Town Crier columns for Feb. 24, 2019

Published: 2/22/2019 3:24:46 PM
ALLENSTOWNFamily Bingo Afternoon

■Family Bingo will be held today from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 10 School St. Fun for all with gift card prizes, hot dogs and hamburgers, a bake sale and a 50/50 raffle. All the proceeds go to the roof fund.

■Meet the Candidates will be held this Thursday at 7 p.m. , and again on March 3 at 2 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club in the lounge, 8 Whitten St. Come and meet the people who are running for office and get a chance to ask questions.

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

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

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

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

■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 is held Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. Classes are $45 for a six week session or $7.50 per class. Please call 485-4254 for more information.

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

■Zumba Gold is held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. It’s 10 classes for $70 or $10 to a drop in class. Your first class is always free.

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



BOSCAWENSchool vacation fun

■Vacation Activities for school age kids are available at the Boscawen Public Library with a Craft Workshop on Thursday beginning at 2 p.m. To sign up and for more details, give the library a call at 753-8576 or stop in. Additionally, free or discounted passes are available to patrons and their families to Discovery Science Center and See Science Center.

■Monday at 6 p.m., budding writers (and published ones, too!) will be gathering at their monthly workshop at the Boscawen Public Library. Benefit from the camaraderie of fellow writers who enjoy sharing their stories and listening to yours.

■Ready for a night out? Head to the High Street Coffee House to hear the live performance of the Heather Pierson Trio on Friday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at 12 High St. in the town hall under the Congregational Church. Admission is free but donations are appreciated and split between the featured performer and the church. There will be open mic slots (10 minutes or two songs) for musicians, poets and comedians. Refreshments will be sold. This fun and recurring event is held the first Friday of every month featuring new performers.

■A Second Public Hearing will be held on the Boscawen 2019 Proposed Budget on Wednesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. It will be held at the Town Municipal Offices at 116 N. Main St., in the fourth-floor conference room and handicapped accessibility is available.



BOWStamp collectors meet

■Bow Young at Heart Club (BYH) will have a snow make up special meeting on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Bow Community Building. Members and guests should bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided. Our first trip is an Irish show and lunch at Venus Di Milo in Swansea, Mass., with entertainer Laura Roth on March 14. The price is $86. Sign-up and payment must be made by Wednesday. Contact Carol Walder 753-8000 to register. Payment can be made at the meeting. Our trips are open to all! Come learn about each of the five daily trips, as well as a multi-night trip to Lake George/Lake Placid. Members will also have an opportunity to help select our speakers and programs for 2019, so bring your ideas. BYAH is open to all seniors. Annual dues are $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents. Meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For information, 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 March 19 beginning at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in stamp collecting is invited to attend, to share their interest, to buy, sell and trade. Meet other collectors and to 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 Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St. in Bow will be hosting the Lenten Luncheons series sponsored by the Greater Concord Interfaith Council over the next few months. Ticket price per luncheon is $7 per person. All sessions will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m. with the exception of the final one on April 11 which will be held noon to 1:30 p.m.. The dates and speakers are: March 14: The Rev. Jason Wells: New Directions at the New Hampshire Council of Churches; March 21: Phil and Eleanor Kimball: The Ethics of Dissent; March 28: Bob and Joyce Ray: Living Sustainably at Japan’s Asian Rural Institute; April 4: Rev. Beth Richeson: Experiencing God at the N.H. Women’s Prison; April 11: noon to 1:30 p.m., Rabbi Robin Nafshi: Interfaith Seder.

■The Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, will host an “Anything Goes” Services/Gifts Auction on March 16. Join us for a St. Patty’s Day lunch at noon to until we run out! Cost is $8 per person. The Anything Goes auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. There will also be services and gifts up for bid! For further information, contact Joan at 228-1154 or John at 428-3282.

■The Rotary Club of Bow will host its annual public-speaking contest for high school students at 7 p.m. 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 homeschooled. 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 our website at For more information, contact Bob Couch, 52 Logging Hill Road, 340-5991 (cell) 856-0427 (home) or, Facebook/arcouch.

■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. If you have questions or need more information, email or call 753-2470.


CANTERBURYVolunteer at the food pantry

■Humanities Program at the Elkins Public Library will show the film The Vietnam War: Veteran Voices, with discussion facilitated by former pastor Bill Donohue, is rescheduled for this Tuesday at 7 p.m.

