Town Crier columns for Feb. 10, 2019

Published: 2/8/2019 4:36:21 PM
ALLENSTOWNTown meeting to be held

■The Allenstown 2019 Town and School Meeting voters guide can be viewed on the town website at, so you can be informed on the town warrant articles you will be voting on March 12, at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 10 School St., from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

■The Allenstown School Board will be holding two Interactive Community Forums on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Armand R. Dupont School and on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Allenstown Elementary School. These forums have one goal and that is to listen. There are some immediate, short term and long-term decisions they, as a board, will need to make over the next few years and cannot make those decisions without your thoughts and perspective being represented.

■Seniors Eating Well will be a series held Monday at 12:30 p.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. This is a UNH Nutrition connection and free and open to the public. Please call Phyllis for more information at 485-4254.

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

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

■The Community Table will be held Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the St. John the Baptist Parish Hall.

■The Corn Hole Tournament will be held Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Suncook Senior Center.

■Gentle Chair Yoga will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. The cost is $5 per class.

■Pastel Drawing Class will be held Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. Classes are $45 for a six-week session and includes materials.

■AARP informational presentation will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. Iris Altilio will give an overview of available services and programs.

■Cribbage Club will be held Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center.

■A Western themed Valentine Party Luncheon will be held Wednesday at noon at the Suncook Senior Center. Come dressed in your favorite Western garb and listen to the country crooning of Don Smith starting at 12:30 p.m., and a special raffle basket drawing will be held.

■Zumba Gold is held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. The class fee is 10 classes for $70 or $10 per class, the first class is always free.

■Tai Chi moving meditation is held Friday at 9 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. The classes are $5 per class.

■The Suncook Senior Center is planning a St. Patrick’s Day trip to Swansea, Mass. for a dinner at Venus Di Milo followed by Laura Roth a singer, comedienne, and entertainer. This will be on March 14. The cost is $86 per person and space is limited. Call Nancy at 485-9181 for details or to reserve your seat. Remember, space is limited so sign up early.



ANDOVER‘Button Up’ workshop

■A “Button Up” workshop focusing on the basics of home energy costs, the short-term benefits of simple do-it-yourself weatherization, the improvements in health and comfort that “tightening up” your home can bring, and the technical and financial resources available to make it happen will be held on Tuesday at the Andover Community Hub, next to Pizza Chef, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The workshop will be led by certified home-energy consultant Bob Eldredge, owner of ABC Energy Savings, and is sponsored by the Andover Energy Group. For information, contact

■Presidential hopeful John Delaney will be in Andover for a “Meet & Greet” at noon on Wednesday, sponsored by the Andover Democrats. Delaney, a businessman who served as U.S. Representative from Maryland’s 6th congressional district from 2013 to 2019, will share his views in an informal discussion at The Barn at the Highland Lake Inn, 32 Maple St., in East Andover. Everyone welcome.

■A “Stampin’ Up” greeting card workshop will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Andover Community Hub, next to Pizza Chef. Taught by experienced card maker Maria Polizzi of Danbury, participants will use their own creativity as well as stamps, ink and paper to create three-layered quality cards and envelopes to take home, all ready to mail. The cost is $15; all materials and tools will be provided. The registration deadline is Monday; email Marie at or call her at 860-235-2429 to register.

■There will be a used book sale, by donation, at the William A. Bachelder Library, 12 Chase Hill Road, East Andover, this week, during the library’s regular open hours: Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. Hot chocolate will be served on Valentine’s Day. Donations for books will benefit both Andover libraries. For directions, call the library at 735-5076.

■Featured at the monthly Andover Community Coffeehouse on Friday will be Dana and Susan Robinson, hailing from Vermont and billed as an “Americana-roots and folk duo.” Music begins at 7 p.m. in the Highland Lake Grange Hall, Route 11 in East Andover. Admission is free, although donations are greatly accepted. Doors open at 6 p.m. for food and beverage purchases and for open mic sign-ups on a first come, first served basis. For more information, go to



BOSCAWENLooking for work?

■Looking for work? A representative from the U.S. Census Bureau will be at the Boscawen Public Library on Feb. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. to answer questions about job opportunities. They will also provide online application assistance. Visit their website at for more information.

