Contoocook town crier for May 8, 2022

Published: 5/11/2022 10:45:56 AM
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 their beautiful plants for our sale. Members will also be donating some of their own “tried and true” perennials for sale at very low prices and you will have the opportunity to shop at the new “Crafts Corner.”

■The Bow Garden Club will hold its May 9 Members Meeting at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. with the program “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. Email for a Zoom invite!

■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 UNH Cooperative Extension will identify the impacts of the changing climate on our gardens, and how we can reduce the impact and keep growing the plants we love. All are welcome at the Old Town Hall.

■Bow resident Jessica Dunbar is starting a Bow Energy Committee. The Bow Energy Committee meets every third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Room C of the Town Municipal Building. 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:, (603) 223-3910.


HENNIKER / WEAREFun run sign-up

■The New Hampshire Excellence in Education (EDies) Board announced that the Henniker Community School has been elected as the 2022 NH K-8 School of Excellence. The announcement was made at a school assembly to surprised students and staff.

■The Weare Selectmen adopted an updated Transfer Station Fee Schedule last week.

■Weare’s 28th annual Town-Wide Yard Sale is to be held on June 4. Forms to be on the map are available at, the library, town office, and post office.

■Tucker Free Library’s new hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Thursday (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m. to noon).

■You’re running out of time to register for the Weare Fun Run 5K on May 13 at 4 p.m. at the Weare Middle School. The cost through May 12 is $10 per person with a $30 immediate family cap. Race day registration is $15. This race is for all ages eight and up.



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

■On May 10 is Crafter’s Corner from 1 to 3 p.m., always the second Tuesday of the month at Fuller Library, sponsored by GHSS and FPL. Call (603) 464-3595 for more information.

■Hillsborough Village Talk Series on May 10. Learn about another of the four villages that make up the Town of Hillsborough. This week is the Bridge/mills story at 6:30 p.m

■Hillsborough Community Center Café Murder Dinner Theater Fundraiser on May 14, 15, and 21. Dinner includes a salad, an Italian pasta entrée, dessert, and beverage. Check the website for more information on performance prices and locations

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



■“Re-Imagining Books: Miniature Books By Artists,” with Gay Ayers on May 8 at 4 p.m. at the Hopkinton Town Library Community Room

■Have questions or want to learn more about our 50+ Active Living Programs? Call the Hopkinton Rec Department at (603) 746-8263, or visit us online at Feel free to stop in the Slusser Center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a tour and to pick up a full list of programs.

■Calling all women (18+ years) who want to get outside and play soccer! Join us on Sunday nights at Houston Park for Women’s Pickup Soccer. This program is free to Hopkinton residents (there is a small fee for non-residents). Sign up online at

■Make a mug with clay for people 18 and older on May 16 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Slusser Center. Register at

■Dr. Brandon Gauthier will speak about his new book “Before Evil: Young Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Mao and Kim” on May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hopkinton Town Library.

■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. Any questions you may have please contact Jean Eaton, Office Manager at HMS at or 746-3473.

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

■Beginning Birdwatching on Saturdays, May 14, 21 and 28 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. For ages 18 and up. $30 per person. Participants will learn the basics of bird behavior and biology, how to use binoculars effectively, and explore birding sites around Hopkinton. Register at

■The Slusser Center is thrilled to resume in-person dining for Wednesday Senior Lunch. SIf you are not familiar with the program, give the Slusser Center call at 746-8265 or drop in at the Center Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $5 donation is requested.

■The Recreation Department. is accepting applications for Summer Camp staff. Enjoy working with kids? Perfect! Think you want to pursue teaching/early education? Perfect! All job descriptions, pay rates and applications are online at

■Many camp options are available on the Hopkinton website: Hopkinton Rec Camp from June 27 to Aug. 12; Boys Lax Camp on July 12, 19, 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Register by July 8. Taught by the Hopkinton Varsity Lax players. Will help players ages six to 14 years old work on developing stick work, positioning and lax techniques. Box Lax Camp for all 10U-14U (ages eight to 14) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on July 14 and 21 offensive clinic, July 28 faceoff and goalie clinic; Girls LAX Clinic from Aug. 1 to 4 for 8U-10U and 12U-14U. Summer Art Camp from Aug. 8 to 12. British Soccer is the week of Aug. 15 at Houston Park. Information and registration is at

■Writing Camp is a time for students entering Grade 3 up to high school, to spend a week reading, writing and sharing their literacy experiences with others. This year we are running two sessions of camp: the weeks of June 27 and Aug. 15. We have full-day and half-day options. Please contact Trish Walton ( or Joan Follansbee ( for more information and registration materials.

