Suncook Valley town crier for Jan. 17, 2021

Published: 1/19/2021 9:14:35 AM
ALLENSTOWNOrder take out meal

■St. John the Baptist Knights of Columbus will hold their next take out supper on Saturday, Jan. 23. The meal will be lasagna, meatballs and garlic bread. Pick up at the St. John the Baptist Parish Hall from 4:30 to 6 p.m. or until they run out of food.

■The Suncook Senior Center has a Grab and Go Program held on Monday and Thursday between 11 a.m. and noon. Seniors are welcome to come and pick up five meals provided by Community Action. Please call in advance to make a reservation for these meals. They will be watching for you and will bring the food out to you. Please call 485-4254 for reservations.



CHICHESTERRun for town office

■On Martin Luther King Jr Day, Monday, the Chichester Central School and Town Hall will be closed.

■Board of Selectmen will meet Tuesday for a regular scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m.

■Chichester Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session Tuesday, 7 to 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall/Town Office to register to vote and make corrections to the checklist. Change in party affiliation will be accepted. 

■The school board will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the school.

■Declaration of candidacy for election of officers starts Jan. 20 and ends Jan. 29. Positions available are selectmen, trustee of trust funds, town clerk, library trustee and cemetery trustee. Contact the town clerk for details.

■The Chichester Heritage Commission will meet Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Historical Society. Masks and social distancing required. 

■Chichester Fire Chief Alan Quimby reported that the fire dept/rescue squad responded to 464 calls in 2020.

■Help someone in Chichester this year. Quarantine can lead to loneliness especially for older people living alone. Connect with them by mail, social media or telephone. See how happy you can make a resident.  

■The Chichester Library was awarded a rural library grant from the American Library Association for $3,000. Miss Caroline named her proposal: “Mental health: A conversation.” In the spring watch for programs to be presented. 

■Chichester School District Clerk Alisa Mullen has given notice for filing for school district officers to be filled at the town meeting.  Filing period is Jan. 20 to  29. Positions to be filled  are moderator, school district clerk, treasurer and school board. Contact  Alisa at 767-9102 for information.

■Live and Let Live Farm Rescue on Paradise Lane has some puppies available for adoption by appointment only. Email

■Congratulations to Lauren Lane for being named Chichester Central School artist for the month of January.

■Chichester’s Undercover Pantry at Hope In Christ Church next to the library is well used and donations of perishable/non-perishable food items are needed.  Contact  Steve at 508-826-4261

■Chichester Central School is offering breakfast, snacks, and lunch  free to students at the school for hybrid learning days. Remote days students can have breakfast and lunch meals to go.  Contact 798-5651 

■Chichester Central School basketball updates: Start date for basketball games will be Jan. 19.  Contact school athletic director Stacy at for various rules.

■The Chichester Planning Board will meet Jan. 18 6:30 p.m.  via zoom for a public hearing on the 2021 proposed revisions to the Chichester zoning ordinance to be voted on by ballot at the March town meeting.  Contact Kristy at 798-5350, ext. 201 for a copy of the proposed revisions.

■New radar speed signs have been installed in town. The sign on Bear Hill is working as it slowed down an eagle and then perched on wires for his picture to be taken. 

■The Chichester Historical Society has launched its own website.      The website features many items of interest and will keep you up to date on activities and programs. 

■The Chichester Library  “Down Under Bookstore” will be open on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.     Donations and shopping allowed with masks on and social distancing. 


EPSOMBook fair extended

■ The Town Clerk and selectmen's office will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

■On Tuesday at the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield the Infant Toddler Diaper Pantry will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. Each family is eligible to come for the supplemental diapers once per opening (twice a month). Please call 435-7471 when you arrive in the parking lot. Any family who can be helped by the pantry are welcome to get supplies! 

■ The Epsom Supervisors will meet on Tuesday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. to make corrections to the checklist. Change in party registration may be accepted.

■Zoning Board of Adjustment Public Hearing will meet via Zoom on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Contact town for Zoom link.

■The Planning Board is looking for volunteers to serve as alternate members on its board. Alternate members act as full voting members in the event a full member is absent from a scheduled meeting. The planning board oversees several town responsibilities. It is not necessary to be knowledgeable of planning board processes to be appointed or serve on the Board. The only requirement is a willingness to learn through participation and training as well as a desire to serve your community in an impartial and meaningful way. For more information contact: Kathy L. DesRoches, chairman of the Planning Board at

■Several positions in the town of Epsom will be up for election on March 9. If anyone is interested in any position he or she may file with the Town Clerk from Jan. 20 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 29. If you have any questions or concerns please call the town office 736-4825. The list is on the town website as well as the office. 

■The Library is only open for curbside pick up. Monday through Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 736-9920 with any questions.

■ECS book fair update: We have been able to extend the Book Fair until after we return to in person learning! The Book Fair will be open now through  Jan. 22. We will continue to use the website that was sent via one call and orders will be filled each afternoon. Don’t forget to check out the teacher wish lists. Please consider rounding up to donate to All For Books to help children in need get new books; this can be indicated on your order form. If there are any questions please feel free to contact Natalie Casey at

■Happy birthday shout outs to Brad Vanderpool on Monday, Cindy Damelio and Mark Riel on Tuesday, Stewart Yeaton on Wednesday, Cindy May on Thursday, Carol Zink-Mailloux on Friday, Sarah Osborne, Kate Crary and  Roger Metcalf all on Saturday! May you all have fantastic birthdays! And happy belated birthday wishes to Robin Davis and Nate Davis. I hope you had great celebrations.


PEMBROKEMembers wanted

■The Pembroke/Chichester Democrats are actively seeking new members.  If you are interested in joining or would like information, please email or call:  Dave Doherty   or 485-2788.



PITTSFIELDHistorical Society seeks new location

■There are many great things about our little town, but I want to give a huge shout out to the Pittsfield Post Office! Thank you for doing all the little extra things that make you great!

■The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on Tuesday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall to make corrections and register new voters. Change in party registration will be accepted at this session.

■Declarations of Candidacy for town and school district positions will begin on Wednesday and expire on Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. You may file at the school district clerk and town clerk offices at Town Hall, 85 Main St., during regular business hours. The office will remain open until 5 p.m. on Jan. 29. The declaration form will also be available to download from the town and school district websites. The following school district positions are open: school board member (two positions, three-year terms) and school district moderator (one position, three-year term). The following town positions are open: selectman (two positions, three-year terms), town clerk/tax collector (one position, three-year term), supervisor of the checklist (one position, one-year term), trustee of trust funds (one position, three-year term), library trustee (one position, three-year term), cemetery trustee (one position, three-year term), planning board (two positions, three-year terms) and zoning board of adjustment (two positions, three-year terms).

■Do you find it hard to visit the library? The Josiah Carpenter Library can come to you! Library employees will deliver materials to your home. Call 435-8406 or email to learn more and schedule a delivery.

■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 Infant Toddler Diaper Pantry through the First Congregational Church will be open on Tuesday with new guidelines in place for the time being. The pantry will be open from 9-11 a.m. Please call 435-7471 when you arrive in the parking lot. Clients will not be able to enter the church at this time. Weather permitting, staff will place your diapers and wipes in a bag with your name attached and place it on a table in the parking lot. If weather does not permit this, your products will be brought to you. Please use the parking lot off Chestnut Street. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to navigate through this pandemic.

■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 Bob Wharem on Tuesday and to Roger Metcalf on Saturday. I hope you enjoy your special day.

■A very special happy birthday wish to my fabulous husband, Mark Riel, on Tuesday! I hope you have a great day!



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