the menu for the usual fee of $10 that includes an afternoon of games, fellowship and prizes.

Merrimack Valley School District annual meeting will be held on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. Voting polls for school board members and moderator will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both events will be held at the MV High School.

Mark your calendars for the fast approaching town elections and meeting coming on March 13. Voting polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Boscawen Town Hall (basement of Congregational Church at 14 High St). The town meeting is held at the Boscawen Elementary School immediately following the complete tabulation of the ballots.

Available this year at the voting polls – dog registration! A clerk will be on hand to complete your dog’s registration from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Be sure to bring your most recent rabies vaccination and cash or a check made payable to the town of Boscawen.




BOWGet library assistance

The Friends of the Baker Free Library are holding a “March Madness Bag O’ Books” sale. For $2 you may bring home a standard plastic grocery bag full of great books. They have a wonderful selection of gently used children’s, youth, young adult, fiction, and non-fiction books. The bag sale runs from March 1 through 31 in the book sale room of the Baker Free Library, 509 South St., during regular library hours. All proceeds go to support the library’s museum pass program. For more information, call Christine Carey at 225-7224 or email ccarey24@comcast.net.

The Baker Heritage Room at the Baker Free Library will be open Tuesday and March 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bow Heritage Commission members will be available to assist you in locating and viewing materials. Please check in at the library desk before going to the Heritage Room. Volunteers interested in staffing the room can apply during open hours or contact Faye Johnson at 228-8149.

Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., cordially invites you to attend the 2018 Lenten Luncheons series from noon to 1 p.m. on the following dates with presentations by luncheon speakers beginning: Thursday, Maggie Fogarty, co-director of the N.H. program for the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker-founded organization working for justice and peace throughout the world; March 8, the Rev. Jason Wells, executive director of the New Hampshire Council of Churches; March 15, Leanne Tigert, M.Div., D.Min., Hospice Care Services Manager at Concord Regional VNA will focus her presentation on Caregiving and Faith; March 22, Tony Coriaty and Francine Sullivan of N.H. Kairos Prison Ministries, a diverse and ecumenical all-volunteer ministry in the mens’ and womens’ prisons. Donation of $7 per person suggested. Proceeds to benefit Friends of Forgotten Children, helping to meet the needs of families and individuals in Concord and surrounding communities. The luncheon series is sponsored by the Greater Concord Interfaith Council. For further information, call 224-0884.



CANTERBURYSing your heart out

Come and “Sing Your Heart Out” on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 11 Oxbow Pond Road. Bring fingerfood to share, a song you’d like to teach or request, your Rise Again and Rise Up Singing songbooks (or borrow ours) and a friend! Raise your spirits with your voice. Open to all. Contact Ruth Heath at 724-4343.

On March 11 from 3 to 4 p.m., a Canterbury forum on petitioned warrant articles involving energy commission and pentagon budget will be held. The event will be sponsored by Canterbury Citizens for Democracy. This is an opportunity for all town candidates to speak. The meeting will be held at the Canterbury meeting house, next to the library. All are welcome, refreshments will be served. For questions, call Doris at 783-4418.



CHICHESTERPoetry group to meet

Absentee ballots are available for voting on the official town and zoning amendment ballots from the town clerk. Ballots are available until March 12 at 5 p.m. Samples of the official ballots are available on the town website. Actual voting is March 13 at the Grange Hall. If you are new in town and want to vote, you can register that day. Bring a photo ID and proof of domicile.

Brush, leaf and yard waste will not be accepted effective March 15, until further notice.

On Monday, the Down Cellar Poets’ Workshop for adult writers will be held at 7 p.m. at the library. Facilitated by Jimmy Pappas. Call 798-3410 for more information.

On Tuesday, selectmen will meet at 6:30 p.m. at town hall.

On Wednesday, the Knitting Circle meets at 3:30 p.m. at the library. Open to all-bring a project or questions on knitting and crocheting.

On Wednesday, Daisy Girl Scouts and Brownies meet at 5 p.m. at the library. Check Facebook for further information.

On Thursday, preschool story and craft hour resumes at 10:30 a.m. at the library.

On March 10 at 9 a.m., the Chichester School District annual meeting will be held at Chichester Central School on Main Street.




