Merrimack Valley region town crier for Dec. 15, 2019

Published: 12/16/2019 1:10:32 PM
BOSCAWENJoin contra dancing

■On Monday, join the Boscawen Public Library staff library for their Holiday Concert and Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. Rich Araldi will perform a concert at 6 p.m. and his background music will be played during the Open House. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity. Snacks and beverages will be served.

■Celebrate the holiday season with Contra Dancing at Boscawen Town Hall on Saturday. This month’s dance features seasonal favorites. Canterbury’s Dudley Laufman is master of ceremonies, accompanied by musicians including Jane and Russell Orzechowski and Sue Hunt. All dances are taught, no experience is necessary. Beginners, families and singles are welcome. Dancing is from 8 to 11 p.m. with an admission cost of $9 for adults, $5 for ages 15 to 25 and free for those under 15.

■A Kid’s Holiday Crafts Workshop will be held at the Boscawen Public Library on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your imaginations! Materials and supplies will be provided for participants. Please call or drop by the library to sign up.

■During the holiday, Boscawen Public Library will be closing at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve Day, be closed on Christmas Day and will be open on the day after Christmas from 1 to 6 p.m.

■Town municipal offices will be closed on Christmas Day and the day after Christmas.

■Merrimack Valley Schools, including the Boscawen Elementary School, will be on vacation beginning Dec. 23 through New Year’s Day.



CANTERBURY‘How Far To Bethlehem?’

■“How Far Is It To Bethlehem?” will be today at 4:30 p.m. at Canterbury Center, gathering at the church first and then celebrating the Christmas story with readings and carols while processing around the center, with a potluck supper afterwards in the Parish House. Follow the star around town in the days beforehand.

■Christmas services at UCC will be Christmas Eve at 5 p.m. and a Carol Sing Service at the Parish House on Dec. 29 at 10 a.m., with carols and hymns and refreshments from the Deacons.

■The Quaker Christmas service will include caroling at Havenwood Nursing Facility on Christmas Eve from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with service at Quaker Meeting House on Oxbow Pond Road at 6 p.m. followed by a potluck supper.

■Canterbury Shaker Village is displaying a special exhibit “The Shakers and this Modern World,” hosted at the Currier Museum, in Manchester, through Feb. 16. Christmas with the Canterbury Shakers Tours will run today at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. See for full details.

■The CES PTO will be selling Christmas trees again in the Center until Dec. 21.

■Canterbury Historical Society is selling copies of the 2018 history of Canterbury written by Katherine Grover for $25 in the Country Store and Elkins Library.

■Loudon Food Pantry will be closed for inventory over Christmas week. Donate three or more non-perishable food items to the pantry at N.H. Motor Speedway/Eastern Propane and Oil annual Gift of Lights and receive $2 off admission ticket; see for more details or visit


LOUDON‘Matter of Balance’

■Concord Regional VNA is offering an eight-week falls prevention program “A Matter of Balance” that 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 Thursdays beginning January 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Richard Brown House, 142 S. Village Road in Loudon. There is no fee to attend this program and space is limited. Eegistration is required. To register, call 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815 or visit



SALISBURYOffice holiday hours

■Old Home Day Committee volunteers are needed to help with preparation, scheduling and organizing. Please contact the selectmen’s office if you are interested in serving our community by calling 648-6320 or by email at

■Board of Selectmen meet up stairs at Academy Hall at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

■Volunteer Appreciation Night is Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Academy Hall, refreshments will be served.

■The Salisbury Elementary school is looking for donations of new and used items for the kids annual holiday gift giving sale. Items for moms, grandmas, dads, brothers, sisters and so on. They are always short on items for teens and dads. They will also need wrapping paper, gift boxes, tape, bows, tissue paper and gift tags. Anything you can donate would be greatly appreciated. This is always a fun event sponsored by the SES PTG that the kids really enjoy shopping for unique gifts for their loved ones. Each child can purchase gifts for $1 to $5 for their loved ones. The PTG buys the extra things that are needed that they don’t receive in donations. Items may be dropped off Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. at the Salisbury Elementary school office. All donations need to be in by Dec. 16. Any questions please contact the school at 648-2206.

■Town offices will be closed on the following days in observance of the upcoming holidays: Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1 . The office of the Building Inspector will be closed Dec. 24 and 31.

■When there is inclement weather forecasted all motorized vehicles are asked not to park on the sides of any town maintained roadways. Residents or travelers that fail to comply with this request will be towed at their own expense.

■The Town of Salisbury seeks a part-time Recording Secretary to take meeting minutes pursuant to RSA 91-A for the town’s Planning Board, Budget Committee and Zoning Board. The position would be required to cover public meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month for the Planning Board, the second Monday of the month for the Budget Committee ; the second Thursday (as needed) of the month for the Zoning Board. This position is primarily responsible for preparing, keeping files of, uploading and distributing meeting minutes to the appropriate boards/committees plus town staff. The hourly rate to attend the meetings and create meeting minutes is $18 per hour. Interested candidates may send their resumes to or mail to P.O. Box 214 Salisbury, N.H. 03268. The Position will remain open until filled.

■The Town of Salisbury is now accepting resumes for a part-time appointed deputy treasurer position in the selectmen’s office. This position is responsible for the town’s cash needs, depositing, disbursements, payroll, and accountability of municipal funds. Also responsible for the maintenance of related books, records, and reconciliations. This position requires 2 to 4 hours per week, in the absence of the town treasurer. Salary will commensurate with experience. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Please mail to the Selectmen’s Office, P.O. Box 214, Salisbury, N.H. 03268, or email to

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

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

■Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum, The Fell Historic Estate, N.H. State Parks and the Museum of Fine Art in Boston have passes available at the library.

■The Salisbury Historical society is currently seeking a candidate for the position of treasurer. If you are interested or have any questions regarding the position, please contact Dave Merwin, 455-4310 or Cindy Romano, 648-6064.

■Every Thursday is Cribbage Night at the Town Hall onRoute 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.

■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.



WEBSTERFree Friday movie

Remember the Night is the free Friday movie at the meeting hall next to the library. Fred McMurray bails out shoplifter Barbara Stanywick and takes her home to his mother’s house for the Christmas holidays. Love ensues and, with it, the complications of how to deal with the upcoming trial. Join us on Friday at 7 p.m. Free snacks.

■Shooting Stars! Dec. 22 is the peak of the Ursid meteor shower. Borrow the telescope from the Webster Free Public Library for a close-up view.

■The library trustees will meet on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.


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