Contoocook River Town Criers for Nov. 21, 2021

Published: 11/23/2021 8:39:59 AM
BOWTrees available

■The annual Rotary Christmas Tree Sale is on! The Bow Rotary organization’s holiday trees will arrive at the Bow Community Center on Nov. 27 and tree sales will start at noon. The tree sale will run for two weeks or until they are all sold. Hours will be Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The trees are from a farm in Vermont that will be shipping only 200 Grade A trees. They will be a bit more expensive than last year’s trees, selling for $50 each. Trees are Fraser Fir and Balsam Fir and will average 5 to 7 feet tall. We will also have decorated wreaths again this year but not birdseed wreaths. For questions email Bob Couch at

■The Poinsettia “Drive-thru/Pick Up” service will be on Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon in regard to customers picking up the poinsettias they pre-ordered through the Bow Garden Club’s recent annual fundraiser. The pick-up location will be the Bow Community Center again this year. The garden club would like to thank everyone that purchased poinsettias through their 11th annual fundraiser. All proceeds go toward the club’s continuing civic beautification efforts within the Town of Bow. For questions please contact Joyce Kimball at 229-1990 or Please note that all pre-ordered poinsettias need to be picked up at the Bow Community Center on Dec. 4 unless other arrangements have been made with their seller.


DUNBARTONWreaths for sale

■The Dunbarton Congregational Church is holding their annual wreath sale. Choice of 22 inch decorated door wreaths for $26, 22 inch undecorated wreath for $14 and 48 inch undecorated barn wreath for $50. Please Place Your Order by Nov. 22. Orders may be emailed to Mike Shearin at Orders can be picked up at the Church Vestry on Nov 27. The church supports only local New Hampshire Vendors.

■No school at the elementary school on the following days: Wednesday (Teacher Workshop), Thursday and Friday (Thanksgiving holidays).

■The library will be closed Thursday and on Friday for Thanksgiving but will be open regular hours on Saturday. Town offices will be closed all day on Thursday and Friday for the holidays.

■Save the dates for hosting at our library. “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer, discussion on Jan. 19, 2022 at 6:30 p.m., and “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro, discussion on Feb. 16, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. Limited copies are now available for pickup.

■DCC Book Club will be reading “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelo. Discussion will be on Dec. 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom.

■Thank you to the Dunbarton Telephone Co. for putting up all 58 flags in time for Veterans Day.

■The Dunbarton Police Department, in partnership with the Concord Regional Crimeline, is seeking a resident or two from the town to serve as members on the Concord Regional Crimeline Board. The Concord Regional Crimeline is a non-profit organization that promotes community education and awareness of criminal activities in order to deter and prevent their occurrence. The Crimeline funds rewards for anonymous information that leads to arrest(s) or indictment for crimes that have been committed. For more information contact, or Sergeant Christopher Remillard by email or by phone (603) 774-5500.



HENNIKER / WEAREToddler playgroup

■JSRHS National Honor Society Chapter inducted Natalie Smith, Nolan Scott, Jackson Davis, Samantha Veilleux, Logan Grant, Ruby Dykstra, Emma Dobbins, Meghan Mefford, Katelyn Pinter, Aubrey Fischer, Kiera Briggaman, Kadie Forrestall, Rose Kosciuszek, Percy Carson, Sarah Guillemette, Sophia McGinty, Jacqueline O’Donnell, Brooke Blackburn, and Andrea Seaver.

■Henniker’s library reminds us all that trustee meetings are open to the public. If you can’t attend the meeting you can review the meeting package, meeting minutes, and monthly financial statements on the library’s website, For questions, concerns or comments email

■The Weare Public Library has after school gaming (Monday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.), pinochle and cribbage (Tuesday at 3 p.m.). On Dec. 1 the Baby & Toddler Playgroup is at 10:30 a.m. as well as Read with the Ruff Readers at 5 p.m. Check out their web site for the rest of their many activities for young and old alike.

■Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!



■GHSS shopping in Warner at Market Basket on Nov. 24. Pick-ups are at Maple Leaf and the Park and Ride lot at 8:45 a.m. Call Riche’ Colcombe at 478-1989 to do your shopping. Masks are required.

■The Hillsboro American Legion Auxiliary will be holding their annual Pie Raffle on Nov. 24, paddles go on sale at 5:30 p.m. American Legion Post 59, 538 West Main St., Hillsboro.

■Happy Thanksgiving!



■Starry Starry Weekend will be quite the event this year! Our businesses and artists are excited to welcome the magic of the season with all of you on Dec. 3, 4, and 5. Businesses, restaurants, and retailers are opening their doors to local artists and sharing their spaces. Mark your calendars for three full days of merriment in Hopkinton and Contoocook Villages. This year enjoy a Beer Garden, sponsored by Maple Row Management and featuring Concord Craft Brewing, on tap inside an 1880s reproduction boxcar brought to you by Roundhouse Workshop. Shop our local stores and pop-up shops, relish the lights aglow, take in the sounds of live holiday music, and soak in the holiday cheer. For where to Shop, Eat, and the Full List of Special Events and Festivities visit

■Pop-up Sale at the Hopkinton Historical Society. Locally-made items by Abenaki and friends, including baskets, pottery, wood, leather, textile items and antique baskets (not from the Society’s collection). T-shirts, advent calendars, local history books, stationery and more available from the Museum Shop on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. at 300 Main St, Hopkinton. On Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon stop by our table at the Contoocook Farmers Market at Maple Street School. For more information about the Hopkinton Historical Society, visit

■“What We have Learned from the Abenaki Trails Project” at The Hopkinton Historical Society is up into December. The exhibit is open Tuesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 603-746-3825

■Help select The Hopkinton Hundred. Let us know your family’s top 10 picture books by Feb. 28, 2022. Stop by the library to pick up a nomination form. One per family, please. Email or call 746-3663.

