Suncook Valley town crier for Jan. 10, 2021

Published: 1/13/2021 10:17:12 PM
ALLENSTOWNSchool board to meet

■St. John the Baptist Monthly Market is open Sunday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Parish Hall. Please wear your mask and maintain social distancing. If you have your own bags it would help a lot.

■The Allenstown School Board public hearing will be on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Armand R. Dupont School. The Allenstown School Board will hold a public hearing in accordance with RSA 33:8a on a proposed bond issue in the amount of up to $12,999,824 for the construction of a new school.

■Allenstown is holding the 2021 Budget Public Hearing on Saturday at 9 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall. The make-up date, if postponed, will be at 6 p.m. on Jan. 19.

■The Deliberative Session will be held at 9 a.m. on Jan. 30. The town warrant articles, then the school warrant articles will be discussed. Snow date for the Deliberative Session is at 9 a.m. on Feb. 6.

■The Allenstown town election will be held on March 9 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall.



CHICHESTERMany Monday meetings

■The Chichester Historical Society will not have weekly meetings in January.

■The Board of Selectmen and Advisory Budget Committee will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. to work on finalizing the 2021 town budget. If needed, an additional meeting will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m.

■The Road Advisory Committee will meet at the Bear Hill Highway Office on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

■The Library Trustees will have a teleconference meeting on Monday. Call the library at 798-5613 for instructions on how to join.

■The Trustees of the Trust will meet at Town Hall on Friday at 9 a.m.

■Chichester cemeteries have now been closed and will reopen in the spring. Call Ruth Hammen at 798-5825 for more information.

■The NH Doughnut Co. has opened a second location at 2 Capital Plaza in Concord. New location also includes a specialty coffee bar.

■The Chichester Library has a variety of extra 2021 calendars for free. Merrill Construction has installed new granite posts and chains at the library. Thanks for the enhanced looking entrance!

■2021 dog licenses are available at the Town Clerk’s Office. Please make sure your dogs vaccines are up to date. Dogs licenses can be renewed online at the town website or mailed. Call Bonnie, the acting town clerk, at 798-5350 with questions.

■The Out of the Attic Thrift Shop at 345 Suncook Valley Road is accepting donations on Tuesdays (12-4 p.m.), Wednesdays (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Thursdays (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Saturdays (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). The shop is always looking for volunteers.

■The Community Action Program is offering grab-and-go lunch meal options to Chichester residents at the Pittsfield Senior Center (435-3482) and the Suncook Senior Center (485-4254) on Mondays and Thursdays. This is in addition to the community dining and take out options.

■The Suncook Valley Business Directory will be going out in February.

■Chichester’s John Prickett was named a “Hometown Hero.” John is an RN EMS and emergency preparedness coordinator for Lakes Region General Hospital. A big shout out was given to John for all the work he has done throughout the pandemic on reporting, acquiring PPE, communication and so many other things he has done for the healthcare system for the community.

■Kelly Corner School of Chichester has moved to 940 Suncook Valley Road in Epsom. At this time the school can provide enrollment and educational space for children ages 2½ to 6. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 435-8893.

■Sally Kelly and other Chichester residents generously donated boxes of cereal to the Pine Haven Boys Center. Sally, and her husband Doug, use their home as a collection site.

■The Chichester Police Department and Hope in Christ Church did justice to some struggling families by issuing “reverse citations” that read “You have displayed grace and courage in the midst of trials” and included a donation.

■A moose was recently killed on Route 28 by a vehicle. It seems like chickens are flying around Chichester, as eggs have landed on vehicles and homes.

■Wendy Lee Blomley-Cassetta passed away on Dec. 28. Wendy was well-known as the owner of Cassetta Critter Care pet sitting business and a local resource for animal rescue.


PEMBROKELibrary book sale

■Purchase gently used books and DVDs cheap at the Pembroke Town Library Book Sale during library hours. Hardcovers are five for $1. Paperbacks are 10 for $1. Audiobooks and DVDs are $1 each. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

<sbull value="sbull"><text xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></text></sbull>The next Pembroke Town Library book discussion will take place Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. We'll discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Extra copies are available to borrow. There are two ways to participate. The library will email you instructions to join online via WebEx Meetings. The in-person space is limited to nine attendees. Wearing a mask and social distancing are required. Email the library at to reserve either your virtual or in-person spot.

<sbull value="sbull"><text xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></text></sbull>Registration for the Winter Reading Wonderland Program at Pembroke Town Library is open. Play Book Bingo at the Library. Join the program and earn prizes in January and February. Pick up your free bingo game card and add your mitten to the Winter Reading Wonderland Mitten Board at the library. This program is for Pembroke children, teens and adults.



PITTSFIELDMiddle school tryouts

■The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce will meet virtually on Monday at 7 p.m. If you would like to join the meeting, please contact Louie Houle at

■The annual meeting of the Pittsfield Historical Society will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Because of social distancing and the need to keep everyone healthy, it is uncertain whether this will be an in-person meeting or a virtual meeting. Up-to-date information will be available at

■The Budget Committee public hearing is scheduled for Thursday (snow date is Friday) from 7-9 p.m. at the PMHS Gym. It is an opportunity for you as taxpayers to provide input to the committee that will be taken into consideration during the voting session.

■Tryouts for middle school girls’ and boys’ basketball (grades 6-8) will be held on Jan. 18 at a time TBD. Contact varsity girls’ coach Ryan McKenna ( or varsity boys’ coach Jay Darrah ( for more information.

■The First Congregational Church of Pittsfield’s Infant Toddler Diaper Pantry has seen an increase in numbers since reopening in June. Your help is needed to assist many young struggling families. Size 3, 4, 5 and 6 diapers, along with wipes, pull-ups and overnights are needed. To arrange for drop off, call the church at 435-7471. If you are able to help financially, please make checks out to FCC-Pittsfield and please note in the memo that it is for the Diaper Pantry. Checks can be mailed to First Congregational Church, attn: Diaper Pantry, 24 Main St., Pittsfield, NH 03263.

■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 Youth Workshop (PYW) has had a nice holiday break, but is looking forward to seeing everyone (virtually)! PYW wants to check in with you and hear how your holiday went! Packages for the next two weeks activities will be ready for pick-up. Call 435-8272 or email to schedule a time that you can pick-up the items. The PYW pantry is also open. Set up a time to stop by!

■Senior Center Community Lunch and Meals to Go offers curbside pickup on Mondays and Thursdays. If you have participated in the Senior Center’s community dining and you are over the age of 60, then this service is available for you. Please call the center if you are interested and someone will bring your meal to your car. Just call 435-8482 and ask about what meals are available.

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

■The Pittsfield High School Alumni Association recently sent out its annual newsletter with its yearly request for donations to support the scholarships that are awarded each year to graduating seniors. If you did not receive a newsletter, please send your name and address to the alumni email at Donations may be made by going to and send your donation to Thank you in advance for supporting the PHS Alumni Association.

■Happy birthday wishes to Joe McHugh, Lyn Ward , Nate Davis and my brother-in-law, Peter Karwocki. I hope you all enjoy your special days!



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