Suncook Valley town crier for May 22, 2022

Published: 5/25/2022 12:57:35 PM
ALLENSTOWNSeniors head out for ice cream

■If Iris Pond is looking a bit dry. Don’t be alarmed they are lowering the water levels in order to inspect the dams on the Suncook River this week.

■The Joyce J. Welch Scholarship is awarding two $3,000 scholarships available to the graduating class of Pembroke Academy 2022. Applications for the Joyce J. Welch Memorial Science Scholarship Fund is available at the Pembroke Academy counseling department. This scholarship program is proud to recognize future leaders in the field of biology and preventive healthcare to a deserving Pembroke Academy graduate who is attending a two or four year college program. Joyce Welch was a valedictorian of the 1970 Pembroke Academy graduating class.

■The Suncook Senior Center is holding an Ice Cream Social on May 24 at noon. Come in and enjoy the ice cream.

■On May 25 at noon the Suncook Senior Center is holding Veteran’s Coffee Hour so come in and chat with other veterans and spend time over coffee and snacks.

■Memorial Day Lunch will be held on May 26 at noon at the Suncook Senior Center to celebrate a day of remembrance with a meal of BBQ chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, cucumbers salad and cookies.

■The Suncook Senior Center will be closed on May 30 for Memorial Day.

■St. John the Baptist Church Memorial Day Mass will be celebrated on May 30 at 9 a.m. and will use the Cemetery Chapel in case of rain. Flowers may be placed on the graves beginning on May 27 and all flowers will have to be removed by June 11.

■St. Therese Rosebush Society is sponsoring another “Slice of Pie” fundraiser to benefit St. John the Baptist Church. Tickets are $25 each and drawings will be May 30 thru Sept. 5 with cash prizes. Tickets may be purchased after Masses on Saturdays and Sundays or by contacting Melaine at (603) 848-1351 or Diane at (603) 533 1018.



CHICHESTERKindergarten preview

■International Firefighters Recognition Day is held in May. Chichester is grateful for the lifesaving and selfless work done by our firefighters each and every day. When residents are running out of their homes during a fire, our firemen are running in!

■Chichester Youth Baseball schedule for this week: May 24 at 5:45 p.m. at the park the Minors host Barnstead.

■May 30 is the last day to pay for the 2022 dog licenses with the town clerk then fines start.

■BCEP Solid Waste District will have its monthly meeting on May 26 at 6 p.m. at the facility.

■Recent appointments made were Richard Millette as citizen representative from Chichester, Richard Moore, alternate representative, and Richard Bouchard, BOS. The scale bypass construction and paving are completed and back in operation.

■The Summer Reading Program for the Library will program around “Ocean of Possibilities.” Stop in to see the decorations to keep your youngsters excited about reading.

■A summer basketball Camp for Chichester School students incoming students in Grades 4 to 8 put on by PA players and coaches will take place in August for two weeks. Contact (603) 703-1778 Coach Donnell.

■Chichester’s incoming kindergarten will have a meet and greet on May 24. A Grandparent’s picnic will take place at the school on May 26. Chichester and PA will be closed for Memorial Day on May 30.

■The Town Clerk will be open on May 31 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to accept a change of political party affiliation. This will be the last chance to change parties before the State Primary Election. The town clerk has an up-to-date checklist so you can check your party.

■The Road Agent and his crew have been paving Bear Hill Road and East Ricker Road with aprons on Ferrin and Durgin Road.

■Chichester’s legislative district has changed. The state of New Hampshire has changed our district from Pembroke to Chichester and Pittsfield. Local meetings of Republicans and Democrats are being planned.

■Chichester Candidates filing declarations of candidacy for delegation to the Republican State Convention and the Representative to the General Court must file with the town clerk starting on June 1 and ending on June 10 at 5 p.m. The State Primary is Sept. 13 and General Election is Nov. 8.

■The Zoning Board of Adjustment will meet on May 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the fire station for a variance on Map 3 Lot 39, 290 Dover Road, to allow the construction of a junkyard without proper lines. Contact Kristy at town hall for full details.

■Chichester’s Forest Ranger Douglas Miner was presented a plaque from the Central New Hampshire Forest Fire Warden’s Association, for his many years of service and dedication to the protection of forest and land. Congratulations.