■Cabin Fever Antique Mart is this Saturday as well as March 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the town hall in the Historic Center. Parking is available and disabled accessible. All are welcome.

■Canterbury Historical Society: Town decals are on sale at the Country Store. Nominations are welcomed for the Boston Post Cane which is traditionally awarded to the oldest living resident in Canterbury who must also have lived in Canterbury for at least 20 years. Nominations go to Bob Scarponi, or to MaryAnn Winograd at the library or Jan Stout in the Town Office.

■Town Meeting planning: The first session will be on March 12, at the Town Hall, with voting hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The second session will be held March 15 at 7 p.m. at the Canterbury Elementary School. Warrant Articles and sample ballots will be posted on the town website and town Facebook page as soon as they are available.

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

■Loudon Food Pantry is need of volunteers and folks to sign up for 12 Months of Giving. For more information please contact Sue on 724-9731. New hours are: Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food is given out by appointment only. Donations can be bought in during the above hours. Volunteers always welcome.


CHICHESTERSupervisors of checklist in session

■Absentee ballots for the March 12 Town Meeting are available from the Town Clerks office. Absentee Ballots are available for the Town Official Ballot, the Zoning Ballot and the School Official Ballot. Contact the Town Clerk at 798-5808, ext. 1, or email “” if there are any questions.

■You can view the warrant articles and the actual town budget online at

■The Charrette Team will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Historical Society. It is open to the public.

■On Wednesday, The Chichester Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the library. Come and hear what ideas are popping up for spring planting!

■This Thursday a Special LEGO Day will take place at the library starting at 10:45 a.m. The pre-school story time will not be held during school vacation.

■The Cemetery Trustees will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Town Hall.

■BCEP will hold a meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the facility. There are openings for Community Service volunteers on Saturdays to assist patrons with their recycling needs.

■The Town of Chichester, Supervisors of the Checklist will be in Session on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Grange Hall/Town Office, 54 Main St. to make corrections, additions, and deletions to the Checklist. The Supervisors are: Denise Call, Mary Dobson, Gail Laker-Phelps.

■The first voting day of 2019 will be March 9 this is the Chichester School District Meeting. Voting will take place on a number of very important issues, including two teacher positions, a Chichester School band, and replenishment of technology devices to continue the 1-1 program at school. The entire budget can be viewed on the school website.

■Upcoming event at the library: A night of Celtic music and stories March 8. Details next week.



DUNBARTONMid-winter book blowout sale

■Supervisors of the Checklist will hold a session for correction of the Checklist on Saturday, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the town office. This is the last date to register to vote in the School District Meeting on March 9. Registrations will resume during Town Election on March 12. To check your registration status, go to

■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 next Chair Yoga will be at the library Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Reap all the benefits of yoga while practicing with the stability and security of a comfortable chair. You will use your breath to bring awareness to your movements and reduce your stress, creating a sense of calm to your mind and body. Please arrive before 10:30 a.m. so the event can start on time!

■Come on down to the library for some fun during winter vacation. Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: LEGO Build Party. Thursday. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Pajama Story Time and Stuffed Animal Sleepover, Friday. 1 to 3 p.m.: Movie Matinee (Movie TBA)

■Saturday at the library, 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., come to the Mid-winter Book Blowout Sale. We have gently-used and nearly new books. Something for everyone. Fill a bag for one dollar!

■Read the DCC Book Club’s book choice, On A Pale Horse by Piers Anthony, for discussion March 7 at the Vestry at 7 p.m. Tina Bean will host. All are welcome.

■During February and March, the Dunbarton Inspiration Group’s art work will be on display at the library. Please stop by to view their fabulous work!



EPSOMSpaghetti social

■The Concord/Epsom Elks Lodge will be hosting a spaghetti and meatball social today from 1 to 5 p.m. This event is to raise money for flags on past members gravestones. The cost is $10 per person and will include karaoke and entertainment. This will be a fun event!

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

■Mark your calendars to Meet the Candidate’s Forum on March 3 at 2 p.m. at the Epsom Public Library. Come meet the citizens who have filed to serve our community as public officials! Hear from the candidates and ask questions.

Peppa Pig and the Cold Winter Day will be shown at the library Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m.

■The knitters group will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 pm. at the Public Library.