■Enjoy Contra dancing, a New England social tradition around since colonial days, on Saturday, beginning at 8 p.m. Beginners, singles and families are invited to dance to the live music and with a caller to guide you through the steps. This lively event will be held at the Boscawen Town Hall (the basement of the Congregational Church).

■Another chance to play Bingo will be held at the Boscawen Town Hall (the basement of the Congregational Church) on Feb. 23. For $10, you can enjoy a delicious lunch and games complete with prizes. Proceeds help finance Boscawen Old Home Day.

■A Public Hearing for the Merrimack Valley School District, SB2 Petitioned Warrant Article is scheduled Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. It will be held at the Merrimack Valley High School auditorium.

■Town Municipal Offices and the Boscawen Public Library will be closed Feb. 18 in celebration of President’s Day.



BOW $1,000 for your input

■The Rotary Club of Bow will host its annual public-speaking contest for high school students at 7 p.m. on March 28. To encourage robust competition, the first place winner in Bow will earn $500, second place will earn $300, and third place will earn $200. Contestants speak for five to seven minutes on topics of their choosing and use Rotary’s “Four-Way Test” to analyze a personal decision or course of action. Bow’s winner will have an opportunity to compete at the District competition in Danvers, Mass., on May 4, where additional prize money will be awarded. Bow Rotary’s contest is open to students attending Bow High School and to residents of Bow and Dunbarton who are home-schooled. The contest will be held in the Bow Rotary Community Room at Bow’s Baker Free Library. The public is encouraged to attend. The application form is now available on the website at For more information contact Bob Couch: 52 Logging Hill Road., Bow; 340-5991 (cellphone) 856-0427 (home phone), or

■Bow Young at Heart Club will meet Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Bow Community Building. Members and guests should bring a brown bag lunch. Beverage and dessert will be provided. Stacy from Royal Tours will be on hand to explain this year’s trips, and members will have an opportunity to help select our speakers and programs for 2019. The club has some great ideas and wants to hear yours. BYAH is open to all seniors over 55. Annual dues are $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents. Meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with BYAH. Contact Faye Johnson at 228-8149.

■The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on Feb. 19, beginning at 1 p.m. Anyone who is interested in stamp collecting is invited to attend, share their interest, buy, sell and trade. Come meet other collectors and learn more about the hobby and enjoy the fellowship of others with varied interests in Philatelic resources and issues. Gain new insight and knowledge, and share news articles and stories about stamp collecting. For more information, call Dan Day at 228-1154.

■An $800 Bow Garden Club scholarship is now available for a graduating Bow High School senior entering college who is in good academic standing and is planning to further their education within a college curriculum majoring in any of the following fields of interest: Horticulture; Conservation, Environmental Science, Forestry, Plant Science, Geo-Science, Hydrology, Atmospheric Science or Meteorology. Completed applications are due by April 1. They should include an essay stating his/her educational goals and recounting any activities related to these goals; In addition, two letters of recommendation from current high school teachers/counselors and a copy of his/her high school transcript are required. The recipient of this scholarship will be notified at the annual Bow High School Senior Awards Night held prior to graduation. Please send applications to: Ruth Brack, BGC Scholarship Committee, 229 Elm St., Penacook, 03303. If you have questions or need more information, email or call 753-2470.


CANTERBURYLearn Solar 101

■Solar 101 will be Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., at the Meeting House. Join the Energy Committee in learning more about net metering and rebates to help financing installations. This will be presented by Andy Duncan who conducted the Button Up N.H. workshop last October. All are welcome.

■Canterbury Maple Festival: save the date for March 23 to 24. See for details and other links.


CHICHESTERArea Dems to meet

■The Chichester Youth Association (CYA) will be holding their regular monthly meeting today, at 6:30 p.m. at the Chichester Fire Station. New members are needed to keep all the sports programs going. Email the secretary at

■The Chichester/Epsom Memory Cafe will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Epsom library. This meeting is open to all area residents dealing with Alzhiemer’s/dementia and their caregivers.

■On Monday, the Chichester Library Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. at the library. Open to the public.

