Merrimack Valley region town crier for Feb. 28, 2021

Published: 2/26/2021 8:13:12 AM
BOSCAWENZoom Coffee House

■Cast your vote on March 9 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Boscawen Elementary School on 1 Best Ave. All CDC guidelines will be followed. Open positions include: Selectperson (one 3-year term), Cemetery Trustee (one 3-year term), Library Trustee (two 3-year terms), Trustee of Trust Funds (one 2-year term), Moderator (1-year term) and Town Clerk (one 3-year term). Also on the ballot are amendments to articles. For more information on them, visit Registration of your dog can be done at the polls as well.

■Zoom into the Boscawen High Street Coffee House that returns on Friday at 7 pm. Green Heron is the featured performer, offering a wide variety of folk music. Also available are 8 to 10 open mic slots (two songs or 10 minutes) for musicians, poets and comedians. Performers must sign up in advance by calling Liz Kantz at 848-2410 or Chris Paul at 520-9196. Links to attend the coffee house will be posted on the High Street Coffee House Facebook page.

■A Winter Woodland Walk is being hosted by the Boscawen Conservation Commission on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Charlie and Mabel Niebling Tree Farm on North Water Street. The woodlot was recently named New Hampshire’s Outstanding Tree Farm for 2021. The 1.5 mile walk will pass through different kinds of forests. Hot drinks and refreshments will be served at the top of Raleigh Hill. The access road to the woodlot is located just above 100 North Water St. Please park along the side of the street above the access road and gather at the gate. The walk will be held in snow, rain or shine! For more information, email Charlie Niebling at

■The Boscawen Public Library is pleased to have its patrons using contactless pickup service. Patrons can use the library website, email or phone to request and reserve items (books, magazines and movies). The staff is eager to assist you during open hours on Monday through Thursday from 12-4 p.m. Items can be picked up from the reserve cart located at the front entrance of the Municipal Building. Masks are required when entering the building. The lobby is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on national holidays. Be sure to check out, email or call 753-8576.



CANTERBURYFlower fundraiser

■Town voting will be on March 9 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Face coverings and social distancing will be required for entry into the building. The Board of Selectmen voted on Feb. 8 to postpone the second session (budget and warrant articles) to May 1 at 10 a.m. at Canterbury Elementary School. The meeting will be held in the ballfield under a large tent. Applications for absentee ballots will be accepted at the Town Clerk’s Office through March 8. Applications can be found on or at the Town Office. Please complete both sides of the form and return to: Town Clerk’s Office, PO Box 500, Canterbury, NH 03224. You can also drop off applications in the drop box at the Sam Lake House porch, 10 Hackleboro Road, Canterbury NH. You can also call 783-0153 to request a copy of the request form be sent to you. Sam will be available March 8 at the Sam Lake House from 3-5 p.m. to accept any last minute requests.

■Canterbury Rascals 4-H Club Flower Fundraiser is accepting orders, which can be mailed or dropped off with Laura Crockford in Canterbury. She can also meet you to pick up orders. Please have checks made out to the Canterbury Rascals. Hanging baskets, window boxes and succulents are available. Deliveries will be before Mother’s Day (May 9). People are welcome to pick up larger orders on delivery day in Pittsfield. Smaller orders can be delivered to your home by 4-H members or leaders. Contact or text/call 540-9877 for an order form.

■“Keep Calm and Craft On” will be presenting two crafts in March. Wednesday’s craft will be no-sew fabric starts (you will need small scissors and an iron) and March 17th’s craft will be gnomes (you will need a sock with a fairly long cuff and a glue gun). Emily Preston is teaching both crafts this month. She has assembled kits that are available at the library. Come in or pick them up curbside. Provide your email to receive the Zoom link to join the fun!

■The Old Man Boring Book Club will meet virtually on Thursday at 7 p.m. Individually chosen non-fiction selections will be discussed. Email or call Sue if you want to join.

■“Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog” will be presented by Bob Cottrell on March 10 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This zoom program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Pre-registration is required at Click on “Our Programs” and go to “Sign Up Here.”

