Suncook Valley town crier for Jan. 2, 2022

Published: 1/5/2022 2:41:43 PM
Modified: 1/5/2022 2:41:04 PM
ALLENSTOWN Senior activities ahead

■The winners of the Allenstown Christmas Lighting Contest were Earle Rowell for first place, Cheryl Forsberg for second place and Ashlie Klawes for third place. There was a tied for fourth place and they received an Honorable Mention trophy. The prizes the winners received were trophies and gift certificates from Aubuchon Hardware, Suncook River Convenience Store and Sully’s Market. Mr.Kenyon and the ARD Chorus entertained the group with Christmas songs.

■The Suncook Senior Center will resume Bone Builders on Jan.10 at its regular time.

■Other activities include: Bingo (10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Monday), Cribbage Club(10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday), Gentle Chair Yoga ( to 2 p.m. on Tuesday), Tops Group (11 to noon on Wednesday), Bowling (12:30 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday), and Klunk (12:30 to 2 p.m. on Thursday).



CHICHESTER Get a library card

■A great New Years Resolution is to get a Chichester Library card. Go to the library and you will find dedicated library personnel to help you find books. The Children Area is always busy with youngster learning. The DVD selection with various titles will be a great adventure for the new year.

■Chichester School is closed on Jan. 3 and will return Jan. 4 from holiday break. Don’t forget to send your child snow pants, boots, gloves and hats. The children go outside as much as possible during the winter. The PTO will have their monthly meeting on Jan. 6 at 5:30 p.m., at the school.

■The Chichester School athletic director, Tony Cipriano, has incorporated instructional basketball for Kindergarten through Grade 4 into the school program. Students will learn the game, practice, help with skills and participate in scrimmages. The program will start on Jan. 8. All participants must have updated physicals with the school nurse. Coach Tony is looking for parents, older students, and anyone interested in helping out. Contact him at or 798-5651.

<sbull value="sbull"><text xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></text></sbull>The Board of Selectmen (BOS) will meet on Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. This week on the procedure is to petition the BOS to include a warrant article on the town meeting warrant. Contact the office at 798-5350.

■The BCEP Solid Waste District is recycling its own machinery, its 30-year-old baler will be sold for scrap metal. A new baler costing $225,000 was recently installed. The space inside the facility is plentiful for the recycling bins weighing up to 1500 pounds and can be kept dry. Stop by the facility and watch the baler in action.

■The Chichester Central School Administration and Health Office with the support of the school board and administration will now accept home COVID test results for students including rapid results, from appropriate COVID home tests kits. Contact the school nurse at 798-5651x12 or email

■The Chichester Planning Board will hold a public hearing on zoning amendments at the Chichester Fire Departmen on Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Copies of the proposed changes are available at the town hall. The final zoning amendments will be voted on at the March 8 town meeting.

■The Chichester School Board will meet on Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. to work on the 2022 to 2023 school budget. The final budget will be voted on March 5 at the school at 9 a.m.

■The Down Under Book Store of the library will be open on Jan. 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. or call for an appointment.

■The PTO will meet on Jan. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the school library.

■The Pembroke Academy boys’ basketball team had a record of 6-0 at the end of the year. Key players from Chichester are Mike Pitman and Mike Strazzeri.

■The Out of Your Attic Thrift Shop has opened a third new room with lots of free stuff and is accepting donations.

■William Marston, a former headmaster of Pembroke Academy, passed away recently. Mr. Marston was recognized by his Chichester contacts as a man of remarkable educational talents.

■Darbster Dog Rescue was recently on a radio talk show about animal issues. Their chief mission involves talking cats and dogs from crowded shelters and finding them homes. Each week the rescue has a dog of the week.

■The New Hampshire State Senate announced an increase in the Meals and Rental Tax for Chichester. Chichester will receive an additional $60,073 in 2022. This will be a major relief for tax reduction.

■Miss Caroline the Chichester Librarian has a new title “The Rescue Librarian” as chickens have been hanging out at the library. Miss Caroline and library volunteers made sure the chickens had water and feed, and are in search of their owners.

■Life is full of give and take. Give thanks and take nothing for granted this first full week of 2022


EPSOM Town hall renovation committee to meet

■The Town Hall Renovation Committee meeting will meet on Monday at 5 p.m. at 940 Suncook Valley Hwy S.

<sbull value="sbull"><text xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></text></sbull>The Board of Selectmen will meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at 940 Suncook Valley Highway.

