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Town Crier columns for Jan. 13, 2019

Published: 1/11/2019 5:01:17 PM
ALLENSTOWNPublic hearing to be held

■The town of Allenstown will hold a public hearing Monday at 6 p.m. at town hall, 12 School St. The board is looking for input is regards to the subject matter of allowing Keno in the town. The warrant article will read similar to as follows: Shall we allow the operation of keno games within the Town, which will be presented to the voters of the 2019 Town Meeting.

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

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

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

■All Day Pajama Party will be on Tuesday and come in your pajamas and get a chance for a special raffle give away. But you must wear pajamas to participate in the raffle fun.

■Gentle Chair Yoga is held on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. The classes are $5, and a great program to help with high blood pressure, arthritis and chronic pain.

■Pastel Art Class is held on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. Classes are $45 for a six-week session; includes materials.

■Cribbage club is held on Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center.

■New Zumba Gold class will hold a Free Demo Class on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. If you would like to join the ongoing class, it will be held on Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. every week. Class fee is $70 for 10 classes, or you can drop in for $10 per class. Please call Phyllis for more information and details at 485-4254.

■Tai Chi Moving Meditation is held on Friday at 9 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. The cost is $5 per class.

■A blood drive, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, will be held Jan. 21 at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall is postponed until further notice.

■Church supper will be held on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the St. John the Baptist Parish Hall. An Italian dinner with fixings. Single meals are $8, and a family (a person, their significant other and all children under 18) is $25.



ANDOVER‘Weatherize Kearsarge’

■The monthly Senior Health Clinic is happening on Tuesday, (it’s always the third Tuesday of the month), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. by appointment. Services include toe nail clipping and foot care, blood pressure screening, B-12 injections, medication and nutritional education. For an appointment, call Jean Chapman at Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, 410-9754. Donation of $10 to the VNA suggested but not required.

■The Andover Energy Committee is offering residents an opportunity to get involved in “weatherizing” their homes in order to lower their heating costs, as part of a six-town “Weatherize Kearsarge” project which offers residents low-cost energy audits, up to 50 percent rebates on weatherizing work for homes that qualify, and an opportunity to work this winter and spring with qualified and vetted contractors. Residents are invited to learn about the program at a kick-off event on Jan. 26, at the Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church in New London. In the event of inclement weather, the snow date is Feb. 2, same time and place. This event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Larry Chase at



BARNSTEADVouchers for Veterans

■The Barnstead Farmers Market would like to welcome the Vouchers for Veterans program to Belknap County! The BACFM is committed to raising awareness and funds to continue the program and spread it across New Hampshire. Vouchers for Veterans funds vouchers that veterans use to buy meat and produce directly from growers at local farmers markets. This year, we are pleased to announce, the Barnstead Farmers Market will be offering this program in the month of September 2019 for our Belknap County veterans! Every week in the month of September, our veterans will receive $20 a week in vouchers to shop at our Farmers Market! Please join us Feb. 8 at the Alton American Legion Family Post 72, the Barnstead Farmers Market and the Aches & Pains Classic Rock Band will be hosting the Vouchers for Veterans Fundraiser and Open Mic Jam from 7 to 11 p.m. The event is located at American Legion, Route 28, Alton. Phone number is 875-3461. The American Legion will be serving dinner from 5 to 8 p.m., menu and dinner prices will be listed at This event hopes to raise money to support the Belknap County Vouchers for Veterans Program partnering with the BACFM. There will be a Gift Basket and 50/50 Raffle. To donate or contribute to this cause, please email Lori Mahar, President of BACFM at or call 269-2329. Visit the Vouchers for Veterans website to make a secure, tax-deductible donation or send a check, please mark Belknap County in the memo line. All donations are tax exempt and benefit Vouchers for Veterans, and every dollar makes a difference for local veterans. Together, we can make sure veterans have access to fresh foods and help local growers. Thank you for your support. Find out more about Vouchers for Veterans online at



BOSCAWEN‘Kid Inventions Day’

■Bingo is back! Returning on Saturday to the Boscawen Town Hall in the basement of the Boscawen Congregational Church, 12 High St. A turkey dinner will be served at noon followed by an afternoon of fun, games and prizes from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Proceeds from the games support Boscawen Old Home Day.

