Suncook Valley town crier for March 22, 2020

Published: 3/23/2020 8:30:31 PM
ALLENSTOWNSenior groups canceled

■Suncook Senior Center has suspended activities at this time.

■Allenstown Library will be closed until March 30 due to the Covid-19.

■St. John the Baptist Parish Nurse Program has been canceled until further notice.

■St. John the Baptist Community Table dinners have also been canceled for the foreseeable future.

■The Thursday St. John the Baptist Prayer Group will not meet until further notice.



CHICHESTERLibrary to go

■Hope in Christ Church is extending the opportunity to access a “live” church service at 10 a.m. today online at

■The Chichester Town Library is closed; however, you can call and ask that a book, magazine, DVD or audio book be brought out to your car. A staff member will arrange a time when the transfer of materials can take place.

■The Out of Your Attic Thrift Shop is closed until April 4. Donations cannot be accepted at this time, please do not leave anything outside the building.

■The Chichester Youth Association Spring Fling Dance has been canceled.

■The best source of information on closings and the virus is the town website, The Town Hall has been closed to the public, but personnel will be working as a Virtual Town Hall. Transactions will be done online or by phone, email or drop-box. Department emails are on the town website. Call 798-5350 during business hours Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Tuesday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.



EPSOMFood pantry open to go

■The Epsom Food pantry is still open on Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. A few changes until further notice. We will be pre-packing boxes. Wait outside while we get your food together and we will bring it out to you. If sick, please call and we will arrange deliveries. Anyone at this time in need please call Priscilla at 219-3025. She will utilize all the volunteers to get the Epsom families what they are in need of. Given the unique circumstances, some folks may find themselves in a bind if unable to work. If that is your situation please reach out to us to assist you. If you are interested in donating to the pantry we have a suggested list: juice, juiceboxes, single serve fruit cups, single serve mac n cheese, raviolis and soups etc. Where library is closed please bring directly to the pantry please.

■The Epsom Town Offices will remain closed until April 3. The selectmen, along with the fire, police and highway department geads, as well as the town’s emergency management director, have been participating in meetings with the state and federal emergency management, and other personnel, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the executive orders issued by the governor. In order to limit the exposure to Epsom residents and the town employees, the delectmen have made the tough decision to take immediate action and close both the Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s and Selectmen’s Offices to the public.

■For new vehicle transactions, the governor has authorized us to extend all temporary plates issued after March 1 until April 30. Otherwise, if you need to register a new vehicle that does not fall within this authorization you will need to call the town clerk’s office and they will walk you through the registration process.

■If you need a marriage license please call the town clerk’s office and they will schedule an appointment with you.

■We encourage all residents to use the town’s website to process registrations, dog licenses, pay taxes, and access vital records, at

■The local response to the COVID-19 outbreak is evolving rapidly. As a result of these changes, the library has made the difficult decision to close to the public through March 28 at the earliest. We will make a decision regarding when to reopen at a later date based on the most up-to-date guidance from public health officials.

■During this closure, patrons are asked to hold onto their materials until the library reopens. All fines accrued on overdue materials will be waived. Patrons of the Epsom Public Library may access and download audiobooks, ebooks and magazines from the New Hampshire State Library at or by using the Libby app. In order to check out materials, you will need to select the Epsom Public Library from the drop down menu and enter the library code of 4555 followed by your library card number. If you have questions, contact the library. Please visit our website at for more information about how to access this service.

■Happy birthdays to Lisa Swanson and Bobbie Lynn Thomas!


PEMBROKEHistory event canceled

■Pembroke Town Hall and the Department of Public Works is closed to the public until April 6. The Transfer Station will still be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays with minimal assistance. Staff will be available for phone calls during this closure. For Town Hall, call 485-4747 and for the Department of Public Works, call 485-4422.

■The Pembroke Historical Society program called “Tangled Lives: Native People and English Settlers in Colonial New England” scheduled for March 28 is canceled due to virus concerns.

■All Pembroke library programs have been canceled for the foreseeable future.



PITTSFIELDGet raffle tickets

■A call to all Veterans: Show the people of Pittsfield your pride. Come join the Memorial Day parade on May 30 in Pittsfield. For further information, contact Selectman LeDuc at 470-6942 or 435-8770.

■The planning for the PHS All Class Reunion in July 2020 has begun! We are looking for one member from each class to act as the contact person – to contact their own classmates and inform them about the reunion. Contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or for more information. 

■Please help support PES FOOD 4 KIDS. This program sends bags of food home on weekends for children For the month of March every time the reusable $2.50 Fight Hunger bag is sold, at the Hannaford Store, 73 Fort Eddy Road in Concord, Pittsfield Elementary Food 4 Kids will receive a $1 donation.

■The Pittsfield Historical Society continues to raise funds for the new museum and headquarters. A commemorative garden on the museum grounds is being worked on. A “BUY-A-BRICK” project affords an opportunity for people to buy a brick to honor yourself, loved ones past or present or whomever you wish to remember. The bricks will be sold for $100 each and may be engraved with three lines of 18 characters each for a 4”x8” brick. Please visit for a donation form and instructions. For more information, call 798-3984.

■Pittsfield Youth Baseball Association is holding a raffle with cash prizes. PYBA is selling only 1,000 tickets and three of them will be winners. Tickets are $10 each. Drawing will be held on May 17 at 6 p.m. Winner need not be present to win.

■Until April 30, visit your local JOANN store and purchase a “Pay It Fourward” tear away at register for either $1 or $4 and help to Inspire a Child’s Creativity through 4-H. If you donate $4, JOANN will give you a coupon to use on a future purchase.

■Save the date, July 11 for Old Home Day! The theme is “Red, White & Blue: It’s All Up To You!” Interpret it however you would like to – lots of ideas to go with!

■The Victory Workers 4-H Club will be holding their annual Flower Fundraiser. Hanging baskets and window boxes will be sold – prices range from $22 to $25. Orders are due by April 1. Contact your favorite 4-H member/family to purchase some beautiful flowers.

■If you are a 501(c)(3), have you heard about the Globe Community Fund? Established by the former fourth-generation family owners of Globe Manufacturing Company in Pittsfield, the donor-advised fund is administered by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The fund’s purpose is to enhance community wellbeing with a focus on the towns of Pittsfield, Barnstead, Epsom, Northwood, Gilmanton, and Chichester. For more information and an application, email the fund at

■The Parks & Recreation Commission is planning for the 2020 summer season at the FB Argue Recreation Area. Applicants are being sought for the positions of director (must be at least 21), assistant ddirector, lifeguards and gate keepers. Knowledge of CPR and water safety are basic requirements for all positions. Arrangements can be made for CPR training. Applications are available at the Town Hall or online at Deadline for applications is March 27.

■Happy Birthday wishes to Deb Gage on Friday and Aunt Ethel Cochrane on Saturday! I hope you both enjoy your special day!



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