Merrimack Valley region town crier for May 22, 2022

Published: 5/25/2022 1:11:58 PM
CANTERBURY Memorial ceremony

■On Memorial Day, let us remember, and honor, those warriors who have died in combat protecting each other and helping to preserve our way of life here in Canterbury. Our Memorial Day Observance will be on May 30 at the bandstand in the center. It will begin at 10 a.m. with a parade down the hill from the elementary school and to the bandstand in the center. Participants should assemble at the school by 9:45 a.m. Local historian, Mark Stevens, will deliver the address. USMC Captain and Vietnam veteran Dale Caswell will officiate. Veterans in uniform, BDU’s or civilian dress are especially encouraged to join 4H, scouts, town groups, selectmen, legislators, fire and police, and our own Belmont High School Band under the direction of Lauren Fountain. In the event of rain, it will move to the Parish House.

■Cemetery News: In the past, we have been inclined to mow our cemeteries on a two-week (more or less based on weather) rotation. Many towns, including Canterbury, are presently facing a manpower shortage. This dilemma which may result in less frequent mowing can be viewed in a positive light. A nationwide initiative of delayed mowing, “No Mow May,” and subsequent less mowing through the summer and fall, can bring our environment into increased “harmony with nature.” Studies have looked into how reducing the frequency of mowing throughout the growing seasons impacts bees and other pollinators. Bee abundance increased when lawns were mowed every other week. Mowing every three weeks resulted in more than double the number of flowers available (mainly dandelions and clover), and increased bee diversity. Lawn mower noise and potential air/water pollution are also reduced with a less frequent mowing schedule. We are thus asking for your understanding as we attempt to resolve the current situation.

■Memorial Service and Bell Ringing on May 22 at 11:15 a.m, at the Canterbury Center. All are invited to come ring HELLO to their loved ones who have gone before us, are invited to gather on the lawn in front of the church. Pastor Becky will offer a benediction and then will be ringing the church bells. We encourage you all to bring your own special bells. Together we shall make a joyous noise!. Anyone and everyone are also invited for coffee and fellowship in the Parish House following the bell ringing.

■Reminder: The Town Clerk-Tax Collector’s office will be closed on May 25 for an educational conference.

■CES students and staff will be holding a Memorial Day program at the gazebo on May 27 at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to join us as we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In the case of rain, the event will be held in the CES gymnasium.

■On June 13, the CES PTO will host a playground party at 3:30 p.m. We will also unveil the new Canterbury Community Playground sign at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome! A special thank you to the town of Canterbury and Shaker Regional School District for coming together to sponsor the new sign, as well as to local artist Jayne Hastings for her work!

Rachel Baker

SALISBURY New highway home

■The Town of Salisbury’s Board of Selectmen have started planning for the creation of a Highway Department and are actively searching for property to purchase located in Salisbury to house these Town services. The Board would preferably like to find vacant land that is located on U.S. Route 4 or U.S. Route 127. Residents that may have an interest in discussing a land sale with the Town can contact the Town Administrator, April Rollins via email or by phone at (603) 648-6320.

■Notice is hereby given that there are vacancies on the following boards/committees/commissions, Conservation Commission, one regular member to be appointed until March of 2023. As well as appointments to be on three-year staggered terms for the following: Conservation Commission, five alternate members; Zoning Board of Adjustment, one regular member to be appointed until March of 2023; Zoning Board of Adjustment, five alternate members; Planning Board, two alternate members; Recreation Committee, four alternate members appointments to be on three-year staggered terms. Any person interested in becoming a member/alternate should send an email to the Town Administrator at or by calling 648-6320. These vacancies will remain open until each position is filled.

■The Town Clerk’s Office will be closed on May 30 for the observance of Memorial Day.

■The Conservation Commission will meet on May 25 at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.

■The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet at Academy Hall on May 31 from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

■A friendly reminder from the Town Clerk’s office. The April 30 deadline to register your dogs has passed. Please register your dogs ASAP through any of the following methods: online, mail, drop box located at Academy Hall (please address attention Town Clerk), or in person at the Town Clerk’s office located in Academy Hal (the town clerk’s office is open Mondays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays from 3:30 to 8 p.m.). Registered letters will be mailed in early June. Any dog not licensed by then will incur a $25 fine each, as well as a $7 fee per household to cover the cost of the registered letter. After 30 days a list of any remaining unlicensed dogs will sent to law enforcement to be collected.

■The Library Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting at the Library on June 7 at 6:30 p.m. Non-public sessions will be called as needed in accordance with RSA 91-A: 3, II. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person and would like to attend remotely, we can connect you via Zoom, but we need 24 hours advance notice. Please call or email the library at or phone (603) 648-2278.

■The KLS Food Pantry, serves multiple towns including Salisbury and Andover, food distribution hours are on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The location is The First Baptist Church. They also take donations and are a 501 3c nonprofit organization.

■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. (last client to check in is at 11 a.m.), closed for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon and reopen for clients from noon to 7 p.m. First-time clients should bring proof of residency for each member of the household. This can be your lease, a utility bill, food stamp or other agency approvals, or doctor bills. 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. Please be sure to bring your driver’s license as the clerk is required to see it for all motor vehicle transactions, vehicle and dog renewals may still be completed online. Vehicle Renewal Registration information was mailed to those who need to renew in June, 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. Online vehicle registration for renewals and dog licensing is now live. See the town’s website under the department of the town clerk for that information.

■Salisbury Free Library has new hours: 1 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 1 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The Salisbury Free Library has a new Director, Melissa Lesniak. She grew up in a small rural town in Michigan. She recently moved from Texas to Salisbury to be closer to her family and enjoy life. She has five dogs. She loves stories, especially historical stories and scary tales. Her favorite authors are Joyce Johnson, Agatha Christie and Ed and Lauren Warren. The library will no longer be open on Mondays. For more information on the library, call (603) 648-2278. Many thanks to the kind locals who donated to the Salisbury Free Library. We would also like to thank the Friends of The Library.



WEBSTER Paddle group on Walker Pond

■The next meeting of the Webster Free Public Library book group will be on May 26 at 7:15 p.m., discussing “The Night Watchman.” Louise Erdrich’s historical novel is about her grandfather, a Chippewa council member fighting to preserve his people’s land and rights from termination. Please join us for a discussion of this fascinating novel when we meet via Zoom. Copies of the book are available at the library, and the Zoom link will be posted a few days before the meeting.

■The Town Clerk will be closed on May 30 for Memorial Day. There will be extra hours on June 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

■The Town Hall and the Library will be closed on May 30 for Memorial Day.

■A Plant Swap is being planned for June 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. at the Pillsbury Lake Village District Clubhouse. Because of the concern about the Asian Jumping Worm, please bring your swaps after you wash the root system thoroughly. The eggs can survive on the roots if they are not washed. Bare root plants only, please.

■The Webster Conservation Commission invites you to join them for a Paddle on Walker Pond on June 5 at 9 a.m. We will meet on Long Street at the put in. Bring your kayaks or canoes, hats, and bug protection. Please look for a rain date the following week should the weather be soggy. Hope to see you.

■The Webster Gardeners is a group of friendly people who enjoy gardening and everyone is welcome to attend any of the events. You do not need to be an expert, just someone who likes to go outside and putter in the garden.

■The Webster Fire Department reminds everyone to number their mailboxes to make it easier for the department or emergency response people to find you faster. Many times people come from other towns to an emergency in Webster. Response time is important in an emergency. Numbers should be visible from the street and on both sides of the mailbox.

Nancy Picthall-French


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