Suncook Valley town crier for Dec. 19, 2021

Published: 12/21/2021 12:05:23 PM
Modified: 12/21/2021 12:05:08 PM
ALLENSTOWNOnline Angel Tree

■The Town of Allenstown Online Angel Tree is up and running. Holiday gifts are provided to under-resourced children 17 and under through the generosity of donors in our community. Donors may view and shop for requested gifts at our online Charity Registry, hosted by Target.

■Holiday Food Baskets are also being provided through the Capital Region Food Program to families in need on Dec. 22. Families wishing to benefit from either program please call Trish at (603) 485-4276

■The Allenstown Town Hall will be closed from Dec. 22 to Dec. 25 for the Christmas Holiday.

■The Allenstown Historical Society wishes to thank TD Bank for its very generous contribution to the Affinity Program. This would not have been possible without all the families and businesses who coded their accounts at TD Bank to help the Allenstown Historical Society.

■St. John the Baptist Parish office will be closed on Dec. 25 and wishing a very Merry Christmas.

■Don’t forget that on Dec.18 the Knights of Columbus is holding a church supper from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Parish Hall. The roast beef dinner with all the fixings will be $10, and take out only.

■The Suncook Senior Center will be closed on Dec. 23 and Dec. 24 for Christmas and closed on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 for New Year.



CHICHESTERFood drive ends Monday

■Chichester Central School will have early release on Dec. 24 at 12:42 p.m. to start their holiday break and will return to school on Jan 3.

■Chichester Student Council Holiday Food Drive ends on Dec. 20. Donations can be brought to the school and will be distributed to our local food pantry. Chichester”s food pantry is located at town hall.

■The Board of Selectmen will meet on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

■Hope in Christ Church is having a community Christmas Eve Service at 4:30 p.m. This is a family event with music and devotions.

■BCEP Solid Waste District will be open on Dec. 24 Friday from 7:30 to noon. The District will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday and reopen Dec. 28 from 7:30 to 4.

■Have any last minute Christmas shopping to do? Chichester artists Andy Hampton and Laury Nichols have their fine crafts available at the League of NH Craftsmen in Concord. Hampton crafts clay pottery and Nichols crafts miniature wood carvings.

■The Board of Selectmen will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the town hall to prepare the budget with department heads. The town budget public meeting will be Feb. 2, 2022.

■The Chichester School 5th to 6th grade basketball team had a successful first win against The Outing Club of New London. The team is coached by Tony Cipriano.

■The filing period for town elections is set for Jan. 19 through 26. The positions of the ballot will be Selectman, Trustee of Trust Funds, Supervisor of Checklist, Library Trustee and Cemetery Trustee. If you would like to know more about the responsibilities of any of the positions please call town hall.

■Real Estate taxes are due Dec. 28, the Chichester Tax Collector will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. A secured drop off box is located outside of the entrance to the town hall. Payment can also be made online by using the town website.

■The Covid situation continues to trend in the wrong direction with 18 resident cases, 3 at school and 13 at Pembroke Academy.

■Congratulations to Paul Sanborn for being recognized by the Loudon Fire Department for 15 years as a firefighter. Matt Cole achieved 20 years as a firefighter and paramedic.

■The year is winding down for Out of The Attic Thrift Shop and to show their appreciation and say thank you they are having a ½ price sale on Dec. 23, all Christmas mugs will be ¢25 and a bag of books for $1.

■Merry Christmas to everyone.


EPSOMGiving Tree at library for children in need

■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.

■On Tuesdays (1:30 p.m.) and Wednesdays (10 a.m.), children and their caregivers listen to stories, sing songs, and receive a take home craft bag. December themes include Christmas, Hanukkah, winter weather, and hibernation

■Children’s Movie on Dec. 28 at 1:30 p.m. featuring, “Paw Patrol: The Movie.” The movie is rated PG and snacks and drinks will be provided! Masks are required except while eating. Maximum number of guests is 30. Please sign up at the library or call (603) 736-9920. No Story Time.

■The Adult Movie Matinee is Wednesdays in the library at 1:30 p.m. This week, “Fisherman’s Friends.” A fast living, cynical London music executive heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen. You will be tapping your feet in no time.

■The Library will be closed on Dec. 25, for Christmas Day, and Jan. 1, 2022, for New Year’s Day.

