Suncook Valley town crier for Dec. 5, 2021

Published: 12/6/2021 8:18:37 AM
Modified: 12/6/2021 8:18:09 AM
ALLENSTOWN Light contest is on

■The Zoning Board will be holding a Public Hearing on zoning ordinance changes on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m., at the Allenstown Town Hall.

■Remember the Christmas Holiday Lighting Contest is on and there is still time to register your home and to vote for the best decoration by sending to

■St. John the Baptist Monthly Market will be held on 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.

■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), Bowling (12:30 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday), and Klunk (12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday).

■The Congregate Dining is every Monday and Thursday at noon. Please call (603) 485-4254 to sign up and reserve your meal.

■Monthly Birthday Celebration are back and details are at the center.

■Lunch will be served every Wednesday and on every other Wednesday starting Dec. 8 a brunch will also be served. Call (603) 485-4254 for more information and to reserve your meal.



CHICHESTER Santa visits town

■On Dec. 19 at 9 a.m., Santa accompanied by the Chichester Fire/Rescue and Police Department, will travel down Main Street to Route 28, up Bear Hill Road and down Center Road. There are many areas along the route for parking and viewing.

■The Chichester PTO is sponsoring a Santa Breakfast at the school on Dec. 11 from 8 to 10 a.m. A pancake breakfast will be served with activities for children, and a surprise visitor will arrive to have pictures taken.

■The Chichester Conservation Commission will meet on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall.

■The Board of Selectmen will meet at Town Hall on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

■The Town of Chichester is offering a Holiday Food Basket to you or someone you know who is food insecure. Please sign up to receive a complete dinner. Applications are on the town website, or you can call and make an application by calling (603) 798-5350x201. The deadline is Dec. 14 and all applications are kept confidential.

■The Chichester 2021 Tax Rate is $23.10. The rate is down ¢8 from 2020. The Town rate is $5.42, the county rate is $2.55 and the school and state rate is $15.13 per thousand of assessed value. Taxes are due Dec. 28.

■The Darbster Doggy Rescue is proud to report that 11,000 rescue animals have been transported to their facilities out of the state of Florida.

■The Chichester Zoning Board of Adjustment will meet on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the fire station to hear the following application - 141 Dover Road is seeking a variance to allow a digital price toggle. The applications can be viewed online at or call town hall.

■BCEP reports that clothing recycling has returned to the facility. Two bins have been placed to the left of the scales.

■The Pembroke Academy Key Club with Chichester student Allison Miner, vice president, served a delicious meal as part of the club’s annual Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner.

■With the change in the weather, if you are planning on burning a fire, brush the area for snow or other frozen precipitation within a 100 foot radius from the fire edge. In the event the snow has disappeared you will need a burning permit. Burning permits can be obtained online and all rules apply. Any questions email

■The Chichester School Board announced the following to be members of the Advisory School Budget Committee for the year 2021 to 2022, Kristen Saturley, Tara Blaney and Tom Houle. Thank you for serving.

■The Pembroke Police Department has issued a safety message to families who pick up students at the Pembroke Police Safety Building. As of Dec. 1 you will no longer be able to pick up students from their parking lot. The police have been having trouble getting equipment in and out of the parking lot and it has become unsafe.

■Thank you to the Chichester Heritage Commission for decorating the town hall with wreaths and candles.

■Busby Bramble Farm was featured on WMUR ULocal with the cutest little girl and her goat, both dressed in plaid, in front of a Christmas tree. The farm also thanks everyone for dropping off their pumpkins for animals to eat.

■Covid-19 in Chichester as of Dec. 29 had reached 11 active cases. The school reported one case and Pembroke Academy reported seven cases.

■The Chichester Police Department reminds us to please lock our vehicle doors. Crime sprees are in the area. Don’t confront the people breaking into vehicles, nothing in the vehicles is worth getting hurt over. Remove valuables from vehicles.

■Student Council members of Chichester Central School are sponsoring a food drive for our local food pantry. The food drive ends on Dec. 20, and items will be brought to our local food pantry located at the town hall. Outside each classroom will be boxes to donate nonperishable items. Every classroom box that receives 100 cans, that classroom staff member will be wrapped up like a present by the students. Items can also be left at the office.


EPSOM Chorus concert

■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.

■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 Epsom School Chorus will be regaling the Epsom Public Library with music on Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Mark your calendars and come join us for hot cocoa and cheer as we listen to them sing just outside the library under the lights.

■The Library will be hosting the VNA the third Thursday of each month from 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a Foot Care Clinic. The first day will be Dec. 16. This service is open to anyone 65 and older. To schedule an appointment call (603) 224-4093, ext. 85815.