■All those who are interested in learning more about the BES Parent Teachers Association are invited to their next meeting on Thursday. It begins at 6 p.m. in the library at Boscawen Elementary School.

■The Book Discussion Group will be meeting on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. to share their reactions to Princess Elizabeth’s Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery. Copies of this novel are available whether or not you participate in the discussion.

■What do television, water skis, earmuffs and the Popsicle have in common? They were all invented by kids. Learn all about “Kid Inventions Day” by checking out the books on the display at the Boscawen Public Library. This special day is celebrated annually on Thursday, in recognition of Benjamin Franklin who was a kid inventor himself.

■Looking to try something new for the New Year? Contra Dancing, a feature of New England social life since colonial times, is happening at the Boscawen Town Hall on the third Saturday of the month. The next dance is Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Enjoy a night out with live music, a caller to guide you through the dances and no need to dress up or bring a partner.



BOWStampers meet Tuesday

■The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., on Tuesday, beginning at 1 p.m. They invite all who are interested in stamp collecting to attend, to share their interest, and to buy, sell and trade stamps. Come meet other collectors and learn more about their hobby and enjoy the fellowship of others with varied interests in Philatelic resources and issues. Gain new insight and knowledge, sharing news articles and stories about stamp collecting. For more information, call Dan Day at 228-1154.

■The Bow Garden Club will be on hiatus until April. For information about the club and how to join in 2019, visit

■The Bow Mills United Methodist Women, 505 South St., Bow, will host an evening program on Friday at 7 p.m. This special presentation, “Dress a Girl Around the World,” is part of “Hope 4 Women International” which provides simply made dresses to girls all around the globe to bring them dignity, and self-respect. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. For further information, contact 717-5141.


CANTERBURYGet info on dam project

■Canterbury Shaker Village: Dam Project Informational Meeting, this coming Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Education Center, regarding the state mandated replacement of the Turning Mill Pond dam and how raising money to do this work is important to town residents and the Village.

■Winter yoga classes have started on Wednesdays at the Parish House, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost is $95 for 10 weeks. Please send check to register to Judy Egan at 53 Pickard Road, and further information can be obtained by calling Judy at 783-9065 or Nancy Jackson-Reno at 995-4338.

■Elkins Public Library Book Group meets Tuesday at 7 p.m., discussing The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore. On Jan. 22, “Death Cafe,” led by Moving On Gracefully, discussion will be facilitated by Randi Boyer, hospice professional. This is not appropriate for children nor the very recently bereaved. Young Readers’s Book Group will meet Jan. 28 at 3:15 p.m. and Teen Advisory Group will meet that same day at 6:30 p.m.

■The new Dewey School will host Old Owl Moon Open House on Saturday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., offering nature based, Reggio inspired preschool education for 3 to 5 year olds.

■Canterbury Police Department members are hoping to receive police memorabilia to display for a short period prior to returning them.

■CCFMA Annual General Meeting and Potluck Dinner will be held at the Parish House on Jan. 29 from 6 p.m. onwards. Please bring a dish to share and your own plate and cutlery. Snow date is Jan. 31. Please RSVP to so chairs can be set out for all interested in attending.

■Robert Burns celebration night will be Jan. 26 at 7 p.m., at 322 Shaker Road. Music by the Wind in the Timothy House band; bring a Scottish snack dish to share. Call 783-4719 or email for more information.

■Canterbury Citizens for Democracy will meet at the Quaker Meeting House on Thursday at 6:45 p.m. for mingling, then Mason Donovan will speak at 7 p.m. This is a round table discussion regarding what was learned at the last election. Local representatives and candidates Howard Moffett, George Saunderson and Lorrie Carey are invited to speak and the CCD working groups will report back. Refreshments available. Call Ginny Litalien with any inquiries at 783-4016.


