Contoocook River Town Criers for April 24, 2022

Published: 4/25/2022 1:03:23 PM
Modified: 4/25/2022 1:01:58 PM
BOWPlant sale

■The garden club’s annual Spring Plant Sale, their main fundraiser, will take place on May 28 at the Bow Community Center from 8 a.m. to noon. Come early for the best selection! LaValley Farms will again be supplying the plants for our sale, which will include colorful annuals and hanging baskets, perennials, herbs, vegetable starters and lots of geraniums for Memorial Day plantings! Members will be donating some of their own “tried and true” perennials for sale at very low prices as well.

■The Bow Young At Heart will meet on May 11. Following the business meeting at 12:30 p.m., Matt Taylor from the Planning Department will do a presentation on economic development in Bow. At the May 25 meeting the program will be “Gardening in a Changing Climate.” Following the brown bag Lunch at 11:30 a.m., Ruth Axelrod from the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension will identify the impacts of the changing climate on our gardens, how we can reduce the impact and keep growing the plants we love. All are welcome at the Old Town Hall.

■The Bow Garden Club will hold its Members Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on May 9 via Zoom. The program will be “Growing Orchids at Home,” presented by Cynthia Brown, Manager of Collection, Education and Access at Smithsonian Gardens, home to the third largest diverse species collection in the world. Non-members are welcome to sit in. Emai: to receive a Zoom invite!

■Bow resident Jessica Dunbar is starting a “Bow Energy Committee” and invites members of the public to join their team. Joining the Bow Energy Committee will give you a new opportunity to participate in town initiatives and to engage with other members of your community. To learn more about our committee or to join our team, we welcome you to attend a meeting and/or contact Tonia Lindquist at the Town Office for more information at or (603) 223-3910.


DUNBARTONAlzheimer’s lecture

■“Alzheimer’s Disease Why it Happens and HOW to Prevent It.” The featured speaker is Herbert B. Allen, M.D. Professor and Chair Emeritus Drexel University Medical School, Professor of Geriatrics and Gerontology Rowan SOM. This is a free seminar on April 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary school gym. Seating is limited. RSVP to Dr. Herbert B. Allen M.D. will explain how an 80-year-old drug could cure or prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Unlike diseases that impair the body in a myriad of physical ways, dementia can rob mental faculties and identity, as patients struggle to remember memories from previous days. Come to the seminar and find out more about what you can do now to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. Q&A to follow.

■Reading to Dogs for kids in Grades 1 to 4 will be on May 5. There will be three one-on-one sessions each day for 20 minutes, starting at 2:45 p.m. Contact the library to register.

■The Dunbarton PTO Sweetheart Dance will be on May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the elementary school. Students and their adult guest are invited to a fun night “Under the Stars.” Activities: DJ and dancing, desserts and refreshments, photos and raffle prizes (cash only). Tickets are $10 per person. Purchase at by April 29.

■The Dunbarton Police Department will once again be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Takeback Day. The event will take place on April 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dunbarton Police Department. Questions about the event may be directed to Chief Chris Remillard, (603) 774-5500 or

■This month the DCC book group is reading “Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Changing World,” by the Dalai Lama. Book discussion will be on the first Thursday in May at 7 p.m. Fore more information or a Zoom link, call 496-3252.

■Pre-Construction Library Book Sale. Due to the delay in construction, the books sale continues in the front foyer. $1 for a hardback, $3 a bag (bring your own bag). Construction at the town hall is expected to start at the beginning of May. During this time there will be no library access. The library will run curbside pickup from the Route 13 side or front porch area of the building. The library staff will bring out books for you to browse. Please park at the town offices. Hours of operation will remain the same but may change due to construction activity. All programs will be virtual or around the bandstand. Contact the library if you have questions or if you need assistance with curbside, call 774-3546 or email



HENNIKER / WEARE Photos selected

■Jerry LoFaro has photos accepted into Creative Quarterly (67) again, this time with three selections from his series “Ram’s Head in Aspect.” In addition, six of his photos will appear in CQ’s 100 Best Annual Book & Exhibit. Congrats, Jerry!

