Suncook Valley town crier for Nov. 21, 2021

Published: 11/20/2021 10:06:04 PM
ALLENSTOWNKnights offer meal

■St. John the Baptist Parish office will be closed on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.

■The Suncook Senior Center will close at 1 p.m. on Nov. 24 and will also be closed on Nov. 25 to Nov.26 for Thanksgiving.

■Suncook Senior Center activities: Bone Builders (9 to 10 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday), Bingo (10:30 to 12:45 p.m. on Monday and Thursday); Cribbage (10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday).

■The Knights of Columbus are offering their traditional Free Community Thanksgiving Meal with all the fixings to be served Nov. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Parish Hall. This will be pick-up only due to COVID.

■The third annual Christmas Holiday Lighting Contest will run from Nov. 15 to Nov. 30 to register your home decorations, and from Dec.1 to Dec.16 you can vote for your favorite decorations. To register your home and to vote send to On Dec.18 they will hold an Awards Ceremony.



CHICHESTERTown ski program

■Chichester residents have the opportunity to get a free radon test kit from the Department of Health and Human Services New Hampshire Radon Program. For ordering a free radon kit contact Lynne at (603) 271-1708 or New Hampshire has one of the highest rates of radon in the country.

■Chichester was well represented at the Pembroke Academy fall sports awards. Matt Wagner received an award in golf, Colby Despres for cross country and Kelsey Montambeault for field hockey. Julie Valotto, an alumi, was recognized as an assistant cross country coach. Julie will be coaching basketball in the Chichester Middle School during the winter season.

■Chichester Central School and Pembroke Academy will be having Thanksgiving recess on Nov. 24 through 26 and will return to classes on Nov. 29.

■Chichester Winter Maintenance Policy states that Chichester begins plowing when the snow has accumulated 2 to 3 inches. After roads are clear, sanding and salting will begin. Each plow route is 15 miles long and takes 3 to 4 hours to cover. The policy states that salt and sand is less effective if applied before the rain stops. There is little our highway department can do during a winter freezing rainstorm. Salt will be used sparingly and dirt roads will be sanded as long as there is ice under the sand, instant stops with vehicles are impossible. No vehicle shall be parked in the town’s right of way from the start of the precipitation until 48 hours after the storm ends.

■The Chichester Library will have a story hour on Nov. 23 at 10:45 a.m. The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday. The library will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

■The Town of Chichester has a town-sponsored event ski program at Pat’s Peak for students through 12th grade. Visit, access code 032582022. Contact Ruth Bidwell at for more information.

■The Chichester Library is looking for donations of Reader’s Digest hardcover books. There is a group that makes crafts with the books. Please drop off at the library.

■The Out of the Attic Thrift Shop has winter jackets, mittens and hats available. Stop by the shop and pick up items for the entire family.

■Thank you to Chichester boys that are members of the Epsom Boy Scout Troop 80 for helping in their annual food drive. 1,215 food items were collected.

■The Concord Community Players welcomed Sarah Harkness as a soloist in a recent performance in the production of “All Together Now,” at the Concord City Auditorium. Sarah and her brother Jack had also performed in the past with the Pittsfield Players.

■Congratulations to Debbie Manus Love on publishing her first children’s book, “Milo, The Barnless Cat.” Milo is a cat that the Love family adopted and his point of view about the adoption and new experiences in the Love home. The book is at a first- and second-grade level, and available through Amazon and eventually at Gibson’s Book Store in early December. Milo was adopted from Live and Let Live Farm Rescue, and donations will be made for each book sold.

■The Chichester Town Hall will be closed on Thanksgiving and will reopen on Nov. 29 at 8:30 p.m.

■The Supervisors of The Checklist will be in session on Nov. 22 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at the Grange Hall. New voters can register and any corrections, additions and deletions will be made on the checklist. Residents removed who have not voted since April 2017 who wish to reregister should also bring required documentation. Applicants should bring photo ID, proof of residency, proof of U.S Citizenship, and due to the recent Covid surge please wear masks if not vaccinated. The updated checklist will be posted at the town office as well as in the library.

■Chichester veterans of any war who are buried in Chichester cemeteries will have their graves decorated with wreaths on Dec. 18. Wreaths Across America is coming to Chichester because Chichester volunteers have made this event possible. Donations can be sent to sponsor one the 188 wreaths needed to decorate the Veterans in our cemeteries to Chichester Historical Society to Ruth Hammen, 54 Main Street Chichester NH 03258. Help is also needed to lay the wreaths, contact Brenda at (603) 491-8853

■Happy Thanksgiving! The Chichester Running Club welcomes everyone to the “Huffin For Stuffin Turkey Trot” on Thanksgiving morning at 9 a.m. at Carpenter Memorial Park. This fun 5K family event is for walkers and runners. The most important message is to show up and enjoy each others company, get fresh air, and fellowship along the route.