CHICHESTERPlastics workshop

■On Monday, the Memory Cafe for Chichester and Epsom will be held at 2 p.m. at the Epsom Public Library. Open to all area residents and caregivers dealing with memory issues.

■The Chichester Library Trustees will meet Monday at 4 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

■The Road Advisory Committee will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the town sheds.

■On Tuesday, the library offers Toddler Time at 10:30 a.m. and color and coffee also at 10:30 a.m. A time to meet some neighbors, read the latest magazines and color a picture for relaxation.

■On Tuesday evening, there will be a joint meeting of the selectmen and the budget committee at 6 p.m. at the Grange Hall.

■On Wednesday, a second budget session will take place with the selectmen and the budget committee at 6 p.m. at the Grange Hall.

■The Chichester School Board will conduct a public hearing on the 2019-20 budget and warrant articles at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Chichester Central School.

■There will be a special meeting of the Lovers of the Chichester Library on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

■Agriculture commission will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the library.

■On Thursday, the heritage commission will meet at 7 p.m. at the library.

■Check for information from the Chichester Planning Board: dates for 2019 hearings and dates petitions must be submitted to be on the agenda, or stop by the town offices for a copy.

■Planning board will hold a public hearing on Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall on proposed amendments to the Chichester Zoning Ordinance. A copy of the proposed changes are available at the town office during regular business hours.

■The town has a job opening for a building inspector/code enforcement officer. Job description available upon request from the selectmen’s office or the town website.

■B.C.E.P. Solid Waste District will hold a plastics workshop on Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the district facility. The staff will educate the public regarding tighter contamination restrictions for marketing of recyclables.



DUNBARTONOpen stage acts

■Another concert will be happening in the Town Hall Restoration concert series. The next one will be held Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. Come enjoy the band Peabody’s Coal Train in the town hall foyer. Suggested donation is $20. Get your tickets now! Check out upcoming events and updates at

■On Tuesday at the library, Dunbarton artists will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss their artwork, and get inspiration from others.

■At noontime Wednesday at the library, there will be a book discussion on Eleanor Oliphant isCompletely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

■PTO Meeting will be Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. Come to this important meeting regarding executive board elections.

■On Thursday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., come to the Elementary Winter Concert for kindergarten through third-graders choral, strings and band at the school.

■The Spireside Coffee House will be Saturday at the Dunbarton Vestry in the Center. There will be Open Stage performances on this night. Come enjoy local artists. Signups start at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. A suggested $5 donation for available snacks and drinks. Snow cancellation will be posted on their Facebook page. They will also notify their email recipients at least two hours before start time.

■Schools closed Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 21. Town offices also closed.

■Join the DCC Book Club and read The Lightless Sky by Gulwali Passerlay. This is the story of a 12-year-old refugee’s extraordinary journey across half the world. The story will be discussed in February. Joyce Ray will host at the Vestry. Everyone is welcome.

■Do you like putting together puzzles? Do you have a collection of used puzzles? Are you looking for a new challenging puzzle for the winter? Come to the library and swap with other fellow puzzle masters during the long winter months. All are welcome, just bring a puzzle to swap!

■Dunbarton residents, get a free home energy audit, performed by the Dunbarton Energy Committee. Visit for more information.



EPSOMLearn card game

■This week’s Wednesday movie matinee at the library is In Harm’s Way. The story follows an American pilot who, having taken part in the bombing of Tokyo in the 1940s, is forced to bail out of his plane over coastal China. A young local widow risks her life to hide him in her house. Starts at 1:30pm.

■Full Day Kindergarten Presentation to be held Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at the library.

■This message is for the parents and guardians of our eighth-grade class. We need a baby picture and a brief congratulatory message for your graduate. Pictures can be emailed to or brought into school to be scanned. Any pictures that are brought in will be quickly returned. Our hope is that we can include a baby picture and message for all of our graduates. Any picture that was taken between six months and five years of age would be greatly appreciated. Messages should be no longer than two or three sentences. Please submit photos and messages by Jan. 26.