■The Road Advisory Committee will meet at the Town Sheds on Bear Hill on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

■The library is the place to be Tuesday morning. Toddler Time is at 10:30 a.m. and Color & Coffee for adults. Read the newspaper, new magazines and check out what DVD’s or audiobooks have come in as well as best sellers!

■The Selectmen will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Town Hall.

■On Wednesday the “2nd Wednesday Book Club ” (Formerly known as the Evening Book Club) will meet at the library at 7 p.m. This month, the book to be discussed is Clara & Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland. Even if you have not read the book, you can listen to the discussion and help choose the book for March.

■Pembroke/Chichester Democrats to Caucus on Wednesday. Elect Delegates to State Convention They will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Pembroke Town Hall to elect town Democratic officers and delegates to the New Hampshire Democratic Party state convention. Local Democratic Committee officers and delegates have a vote at annual state Democratic Party conventions, to approve the party platform. There is no cost to attend the caucus, and it is open to all members of the public. Any registered Democrat, regardless of past political experience, can run for an officer or delegate position. For further information, contact Dave Doherty at 485-2788 or email or call Sally Kelly at 724-1862 or email

■Parks & Recreation will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Town Hall, to formalize the warrant article for the new playground. Donations are gratefully accepted towards the project.

■On Thursday, the Conservation Commission will meet at 7 p.m. at the town hall.

■Happy Valentines Day to all this Thursday!

■Trustees of the Trust will meet Friday at 9 a.m. at the Town Hall.

■Chichester Girl Scouts Troop 51641 will be hosting a “Cookie Drive Thru” on Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Chichester Town Offices on Main Street. Cash and credit will be accepted. Pre-orders can be sent via text to 608-6484. It’s an easy way to support the Girl Scouts and bring home a great snack for the family.

■Check the Chichester town website,, for a sample ballot that shows who is running for town offices.

■BCEP (town sanitation department) is seeking community service volunteers on Saturdays to assist patrons with their recycling needs. Please contact Lisa at 435-6237 if you would like to help.



DUNBARTONArtwork on display

■Sunday Community Breakfast at the Congregational Church Vestry. The Camper Scholarship Breakfasts have started and will continue every Sunday, weather permitting until the end of February. The hours are from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday mornings in the vestry. Donation $8 plus options. These proceeds help with scholarships so a few young people can attend the camping experience at the Horton Center in Gorham. Drop by for a hearty breakfast. Everyone is welcome!

■The library’s special presentation, “Our Immersion in Sustainability and Living Together,” will be on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Come listen to Dunbarton residents Bob and Joyce Ray, who have recently returned from their third volunteer assignment at the Asian Rural Institute. They will take the group on a photo tour of this working organic farm in Japan at the library.

■The next Kids Read to Dogs will take place at the library on Feb. 21. You must register to participate. Kids in grades one to four who register will have a 15-minute session with a dog of their choice. Bring your own book, or pick out one to read. Elementary School holiday parties are scheduled for 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. on Thursday.

■On Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m., come to the Spireside Coffee House & Open Mic in Dunbarton. They will have an open stage night with no feature to provide each open-mic performer additional time. Come see our regular crew of local musicians. There is usually an eclectic mix of eight to 12 local performers for your listening pleasure. Please join in for an evening of community fun, a traditional “Open Mic” Coffee House held in the intimate setting of our historic Congregational Church Vestry building situated on Dunbarton’s picturesque village green. Doors open for signup at 6:30 p.m.

■Copies of We Took To The Woods by Louise Dickinson Rich are now available to check out for the Feb. 20 book discussion at noon in the library.

■On Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m., the library will present Chris Martin: New Hampshire’s Bald Eagle Recovery. Martin is a raptor biologist for the N.H. Audubon. For nearly 29 years he has focused on recovery of the state’s eagles, peregrine falcons, and other raptors in close collaboration with N.H. Fish and Game.

■Start reading the DCC book club’s book choice, On A Pale Horse by Piers Anthony, for discussion on March 7 at the Vestry at 7 p.m. The book, a fantasy novel, focuses on Zane, a photographer about to commit suicide who instead kills Death and must assume his office.