■Epsom Supervisors of checklist will meet on Jan. 18 from 7 to 7 p.m. for correction of the checklist, change of party registrations may be accepted.

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

<sbull value="sbull"><text xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></text></sbull>Story time 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.

■Belated birthday wishes to Dawn Elliott, Josh Preve and Joni Kitson last week! As well as Sherri Jackson on Wednesday and Dave Vaillancourt on Thursday! I hope you all had/have wonderful celebrations!


PITTSFIELD Surprise book bags beat the winter blues

■The Pittsfield Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Jan. 11 at the Society’s headquarters. The meeting will start at 6 p.m.

■Calling all kids 10 and up….The Josiah Carpenter Library (JCL) has some reading inspiration to get you through the holiday break! Introducing JCL Surprise Book Bags! In each bag you’ll find two to four books with a similar theme, a small snack and the fixin’s for some cocoa, too! We currently have 12 bags ready to go with themes including: fantasy, graphic novels, sci-fi, diversity acceptance, romantic comedy, adventure, realistic drama, and more.

■The American Legion Peterson Cram Post 75 will hold their monthly meeting on Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.

■Suncook Valley Sno Riders club will meet on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at St. George’s Shop. Please bring a chair if you would like to sit.

■On Jan. 4 at the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield, 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.

■The Suncook Valley Rotary Club will meet on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m., the meeting place is to be determined. If anyone is interested in attending a meeting it’s best to email Fallon Reed at or Jessica Drouin at for location information.

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

■The Pittsfield Clothes Closet has had a very successful year and they have been able to donate over $4,900 to members and organizations of the Pittsfield Community. The following have benefited from the Pittsfield Clothes Closet’s generosity: Food Pantry, CAP Meals on Wheels, Fire Victims, Hanging Flower Basket fund, Pittsfield Post. PMHS Scholarship, F.B. Argue Rec. Area, Old Home Day, School Supplies, Suncook Valley Soccer Club (SVSC), Harvestfest, Secret Santa Fund, Chamber of Commerce Christmas event, and the Senior Center. Please continue to support this wonderful shop either by donating clothes and items or by shopping there. Thank you to the Pittsfield Clothes Closet.

■The Friends of the Suncook River (FOSR),founded nearly 20 years ago, is a non- profit 501 (C)(3) corporation based in the Barnstead - Pittsfield area. The mission of the FOSR is to maintain a healthy Suncook River watershed by educating and engaging citizens in its history, recreation, and protection. The FOSR has been inactive since before the outbreak of Covid-19 and needs to be re-built from the ground up. Officers, directors and members are needed as per the requirements of non-profit corporations. Please step forward and help save this non-profit New Hampshire organization. Contact Paul Oman in Pittsfield at

■For your convenience, snowmobile and ATV registrations may be purchased at the Pittsfield town clerk’s office.

■The Pittsfield Historical Society’s 2022 calendar are still available. 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, and various memorials located throughout Pittsfield and provides a brief history. 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. 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 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 now located at Joy Church. Bingo will be every Monday and Thursday at 10 a.m. On Wednesdays at 10 a.m. is Cribbage and other games. Please contact Carol Schiferle at cshiferle@bm-cap-org or call 435-8482 if you have any questions.

■The Senior Center will be serving community lunches, on Mondays (for the month of January) at noon. Please remember reservations are required to help with planning the meal.

■The town of Pittsfield’s Winter Parking Ban on town roads is effective now 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 the effectiveness of their routes.

■The Budget Committee Public Hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the PMHS Lecture Hall. The snow date is 7 p.m. on Jan. 14.

■The Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Commission is planning the Winterfest Celebration for 2022. Jan. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. (sledding with cookies and cocoa at the PMHS Hill), Jan. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. (cookie decorating in the community center function room with Aunties Treats), Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. (free family movie night “Boss Baby 2” at Joy Church), Jan. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. (snowman building and ice skating at the F B Argue Recreation Area) and at 6:30 p.m (PJ Story Hour at Carpenter Library), Jan. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. (WildLife Encounters at Pittsfield Elementary School Gym), Jan. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. (candy bar bingo in the Pittsfield Community Center Function Room. All activities are weather dependant and locations are subject to change – please check the Pittsfield Facebook page for info.

■Happy Birthday wishes to Merrill Vaughan on Jan. 3, Robin Davis on Jan. 6 and to Tammy Colby on Jan. 9. I hope you all enjoy your special day.

■I’d like to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. Here’s to 2022 – live, laugh and more memories!




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