Merrimack Valley region town crier for Dec. 1, 2019

Published: 12/2/2019 11:34:45 AM
ANDOVERFood pantry opens

■The Andover Food Pantry has re-opened for the holidays in a new location at The Andover Community Hub, 157 Main St., next to Pizza Chef. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday through Tuesday, through Dec. 24. Donations of non-perishable food and personal care items can be dropped off during open hours and in collection boxes around town. Those interested in volunteering to staff open hours are asked to contact Ty Morris at

■Another fun “Paint & Sip” evening is planned for Dec. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Andover Community Hub. Participants can have a glass of wine, grab a paintbrush, and uncork their creative side with the help of local artist Molly Leith, using a well-known work of art for inspiration. The fee for of $25 includes wine, soda, snacks and all art supplies. Spaces are limited and advance registration is required. To register, contact

■The Andover Historical Society will host a Holiday Gathering on Saturday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in the Emons Store & Old Post Office museum opposite the Potter Place Rail Station. Attendees will enjoy free refreshments and cookies, music and good company along with a chance to shop for books, calendars, toys and other gifts in a cozy historical setting.



BOSCAWENJoin census team

■N.H.’s own Grammy nominee, Judy Pancoast, will perform “A Holiday Evening” on Tuesday at the Boscawen Public Library, beginning at 6:30 p.m. She will sing some of her original Christmas songs and do select readings from her novel The House on Christmas Street. Learn more about Judy at

■Starting Tuesday, letters for Santa Claus can be dropped off in the special mailbox at the Town Municipal Offices during their regular hours. Elves will come each week to pick them up and deliver to the North Pole. A treat awaits children who drop off their letters.

■“Newfound Grass” is the featured performer at the High Street Coffee House on Friday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and around 9:30. There is an Open Mic period between their shows. The coffee house is at Boscawen Town Hall (downstairs of Congregational Church). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this free show and refreshments will be sold.

■Concord VNA will be at Boscawen Green on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Services include foot care, blood pressure screening, and B-12 injections. A donation of $10 is suggested, but services are provided regardless of ability to pay. Call 224-4093, ext. 5815, to schedule your appointment.

■Coming soon, temporary, part-time work will be available with the 2020 U.S. Census Team. A Census Bureau agent will be in the entrance of the Town Municipal Offices Building on Dec. 11 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. to assist with the application process. More information at



CANTERBURYLibrary holiday open house

■Clough Tavern Farm Christmas just opened, with a theme this year of “Our Furry Friends,” at 23 Clough Tavern Road. Call 731-5574 for details or see Shop artisan products for Christmas though Dec. 8, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

■Elkins Public Library Holiday Open House is this coming Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Make ornaments, listen to music from Jacqueline Laufman and sample German goodies made by Friends of Elkins Public Library.

■Quaker Meeting House event: International Holiday Gift Make and Take is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., registration appreciated for numbers, donation appreciated for supplies, make a variety of craft items and benefit the Kagamega Aids Orphans Care Center in Kenya. Contact Ruth Heath with inquiries at 724-4343.

■Also Dec. 8, the International Peace Light takes place from noon to 12:45 p.m. Collect a candle lit from an International Peace Light, join others around the world participating, and take the candle home to pray for peace.

■Canterbury Shaker Village’s special exhibit, “The Shakers and this Modern World,” will be hosted at the Currier Museum in Manchester through Feb. 16. Christmas with the Canterbury Shakers Tours will run this Friday and Dec. 8, 13 and 15 at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. Christmas at Canterbury is open this Saturday and Dec. 14 from 3 to 8 p.m. See for full details.

■CES PTO will be selling Christmas trees again in the Center from Dec. 1 to 21.

■Santa’s Pancake Breakfast is Dec. 14 from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Parish House. Meet Santa, make craft gifts and enjoy pancakes. Cost: $5 adults, $4 children under 12, under 2 free, $15 family admission. The breakfast is a benefit for the Canterbury Rascals 4-H Club. Contact or call 724-5353 with inquiries.

■For oliday gifts, the 2018 history of Canterbury written by Katherine Grover will be discounted for holiday purchases, selling for $25 in the Country Store and Elkins library.

■Loudon Food Pantry, providing for Canterbury residents among other towns, is located in the Huckleberry Business Park, 30 Chichester Road in Loudon. Winter fundraiser raffle is running; tickets $1 each, three for $2 or seven for $5, available at the pantry or online. Pantry closed for distributions during Thanksgiving week. See or call Sue at 724-9731.


SALISBURYOHD help needed

■Old Home Day Committee volunteers needed! The Old Home Day Committee is looking for new members to help with preparation, scheduling and organizing of the annual event. Volunteer roles include: Chairman, responsible for managing the budget, the timeline of activities and running the meetings throughout the year; vendor coordinator communicates with interested vendors and sets up the placement of tents, tables or booths; ice cream scoopers; pet parade helpers and many more positions. Please contact the Selectmen’s Office if you are interested in serving our community by calling 648-6320 or by email at

■On Wednesday at 6 p.m., Board of Selectmen will meet upstairs at Academy Hall. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come.

■On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at town hall on Route 4, there will be the Annual Town’s Craft Fair sponsored by the Friends of the Salisbury Free Library.

■Book Club will not be meeting in December. They will return in January with Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

■Countryside Builders, LLC, of Salisbury is sponsoring a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Tuesday from 1 :30 to 6:30 p.m. at town hall on Route 4. Please sign up ahead of time at and choose the Salisbury drive. Every donation can save up to three lives!

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

■Every Thursday is Cribbage Night at town hall. All are welcome and it is always a good time with neighbors.

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

■The transfer station is only 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.



WEBSTERTown holiday fair

■The Webster Holiday Fair, sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Webster will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in town hall at 945 Battle St. (Route 127). There will be 20 vendors set up in the hall and also downstairs. Lots of lovely items for the holiday season and a great way to support the church.


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