■During the month of February and March, the Dunbarton Inspiration Group’s art work will be on display at the library. The library is not an art gallery or museum, but a recently created an art space that will acquaint our patrons with the talents of Dunbarton area artists. This is the library’s second exhibit! The Dunbarton Inspiration Group has met regularly at the library for several years. It is now time for all their work to be displayed together. Please stop by to view their work!



EPSOMOrder spring plants

■The E.C.S. 7th Annual Soup/Chili/Chowder Cook-off is on Monday, from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children (10 years and under). Tickets will be sold at the door while supplies last. All proceeds will go to the E.C.S. Student Activities, helping with the cost of field trips, student clothing needs, etc. For more information, please contact Stephanie Colvin at 736-9331 or

■The ECS P.T.O. meeting will be held on Monday in the school library at 6:15 p.m. All parents are welcome

■B.C.E.P. is seeking community service volunteers on Saturday’s to assist with their recycling needs. Please contact Lisa at 435-6237 if you would like to help out.

■See Shadows Fall North: Slavery, Segregation And The Myth of N.H. and the North. This documentary on Black History in N.H. will be showing on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Epsom library. This free screening is sponsored by Epsom DICE and is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided and a discussion will follow.

Boundaries is the movie chosen for the matinee on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Epsom library.

■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 is 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!).

■Board of Selectmen’s meeting with two public hearings will be Monday at 6 p.m. at the town office.

■The Cemetery Committee will meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Epsom library.

■The Planning and Land Use Board will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the town office.

■Victory Workers 4-H club will meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Pittsfield Community Center. Our plant fundraiser has started, so contact Terry Riel if you would like to order your spring hanging plant and support our local club at 495-0772. Or any other 4-H member you know. Delivery will be before Mother’s Day.

■Happy birthday today to Virginia Drew, Beth Adams on Wednesday, Jill Metcalf on Friday and Leah Powers on Saturday!! Hope you all have fantastic celebrations!


FRANKLIN‘Leaping to Serve’

■Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Golden Crest Assisted Living, 29 Baldwin St., Wednesday. Visit to book your appointment. The need for blood is constant and your gift truly makes a difference in the lives of patients in need.

■The TRIP Center hosts the N.H. Cooperative Extension Nutrition Connection Program one Friday per month, beginning Feb. 22 from 10 to 11 a.m., to present a free series of workshops on nutrition and health. Heart Healthy meals for one or two, savory soups, fitness fun and dietary supplements will be discussed. For more info or to sign up, please call the TRIP Center at 934-4151. TRIP Center programs are open to all ages.

■The Baptist Church of Franklin is hosting two Open Mic Night events on Friday and March 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. All are welcome. Actual performance signups will be at the door. It’s first come, first served when selecting a time slot. Each person or group is allotted 10 minutes per time slot, anything from singers, musicians, comedians to poetry. There is an entrance fee of $5. Light refreshments (hot dog, chips and drink) are available for $3.50. In March, in addition to the above there will be a silent auction during Open Mic Night.

■The Lions Club will be drawing winners for the “Leaping to Serve” Calendar Raffle on Feb. 18 at the Soda Shoppe. Tickets are still available at the TRIP Center, Pizza Chef or from a Lions Club member with 29 chances to win 29 times. Tickets are put back in the drum for the rest of the month.

■The Franklin Opera House Board of Directors holds their monthly meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the lower room of City Hall. Meetings are open to all. The Opera House always welcomes people who are interested in volunteering their time as ushers, maintenance or providing refreshments, just to name a few areas. If interested, call 934-1901 and someone will get back to you.

■The Franklin High School Winter Carnival takes place Feb. 18 to 22. Visit for event information. Visit for a schedule of remaining events for the 57th Winter Carnival.

■Discover the many events available to you and your family. Year round activities take place at Veterans Memorial Recreation Area, 266 Flaghole Road in Franklin. An inviting warming lodge with food grill awaits you. Consider joining for $15 per individual or $25 per family.

■Tickets are on sale now for Cheryl Wheeler, performing at the Franklin Opera House on March 9 at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Wheeler is a respected songwriter and vocalist, not to be missed. Visit or call 934-1901.



HENNIKER / WEAREFamily Math Night

■Henniker Community School on Monday has PTA at 7 p.m. in the school library and Feb. 21 is Family Math Night, grades k-2 in the cafeteria.

