Contoocook region town crier is May 22, 2022

Published: 5/25/2022 1:01:09 PM
BOWClub hosts lectures

■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, which will include colorful annuals and hanging baskets, perennials, herbs, vegetable starters and lots of geraniums for Memorial Day plantings! 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.” Please note that for safety purposes BGC workers will be masked and everyone will be asked to keep an appropriate distance from person to person in an effort to make our plant sale as Covid-safe as possible for our loyal patrons. Masks for patrons are optional.

■Bow Young At Heart meetings: May 25 “Gardening in a Changing Climate” with Ruth Axelrod from UNH Cooperative Extension; June 8 “Songs of Old New Hampshire with Jeff Warner of the NH Humanities Council; June 22 “Spotlight on Bees” (re-scheduled) with Tina Duhamel from Busy Beezz. Meetings are held regularly on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Old Town Hall. The social hour begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch. Attendees should bring a brown bag lunch and a beverage. Dessert will be provided. The programs begin at 12:30 p.m. All are welcome. For questions, call Carol Barleon at (603) 568-2812


DUNBARTONPollinator talk

■The library will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday on May 28. The library demo and excavation are wrapped up. Forms and concrete are continued this week.

■Town Offices will be closed on Memorial Day. Memorial Day Ceremonies will be 11 a.m. to noon on Monday.

■This month the DCC book group is reading The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The book discussion will be on June 2 at 7 p.m., hosted by Sarah. For more information or a Zoom link call 496-3252.

■The Dunbarton Garden Club will be meeting on June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dunbarton Community Center. Ruth Droescher, a University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Advanced Master Gardener, will provide a talk on “Growing a Pollinator Garden.” Recommendations will be presented on creating a pollinator habitat in your yard. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

■The annual Dunbarton Fire Department Chicken BBQ is back. The date is June 26. Servings are from either noon to 2 p.m., or 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and children 12 and under are $10. Most members of the fire department have tickets to sell. For any questions please email

■Dunbarton Public Library Summer Reading Program 2022 “Oceans of Possibilities” will be held from June 28 to July 29. All programs will be held outside on the Town Common, or bandstand. Some may be virtual. You may pick up reading logs at their front porch entrance on the Route 13 side of the building once their program starts. For questions, check out the library website or email




■May 27 is Early Release Day in Henniker, Weare and John Stark school districts. A reminder that on May 30, Memorial Day, there is no public school in either of our towns.

■The Weare Library has a new Bee Hotel. Much thanks to Eagle Scout Benjamin Hallee of Troop 24 for planning, fundraising, and constructing this project! It attracts solitary bees. Their abode is easy to maintain, and they are docile towards human visitors.

■If you’re not a bee, After School Gaming is available at the Weare Library on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 5 p.m. for kids and teens and at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays is Pinochle and Cribbage for Adults.

■Registration forms for July theatre camps at John Stark Regional High School are available at Henniker and Weare libraries and all schools in the SAU.



■On Tuesday, the Fuller Public Library’s Village Talk Series wraps up with the Upper and Lower Villages. Join at 6:30 p.m. to learn about the last two villages established in the Town of Hillsborough.

■On Saturday, the Annual Book Sale at Fuller Public Library is 9 a.m. to noon. Hundreds of books, all you can bag for $10, bring your own bags! We are not accepting any donations at this time.

■The Hillsborough Community Yard Sale is on Saturday and will have many locations around town. Pick up a map of participants at Butler Park between 8 a.m. and noon.

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



■A Flock of NH Poets: Spotlight on Mimi White with L.R. Berger on May 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hopkinton Town Library. RSVP at 746-3663. This event is made possible with the support of The Hopkinton Library Foundation.

■Harold Martin School’s Reading and Writing Specialist Elizabeth Cannon is the 2022 recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical. Cannon plans to devote her year to researching how children learn to read, incorporating new research into lessons that teachers can use, and sharing the information with schools around the Granite State.

■Artists, here is an opportunity to show and sell your work at Two Villages Art Society’s 2022 Summer Member Show: Celebrating the Artist Next Door. The art show and sale is July 1 through July 30 at the Bates Building. “Artist Merit” awards will be chosen by a guest juror; the winners will be announced at the July 2 opening reception. A “People’s Choice” award will be given at the end of the show. To participate, email

■Kimball Pond swim lessons registrations are open for Hopkinton residents. Register online at

■We are excited about June Tiny Explorers! Bring your little ones out for summer exploring at the Kimball Lake Cabins. On Saturdays (June 4, 11 and 18) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for ages two to five years. Register online at

■Have questions or want to learn more about our 50-plus Active Living Programs? Call the Hopkinton Rec Department at (603) 746-8263 or visit us online

■Women’s (18-plus years) Pickup soccer is on Sunday nights at Houston Park. Sign up online at

■Do you have an interest in mycology? Become a member of the Hopkinton Foragers Facebook page to stay in the loop with upcoming events, submit ideas, share information about edible, medicinal, and toxic wild fungi and plants.

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

■Senior Lunch provides an opportunity to enjoy a good meal and a great conversation on Wednesdays. A $5 donation is requested.