■The Wednesday movie matinee this week is The Catcher was a Spy, at 1:30 p.m. A major league baseball player, Moe Berg, lives a double life working for the Office of Strategic Services. Please note: If the weather is stormy on a Wednesday, please call the library, 736-9920, to see if we are open.

■The chess club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library.

■Storytimes at the library 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

■Would you 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!).

■Artists Exhibit and Reception: The next exhibit is “The Fabric of Our Lives: Party Dresses Piecing It Together.” The opening reception will be Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m. Meet the “High Season Artists” and enjoy some snacks. The art pieces will be on display from Saturday through April 13 during regular library hours. The High Season Artists are a group of New Hampshire artists who gather to make art, explore creativity, and exhibit locally. The participating artists are Donna Catanzaro, Kathy Hanson, Russet Jennings, Mary Nichols, Ann Saunderson, Mary Straub, and Teresa Taylor.

■The Victory Workers 4-H club plant fundraiser has started, contact Terry Riel at 848-7371 if you would like to order your spring hanging plants, and support our local club. Or contact any other 4-H member you know to place your order. Delivery will be the weekend before Mother’s day.

■Happy birthday to Joffa Raymond on Wednesday, Ian Dube on Friday and Lisa Marie Doherty on Saturday! I hope you all have great birthday celebrations!


FRANKLINCelebrate the 3rd Annual Boat Bash

■Red Cross Blood Drive scheduled for March 7 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Golden Crest, 29 Baldwin St, Franklin. Please schedule an appointment now to give the gift of life. Visit to make an appointment.

■Franklin Planning Board meets this Wednesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

■The Franklin Public Library hosts a book discussion group the second Thursday of each month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Call 934-2911 or drop by the library to learn more and pick up the book for March. If you are unable to read the book for March, please come to the discussion anyway to get acquainted.

■Third Annual Boat Bash – Snow Crash! This Saturday, registration is from 10 to 11 a.m. with craziness beginning at 3 p.m. Can’t participate? This is a great spectator sport! Register now to race a kayak down the slopes of the Veterans Memorial Ski Area, in West Franklin, 266 Flaghole Road. The cost for Spectators is $7; Open sledding is $15; and Racers is $25. Proceeds will benefit the development of Mill City Park at Franklin Falls. This is the last event of the 57th Winter Carnival, but the Outing Club offers activities year round at the recreation area. Visit the Facebook page for Franklin Outing Club and consider becoming a member for singles or families to enjoy great activities.

■Register now for the Mom Prom, a popular annual event sponsored by the Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary. Advance tickets only. This year’s event take place at Steele Hill Resort on April 6 from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Not just for moms; this is open to all women over the age of 21. Come dressed in your fabulous prom, bridesmaid, tacky or fancy dress (or just “dress up”). Tickets may be purchased at the FRH Auxiliary Gift Shop, or online at Email with any questions.

■Franklin Animal Shelter Dinner Dance is April 13 at the Franklin Elks Club. Music provided by Lakes Region Entertainment; tickets are $25 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door. Enjoy a great social event while supporting the needs of the Franklin Animal Shelter. Purchase tickets at the animal shelter or email Christine Dzujna at or Lisa Seymour at

■Tea & Tales this Tuesday at the Franklin Studio 366 Central St., features Lorna MacDonald Czarnota, an award-winning storyteller and author based in Buffalo, N.Y. Since 1985, Lorna has delighted audiences in the United States, Canada, and Ireland. She tells traditional and original stories, sometimes with music and songs. Includes traditional and original stories, occasionally with music and songs for all ages. Doors open at 7 p.m., open mic begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by refreshments and featured teller.

■Tickets are on sale at the Franklin Opera House for the performance of Cheryl Wheeler, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. She is a respected songwriter and vocalist whose music has been recorded by artists such as Peter Paul & Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Bette Midler, just to mention a few. Visit or call 934-1901 for advance tickets.

■Register now for February and April school vacation camps, offered by Franklin Parks & Recreation. These are high quality child care options, at very modest costs. Call 934-2118 with any questions or visit and follow the link to Parks & Recreation for more information.



HENNIKER / WEARENew principalannounced

■Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lorraine Tacconi-Moore has announced the appointment of Matthew Colby as Principal at the Henniker Community School effective July 1. This appointment follows the retirement of HCS Principal Karen Raymond at the end of the school year.

