Merrimack Valley region town crier for July 18, 2021

Published: 7/19/2021 9:37:55 AM
ANDOVERSummer yoga

■Summer Yoga is beginning at The Andover Community Hub on Wednesday at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. Cost is $70 for the six-week series or $15 per session to drop in (scholarships are available). To register or for more information about the class, contact Shawna at or at 455-6413. For information about the Hub, contact

■Join The Andover Community Hub for monthly Trivia Night on Thursday at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Questions for all ages in a variety of categories; kids and adults welcome as are teams or individuals. Winner gets a free pizza from the Andover Pizza Chef. To join the trivia game, request the Zoom link at



BOSCAWENLibrary events

■Two events are upcoming at the Boscawen Public Library this week in addition to ongoing activities. On Monday at 6:30 p.m., Elaine Clow, secretary and librarian of the Boscawen Historical Society, will show images and provide historical information about rail, factories, floods, war booms, management and work conditions in the evolution of the Commercial Street Mill Yard in the Penacook/Boscawen area. The millyard provided employment for generations of area workers from the late 1700s to the closing of the tannery in the 1980s. No signup is needed. Children and parents are invited to embark on a musical journey with Mr. Aaron at the library on Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. With years of experience performing and teaching, Mr. Aaron presents an evening of fun songs, dance, interactions, storytelling, explore musical instruments and get creative in the wide world of music.

■Weekly activities at the library include the Bone Builders on Mondays and Friday from 9 to 10 am, Craft Group on Mondays at 2 pm, Yoga classes start at 9 am, and Pre-school Storytime is held on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Additionally, school age children can read with the librarian on Thursdays from 2 to 3 pm. The Summer Reading Program is in full swing but it isn’t too late to sign up at the library.



CANTERBURYMuseum passes available

■The next Trustee virtual meeting is on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Elkins Public Library. There is no meeting in August.

■The Elkins Public Library offers many family passes for your use: The Squam Lakes Science Center Family Pass provides a reduced rate of $10. each for up to four visitors. Reservations must be made at the Center prior to obtaining your pass. New Hampshire State Parks Pass allows 2 adults and 4 dependents a full day at a State Park free! Reservations at the park you wish to visit are required.

■Petals in the Pines in Canterbury! Reserve the free pass with the library and also make your reservation at and contact the library to receive the pass.

■July 21: Read, Connect and Protect: Mrs. Baker reads, “Can I Be Your Dog?” on YouTube Live at 11:00am. We’re teaming up with Pope Memorial SPCA to learn more about how we can help our animal friends such as making posters featuring animals that are looking to be adopted. EPL is hosting a donation drive to donate to Pope Memorial. Drop off your donations during our open hours and we will get them to pets in need! Take a look at the wish list at to decide what you would like to donate. The biggest need is dry food (Purina One Kitten, Cat or Dog – any other brands are used for our Pet Food Pantry) and cleaning products.

■Annual Center Yard Sale on will be Aug. 14, 2021 from 9 until noon. Please arrive early to set up. The event is at the Center Bandstand/Gazebo. Rain or Shine, bring your Treasures to sell, tables, and your own cash box. There will be a small charge of $3-$5.00 that will be collected that morning.


SALISBURYOld Home Day planning

■The Salisbury Farmers Market opened on June 21; hours are 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Every Monday afternoon throughout the summer except for holidays. If you are interested in being a vendor at the market, Please reach out to Helen Binette at (603) 648-2156.

■ The Salisbury Free Library Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. on July 27 to conduct a work session to plan the 2022 budget; The Library Trustees will hold their regular Monthly Trustee meeting on Tuesday August 3 at 6; 30 p.m. Both Meetings will be at the Salisbury Free Library

■The Planning Board meets on Monday July 19 at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall. Zoom link is available on the town’s webpage which is

■The Board of Selectmen meets on July 21 at 7 p.m. at Academy all. Zoom is also available for those who wish to join virtually. Zoom link may be found on the town’s website;

■The Cemetery Trustees meet on July 19 at Academy Hall at 9 a.m. for a work session.

■The Salisbury Board of Selectmen is seeking bids for the installation of a 20KW (120/208 volt) three phase generator system with a solar battery charger, 60 Amp rate disconnect located within 10 feet of a compactor all wiring, load bank test and operating instructions at the Town’s Transfer Station. This location doesn’t have a connection to the power grid. Bid proposals will be received until July 20, 2021 at 3 p.m. which can be mailed to the attention of the Salisbury Town Administrator, P.O. Box 214, Salisbury, N.H. 03268 or emailed to Questions concerning the generator’s specifications should be directed to Selectman Jim Hoyt at 608-6861.

