Suncook Valley town crier for Jully 12, 2020

Published: 7/14/2020 8:38:30 AM
ALLENSTOWN Thanks for bake sale

■The Allenstown Historical Society wishes to thank everyone who participated in the Allenstown Historical Society Bake Sale which was held at the Old Allenstown Meeting House. It was a tremendous success. Thank you

■The Allenstown Town Clerk is continually monitoring replying to emails and voicemails. Transactions such as motor vehicle renewals, dog licensing, vital record requests, tax payments, transfer station payments, etc., can all be done online. If anyone has any questions or concerns, email the town clerk at

■Allenstown residents without a library card who would like to access e-books and e-audiobooks can sign up for a library card online. Message the library on Facebook or email the staff at for assistance.



CHICHESTER Book sales to resume

■On Sunday, the Chichester Youth Association will meet at Carpenter Park at 6:30 p.m. There is lots to discuss regarding the upcoming soccer season, camp and golf tournament.

■The library kicks off its Summer Reading Program on Monday. Sign up at The website has games, activities and book tracking. You can also register at the library. Prizes will be awarded for books read for ages preschool to 13. Teens and adults can play a bingo game. There is more information regarding prizes and the summer program on Facebook. You can also call 798-5613 for more information. There will also be a writing contest and a storytime on Facebook next week. Call or stop by the library for details.

■The Road Advisory meeting will be on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Sheds on Bear Hill. Stop by and hear about the town roads.

■The Conservation Commission will meet Monday at 7 p.m. Contact Robert Mann for more information.

■On Thursday the Old Home Day Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Grange.

■The Heritage Commission will meet at 7 p.m. at the library on Thursday.

■Book Sales will resume on July 25. New hours are 9 a.m. to noon. All patrons must enter from the back of the building. Masks are required. Five people at a time are allowed inside and must maintain social distancing. To expedite the line and give everyone a chance to go inside, scanners will not be permitted during the book sales. Sale will be held rain or shine. Donations of books will be accepted during the sale. The meeting room remains closed except for the book sales. There will also be two dates in August.

■July 25 is the 45-day deadline for the Town Clerk to mail or email ballots for the Sept. 8 primary. Email or call 798-5350 to request a ballot or ask questions.



EPSOM Flea market on Saturday

■The Board of Selectmen will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. at the town office. For more information or the agenda go to

■The Conservation Commission meeting will be on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the town offices. For more information or the agenda go to

■The next Town Wide Flea Market at the Concord-Epsom Elks Lodge, 24 Mill Road, Epsom, will be Saturday at 9 a.m. If you would like to host a table or donate items call Sarah at 833-0605.

■The library is currently offering curbside pickup to all patrons by appointment. This process is being phased in gradually. Thank you for patience. After the first week with this experience, the library will make some changes. To schedule your pickup time use or go to the SignUp Genius website and in the search bar look up The sign up called “Curbside Pick-Up Appointments” should come up. You will sign up for any time that is available and convenient for you, however, you need to give library staff at least 24 hours. If for any reason you can not make this appointment you can call the library at 736-9920. The library may call you with the number you use when signing up if your request can’t be filled. You can also reserve and renew books from home. Go to Click on Online Resources. Under Card Catalog, click to search. Log on by going to the upper right corner of the catalog. Your username is your last name and your PIN is your library card number. Call the library if you do not know your card number. You can also request items over the phone or email ( You will be contacted when your items are ready to be picked up. Returns will be quarantined for seven days before they are checked in and cleaned.

■The library will host “Turtles Have Stories to Tell” on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. with Mary Doane, the Turtle Lady. The program includes storytelling, songs, movement and a craft. Enjoy seeing live turtles, aquatic turtles and more! The program is educational and fun for the whole family. Each child will receive a craft packet for the program. Please contact, Facebook or the library to register as space is limited to 30 children. Craft packets will be available for curbside pickup at the library for the children registered. You will receive a message when pickup begins.

■“Engineer a Fairy Tale” with the Children’s Museum of NH. This virtual program will feature videos that will highlight the same engineering challenges that would have been explored during the in-person presentation. Each video will feature one activity. Craft kits will be provided to each participant with instructions and materials to complete each project. This program has limited openings. Sign up through the library. Links for the videos will be emailed to just the registered participants in July and may be viewed all at once or individually. The craft packets will be available curbside and you will be contacted with a time for pickup. Please do not share these videos with others! The library had paid for this program and the video rights for only the 50 registered participants!