DUNBARTONRead to dogs

On March 31 at 2 p.m. at school library, Dunbarton police and fire departments are teaming up to offer a free training opportunity for the public in Stop The Bleed. The training program consists of a presentation and live drills in the use of tourniquets, bandages and other first aid equipment. This course was prepared for those with no prior medical training or experience. This is a great supplemental course for those who have gone through our Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events training. Instructors from the Dunbarton Fire Department will be leading the course. Seating is limited to the first 40 registrants. To save a seat, please RSVP directly to Sgt. Chris Remillard at chrisremillard@gsinet.net no later than Monday. To learn more, visit bleedingcontrol.org. Warning: The presentation contains graphic images.

Dunbarton Inspiration Group, a creative group, will meet next at the library Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Call Pat Murphy for more information.

Read to dogs Thursday and March 22 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the library. A very special reading program designed to improve children’s reading skills. Read aloud to a gentle registered/certified therapy dog from Therapy Dogs International. Call the library to sign up for a 15-minute session. Bring your own book, or choose one of ours.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., the Dunbarton School District meeting will be held at the Community Center on 20 Robert Rogers Road. Discuss the article on the bond and school operating budget.

On March 13, new poll hours will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Center, 20 Robert Rogers Road. Dunbarton town meeting to start at 7 p.m. at the Community Center.

Next book for discussion at the library: Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson. Read the true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II. Meet on March 21. Bring your lunch.




EPSOMWatch ‘Stronger’

Mark it down! March 13 is the day for town voting at Epsom Central School from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.

On Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., the Epsom Public Library will show the movie Stronger. This powerful film tells the horrific story of Jeff Bauman who lost both his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Based on the book that he wrote it tells his of personal journey that tests a family’s bond and defines a community pride. For obvious reasons, this movie is rated R for extreme trauma and violence.

Today, the Friends of the Library are once again hosting the Meet the Candidates Forum at the library at 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity for citizens to meet the people running for office in our community and to hear from them as well as ask questions. The Friends of the Library are also seeking bakers for the upcoming March 13 election and hope to have homemade pies and breads from our Epsom chefs. The election will be held at the Epsom Central School, and baked goods can be dropped off at the library on March 12, or they may be dropped off at ECS the morning of the election.

Are you thinking about your 2017 income taxes? Need help with your return? The Epsom library will be hosting the VITA/TCE Taxaide Program to assist you with your tax preparation and submission. Although this is a free service, you will need to make an appointment by going on line to aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or calling 1-888-227-7669 or 211.

Trustee of Funds will meet on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Epsom Town Offices Meeting Room.

Mark your calendars for the 12th annual Officer Michael Briggs Spaghetti Dinner in remembrance of Officer Michael Briggs on March 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Epsom Central School’s cafeteria. Tickets may be purchased in advance or the night of the dinner. Once again, we will be offering the option of a “take-out” meal. More info next week!

Spring sports will soon be upon us. Students need to be in grades 6 to 8 to try out for our baseball or softball teams. Students in grades 5 to 8 are permitted to try out for our spring track team. Be on the lookout for sign-ups to start this week.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Rick Davis, Paul Davis and Kaileigh Davis!



FRANKLINDonate dish soaps

The Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry is always in need and appreciates donations of non-perishable food items (oatmeal, granola bars, 100 percent juice, dried beans, etc.) as well as financial support and volunteer time. Call the director, Trisha Wildes, at 934-2662 for more information. Hats, mittens and scarves are welcome this time of the year as well.

The Franklin Public Library is seeking vendors for its annual craft fair on May 19. The registration fee is only $10 and will benefit the Readers Are Leaders Scholarship. Contact Rob Sargent at 934-2911.

The Baptist Church of Franklin welcomes donations of dish detergent (not dishwasher detergent), laundry detergent and disinfectant spray for their One Heart Mission, which provides personal care items to people in the Franklin and surrounding towns. The One Heart Mission is open the first Saturday of each month between the hours of 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please contact the church office at 934- 0230 between the hours of 12 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Franklin Public Library Book Group meets Thursday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the upper room of the library. This month’s book is The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Cavalier. Feel free to come, even if you have not had an opportunity to read the book, to get acquainted with this great group of readers.

The city council meets Monday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

The zoning board meets Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The Franklin Area Lions Club meets Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Soda Shoppe. Contact LionCherylPwrs@aol.com or 848-3373 with questions.

Tickets available now for Almost Maine presented by Franklin Footlight Theatre. Performances March 15 to 17 at 7:30 p.m. and March 18 with a 2 p.m. matinee. Call 934-1901 or visit franklinoperahouse.org to order online.