■Happy 12th birthday to my niece, Elizabeth!


EPSOMFishing derby

■Story Times on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10 a.m, in the Library. Join us for stories, songs and a snack. Themes for May include gardens, flowers and pond life

■Movie Matinee on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Library, “The Pilot.” Based on a true story, in 1941, a WWII pilot crash-lands deep in enemy territory. Seriously injured, he must battle hunger, extreme cold and wild animals―all while evading Nazi soldiers―if he is ever to make it home alive

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

■If you would be interested in coming in once a week for cribbage at the Library, please email or call the library at (603) 736-9920.

■Lego Club at the Library on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. The Library has a large selection of Legos. Snacks and drinks included. All ages are welcome.

■Pollinator Garden talk presented by a Master Gardener on Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Library.

■Planning Board meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Town Office Meeting room

■EYAA’s next meeting is on May 25 at 7 p.m. in room 224 at ECS. Please contact us at for more details or if you have any questions.

■The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on May 31 for a change of party registration between the hours of 7 to 7:30 p.m. at the Epsom Public Library. Additions and corrections to the checklist may be made, RSA 654:32. Only undeclared voters may declare a party and vote on primary election day. RSA 654:34, voters who register subsequent to this date may declare a party when they register. Applicants should bring photo ID, proof of Epsom residency and proof of US Citizenship. Qualified applicants who do not bring proof with them may register if they sign an affidavit attesting to their qualifications.

■Looking for a fun night out? On June 3 from 7 to 11 p.m., have fun dancing the night away while supporting Epsom Old Home Weekend Events at the American Legion Hall in Epsom! The cost is $15 per person! Tickets are available now! Prepay tickets only. Contact Terry to arrange ticket pick-up at (603) 848-7371 or email You can also reserve a table as well for friends and family!!

■The Epsom Youth Fishing Derby is scheduled for June 4 from 8 to 11 a.m. on 241 Center Hill Road, Epsom. Free to all youth ages 15 and under. Bring your favorite fishing pole and bait, some loaner fishing poles and bait are available. There will be prizes for the top three winners in each age group Refreshments will be available Helpers will be available for the youth requiring assistance. Covid Precautions are encouraged. Parents, grandparents and families are encouraged to attend this family event. For more information contact Gary Benner at (603) 736-4707

■Epsom Old Home Weekend is Aug. 12, 13 and 14 this year. Now is a great time to start thinking about having a float or decorating a bike to be a part of the Parade! Let us know if you want to participate! Our theme this year is “Back to Our Roots!” We are also calling all volunteers, adults and junior high kids. We need help with various events and games that need volunteer help/supervision. Please contact Terry at (603) 848-7371 or email to sign up or if you have any questions.

■Happy birthday shout out to Tara Lank and Tina Metcalf on Wednesday, and Jeff Keeler on Friday! Enjoy your special day!


PembrokeGuitar lessons

■Pembroke Recreation is sponsoring beginner guitar lessons. Lessons will be held in the gazebo at Memorial Field on Mondays and will focus on how to play basic chords, and to read and play standard notation. There will be three sessions: May 23 to June 27, July 11 to Aug. 8 and Aug. 22 to Sept. 25). The cost is $75 per session. For more information call (603) 848-9677.



PITTSFIELDPlanning ahead for Old Home Day

■Pittsfield Old Home Day is July 23. The theme for the day is “Ocean waves & Beach days.” We are changing things up this year! The parade will be at 10 a.m. and the parade route will be shortened a bit. There will be no activities in Dustin Park but we are planning a great, family fun day at the F.B. Argue Recreation Area (aka Town Pool) starting at approximately 11 a.m. (after the parade). More information to come! The Historical Society will hold a dedication and open house at the new building and later in the day the Nevers Band will perform at Drake Field followed by fireworks. A full schedule is coming. We’d love to have lots of organizations, groups, businesses and classes join in the parade – be thinking of some “Ocean Waves & Beach Days” floats decorations.

