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Suncook Valley town crier for July 14, 2019

Published: 7/12/2019 2:19:47 PM
Modified: 7/12/2019 2:19:34 PM
ALLENSTOWN Volunteers needed

■The Suncook Parish Nurse Program at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall will be closed this Monday and July 22.

■The St. John the Baptist Church rectory office will be closed on Wednesdays for the remainder of the summer.

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

■Bone Builders is held Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center, 8 Whitten St.

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

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

■Pastel art class is held Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. The cost is $7.50 per class or $45 for a six-week session, which includes materials.

■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. The cost is $10 per class or $70 for 10 classes, and the first class is always free.

■TOPS is held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center, with weigh-in at 10:15 a.m.

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

■Volunteers are needed at the Allenstown/Pembroke Old Home Day. The committee is looking for volunteers to help at the Old Home Day booth and children’s area and to set up and clean up. Jobs can be tailored to the individual, and they are a good way for students to accumulate community service hours. Please call Kristin Jacques for more information at 491-0660.

■The Allenstown Historical Society wishes to thank everyone who helped make its annual bake sale a success.

■Boy Scout Pack 97 will be holding a Carnival Extravaganza on Saturday, July 20 from 10 to 4 p.m. at Aubuchon Hardware. Come out and support Pack 97 with a fun day with a car wash, bake sale, yard sale, archery range, bouncy house and emergency vehicles.



BARNSTEAD Open farm day

■Stop by the farmers market starting at 9 a.m. July 20 for open farm day. Bring a cooler to pick up some great local products from local farms. Enjoy coffee and breakfast and great music by Chris Reagan.



CHICHESTER Chat with Galileo

■The Chichester Youth Association meets at 6:30 p.m. today at the Chichester Fire Station. The meeting will last approximately 30 minutes. It is looking for new faces; stop by and say hello.

■Starting Monday, Carpenter Park is reserved this week for the Girl Scouts.

■The N.H. Humanities To Go program, along with the Chichester Library, presents the live portrayal of “Galileo Galilei, the Starry Messenger!” The event is at 7 p.m. Monday at Grange Hall. It is open to everyone and suitable for older children and adults. There is free parking, and light refreshments will be served. Mike Francis will portray Galileo and introduce us to the nighttime sky, a topic that works well with the kids summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories.”

■The Economic Development Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the town offices.

■The library hosts the Knitting Circle at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Instruction on crochet or knitting is available, or just come to enjoy the company of fellow knitters.

■The Agriculture Commission meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the library. This is an open meeting.

■The Heritage Commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the library. Newcomers are welcome.

■Trustees of the Trust will meet at 9 a.m. Friday at the town offices.

■Stop by the library Friday afternoons for “Color & Coffee,” or for a cold beverage. The library has new stress-reliving coloring books and supplies available.

■The Friday Nite Kayak group is an informal meeting of people and their kayaks. No RSVP is necessary to attend; call Paul Oman at 435-7199 for time and place, or check the group’s website,



EPSOM Town band plays for concert series

■Please forward a submission for Citizen of the Year 2019 to Epsom Old Home Day Association care of Georgia Perry, 190 North Road. Submissions should include detailed information about the candidate and should be received by July 26 for consideration.

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

■Bone Builders will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the library.

■At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the children’s movie at the library is Peppa Pig: Stars. Snacks and drinks are provided.

■The library’s Wednesday movie matinee starts at 1:30 p.m with the suspense-filled, action-packed U-571. A U.S. Navy Captain and his crew are just beginning a 48-hour leave when they receive word to return immediately to duty for a top-secret assignment. They must disguise themselves as Nazis and infiltrate a severely damaged U-boat.

■Mahjong continues to be played Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. Stop, watch and learn to play this ancient game

■The Knitters club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library.

■The Children’s Museum of N.H. program “Under a Starry Sky: Nocturnal Animals” is at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Join the event for a fun-filled, hands-on exploration into the starlit world of nocturnal animals. Registration is required, and there is limited space. Sign up at the library front desk.

■Author Michael Bruno will be at the library at 7 p.m. Tuesday to share the background on his book, Cruising New Hampshire History: A Guide to New Hampshire’s Roadside Historical Markers. This book explores the 255 N.H. historical markers that dot the state highways and roads.

■The book discussion group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss The Library Book by Susan Orlean.

■At 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the library, the outer space event features all things space with crafts, experiments, stories and an out-of-this-world lunch. Please sign up for this event. Donations of drinks, snacks and desserts are appreciated.

■At 6:30 p.m. Friday, attend teen movie night at the library to see Bumblebee, rated PG-13. Pizza and drinks are included. Donations of chips, desserts and drinks are greatly appreciated.

■Pittsfield Class of 1984, mark your calendar for Aug. 24 for your 35th Class Reunion. It will be held at Beaver Meadow Golf Course. Watch for invites.

■Epsom Red Cross Certified Swimming Lessons run July 15 to 26 daily. Registration is July 15 from 8 to 9 a.m. for Epsom children ages 5 to 16, followed by swim testing from 9 to 11 a.m. Come ready to swim to the FB Argue Recreational Facility in Pittsfield. Half-hour classes will be between 9 and 11 a.m. on successive days, organized by skill levels. There is a $5 Red Cross registration fee. For questions, contact

■The Epsom Town Band has begun its summer concert series. Remaining concerts are scheduled for July 19 and Aug. 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Webster Park. A July 26 rain date is set for the July concert. The band will also be performing on Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. as part of Epsom’s Old Home Day celebration. Mark your calendars, invite your friends and family, and bring a lawn chair to enjoy an old-fashioned concert in the park.

