Contoocook River town crier for Dec. 4, 2021

Published: 12/6/2021 8:22:53 AM
Modified: 12/6/2021 8:22:25 AM
BOWPick up tree and poinsettia orders

■The Bow Rotary organization’s holiday trees are at Bow Community Center 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. 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 feet to 7 feet tall. We will also have decorated wreaths again this year but not bird seed wreaths. For questions email Bob Couch at

■The Poinsettia “Drive-thru/Pick Up” service for pre-orders through the Bow Garden Club’s recent annual fundraiser, will be place on Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. All pre-ordered poinsettias need to be picked up at the Bow Community Center on Dec. 4, unless other arrangements have been made. The pick-up location will be the Bow Community Center again this year. Each customer will be met by a garden club member and will be asked the name of the person they pre-ordered their poinsettias through. The plants you ordered will then be brought out to your car. 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


DUNBARTONWreath laying

■On Dec. 11 at 10 a.m., the community is welcome to attend the Wreaths Across Dunbarton’s ceremony on the Common. Volunteers can help place the wreaths on the graves of nearly 200 veterans in the four local cemeteries. Donations are welcome to help continue Wreaths Across Dunbarton and Flags Around Dunbarton. Donation boxes are at the town offices across from the town clerk, or by check payable to: Wreaths Across Dunbarton, 1011 School St. Dunbarton, NH 03046.

■The DHHS will have a Vaccination Clinic Van at Dunbarton Elementary School Library on Dec. 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will have every vaccine available, including double doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson. As well as third doses for Pfizer and Moderna, and booster doses for Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson. All will be free, no health insurance is needed, and no signups! It’s all part of Wreaths Across Dunbarton weekend events.

■The Congregational Church’s Youtube Christmas Concert is estimated to be released on Dec. 11 and will remain on Youtube for a year. Don’t miss it.

■On Dec. 15, the library book group will hold its “No Book” Book Party via Zoom. Call the library for more information.

■Outside/In-Person Chair Yoga with Sherry Gamble will be Dec. 16 at 11 a.m., weather permitting. Come to the library parking lot for a groovy version of chair yoga! Chairs will be set up for you. Please bring your own mat. Please call or email the library to let them know you are coming. Dress warmly!

■Reading to Dogs will be held Dec. 16 from 2:45 to 4 p.m. Read outside/in person on the band stand. You must register to participate. Children in Grades 1 through 4 who register will have a 20 minute session side by side with Mr. T. For more information or to register for a session, please call the library at (603) 774-3546.

■Playaway Launchpads are now available for checkout at the library. These preloaded tablets have interactive learning apps and games that are perfect for preschoolers and elementary students. Each tablet is already loaded with games such as math, science, transportation, and art. They come with a durable cover, no internet connection or camera, and are hassle and worry-free. Purchased with grant funding from ARPA, made possible through the IMLS and the NH State Library.



HILLSBOROUGH / DEERINGOlde Fashioned Christmas

■On Dec. 4, the Fuller Public Library will have free cocoa and take-home craft kits, buy tickets for our Annual Holiday Raffle, and purchase handmade ornaments with the proceeds to benefit Greater Hillsborough Senior Services.

■Hearts of Hillsborough presents the Olde Fashioned Christmas all-day Dec. 4. The event this year is dedicated to the memory of Yvonne Wiegleman. Start at Hanna’s Diner or the United Methodist Church for breakfast and pick up a schedule of all the events: wreath and tree sales, bake sales, raffles, crafts, discounts, a Santa Shop, and topped off by caroling and tree lighting by Santa in Butler Park. Come on out to the country and get your Christmas spirit in gear.

■250th Hillsborough Anniversary auto plates are on sale from 9 a.m. to noon at the chamber office during the Olde Fashioned Christmas, and are also available at the Fuller Library and Vaillencourt Fuels. Plates can be used as a front plate during 2022 by any legally registered vehicle in New Hampshire. To order, stop by at a location mentioned above or email

■Dec. 7 is How To’s Day at Fuller Public Library at 1 or 6:30 p.m., we will be making Assorted Holiday Crafts. Call to register due to limited space, 464-3595.



■Creative Angels Bazaar & Annual Cookie Walk is on Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Contoocook United Methodist Church. There are over 50 varieties of cookies, a holiday food pantry with homemade soups to go, and a large jewelry table.

■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). There are t-shirts, advent calendars, local history books, stationery, and more available from the museum shop. The sale finishes Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 300 Main St, Hopkinton. From 9 a.m. to noon stop by our table at the Contoocook Farmers Market at the Maple Street School. For more information about the Hopkinton Historical Society visit

■During the holiday season, Byron Carr will be selling oil and watercolor paintings - 20% to 60% off - at 185 Main Street in Hopkinton. Prints, note cards, books by New Hampshire authors, and baked goods also will be for sale. During the next month, the sale will take place Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment by calling (603) 406-4880.

