Contoocook town crier for Oct. 31, 2021

Published: 11/2/2021 10:54:10 PM
BOWAuction goes online

■Beautiful red, white or pink poinsettias are now available to pre-order for Dec. 4 delivery through the Bow Garden Club. This is an annual fundraiser for the club. The poinsettia plants are available in both 8” pots containing three poinsettia stems measuring approximately 24” across and are $26. 10” pots containing four poinsettia stems measuring approximately 36” across are $36. All plants are grown locally. Your order may be given to any garden club member, via a form available at both the Baker Free Library, the Bow Community Center or by emailing Joyce Kimball at All orders need to be in by Nov. 1st. Drive-thru/pick up of your pre-ordered plants will take place at the Bow Community Center on Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.

■’Tis the season! The garden club’s annual Pajama & Book Drive is underway just in time for the cold weather. Help make a needy child a little warmer and happier this year by donating a pair or two of new pajamas and/or books for bedtime. Pajamas are needed for both boys and girls in sizes infants to teens. The garden club sorts all the pajamas and books collected each year and then donates them to both Friends of Forgotten Children in Penacook and Family Promise of Greater Concord. All donations need to be in by Nov. 15. Collection boxes can be found at the Baker Free Library and the Bow Community Center. If you need to have your donation picked up from you, please contact Joyce Kimball at or call (603) 229-1990. Thank You!

■The Bow Rotary Club was looking forward to hosting its annual Foundation Auction again this fall. Unfortunately, our usual live and silent auctions that were scheduled for Nov. 6 at the Bow Community Building, have been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. However, this year, our auction is going online as a silent auction with all of the same great items our donors generously donate to this cause. The auction will run from Nov. 3 to the evening of Nov. 6 (exact start and end times are to be determined). Any potential bidder will be able to view items online and will have item viewing hours at the Old Town Hall Friday and Saturday. An online auction link is coming soon. For more information, logo on to or contact Bob Couch at


DUNBARTONFamily spooktacular

■Halloween on the Common is scheduled for Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy the “Trick or Treat Spooktacular” presented by the Dunbarton Garden Club. This fun is for all Dunbarton Families and includes treats, witches, popcorn, and music videos.

■A Flu Clinic will be held on Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Dunbarton Congregational Church. Immunizations are offered at no charge with an ID card from Medicare B, Medicare Advantage, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts, or Anthem. The charge is $30 (cash or check) for all others. This year they are offering the standard quadrivalent influenza vaccine. Masks are required. For more information call (603) 224-4093, ext 5815.

■The DCC Book Club will discuss “The Heart of a Woman” by Maya Angelo on Thursday 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom

■The “Understanding Bobcats in NH - Virtual Presentation” will be on Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Don Allen of New Hampshire Fish and Game is the presenter. Learn the history of wildlife in New Hampshire, with a special focus on the bobcat. Learn about the ongoing research in the state, and some helpful tips for dog owners. To register, please call the library.

■Early Release for Parent Teacher Conferences (Nov. 10), Veteran’s Day - no school (Nov. 11) and Parent Teacher Conferences again - no school (Nov. 12).

■The Dunbarton American Legion Post #116 would like to invite the public to their Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11 on the Town Common near the flagpole. The ceremony will be held outdoors. At 10:45 a.m. Veterans assemble and the public ceremony begins at 11 a.m. For more information contact Charles Frost at (603) 774-3634. Due to COVID-19, unvaccinated people should wear a mask and maintain social distancing of at least six feet.

■Wreaths Across Dunbarton would like to thank the Dunbarton community for their continued support these past four years. This year we are raising funds for Wreaths and a new project, Flags Around Dunbarton! Flags Around Dunbarton is a partnership with the Dunbarton Telephone Company who started installing the flags the first week of November for Veteran’s Day and will be up approximately two weeks. Other holidays the flags will be put up will include Memorial Day, 4th of July and Old Home Day/Labor Day at this time. The flag locations are on Gen. John Stark Highway in front of Pages Corner Cemetery, at Dunbarton Center. There will be flags on School Street around the Common. Altogether, there will be 58 American-made U.S. Flags with embroidered stars from Grace Alley will adorn our community. On Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., the American Legion Post 116 with Chuck Frost presiding, wreaths will be placed on the monuments in front of the Town Hall/Library. At that time, Wreaths Across Dunbarton will dedicate the flags to the town of Dunbarton. A musket salute will be fired by the New Hampshire Sons of the American Revolution Honor Guard. On Dec. 11 at 10 a.m., the community is welcome to Wreaths Across Dunbarton’s ceremonies on the Common and to help place the wreaths on the graves of our 200 Veterans in the four local cemeteries. All donations are welcome to continue Wreaths Across Dunbarton and our new cause, Flags Around Dunbarton. On the memo line put Wreaths or Flags, or both.



HENNIKER / WEARESchool board meets

■Volunteers from the John Stark Football team traveled to Center Woods Elementary School on Oct. 24 to help with yard work due to the current custodial shortage. Thanks, footballers!

■Author, illustrator, and former second-grade teacher Marty Kelley visited fourth grade students at the Henniker Community School. Kelley has written and illustrated several children’s books, including “Pugnapped,” “Fall Is Not Easy,” “The Rules,” and “Winter Woes.”