■Old Home Day Mason Alarms Raffle, Prize is to have a Camera System installed in your home/business with the cash value of $2900 Internet service to the house is not required and remote access is both optional and it’s not included in the raffle. Raffle tickets will be $20 each which may be purchased during the Old Home Day event or Email Peter has unscheduled office hours every Saturday 8 a.m. to noon at his Tilton location for ‘walk-ins’ Mason Alarms 315 Main Street Tilton NH 03276

■The Salisbury Old Home Day committee is looking for Parade Participants for the Parade on August 7. There are prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place ($75, 50, & $25) The pet parade prize winners will receive medals and gift certificates for ice cream. You may obtain an entry form by Contacting the OHD committee by emailing or Tammy Hamilton at or you may find entry forms at the post office entryway bulletin board , the Cross Roads Country Store bulletin board , Academy Hall town offices and the Library.

■The Chicken BBQ that benefits the Salisbury Congregational Church is on again this year at Salisbury’s Old Home Day event on Saturday Aug. 7 (old home days are Aug. 6 to 8 see the Salisbury Old Home Day FB page for more information on those days) the price is $10 for the Delicious BBQ chicken dinner and there are no tickets just pay at doors please.

■The Historical Society, is looking for donations of items for their white Elephant Sale table for Old Home Day (Aug. 7) You may drop off items at the historical society on Saturdays only in July 24 and 31 only 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Any item you have, new, old, odd is very much appreciated. . Please contact Dave Merwin at or call him at 603-455-4310. If you have items to donate outside of the regular drop off times.

■Cribbage held Thursdays 6:30 pm at the Salisbury Town Hall located at 645 Old Turnpike Rd Salisbury. Ages 13 and up. If the temperature at 3 p.m. is 90 degrees or higher, games that night will be canceled. We encourage people to bring their own favorite soft drinks and no refreshments will be offered. Masks are optional. Organizer Velma can be reached almost anytime at 603-648-2372 or

■Come join the Fun at The Salisbury Old Home Day Kickoff event, The OHD Classic Car Cruise night. Enjoy some gorgeous cars, friends, laughs, good comfort food. Salisbury Old Home Days are Aug. 6 to 8 with different events each day. The traditional Old Home day festivities on Saturday Start off with a parade, vendor Church Chicken BBQ, Horse Show Tournament & a Corn Hole Tournament Plus Kids, crafts , games & activities. Fun for the entire family! There will be concessions.

■Old Home Day Chili Cook off Contest Chili must be cooked from scratch. There are rules and restrictions for ingredients; inquire upon sign-up. Each person/ team must supply disposable spoons and 6 oz. heat safe cups for taste testing. Ingredients must be listed on an index card and taped to the table in front of the crock pot. And yes you may share with the public to enjoy. Grand Prize is a gift certificate to the Barn Store & a medal for winner. Medallions for 2nd and 3rd place. Plus of Course Bragging Rights. Sign up deadline is Aug. 1; send to Jen Hoyt 285 Hensmith Road, Salisbury or email Judges must abstain from inspecting or tasting chili prior to judging. A single score takes into consideration the five criteria for scoring chili/beans: aroma; consistency; color; taste; aftertaste. Each cup of chili will be scored on its own merits with a whole number from 0 to 5, 5 being the highest. Registration forms and rules can be obtained by emailing the Old Home Day Chair at you can also contact Jen at 603-608-6862. What is the cost and what do we need to bring? Teams are responsible for their own tables, chairs, tents, Crockpot and serving utensils, decorations, covering serving cups & spoons for taste testing. Chili will be turned in for judging by no later than 4:45 p.m. to allow time for the judges to taste test the Chili. Winners will be announced at approximately 5:30 p.m. Entry Forms can be found at the post office entryway, the Cross Roads Country Store, Academy Hall town offices and the Library.

■Old Home Day Poultry (Chicken Contest): The chickens, both male and female, will be judged on their conformance to these standards in terms of body weight, shape or type, color of plumage, color of shanks and skin, color of earlobes, and shape or type of comb. Please make sure to bring a cage to hold your chicken. Awards will be given for each category below. Cock - Male poultry one year old or more. Cockerel - Male poultry less than one year old. Hen - Female poultry one year old or more. Pullet - Female poultry less than one year old. Best Dressed– Any age/gender. Mail entries by July 27 to: Poultry Contest C/O Jennifer Hoyt 285 Hensmith Road Salisbury, call 603-608-6862 or Tammy Hamilton at with questions. Entry Forms can be found at the post office entryway, the Cross Roads Country Store, Academy Hall town offices and the Library.

