Merrimack Valley region town crier for Sept. 26

Published: 9/27/2021 11:13:25 AM
ANDOVERFiber arts group

■An informal weekly Fiber Arts Circle is beginning at The Andover Community Hub on Sept. 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This circle offers a chance to chat with other crafters and artists while working on one's own knitting, crocheting, needle felting or sewing project.  Beginners, as well as those more experienced, are welcome.  For more information, contact

■Tai Chi begins at The Andover Community Hub on Sept. 30, 4 to 5 p.m. , taught by Bill Halacy of Concord. This eight week series welcomes those new to Tai Chi as well as those with experience, teens to seniors, for improving balance and immune function, strengthening legs, back and abdomen and stress reduction. The fee for the series is $80.  Pre-registration and pre-payment required by contacting or 735-5509.  

■The Andover Community Church is holding a Rummage and Bake Sale every Saturday through October, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Highland Lake Grange Hall.    In addition to various items and baked goods, pre-made meals will be for sale.  All proceeds go toward the fund for repaving the church parking lot.

■Paint & Sip returns to The Andover Community Hub on Oct. 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  This is a chance to sip a glass of wine, grab a paintbrush and give one's creative side free rein. Paint & Sip is a sociable and fun evening under the guidance of Andover artist Molly Leith.  Each participant will produce his or her own piece of "fun art" -- using a well-known work of art for inspiration -- and learn a bit of art theory in the process.  Limited to ten participants, advance registration is necessary by contacting  The fee of $25 includes wine, soda, snacks and art supplies.  



BOSCAWENMusic at church

■High Street Coffee House returns to the Boscawen Congregational Church on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. They will be held on the first Friday of every month in the sanctuary. Joel Cage is the featured performer, an award-winning veteran singer/songwriter. He is a virtuoso guitarist and impassioned vocalist. Please check the Coffee House’s Facebook page for CDC guidelines that will be followed at the event. For more information, call Chris at (603) 520 - 9196.

■If you enjoy writing and would like assistance getting started, check out the Writer’s Group at the Boscawen Public Library that is meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. Listen to the stories of other members to get ideas. It is not necessary to prepare anything to bring. The group is led by Sheila Mable, a former English teacher and professor.

■Youth Group meetings for Grades 6 through 12 are held at the Sovereign Grace Fellowship on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 pm. Call Tracy Ventura at (603) 848 - 6162 for more information.

■View the history of Boscawen in their 2022 calendar now on sale at the Boscawen Public Library or at the Boscawen Historical Society, open Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. until mid-October.

■Boscawen Congregational Church’s “Hilda’s” Food Pantry is available to those in Boscawen who are facing food insecurity. The pantry is next to the church and is open Monday’s from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to noon.



CANTERBURYCross-country race

■The Canterbury Shaker Village is hosting the X-C Competition, a series of three cross country races, on Oct. 3, 15, and 23. All are welcome to run, and can sign up for one, two, or all three races.

■The Canterbury Transfer Station has run low on small PAYT bags. The vendor has had manufacturing problems delaying the last order of small bags. They have sent some green bags that are from Shirley, Massachusetts . We will use these until we can get more “Canterbury” bags.

■The Elkins Public Library is thrilled to welcome Cheryl Ingerson to the library family. Cheryl is the new Youth Services Librarian. She brings over 14 years of children services expertise to Elkins Library. She is very excited to meet Canterbury families and start in-person Children’s programming in October! 

■Storytime Starts Oct. 5, join us in the Children’s Room every Tuesday at 10 a.m. for stories, songs, finger plays and a take-home craft. Featuring new titles and old favorites our theme this month will center around fall. This program is best suited for newborns and children to age five. 

■Coming Soon in 2022, the library will offer an additional weekly program on Thursdays featuring music and movement for children 18 months to three years. Check Facebook and the library website for more details. In light of the pandemic, all in-person programs require sign up. These programs will be limited to 10 participants and their caregivers. Masking is required and bringing food into the library is refrained. Virtual participation is also available through Zoom and the use of the Meeting OWL Pro if the program fills up or if you would be more comfortable participating from home, a Zoom link will be provided at the time of sign up.

