Suncook Valley town crier for April 5, 2020

Published: 4/7/2020 5:16:48 PM
ALLENSTOWNPrayer opportunity

■St. John the Baptist Church will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon for anyone wishing to spend some quiet time in prayer.  Heaven knows we need it.

■SAU 53 Preschool Screening Day will be conducted on April 17 at Pembroke Hill School. If you have a preschool-age child that you are interested in enrolling in a preschool program and live in the towns of Pembroke, Allenstown, Chichester or Epsom, your preschooler may be eligible to attend the TLC preschool, half days for two or three days a week. To register for a screening time, contact Paula Dyrkacz at 485-9000 ext. 4258 or email



EPSOMPantry needs items

■The Epsom Food Pantry is in full swing! It is in need of plastic bags and egg crates. It has fresh eggs, but needs crates to put them in. Snacks and juices for kids are needed. Reminder please wait outside and sign in on form and your box will be brought out to you. Pantry is open on Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Please call Priscilla at 219-3025. If you have children, please let us know where Easter egg hunts have been canceled. We have some eggs that have been donated to hand out for the kiddos! Let us know so we can give them to you when you come

■Patrons of the Epsom Public Library may access and download audiobooks, e-books and magazines from the New Hampshire State Library at  or by using the Libby app.  There is no charge for this service.  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 or do not know your library card number, please send us an email or leave a message on the Library voicemail and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please visit our website at for more information about how to access this service.

■Please be careful and avoiding scams and making donations. There are many Covid-19 scams going around. Contact 1-888-468-4454 to report a scam or fraud. Check out the charity and make sure that it is a registered with the Attorney General's Charitable Trust Unit found at :

■Special birthday wishes to Lorrie Matott and Kim Crowley today; Kip Riel on Monday; and Amy Hall and Alana Mallat on Friday. May you all find a way to make them special!


PEMBROKEPreschool sign-up

■Do you have a preschool aged child that you are interested in enrolling in a preschool program? If you live in the towns of Pembroke, Allenstown, Chichester or Epsom, your preschooler may be eligible to attend the TLC preschool, half-days for two or three days a week. To  register for a screening time, contact Paula Dyrkacz at 485-9000, ext. 4258 or email pdyrkacz The screenings will be conducted on April 17 at Pembroke Hill School.



PITTSFIELDShow pride in parade

■A call to all Veterans:  Show the people of Pittsfield your pride. Come join the Memorial Day parade on May 30 in Pittsfield. No matter what era you served in, what service you joined, or what town you live in, come so the town can celebrate your service to this great nation. For further information contact Selectman LeDuc at 470-6942 (cell) or 435-8770 (home).

■The planning for the Pittsfield High School All Class Reunion in July 2020 has begun! Each class needs one member to act as the Key Contact person to contact their own classmates and inform them about the reunion. Interested alumni should contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or for more information. The next meeting is April 20 at 6 p.m. online.

■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 allows you 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-inch by 8-inch brick. Visit for a donation form and instructions. For more information, please call 798-3984.

■Pittsfield Youth Baseball Association is holding a raffle. Cash prizes $1,000 (first place), $750 (second place) and $500 (third place). PYBA is only selling 1,000 tickets and three of them will be winners of cold hard cash! PYBA players will soon be getting their tickets to sell. Tickets are $10 each. The drawing will be held on May 17 at 6 p.m.

■Save the date, July 11, 2020, for Old Home Day!  The theme is “Red, White & Blue.” Interpret it however you would like to – lots of ideas to go with!

■If you have 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 well-being with a focus on the towns of Pittsfield, Barnstead, Epsom, Northwood, Gilmanton and Chichester. For more information and an application, email the fund at

■ Effective immediately, BCEP transfer station will be accepting residential household trash only (max of 4 bags per trip) until further notice. During the COVID-19 crisis, the following changes will take place: recyclables will not be collected or processed; construction debris, tires, batteries, propane tanks, electronics, scrap metal, furniture, mattresses/box springs, paint, waste and cooking oil, or antifreeze will not be collected; the building will not be open to the general public; all trash drop off will take place under the roof normally used for construction and metal disposal.

■The Pittsfield Elementary School PTO is sponsoring an online Scholastic Book Fair through April 14. All "book only" purchases over $25 will qualify for free shipping to your home. Purchases under $25 or non-book items will be charged the regular shipping fee and also be shipped to your home.  Visit The PES PTO has some tote bags they were planning to distribute during the regular spring fair that they still want to offer free to anyone who purchases during this online fair! Families will need to email a copy of their order to to be sure to have a bag set aside for them. Please add your child’s homeroom teacher’s name to the body of the email so they can be sure the tote gets to you.

■Happy Birthday to Judy Webber on Monday, and to my sister Robin Grainger Blais on Friday. I hope you both enjoy your special day!



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