■Board of Selectmen will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at the town offices.

■On Thursday, at Pembroke, boys basketball team plays at 3:45 p.m.; girls play at 5 p.m.

■Just a reminder that World Strides requires all student accounts be paid in full by Jan. 31 for the Eighth Grade 2019 Historical Trip. The final fundraising deposit will be sent to World Strides during the second week of January to be applied to the accounts of those students qualified. For questions about your account, call World Strides at 1-800-468-5899. Call Mr. Dougherty or Mrs. Yeaton if you have questions.

■Story times are Mondays, 10 a.m.; Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. Children and their caregivers listen to stories, sing songs and enjoy crafts.

■Toddler Time takes place Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Toddlers and their parent/caregiver enjoy songs, stories, movement activities, and a craft.)

■Thursday is Lego Club, everyone welcome at 3:30 p.m. at the library.

■Like to learn the “king of card games?” Come to the Epsom library Mondays at 2 p.m. for free bridge lessons and play (and snacks). Warning: once you start playing bridge, it’s hard to play anything else.

■The Epsom Supervisors of the Checklist will be meeting on Jan. 22 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at the Epsom library. Change in party registration may be accepted. Supervisors are Nancy Claris, Terry Riel and Betsy Bosiak.

■Happiest birthday wishes on Friday to Brad Vanderpool and to my brother-in-law Mark Riel on Saturday!


FRANKLINTickets on sale to see Canyon Run

■Tickets available now for Canyon Run, returning to the Franklin Opera House on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Enjoy their original material as well as country cover songs. The group has the ability to engage with the audience in a lighthearted way. Visit or call 934-1901 for tickets.

■Murder Mystery Dessert Theatre by Franklin Footlight Theatre presents Wedding from Hell, on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. Limited seating so don’t wait to reserve your place and enjoy appetizers, beverage and dessert while you enjoy the play. Visit or call 934-1901.

■Children’s Storytime is presented at the Franklin Public Library on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Children’s librarian Miss Rachel reads a story followed by a craft project or youngsters can play with toys and puzzles. Call 934-2911 with any questions.

■Visit Parks & Recreation online at for a listing of activities for children, families and adults. You can establish an account to register online, or call 934-2118. Parks & Rec is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Start making your plans now for activities during February school vacation for your youngsters.



HENNIKER / WEAREAuthor talks novel

■Today from 2 to 3 p.m., Henniker author Dana Biscotti Myskowski will be doing both a brief reading from her new novel, I Cannot Play with You, and a question and answer session. Free and open to all. The event will be held at the Tucker Free Library, 31 Western Ave., in Henniker. Questions? Call 428-3471 or visit

■Have a three- or four-year-old who loves to dance? You Should Be Dancin’ of Weare has the perfect class for your little dancer! For more information on creative movement classes or dance classes, call 759-5926 or email Classes available for dancers from ages 3 to adult.

■The Second Annual Henniker Concert Acoustic Café Series begins Jan. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Torrington Arms Pub, Simon Center, New England College is the host of this concert by featured performers Decatur Creek and an Open Mic session for local acoustic musicians. Two additional Acoustic Café programs will be offered on Feb. 24 and March 24. For more information, contact

■The New Hampshire School Administrators Association, in coordination with the American Association of School Administrators, has announced that Dr. Lorraine Tacconi-Moore is the New Hampshire Superintendent of the Year for 2019. Dr. Tacconi-Moore, Superintendent of Schools for the Henniker, Weare, John Stark Regional and Stoddard School Districts will receive a special award during the AASA National Conference on Education in Los Angeles in February.


HILLSBOROUGH / DEERINGBuild scribble bots

■The Military History Book Group will meet at Fuller Public Library on Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. The discussion this month will be on Lexington and Concord by G. Daughan. All are welcome.