■Salisbury, NH Old Home Day 2021 Old Home Day will be a celebration of Salisbury’s past, present and future. This year’s theme, “Salisbury Through the decades” (Bring on your bell bottoms, mullets, poodle skirts!) Events will be held starting on Aug. 6 with a Classic Car Cruise Night at the Maplewood Ball field starting at 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Events will include old favorites along with some new and exciting offerings. Come and enjoy the traditional horseshoe tournament, chicken barbecue, crafts and ice-cream social. Be sure to check out the new corn hole tournament, best dressed chicken contest, antique tractor show, and the bubble blowing balloon twisting clown. On Sunday, don’t miss the Fire Department Muster. The Salisbury Fire Department will demonstrate their agility, speed and training by competing with surrounding fire departments in a traditional muster. Come to the Maplewood ball field and root on our hometown heroes, in what is sure to be an entertaining event. There will also be food vendors, live music, and a parade on Saturday, Concession each day. Speaking of the parade, 250 years of traveling west is enough, so we have decided to turn the parade around. The parade route will now proceed through the heights in an easterly direction, maybe for the next 250 years. (Okay, we no longer have a place to turn around at the end of the parade, so we are making the best of it.) . Follow us at

■The Friends of Forgotten Children food pantry located at 224 Bog Road, Concord, serves 23 towns in Merrimack County and Salisbury is one of them. They are open on Thursdays, 9 to 11:15 (closed for lunch 11:15 to 12:00) and 12:00 to 7:00. A household can come once a month for food. During COVID, we are not verifying income eligibility. First time clients should bring proof of residency for each member of the household. Under COVID, clients do not come into the building, so once you arrive at the location, you will call their phone, 753-4801 and someone will take your information and the food will be brought outside. They also have a clothing pantry and on good weather days, they will put the clothing outside for anyone to take. Questions please contact Jane Belanger Finance Clerk Friends of Forgotten Children 603-753-4801

■The Town Clerk is now open to the public for indoor in-person Service. Masks are recommended for all those not fully vaccinated. Please continue to observe social distancing and wait until you are either called or the person in front of you leaves the office. Please be sure to bring your driver’s license as the clerk is required to see it for all motor vehicle transactions. Vehicle and Dog Renewals may still be completed online. Vehicle Renewal Registration information was mailed to those who need to renew in July; 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.

■The Library is now open to the public. Please see their website for updated information. Open hours are as follows: Monday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday 1 to 7 p.m., Thursday 1 to 7 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Although pickup and delivery may not be available during story time or trustee meetings due to staffing.) Give the library a call or email, they are happy to work with you to pick out your items and have contactless pickup. If transportation is an issue, they offer delivery. Story time live on Face book, Mondays at 10:30 a.m. The Library’s website at will be up to date with latest news and details on their pickup and online services. Also check them out on Face book will have regular updates, links to virtual programming and events, curetted eBook and audio book collections Digital resources you may download Libby app to get audio books and eBooks from NH Downloadable Books Consortium, or Hoopla for digital eBooks, audio books, movies, music, and TV. All you need to get started is a library card, and if you don’t have one already, we can get you set up via phone or email. Ancestry and Heritage Quest are available for genealogical research. Ancestry can be accessed after logging into their online card catalog and using the link on the left of the page. For Heritage Quest, please contact the library for login info. State Park passes are in; please call or email the library with which day you would like to use the pass, and we can email you a copy or print it for you for pickup. One pass is valid for use daily by one patron and can be used at any day-use parks. Duplicate use in the same day will not be permitted as the pass is validated upon entrance into the park. It is not valid for the Tram, Flume, Hampton Beach State Park – South Beach, and Wallis Sands. Further it is not valid for camping or use at the metered parking. NH State Parks is now using a reservation system at most day-use locations during the main operating season. Visitors with pre-paid access to NH State Parks are encouraged to make online reservations as well. If patrons do not reserve ahead of their arrival, the library pass does not guarantee entrance into the park. When making a reservation you can indicate that you are a pass/parks plate holder on your order details page and you will not be charged the day-use/parking fee. However there will still be a $1 transaction fee for using the online reservation system. Please visit for full info.

■For more information regarding Salisbury & on goings please visit the town’s website at and like us on Face Book.

■If you have any town related activities and info you would like added to this Crier column please contact Jen Hoyt at or call 648-2260.



WEBSTERCheck out library museum passes

■If you are looking for things to do this summer, look no further than the Webster Free Public Library where you can take out passes to a variety of places. All you need is a library card, which is easily acquired. To obtain a library card drop by the library when it is open and bring a form of identification with your Webster address on it. Listed below are the passes that are available and any information you may need. An asterisk (*) means that the venue is closed or has reduced access during the winter.

■Currier Museum (Manchester) Pass admits two adults and two children 13-17 at half price admission. Children 12 years old and younger are free. The pass does not need to be returned to the library.

■Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum (Warner)* Each pass admits one family. The pass is due back no later than the opening time of the library’s next open day.

■NH Telephone Museum (Warner)* Pass admits two people. Children under age 6 are admitted free. The pass does not need to be returned to the library.

■SEE Science Center (Manchester) Each pass allows two people to visit SEE. The pass is due back no later than the opening time of the library’s next open day.

■Strawbery Banke Museum (Portsmouth)* Each pass admits two adults and four children. The pass is due back no later than the opening time of the library’s next open day.

■NH State Parks*– The pass covers two adults and four children. We also have a backpack full of information that can be checked out with the pass.

Nancy Picthall-French


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