Merrimack Valley region town crier for April 4, 2021

Published: 4/2/2021 8:23:04 PM

■The Tack Room, a new shop selling donated horse equipment and riding apparel is now open in Andover on the back lower level of The Andover Community Hub at 157 Main St. The entrance is on the west side of the building, facing Pizza Chef. The Tack Room's mission is to raise money through its sales to provide short-term assistance to horse owners, such as hay, grain, and veterinary and farrier services, through a non-profit, Becky’s Gift Equine Relief. Hours of operation are Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit the Tack Room for Becky’s Gift on Facebook.

■The Andover Lions will meet at 6 p.m. on April 12 at The Andover Community Hub. Anyone who would like to learn more about the Lions generally or is interested in getting involved with the Andover Lions is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Bill Leber at 735-5144.



BOSCAWENLibrary updates

■The Boscawen Public Library is open by appointment for browsing, checkouts and computer/copier time. There will be an occupancy limit. Masks are required at all times in the library and the municipal building. Please continue to use contactless reserve and pickup whenever possible. The library’s temporary hours are Monday through Thursday from 12-4 p.m. The library can be reached at 753-8576 during business hours. Items can be reserved at or requested at

■Kindergarten registration has begun at the Boscawen Elementary School. Please call Mrs. Huckins at 753-6512 if you need to register your child.

■Starting Tuesday, the Transfer Station will be operating on summer hours: Tuesdays from 2:30-7 p.m., and Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

■It is time to start raking! The Boscawen Public Works Department annual leaf pickup begins on April 26. Only leaves will be picked up and must be left out by the road for easy access.

■The select board will hold a public listening session regarding the Town Hall at the board’s regularly scheduled meetings on April 22 and May 6. The meeting code is available at if you wish to attend.



CANTERBURYElkins hours expanding

■The Town Offices at the Sam Lake House are still closed for walk-in traffic. Please call the office of the select board at 783-9955 or the town clerk at 783-0153 to set up an appointment. This will be in effect until further notice from the select board.

■Elkins Library has expanded open hours. Hours are now 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Masks are required. Please ring the doorbell before entering the building. Appointments are required for computer usage in 30-minute time slots. Call 783-4386 to make arrangements. Curbside pickup is still an option.

■The next virtual library trustee meeting will be on April 12 at 7 p.m.

■The Shaker Regional School Board will hold a public hearing regarding the acceptance of the ESSER II Grant. The hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 13 at Canterbury Elementary School.

■Elkins Library requires face masks. Please ring the doorbell before entering the building. Appointments are required for computer usage in 30-minute time slots. Please call 783-4386 to make arrangements. We are happy to find the materials you’re looking for and have them ready for curbside pick-up if that’s your preference.

Rachel Baker

WEBSTER“NH Lakes” webinar

■Many of us who live in Webster are lucky enough to live on a lake. The Grappone Automotive Groups is sponsoring the “Explore Lakes with NH Lakes” webinar series. The series will run through 2021 and focuses on the ecology of lakes and how biologists, nonprofit organizations and lake management professionals are working together to keep them clean and healthy. You will also learn what you can do to keep the water clean and healthy. The webinars are free and open to the public, but registration is required and space is limited. Visit to learn more and sign up. Topics include “Lakes in Autumn,” “Otters, Beavers, Turtles, and Frogs,” “New Hampshire’s Changing Climate,” “Lakes in Winter,” “Eagles and New Hampshire Lakes,” “The Secret Life in Lakes” and other topics.

■Even though spring is here, sometimes the weather can keep us inside. That’s a good time to learn more about the history of Webster. You can access the Webster Inventory 1899-1919, Webster Perambulations 1867-1916 and Webster Town Records 1928-1946 online at

■The Webster Conservation Commission is sponsoring the Eighth Annual Roadside Cleanup on April 17 directly after town meeting. Everyone is encouraged to pick up some “NH the Beautiful” trash bags, along with complimentary pansies, and then get started picking up our roadsides. Keep your fingers crossed that our first-ever outdoor meeting day will be bright and sunny. In case town meeting is postponed until May, we will still hand out blue bags and pansies on April 17, but it will instead be at the Public Safety Building from 9-11 a.m. This will be the eighth year that Webster Conservation Commission has sponsored this Earth Day-based project. Thank you to all the residents who have pitched in to help over the years. This year, because there is no time limit and participants will be able to set their own schedules, people are asked to take their filled bags directly to the Transfer Station. Another change from previous years is that you can now request additional blue bags. If you do want more bags or need assistance dropping off bags at the Transfer Station, please contact Sally Embley ( or call 456-2315.

■If you see Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail, please remind him to leave our gardens alone this year. Dropping off solid dark chocolate bunnies is absolutely fine.

Nancy Picthall-French

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