Rachel Baker


■The Planning Board will meet on Monday at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall. Masks are required. See the town website ( for Zoom information.

■The Board of Selectmen will meet on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Academy Hall. Those who wish to join virtually can join via Zoom. The Zoom link will be at

■The Merrimack Valley School District Annual Meeting is scheduled for Friday at MVHS. Polling hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for moderator and board seats. The Annual Meeting starts at 7 p.m. The MVSD 2021 Annual Report can be found at Printed copies of a condensed version will be available at the meeting. If you are interested in obtaining an absentee ballot, call 753-6561 or email Completed applications can also be dropped off at the SAU office, 105 Community Dr., Penacook, NH 03303, or mailed to the same address. According to current state law, voters must be present at the Annual Meeting to vote on articles presented at the meeting.

■The next MVSD School Board meeting will be held on March 8 at 7:15 p.m. This will be a hybrid meeting with both in-person and online access and participation. All information and links can be found at the

■Town voting will take place on March 9 at the Salisbury Safety Complex located at 273 Old Turnpike Road. Polls are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. All information regarding town voting will be announced on the town website and will be posted in advance at the bulletin boards at the Salisbury Post Office and Academy Hall. You can vote by absentee ballot if you have concerns regarding COVID-19.

■The Salisbury Annual Town Meeting to vote on warrant articles and the town budget will be postponed until May 1. This meeting will be held at the Salisbury Safety Building at 1 p.m. More details will follow. Stay tuned to postings at the post office, Academy Hall and the town website.

■Library hours for pickup and delivery will be Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday from 1-7 p.m., Thursday from 1-7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Library staff are happy to work with you to pick out items and have contactless pickup. If transportation is an issue, delivery is offered. Story time is live on Facebook on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Also check out the library’s new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program. The library also offers genealogy resources Ancestry and Heritage Quest to patrons for free. To access Ancestry, just log into your patron account and there is a link on the sidebar after you log in. For Heritage, contact the library for login information. Visit or the library Facebook page for the updates on reopening, links to virtual programming and events, eBook and audiobook collections (from NH Downloadable Books Consortium), and other digital resources. All you need to get started is a library card. If you don’t have one, the library staff and set one up via phone or email. Interlibrary loan is back, but please allow an extra week for delivery as there are quarantine procedures in place to make sure materials are handled safely. Even though the library building is closed, they still provide printing, scanning and faxing services. Please give the library a call or email first to arrange a time for these services.

■March vehicle renewal registration information has been mailed to those who need to renew. 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. See the town’s website under the department of the town clerk for that information. If you cannot access these services online contact the town clerk’s office by phone (648-6322), fax (648-6658) or email ( for questions about vehicle registration renewals or dog licenses. For new vehicles, marriage licenses and vital records, please email the town clerk and request an appointment.



WEBSTERSilent auction

■The Merrimack Valley School District’s annual meeting is tentatively scheduled for Friday at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook. The polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for voting on Article 1 to choose a moderator and Article 2 to choose six school board members, including one from Webster and one at-large position. All other warrant articles will be acted upon beginning at 7 p.m. Be sure to bring a photo ID to vote. For more information, go to

■The Webster Historical Society silent auction is on-going until March 13. There are a lot of items up for bid at The auction is being held to increase funding to meet rising costs of lumber that is needed for building repairs. The Society has a request for proposal for a professional carpenter. The RFP can be seen at by clicking the “Restoration Information and Project Summary” link.

■Pillsbury Lake Village District will have its annual meeting and monthly meeting on March 10 at 6 p.m. Visit for information on joining the Zoom meeting.

■The Webster Fire Department reminds everyone that working smoke detectors save lives. Be sure you have working smoke detectors and CO2 detectors in your home. If you have any questions or need a detector, Fire Chief Bean asks you to contact him at the Webster Fire Station or call the Town Office at 648-2272.

■The Webster Free Public Library has a new magazine, “Northern Woodlands,” which has many articles that pertain to our area. All magazines can be checked out just like books or movies. If you are interested in reading a book that takes place in N.H., you might be interested in “A Libertarian Walks into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (and Some Bears)” by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling.

Nancy Picthall-French

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