Merrimack Valley region town crier for March 22, 2020

Published: 3/23/2020 8:30:30 PM
ANDOVERLibrary offerings

■The Andover libraries are still providing books, audiobooks, and DVDs during this time of social distancing due the coronavirus, with a slightly different delivery system. The librarians are offering curbside delivery at the libraries or home delivery if necessary, as well as continuing to process interlibrary loan requests, and then adding those titles for curbside and home delivery. It is suggested that patrons browse the library catalogs on the internet at for availability, and then contact either the Andover Library at or 735-5333 or the East Andover Bachelder Library at or 735-5076. Happy reading!



BOSCAWENSpring is here

■Spring is here! Even when most of us are staying close to home, we can go for a walk in the refreshing air, hear the birds chirping and watch the snow disappear for a distraction from these unsettling times.

■As a precautionary measure, the Boscawen Public Library temporarily closed on March 17 and anticipates reopening on April 6. All classes such as bone builders, yoga, adult crafts, book discussion group and writer’s workshop are canceled during this time. All items currently checked out are due on April 6 or can be put in the drop box in front of the Town Municipal Building. Be sure to check the library’s website for updates at or send an email to

■All activities scheduled at the town hall are suspended until further notice, which includes Bingo, contra-dances and First Friday Coffee Hour.

■The following updates for the Town of Boscawen Municipal Operations are in effective from March 17 and remain in place until further notice. Tax payments can be done online through the Town of Boscawen website, mailed, or dropped off at the Tax Collector’s drop box in the main lobby. Motor vehicle registrations can be completed online, dropped off, or mailed in. New registrations/plates payments can be mailed or call for an appointment. All temporary registrations issued after March 1 will be extended until April 30. All business for the Planning and Community Development offices will be done by mail or scheduled appointment only. All business for the Finance/Human Resources/Town Administrator will be done by mail or scheduled appointment. For specific contact information for each department and other questions, please call 753-9188 or visit them at Please refer to the Town of Boscawen Police Department Facebook Page for updates.



CANTERBURYSyrup available

■Canterbury Maple Festival is canceled. Participants are well stocked however and most are open for normal business hours and will be pleased to hear from folks interested in obtaining fresh maple syrup while observing social distancing. Participants who may be open include: Lamb’s Maple Syrup, 783-9912; Sunnyside Maples 783-9961; Hills Corner Sugar Shack, 369-2444; Briar Bush Farm, 809-6393; as well as Fox Country Smoke House, 783-4405 and Brookford Farm, 742-4084; and Cold Garden Spirits can be contacted for shipped goods by texting 491-4400. Hutchinson Sugar House is also open for pick ups and shipped orders, 783-4691.

■Canterbury 4H Rascals currently has their annual plant sale fundraiser. Beautiful hanging baskets and window boxes. Contact Laura Crockford at or call 540-9877.

■Elkins Public Library is closed until April 3. See or call 783-4386 for information.

■Save the date for the town-wide cleanup on April 18, Earth Day weekend. Contact Patrice Rasche to sign up for the stretch of road to be responsible for at 783-9360 or email

■Loudon Food Pantry provides for Canterbury residents among other towns, in the Huckleberry Business Park, 30 Chichester Road, Loudon. See website or call Sue on 724-9731 to make an appointment or to be pre-qualified.


SALISBURYTown offices closed

■In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the library is finding new ways to provide information, recreation, and inspiration. The library will be closed to the public but still offering pickup and delivery services. See the library’s website for ongoing updated information as things may change quickly with this ever evolving situation. Check out the library’s online catalog at You may also use the library’s downloadable e-books and audio books using your library card patron code. If you need one, call 648-2278 the library during regular hours. The online page the Overdrive resource is or you may access this through the Libby app. Please see the website or the Salisbury Free Library’s Facebook page for complete information. If you have you are in need of internet access and you are a resident in Salisbury you may access the Wi-Fi from the area around the library. Please call or email the Library for the login information at or call 648-2278. 

■TDS Telecom has issued a press release announcing a program to help families who need internet access/connectivity during the pandemic. Any family who needs high speed internet at home may receive free internet access including a modem for 60 days. This offer is good for any TDS Package and any internet speed. Please call TDS at 1-888-225-5837 tell the operator that you heard about the free 60 days of service for families with school-aged children and the operator should know what to do. TDS will arrange an appointment for a technician to install service in your home. Please call sooner rather than later.

■Town Offices, which includes the Town Clerk and the Tax Collector will be closed to the public until further notice and only accessible through phone calls, emails, etc.. However, the selectmen have and placed all business items on hold unless they need immediate attention. Those meetings will be posted on an as needed basis. All essential personnel (Fire/EMS) will be conducting business as usual. Town hall events are canceled. The town is also asking people to check in on their neighbors and elderly. Contact April Rollins with any questions or concerns at or call 648-6320.

■The Town Clerks office will be closed until further notice. All transactions may be done by mail with the correct documentation. Mail all payments to: Office of Town Clerk P.O. Box 2 Salisbury, NH 03268. For vehicle registration renewals: contact the Town Clerks office for amounts due to the Town of Salisbury and State of NH DMV. Email is or leave a voicemail at 648-6322 or fax request to 648-6658. Once payment is received your new registration will be mailed back. 

■All dogs must be licensed by April 30. Please remember that your pet must have up to date rabies vaccination. Unneutered or unsprayed dogs are $9; Spayed or Neutered dogs are $6.50. Senior Citizens’ pets (age 65 and older) are $2 Please make checks payable to the Town of Salisbury and mail to The Office of the Town Clerk PO Box 2 Salisbury NH 03268 Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope so that the Town Clerk may send you your pet’s new rabies tag/ license. If you have any questions, email or call 648-6322

■The Town Transfer station will be open at their normal hours on Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pleaserecycle your glass, cans and paper products including cardboard.



WEBSTERCheck on neighbors

■Effective immediately, the Webster Town Hall is closed for meetings and public events, with the exception of select board meetings.  Meeting room space will be closed through April 3.  Please check the website periodically for updates, as guidance related to the COVID-19 virus is changing rapidly.

■Currently, the select board plans to hold a work session on Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Conference Room to discuss emergency protocols with first responders.  The regularly scheduled 6:30 p.m. Select Board meeting will follow in the upstairs hall and will be live streamed. 

■Webster Police Department officers will be practicing social distancing when taking police reports.  We may see several people during our shift and want to keep everyone healthy.   In some cases, we can take your report by phone so feel free to call dispatch and ask that an officer call you back.  If you want an officer to respond, please don’t be offended if the officer doesn’t shake your hand.

■The Webster Free Public Library is closed to patrons; however, there will be people in the library on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. and Wednesday from 4 to 8 p,m, who will bring books to your car.  If you call, 648-2706, or email with your requests one of the volunteers will gather the materials for you.  A volunteer will come out to your car and deliver your material. The only thing you need to take advantage of these services is a library card.  <sbull value="sbull"><text xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></text></sbull>Please do not bring donations to the library until it reopens.  The N.H. State Library has closed, which means that Interlibrary Loan has been suspended for now.  If you have taken out a book for book club, keep it until the meeting can be rescheduled since the books can’t be returned until Interlibrary loan returns.

■The library has a good selection of easy reader books, short chapter books for elementary school students, and young adult material.  We also have DVDs for children and adults, magazines, audio books, and adult fiction and nonfiction and a lot more.  

■Check on your neighbors to be sure they have what they need.  It’s important for everyone to have someone they can rely on for help.  If you need help, ask and someone will be happy to assist you.  Webster is a small, close knit community of caring neighbors – we are all lucky to live here.  Take care and be well.


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