■Knitting Purls will meet at 1 p.m. at Fuller Public Library on Monday and Jan. 28. Bring your knitting questions, patterns to share, and enjoy the company of other knitters. Call 464-3595 for more information.

■Scrabble Club (they will be playing other games) will meet Thursdays at 1 p.m., beginning this week at Fuller Public Library. For more information, call 464-3595.

■Sign up now for the Jan. 26 STEAM for kids event. Limited space is available for building Scribble Bots at the Fuller Public Library, starting at 10 a.m. Build a robot that will bounce and wiggle and color on your paper. Call 464-3595 to sign up.



■Women’s pickup basketball runs on Sundays through Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. at Hopkinton Middle High School. For women 18 and up. Register at

■Senior lunch at the Slusser Center is on Wednesdays at noon at the Slusser Senior Center for a suggested donation of $4. Menu: Chicken fricassee on biscuit, mashed potatoes with gravy, seasoned carrots, pineapple lime jello and gingerbread with whipped cream.

■Farmers Market is Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hopkinton Town Hall. SNAP/EBT accepted. For more information, visit

■Supervisors of the Checklist give notice that they will be in session for the purpose of additions and corrections to the checklist at the Bates Building (former Town Clerk’s Office), 846 Main St., in Contoocook on Jan. 22 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. (Please use front entrance).

■The Hopkinton Democrats Democratic Caucus will be held Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Hopkinton Town Library Community Room. Registered Hopkinton Democrats are eligible to vote in the caucus elections for town Democratic committee officers, for town delegate to the Democratic State Convention and to the county Democratic committee. We encourage you to participate in your local caucus. For more information, contact Kathy at 545-5997.

■The Hopkinton Historical Society is hosting a Studio Sale of Boyan Moskov Pottery on Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Feb. 3 from 12 to 3 p.m. One hundred pieces of pottery that have been marked down 75 percent will be available for sale. Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase beautiful pottery at unbelievable prices! Event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Society at 746-3825 or

■Shadow Puppet Workshop will be held today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the library. The puppeteers from Cactus Head Puppets will be here to help you make your own shadow puppet. For ages 6 and up with a caregiver. This program will take place in the Community Room. Please call the library and register.

■Stay ‘N’ Play Cafe this Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A time for parents and children to play! Coffee, tea, and hot cocoa provided. Come in out of the cold and have fun at the library! For all ages. This program will take place in the Community Room.

■Enjoy The Listening Walk by Paul Showers, illustrated by Aliki on the path behind the Slusser Center and playground. Walk in boots or wear your snowshoes!

■Hopkinton Library Story Time is on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for children between age three and five and a caregiver. Laptime will be held Fridays at 10:30 a.m. for children birth to 2½. Siblings are welcome to join the fun!

■The Hopkinton Historical Society will hold its third Learning from History program on Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. The topic is the evolution of education from education for the common good to education for the individual. Specific topics include early history of education in the U.S., curriculum, inclusion of immigrants, teacher qualifications, and special education. This discussion will be moderated by Susan Covert. All are welcome; many opinions make for a lively discussion. For more information, contact the Society at 746-3825 or



PEMBROKEAll day PJ party

■In partnership with Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc., Concord Regional VNA is offering Better Choices, Better Health, a six-week self-management program to help adults living with ongoing health conditions feel better, regain control of their health, and start doing the things they want to do. The program is on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 22, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Pembroke Public Library. This is a free program. Registration is required. To register, call Concord Regional VNA at 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815, or visit

■Suncook Senior Center will have an all day pajama party on Tuesday. Lots of fun and raffles.

■On Thursday, Zumba Gold Demonstration will be from 1 to 2 p.m. (this is a new program). All are welcome. Demonstration is free. Follow up classes are $10 per class. There will be a Cribbage Tournament on Wednesday. Contact Phyllis at 485-4254 for more information.

■Pembroke Recreation Commission would like to thank Continental Paving and Amoskeag Rowing for their generous donation to recreation!