■The Henniker Chamber of Commerce is doing its annual town trash clean-up with participants meeting at the Community Park at 10 a.m. on April 30 to be assigned routes, and hand out blue trash bags and reflective vests.

■It’s time to register for the Weare Fun Run 5K to be held on May 13 at 4 p.m. at the Weare Middle School. Pre-register by May 4 and get a free custom race T-shirt. The cost for registration through May 12 is $10 per person with a $30 immediate family cap. The race day registration fee is $15. This race is for all ages 8 and up.

■On April 30 the Weare Public Library winds up its Spring Scavenger Hunt in the Children’s Room. Find the reading rabbits to solve the puzzle and earn a small prize!



■Strong Living Exercises at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at Smith Congregational Church. The exercises were developed by Tufts University. Sessions are free! For questions call Fran Charron at (603) 464-3630 or email her at

■250th Hillsborough Anniversary Auto Plates are available at the Fuller Library and Vaillencourt Fuels. To order, stop by a location mentioned above or email:

■April 25 to 30, Book Preview Sale at Fuller Public will run all week by appointment. All you can bag (BYOB) for $10. Call (603) 464-3595.

■May 28 GHSS Warner Shopping Trip. Pickup at Maple Leaf at 8:45 a.m. Call Riche Colcombe at (603) 478-1989 to reserve a ride for shopping. Masks are now optional.



■Drug Takeback. Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal on April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hopkinton Police Station.

■Spring Cleaning includes saying goodbye to technology you no longer need. The Lions Club will be collecting used technology at Storm Fitness Center in Contoocook from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 6 and 7.

■Harold Martin School invites all incoming Kindergarten students to a screening on May 24 and 25. To sign up for a screening, please go to and click on the Sign-Up Genius link located in the Kindergarten Screening message block. Registration forms must be completed prior to the Screening. You can find the forms on our website. Parents will enter the building (look for signage) through Door 1 where you will be greeted by the Kindergarten staff. Any questions you may have please contact Jean Eaton, Office Manager at HMS at or 746-3473.

■Echoes & Reflections is open through May 14 at the Bates Building. The gallery is open to the public Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. A related program of live music and poetry will take place on April 30 at 5 p.m.

■Congratulations to Harold Martin School Literacy Specialist Liz Cannon on winning the 2022 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation! As a sabbatical recipient, Cannon will devote the next school year to building on her own knowledge, sharing new research and resources, exploring how to incorporate them into lessons, and working with teachers to build a statewide network to support each other in their crucial task of teaching young children how to read. To learn more, visit

■Rabies clinic at the Contoocook Fire Station on April 26 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A representative from the Town Clerk’s office will be there to register your dog right then. $15 per vaccine. Proceeds benefit the Hopkinton Fire Explorers.

■Register your dog by April 30. For complete information including hours and fees

■Hopkinton Historical Society is holding its sixth Vintage Yard Sale on May 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain date May 22) and is currently accepting donations for the event. Please email administrator@hopkintonhistory or call (603) 746-3825 with any questions or to schedule pick-up or drop-off.

■The Hopkinton Town Library title for April is “The Woman They Could Not Silence; One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear” by Kate Moore. The book group will meet in the Local History Room at the library on April 27 at 1 p.m. There will also be a Zoom option.

