Merrimack Valley region town crier for Jan. 12, 2020

Published: 1/13/2020 11:43:54 AM
Modified: 1/13/2020 11:43:09 AM
ANDOVERWeight, food series to come to the Hub

■The Planning Board will hold a final public hearing on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on a recommended amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to enlarge the designated village districts within the town of Andover. All residents are welcome to attend and share their thoughts. The meeting will be held in the Town Office Building meeting room.

■A six-week series on food and weight issues and learning the tools to break old patterns will begin on Tuesday 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

■Ballet and jazz dance classes for kids will begin at the Andover Community Hub on Wednesday. This six-week series includes four 45-minute classes for pre-K through 6th grade offered from 3:45 to 6:30 p.m. at a cost of $60-72 per series depending on the length of the class. For details, contact All classes will be taught by Grace Orfao, an accomplished young dancer who is currently a student at SNHU and who has performed competitively for eight years.

■The Boston-based duo “Kat and Brad” will be the featured performers at the Andover Community Coffeehouse on Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. Doors of the Highland Lake Grange Hall, intersection of Route 11 and Chase Hill Road in East Andover, open at 6 p.m. for food and beverage purchases as well as Open Mic sign-ups on a first come, first served basis. The evening is free but donations are gratefully accepted. This month’s sponsor is Byron’s Septic Service of Andover. More information about Kat and Brad and the Coffeehouse is at



CANTERBURY Lots going on at the town library

■Canterbury Elementary School: 2020-21 Budget meeting will be held at CES Monday at 6 p.m. and second at BMS Tuesday J at 6 p.m. The deliberative session will be held at Belmont High School on Feb. 5.

■Canterbury Community Farmer’s Market: AGM and potluck supper at the Parish House on Jan. 20, gathering at 6 p.m. for supper and formal meeting around 6:30 p.m. Please bring a dish to share, a dinner entree or dessert.

■Winter Yoga at the Parish House beings again on Jan. 22, 6:30 to 8 p.m., for 10 weeks, cost $95. Contact Judy Egan, 783-9065 or Nancy Jackson-Reno, 995-4338, and send checks to register to Judy Egan at 53 Pickard Road, Canterbury.

■Elkins Public Library: Library closed Monday, Jan. 20, for Civil Rights Day. Other programs during the rest of the month include Rock N Read for babies and toddlers, Tuesday at 10 a.m.; Mrs Baker’s Jumping Beans, for children up to 5 years, a new program also offered on Tuesday mornings; Story Hour for babies and toddlers, Tue. 21, 10 a.m.; Lego Club is held on alternate Tuesdays at 4 p.m., next meeting Jan. 21. There is a monthly Book Group, next meeting Jan. 21, 7 p.m., reading Educated by Tara Westover. Also Adventurous Ladies and Daring Men Social Club, drop in group on Thursdays 1:30 to 3 p.m., with various activities. See website page for full list of Children’s and Adult programs running in the New Year or call 783 4386 for details.

■Canterbury Shaker Village: the grounds remain open in the winter for snow shoeing, sledding, or skiing. Classes resume in the New Year with A Course in Tai Chi for Beginners and Previous Attendees, Mondays from Jan. 13, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, for six weeks.

■Loudon Food Pantry: closed for inventory until Jan. 21, and providing for Canterbury residents among other towns, in the Huckleberry Business Park, 30 Chichester Road, Loudon. Donate 3 or more non-perishable food items to the Pantry at NH Motor Speedway/Eastern Propane and Oil annual Gift of Lights and receive $2 off admission ticket - see of lights/ for more details. See website or call Sue on 724-9731.


SALISBURY Notes on voting, positions up for vote

■Declaration of Candidacy starts on Jan. 22 through Jan. 31. Please see The Town Clerk Jim Zink-Mailoux during his office hours Mondays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesdays 4 :30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the first and third Fridays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to sign up for any of the following positions which will be elected during town voting day March 10, polls open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the business meeting immediately following closing of the polls. Moderator (one for three year term); Selectman (one for three year term); Tax Collector (three year term) Town Clerk (three year term); Supervisor of the Checklist (one1 for six year term); Road Agent (three year term) Trustee of Trust funds (one for three year term)

■The supervisors of the checklist will hold a session on Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for voter registration before the annual Merrimack Valley School District Meeting which is on March 6. They will hold another session on Feb. 18 from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. before town meeting day (Tuesday, March 10, 2020.)