■The Concord Regional VNA is offering an eight-week falls prevention program “A Matter of Balance.” This program helps adults view falls and the fear of falling as controllable, change the environment to reduce fall risk factors and exercise to increase strength and balance. The program takes place on Wednesdays beginning March 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at Henniker Community Center.

■Alchemists’ Workshop is on its way to NYC’s off-broadway Hudson Guild Theatre with their award-winning musical by Tom Dunn and Will Ogmundson, Georgia O’Keeffe Paints Paradise. Saturday at 7 p.m. they’ll be doing a send-off performance of the work at Henniker Congregational Church.

■SAU24 Board Chair Marjorie Burke invites all to join them as they recognize the N.H. 2019 Superintendent of the Year, SAU24 Superintendent Lorraine Tacconi-Moore, Ed.D. Please join the SAU24 Board in gathering to celebrate on March 5, at the John Stark Regional High School library from 4 to 6 p.m.


HILLSBOROUGH / DEERING Fun week at library

■This Monday, February Fun Week begins at Fuller Public Library! Join us each day for something fun. Monday is Game Day, bring your own game to play or borrow one of ours, 2 p.m.

■The Hillsborough Historical Society will host its second “Do You Remember?” round table discussion on Monday at 6 p.m. (snow date: Wednesday at 6 p.m.) in its Heritage Museum on 5 Central St. Do you remember “The Great Nuclear Dump Fight of 1986?” If so, please join us to share your memories and memorabilia of the protests against the U.S. government. If not, please attend to learn about this extremely crucial time in our towns history. The Society can be contacted at 464-3637 or

■February Fun Week at Fuller Public Library continues Tuesday at 10 a.m. Participants will be creating with the library’s LEGOs. All creations will be put on display in the Gilbert Room so you can come back and visit.

■This Tuesday, GHSS sponsors Chair Yoga, at 10 a.m. at the Hillsborough United Methodist Church.

■On Thursday, the February Fun Week activity at Fuller Public Library will be making Puffy Paint! Paint your own picture and one for the library! Starts at 10 a.m. Please call to sign up, 464-3595.

■GHSS Chair Yoga, 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Church.

■Friday at 1 p.m. February Fun Week concludes at Fuller Public Library. The activity will be Make a Suncatcher using glue and glass beads. Please call to reserve your child’s spot, 464-3595.

■Concord Regional VNA is holding a Senior Health Clinic at Smith Memorial Congregational Church, 30 West Main St in Hillsborough on Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. All Senior Health Clinic services are provided for a suggested donation of $10, however, services are provided regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Services offered include foot care, blood pressure screening, B-12 injections, medication education, and nutritional education. Call 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815 for an appointment.

■The Annual Senior Dinner put on by the American Legion Family, is March 3. The doors open at noon, and dinner is served at 12:30. All seniors are invited for a free turkey dinner at the American Legion, 538 W. Main St., Hillsborough.

■The Sons of the American Legion Wild Game Dinner is March 9. There will be Cocktails at 5 p.m., and a Buffet Dinner at 6 p.m. Only 175 tickets will be sold, $25 for adults, and $10 for children. There will be Raffles and games. Tickets are available at American Legion Post 59, 538 W. Main St.


HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOKTrack and Fieldregistration open

■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 to 2020 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.

■Registrations are open for Granite State Track & Field. Please visit for details and to register.

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

■Cribbage Group is Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Come and play cribbage, and socialize with other seniors! If you want to learn to play cribbage, call the Hopkinton Recreation Dept. at 746-8263, and a private lesson will be scheduled at the Slusser Center at 41 Houston Drive in Contoocook, next to the Town Library.

■Knitting Group is Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Bring your own materials for the project you’re working on, and share ideas with other seniors!

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

■Concord Regional VNA is holding a Senior Health Clinic at Slusser Senior Center on March 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Park Avenue Apartments on March 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Senior Health Clinic services are provided for a suggested donation of $10, however, services are provided regardless of a person’s ability to pay. The services offered include foot care, blood pressure screening, B-12 injections, medication education, and nutritional education. Call 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815, for an appointment.



PEMBROKESt. Patty’s Day trip

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

■Family Bingo today from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Parish Hall of St. John the Baptist Church, Allenstown. Hope to see you there.



