Merrimack Valley region town crier for Aug. 23, 2020

Published: 8/24/2020 10:24:33 AM


BOSCAWENVoting moved to school

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

■Attention all Boscawen voters! The location of the state primary on Sept. 8 has moved to Boscawen Elementary School, 1 B.E.S.T. Avenue. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Contact the Town Offices at 753-9188 for more information.

■Come on in to the Boscawen Public Library for browsing and checking out materials on Monday through Thursday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. No appointment is needed, there is a limit 10 people inside (including staff). Masks are required to be worn. Curbside pickup continues to be available. Book requests can be made at, or call the library at 753-8576 for assistance.

■ The Boscawen Transfer Station will be transitioning from cash and check payments to check and credit card payments only, effective Sept. 9. Fees for credit cards will be waived for the first year and re-evaluated at that point. This change is being made for safety and health concerns surrounding cash handling and for the convenience of residents. 



CANTERBURYMusic at the market

■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 Town Clerk will be holding office hours on Sept. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. for last minute absentee ballot requests and returns. Please come in to complete a ballot request, or to drop off a completed ballot in person at 10 Hackleboro Road (the Sam Lake House). The mail will be checked at 5 p.m. on Sept. 8 to gather any last minute ballots that were returned through the mail.

■The Canterbury Farmers’ Market will be open Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Elkins Public Library. Canterbury’s own Tim Gurshin will be playing some original acoustic numbers and some unique covers. To address COVID-19 safety issues, the market will have a curbside pickup. Customers will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer before entering the market, numbers of customers coming in at any one time will be monitored to avoid crowding, prepared food must be taken off site to eat, customers are asked to send minimal family members and children must be kept with parents/guardians at all times. No pets are allowed this year and all volunteers will wear masks. Market tokens will still be sold and sanitized beforehand. See for more details.

■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 12:30-1:30 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.

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

■The Canterbury Country Store can pre-bag and deliver orders of groceries thanks to local volunteers. There is a minimum order of $20. The store continues to stock local meat and dairy produce, Glines Corn, Hackleboro’ Blueberries, Sanborn Meadow Farm and White Oaks Farm produce, Fox Country Smoke House goods, North Farm Maple Syrup and all the basic household supplies, ice creams, candy, wine and beer. Please call ahead for home delivery, allowing 24 hours notice if possible. Call 783-9933 or visit

■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 five minutes early. Also, the summer Concerts on the Green series will be Sundays through from 4-5 p.m. This weekend features the Six Feet Away Band, offering Concord West End Jazz. Socially distanced seating is available on a first come first served basis. Visit Save the date for the annual auction and picnic on Saturday.

■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


SALISBURYDonate blood Saturday

■The Farmers Market is at Town Hall on Route 4 on Mondays from 3 to 6 p.m. 

■Wednesday will be the last day to register to vote before the Sept. 8 primary. The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session from 7 to 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Academy Hall. The checklist is posted at Academy Hall and at the post office. You may also register with the town clerk by requesting an appointment via email ( Regular office hours are Mondays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Honk in the parking lot and the town clerk will come out to meet you. You can register to vote on election day, but expect to have to wait. Please either mail your absentee ballot or hand deliver to the town clerk during office hours. Ballots left in the drop box will require confirmation by phone or email. If you wish to leave your ballot in the drop box, please email or call and leave a voicemail to inform the town clerk that it has been left in the box and what date it was left. Please be sure to check the for election information. Applications for absentee ballots are available at and A new note is that you only need one application for both the Sept. 8 and Nov. 3 elections.

■A Red Cross Blood Drive is on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Town Hall. Appointments and masks are required. Schedule your appointment at or call 1-800-733-2767. If you do not have a face mask, one will be provided for you. Sponsored by Countryside Builders. As a community, Salisbury always does very well. At the last drive in June, 28 pints of blood were donated. Thank you all!

■The Town Clerk’s Office will be closed Sept. 7 for Labor Day and will not process DMV and vital records, but will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. for absentee ballot returns. The office will be closed on Sept. 8 so the town clerk can fulfill his duties at the election .

■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. 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



WEBSTERCheck voter registration

■The Supervisors of the Checklist will hold a public session on Wednesday, the last day to register to vote until the Sept. 8 primary election, at a time to be determined. On Sept. 3, the town clerk and town moderator will begin to pre-process absentee ballots at Town Hall. The session will be live streamed, and public observers are required to wear masks. On Sept. 7, requests for absentee ballots end at 5 p.m. Also on Sept. 7, there will be a mandatory election officials and inspectors training session. 

■On election day, voting will be held at Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The only parking available at the Town Hall will be for people with disabilities. That includes the area by the kitchen and the lower area by the main door to the town offices. There will be no school on Sept. 8, so you can park in the school parking lot or safely on the side of Route 127.

■Finally, the Webster Town Clerk’s office will be closed on Labor Day, Sept. 3, except from 3-5 p.m. At that time, the office will ONLY be open for absentee ballot requests. The temporary office is located at the Wester Public Safety Building at 851 Battle Street (Route 127).  Normal hours are Monday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4-8 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m., and the last Friday of the month from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information on the elections and voting see the August issue of “Grapevine.”


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