■On Nov. 3 the Henniker School Board meets at 6:15 p.m. in the school library. Nov. 10 the John Stark School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. in the school Cafetorium. Nov. 16 the Weare School District Budget meets at 6 p.m. in the Weare Middle School Cafetorium. All of these meetings are In-person and live-streamed. The link for Board meetings at:

■Congrats to Sophomore Ella Smith who was selected as an alto vocalist for the state Jazz Choir. Ella will represent John Stark at the New Hampshire Music Education Association Jazz All-State Festival during Feb. 3 through 5, 2022 at Pinkerton Academy.



■The Town of Hopkinton is recommending that trick-or-treating take place on Oct. 31 during daylight hours. The traditional time is 5 to 7 p.m.

■The Story Walk behind the Slusser Center and playground presents “And Then Comes Halloween” written by Tom Brenner and illustrated by Holly Meade.

■Contoocook Dance and Gymnastics has re-opened. Call Yvonne Bossi at 746-3282 for class information.

■Two Villages Art Society is a nonprofit run by volunteers. New volunteers are being accepted. There are many jobs available - gallery sitter who keeps the gallery open for the public, help with marketing blitz for a show, help planning and running an art exhibition or related event. Email

■The Hopkinton Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to assist in local delivery of food boxes late afternoons on Wednesdays. Being able to lift and carry food boxes. You do not need to be available every Wednesday. Please call 603-746-6448 and leave a message.

■Dial A Ride is open for Rides to medical appointments, dental, physical therapy, radiation and chemotherapy and any other errands such as shopping, banking and barber or hairdresser appointments. The office hours at the Slusser Center are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to noon. Call 603-746-4357 to schedule an appointment or to volunteer.

■The Contoocook Farmers Market is moving to the Maple Street School on Nov. 6. Stay up to date by visiting the Facebook page Contoocook Farmers’ Market.The market will be every Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon through the winter. Masks required. Thanks for supporting local!



WARNERYouth auditions

■The Nature Discovery Center’s final two days of the season are this Saturday (10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and Sunday (noon to 4 p.m.). Come revel in the wonders of nature! Be sure to dress warmly.

■Auditions Nov. 1 through 5 at The Kearsarge Conservatory of the Performing Arts (KCPA). The KPCA is looking for two young female actors, six to 12, for lead roles in our upcoming winter show. Must be able to read and memorize the script. The winter show will be directed by Kevin Tarleton, director of our Theatre Arts program, who holds an MFA in acting and directing and has over 40 years of experience. We are happy to schedule an audition, either in person or on Zoom, according to the actor’s preference. For more information, please email Angela Tarleton or visit our website

■Sunapee Kearsarge Intercommunity Theatre (SKIT) presents “Turning Toward the Sun,” an original play adapted from the novel by Ceil Warren at the Warner Town Hall, Nov. 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 7:30 p.m, and Nov. 7 and 14, at 2 p.m. Witness Arthur’s extraordinary day in the tiny village of Stones End (New England) where life moves slowly, gossip travels fast, and it is simply impossible to keep deep, dark secrets hidden forever.

■Warner Historical Society and KACC are sponsoring Kearsarge Open Studios, a shopping and touring event on Nov. 6 and 7. Artists will occupy venues in Warner and Hopkinton to discuss how they create their art and to offer their creative works for sale. The Upton Chandler House will also have hours on Nov. 5, 5 to 7 p.m. See for a complete list of times and venues.

■MainStreet BookEnds BookGroup will discuss “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Kimmerer, Nov. 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. A botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Kimmerer combines her lenses of knowledge to show that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For more information and Zoom link visit or

■The Kearsarge Conservatory of the Performing Arts (KCPA) will hold Community Outreach Week Nov. 8 through 11. Come and try out a class for free, and if you enroll you will receive a free gift: tights for class for girls and a t-shirt for boys. Bring a friend, and if they enroll you will both get a free gift! Please email ahead to schedule your trial at Masks will be required for those five years old and up. For more information and class schedule visit

■Calling all veterans: American Legion Post 39 in Warner will hold its next meeting on Nov. 9 at the Post. For more information, contact Charles Trowbridge, Post Commander, or visit Starting Dec. 14 meetings will be held in the New Hampshire Telephone Museum.

■The Pillsbury Free Library Book Group will meet on Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. to discuss “Where the Forest Meets the Stars” by Glendy Vanderah. According to Goodreads, “In this gorgeously stunning debut, a mysterious child teaches two strangers how to love and trust again.” Copies are available at the Library.

■The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum will hold an in-person Wampum Bracelet Workshop on Nov. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn to bead a single row wampum bracelet. The cost of the workshop includes all materials and is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Attendance will be limited to 12 participants. Register online at

■The Family Closet Thrift Store is now accepting donations of fall and winter clothing only, as well as toys for holiday gifts. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning in November we will have our Gear Corner, which will include skis, snowboards, sleds, and more. Needed: winter blankets and pierced earrings.

■School Bus Drivers are still needed. Free Commercial Drivers License training provided. Contact Student Transport at (603) 938-6464 for more information.

Elibet Chase


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