Merrimack Valley region town crier for Nov. 14, 2021

Published: 11/12/2021 12:22:01 PM
ANDOVERReal estate expert

■For an opportunity to learn what's going on with the local real estate market recently and to pick the brain of local real estate agent Ty Morris, area residents are welcome to join Ty at The Andover Community Hub on Nov. 13 at 3:30 p.m.  Ty will address the state of the current local real estate market, what's trending, how the pandemic has affected buying, selling, and renting in small-town NH, as well as whether issues like home energy efficiency and sustainability are becoming a game-changer in local real estate markets.  For more information contact 

■For anyone with quilting projects they've been meaning to get to, maybe in time for the holidays, there will be two "Sit & Sew" days offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Andover Community Hub on Saturday Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.  Free of charge but a donation to the Hub is much appreciated.  For more information, contact Katherine Stearns at or 603-491-0826.  To be added to The Hub's ongoing email list to be kept up-to-date on Hub events, contact

■An iPhone Photography Workshop is being offered on Saturday, Nov. 20, 9:30- to 11 a.m., at The Andover Community Hub.  Andover photographer Cindy Benson will share what she's learned about taking award-winning photographs using her iPhone, including the special features and settings of the iPhone camera, editing techniques, etc.  The workshop is offered free of charge, although donations to The Hub are appreciated.  To register or to be added to The Hub's ongoing email list, contact

■During the month of November, shoppers at the Andover Thrift & Gift Shop can fill a large brown paper bag with clothing for just $5.  And while they're there, shoppers can take advantage of the opportunity to do some of their holiday shopping, checking out the handmade and locally produced gift, jewelry and craft items.  The shop is open Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Susan Chase

BOSCAWENThanksgiving food baskets available

■The “Giving Tree” goes on display at the Boscawen Police Department on Wednesday. Stop by to choose a tag, shop for the gift and return to the Police Department by Dec. 7. Monetary donations are always welcomed as well as wrapping paper and scotch tape. 

■Thanksgiving baskets can be picked up on Saturday between 3 to 6 p.m. Any monetary donations to help offset the cost of the food for the baskets are greatly appreciated. 

■Applications for holiday food baskets are available online at If you need a paper application, please email or call her at 603-753-9188 X 23. The baskets will be ready for pickup on Dec. 22 from 8 to 10 a.m. at 116 N. Main St. Baskets will not be held this year if you are unable to pickup. Deliveries will be made on a case by case basis by contacting Sarah Gerlack at (603) 753-9188 X 23. 

■ A free special event is coming to the Boscawen Public Library on Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. The presentation “12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State” by Robert Goodby tells how the native Abenaki people played a central role in the history of the Monadnock region, defending it against English settlement. Author Goodby discusses how the real depth of native history was revealed by archaeological study prior to the construction of the new Keene Middle School. This presentation is a New Hampshire Humanities program. 

■The Boscawen Public Library is closing at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving eve and will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

■The Town Offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving.



CANTERBURYIndoor farmers market begins

■ Canterbury Community Farmers Market invites you to shop here first! Our indoor winter markets will be held in the gymnasium of the Canterbury Elementary School on Nov.13 and Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. -1 p.m.

■It's soup season! Come to the Canterbury Community Farmers Market indoor market this Nov. 13 and find the Friends of Elkins Public Library (FOEPL) table. They will be selling their famous Frontier Soups with a full selection of your favorites and even some new ones! Stock up for the holidays and buy their new cookie jars as gifts.  These wonderful mixes include all the dry ingredients needed to make Chocolate Chip cookies or White Chocolate cranberry cookies and they are absolutely delicious! They will also be raffling off a Thanksgiving-themed basket. The FOEPL serves to support Elkins Public Library, its librarians and the library's programs.

■The Canterbury Elementary School is requesting donations of gently used snowshoes for the students. Last winter we were able to borrow some snowshoes to use for our annual winter sports day. The students really enjoyed snowshoeing! The school is purchasing some new snowshoes with some support from the PTO. Any additional donations of gently used snowshoes would help us supplement our stock. Our school would be able to utilize snowshoes during the winter months in their physical education classes, during recess, on winter sports days, and to access outdoor classrooms during winter months in the future. We would love to add snowshoeing to our physical education curriculum in order to help promote both physical activity and outdoor education. 

Rachel Baker

SALISBURYTransfer station changes hours

■Happy 86th birthday Ed Sawyer! As Many of you are aware Ed is a longtime resident of Salisbury.

■The planning board meets on Nov. 15 at 6: 30 p.m. at Academy Hall. The public is always welcome to attend.

■The select board meets on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall. The public is always welcome to attend.

■The Conservation Committee plans on meeting on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. (tentative date) at Academy Hall. The public is always welcome to attend.

■Transfer Station changed Wednesday hours to 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday hours remain the same at 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information can be found at

■All artificial flowers and decorations must be removed from all cemeteries by Nov. 15.  The chains will be put up on Nov. 15 for the winter months, per order of the Cemetery Trustees

■The Salisbury Haunted Barn and Trail would like to thank everyone who visited as well as volunteers. You all helped make this a fantastic year in which we raised the most money ever for our charities. The Salisbury Haunted Woods is a 501c3 charity supporting local education and community organizations. If you have questions or would like to volunteer for future events 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., and reopens for clients noon to 7 p.m.  Firsttime clients should bring proof of residency for each member of the household. We also have a clothing pantry. For questions please contact Jane Belanger, Finance Clerk Friends of Forgotten Children, at (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. 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 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.



WEBSTERPhishing scam

■The free Friday movie, “The Good Traitor,” will be on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the meeting hall next to the library.  The movie is about Henrik Kauffman, the Danish Ambassador to the United States during the period of Nazi-occupied Denmark.  Kauffmann declared himself to be the only true representative of the free Danish people.  If you enjoyed Atlantic Crossing on Masterpiece Theater, you might find this movie interesting and entertaining.  The movie is free and so are the treats.

■The Webster Free Public Library trustees will hold a meeting on Nov. 17 in the meeting hall next to the library at 4 p.m.  The meeting can be attended in person or you can watch the live stream.

■The Select Board will hold a public hearing to receive public comments on the proposed fee schedule update on Nov.r 15 at 6:30 p.m.

■Be advised that a phishing scam has been identified.  The caller is contacting people saying they are various officials of the town.  These people are not from the town and are not town officials.  It appears that the callers are asking people to buy gift certificates for them.

Nancy Picthall-French


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