■Breakfast with Santa is a drop-in event at the Slusser Center on Dec. 11 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., or you can pre-register online There will be pancakes, eggs, bacon, hash browns, muffins and more. The cost is $7 for ages 12 and up, $5 ages five to 11, free under five years old, and $24 family max

■Pet photos with Santa on Dec. 11 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Slusser Center. Donations accepted to support Hopkinton’s Operation Christmas,

■Starry Starry Weekend finishes on Sunday! Businesses, restaurants, and retailers are opening their doors to local artists and sharing their spaces. 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 special events and festivities 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.), and 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. For questions email, or call 746-3663

■The Lions Club has a long standing fundraising tradition that provides needed services in our community. These include: eyesight screening in schools, a winter clothing drive for children and adults (coats, hats and mittens), scholarships for Hopkinton High School students, support for Got Lunch, Senior Lunch, and support for Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Future in Sight. With our ability to sponsor functions that support these services dramatically limited, this year we are offering another way you can contribute to the work we do. 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. On behalf of all Lions, we thank you for your support. The Lions Club is always looking for new members. To learn more about our club and activities visit our Facebook page hopkintonlionsclub or to our website

■On Dec. 9 and 16, the Hopkinton Town Library Community Room will be open from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for families to gather and play. Toys will be set up and families are invited to drop in and stay for as long as they wish. This is a time when your children can socialize, play, and meet other children in a casual, unstructured environment.

■Dial A Ride is open for rides to medical appointments and any other errands such as shopping, banking and hair appointments. The office hours at the Slusser Center are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Call (603) 746-4357 to schedule an appointment or to volunteer.

■The Contoocook Farmers Market is every Saturday from 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.

■Join us for the Red Cross Babysitters Training on March 25. This class is geared for those in 5th to 6th grade, it fills up fast so sign up now to secure a spot!



WARNERHoliday artistry

■Come see the work of Holiday Artisans at the Warner Historical Society’s Upton Chandler House Museum, Dec. 4 from 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

■More is happening on Dec. 4, so shop local and have fun! Gear Up Homeschoolers will be singing five carols up and down Main Street starting around 11:30 a.m.

■On Dec. 4 at 3 p.m., the Warner Connects NH Food Pantry and Resource Center presents a Fashion Show Fundraiser at the Warner Town Hall. Fashions from the thrift boutique will be presented by “local” models - friends and personalities from Warner’s businesses and organizations. Tickets are $8, or 2 for $15 ($10 at the door) and children 10 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at The Kitchen, Sugar River Bank, Warner Connects Food Pantry or Family Closet. Monetary donations will also be accepted at these locations. Sponsored by Sugar River Bank.

■There will be a DHHS regional vaccination clinic at the Kearsarge Regional Middle School on Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A follow up clinic for those requiring second doses of vaccination is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2022 from noon to 4 p.m.

■Dec. 5 at 4 p.m., Mountain Jam at Reed’s North presents eclectic musician Chris Bonoli. She brings to her music a range of influences from Motown to bluegrass to jazz and blues. For more information and menu, visit Reed’s North on Facebook.

■The Pillsbury Free Library Book group meets on Dec. 8, at 1:30 p.m. to discuss “The Beauty in Breaking” by Michele Harper. This memoir explores how an emergency room physician’s life of service to others taught her how to heal herself.

■On Dec. 11 and 18 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. Email or call (603) 45-2437 for information.

■Warner 4-H club’s next monthly meeting will be Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m., at the United Church of Warner. For more information, visit the Warner 4-H Club on Facebook.

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

■Christmas trees from LeBlanc’s Christmas Tree Farm (Plymouth) will be for sale again this year on the front lawn of Cafe One East in Warner.

■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, take a self-guided tour and learn more about Chandler Reservation history, For more on the former ski hill, visit Part 1: and Part 2:

■Warner Connects NH volunteers can assist with medical appointments, filling out forms, or transportation as needed. Call (603) 456-2053 or (603) 219-1044. More volunteers are needed.

■Storms Fitness is offering free fitness classes Wednesdays, at 10 a.m. for members and non-members through Dec.15. The class, Use It or Lose It, is designed for beginners and seniors. Call (603) 848-6179 for more info or visit Storms Fitness on Facebook.

■Reed’s North in downtown Warner holds Trivia Night every Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. Come on down, show your stuff and have a delicious meal at the same time!

■The Family Closet Thrift Store has toys for the holiday gift season, come shop Wednesday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 46 West Main Street. Holiday shopping vouchers are available by contacting Lori at (603) 456-2053.

■Bring your mail into the post office rather than using the outside box, especially for checks or valuables. Some post offices have been experiencing mailbox “fishing,” a national problem come to roost locally.

Elibet Chase


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