Merrimack Valley region town crier for Oct. 20, 2019

Published: 10/18/2019 6:22:19 PM
Modified: 10/18/2019 6:22:06 PM
ANDOVERFall Family Brunch

■A Fall Family Brunch will be held at The Andover Community Hub on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the kids and family, everyone is welcome, there will be omelettes and french toast until noon, cider pressing, pumpkin painting, corn hole and music by local musicians continuing until 2 p.m. and local vendors selling local products and crafts. Brunch is “on the house,” courtesy of Ty Morris, a professional chef and caterer as well as a realtor in the Andover area who is sponsoring the event. RSVPs are suggested (even at the last minute) but not required to or 237-2060.



BOSCAWENTalk Christmas for Kids

■“The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns” will be presented Monday at 6:30 p.m. John Porter, local agriculturist, author and UNH extension specialist, presentation will be a chronological walk through time, with photos of barns around the state that are examples of different eras of barn evolution throughout agricultural history.

■An Exploring Mindfulness class will be held at the Boscawen Public Library on Tuesday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Classes are taught by Judi Abbe, a long time devotee of mindfulness. Be sure to dress comfortably for a relaxing experience. Additional classes will be held at the library on Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12 and all start at 6:30 p.m.

■Become a Census Taker and get paid to help our community. Tomorrow, a representative from the U.S. Census Bureau will be at the Boscawen Public Library from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. They will be available to help with online sign-up and answer your questions about working for the 2020 Census.

■The Boscawen Police Department reminds everyone that it is that time of year to be talking about their Christmas for Kids Program. Applications are available, now, at the police station or the town offices. They must be turned in by Oct. 31. For folks who wish to donate to the program, a Giving Tree will be displayed at the police department lobby as of Nov. 6. Feel free to call Lynne Davis at 753-9124 with your questions.

■High Street Coffee House will host the Bradford Bog People on Nov. 1 in the Boscawen Town Hall underneath the Church at the intersection of Routes 3 and 4. They will play first 30 minutes of the evening and at the end of the evening. Poets, musicians and comedians entertain the crowd between the two sets. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. ending somewhere around 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, though donations are accepted. A full array of refreshments are available for sale from 6:30 to the close of the evening. For questions, call Chris at 520-9196 or Liz at 848-2410.

■Craft fair vendors are being sought for “A Holiday Craft Fair and Festival of Trees,” held at the Merrimack County Nursing Home, on Nov. 2. To rent your space at the fair, please contact Martha Cheney at 796-3207 or email



CANTERBURYOld Home Weekend

■Old Ways Days is today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old Ways Traditions welcomes visitors for their 13th and last open weekend. Vintage machinery, opportunities to use old tools, see traditional crafts being made, weaving and pottery wheels to try. Local bands playing traditional music too! Food available supplied by Brookford Farm. It will be held at 418 Shaker Road, Canterbury. Suggested donation of $10. Call 783-4403 to speak to Dave or Anne Emerson or email for more details.

■Halloween in Canterbury is this coming Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the town center. Donations of candy, stickers, temporary tattoos, pumpkins, etc., are needed. Contact Randi Johnson at 738-4618 or email

■Canterbury Citizens for Democracy’s sponsored event, “Immigration: How Did We Get Here? How Can We Do Better?” will be held at the Bow library Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

■At Canterbury Heritage Museum on Wednesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m., join Town Clerk Sam Papps for a class on researching old Canterbury houses utilizing Sam’s experience with local, county and state documents and sources.

■Canterbury Shaker Village’s Spirit Encounters will run Friday and Sunday with tours at 6:30 and 7 p.m., ghost stories and exploration of the spirit world known to the Shakers as “the Summerland.” Old Home Weekend is this weekend, honoring the 50th anniversary of the museum with a gathering of former board members, employees, interns and friends. Harvest Music Festival is next Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. See for further details.

■During October, the Church in the Woods trails are open for visitors coming in peace, for hiking and reflection. There are trail maps in the barn. Walkers are welcome to leave comments about their experiences. See for more details.

■Canterbury Benevolent Society’s annual Holiday Fair will take place Nov. 2 at the Parish House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Denise Sojka at 387-5380 for details, or to be a vendor.

■Ham and Bean Supper will be Nov. 10 at the Parish House from 5 p.m. onwards. Contact Rick Crockford at 496-2255 for more info or to help with the community supper.

■Loudon Food Pantry, providing for Canterbury residents among other towns, is located in the Huckleberry Business Park, 30 Chichester Road, Loudon. Canterbury residents may drop off at the Elkins Public Library. See website or call Sue at 724-9731.


SALISBURYAnnual wreath sale

■Supervisors of the Checklist will meet Friday at Academy Hall, 9 Old Coach Road, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. for party affiliation changes, checklist additions and corrections, before voting takes place for the primary. Please note that Friday is the last time registered voters may change their party affiliation.

■The selectmen’s office will now be open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The office will be closed from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch daily. The office will no longer be open on Mondays or the fourth Tuesday evening of the month. Selectmen meet the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at Academy Hall. These meetings are an important part of small town governing, the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend these meetings.

■The Salisbury Board of Selectmen are seeking sealed bids for the installation of yard and building lighting to allow the Salisbury Transfer Station to operate after daylight hours. The town has purchased an 8,500-watt generator as power for this purpose as there is no other power source available in that area. Please contact Ken Ross-Raymond at 491-1285 to tour the facility and view what is needed for the yard and building lighting. Sealed bids marked “Transfer Station Lighting” must be sent to the Office of the Selectmen at P.O. Box 214, Salisbury, N.H., 03268, no later than Thursday.