■The Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on April 27 with donor appointments from 1:30 to 6:15 p.m. Those interested in donating blood should call 1 (800) 733-2767 or visit and enter STANDREWS in the FIND A DRIVE space to schedule an appointment

■Hopkinton Junior Explorers is on Wednesdays for youth ages eight to 12 from May 4 to June 1, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Join naturalist Linden Rayton and conservation biologist Pete Maciaszek in exploring the spring woodlands of Hopkinton! Kids must wear long pants and close-toed shoes. The program is generally held rain or shine, with cancellations for thunder or downpours. Registration is limited to 12 participants. Register at

■Beginning Birdwatching on Saturdays, May 21 and 28 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. For ages 18 and older. $30 per person. Start your Saturdays right by getting outside with naturalist Linden Rayton for a spring venture into birding. 10 participants max. Register at

■The Slusser Center is thrilled to resume in-person dining for Wednesday Senior Lunch. Senior Lunch provides an opportunity to enjoy a good meal and a great conversation!

■Spring 2022 In-Town Soccer is on! Games will be played on Sundays. Coaches will coordinate to avoid conflicts with lacrosse, softball and baseball programs. Games will be set by grades, and include coed/Girls v Boys/Grade-v-Grade matches. Our focus is to have the kids actively playing and learning each week. Sunday Soccer begins on May 1 and ends on June 12 at Houston Fields. Boys and girls currently in Grades 3 through 8. $25 registration. Mail payment to Hopkinton Soccer Club, PO Box 224, Contoocook, NH 03229HOW All players must register at

■It’s time to register for the Girls LAX Clinic, Aug. 1 to 4 this summer! Visit for details!

■British Soccer is coming to Hopkinton! Join us the week of August 15 at Houston Park for British Soccer Camp! Details are online at

■Baseball camp for players aged 7 to 15, will run from June 27 to 30 at Hopkinton High School. For a registration form email Coach Chase -

■Neighbor to Neighbor Children’s Clothing Sale is back on May 21 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Countryside Community Church. The sale is fantastic (typically $5 to fill a bag). Clothing donations and sale proceeds support the Pass Along Project for foster children. More information is at 746-4043 or

■Hopkinton Field and Track for Kindergarten through 6th Grade is now open. Sundays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. from May 12 to June 12. Please register at

■Adult Trail Walkers. All active adults, ages 50 and up, are invited to join us for bi-weekly walks. Each walk will be approximately 2 miles in length and we should be back at the Slusser Center before noon (the actual walk is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours). Each person will need to take responsibility for protection from weather, sun, ground conditions, bugs, and dehydration. The next walk is on April 25, Little Tooky Road and/or Little Tooky Trail. Let the Recreation Department know if you are interested at Advance sign-ups are appreciated.



WARNER Cellar lesson

■April 27 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom – “A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes,” with Adair Mulligan. The Library is offering limited spaces to view the program on a large screen in the Meeting Room. Register at or call (603) 456-2289.

■Reminder! Dog registration are due to the Town Clerk by April 30.

■On May 1, the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum will open for the season! Volunteers are needed. If interested, contact Barbara at, or call the museum at (603) 456-2600.

■May 1 at 4 p.m. the BookEnds BookGroup will discuss “The House We Grew Up In” by Lisa Jewell. Meet on the Terrace or join on Zoom. For more information and Zoom link, visit

■On May 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 4:30 p.m. is the Warner Youth Sports Association soccer clinic, run by members of the New England College soccer team. For information and to sign up, visit

■On May 7 from 7 to 11 a.m. the Warner Fish & Game Club’s annual Children’s Fishing Derby will be held at the Children’s Brook on Pumpkin Hill Road. Children under 16 years of age can start registering at 6:30 a.m. Lunch provided for all registered children. Cash prizes! Info at

■Kindergarten and New Student Registration information for the Kearsarge School District can be found at or call Simonds School 603-456-2241.

■The Nature Discovery Center is seeking summer volunteers. To volunteer, contact Museum director Sandra Martin at or (603) 822-2334.

■On May 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Spring into Warner is coming back to Main Street! 

■Free seeds at the Warner Connects NH Food Pantry and Community Resource Center. Registration will provide a free tray of vegetable seedlings to augment your fresh produce this summer. Trays will be available at the end of May. Call (603) 456-2053 to sign up.

Elibet Chase


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