■Center Woods Elementary is presenting on Friday its popular Invention Convention.

■John Stark Regional High School on Feb. 21 is hosting the important College Overview for Juniors at 6:30 p.m. in the cafe.

■Save the date: Alchemists’ Workshop is bringing its award-winning William Ogmundson musical, Georgia O’Keeffe Paints Paradise, to the Hudson Guild Theatre in NYC. To help cover their expenses they are presenting two benefit performances on March 2 at 4 p.m. at The Hatbox Theatre in Concord and 7 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Henniker. For reservations, email or call 568-5102.

■Congrats to the JSRHS art department for winning 35 Scholastic Art Awards including Best of Show (Alison Wright). All of the award winning work is on display at the N.H. Scholastic Art Awards Exhibit through today at The Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy in Derry. There will also be an award ceremony and reception for these Scholastic artists on Sunday from 10 to 3 p.m.



■On Monday, the Military History Book Group will meet at 2 p.m. at the Fuller Public Library to discuss Never Caught by Erica Dunbar. Light refreshments will be served.

■Chair Yoga meetings will be held Tuesdays every week this month at 10 a.m. at Hillsborough United Methodist Church.

■Chair Yoga meeting will be held Thursdays every week this month at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church.

■Be a Second Hand Rose! This Tuesday GHSS is hitting the road again to explore the secondhand and seasonal shops for great bargains. We’ll stop at Savers, Goodwill and Hobby Lobby while on this excursion. Lunch will be at The 99, on your own. Call Pat at 464-5029 to reserve a bus seat. The bus leaves Shaw’s at 10 a.m and there is a $7 fee.

■On Thursday, Chris Schadler a New Hampshire and Vermont representative for Project Coyote and co-founder of the N.H. Wildlife Coalition, will discuss coexistence strategies whether you farm, hike or garden. Everyone who attends will be entered into a raffle for a free weekday/night lift pass to Pats Peak in Henniker. Bring your sweetheart to Fuller Public Library at 6:30 p.m.



■Hopkinton Town Library programs: Stay ‘N’ Play Cafe will be Feb. 21 and March 21 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.

■“Cookies with Cass,” a question-and-answer with the Town Administrator Neal Cass will take place on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the Town Library Community Room.

■The Hopkinton Recreation Department is hiring camp and pond staff for the 2019 season. Job descriptions are online at or call 746-8263.

■Registration for the 2019-20 school year: For children who will be 3 years old and 4 years old on or before Sept. 30 are eligible to attend preschool at the Harold Martin School. Preschool is a tuition-based program and enrollment is filled by lottery. Children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30 are eligible to attend kindergarten at the Harold Martin School. Children who will be 6 years old on or before Sept. 30 are eligible to attend first grade at the Harold Martin School. Call the school office at 746-3473 or pick up a registration packet at Harold Martin School at 271 Main St.

■Senior lunch at the Slusser Center is on Wednesdays at noon. Suggested donation $4.

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

■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!



LOUDONSweetheart Dance

■Join LES PTA and Loudon Recreation as they host grades K through five for a Sweetheart Dance on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Vibes DJ Manolo will be keeping things hopping. There will be cupcake decorating for $1 and pizza, snacks and beverages for purchase.

■LES PTA is looking for business sponsors for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt to keep this free for Loudon families. They are also looking for donations of plastic eggs and treats to fill them with. Email for more information.

■A warrant article for Official Ballot Referenda, otherwise known as SB2 has been submitted. This petition will be Article III on this year’s official ballot. As such, voters will have the opportunity to cast their votes on this petition on March 7 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Merrimack Valley High School. The official ballot this year will include the moderator, open board seats, and the SB2 petition. The MVSD Annual Meeting officially starts at 7 p.m. on March 7, in the MVHS auditorium, after the polls close.

■Tax Collector will be closed Feb. 27 to March 7.

■The Loudon Communications Council monthly meeting is Friday at 6 p.m.

■The Economic Development Committee meeting is Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.