■Pembroke Rec will be holding a February vacation camp. More information for signing up your children will be coming soon on the town’s website.



PITTSFIELDDiaper pantry open

■The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce will meet on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Community Center, lower level.

■The Library Trustees will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the library. The public is welcome to attend.

■The Suncook Valley Rotary Club will meet on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Dominick’s Restaurant. For more information, contact Donna Keeley at

■The PHS Alumni Association will meet on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at PMHS. (Please note – this is a date change from the original Jan. 9 meeting). We encourage all alumni to attend. We are working on plans for an All Class Reunion and could use your help! For more information, please contact Ted Mitchell at 435-6573 or Andi Riel at 435-6346.

■The Infant Toddler Diaper Pantry will be open on Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main St. Young families are given supplemental diapers and wipes. Everyone is welcome. Please use the Chestnut Street entrance. Monetary and product contributions are welcome. Please call 435-7471 to arrange for drop off.

■PES Winter Concert for grades 1-4 will be held at the PMHS Gym on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

■PES Winter Concert for grades 5-6 will be held at the PMHS Gym on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

■The PMHS Winter Concert will be held at the PMHS Gym on Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

■The PHS Class of 1979 is making plans for their 40th Class Reunion. Class members are asked to contact Randy Severance at for details. Help is needed in locating class members.

■PMHS’s Food Pantry has been selected to participate in the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program. During the month of January, every Fight Hunger bag sold at the Hannaford store located at 174 First N.H. Turnpike, Northwood, will generate a $1 donation to support the food pantry! For more information on the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, visit

■The Zoning Board of Adjustments has some openings. If you are willing to give the time and have a desire to help our town, the ZBA would welcome your participation as an alternate board member. Citizenship in the town of Pittsfield, a desire to learn, and an open mind are the only requirements to serve. We are also looking for full-time board members as well. Anyone interested in serving, please contact us at

■Old Views of Pittsfield Highlight 2019 Calendar – Photographs of Pittsfield dating from 1864 up through a winter aerial view from the 1940s or early 1950s are depicted and described in the 2019 calendar from the Pittsfield Historical Society. Also included with the 14 photos is a current map of Pittsfield’s Historic Trail. Calendars can be purchased at the Pittsfield Town offices, the Josiah Carpenter Library and 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.

■The TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) meets each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at The Joy Church, 55 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield. Programs with helpful health tips are offered to assist each member also. We would love to have new members join us. For questions, call Beth at 435-7397.

■Pittsfield Listens is thrilled to welcome our newest team member, Amanda Pawlik, as youth organizer! As an artist and educator, her dedication will take Pittsfield Youth Voice in it Together (PYViiT) to new heights this year. Amanda brings a passion for exploring stories from many perspectives and giving voice to those who need it most. Amanda is excited to meld her experience in the arts with the work of Pittsfield Listen in deepening the mission to encourage underrepresented youth, parent, family, and community voice on issues and policies that directly affect their educations and lives. If you’re a high-school aged young person interested in joining PYViiT, or if you’re interested in intergenerational partnership building, send Amanda an email at or swing on by our office at 74 Main St., in Pittsfield, in the Pittsfield Community Development Center. Welcome, Amanda!

■Pittsfield Middle High School FACS and Health teacher Mr. James Cobern is hosting a presentation for parents and community members regarding vaping and the use of e-cigarettes. The organization, Breathe NH, will lead the presentation in the middle high school lecture hall on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. More information about Breathe NH can be found at

■The Josiah Carpenter Library Story Hour for babies, preschoolers, families and caregivers meets on Thursday at 10 a.m. and will be having fun exploring winter and transportation. The Adventures Club (kindergarten though third-grade) that meets on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., Creating Adventures (third- through sixth-grade) that meets Wednesday afternoons at 2 p.m. will also explore winter, then take on some Lego design challenges.

■The Parks & Recreation Committee is working on plans for Winterfest, to take place Jan. 18 to 21. More info will be coming.