■The Winding Wicks Hromis Farm recently showed their sheep at the Louisville Kentucky North American International Exposition. It was an honor to win with their Supreme Champion Eve.

■Coffee with the Principal at Chichester School will happen on Nov. 23 at 7:30 a.m. in the gym. Brainstorming ideas for upgrading the school playground design will be discussed.

■The Chichester Library has put The Little Book House at Carpenter Park into hibernation. See you in the spring.

■The Chichester Hope In Christ Church is looking forward to a community of celebration and wants everyone to join them for a time of Thanksgiving on Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Pastor Steve welcomes all to this Thanksgiving night of thankfulness.


EPSOMPies for sale

■The Epsom Police Association’s 4th Annual Holiday Toy & Clothing Drive will be on Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.

■The knitters are starting again with their yarns and needles! The group will meet on Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m., and will continue weekly.

■The Victory Workers 4H Club annual pie sale is Nov. 24. at Mike’s Meat Shoppe in Pittsfield from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

■Story Time on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, and movement activities. November themes include turkeys, hibernation, and Thanksgiving.

■The Library will be closing early at 2 p.m. on Nov. 24 and will be closed on Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving. It will re-open on Nov. 27 at 9 a.m.

■The Epsom Public Library is proud to have a Meade Autostar telescope! On a clear autumn night observe the skies. Even novice astronomers can locate and explore the planets, asteroids, comets, star clusters, and hundreds of other deep-space objects. A tripod is included. The telescope may be checked out to patrons who are 18 years of age or older for three library business days at a time. It may be renewed if there is no waiting list. Read the policies and user agreement, and enjoy!

■Happy birthday to Brenna Preve on Monday, Eric Reid, Miriam Cahill-Yeaton on Wednesday! Hope you have wonderful birthdays!

■Sending you good wishes to you this Thanksgiving for good food that fills your table, good health, and good times with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!


PembrokeChristmas in village

■Enjoy a Suncook Seniors Country Music Celebration at Castleton in Windham on Dec. 2. The bus will leave from the Senior Center and includes all transportation, luncheon, live entertainment, taxes, and tips for $99 per person. Contact Nancy at 485-9181 or sign up at the Senior Center. All are welcome.

■Mark your calendars for Christmas in the Village, sponsored by the Pembroke Woman’s Club on Dec. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. This is a free holiday event for area children and there will be face painting, cookie decorating, wagon rides, and a visit with Santa.



PITTSFIELDSecret Santa planning

■The First Congregational Church will host Soup’s On! on Nov. 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Your choice of hot and hearty soups, bread and beverage will be served. Cost by donation.

■Boys basketball try-outs will be Nov. 22 to 23 at PMHS. Boys in grades 6 to 8 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and boys in grades 9 to 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

■The Victory Workers 4-H club is sponsoring their Thanksgiving Pie Sale on Nov. 24 from 9 to 1 p.m. (or until pies are sold out) at Mike’s Meat Shoppe.

■It’s time again to start planning for Christmas. Sign-ups are now open for this year’s Secret Santa Program. This program provides Christmas assistance for residents of Pittsfield in need. Children must be 14 years of age or under, must be residents of Pittsfield, and the parent or guardian that signs them up must have custody of the child. We will be accepting applications until Nov. 30. In order to have enough time to get all the gifts together, we cannot take any applications after that date. Due to Covid, we are asking that applicants call the fire station (435-6807) between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. At this time, we will not be accepting applications in person to limit contact. If no one is at the station to answer your call, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We do ask for some patience at this time as the department is experiencing a heavier call volume than years past.

■For those inquiring about how to assist with the Secret Santa Program, we are accepting donations of new, unwrapped clothing and toys at the fire station. Please call (435-6807) before coming down to be sure someone is in the building. We are also accepting monetary donations that can either be dropped off at the station or mailed to, PO Box 392, Pittsfield NH 03263. As always, a huge thank you to everyone that makes this program possible!

■The Pittsfield Historical Society’s 2022 calendar makes a wonderful gift! The theme honors the men and women of Pittsfield who have served in the Armed Forces. It contains 26 wonderful photographs of servicemen, servicewomen, and various memorials located throughout Pittsfield, and provides a brief history of our loyal soldiers who fought for their country. The earliest image available to the Society is of Asa Bartlett, a captain in the Civil War. The calendar ends with Richard A. Brooks, a corporal in the Vietnam War. In between you’ll find history, insight, and perhaps even a relative! This year, give the gift of local history! Calendars are available for sale at the Town Hall, Josiah Carpenter Library, and at the Historical Society’s new museum on Oak Street on most Tuesday mornings (9 to noon). You may also call or text Fuzz Freese at (603) 848-4488, to arrange a purchase. The cost is $15, payable by check or cash.

