Merrimack Valley region town crier for the week of Jan. 8, 2023

Published: 01-10-2023 9:05 AM

BOSCAWENPublic budget meeting

■It’s budget time for the Town of Boscawen. A public meeting on the proposed 2023 Budget will be held on Jan. 19 after 6 p.m. It will be held at the Municipal Office Building at 116 N. Main St., in the fourth-floor meeting room. If event attendance exceeds the capacity of the meeting room, there will be overflow seating on the third floor at the Boscawen Public Library. The public has the option to listen to the meeting via Go-To-Meeting. No public comment can be taken through the Go-To-Meeting. To listen to the meeting, log onto You can also dial in using your phone by calling 1 (877) 309-2073 toll free, or 1 (646) 749-3129. The access code is (516) 819-005.

■The Book Discussion group is meeting at the Boscawen Public Library on Tuesday at 2 p.m. to share their reactions to the novel Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett. The book is set against the backdrop of a small town in the throes of a very real opioid crisis. Additional books are available for those who are unable to join the discussion.

■The Boscawen Public Library will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday for this week only. They will return to their usual hours on Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.



CANTERBURYChurch programs

■On Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. is Stillness in the Center at CUCC. Candlelight and ecumenical-interfaith meditation and prayer in the church. Come for a few minutes or an hour. Please join us on Sunday from 10 to 11:15, for worship: “Carols and Camels and Kings.” Childcare Provided. Coffee and conversation follow. On Jan. 21 at 1:30 p.m., is a guided winter woodland walk at Canterbury Shaker Village for all ages, free!

■The Public Hearing for the 2023 to 2024 Shaker Regional School District proposed budget will be held on Jan. 11 at Canterbury Elementary School at 6 p.m., and on Jan. 12 at Belmont Middle School at 6 p.m.

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■Live broadcast available on the Shaker Regional School District YouTube Channel. To access the YouTube channel visit

■A Public Hearing Book containing information about the proposed budget will be available on the district website,, or by contacting Kim Haley at (603) 267-9223.

■Exciting changes at Elkins Public Library: We will be closed from Jan. 16 to 23 for inventory and interior changes. Highlights include a new teen section, new adult fiction area, improved work areas, and a new art display space. We are very excited! The staff has been working towards this re-design for months and it’s time for us to close the doors, change into our jeans and get it done.

■The next Board of Elkins Public Library Board of Trustees is on Jan. 23 at 6 p.m.

■As winter approaches, remember that we follow the Shaker Regional School District schedule. If there is no school, we are closed. On days when there is a 2-hour delay, we will make it to the library as safely as we can for our regular hours, however, it’s always a great idea to call ahead.

Rachel Baker

WEBSTERTown Clerk needed

■The Town of Webster is accepting applications to fill the position of Town Clerk. This position needs to be filled immediately and applicants are encouraged to apply. Resumes, questions and interest in the position should be directed to Dana Hadley, Town Administrator, 945 Battle St., Webster, NH, 03303. Contact (603) 648-2050 or for more information.

■The Webster Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning Board will hold a joint public hearing on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Webster Town Hall. The Board will consider an application from Tyler Craigue for a Special Exception to Article V Section 2 of the Webster Zoning Ordinance regarding a home business exemption for selling fishing bait. The property is located on map 8, lot 31-1 at 101 Tyler Road in the residential/agricultural zone.

■The next Free Friday Film will be on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in the meeting hall next to the library. The film is The House of Gucci (2021). “When PatriziaReggiani, an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel their legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately…murder. Inspired by the true story, this film stars Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, and Al Pacino,” from IMDB.

Nancy Picthall-French