■One week of Hopkinton Recreation Summer Camp costs $200 this year, which is out of reach for many Hopkinton families. If you are able to help a family afford these programs, please send a check payable to Town of Hopkinton Human Services with “camp scholarship” on the memo line. Please mail donations to Hopkinton Human Services, 330 Main Street Hopkinton, NH 03229.

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

■Dial A Ride is open for rides for Hopkinton/Contoocook residents. 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 Winters Farmers Market is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon inside at Maple Street School. The Farmers Market now has seafood available through a fishermen cooperative. Learn more at

■Wild Ones Farm is now open at 258 Dustin Road on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local cheese available, long-aged hard cheese and classic soft cheeses.

■Beech Hill Farm and Ice Cream Barn is open everyday from noon to 8 p.m. We have delicious ice cream, adorable baby farm animals, colorful flowers, and exciting new products in our farm stand store.

■Reserve your time to Read with Zeke at the Hopkinton Town Library at

■Neighbor to Neighbor Children’s Clothing Sale is on May 21 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Countryside Community Church. Clothing donations and sales 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

■Babe Ruth AAA Baseball is in need of umpires for Hopkinton. Our games are Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:15 p.m. We are looking for individuals with baseball experience who are at least 13 years old. You do not need previous experience, but should have a good understanding of rules and be willing to call balls/strikes/outs. You’ll be paid for each umpired game. This is an excellent way to earn a little extra money and help our league. If you are interested, email Adam Steinberg at

■All active adults, ages 50+, are invited to join us for bi-weekly walks. Please leave your pets at home. Each walk be approximately two miles in length and we should be back at the Slusser Center before noon. Let the Recreation Department know if you are interested at Advanced registration appreciated.



WARNERFishing derby

■Pickleball season is on at Riverside Park. Want to learn? Attend Pickle Camp, on May 7, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Riverside Park tennis/pickleball courts with Andi Chatis, (207) 439-7717. The fee is $40 for the camp. Regular Pickleball games are Monday and Thursday at 5:15 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 10 a.m. Just show up. Paddles are provided; all levels are welcome.

■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 can start registering at 6:30 a.m. A complimentary hot dog or hamburger and a cold drink will be provided for all registered children. Cash prizes! Sponsored by Warner Fish and Game Club,

■On May 7 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum will hold Founder’s Day in honor of Bud Thompson’s birthday. There will be guest speakers from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and music, food, slideshow, raffles, museum visits and more all afternoon! Please RSVP to

■On May 11 at 1:30 p.m., the Pillsbury Free Library Book Group will discuss “House of Mirth” by Edith Wharton.

■On May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Spring into Warner, is coming back to Main Street! To participate, contact Warner Historical Society or Warner Area Farmer’s Market for spaces at their locations, or Nancy Ladd at the Pillsbury Free Library for other locations on Main Street.

■Jim Mitchell Scholarship Used Book Sale on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A huge selection of books will be on sale. All proceeds benefit the Jim Mitchell Scholarships, which are awarded to graduating high school seniors from Warner.

■Big Jewelry Sale at the Family Closet Thrift Boutique on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of jewelry for the sale will be accepted through May 11. All proceeds support Warner Connects NH Food Pantry and Resource Center.

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

■Clean-up Day at the Nature Discovery Center on May 21 at 1 p.m. The museum needs a few people with brooms, dust rags, and dustpans to clean outside surfaces of the glass classes. Dress warmly! Bottled water and snacks provided. To volunteer, contact Museum director Sandra Martin at or 603-822-2334.

■Happening now through Oct. 29, NH Telephone Museum’s 2022 Special Exhibit! “Insatiable Curiosity: The Creativity and Innovation of Alexander Graham Bell.” Take a look into the mind of the inventor, scientist, and teacher who brought us the telephone. General admission fees apply.

■Warner Connects NH Food Pantry and Community Resource Center is seeking donations of size six diapers, toddler pull-ups (sizes three, four and five), and reusable grocery bags for packing food. Donated items may be placed in the large receptacle outside of the tent), 49 W. Main Street, Warner. For more information, call (603) 456-2053.

Elibet Chase


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