■The “Field of Honor” is a living display of heroism flying as a patriotic tribute to the strength and unity of Americans. This field honors all who are currently serving and have served, our community and country as policemen, firemen and military. Each flag and ribbon is $3 and will fly from May 14 to 31 in front of the Pittsfield Police Department. All proceeds will go towards a scholarship for a graduating Pittsfield Middle High School student. To purchase a flag for someone special to you, contact Gerard LeDuc at (603) 470-6942, Mike Cabral at (603) 866-1742 or Mickey Vien at (603) 540-0296. Checks are payable to the American Legion Post 75 and mailed to American Legion Post 75, PO Box 11, Pittsfield

■The First-class Relics of St. Bernadette of Lourdes, France, will be displayed for veneration beginning on May 25 through 27 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church! A variety of religious services are scheduled between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the duration. More information is available at the website Volunteers are needed for this momentous occasion. There are many jobs and different shifts for those who are willing to help. For example, ushers in church, handlers of foot traffic, provide parking info, trash duty, and handicapped assistance. An evening procession at 8 p.m. requires bearers for candles, incense and the Cross. If you are willing and able to be part of this exciting and honorable event, please contact Paul Morency via email at You will be most welcome, appreciated and blessed.

■What’s Up at PYW. Drop-in hours are 3 to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Come check out PYW! Please contact Laurie Sweeney or Zach Powers at or 435-8272 for more information.

■At the Pittsfield Senior Center on May 27 at 11 a.m. there’s an Ice Cream Social. Let’s kick off the unofficial start to summer correctly! Come in and have dessert for lunch. We will have ice cream with various toppings so come in, talk, meet Anne, and share ideas.

■The informative story, “Henry Meets a Honey Bee,” by Justin Ruger, has recently been posted as the StoryWalk for the month of May.

■The Senior Center has made some adjustments to the weekly schedule. Monday, Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon, office hours only. No events are occurring at the center unless stated otherwise. Senior Community Lunch (Monday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m.), Bingo (Monday and Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m.), Cribbage ( Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.), and Exercise Walking (Monday and Thursday from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.). If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Carol Schiferle, at (603) 435-8482.

■The Annual Multi-town Yard Sale presented by the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce will be happening again this year. The event will be held on June 4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s sale will be free to enter your location on our Google Map. Links to the map will be posted here and shared to other groups a few days before June 4. To register or for more information text or call Louis Houle at (603) 848-1553.

■The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club will meet on May 24 at 6 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. Please enter from the back parking lot. We need members, if you are interested, please come to the meeting or contact Bob Wharem at 848-7122.

■The Pittsfield Memorial Day Celebration will be held on May 29 at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial at Dustin Park. In honor for all lost at sea, a wreath ceremony will be held at Mary’s Bridge (Bridge Street/River Road) between noon and 12:30 p.m.

■Will Smith Road will be closed just past 51 Will Smith Road (towards Barnstead town line) for a culvert replacement on May 23 (anticipated work time will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and the rain date will be May 24. Will Smith Road, from the entrance at Tilton Hill Road to the driveway to 51 will be open. The anticipated Pittsfield house numbers affected are 71, 79, 80, 91, 101, and 121.

■Pittsfield Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on May 31 from 7 to 7:30 a.m. at the Town Hall to register new voters and make corrections. Please note that this is the last day to change party affiliation or make corrections before State Primary Day on Sept. 13.

■If you were in the Class of 1972, even for a little while, please join our group. If you know someone who was in the class of 1972, please pass this message on to them. Anyone can contact our Reunion Committee: Louis Houle, Martha Thorpe Laurie or Brenda Lucey Cochran. Our reunion is on July 23 in Pittsfield. This is the big one so let’s make it the best one yet! Join our Facebook group

■It’s time to nominate a person for Pittsfield’s Citizen of the Year! Many people deserve to be honored for their actions and their commitment to Pittsfield. Their activities benefit our town. However, only one can be selected for 2022. Please submit your nomination with a short note explaining why you think this person should be honored as Citizen of the Year for 2022. Nominations can be sent to Citizen of the Year, P.O. Box 173, Pittsfield, NH 03263. Nominations should be received by Friday, June 17, 2022.

■Happy birthday wishes to Jon Ward and my brother-in-law, Fred Blais, on Monday and to Tina Metcalf on Wednesday. I hope you all enjoy your special day!

■Happy Anniversary wishes to Scott and Pam Tepper on Thursday, to my sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Andy Fries on Saturday!




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