■The Police Officers Association of Hopkinton and Contoocook of Commerce would like revive the fireworks show, at Elm Brook Park on Sept. 24. If you would like to make a donation to the fireworks show, you can send the donations to: Police Officers Association of Hopkinton, P.O. Box 499, Contoocook, N.H. 03229 or Contoocook Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 174, Contoocook, N.H. 03229.

■The Recreation Department is accepting applications for Summer Camp staff. Job descriptions, pay rates, and applications are at

■Writing Camp will run two sessions the weeks of June 27 and Aug. 15. We have full-day and half-day options. Please contact Trish Walton at or Joan Follansbee at 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 the Town of Hopkinton Human Services with “camp scholarship” on the memo line. Please mail donations to Hopkinton Human Services, 330 Main St., Hopkinton, NH 03229.

■Baseball camp for players ages 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 Farmers’ Market is open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Gazebo behind the Contoocook Train Depot. Stay up to date by visiting the Facebook page, Contoocook Farmers’ Market. SNAP/EBT gladly accepted. Visit if you’d like to participate in the fish CSA.

■Wild Ones Farm is now open 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 every day from noon to 8 p.m. It has 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. He loves sitting and listening to a good story. Register for 15 minutes of reading at

■Summer Day camp at Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center for ages five to 12 years old runs Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 746-568, email info@bitsetc.Hopkintonorg or visit for more information. The cost is $300.

■Hopkinton Field and Track for Kindergarten through 6th Grade is now open on 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. You do not need previous umping experience, but should have a good understanding of baseball rules and be willing to call balls/strikes/outs and be older than 13. If you are interested, email Adam Steinberg at

■HMHS has the following fall and winter coaching positions open: high school varsity and JV boys’ basketball; high school JV field hockey; middle school girls’ soccer; middle school boys’ soccer; and middle school girls’ basketball. If you are interested, please contact Athletic Director Dan Meserve at

■If your child is interested in playing Hopkinton Club Soccer, they must attend one of our two evaluations: June 5 and 12: girls at noon and boys at 1 p.m. at Houston Fields. Boys and Girls entering the third through eighth-grade in the fall. There is no cost, but all kids must be registered. All players must register at If your player is unable to attend these evaluations, please contact your previous HSC Soccer coach or email us at for more information. HYSA will be supporting soccer programs for players entering Pre-K, Kindergarten, first- or second-grade in the fall.



WARNERClean up day

■On May 21 at 1 p.m. it’s Clean-Up Day at the Nature Discovery Center. The museum needs a few people with brooms, dust rags and dustpans to clean outside surfaces of the glass classes. Bottled water and snacks are provided. To volunteer, contact Museum director Sandra Martin at or (603) 822-2334.

■On May 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. – Reed’s Acoustic presents Clint Trudeau of the 2ned-Up-Band. For more information, visit us on Facebook!

■On May 27 at 6 p.m. – NH Telephone Museum will hold their opening celebration formally unveiling their 2022 Special Exhibit! “Insatiable Curiosity: The Creativity and Innovation of Alexander Graham Bell.” From 6 to 7 p.m. enjoy hors d’heuvres and bagpipes! Free admission, advance reservation required. At 7 p.m., Internationally-known historian Ted Zalewski will present Mind on Fire providing an intimate history of Bell. Museum fees apply for the presentation. Visit for more information.

■On May 29 at 3 p.m. at Jim Mitchell Park is the meeting of Warner Democrats. Free childcare provided.

■On June 2 from noon to 4 p.m. at Foster Farm, the Warner Public Market will present “Exploring the Magic of Natural Color: An Introduction to Eco Printing.” The registration fee is $125. For more information and to register, visit

■Want to help plan Warner’s 250th Birthday Celebration in 2024? Come to a planning meeting on June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Warner Town Hall. This is a great opportunity to learn Warner’s history, get involved in town, and meet new people.

■On June 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the Plant Sale and Herb and Garden Day at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. Local gardeners may drop off plant donations at the Museum’s front entrance a few days before the event. For more information, visit

■On June 5 at 4 p.m., MainStreet BookEnds BookGroup will discuss The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klume. For more information, visit or call (603) 456-2700.

■On June 8 at 1:30 p.m. the Pillsbury Free Library Book Club will discuss The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Richardson. For more information, visit or call (603) 456-2289.

■The Barn Sale is Back! Warner Historical Society Barn Sale will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

■Pillsbury Free Library and United Church of Warner are collecting humanitarian donations for Ukraine, which can be dropped off at the Church Parish House on Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. through June 10. Find the list of needed items at

■Warner Connects NH Food Pantry and Community Resource Center is still taking orders for free vegetable/herb seedlings. Seedlings arriving at the Food Pantry on May 25 for pick-up or delivery, if needed. Seedlings are provided by the Kearsarge Food Hub’s Tray It Forward program.

■Pickleball season is on at Riverside Park. Games are Monday and Thursday at 5:15 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Just show up. Paddles are provided, and all levels are welcome. Call (603) 456-2053 to order or for more information.

Elibet Chase


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