PEMBROKESign up for St. Patrick’s Day trip

■The Pembroke/Chichester Democrats will meet at 6:30 Wednesday, at Pembroke Town Hall to elect town Democratic officers and delegates to the New Hampshire Democratic Party state convention. Local Democratic Committee officers and delegates have a vote at annual state Democratic Party conventions, to approve the party platform. There is no cost to attend the caucus, and it is open to all members of the public. Any registered Democrat, regardless of past political experience can run for an officer or delegate position. For further information contact Dave Doherty at 485-2788 or

■The Pembroke Historical Society will present Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire today at 3 p.m. at the Pembroke Town Library. Well known author, storyteller and humorist Rebecca Rule will entertain the audience with the history, wisdom and humor of the uniquely New England tradition of town meeting. All are welcome at this free presentation. The snow date is Monday at 7 p.m.

■The Suncook Senior Center is planning a St. Patrick’s Day trip to Irish Show at Venus Di Milo on March 14. Delicious food and entertainment by Laura Roth, comedienne, singer and entertainer. All are welcome. The cost is $86 per person inclusive of all expenses. Space is limited so make your reservation soon; call 485-9181.



PITTSFIELDIce cream social

■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.

■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 through third grade, that meets on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., and 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.

■We are getting ready to start the Pittsfield Youth Baseball season. If you know you want to coach or even think you might have an interest we would like you to join us for our mandatory coaches meeting today at 4 p.m. The meeting will be at the Pittsfield Community Center. Please bring your photo ID with you. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Bedell at

■The Victory Workers 4-H Club monthly meeting has been changed to Monday at 6:30 a.m. at the Pittsfield Community Club, lower level. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please note the new meeting date.

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

■The Parks and Recreation Committee will meet on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at the Town Hall.

■The PES PTO will meet Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the PES Library.

■At the Senior Center on Thursday at noon, there will be a Valentine Lunch Ice Cream Social.

■On Feb. 22 at 10 a.m., the Senior Center is hosting “Having a Cherry Day” – celebrate George Washington’s Birthday by having a cherry day. For info, Call the Senior Center at 435-8482.

■How to Clean Up Your Genes is a new group getting together to learn and share about how your genes impact your health. There will be guest speakers, health practitioners at various times. “Learn how to clean your genes as it relates to a healthy well being.” Meetings will be the first Wednesday of each month February through August from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Baker Free Library, 509 South St, Bow. For more information, contact Cheryl at or 708-1467.

■Save the date for Candidates Night, to be held March 4 at the PES Gym starting at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments. More information to come!

■The Pittsfield Zoning Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing regarding the Teen Challenge Appeal on Thursday at 7 p.m., at the Pittsfield High School The documentation for the Teen Challenge application has been updated. Please visit the Town website at for more info.

■BCEP is seeking Community Service volunteers on Saturdays to assist patrons with their recycling needs. Please contact Lisa at 435-6237 if you would like to help out.

■The Pittsfield Players’ Kids’ Theater Workshop is currently in rehearsal for this season’s presentation of The Addams Family. The show will run at the Scenic Theatre on Feb. 21, 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. each evening. In addition, there will be two matinee performances on Feb. 19 and 20, at 12:30 p.m. for local schools and homeschoolers, so that kids might see their peers on stage and develop an interest in theater. Participants in the Kids’ Theater Workshop range in age from 8 to 18, and they learn all aspects of theater both on stage and behind the scenes. Tickets for the evening shows are $8 for kids under 12 and $12 for adults and may be reserved by calling 435-8852. If you are interested in bringing a class or group of kids to the matinees, at a reduced price, contact director Maye Hart at

■Happy birthday wishes to Tyler Chase on Sunday, Dawna Johonett on Monday, and to Sue Kimball on Saturday. I hope you all enjoy your special day!



SALISBURYIt’s reading month

■“I Love to Read” month moves into week two at the Salisbury Elementary School. This week brings the popular Book Fair to the school. This week also brings Marek Bennett, graphic novelist, teaching the kindergarten, grade one and grade two students about his craft. Monday is Buddy Reading where older children matchup and read with younger children, Wednesday is all school Drop Everything and Read, and Friday is Student Leaders Read Alouds. Mystery Readers and Golden Ticket challenges continue.

WARNERSave for date for Maple Weekend

■Join us for the annual Maple Weekend in Warner on March 23 and 24. Visit nine sap houses, pancake breakfasts, and many special events throughout the village.

