Merrimack Valley region town crier for Oct. 24, 2021

Published: 10/23/2021 1:33:11 PM
BOSCAWENCoffeehouse party

■Beginning on Sunday, all residents are reminded that all telephone service is moving to a 10-digit dialing system. Be sure that your contacts have “603” before the number as needed.

■It is Halloween at the Boscawen Public Library on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop in  to show the staff your costume and get a treat.

■Trick or Treaters are invited to visit the Police Department on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., which is Gate Night in Boscawen. There will not be any events at the Boscawen Elementary School.

■Budding authors are welcome at the Writer’s Workshop, held tomorrow at the Boscawen Public Library at 6 p.m.  

■High Street Coffee House is celebrating their third anniversary on Zoom  on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Brooks Young is the featured performer for the evening. He is a seasoned musician offering songs with a rock and roll edge and blues feel. The Zoom link is on the coffee-house’s Facebook page. Please call (603) 520-9196 or email, if you have questions or to sign up for the open mic slot. 



CANTERBURYNew cemetery rules

■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 (, 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.

■Susan LeClair, the director of Elkins Public Library, is retiring after 35 years of dedication to the Town of Canterbury. 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. 

Rachel Baker

SALISBURYHaunted walk

■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

■Trick or Treating is 5 to 8 p.m.  on Oct. 31. The fire explorers will be giving out treats at that time as well at  Salisbury Safety Complex. Happy Halloween !

■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 Salisbury Free Library Trustees meet at the library 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 Barn and Trail is open for the season, tickets are $10 per person and are now on sale through  They are open every Saturday in October and the last two Fridays. For more inforamtion, email

■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. 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.



WEBSTERHalloween party

■The Webster Elementary Parent Teacher Organization is hosting the second annual “Pumpkin Parade” at the Webster Elementary School.  Students and community members are invited to carve a pumpkin and bring it to the school.  All pumpkins will be lined up along Route 127 for the community to enjoy.  Pumpkins will be lit (with an electric tea light) every night from Oct. 29 through the 31.  If you would like to donate, you may drop your carved pumpkin off at WES on Oct. 28 or 29 and add it to the display.

■Everyone is invited to a Halloween Festival on Oct. 30 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the Pillsbury Lake Clubhouse.  There will be lots of fun games and candy.  The Costume Contest will be from 5 to 5:30 p.m., and Trunk or Treat will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will be adult games as well as a 50/50 raffle and basket raffles. If you would like more information or you would like to donate candy or small pumpkins for painting, email Masks are encouraged for indoor activities only.

■The Webster PTO is hosting an online Pampered Chef Party starting Oct. 15, log on at Orders of $150 or more will receive free shipping. All orders will be shipped directly to you. This is a great way to add to your kitchen, do some Christmas shopping and support your local school all at once.

Nancy Picthall-French


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