■The Josiah Carpenter Library’s next StoryWalk has been posted! Book pages have been mounted in 14 windows throughout the downtown area. Tie up your walking shoes, grab your water bottle and enjoy a stroll through our beautiful little town. Families can grab a map from the mailbox that is attached to the new community bulletin board at Dustin’s Park. As you return to the library on Main Street to read the last page of the book, stop in to pick up your free gift!

■The Pittsfield Senior Center is transitioning between PYW and Joy Church, and we are starting to have a few functions at our new location, Joy Church. Our first function is starting on Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. for Bingo, and will be every Monday and Thursday. Because we will be going between the two different locations we are asking people not to show up before 9:30am. We are planning our Christmas Party for Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. Please RSVP by Dec. 3, so the meal can be planned accordingly. The holiday meal is pot roast with all the fixings. Please contact Carol Schiferle at cshiferle@bm-cap-org or call 435-8482.

■A local youth would like to collect food items for the homeless for the holidays and Pittsfield Main St. Variety is the drop-off location. Please consider donating easy to eat single serve items in the next few weeks (fruit or pudding cups, pop tarts, vienna sausages. chips, pretzels, granola bars etc.). Also any personal care items, trial size shampoos, soap, toothpaste, brushes, hats, gloves, feminine hygiene products, and deodorant would be appreciated.

■Sawyer’s Holiday Open House 2021 at 520 North Barnstead Rd, Country Farm Home filled with New Hampshire’s handmade items just in time for the Holiday Shopping. Open Hours are: Nov. 26 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Nov. 27 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Nov. 28 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Call (603) 776-4551 or (603) 496-9086 for more information.

■The Pittsfield Winter Parking Ban on town roads is effective Nov. 15 through April 15. This ban prohibits parking in or on the town’s roads or right of way between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The purpose of this parking ban is to allow the winter or inclement weather maintenance crews unobstructed routes for snow removal and ice control, to maintain effectiveness of their routes.

■The School Board would like to thank the five community members who submitted a letter of interest for the vacated board seat and who came to our last meeting for interviews. The Board welcomes Sandra Adams as our newest member

■The Chamber of Commerce regrettably announces that the annual Children’s Store will not be held this year. We are hoping to be back next year. Thank you for your understanding.

■The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration on Dec. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Dustin Park. There will be holiday music, horse and wagon rides, cookies, hot cocoa and candycanes to enjoy. Santa will make an appearance. Holiday Storytime at the library - kids and adults will enjoy being read to! A Decorated Wreath contest will be held, caroling and the lighting of the tree(s) at 6 p.m. All activities are free. Please note this is an outdoor event – please dress warmly. PYW will be open for use of the bathrooms only. Masks and social distancing are recommended. Let’s kick off the Holiday Season – come join the fun!

■The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Decorated Wreath Contest at the Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration on Dec. 4. Everyone is invited to bring a decorated wreath (anyway you’d like). The wreaths will be displayed outside and a team of judges will select the winner. The winner will be announced at 6 p.m. after the tree lighting and will receive a $50 cash prize. Please drop your wreath off by 3:45 p.m. at the Gazebo in Dustin Park and please pick up your wreath by 6:15 p.m. Any wreaths that are not picked up will be donated to local groups. The contest is open to everyone! Get in the holiday spirit and show off your creativity. For more information, contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or

■The PES PTO is sponsoring the Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 4 at the PES Café from 7:30 to 10 a.m. The price is $5 each or 2 for $8 and includes breakfast (pancakes, sausage/bacon, and drink), a fun activity, cocoa bar, and digital photo with Santa. For a donation to PES PTO, a printed copy of the picture is available.

■The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce is also sponsoring a house decorating contest in the spirit of the season. All Pittsfield residents and businesses are encouraged to pull out those holiday lights and decorations and participate. There is no entry fee and there is a $100 prize! Please visit the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or our website ( for more information. To register, text or call Louie Houle at (603) 848-1553. Judging will be held on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. (weather permitting). A Google Map will be posted on Facebook Dec.18 after the judging so that others may enjoy the decorations and lights as well.

■The School District, Town Hall, and Josiah Carpenter Library will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.

■I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving Day holiday. I hope you are able to spend some time with family and friends – we all need that!




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