Merrimack Valley region town crier for Oct. 10, 2021

Published: 10/11/2021 10:03:15 AM
BOSCAWENTrunk or Treat planned for Gate Night

■Halloween is celebrated on Gate Night, Oct. 30 from 5 to 8 pm. The Police Department is making tentative plans to hold a Trunk or Treat event on that night at the Elementary School. They are proceeding as if the event is a go until they are told otherwise. The Police are asking local businesses or town residents to set up a trunk for this event. To hold a spot, call Lynne Davis at the Boscawen Police Department at 753-9124.

■A reminder from the Boscawen Public Library – time is running out to visit the Squam Lakes Science Center. The trails are open until Nov. 1. Passes for reduced price are available to library patrons. Stop by to pick up your pass soon!

■The Book Discussion Group at the Boscawen Public Library is meeting on Tuesday at 2 p.m. to talk about the novel “The Mystery of Mrs. Christie.”

■Town Offices, Boscawen Public Library and Boscawen Elementary School will be closed tomorrow to celebrate Columbus/Indigenous Peoples Day.



CANTERBURYHappy trails, Susan!

■Any visitor to Elkins Public Library is greeted with a friendly hello and an amazing library experience. Perhaps it’s a book group, story hour, craft activity, evening speaker, holiday celebration or discussion group that has brought you through the doors. All of these activities have come into our library under the leadership of Susan LeClair, the Director of Elkins Public Library. Susan is retiring after 35 years of dedication to the Town of Canterbury. Please join the staff in wishing her well as she embarks on a new chapter. Come on Oct. 23 between the hours of 1 to 3 p.m. to help recognize her contribution to Canterbury and Elkins Public Library. We will be located safely on the porch of the Library.

■Keep Calm & Craft On! Wed. on Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. with presenter Emily Preston. Create colorful geometric decorative balls using origami snapology which requires the folding of strips of paper to produce amazing origami pieces. Unit origami can be done by nearly anyone! Come sign up to participate in person or virtually.

■The Town Clerk and Tax Collector’s Office will be closed Oct. 11 and Oct. 14.

■ We will be open for business Oct. 12 from noon to 7 p.m.

■After gathering input at a public hearing on Aug. 25, the Cemetery Trustees voted to adopt revised cemetery by-laws and regulations, and the trustees strongly urge the residents of Canterbury to familiarize themselves with them ( Especially 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.

Rachel Baker

SALISBURYOffice closed Monday

■ The Town Clerk Will be closed Monday for the Observance of the Columbus Day Holiday.

■The Budget Committee meets at Academy Hall on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.

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

■There will be a Community Listening Session on the Small School Study at the Salisbury Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 20.

■The Board of Selectmen meets on Oct. 20 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,

■ Public Notice is hereby given in accordance with RSA 675:7 that the Salisbury Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing regarding the following changes to the Town’s Subdivision Regulations. Article IV – Subdivision Review Procedures. A Public Hearing will be held on Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Academy Hall, during a regular meeting of the Planning Board. The Board will vote to accept or reject the changes to the Town’s Subdivision Regulations. Anyone needing assistance to attend this meeting should contact the Selectmen’s Office one week prior to the scheduled date. Copies of the proposed changes to the Town’s Subdivision Regulations is available at the Academy Hall on Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. or via request by email at

■The next MVSD Board Meeting is scheduled for Nov. 8 at 7:15 p.m. at Merrimack Valley High School. Masks are required. Those with a medical exemption will be provided with an opportunity to view the live stream of the meeting in a separate room at MVHS. A signup and microphone for public comment will also be available in this room. The live stream link will be posted on the MVSD webpage just before the meeting

■The Salisbury Free Library Trustees meet at the library for their meeting on Nov. 9 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 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 every 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.), Tuesdays (1 to 7 p.m.), Thursdays (1 to 7 p.m.), and Saturdays (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. New Hampshire Park Passes are in. The library’s website at will be up to date with latest news and details on their pickup and online services.



WEBSTERScary movie time

■It’s scary movie time at the Webster Free Library, which will show “The Shining” on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. Comfy chairs, refreshments, and social distancing will be provided so come if you dare.

■The Merrimack Valley School Board (MSVB) will be hosting two community listening sessions as part of their ongoing Small Schools Study. On the heels of the report, Oct. 4, School Board Meeting from the New Hampshire School Administrators Association , the MVSB will host listening sessions in Webster and Salisbury to review the report and gain further feedback from the Webster and Salisbury 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. The closing of the Webster Elementary School is still under consideration.

■Drug Take Back Day will be at the Public Safety Building on Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring your unused prescriptions and drop them off. We cannot accept liquids or sharps.

■Trick or Treat in Webster will be on Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. Please be advised that the Truck or Treat at the Public Safety Building will be postponed this year due to the virus.

Nancy Picthall-French


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