Merrimack Valley region town crier for Jan. 5, 2020

Published: 1/6/2020 12:07:57 PM
Modified: 1/6/2020 12:07:26 PM
ANDOVERLearn tools for life

■A six-week series on food and weight issues and learning the tools to break old patterns will begin on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at The Andover Community Hub. Led by Mary Howe, life coach and specialist in emotional healing, “The Weight of Weight” will help participants understand who they are in relationship to food, how to release the triggers that get them eating, and how they can create a healthy diet. The fee for the series is $60 and pre-registration is required by contacting Mary at 724-3417 or

■Tiger Mountain Shotokan Karate, which teaches karate in Andover, New London and Wilmot, will hold an Open House at Whipple Hall in New London on Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m. to showcase all their classes. Classes are held in Andover on an ongoing basis on Mondays at The Andover Community Hub, 157 Main St., for all ages, 6 years old and up. Participants learn self-defense, fitness, self-control, self-confidence and discipline. For information, call 477-3174 or visit



BOSCAWENBingo returns

■Bingo returns on Saturday at town hall in the basement of the Boscawen Congregational Church. A turkey dinner is served at noon with games starting at 1 p.m. If weather is stormy, it will be moved to Jan. 25. Funds from Bin go support Old Home Day events.

■Curious about historic trains and stations from Fisherville to Gerrish? Their pictures are captured in the Boscawen Historical Society’s beautiful 2020 calendar. They can be purchased for $10 at the Boscawen Public Library, Kapelli’s Restaurant, Marshall’s Florist and Marshall’s Firearms.

■Heating costs in winter can drain the budget. A reminder that the Boscawen Food Pantry is open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Donations of canned goods, paper products or funds to help support the pantry are always greatly appreciated.



CANTERBURY4-H Rascals to gather Monday

■Information nights regarding preparation for an aggressive intruder will be held at Belmont Middle School on Monday and Canterbury Elementary School on Wednesday, both from 6 to 7 p.m. Also, the first 2020-21 budget meeting will be held at CES on Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. and the second at BMS on Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. The deliberative session will be held at Belmont High School will be on Feb. 5.

■Canterbury 4-H Rascals next meeting is Monday at 6:15 p.m., with snacks in the parish house. Contact Donna Miller at 783-0220 with any inquiries.

■Canterbury Community Farmer’s Market: save the date, AGM and potluck supper will be Monday January 20, 6:30 pm. at the Parish House.

■Canterbury Shaker Village grounds remain open in the winter for snowshoeing, sledding or skiing. Classes resume in the New Year with “A Course in Tai Chi” for beginners and previous attendees on Mondays starting Jan. 13 and running for six weeks from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

■Contra monthly dances will begin Jan. 11 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the parish house. The caller will be Gale Wood, and the first dance features Jordan Tyrrell-Wysocki and Sue Hunt. Contact Teresa Wyman at 783-9826 or Gale Wood at 793-4296 with questions. Suggested donation: Adults $8 and $6 students and seniors; attendees are encouraged to bring a snack for intermission.

■Loudon Food Pantry is closed for inventory until Jan. 21. The pantry is responsible for providing for Canterbury residents among other towns, in the Huckleberry Business Park, 30 Chichester Road, Loudon. 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 of lights for more details. You may also visit or call Sue at 724-9731.


SALISBURYTown meetings

■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 You may ask why this issue has come about. During the Old Home Day Committee meeting Oct. 19, there was a candid discussion about so few citizens putting in a great amount of energy and time to bring a memorable event to the community. The turnout does not justify the planning, organizing and cost of Old Home Day festivities. Should the town take a break and host the Old Home Day event every other year ? Should the Old Home Day Committee scale back activities or should they abandon the tradition altogether? Also they are asking how can they entice more people to volunteer and have more involvement? Nancy Hayden is stepping down as the Old Home Day Committee chair, but is willing to organize the Friday night events. Cindy Owens is stepping down as the vendor coordinator. Without new people stepping up soon, this tradition will not happen in 2020. If you are interested in keeping this tradition alive, please contact the town via the email or phone number mentioned in the beginning of this paragraph.

■On Monday, the planning board meets at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.

■On Jan. 15, the board of selectmen meet at 6 p.m. at Academy Hall. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend these meetings.

■On Jan. 20, the budget committee meets at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.

■On Jan. 21, the trustees of the trust fund meet at 6:30 p.m. at Academy Hall.

■On Jan. 22, the conservation commission meets at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.

■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 Salisbury Ice Rink is now open for all town residents to enjoy. Ice hockey equipment is kept in the dugout for you to use, but please kindly put back after. There is also ice skates in the dugout for people to use, if you find a pair that fits you may take them with you and when you outgrow them you may donate them back for others to use.

■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 book club meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday in January at the Salisbury Free Library. The club will be reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens this month. 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.

■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 at 455-4310 or Cindy Romano at 648-6064.

■Every Thursday is cribbage night at 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 Tuesday 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.



WEBSTER‘Downton Abbey’

■The beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the king and queen of England soon unleashes scandal, romance and intrigue – leaving the future of Downton hanging in the balance. Do you miss the Dowager Duchess and her witticisms? Who is Lady Mary married to now, and who is Lady Hexam? Did Mr. Carson really retire? If you need answers to these questions plan on attending the Webster Free Public Library’s presentation of the Downton Abbey movie on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Formal dress required, or you can wear jeans and a sweater. Refreshments will be served but they probably won’t be up to Mrs. Patmore’s standards. Come and enjoy a delightful movie with your friends and neighbors.


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