PITTSFIELDCandidates Night

■The TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) meets each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at The Joy Church, 55 Barnstead Road. Programs with helpful health tips are offered to assist each member also. They would love to have new members join. 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.

■The Victory Workers 4-H Club’s Flower Fundraiser is in progress. Beautiful locally grown Hanging baskets, window boxes and succulent bowls are available in a variety of colors. Prices are $22 to $24. Orders and money are due by the end of March. Please contact any 4-H member or leader to place your order.

■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. For more information, contact Cheryl at or 708-1467.

■Save the date for Candidates Night, to be held on March 4 at the PES Gym starting at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments and 6 to 8 p.m. for the program. All candidates running for a local office have been contacted and invited to attend Candidates Night and to submit a letter to be included in the information packet that will be handed out that night. Candidates – if you did not receive an email or letter – please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or The event is sponsored by the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce and Pittsfield Listens. Please plan to attend and meet the candidates.

■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.

■Soup’s On! Come and enjoy a hot bowl of soup with friends. All are welcome on Monday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. Love offering only for payment.

■School Vacation is Monday through Friday. Enjoy your week off!

■The Parks & Recreation Winterfest Activities continue Sunday at the Pittsfield Josiah Carpenter Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. enjoy cookies and milk PJ storytime (Pajamas encouraged); Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Community Center try candy bar bingo and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m there will be a PYW Trip for snow tubing at Pats Peak (grades six through twelve). Tuesday and Thursday, there will be PYW Drop In for grades six through 12 from 2 to 6 p.m. On Wednesday, PYW goes Rock Climbing (grades six through 12) from 11 to 4 p.m. and Friday, PYW will go to the Space Center (grades six through 12) from 12 to 5 p.m. Donations of food welcomed to benefit PES Food 4 Kids. Winterfest is sponsored by the Pittsfield Parks & Recreation Committee, PYW, Josiah Carpenter Library, Suncook Valley Area Lions Club, Girls Scouts and Pittsfield PES PTO.

■The Pittsfield Circle of Home and Family group will meet on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Community Center, lower level. New members are always welcome – please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or for more information.

■The Read, Meet, Talk Book Club will meet on Tuesday at 10:30 at the Senior Center.

■The Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

■Pittsfield Youth Baseball Association is now accepting registrations for the 2019 season. The registration deadline is March 22. There are three ways to sign up: the Pittsfield Youth Baseball/Softball Association Facebook page, click the “sign up” button at top of page or go to and click the link under “Sign up,” or come to the Community Center on March 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $60 per child, and $125 per family. For more information or if you would like to coach or help in the concession stand, contact Gary at

■Joy Church will be hosting a family movie night on Friday at 6 p.m. The movie Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet will be shown. Everything is free – movie, popcorn, candy and drinks!

■A Very Happy Birthday wish to my nieces Emma and Ava Foster on Sunday and to my fabulous sister-in-law Terry Riel on Saturday. I hope you all enjoy your special day!



WARNERHear about Chinook

■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.

■On Monday 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 a 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.

■MainStreet Warner Inc. is pleased to present a Winter Concert with Will Ogmundson on piano March 2 at 7 p.m. in The Gallery at MainStreet BookEnds. Suggested donation at the door of $10 per person. Donations go to support the artist, and the work of MainStreet Warner Inc.

■Guitar in the Gallery will be held today 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

■“StoryTime with Simonds” is held at MainStreet BookEnds, in partnership with Simonds Elementary School. Come enjoy a read-aloud for grades K-2 with friends! the first Thursday of each month from 3:15 pm to 3:45 pm in The Gallery! Next Storytime March 7.

■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.

■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 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 lineup 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, Brad Myrick will perform. Next Sunday’s performer will be Prateek Poddar.



WEBSTERComputer class at the meeting hall

■Ready to meet some candidates? Bianca Acebron Peco and Ray Scott are both running for a Webster Select Board seat. There will be a Meet and Greet on March 3, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Pillsbury Lake Clubhouse. Attend with questions.

■Webster Free Public Library’s Book Group is meeting Thursday at 7:15 p.m. to discuss Ernest Hebert’s The Dogs of March.

■The next computer class, hosted by the library and taught by Dot Bourque, is Friday, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the meeting hall next to the library. Bring a laptop but you are welcome even if you don’t have one.

■The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is open this Monday through Friday for self-tours, so drop by the library to check out one of our passes to the museum.


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