■The Knitters Group will continue to meet on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

■The Budget Committee will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 940 Suncook Valley Hwy.

■A Planning Board Meeting and Public Hearing for Zoning Amendments is on Wednesday, starting at 6:30 p.m. at 940 Suncook Valley Hwy.

■Happy birthday today to “Aunt” Carolyn Davis! Rich Hillsgrove on Monday, Bill Noyes and Rachel Eames on Tuesday, Lisa Arica on Wednesday, Thursday shout out to my son Tim Riel and Alan Quimby! I hope you all have fabulous celebrations!

■May this Christmas bring you plenty of reasons to smile. I wish you and your family a very happy and Joyous Christmas Season.


PITTSFIELDCandlelight service held at First Congregational

■On Dec. 21 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 (twice a month). 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. Together we are making a difference.

■Join your friends and neighbors and bring the whole family to a wonderful traditional candlelight service on Christmas Eve, 7 p.m., at the First Congregational Church. The service includes beautiful music by the Chancel Choir and the JuBellation Handbell Choir, scripture lessons, the story of the first Christmas, the sanctuary shimmering in candlelight, and the singing of “Silent Night.” Include this lovely evening service in your holiday plans. Parking and wheelchair access are available at the rear of the church at Chestnut Street. For more information, call the church office at (603) 435-7471

■The Pittsfield Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Jan. 11, 2022 at 6 p.m., at the Society’s headquarters on Main and Oak streets.

■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 and a brief history of servicemen, servicewomen, and various memorials located throughout Pittsfield. The earliest image available to the Society is of Asa Bartlett, a captain in the Civil War, and the calendar ends with Richard A. Brooks, a corporal in the Vietnam War. 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 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 Story Walk, “The Great Santa Stakeout,” by Betsy Bird has been posted! Book pages have been mounted in 14 windows throughout the downtown area. Go ahead and tie up your walking shoes, and enjoy a stroll through our beautiful little town. Families can grab a map from the mailbox that is attached to the community bulletin board at Dustin’s Park. As you return to the library on Main Street, stop in to pick up a small gift!

■The library would like to remind people that they continue to offer delivery of library materials. If you’re homebound for any reason, or are simply avoiding all the cold, flu and covid germs swirling around, the library can come to you! For more information call 435-8406.

■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, because we will be going between the two different locations we are asking people not to show up before 9:30 a.m. Bingo will be every Monday and Thursday at 10 a.m. Please contact Carol Schiferle at cshiferle@bm-cap-org or call 435-8482 if you have any questions or if you need information.

■The Senior Center will be serving community lunches, (when we get the paperwork complete) on Mondays and Thursdays at noon. Please remember reservations are required to help with planning the meal.

■At the Senior Center on Dec 22 at 11 hot chocolate and Christmas cookie decorating - You can decide if you just want to eat cookies or decorate your cookies first.

■The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the Pittsfield Parks & Recreation Committee, Pittsfield Police and Fire Departments, Pittsfield Youth Workshop, Josiah Carpenter Library, Granite Image, Jitters Café, Main Street Variety, Bob Giegerich, Suncook Valley Area Lions Club, Pittsfield Circle of Home & Family members, Victory Workers 4-H Club, Pittsfield Players, St. Stephen’s Church, Pittsfield Clothes Closet, Sam Locke, Mike and Gretchen Wolfe, Joe Darrah, Fuzz Freese, Louie and Patty Houle, and Mark Riel for their help, support and involvement with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. Thank you and happy holidays!

■The Chamber would like to thank all the participants of the Decorated Wreath Contest. There were eight wonderful wreaths entered in the contest this year. This year (due to Covid-19 safe practices of not sharing pens), a panel of judges selected the winner instead of the public voting. They selected the wreath made by Michaela St. George. Congratulations!

■The Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW) is open for drop-in from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday this week. Stop in and check out this wonderful program. For more information, please contact PYW at 435-8272 or PYW will be closed for the holiday break from Dec. 22 through Dec. 31 and will reopen on Jan. 3.

■The Pittsfield School District holiday break is Dec. 22 through Jan. 2, 2022. Enjoy your vacation!

■BCEP, Town Hall and Josiah Carpenter Library will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

■Happy Birthday wishes to Aunt Carolyn Davis today, to Rich Hillsgrove on Monday, and to my nephew, Tim Riel on Thursday. I hope you all enjoy your special day!




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