Suncook Valley town crier for Jan. 9, 2022

Published: 1/10/2022 11:33:23 AM
Modified: 1/10/2022 11:32:36 AM
ALLENSTOWN Senior lunches

■Notice of upcoming Budget Committee Meeting and Public Hearings on 2022 Town and Sewer Budgets and the 2022 to 2023 School Budget. The meetings will be held on Jan. 15 at the St. John the Baptist Parish Hall. The Budget Committee Meeting starts at 8 a.m. and the Public Hearings will start at 9 a.m.

■The Monthly Market will be held at St. John the Baptist Parish on Jan. 8 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and on Jan. 9 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. These items are at no cost and free for the taking.

■St. John the Baptist is looking for a few people to help with some rectory renovations. Volunteers from the parish will certainly help to keep the cost down. If you are interested, please email Father Michael at

■The Suncook Senior Center holds its Congregate Dining every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at noon, also the Birthday Celebration is on the 2nd Thursday of the month starting at noon. Call (603) 485-4254 to reserve your meal.

■The Suncook Senior Center activities include: Bone Builders (9 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays), Bingo (10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Monday), Cribbage Club (10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday), Gentle Chair Yoga (1 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 Mom’s group at church

■Chichester Central School and Pembroke Academy will be closed on Jan. 17 to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Town Offices will also be closed.

■The SAU Executive School Board will meet on Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Pembroke Academy.

■The Chichester plow and sand route is 15 miles long and takes three to four hours to cover. The town winter policy states that during a freezing rain storm sand and salt is less effective if applied before the storm is over. There is little the highway department can do during the storm. Sand and salt will be applied more aggressively as the storm weakens. No vehicle shall be parked on the town’s right of way from the start of precipitation until 48 hours after the storm ends.

■The Chichester Central School after school care, early release, snow days, or vacation care coverage is available with bus transportation from the school to the Epsom Learning Tree. To arrange care, call 736-0168.

■The Carpenter Park recreation area is used year-round. Sledding is being enjoyed by youngsters on the hill. The hiking trail is being used. When snow is more abundant snowshoeing is enjoyed.

■The Hope In Christ Church has a weekly Mom’s Group every Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A weekly format is planned contact Katie at The church has a Facebook page with daily posts.

■The Chichester Library has resumed its regular hours following the holidays. Monday and Wednesday (2:30 to 8;30 p.m.), Tuesday and Thursday (10 a.m. to 1;30 p.m.), Friday (1:30 to 4:30 p.m.), and Saturday (9 a.m. to noon). Call the library at 798-5613 during inclement weather for a schedule.

■The BCEP Solid Waste District 2022 scheduled hours are Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 to 4 p.m., scales close at 3:45 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., scales close at 1:45 p.m.. Contact 435-6237 for more information.

■Darbster Doggy is pleased to report that in 2021 their rescue organization found 3,155 loving homes for dogs and cats. Thank you to donors, foster homes, volunteers, and the support of staff.

■Isaac Jarvis, a senior at Concord Christian Academy, was named to the All Star Tournament and played in the Mike Lee Holiday Basketball Bash. Isaac has been a high scorer in basketball while playing at Concord Christian.

■Chichester Library will have storytime for children on Jan. 11 at 10:45 a.m., and Music and Movement on Jan. 13 at 10:45 a.m. This is designed for ages newborn to three but all are welcome. New books have arrived on the library shelves consisting of “Bark of Night” author Rosenfelt, “Bun Bun & Bon Bon” author Keating and “Playing with Dolphins” author McNutty.

■Robin and Roy, owners of Chichester Country Store, thank everyone who helped them through the challenges of 2021. The support received from their staff, vendors, the Chichester Community, and their customers were appreciated.

■Live & Let Live Farm has a satellite location in Nottingham. For information, adoption forms or an appointment to visit contact

■The Chichester PTO is very active with monthly meetings. Please reach out on their Facebook if you need resources or something you wish to discuss.

■Congratulations to Fred Potter and Julie Anderson on their nominations of being heroes for articles in the Concord Monitor. Great to see two Chichester contacts nominated.

■The start of the new year allowed Chichester residents to participate at the Bear Brook State Park First Day Hike of 2022, sponsored by the New Hampshire State Parks. Great to see them out on the trail.

■The Chichester Library is pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding through the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The Grant will be distributed by the New Hampshire State Library to Chichester and will be used for air filters, literacy tools and programming aids.


EPSOM Library contest

■The Board of Selectmen will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at the town office.

■The Epsom School Board will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Epsom Central School.

■The budget committee will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the town office.

■Planning board meeting will be on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and the Planning Board Public hearing is at 7:15 p.m. at the town office.

■The Budget Committee Agenda/Public Hearing will be on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for School District/Water Districts and Town Warrant Articles to be held at the Epsom Fire Station conference room.

■Story time is on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and on Wednesday’s at 10 a.m. Join us for stories, songs and a snack. January themes include winter, polar bears and penguins.

■Tuesday’s children’s movies will be “Max and Ruby: Every Bunny Loves Winter” and “Peppa Pig.” The movies are rated G and include snacks and drinks, the movie starts at 1:30 p.m. Masks are required for everyone except when eating. No story time.

■Library Contest: for children in 4th through 8th grade, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Answer the prompt, “what does the library mean to me?” in any way that you would like: essay, picture, video, comic, sculpture, etc. Entries are due by Jan. 21 to Mrs. Wall at ECS or Mrs. Camidge at the Epsom Public Library.

■The book discussion group meets the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. See you Feb. 5 to discuss “Be Frank with Me” by Julia Cliaiborne Johnson. Copies are available at the library.

■The next Matinee Movie showing is “Joe Bell” and is on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., and stars Mark Wahlberg in a film based on a true story. Light refreshments are provided.

■An art exhibit and reception will be from Jan. 15 through Feb. 26 and will display Brandy Patterson’s contemporary abstract art. The reception will be on Jan. 22 from noon till 3 p.m.

■The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on Jan. 18 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at the town office meeting room. The purpose of this meeting is to make corrections to the checklist. Change to party registration may be accepted per RSA 669:5. Nancy Claris, Terry Riel, Betsy Bosiak

■Happy belated birthday to Robin Davis last Thursday! Hope it was great! Happy birthday to Adam Cote and Claire Sklarin today, Lurene Riel on Wednesday! Enjoy your special day!


PITTSFIELD Senior programs moved to church

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

■The Pittsfield Parks & Recreation Committee will meet on Jan.11 at 6:15 p.m., at the Community Center Function Room (lower level).

■The Budget Committee Public Hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the PMHS Lecture Hall. The Snow Date is scheduled for 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.

■The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly meeting on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center, lower level.

■Calling all youth 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 cocoa! 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 Pittsfield Youth Workshop has drop in hours from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Lots of fun activities are happening – stop in and check it out. Please contact Laurie Sweeney or Zach Powers at or 435-8272 for more information.

■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. will be cribbage and other games. Please contact Carol Schiferle at cshiferle@bm-cap-org or call 435-8482 if you have any questions or if you need information.

■At the Senior Center - We 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.

■Come Cheer on The Panthers at PMHS Gym! On Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. the JV Girls play, and then at 6:30 p.m. is the Varsity Boys vs. Holy Family Academy. On Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. is JV Girls and then at 12:30 p.m. is JV Boys vs. Newmarket.

■Happy Birthday wishes to Tammy Colby on Jan. 9, Joe McHugh on Wednesday, and Lyn Ward on Friday. I hope you all enjoy your special day.




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