■The library will have a Giving Tree at the circulation desk with tags labeled with a child’s age and suggested gifts. If you wish to help a child in need, we invite you to come to the library and choose a tag. Please bring unwrapped gifts into the library by Dec. 22.

■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 user agreement, and enjoy!

■Planning Board meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at 940 Suncook Valley Hwy.

■Planning Board Legal/Public Notice will meet on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 940 Suncook Valley Hwy.

■Budget Committee Meeting will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at 940 Suncook Valley Hwy.

■Victory Workers 4H Club will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Pittsfield Elementary School. For questions call Club Leader Pam Clattenburg at 435-0772

■Adult Movie Matinee at the library, 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 to watch, “Mighty Orphans.” This is the inspiring true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage, led during the Great Depression by innovative coach Rusty Russe, to the state championship.” From the container.

■Book discussions will be held the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. However, January’s meeting will be canceled as it falls on New Year’s Day. Our next meeting will be Feb. 5 to discuss “Be Frank with Me” by Julia Claiborne Johnson.

■Happy birthday to Connie Mullen on Monday, Heather Davis and Jeff Miller on Wednesday, Susan Weeks and Doreen Mathison on Thursday and Morgan Mewkill on Saturday! I hope you all have wonderful celebrations.


PembrokeChristmas in Village

■Christmas in the Village is happening Dec. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Pembroke Woman’s Club with the help of local businesses and organizations. The Pembroke Town Library will have kids crafts available with Ms. Heather in the Suncook United Methodist Church basement. Don’t miss the hay rides, face painting, balloon art, cookie decorating, music and, of course, Santa!

■Bring your kids to a fun and safe Polar Express Drive Thru reading of the book. This event will be held Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pembroke Town Library. Drive from page to page to listen and see the whole story. There will be hot cocoa (with lids), a goodie bag for each child, and a chance to win The First Gift of Christmas. You and your kids are welcome to wear pajamas during the ride. Free and open to Pembroke cardholders and residents. No registration required. Refreshments and goody bags available while supplies last. For more info, contact the Library at 485-7851.



PITTSFIELDHandbell carols

■The American Legion Peterson Cram Post 75 will hold their monthly meeting on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.

■On Dec. 7 at the First Congregational Church the Infant Toddler Diaper Pantry will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. Each family is eligible to come for the supplemental diapers once per opening. Each family receives one set of diapers/product per child in need, and one package of wipes per family. We generally have newborn through size six diapers, along with pull-ups and overnights. We use the parking lot off Chestnut Street. We will also be accepting donations of diapers and wipes, including open packages. Please call 435-7471 if you have any questions.

■On Dec. 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the NHHEAF Financial Aid Night for Seniors will be held at PMHS.

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

■Joy Church is hosting community breakfast on Dec. 11 at 8:30 a.m. All are invited to come out and enjoy a free, hot breakfast with others from the community.

■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. It contains 26 wonderful photographs of servicemen, servicewomen, various memorials, 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! 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.

■At the Senior Center on Dec. 8 at 11:30 a.m., Don Smith will be singing Christmas music. Soup and salad will be served for a light lunch. So come in listen to some music and have lunch.

■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.

■The town of Pittsfield’s 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 Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone that helped to make the Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration possible! As always, it takes help and involvement from many clubs, organizations, businesses and volunteers! Happy Holidays!

■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. Any weather changes will be posted on the Chamber Facebook page. A Google Map will be posted on our FaceBook page Dec.18 after the judging so that others may enjoy the decorations and lights as well.

■The First Congregational Church will host Soup’s On! On Dec. 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Church. Your choice of hot and hearty soups, bread and beverage will be served. Cost by donation.

■The Pittsfield Players will hold auditions for their Kid’s Theater Workshop production of “Godspell, Jr.” on Dec. 13 and 14, at 4 p.m. each day at The Scenic Theater. The Kid’s Theater Workshop is open to kids ages eight to 18 and is a program designed to introduce kids to all aspects of theater, from auditions to set building and lighting design, to the performing in the actual show. This year, the show will run Feb. 24, 25 and 26, 2022. Auditioners for the show will be taught a song from the show, as well as some basic dance steps, and they will be asked to read from the script. They may also prepare a solo from the show to sing, but this is not mandatory. Anyone who is interested in participating in the technical aspects of the show, such as costuming, lighting, sound and stage management should also attend these auditions. In addition, this year we will begin a program to teach choreography design to interested dancers ages 14 to 18. .For more information or if you have questions, please contact

■The BCEP Solid Waste District 2022 Proposed Budget Public Hearing will be held on Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the BCEP Facility. The Public is encouraged to attend and participate in the event. In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be rescheduled to Dec. 17.

■Happy Birthday wishes to Stacey Wittenberg and Cassandra Smith today to Jeff Miller, and Heather Davis on Wednesday. I hope you all enjoy your special day!




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