Time to register for kindergarten. If your child will turn five years old before October 1 and you reside in Franklin, call Paul Smith School today at 934-4144 to begin the registration process.

Register now for transportation to Concord for shop and lunch. The van leaves the TRIP Center at 9:30 a.m. on March 12. Call 934-4151 to reserve space or stop by the center at Bessie Rowell Community Center.

Celebrate International Women’s Day at the TRIP Center on Thursday at 11 a.m. Share a story about your past profession with others and guess who did what, when and where. Call 934-4151 for more information.

E-library services through N.H. Overdrive are available at the Franklin Public Library. Books are available 24/7. No more late fees, place holds, create wish lists and return titles easily. Sync libraries, bookmarks and recent positions across mobile devices. Contact the library at 934-2911 to set up your free account. Thanks to the Junior Youth Group for creating an attractive flyer to promote this service.

The Annual Mom Prom sponsored by Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary will take place April 7 th from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Steele Hill in Sanbornton. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the FRH Auxiliary Gift Shop or online ateventbrite.com. Call 934-2060, ext. 8259, as well. Not just for moms. All women over 21 are welcome and come dressed in your fabulous prom, bridesmaid, tacky or fancy dress.




HENNIKER / WEARECelebrate Dr. Seuss

Andrea Parker is a very talented artist in Henniker who is working on several designs for our 250th anniversary. Please contact her if you are interested in buying one of her wonderful pieces. She will have a booth during the 250th celebration.

The John Stark Stage Company jumps into the world of Dr. Seuss with their spring production of Seussical, a family-friendly musical. Show dates and times are March 15 to 17 at 6:30 p.m. and March 18 at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 for students and senior citizens and $7 for adults. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the main office at 529-1601.

Congratulations to the fifth and sixth grade Henniker girls rec basketball team! They won their championship game on Tuesday night against a very determined and skilled Bow team! Great job girls!

What are your children eating for breakfast? This is a good question to ask during National School Breakfast Week this week.

Remembering Parkland: A Henniker Community Candlelight Vigil will be held today from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Henniker Front Lawn (Route 114). All are welcome.

Now through April 14, the very busy Weare Public Library at 10 Paige Memorial Lane has a Photography Art Show during their regular business hours.

On Saturday at 7 p.m., at WMS Cafeteria there will be a joint candidates for Selectmen and Weare School Board evening.



HILLSBORO / DEERINGRoad trip to Keene

Wednesday’s Walker Series returns with Camerata New England. By popular demand these national and international artists of extraordinary chamber music are making a return performance at the Audi in Concord. Admission is free. Transportation is $5. Leaving Shaw’s at 6:30 p.m. Call Linda Kowalski at 464-5264.

Road trip to Keene on Friday. GHSS is changing it up and is headed to Keene to check out Aldi, Walmart and any other places of interest. Lunch will be up to the participants. Leaving Shaw’s at 10 a.m. Cost is $7. Call Linda Kowalski at 464-5264. Snow date is March 23.




“Apurimac Kayak Expedition in Peru,” an illustrated talk on first descent of one of Peru’s deepest and steepest river canyons, as filmed and narrated by Jim Sindelar. Free and open to the public on today at 4 p.m. at the Hopkinton Town Library.

Makerspace is on Tuesday at the library between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., for ages 8 and up. Younger children may attend with an adult.

The Hopkinton Town Band is a volunteer community band comprised of musicians of all ability levels from beginners to experts, ranging in age from teens to 80s. Under the baton of conductor Jim Wojewoda, the band learns and performs a wide variety of music, including marches, show tunes, and classics. There are no competitions and no auditions, just lots of fun making music and sharing it with the community. The band is about to begin rehearsals for its summer 2018 concert season, which includes Memorial Day performances and starting June 20, weekly Wednesday night concerts at the Jane Lewellen Bandstand in Contoocook. Weekly rehearsals begin on March 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maple Street School. For more information, contact band managers Lucy Gaskill and Melissa Mandrell at Pertice_c@comcast.net. Accepting new members now.

If you will be out of town on Election Day, March 13, the town clerk’s office now has absentee ballots. They can be picked up during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to noon, or downloaded online at hopkinton-nh.gov/departments/clerk_tax_collector/index.php.

“Words on Wheels” is a program through the Hopkinton Town Library that delivers library materials to residents who are unable to come to the library. To schedule a delivery, contact Karen Dixon at 746-3663 or info@hopkintontownlibrary.org.

