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Published: 11/28/2021 9:25:31 PM
BOSCAWENHistory event

■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.

■Santa Claus is coming to Boscawen on Dec. 1 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The holiday meet-and-greet with Santa will be held at the Town Municipal Complex. Parents bring your cameras and children bring your smiles for the picture frame craft to take home. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Donations for the Backpack Program and donations of stocking stuffers are being collected.

■Dec. 3 is the first Friday of the month and that means it is time to enjoy the “High Street Coffee House” starting at 7 p.m. at the Boscawen Congregational Church. Chuck Hall is the featured musician playing his country blues style. In between sets, there will be open mic for musicians, poets and comedians. Free admission and donations are accepted. For questions or if you wish to participate, call (603) 520-9196 or email

■The monthly meeting of the Writer’s Workshop will be held Nov. 29 at the Boscawen Public Library starting at 6 p.m.

■The “Giving Tree” is on display at the Boscawen Police Department. 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.

■Applications for Holiday Food Baskets are available online at If you need a paper application, please email Sarah Gerlack at or call her at (603) 753-9188 ext. 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 Gerlack at 603-753-9188, ext. 23.



CANTERBURYBook club back

■ The Old Man Boring Book Club (OMBBC) will meet again on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in the library. This group typically chooses individual non-fiction titles and gives an overview and opinion of the selection read. Consider joining this group of interesting men and women!

■Keep Calm & Craft On! On Dec. 8 at 11 a.m., presenter Emily Preston will lead the group in creating Gnomes. You will need two socks, one a knee or crew sock for the hat. The other will be for the body and can be anything as you’ll be using the foot part and a glue gun. Kits will be available at the library. Come in or pick up curbside. We’re meeting in-person wearing masks or you may provide your email to receive the Zoom link to join the fun!

Rachel Baker


■On Dec. 4 you can visit the Salisbury Friends of the Library Craft Fair at the Town Hall on Old Turnpike Road next to the library between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for wonderful handmade items and gifts

■The Salisbury Historical Society will be presenting a Christmas Sale again this year. This year the sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. over three weekends: Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 at the museum. Visit for more information.

■The Town of Salisbury recently limbed some trees at the Maplewood Ball Field and is offering the timber to residents on a “first come first serve” basis. The cut limbs are located on the left-hand side of the parking lot.

■The Board of Selectmen will meet on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall. All are welcome to attend. Please see the town’s webpage for the alternative zoom link if you cannot make it in person.

■The Cemetery Trustees meet at Academy Hall on Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. The public as always is welcome to attend.

■The Salisbury Free Library Trustees seek a friendly, outgoing individual for the position of Library Director.  Please provide cover letter and résumé to

■The Crime line’s purpose is to promote community education and awareness of criminal activities to deter and prevent their occurrence.  Right now, there are no community representatives from Salisbury on the Board, and each community may have up to three representatives on the Board. This is a great opportunity to engage members of our community in a positive civic effort to support law enforcement not only in Salisbury, but in the area as a whole. Applications are available at concordregionalcrimeline,com under Crime Line Individual Membership Application. If you have questions please call Concord Regional crime line at (603) 496-9339 ask for Chair, Robert Berry

■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. First time 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.

■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. 

■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.



WEBSTERChristmas party

■The Pillsbury Lake Village District will hold an Adult Christmas Party and Potluck on Dec. 12 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse on Deer Meadow Road. Bring a casserole to share and celebrate the season with an evening of food, friends, and festive fun. There will also be a Yankee Swap so bring a wrapped gift with a value of no more than $20. Games, music, and a 50/50 raffle will also be part of this fun evening. This is open to everyone in Webster.

■On Dec. 11, there will be a Cookie Swap at the Pillsbury Lake Clubhouse from 1 to 3 p.m. If you would like to participate in a cookie swap, bake two dozen homemade cookies to share, and bring a container to take home your swapped cookies. The number of cookies you bring is how many different cookies you will swap and take home. Feel free to bring your recipe to share. If you have any questions email This is event is open to everyone in Webster

■The Webster Free Public Library will be closed on Nov. 29 and will reopen on Dec. 1.

■The trustees of the library voted unanimously Wednesday to reinstate our mask protocols. Everyone age five and older will need to wear a mask while in the library. We have disposable masks available if you need one. This policy also includes the movies that are shown each month in the meeting hall next to the library.  Porch Pickups are still an option. If you have reserved your materials online, please follow up with an email letting me know what day you will be picking your materials up. There will be limited hours for picking up materials: Sundays (1 to 3 p.m.), Mondays (5 to 7 p.m.) and Wednesdays (1 to 3 p.m.). If you have not picked up your materials by the end of the two-hour period, they will be brought back inside and it will be your responsibility to contact the library to arrange another pickup day. Materials you are returning may be left in the book drop

Nancy Picthall-French


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