■The Friends of the Library will meet on July 21 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Anyone who is interested in becoming a member is welcome to attend.

■Happy belated birthday wishes to Wayne Kimball! Happy birthday today to Jennifer Williams, Mary Yeaton on Monday, Wanda Foote on Tuesday, Doris Williams on Wednesday, Kathy Kus on Thursday, and Michael Crowley and my daughter Crystal Riel Foster on Saturday!


PEMBROKE Screen magic show

■Pembroke Town Library will host an online magic show on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. with “Best of Boston” award-winning magician Mike Bent. This event will be held via Zoom. Space is limited. Please email the library at to register.

■Need to use a computer, fax machine, notary services or photocopier? The library is accepting appointments for Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 485-7851. You must either be a Pembroke resident or a library card holder in order to make an appointment.

■Library Story Time with stories, music and a simple craft will be virtual via the library’s YouTube channel. Register for Story Time at and library staff will put together a bag with the supplies for the simple craft. Specify which Story Time you are registering for. Bags will be ready for pick-up the day before the Tuesday Story Time or anytime after, as long as the supplies last. Pembroke Town Library card holders of all ages may also register for the Summer Reading Program at More information about the program is available at



PITTSFIELD Year’s citizen chosen

■Congratulations to the 2020 Citizen of the Year - Cedric Dustin III. He has committed the last 36 years of his life serving the town of Pittsfield in many ways. Cedric has served as town moderator, budget committee chairman, Pittsfield Historical Society president, rotarian and is currently the treasurer of the Pittsfield Center Development Corporation, to name a few. The traditional Old Home Day parade has been cancelled for this year, but a car parade is being planned in the coming weeks with Cedric in the lead. More information to come! Congratulations to Dr. Dustin – Thank you for all you have done to make Pittsfield a better place to live!

■The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. at the F.B. Argue Recreation Area.

■The School Board will meet on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the PMHS lecture hall with the request that participants follow social distancing guidelines when entering and exiting the meeting, as well as during the meeting itself.

■The Pittsfield Historical Society continues to raise funds for a 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, 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. You can also contact Larry Berkson at

■The Pittsfield Food Pantry is open on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., and on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 55 Barnstead Road.

■The Josiah Carpenter Library Summer Reading program has begun! The theme for this summer’s reading program is “Imagine your Story.” Visit the library from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday or Thursday to learn more and pick up packets and/or a new story. The story will be posted on Facebook every Monday with fun activities, crafts and prizes throughout! The summer program is for preschool through sixth grade. A younger aged craft and an older STEM craft is also available for pick up at the library.

■The Pittsfield Town Hall is now open to the public. The following standard operating procedures have been implemented. These practices are based upon public health guidelines and are designed to keep both the employees and the public safe. Only one person per open service window/door is permitted in the lobby area at a time. Customers are asked to wear a mask. There is hand sanitizer in the lobby. Restrooms are closed to the public. Public hours are Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. In order to minimize foot traffic in Town Hall, to maximize social distancing and to reduce the risk of exposure to residents and employees, residents are encouraged to utilize online services, mail, or the drop box next to the Town Hall door for things such as motor vehicle renewals, dog licenses, vital record requests, building permit payments, police citations, and tax and sewer payments. Please do not hesitate to email or, or call 435-6773 with any questions or concerns.

■The PYW Pantry hours have changed a bit. The PYW Pantry will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-5 p.m. If you have any special requests please feel free to reach out to Zach or Paula at 435-8272 or

■PYW summer registration is open. Programming is going to be a little different this summer, but the hope is the schedule will be interesting and fun for youth in grades 6-12. At this time, there will be outdoor activities only, two days a week from 1-5 p.m. Virtual programs will continue on Wednesdays. As the summer progresses, adjustments will be made as needed. Go to to register for PYW’s summer programs and activities. PYW staff will confirm your registration with a follow up phone call. There is limited space for activities and will place additional youth on waiting lists in case of cancellations. A new schedule of activities will be emailed out every two weeks.

■Drake Field is currently being used and abused to a greater extent than it has experienced within memory. A significant amount of trash is being left on the field, in the grandstand and at other locations on this wonderful jewel. You are respectfully requested to do what you can to maintain the beauty and inviting nature of Drake Field. Please pick up after yourself and take your trash with you...this includes dog messes!

■Happy birthday wishes to my niece, Crystal Foster on Saturday. I hope you have a wonderful day!



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