■As part of Winter Fest, parents and children are invited to a Pajama Story Hour at the library on Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. The pajama time will last about one hour; come dressed in your PJ’s to enjoy stories, a craft and simple refreshment.

■If you missed the Education Funding 101 forum held in Pittsfield in June 2018, you can join four Lakes Region school districts that will co-host the next community discussion about how New Hampshire pays for public education. The forum will be at held 6 p.m. on Thursday, in the Belmont High School auditorium, 255 Seavey Road in Belmont. If you haven’t gone to a previous forum, this is a great chance to understand one of the most important issues in New Hampshire. Both the N.H. House of Representatives and Senate have multiple drafts of proposed legislation that could reform the current funding formula. If you would like to talk to your elected representatives at the N.H. State House about the changes you would prefer, then the Belmont forum will provide the information you need.

■Winterfest 2019 Activities will run as follows: Jan. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m., ice skating at the FB Argue Recreation Area (Town Beach) and from 6 to 8 p.m., Community Activities (crafts, games, food) at the Pittsfield Elementary School Café; Jan. 20 from 1 to 2 p.m., Wildlife Encounters at Pittsfield Elementary School Café and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., cookies and milk PJ Storytime (pajamas encouraged) at the Josiah Carpenter Library; Jan. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m., Candy Bar Bingo at the Pittsfield Community Center Bicentennial Room and Ice Castle Trip – contact PYW (cost is $7); Jan. 22, PYW Drop-In from 2:45 to 6 p.m., (sixth- to 12th-grade) and Jan. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m., sledding at the PMHS/PES Hill and PYW Drop-In from 1 to 6 p.m. (sixth- to 12th-grade). Donations of food welcomed to benefit PES Food 4 Kids. Events are sponsored by: Pittsfield Park & Recreation, Suncook Valley Area Lions Club, Josiah Carpenter Library, Girl Scouts and Pittsfield PES PTO.

■Happy birthday wishes to Nate Davis and my brother-in-law, Peter Karwocki on Wednesday, and to Bob Wharem on Saturday. Enjoy your special days.

■A very special happy birthday wish to my fabulous husband, Mark, on Saturday. I hope you have a great day.



SALISBURYJob opening for part-time shoveler

■Salisbury is now accepting letters of interest for a part-time Winter Maintenance position to assist with shoveling at all town buildings. Hours to be determined based on weather events. Minimal skill in performing a series of routine procedures. Includes shoveling snow and treating walks, ramps and stairs. Hourly rate to be determined. Letters of interest will be accepted until the position is filled. Please forward to the Selectmen’s Office, c/o Margaret Warren, P.O. Box 214, Salisbury, N.H., 03268, or to

WARNERNew series at Schoodacs

■New series at Schoodacs this year on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. Each week will be original music from regional musicians. Find more details on their website or Facebook page. Schedule is at follows: Today, Ken Budka; Jan. 20, Ben Dobrowski; Jan. 27, The Sequoias; and Feb. 3, Derek Russell Fimbel.

■“StoryTime with Simonds” at MainStreet BookEnds, in partnership with Simonds Elementary School, is the first Thursday of each month from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. in The Gallery! Next story time is Feb. 7.

■Simonds Elementary School Spelling Bee will be held at 1:15 p.m. on Friday. There will be no school on Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Holiday.

■On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Homework Club is held from 3 to 4 p.m.

■Lego Club is from 3 to 4 p.m. on Fridays.



WEBSTERDog licensesnow available

■Webster Select Board will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the town offices.

■Webster Planning Board will hold a public hearing for the purpose of approving the 2018 Webster Master Plan on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the town offices.

■2019 Dog Licenses are available. Please register your dog with the town clerk by April 30.

■Webster Elementary School fifth-graders participated in the DARE graduation in December. Congratulations to the fifth-graders and special thanks to the Merrimack County Sheriff’s Department and the Webster Police Department for their leadership and support.


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