Merrimack Valley region town crier for Dec. 5, 2021

Published: 12/6/2021 8:21:44 AM
Modified: 12/6/2021 8:21:16 AM
ANDOVEROrnament making class

■A two-part class in making traditional European Christmas ornaments out of straw will be offered at The Andover Community Hub on Dec. 8 and 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Resident and skilled craftsperson Nadja Hebert will teach the class. The class is free but a small materials fee will be charged. Registration is required by contacting Nadja at

■An opportunity to learn the Basics of Quilting will be held at The Andover Community Hub on Dec. 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., taught by Andover residents and experienced quilters Katherine Stearns and Brenda Lance. Participants are asked to bring their own sewing machines. The class is limited to ten and is free of charge. Participants will make either a “Nine Patch” block table runner for beginners or the “Friendship Star” half square triangle pattern for those with experience. Participants can purchase their own fabric or the instructors’ kits with fabric, available for $13 each. To register and for details if purchasing one’s own fabric, email or call (603) 491-0826.

■A miniature snow-covered New England village will be on display for local residents to enjoy at the Andover Community Hub from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 19. This also includes any other time the Hub is open throughout the holiday season and until Jan. 6 The display is lighted and features an electric train, a swan pond and small figures going about their activities, and is the collection of Andover resident Renee Goodwin. Residents, and especially those with kids, are welcome to stop in on Dec. 12 and 19 to enjoy the display, as well as cookies and cider.

■The second annual Giving Tree, a community-wide campaign to encourage the spirit of holiday giving to residents struggling financially, has begun at The Andover Community Hub and continues until Dec. 18. Gift cards in any amount that can be used for groceries, gas, or household needs can be put through the decorated mail slot to the right of the Hub’s front door (or mailed to The Andover Community Hub, PO Box 157, Andover NH 03216 if donors prefer). Cards will be passed along to Andover School and Andover Town Office staff for distribution to those who can use some help during the holidays or in the coming winter. In addition to The Giving Tree, and just for fun, there will also be a decorated wooden letterbox in front of the Hub for sending letters to Santa Claus at the North Pole.

Susan Chase

BOSCAWENStress less over the holidays

■Dec. 7 is the deadline for the “Giving Tree” donations. It is on display at the Boscawen Police Department. Stop by to choose a tag, shop for the gift and return to the Police Department. 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 X 23. The baskets will be ready for pickup on Dec. 22 from 8 to 10 a.m. at 116 North Main St. Baskets will not be held this year if you are unable to pick-up on the 22. Deliveries will be made on a case by case basis by contacting Sarah Gerlack.

■The Book Discussion Group is meeting on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. to share their feedback on “The Darling Dahlias and Poinsetta Puzzle” by Susan Wittig Albert.

■Need Relief from Holiday Stress? Check out the Chair Yoga classes that are held at the Boscawen Public Library on every Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m. A $3 donation is requested.

■Other ongoing activities at the library include: Bone Builders Classes (Monday and Fridays at 9 a.m.) and Crafters (Mondays at 2 p.m.). Your preschool children are invited to attend the Storytime/Crafts/Music Hour on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.



CANTERBURYPolar Express storytime

■The Concord Regional Crimeline serves the Concord Area including Canterbury. Its purpose is to promote community education and awareness of criminal activities to deter and prevent their occurrence. Crimeline funds rewards for anonymous information that leads to arrests or indictment for crimes that have been committed. Additionally, the Crimeline funds grant awards to member agencies for training, equipment or other needs to enhance the towns’ ability to provide police services. The Canterbury Board of Selectmen are seeking someone to nominate to the Crimeline Board of Directors to represent our town. The Board of Directors meet monthly. Please contact the Town Office if you are interested in this position.

■The Elkins Public Library Book Group will meet Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. We’ll be reading “A Redbird Christmas” by Fannie Flagg. Copies are available at the library and can be downloaded on Hoopla and NH Downloadable Books. Come get your book today at the Circulation desk for this fun, festive event.

■Be sure to reserve your ticket for the Polar Express “Story Time Style” on Dec. 14 and 15, sign up online or at the library. After singing holiday songs and listening to a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s, “The Polar Express,” the story timers will be invited to stay for a socially distanced hot chocolate bar. The train leaves the Elkins Public Library at 10 a.m., make sure you have your ticket! The library will have movie kits available for home viewing starting Dec. 16. Kits will include a movie to borrow, cocoa, popcorn and a gift for each child.

Rachel Baker

SALISBURYTown ibrary director sought

■The Salisbury Historical Society will be presenting a Christmas Sale again this year as it was so successful last year. This year the sale will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. over three weekends, the last weekend is 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.

■Transfer Station Wednesday hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday hours remain the same at 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Transfer Station’s holiday operating hours are as follows: The Transfer Station will be closed Dec. 25 but will be open on Dec. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Transfer station will have its regular hours of operation on Jan. 1, 2022. More information can be found at

■The Board of Selectmen will meet on Dec. 15 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 Library Trustees will hold their regular trustee meeting at the Library on Dec. 7 in which the public is welcome to attend. If you would like to attend via Zoom please contact the Library and request the zoom option 24 hours in advance .

■The Salisbury Free Library Trustees seek a friendly, outgoing individual for the position of Library Director. The director is responsible for all facets of library operation and developing and managing a small staff for a welcoming town of approximately 1400. At least three years professional experience in a public library are required, with supervisory experience preferred. Bachelor’s degree required, master’s preferred. MLS students are highly encouraged to apply. Needs to have familiarity with tech support, collection development, and Microsoft Windows The Salisbury Free Library is open 22 hours per week: Monday (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.). The director position is open until filled. 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. Crime line funds rewards for anonymous information that leads to arrest(s) or indictment for crimes that have been committed. The Town of Salisbury has been a strong participant in the crime line in the past. 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.

■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.



WEBSTERChristmas potluck

■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

■Due to the rising COVID rates, 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. If you don’t wish to wear a mask, or you are nervous about entering 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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