■U.S. Supreme Court review of 2021 term with John Greabe on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Hopkinton Town Library. Join us for a program on the Supreme Court’s 2021 term. Greabe, who directs the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Service and teaches constitutional law at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, will lead the discussion.

■Library Book Group is reading “Perestroika in Paris” by Jane Smiley. Please read the book and join Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. at the Hopkinton Town Library. Copies of the book are available at the library.

■The Lions Club has a long-standing fundraising tradition that provides needed services in our community. To kick off the upcoming holiday season we are asking for donations of $15 - or more if you choose - for a Be Kind, Give Thanks sign to place on your lawn or at your business. These will be available at the Christmas tree sale and Food Drive for the Hopkinton Food Pantry. You also can contact Marge Doscher at 603-496-8388 or email to order a sign and arrange for payment and delivery or pickup. To learn more about our club and activities visit our Facebook page hopkintonlionsclub or to our website

■Participate in the Hopkinton Food Pantry and Operation Christmas Turkey Trot! First 100 to pre-register get a free T-shirt! Lots of great prizes from Concord Craft, Gould Hill, the Lake House, the Contoocook Creamery and Sabol socks for the division winners! Pre-registrations are discounted and are online at

■Twice a month, the Hopkinton Town Library Community Room will be open from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for families to gather and play. This is a time when your children can socialize, play, and meet other children in a casual, unstructured environment. Next up are Dec. 9 and 16.

■Dial A Ride is open for rides to medical appointments, errands or other needs. 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 every Saturday 9 a.m. to noon inside at Maple Street School. Stay up to date by visiting the Facebook page Contoocook Farmers’ Market. Masks are required.



WARNERLearn about Afghans

■Diana Lavancher will present Sing Out! on Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to noon, at Jim Mitchell Park. RSVP to This is an opportunity for kids nine to 12 to sing together, learn rounds, rhythms, and harmonies.

■The Pillsbury Free Library will sponsor Northeast Native American stories from New Hampshire Abenaki and other Northeast woodlands, told by Anne Jennison on Nov. 20 from 2 to 3 p.m., at Warner Town Hall. The presentation will be on Zoom projected on a large screen. For more information and the Zoom link, call or email Sue at the library at (603) 456-2289,

■Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum presents the free lecture “Glass Wampum: Its origin and use in Colonial Native America” on Nov. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. Ken Hamilton will present information on the origin and evolution of glass wampum beads in North America during the Colonial era. Ken’s talk will include photographic examples of extant historical objects using glass wampum from world collections as well as historical insights and documentation from archaeological and written contexts. For more information, visit

■On Nov. 20 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Warner Historical Society Barn Sale will have Christmas decorations and gifts for sale at the Upton Chandler House Museum. The museum store will also be open for early holiday shopping at 10 West Main Street, Warner. Email or call (603) 45-2437 for information.

■Reed’s North introduces its Mountain Jam live music series! This Nov. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m., see Joe Pero, lead of the popular New Hampshire band FuzzBoxx. For more information and the menu, visit Reed’s North on Facebook.

■Nov. 27 at 4 p.m. the Warner Historical Society presents a poetry reading, “Visual Verse: A Snapshot in Time,” at the town hall. Held in conjunction with the Literary Arts Guild of the Center for the Arts, Lake Sunapee Region. Email or call (603) 45-2437 for information.

■On Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., the Pillsbury Free Library is hosting a Zoom presentation by Warner resident Rachel Lehr, “Afghanistan: preparing to welcome evacuees into our communities.” This illustrated virtual presentation encompasses the geography and geopolitics of Afghanistan, its history and recent developments. Social issues such as Afghan ethnicities, gender roles and relations, family structures, what matters to Afghans, communication styles and Afghan etiquette, will be discussed. Rachel will address what to expect from the new arrivals, and how to help them transition to their new American lives. Call (603) 456-2289 to register and get information on the Zoom link.

■Come see the work of Holiday Artisans at the Warner Historical Society’s Upton Chandler House Museum on Dec. 3 (5 to 7 p.m.) and Dec. 4 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Find unique gifts for the holidays and support local artisans. For more information, call (603) 456-2437 or email

■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.

■Need Fuel assistance? Contact Warner Connects NH at (603) 456-2053.

■Christmas trees from LeBlanc’s Christmas Tree Farm will be for sale again this year on the front lawn of Cafe One East starting the week of Thanksgiving.

■The Nature Discovery Center is looking for a volunteer or two who could assist with planning a winter/early spring free program series to be held at a local library. Center Director Sandra Martin, will be contacting prospective presenters. Should you be interested and available to help, please call Sandra Martin at (603) 822-2334. This position does not require travel.

■The Warner Winter Parking Ban is in effect from Nov. 1 through May 1. The ordinance states that no vehicle may be left on any street, road, or highway in the Town of Warner between midnight and 6 a.m. Any vehicle found to be in violation of this ban will be towed away at the owner’s expense.

■Sunday afternoon soccer needs more girls under 10 years old, for play at FieldHouse Sports, Bow. If your daughter is interested, please contact Steph Monette at

■Get ready for sledding! The former ski hill at the end of Mink Hill Lane in the Chandler Reservation has been mowed in preparation for the oncoming snow. To see a map and learn more about Chandler Reservation history, visit For more on the former ski hill, visit Part 1 and Part 2

Elibet Chase


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