■“Paint Night” will be held at 6 p.m. July 26 at the library, headed by local artist Kristy Ellsworth. Please join for a fun evening out with friends in the community as Kristy offers step-by-step instructions. Light refreshments will be provided, but please feel free to bring snacks with you. The cost is $25 per painter, and sign-ups and payment must be made at the library by July 20, as seating is limited.

■The Epsom Old Home Day 4-Miler is Aug. 11. Register online at

■Elks Riders Concord/Epsom N.H. 1210 invite you to “Benefit Ride & Cookout” for Epsom Central School Class of 2020 on Aug. 17. Join us for a scenic ride through Epsom and the Lakes Region towns ending with a barbecue at Heritage Harley Davidson in Concord. Registration for the ride along is at 9 a.m. at Epsom Central School. The ride begins at 10:30 a.m. It is $15 per rider or $20 for a rider and passenger. Even if you don’t ride, please join us for the barbecue, bake sale and 50/50 raffle at Heritage Harley Davidson following the ride, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Epsom Central Schools Class of 2020 Trip to Washington, D.C. For more information, please contact Damon Bellorado at or call 736-3001.

■Happy birthday shout outs this week to Wanda Foote, Doris Williams, Kathy Kus, Michael Crowley, Sonia Noyes, Robert Kitson and my beautiful daughter Crystal Riel Fostery! May you all have wonderful birthdays!


PEMBROKE Singin’ the blues

■Pembroke Recreation’s summer concert season continues on Saturda from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with Arthur James performing acoustic blues at its finest – covering everything from pop to classic rock. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to Memorial Field, sit back and enjoy this wonderful free family event. In case of rain, concerts will be rescheduled. Questions call 848-9677.

<sbull value="sbull"><text xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></text></sbull> Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Pembroke Allenstown Old Home Day on Aug. 24. This year’s theme “Go Green” will influence imagination for the floats and the decorations on the big stage. Coming back this year is the Dunking Booth and the “dunkees” list is growing. Try your hand at mini golf course set up with replicas of the Town Clock and other town buildings. Enjoy the various food vendors’ offerings. And this year’s fireworks are promising to outshine all others in the past.

■The Turning Pointe Center of Dance performed on the Carnival Cruise Ship “Sunrise” on June 23 in the Liquid Main Show Theater. This group of local dancers under the direction of Lisa Drouin Goff rehearsed for eight months to compile a show to present to the guests. The dancers were Julie Auger, Ashley Francois, Ella Krochmal Angela Lemieux, Kirsten Rasmussen and Kaitlin White.

■Allenstown Pack 97 is holding a carnival hosted by Aubuchon Hardware on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please come and support Pack 97 through a fun day of activities.



PITTSFIELD Hearing at library

■Congratulations to Phyllis (Brooks) Conway on being selected as the 2019 Pittsfield Citizen of the Year! Thank you for all you do to make our Pittsfield community a better place to live.

■An open hearing will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the library to hear from members of the public with ideas on what to do with the vacant barn by the library. Dream big – let’s hear the ideas.

■The FB Argue Recreation Area, both the town pool and beach area, is now open for the summer season. It will be open from Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The daily admission for residents is $1 per person. A family season pass may be bought for $50. Daily admission for nonresidents will be $1.50. All persons entering will be expected to pay, and children under 5 will be admitted free with a paying adult.

■Red Cross swimming lessons will be offered again this summer. Every lesson will run for a half-hour. Session two takes place in the nighttime and is from Monday to July 26. Session three takes place in the daytime and is from Aug. 5 to 16. Registration will be held at the recreation area. The cost for swimming lessons for Pittsfield residents will be $15 per child per session. The cost for nonresidents will be $30 per child per session. For more information, call 435-7510 or 435-7457.

■The Pittsfield Youth Workshop is accepting registrations for the craft fair at this year’s Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally on Aug. 3. Help spread the word to all your crafty friends. This annual event draws 8,000 to 10,000 visitors from all over New England and beyond. Feel free to contact or 435-8272 for more information.

■Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally is just a few short months away, on Aug. 2, 3 and 4. We cannot express the gratitude we have for our volunteers. Sign up to volunteer at

■PHS Class of 1984’s 35th High School Reunion is Aug. 24 at Beaver Meadow Golf Course. Invitations are in the mail. For more information or to update your address, please contact Andi Grainger Riel at 435-6346 or

■The summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories,” will continue through Aug. 15. Family activities are held at the library at 10 a.m. on Thursday mornings. School-age children gather at the library at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and at the Drake Field Recreation Program on Wednesday mornings. Special events include storytelling and book giveaway provided by the Children’s Literacy Foundation at 9:30 a.m. Monday, rain location at Blueberry Express Day Care. Every child will receive two new books.

■Help support PES PTO – $1 from every reusable bag purchased in the month of July at the Northwood Hannaford will be donated to our group.

■PMHS girls summer basketball started July 9. Any girl that will be entering fifth- through 12th-grade in the fall are welcome to attend. Please make sure you bring sneakers and lots of water. For the schedule or for more information, email or call/text 848-6855.

■There are 40 hanging baskets gracing our lovely downtown, each costs approximately $25 to make and plant. A very small group of volunteers does all the work, including daily watering. If you have a few dollars to spare, please consider a donation to the Pittsfield Hanging Basket Flower Fund at Citizens Bank care of Donna Keeley, 256 True Road.

■The Infant Toddler Diaper Pantry will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Congregational Church. Please use the Chestnut Street entrance. Monetary and product contributions are always welcome. Please call the church at 435-7471 to arrange drop-offs.

■The Suncook Valley Rotary Club will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Dominick’s Restaurant. For more information, please email

■Happy birthday wishes to Wanda Foote and to Margaret Towle. And a very happy birthday wish to my niece, Crystal Riel Foster. I hope you enjoy your special days!



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