■Join MainStreet BookEnds for “Today’s Movement Against Nuclear Weapons New Hampshire & Beyond” today at 2 p.m. for a slide show and discussion led by Judy Elliott. With renewed buildup of nuclear weapons and U.S. withdrawal from key treaties, the specter of nuclear war continues to haunt us. Elliott, of the N.H. Nuclear Weapons Working Group, explains recent developments. She describes how activists in New Hampshire and worldwide are struggling to reduce and ultimately abolish nuclear weapons.

■Guitar in the Gallery will be held Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. Please join guitarist Mike Stockbridge as he performs and discusses the use of the extended range guitar in contemporary jazz. A short performance will be followed by an educational clinic. Mike will be joined by Saxophonist Charlie Jennison and percussionist George Robinson. Free and all are welcome. To register, email

■BookEnds BookGroup meets on March 3 at 4 p.m. to discuss Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. BookGroup participants receive 20 percent off the book prior to the event.

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

■New Works 2019 Gallery New Show Opening will be March 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Showcasing new work from our wonderful 30-plus local artists; wine and cheese reception.

■Join us at the NOFA-N.H. Winter Conference, “Grow Well, Eat Well,” at Merrimack Valley High School on March 16. Keynote Speaker is Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Vegetables. Visit for more information.

■Join us at the Annual Spring Symposium for N.H. Master Gardener Association on March 23 at Southern New Hampshire University. The topic will be “Rock Your Spring: Gardening in the Granite State.” There is a great line-up of authors and presenters! For more information, visit

■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 are on their website or Facebook page. Today, singer/songwriter Vanessa Hale will perform.

■On Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., the Warner Men’s Club and the N.H. Humanities will host a program open to the public on “Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook.” This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Bob Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire. Bob Cottrell holds an master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware. The founding director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth, he is now the curator of the Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library, a board member at the Conway Historical Society, and President ex-officio of the Tamworth Historical Society. He serves as an independent history and museum consultant.

■Warner Historical Society and School House Cafe are recreating the dinner provided to the hundreds of skiers who came by train from Boston on the “Snow Train.” Beginning in 1931 ski clubs from Massachusetts and Dartmouth came to ski on the hills of Warner. By the late 1940s Boston area businesses were enticed to bring their workers to ski, skate, slide, and dance in Warner for their annual employee outings. The John Hancock Life Insurance Company alone brought more than 1,400 employees north during the winter of 1955. Organizations, school and church groups all pitched in to host these large events. Turkey shortcake dinners with biscuits, potatoes, squash, Warner River coffee, and apple pie were served at various locations around town. This same dinner will be served at the Warner Town Hall. After dinner, local historian Rebecca Courser will regale the diners with the history of the “Snow Train,” Warner’s ski slopes, the local businesses who got involved and of the people who pitched in to make the weekends successful, from kids to grandparents. The dinner and talk are Saturday, 6 p.m. at the Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main St. Snow date Feb. 23. Tickets for dinner and talk are $15 and are available online, at the Main Street Office or at the door. Seating limited to 150 so reserve your spot today!

■Simonds Elementary School February calendar: Feb. 21, Invention Convention; Feb. 18 to 22, Simonds Spirit Week; and Feb. 22, Simonds Winter Carnival.



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■The Webster Select Board will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Offices.

■The Webster Select Board will hold the 2019 Warrant and Budget Public Hearing on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.

■The Pillsbury Lake Village District Commissioners will hold a Public Meeting Bond Hearing on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Pillsbury Lake Clubhouse.

■The Pillsbury Lake Village District Commissioners will hold a Public Meeting Budget Hearing on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Pillsbury Lake Clubhouse.

■“I Love to Read” month moves into week two at the Webster Elementary School. This week brings Marek Bennett, graphic novelist, teaching the kindergarten, grade one and grade two students about his craft. Monday is Buddy Reading where older children matchup and read with younger children, and Wednesday is Student Leaders Read Alouds. Mystery Readers and Golden Ticket challenges continue.

■The next Webster Free Public Library sponsored computer class takes place Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the meeting hall next to the library. Bring your laptop if you have one.


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