Registration is now open for Hopkinton Youth Sports Association spring tee ball, softball, baseball and field hockey. For more information, visit hysasportsnh.com.

Hopkinton Youth Sports Association will be holding its annual meeting March 11 at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. All who are interested in HYSA are welcome to attend.

Senior Center information is available by calling 746-8265. Senior lunch is every Wednesday at noon. A $4 donation is suggested. Ham, mashed potatoes, salad, baked beans, and cake are on the menu this week.

The Quilting Group meets every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Slusser Center. Bring your sewing machine and all materials for your current project. Bring a lunch. It’s a great chance to socialize and share quilting ideas. There is no fee for this program.

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.

Dial-a-Ride is an all volunteer organization established in 1979 by Anne Slusser and the Hopkinton Woman’s Club in response to the needs of many Hopkinton seniors who were having difficulty getting to medical and personal appointments. A driver must be at least 18 years of age with a valid N.H. driver’s license, a safe car, and basic auto insurance. Please consider volunteering for Dial-a-Ride. You can really help. For more information, call 746-4357 and leave a message.




PITTSFIELDBeautify town hall

Meet the Candidates Night will be held on Monday. The event will be held at the PES gym, 6 p.m. refreshments and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. event. All candidates running for a town or school position have been invited to attend and the public is invited to meet with them to ask questions and to hear why they would like you to vote for them. For more information, contact Pittsfield Listens at 312-0695 or info@pittsfieldlistens.org.

If you enjoy seeing the beautiful flowers at town hall and the police station, please consider making a donation to help defray the costs of purchasing the plants and the maintenance of them. This project is organized and managed by volunteer, Ted Mitchell. Please note in the check’s memo line “For Town Hall Flowers” and mail to Ted Mitchell, 77 Dowboro Road, Pittsfield.

The Victory Workers 4-H Club will meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center, lower level.

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 Suncook Valley Sno-Riders snowmobile club will meet on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Barnstead Parade Fire Department. For more information, visit their website at suncookvalleysnoriders.com.

The Infant Toddler Diaper Pantry will be open Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.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 most welcome. Please call the church at 435-7471 to arrange drop off.

The Teen Book Worms will gather on Monday at 5 p.m. to enjoy a light supper and discuss This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest comes to the Scenic Theatre, Home of the Pittsfield Players as part of their 50th anniversary season, Friday and Saturday and March 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 435-8852 or online at ticketleap at pittsfieldplayers.com.

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

Pittsfield Youth Workshop is accepting Craft Fair registrations for the 37th annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally. Early bird special rates – for more information please contact Zach at 435-8272 or info@pittsfieldyouthworkshop.org.

The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on Monday at town hall from 6 to 6:30 p.m. to make corrections and register new voters for Town Election Day, March 13.

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

For our local veterans, members and our friends and our supporters, there will be no meetings for the American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 until May 7, at a place to be determined. This unfortunate action is based on unfortunate circumstances that we are attempting to recover from. There will be more information put out as soon as we have more information. In the interim, we ask that you keep our veterans in your prayers and remember those that are still listed as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action from all wars and conflicts. If anyone has questions, please feel free to contact Post 75 adjutant, Merrill, at 340-1375.

On March 16 at 6 p.m., the PES PTO will be hosting literacy night with “Pop Open A Book” (Reading Across America). Special guest readers will be reading Dr. Seuss books in the PES Library. Popcorn and crafts in café.

Happy birthday wishes to Tobi Chassie on Tuesday, to Gene Ladd on Wednesday, to Paul Davis on Thursday and Kaleigh Davis and Stan Bailey on Friday. I hope you all enjoy your special days!




SALISBURYAnnual St. Patty’s Day dinner

Planning board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. upstairs in Academy Hall.

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

MVSD annual school meeting is Thursday. Polls open at 11 a.m. at MVHS and business meeting at 7 p.m.

Mark your calendar for the 5th annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on March 17 at Town Hall. Watch for more details in next Sunday’s column.




WEBSTERAnnual school district meeting

Thursday will be the MV School District annual meeting at Merrimack Valley High School. Polls open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. At 7 p.m., meeting begins and polls close. Same-day voter registration allowed, until polls close.

Correction from Feb. 25: I erroneously submitted that this past Saturday’s Meet and Greet (March 3), hosted by select board candidate Chris Schadler, would also include select board candidate Adam Pearson. I apologize for any inconvenience.