■The annual Merrimack Valley School district Meeting and Voting for Board members is on March 6. Polls open at MVHS in Penacook at 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the business meeting is to follow after the polls close at 7 p.m. This is a very important event for all voters to attend and participate in as the school district’s budget makes up the majority of your town’s property taxes. Usually the new proposed budget can be found at, under the school board tab at the top of the page but it was not updated last I checked on Jan. 8, 2020. You may look there for an update. The following paragraph is information from the Merrimack Valley School District’s website; “The undersigned clerk of the School District here with gives notice of the time limit of declaration of candidacy from this school district for election of moderator and four school board members of the Merrimack Valley School District (filing period to start Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020). The election will occur during the annual meeting called to convene at Merrimack Valley High School, Penacook, on Friday, March 6, 2020, and will be conducted under the non-partisan ballot law. Polls will open for election of moderator and school board members at 11 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. Positions to be filled at this election are: Moderator - to serve for a period of one year (2021); Boscawen - one member to serve for three years (2023); Penacook - one member to serve for three years (2023); Loudon - one member to serve for three years (2023); At-Large - one member to serve for three years (2023). Written declarations of candidacy must be filed in person with the Clerk prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 31 in order for the name of the candidate to appear on the ballot. Forms may be obtained from the Clerk at the Superintendent’s Office, 105 Community Drive, Penacook, NH 03303, telephone number 753-6561. No person may file a declaration of candidacy for more than one position on the School Board to be elected at such election. Any registered and qualified voter domiciled in one of the pre-existing districts named above is eligible to file for the position to be filled from that District. All candidates will be elected at large. Martha Vendt, Clerk Merrimack Valley School District. ”

■On Monday at 7: 15 p.m. at MVHS there will be a School Board meeting .

■On Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. MVSD will hold a public meeting at MVHS discussing legal notices and the School board will hold a meeting at TBD after the public meeting

■On Wednesday, 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 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.

■On Jan. 21, the Trustees of the Trust Fund 6:30 p.m. at Academy Hall.

■On Jan. 22, the Conservation Commission meets at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.

■Notice to all Salisbury Residents: 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. Per the Order of the Road Agent

■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 Book Club meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday in January at the Salisbury Free Library. The Book Club will be with reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens this month. Books are now available at the library.

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

■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 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.

■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 Plenty to do in town, even in winter

■Now that the holidays are over, you probably think there is nothing to do. Well, you couldn’t be more wrong. Webster has lots of activities to stop your cabin fever before it even starts.

■On Friday at 7 p.m. see what the Crawley’s have been up to since the series on Masterpiece Theater ended. Don’t you want to know what is going on upstairs or down? All will be reveled at the Webster Free Public Library’s presentation of the Downton Abbey Movie. Comfy chairs and refreshments will be provided.

■If fancy dress movies isn’t your style, but you are longing for spring, the Webster Free Public Library will have Jim Ramanek of the Warner River Produce on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 2 to 2:230 p.m. giving a talk on seed starting. You probably know him from local farmers markets, bakeries, and areas stores. Join us in the meeting hall next to the library.

■Still nothing for you? Put Feb. 11 on your calendar. Not only is this your chance to vote in the N.H. Primary (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.), but the library is sponsoring a book sale at the elections. You get to do your civic duty by voting for your candidate (be sure to say “Hi” to Michelle), but you can pick up a book from the library sale to read when the wind is blowing and it’s too cold to be outside.

■If you have books to donate to the library sale, you can drop them off when the library is open. Please limit yourself to one box.

■The Webster First Congregational Church is holding its annual business meeting next Sunday immediately following the 10 a.m. church service. Please try to attend and support the church, which is very involved in the town with their monthly suppers, the booth at the Hopkinton State Fair, and also the food that is available at Town Meeting and during elections.


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