Merrimack Valley region town crier for Oct. 18, 2020

Published: 10/16/2020 11:07:31 AM
ANDOVERDrive-thru voting

■Last call for scarecrows!  It's time for Andover businesses and organizations to get creative and decorate their storefronts with an outdoor scarecrow – serious or funny, large or small, relating to their business or just for fun, anything goes!  Businesses that may be home-based or located off the beaten track of Main Street and Routes 4 and 11 have the option of putting their scarecrows along the front edge of the Andover Town Green. Residents can also join in the spirit and erect a scarecrow in their front yard.  For more information, or with questions, contact Janet Moore at, or The Andover Hub at

■The Andover Community Hub is launching a branch of "Mobility on the Go" to offer the loan of mobility equipment to community members, working in conjunction with the COA Chapin Senior Center in New London which also provides this service.  The Hub will keep a small inventory of wheel chairs, walkers, crutches, bath seats, etc. on loan from the COA and ready to be loaned out to residents who may be recovering from injuries, surgeries or hospitalizations and have temporary need of such items.  Equipment is loaned for six weeks at no charge; the only request is that borrowed equipment be returned in clean condition.  For information, contact the Hub at 735-5509 or at

■Area residents are invited by the Andover Energy Group to watch a new documentary film, "The Story of Plastic," by streaming it at their convenience during the period of Oct. 12 to 26.  After watching the film, residents are encouraged to join a follow-up Zoom discussion at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 to share ideas of what local residents can do to be part of the global fight to end plastic pollution.  "The Story of Plastic" is presented by The Story of Stuff Project, a non-profit dedicated to changing the way that we make, use, and throw away Stuff. Interested residents can email and ask to be given the streaming link to the film and the Zoom link for the follow-up discussion. 

■Drive-through absentee voting is being offered behind Andover's town office building on the next two Saturdays, Oct. 24 and 31, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Voters can complete an absentee ballot application, fill out their ballot and drop it in the ballot box to be counted on Election Day, all while sitting in their car. Residents who still need to register to vote can also go into Town Hall on Oct. 24 and do so.  In-person voting will be held as usual in the AEMS gym on Tuesday, Nov. 3.



BOSCAWENLibrary open

■Staff at the Boscawen Public Library are pleased to see an increasing number of familiar faces returning to the library in addition to new patrons. The library is open from 12 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. No appointment is needed, however, the library does limit the number of visitors inside to 10 at a time (including staff). Patrons can use the computers and copier in addition to checking out books and movies. Masks are required. Curbside pickup continues to be available. Book requests can be made at or 753-8576.



CANTERBURYMeet candidates

■The Democratic state rep candidates running to represent Canterbury and Loudon want to hear from voters and have set up a Virtual Candidate Listening Session where residents can ask questions. Leslie Bergevin, Lorrie Carey and Lois Friedrich available for questions on Monday at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Register at Participants will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link.

■Supervisors of the Checklist will be at the Elkins Library from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday morning to register new voters for the upcoming election on Nov. 3. They will be taking new registrations and answering any questions people may. There will also be an open session on Oct. 27 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at Sam Lake House to make any additions or corrections necessary. No further alterations will be made after that. Residents may still register to vote on election day. Please have a photo ID and proof of Canterbury residence. Proof of residence can be from a license or a bill with the town address on it. There will be a mandatory meeting on Oct. 27 to enter all applications into the state database.

■The Canterbury Town Clerk-Tax Collector’s Office is open to walk-in service 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 to drop off payments or use the online option at Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while visiting the office. The absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 election is available on the town clerk’s page of the town website, the N.H. secretary of state’s website, by mail, or by calling the town clerk (783-0153). The Town Clerk will be available on Nov. 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. for last-minute election business and for the return of completed absentee ballots. The town moderator will also be at the Town Clerk’s Office at Sam Lake House at 1 p.m. on Nov. 2 to conduct partial processing of absentee ballots. This session is open to the public to observe.

■The Elkins Public Library is open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Curbside pickup is still available. There can be four patrons in the building at one time and appointments are necessary for families. Many of the reestablished groups and programs are now virtual. Call Sue LeClair at 783-4386 for Zoom links, library information or to make an appointment. Visit for program details.

■Masks are required by all entering the Transfer Station. Staff have spare masks for anyone who needs one.

■Halloween in Canterbury Center is canceled this year.

■The Canterbury Historical Society is creating a COVID-19 recollections archive. Please send journal submissions to Please your name, address and information about the location of any photos attached to assist in archiving this material.

■The trails at Church in the Woods, 92 Foster Road are open for walking, hiking and reflection. See for more information.

■Canterbury Shaker Village grounds are open for walking and hiking during the fall. See for details.

■The Tell Trail at Petals in the Pines is open for self-guided tours. Grounds are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 31. Admission is $5 per child. Free passes are available for Canterbury residents from the Elkins Public Library. Call Donna at 783-0220 or see

■Canterbury United Community Church Pastor Sara Rossig has been ringing church bells for 2 minutes every evening at 7 p.m., followed by 2 minutes of silence for reflection. All are welcome to come and reflect.

■The Canterbury Country Store can pre-bag and deliver orders of groceries thanks to local volunteers. There is a minimum order of $20. Please call ahead for home delivery, allowing 24 hours notice if possible. Call 783-9933 or visit

■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


WEBSTERElection deadlines

■Absentee speed voting takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Safety Building.  You may register to vote, apply for an absentee ballot, fill out your absentee ballot and get help with paperwork. You may also drop off your completed absentee ballot. Masks required.

■Oct. 26 is the last day to register to vote before election day. Register between 6 to 7 p.m. at the Town Offices. Masks required.

■The pre-processing of absentee ballots takes place on Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. This session may be live-streamed.

■A mandatory meeting for all election officials, Inspectors of the Election and volunteers who have been contacted by the moderator will be held Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall. Masks required.

■Nov. 2 by 5 p.m. is the last time to request an absentee ballot application from the Town Clerk.

■Nov. 3 is election day from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. Register to vote, drop off your absentee ballot, vote absentee, or vote in-person during these hours. Masks are required.

■A reminder that if you wish to volunteer to help out during the elections or afterwards with counting the ballots, get in touch with the town moderator at

■Track your absentee ballot at You will be asked for the town you voted in, your last name, first name and date of birth. You may also type in a security code (provided for you).

■Look in the October Grapevine for an Application for State Election Absentee Ballot-RSA 657:4 and all of the information listed above, plus other election information.  


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