Suncook Valley town crier for Nov. 28, 2021

Published: 11/28/2021 9:39:12 PM
ALLENSTOWNHoliday lights contest

■The Suncook Senior Center trip to the Country Music Celebration at Castleton in Windham is 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. If you have any last minutes questions please contact Nancy at (603) 485-9181.

■The Christmas Holiday Lighting Contest is running until Dec. 16. To register your home and to vote send to

■The Allenstown Historical Society will meet on Dec. 1 at the Suncook Business Park off Route 28 onto Lavoie Drive. For more information please call (603) 485-4437.

■St. John the Baptist Monthly Market will be held Dec. 4 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and on Dec. 5 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Parish Hall. These items are at no cost and there are no requests for donations.

■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), Gentle Chair Yoga (1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday), Tops Group (11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday), and Klunk 1(2:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday).

■The GVNA Senior Health Clinic is held the second Thursday of the month at the Suncook Senior Center. Call (603) 224-4093 ext.5815 for appointment.



CHICHESTERChristmas puppet show

■The Chichester Library is sponsoring A Pontine Christmas at the Grange Hall on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. The program will be featuring a cast of puppets performing “The Old Peabody Pew.” This program is for all ages to enjoy.

■The Community Action Program fuel assistance starts Dec. 1. The agency provides services to eligible households to assist with home heating and electricity costs during the colder months. Contact CAP at (603) 225-3295. The Town of Chichester maybe able to help with emergency fuel and electric assistance. Call Donna at (603) 798-3278, Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

■The Planning Board will meet Dec. 2 at 6:30 at the town hall. For agenda or questions, call Town Hall at 798-5350.

■The Chichester Central School Santa Breakfast will be Dec. 11 from 8 to 10 a.m. The PTO invites you to come and enjoy a pancake breakfast with your friends and neighbors. . The PTO is looking for artificial trees to use at holiday events and strands of lights. Contact

■Chichester students Grades 4 through 8 who wish to become part of the school student council please contact Mrs. Mara. The Rams Record meeting will be held Dec. 2 starting at 2:40 p.m. The band and chorus will be starting soon. Grades 5 through 8 can use the sign up sheet that’s outside the music room.

■Chichester’s Flannel Tavern has joined with Granite State Brotherhood of Motorcycles Club in sponsoring a drop off box for a toy drive in the greater Chichester area. New toys in original packaging are highly recommended.

■Thanks to the Chichester Fire/Rescue and the Police Department a Santa’s Parade is scheduled for Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. More details to come.

■The Chichester Police Association will take applications for their annual Secret Santa Program. Applications are due back by Dec. 17. Help is needed for shopping, wrapping and monetary donations. Contact Donna or Chief Clark at 798-4911.

■The Chichester School Communication Committee meets monthly to discuss what the school can highlight, items that can be added and how they can link the greater Chichester community to our school community. Contact Heather Chivaras for information.

■The Chichester Grange went to the school and presented 3rd graders dictionaries as part of the New Hampshire Dictionary Project. The goal is to help students become good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners.

■Chichester Central school will be offering instructional basketball for students in Kindergarten through Grade 4. Parents are needed to help out contact

■The Chichester Historical Society and Cemetery Trustees would like you to be a supporter of the campaign to sponsor Chichester Wreath Across America for Chichester Veterans gravesites. The last day to sponsor a wreath is Nov. 30. Donations of $15 for each wreath can be send to the Chichester Historical Society, Ruth Hammen at 54 Main Street, Chichester, NH 03258.

■The Chichester Library Down Under Book Store is open Dec. 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. The Library Story hour for ages 4 to 5 will be Nov. 30 starting at 10:45 a.m.

■Retired Chichester Police Chief Ann L. Emerson passed away on Nov. 19. Ann worked her way to the ranks of Lieutenant and finally as Police Chief from 1988 until 2001.

■Boy Scout, David Testerman, created several signs for the Chichester Recreation Area for his Eagle Scout Project.

■Budget time for Chichester is in the full agenda for 2022. The Chichester School Board and Board of Selectmen will be meeting continuously to present a budget at the March school/town meeting. Volunteers for the budget committees are needed contact the school or Town Hall for involvement.


EPSOMHoliday craft fair

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

■Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Holiday Vendor Fair. Join local crafters, businesses at Dancesteps Etc.

■The Epsom Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Dec. 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Epsom Town Office Meeting Room. The full text of the Proposed Amended Zoning Ordinance can be found using a link on the Town of Epsom website and is available for review at the Board of Selectmen’s Office. The audio only Zoom meeting link is

■ZBA Public Hearing on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 282 Black Hall Rd, Epsom

■The Budget committee will meet on Thursday at 7 p.m. at 940 Suncook Valley Hwy, Epsom.

■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 Book Group discussion will be held in the library on the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. The next meeting will be Dec. 4 to discuss “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes.

■The Epsom Public Library is proud to have a Meade Autostar telescope! 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 sser agreement, and enjoy!

■Every week, on Tuesday mornings at 10:15 a.m. Mahjong is played in the library meeting room. Come observe or learn to play!

■Happy birthday Kym Bryant today! Vicki Benner and Lindsay Holden on Monday! Hope they are wonderful celebrations.


PembrokeChristmas Village

■Don’t forget that Christmas in the Village will be held on Dec. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. This holiday event is sponsored by the Pembroke Woman’s Club and free for area children. It is made possible by generous donations from local businesses and organizations. Come enjoy the hayrides, face painting, children’s crafts and, of course, Santa! See you there!



PITTSFIELDSign up for Santa

■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. 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 Pittsfield Secret Santa Program at PO Box 392, Pittsfield, NH 03263.

■The Pittsfield Historical Society’s 2022 calendar makes a wonderful gift! The theme of the 2022 calendar honors the men and women of Pittsfield who have served in the Armed Forces. Calendars are available for sale at Town Hall, Josiah Carpenter Library, and at the Historical Society’s new museum on Oak Street on most Tuesday mornings (9 a.m. 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. 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. 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 9:30 a.m. We are planning our Christmas Party for Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. Please RSVP by Dec. 3. 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 Country Farm Home filled with New Hampshire’s handmade items just in time for the Holiday Shopping. Open Hours are Nov. 28 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Call (603) 776-4551 or (603) 496-9086 for more information.

■The Suncook Valley Rotary Club will meet on Dec. 1 at Moonlight Meadery at 6:15 p.m.

■The Pittsfield Circle of Home & Family group will hold their Christmas party on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Community Center, lower level.

■The Chancel Choir and the JuBellation Handbell Choir of the First Congregational Church are pleased to present a Christmas concert entitled, “Our Favorite Carols,” on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. This special one-hour concert will include many favorite carols and other Christmas music. Feel free to wear (and show off) your favorite Christmas sweater to the concert! Parking and wheelchair accessible entrances are located at rear of church. Call the church office for more information at (603) 435-7471.

■The town of Pittsfield’s Winter Parking Ban on town roads is effective Nov. 15 through April 15. This ban prohibits parking on the town’s roads or right of way between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

■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.

■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! 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.

■The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a decorated wreath contest at the Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration on Dec. 4. The wreaths will be displayed outside and a team of judges will select the winner at 6 p.m. and will receive a $50 cash prize. Please drop your wreath off by 3:45 p.m. at the Gazebo in Dustin Park and 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! GFor 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 two 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). Any weather changes will be posted on the Chamber Facebook page. A map will be posted on the Facebook page Dec.18 after the judging so that others may enjoy the decorations and lights as well.

■Happy Birthday wishes to Erica Anthony. I hope you enjoy your special day!




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