Merrimack Valley region town crier for Aug. 9, 2020

Published: 8/10/2020 10:34:17 AM
BOSCAWEN Name the forest

■Take part in naming the new Town Forest! The Boscawen Conservation Commission is excited to announce the newly designated 375 acre Town Forest located across from Marshall’s Firearms on Route 3. Submit your suggestions by Sept. 10 to Kearsten O’Brien by phone at 753-9188 ext. 321 or email at

■Applications for absentee ballots are on the town’s website at If you have health and/or safety concerns in regard to COVID-19, you have the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot. For the September primary you will need to mark which party you are affiliated with. Contact the town offices at 753-9188 for more information.

■Appointments to visit the Boscawen Public Library are open to patrons. Times are limited and restrictions apply. The library hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 to 5 p.m. Masks are required to be worn. Curbside pickup of items is encouraged whenever possible. Please call the library at 753-8576 to schedule an appointment or for more information.



CANTERBURY Schools to be hybrid

■Shaker Regional School District will be adopting a hybrid model with in-class and remote teaching alternating throughout the week. School will resume Sept. 9.

■The Canterbury Town Clerk-Tax Collector’s office is open to walk-in service on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays from 12 to 7 p.m. Residents are asked to continue utilizing the drop box outside the building, mail and online services as much as possible. Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while visiting the office. Absentee ballot applications for the September and November elections are available at and Copies can also be mailed to residents upon request. Please call the office at 783-0153. Mail completed request forms to Town Clerk, PO Box 500, Canterbury, NH 03224.

■The Canterbury Farmers Market will be open Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Elkins Public Library. Music this week will be performed by Senie HunSee for more details and social distancing precautions.

■Canterbury United Community Church Pastor Sara Rossig has been ringing church bells every evening at 7 p.m. in recognition of essential workers, healthcare workers and those dealing with pain due to COVID-19. This is followed by 2 minutes of silence for reflection. All are welcome either in cars or spaced on the green by the church.

■Canterbury Citizens for Democracy invite anyone to join them at the Town Center on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. to stand in solidarity with communities of color and hope for change at this time in the nation’s history. Contact Doris Hampton at 783-4418 with questions.

■The Elkins Public Library has reopened. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The library will be closed from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for extra cleaning. Masks are required. Curbside pickup is still available. Family visits will be by appointment only. Call 783-4386. There will be a limit of four people in the building at any one time. There are now passes for Petals in the Pines. See for details.

■Canterbury Shaker Village grounds are open and weekend outdoor tours are available at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. Masks are expected and social distancing will be observed. Please come 5 minutes early. Also, the summer Concerts on the Green series will be Sundays through from 4 to 5 p.m. Socially distanced seating is available on a first come first served basis. Visit Save the date for the annual auction and picnic on Aug. 29. Visit for further details. Outdoor Tai Chi will be Aug.17 through Oct. 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sign up required at

■Loudon Food Pantry is serving Canterbury residents. Check out the food pantry website for a list of critically-needed donations. Food parcels are given out to recipients in their car. Call Sue at 724-9731 or see


SALISBURY Assistant sought

■The library is still closed until further notice but the Book Return Bin is taking returns on a schedule as well as new curbside pick up and delivery options. Please stay tuned to the Salisbury Free Library website for further details and updates.

■The Town of Salisbury is seeking a Municipal Assistant to work in the Town Offices and be responsible for a variety of secretarial/administrative duties, and assist with the daily functions of the Selectmen’s Office. The successful applicant will be skilled in the use of computers and modern office equipment; be able to work independently. Salary DOQ. Approximately 15 to 20 hours a week which includes Wednesday evening Selectmen’s meetings. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Town of Salisbury, P.O. Box 214, Salisbury, N.H. 03268. Position will remain open until filled. For complete job description please contact Town Administrator, April Rollins at

■There will be an Atlas fireworks display on Sept. 12, at dusk at Maplewood field. There will be some type of Ice Cream Social but details are pending due to the COVID 19 situation. Donations for the fireworks are being accepted and checks can be mailed to Nancy Hayden, 16 New Road, Salisbury, NH 03268 .Checks should be made out to Martha Heath Memorial Fireworks

■Application for Absentee Ballots for the Sept. 8, 2020 State Primary Election and the Nov. 3, 2020 State General Election are available for downloading at and the Town’s website at If you are unable to access on-line, call the Town Clerk’s office at 648-6322. New: Only one application is required for the Sept. 8 and the Nov. 3 elections. Thre will be an option to check that you are voting absentee due to coronvirus precaution. Mail the form to the Town Clerk, PO Box 2 Salisbury, NH 03268. Call the Town Clerk at 648-6322 with any questions. Please do not delay.

■ Election Officials, Town Administrator and Chief MacDuffie would like to assure all citizens of Salisbury they are working, to be sure voters will vote in a safe election this fall. The decision has been made to vote on Sept. 8 at the Safety Building. The town is also encouraging any Salisbury voter to vote by absentee ballot. New voters are encouraged to register with the Town Clerk before the September election email Please if you have any further questions you may also call or email the Town Clerk. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the safety building.

■Vehicle Renewal Registration information has been mailed to those who need to renew in August, please follow the directions in the letter enclosed and the town clerk will mail your new stickers and registration to you; this only covers vehicles previously registered in Salisbury, not new vehicles or vehicles of new residents. Online vehicle registration for renewals and dog licensing is now live on the town website. For those you that do not have internet access you will have to email/call the Town Clerk as follows: Vehicle registration renewals and/or Dog Licenses: Contact the Town Clerks office for amounts due to the Town of Salisbury and State of NH DMV. Email,, leave a voicemail at 648- 6322 or fax request to 648-6658. Email is the preferred method of communication. Once payment is received your new registration will be mailed back. For more involved registrations such as new vehicles, vital records; marriage licenses. Please email the town clerk and request an appointment. The Town Clerk is now doing parking lot appointments; you don’t need to leave your vehicle. Please email or call Jim at , leave a voicemail at 648- 6322

■ Fire permits: if you are looking to obtain a burn permit that is seasonal, you may fill one out on the NH Division of Forest & Land’s website. Class 3 burn permits will need to be inspected by a Fire Warden, which are listed here Please make an appointment!

■For more information regarding Salisbury and ongoings please visit the town’s website at and like us on Facebook.



WEBSTER Old Home Day fun

■Today begins a week of Old Home Day activities. In keeping with the theme “Something Old, Something New” there are a lot of activities happening this week including yard art (new version of a parade), a story walk and a scavenger hunt. For more information go to the Old Home Day page on Facebook or look at the front page of “The Grapevine.”

■The Webster Free Public Library opens to the public Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. There will be a limit of two persons/families in the library at one time. Anyone over the age of five will be asked to wear a mask. Disposable masks are available for those who don’t bring their own. Your time in the library may need to be limited if there are people waiting outside. Porch pickups will continue for anyone who is not comfortable with entering the library or who does not wish to wear a mask. The library will also be open on Monday from 1 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9 to 4 p.m. For more information call 648-2706, email or check the library page at You can also follow the library on Facebook.

■On Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. the Supervisors of the Checklist will be in public session to conduct final changes to the checklist for the Sept. 8 primary election. This will be at the Town Offices, outside if weather permits. Masks are required.

■Information on how to vote and register for the Sept. 8 is in “The Grapevine.” There is a need for volunteers to help with the elections before, during and after the event. If you think you can help, please contact Moderator Mike Jette at the



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