■For online reservations head over to to check out our new and updated website. We now have the ability to book reservations for all future virtual and in-person programs. Just hit the banner at the top of the page to access our easy-to-use sign up form.

■You will receive handy reminders and details about the programs you love at Elkins! If you are not comfortable signing up online, please call or drop by.

Rachel Baker

SALISBURYGet your spooky on

■The Salisbury Free Library Trustees meet at the library for their meeting on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome. Masks are strongly recommended. If you prefer a virtual option to join the meeting, the library asks that you call (603) 648-2278 or email 24 hours before and request that option.

■The Board of Selectmen meets on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall. Zoom is also available for those who wish to join virtually.  The Zoom link may be found on the town’s website;

■The Trustees of the Trustfunds will meet on Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Academy Hall.

■There is a Flu Vaccination Clinic on Oct. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Salisbury Safety Complex. Motor Vehicles will be asked to drive through the apparatus bays. For additional information call the Prescription Center at (603) 224-9591.

■The volunteers at the Salisbury Haunted woods are busy getting ready for their upcoming haunting season and tickets are now on sale through  They are open every Saturday in October and the last two Fridays. The Salisbury Haunted Woods is a 501c3 charity supporting local education and community organizations. If you would like to volunteer to help get ready for their opening or to act in the haunt please reach out to

■The Friends of Forgotten Children Food Pantry has opened the building to its clients.  The pantry is open on Thursdays, from 9 to11a.m. closed for lunch 11:30 a.m. to noon., and reopens for clients from noon to 7 p.m.  First time clients should bring proof of residency for each member of the household. We also have a clothing pantry. For any questions please contact Jane Belanger, Finance Clerk Friends of Forgotten Children, at (603) 753-4801.

■Autumn weekly cribbage every Thursday at 6:p.m. and will run until 8:30 p.m.  At the Salisbury Town Hall located at 645 Old Turnpike Rd Salisbury NH. All are welcome no matter what town you are from. The cost is $5 per person plus ¢25 for each 19 hands and crib. At the end of the night, all money is paid out. You do not need a partner to play and you don’t need to come every week. You will pick a partner that you will play with the entire evening.

■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. Vehicle and dog renewals may still be completed online. Vehicle renewal registration information was mailed to those who need to renew in September and October, 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. See the town’s website under the department of the town clerk for that information.

■The library is now open to the public. Please see their website for updated information. We are asking that everyone please wear a mask inside the library – including those vaccinated, but not including children under 5 or those with medical conditions with which wearing a mask is not recommended. Please keep your visits short – there is a time limit of an hour per visit. If you do not have a mask with you, we can provide one. Hand sanitizer is available on the table near the door and at the circulation desk. Please do not visit if you are sick. If you have a cough, cold, sore throat, muscle aches, or fever, please do not enter the building. 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. Storytime live on Facebook on 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.

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



WEBSTERDonate milkweed

■The next Select Board meeting will be on Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grange Hall at the Town Hall.

■The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension are asking New Hampshire residents for their donations of milkweed pods this autumn. The seeds, which will be collected throughout the state from Sept. 15 through Oct. 30, will be sown along with other native varieties of perennials by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to create “conservation corridors” along Granite State highways.  Common milkweed seed pods should be collected when they are dry and grey or brown in color. They should be stored in a paper bag, labeled with their collection date and county of origin, and kept in a cool and dry place until they can be delivered to a participating collection site. It is important for participants to leave some pods on each plant to also allow for natural dispersal and localized reseeding.  For more information on best practices for collecting milkweed pods and a list of collection locations, visit  People or organizations with questions about how to participate in this new statewide initiative should contact Haley Andreozzi at or (603) 862-5327 for more information.

■The Merrimack Valley School Board (MVSB) will be hosting two community listening sessions as part of their ongoing Small Schools Study. On the heels of the report (at their Oct. 4 meeting), from the New Hampshire School Administrators Association (NHSAA), the MVSB will host listening sessions in Webster and Salisbury to review the report and gain further feedback from those two communities. The Webster Community Listening Session will be held on Oct.19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Webster Town Hall. The Salisbury Community Listening Session will be held on Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Salisbury Elementary School.

Nancy Picthall-French


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