■Budget Committee meets Monday at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.

■Conservation Committee meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.

■The town of Salisbury is seeking an experienced, full-time town administrator. Salisbury has an operating budget of close to $1.3 million with a three-member board of selectmen, and population of less than 1,500. The town administrator is the towns only full-time employee. The town administrator is the liaison for the board of selectmen and is responsible for duties assigned by the board of selectmen to manage and coordinate administrative activities for the board of selectmen and other departments under the control of the board of selectmen. The town administrator establishes effective working relationships with and among all town boards, commissions, departments, and committees, and is a resource to the citizens of Salisbury. The ideal candidate should have a strong financial, management and planning background as well as significant knowledge of N.H. municipal law. The administrator exercises direct supervision of employees of the selectmen’s office and provides administrative direction to other department heads. Requirements: At least five years progressive responsible experience in municipal government and management, or any equivalent combination of education and related administrative work experience which demonstrates possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities. The town administrator is paid an hourly rate, to be determined at the time of hire, based upon qualifications and experience, and works a 40-hour week. A percentage of health insurance as well as the N.H. Retirement System are paid by the town. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to “Town Administrator Search,” P.O. Box 214, Salisbury, N.H., 03268; or email to Review of applications will begin Monday, position open until filled.

■The SES PTG will be starting their annual wreath sale to raise funds for their many great programs for the elementary school kids. There are various size wreaths all very fresh and made to order by the SES PTG volunteers. Wreaths start at 12 inches and go all the way up to 60 inches. They will be taking orders very soon so please stayed tuned. Order forms will be at the library, town offices, post office and at the Salisbury Elementary School. For more information or to order, email Jen at or call 648-2260.

■Book Club meets the fourth Monday of the month at Salisbury Free Library at 7 p.m. Book Group will be reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towels. Books are now available at the library.

■Story time is at 10:30 a.m. on Monday mornings. Come enjoy books, songs and crafts with your little ones.

■These passes now available at the library thanks to the friends of the library: Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum: Mt. Kearsarge pass admits a group of up to four people or a family of adults and their children any day except special events. The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens: The Fells pass is for a single day and admits two adults and accompanying children under the age of 18 to The Fells Main House and grounds. It is not valid for programs or events which include a fee. N.H. State Parks: The pass grants admission for two adults and four children to any day-use park at no additional charge. Not valid at the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, the Flume Gorge, Hampton Beach State Park – South Beach, Wallis Sands State Park, or metered parking. The pass may not be used for camping fees. Museum of Fine Arts Boston pass is good for two people and entitles each visitor to $10 MFA admission.

■Craft fair vendors wanted! A holiday Craft Fair and Festival of Trees will be held Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Merrimack County Nursing Home. To rent space at the fair, please contact Martha Cheney at 796-3207.

■Every Thursday is Cribbage Night at the Town Hall on Route 4. All are welcome and it is always a good time with neighbors.

■At the Salisbury Safety Building the Fire/Rescue and Explorers meet on Tuesdays and Thursday nights. The Fire Auxiliary meets the first Tuesday of the month.

■As a reminder, the town transfer station has its last open Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m. This Wednesday is the last day for the season. As always, the transfer station is open on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please remember to recycle all your glass, no matter the color. It saves not only the environment but it saves us all money. Paper and cardboard and metals are also recyclable.

■The Salisbury Woods Haunted Barn and Trail to benefit the Salisbury Elementary PTG and the MVMS PTO is open for it last operating nights of the season. The last two days are this Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. each night, the cost is $8 per person; cash only please. There are few new additions to the woods/trail this season also which are fantastic in my opinion as I have seen them. Please come and bring your family and friends, it is a spook-tacular time all for a good cause. Walking through the haunt takes about 25 minutes and is not for the faint of heart as it is rated one of New Hampshire’s top five haunted attractions. It is advised for children only if they like scary things, so maybe leave the little ones at home as it is not advised for children under 9. Of course this is up to you they never turn away a child who loves to be scared. The Salisbury Woods Haunted Barn and Trail is located at the intersection of Route 4 and 127 (at the four corners near Crossroads Country Store) GPS address is 19 Franklin Road, Salisbury. Please come, dress warm with comfortable shoes for walking and be prepared to be scared out of your mind, like them on Facebook for all the latest updates at



WEBSTERVolunteer, donate at blood drive

■There will be a blood drive on Tuesday at the Pillsbury Lake Clubhouse from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you wish to donate blood or volunteer, contact Sandy Estep at

■It’s gnome time on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at Pillsbury Lake Clubhouse. A class on sock gnomes will be given by Sandy Estep. All supplies and materials will be provided to make one gnome. There are four glue guns to be shared. This is a fun craft just in time for the holidays. The cost is $10.

■Deadline to change your party affiliation is Friday. While no date has been set for the Presidential Primary as of this posting, I wanted to alert you of the following information. The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session Friday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at the Webster Town Hall for: new voter registration address and/or name change corrections party changes. This is the last time you may change your party affiliation prior to the presidential primary. How do I find out what party I’m registered with, you ask? Try this Voter Look-up link to not only check your party but also to track an absentee ballot and/or find out about your polling place. You will need to enter the town, your name and date of birth. The absentee ballot application has been added to the town’s website.

■The Webster Free Public Library’s October book selection was chosen with a Halloween mood in mind: The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins. We have copies of the book available for you to borrow.

■The trustees of the library will hold their monthly meeting Wednesday at 4 p.m. Meetings open to the public.


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