Merrimack Valley region town crier for Oct. 3, 2021

Published: 10/4/2021 12:29:48 PM
ANDOVER Jobs, housing conversation

■A “Sound Meditation” class will begin on Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and continue every other Monday at The Andover Community Hub. Participants will learn simple techniques to relax the body and calm the mind. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, blanket, pillow, water bottle and journal. The fee per session is $15 which can be paid at class using cash, check or Venmo. For further information and to register, email

■Residents are invited to a community conversation about the need for affordable housing and job development in small New Hampshire towns, on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m., at The Andover Community Hub. There will be a screening of the new New Hampshire PBS documentary, “Communities & Consequences II: Rebalancing NH’s Human Ecology,” with discussion to follow. Organized by the newly-formed Kearsarge Housing Coalition, screenings are being planned in each of the seven towns that make up the coalition. The video explores the economic and social realities of workforce shortages instate, with its rising number of seniors and shrinking numbers of younger adults and children. Discussion of local issues and possible ways to address them will follow. For additional information, contact Susan Chase at or at 735-5135.

■“Scarecrows and Pumpkinheads All Around Town,” Andover’s third annual public display of residents’ and local businesses’ artistic creativity, is about to begin. It is hoped that scarecrows will be in place all over town by early October and left up through Halloween. Andover’s businesses are especially encouraged to participate. For information, contact resident Janet Moore at who is coordinating the project with the support of The Andover Community Hub.



BOSCAWEN Activities at library

■Bone Builder and Yoga classes are available at the Boscawen Public Library every week. Bone Builders meets on Mondays and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. with a $2 fee. Yoga sessions are held on Wednesdays from 9 to 10 with a $3 charge.

■The Town Clerk’s Office is closed on Fridays in the month of October.

■In honor of Columbus/Indigenous Peoples Day, the Town Administrative Offices and the Public Library will be closed on Oct. 11.

■The Boscawen Elementary School will be closed on Friday for a Teacher’s Workshop Day and on Oct. 11 for the holiday.



CANTERBURY Winter markets return

■ We are pleased to announce that we will be having our Indoor Winter Markets this year in the gymnasium of the Canterbury Elementary School on Nov. 13, and Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are once again looking forward to hosting the indoor markets to offer the chance to shop from some of the best local food, artists and craft vendors around! Stay tuned for more updates to come soon. We wanted to extend a huge thank you to our dedicated shoppers who made it out to the market each week, regardless of the weather, to shop here first and support our local vendors. The market simply would not be in existence without all of your support and the time and effort put in by our volunteers. After all, it takes a community to feed a community!

■The 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.

■After gathering input at a public hearing on Aug. 25, the Cemetery Trustees voted to adopt revised cemetery by-laws and regulations. The trustees strongly urge the residents of Canterbury to familiarize themselves with these by-laws and regulations at Most notable is the requirement whereby all ornaments surrounding headstones, except U.S flags and military stanchions, be removed by Nov. 1 in preparation for pre-winter maintenance.

■The official meeting time of the Solid Waste Committee is the fourth Monday of the month at 6 p.m. Since the committee membership of Emily Burr, Kim Scammon, and Stephen Rasche is either retired or has a very flexible work schedule, we have gotten in the habit of meeting at 3:30 p.m., either at the Meeting House or in the library. If there is anyone in town who wants to attend a meeting and can only fit the official 6 p.m. time into their schedule, please email, or call 783-9360, and we will adjust the meeting. We will not be having an October meeting due to outside commitments from two of the three members. The committee is currently working on a proposal to improve workplace health at the transfer station and increase recycling opportunities for the town.

Rachel Baker

SALISBURY Haunted season begins

■The Cemetery Trustees will meet on Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. at Academy Hall.

■The Planning Board will meet Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.

■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 Trust funds 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 to 11 a.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. 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 on Mondays (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.).  Pickup and delivery may not be available during story time or trustee meetings due to staffing. Story time is live on Facebook, Mondays at 10:30 a.m. 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 1 hour per visit. The library’s website at will be up to date with latest news and details on their pickup and online services. 



WEBSTERListening sessions on small schools

■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. 

■Notice is hereby given that the Webster Select Board will be holding a public hearing on Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Grange Hall at Town Hall. The purpose of the hearings is for the Select Board to review and take public comments regarding the proposed sale of Lot 10-1-58 in the Pillsbury Lake District.

Nancy Picthall-French


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