Contoocook town crier for week of May 29, 2022

Published: 6/1/2022 8:55:28 AM
BOWBow Young at Heart

■Bow Young At Heart meetings: 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


DUNBARTONChurch celebration

■Happy Memorial Day!

■Town Offices will be closed on Memorial Day. Memorial Day Ceremonies will be at 11 a.m. at the Town Common and the Center Cemetery. The ceremony continues with the Hopkinton Band at 1 p.m. at the Community Center.

■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 Zoom link call 496-3252.

■“Your Kids Don’t Want it,” presented virtually by Mike Ivanowich and co-hosted with the Baker Free Library on June 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For a Zoom link, email

■The Dunbarton Congregational Church, UCC will officially celebrate the adoption of its Open and Affirming Covenant on June 12 at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The church voted in June 2020 to adopt a covenant that expressly welcomes all persons, including members of the LGBTQ+ community.

■The Dunbarton Garden Club will be meeting on June 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dunbarton Community Center. Ruth Droescher, a UNH 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 from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and children who are 12 and under are $10. Most members of the fire department have tickets to sell. Any questions please email

■Dunbarton Public Library Summer Reading Program 2022 “Oceans of Possibilities” will be held from June 28 to July 29. Due to the Town Hall construction at the entrance side of the library, all programs will be held outside on the Town Common, or bandstand. Some may be virtual. Sorry for any inconvenience. 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:



HENNIKER / WEAREMemorial services

■Henniker’s Memorial Day parade will start at the Community School at 10 a.m. sharp, led by the Fire & Rescue Department followed by the NH Pipes & Drums band. Wreaths will be placed at Tucker Free Library, Woodman Park, the Town Hall cemetery and the Edna Dean Proctor Bridge. The parade will end at the Angela Robinson bandstand with a short program.

■Weare will have a Memorial Service at the Middle School at 10 a.m., hosted by Weare American Legion Post 65 followed by ceremonies at Stone Memorial Building, Pine Grove Cemetery and Hillside Cemetery.

■Southern NH Planning Commission was awarded a grant from the NH Children’s Health Foundation aimed at preventing childhood obesity. They are hoping the Weare community will participate in the Pathway to Plan Survey.

■Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!


HILLSBOROUGH / DEERINGFlea market fundraiser

■On June 2, Author Anders Morley will join Fuller Public Library’s book group to discuss his book “This Land of Snow.” If you’d like to participate call the library at (603) 464-3595.

■Cribbage games are played on Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at Fuller Public Library.

■On Friday, Tea & Conversation for mature adults will begin. Join us on the first Friday of every month at 1 p.m. at Fuller Public Library.

■On June 4 there is a Community Craft & Flea Market fundraiser for the Community Center. The fundraiser will take place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Legion Post 59. Antiques, collectibles, new and vintage jewelry, artwork, household items, baked goods, and more! Vendor space is available, contact Gene at (603) 464-4007.

■250th Hillsborough Anniversary Auto Plates are available at the Fuller Library and Vaillencourt Fuels, or email


HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOKRotary golf tournament

■The Hopkinton Rotary Club is planning its annual golf tournament for June 24, at Beaver Meadow Golf Club in Concord. The fun format includes a 9-Hole Fivesome Scramble with a shotgun start at 4 p.m., followed by dinner, raffle and awards. This is the main annual fundraiser for the club. The Rotary Club is seeking Hole Sponsors from the community and general Concord area for Tee and Green signage and recognition at the tournament for $150 each. Businesses and individuals who would like to participate can contact Ben Barton at or (603)748-0528. Club members will also be looking in the area for donations of raffle prizes. Please contact any Rotary Club member for information on golf or prize donations; or contact Golf Chairman, Paul Bliss at (603) 568-7531, or, to arrange for a prize pick up or golf brochure. Registrations and donations are requested by June 17.

■The town’s Memorial Day parade is taking place in Hopkinton Village at 10 a.m. on May 30, starting at the Harold Martin School. The parade will include the VFW Color Guard, the Hopkinton Town Band, veterans from the VFW and American Legion Post 81, Antique cars, Scouts, and youth sports teams. Jason Lang and Rob Dapice are organizing the parade this year. If you know of a veteran who would like to march in the parade, please contact Rob at Veterans who cannot walk for health reasons can ride in one of the cars with advance notice. Veterans do not need to wear a uniform. Family members may also join the parade carrying the burial flag of a deceased service member. Additionally, flags will be placed at each veteran’s grave in all seven of Hopkinton’s cemeteries. Volunteers of all ages are welcome; if you would like to volunteer, please contact Sarah Hofe at

■Congratulations to Hawks junior Rose Finlayson scored her 100th career goal. Rose’s achievement was over the span of just two years in 26 games. Her freshman season was canceled due to COVID.

■The Friends of the Hopkinton Town Library asks for your support on June 7 and 8 during the fundraising event. Please consider donating during the online fundraising campaign at

■The Friends of the Hopkinton Town Library is holding a book sale on June 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bag sale is from 2 to 3 p.m., and free after 3 p.m! Families are invited to donate up to two boxes of books. No old, musty or books in bad condition. No Reader’s Digest books, magazines, textbooks, CDs, VHS, DVDs. Donations are accepted on June 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and June 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

■Welcome Officer Joshua Stevens to the Hopkinton Police Department.

■The Recreation Department is offering Kayak and Canoe Rentals at Kimball Cabins on June 4 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. View the details at

■Congratulations to Jacob and Gwen, who will be representing Hopkinton at the 2022 Invention Convention US Nationals in Dearborn, Michigan! Both students participated in the Hopkinton Young Inventors Program. 

■New Hampshire Magazine named Two Villages Art Society the Best of NH Editor’s Pick 2022. Thank you to all of our members, artists, and our local community for making this possible. 

■Two Villages Art Society’s 2022 Summer Member Show will be July 1 through 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. Interested in participating? Let us know by emailing

■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 June 4, 11 and 18 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for ages two to five years old. Register online at

■The Slusser Center offers in-person dining for Wednesday Senior Lunch. For details, please call the Slusser Center at 746-8265 or drop in at the Center on Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $5 donation is requested.

■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 Street Hopkinton, NH 03229.

■Baseball camp for players aged seven to 15, will run from 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 for appointments and errands. Call the Slusser Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. Call (603) 746-4357 to schedule an appointment or to volunteer.

■The Contoocook Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays 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. The Farmers Market now has seafood available through a fishermen’s cooperative. Community Supported Fishery (CSF) orders for next Saturday’s Farmers Market need to be placed by the posted deadline. In addition to preorders, Blakeney’s will be bringing limited quantities of retail fish to the market.

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

■If your child is interested in playing Hopkinton Club Soccer this fall, they must attend one of our two evaluations. We are working with Hopkinton Youth Sports Association to ensure every kid can play soccer, and that every team is set up for success. Evaluations take place on June 5 and 12 - girls at noon and boys at 1 p.m. at Houston Fields. Boys and Girls entering Grades 3 to 8 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, 1st or 2nd Grade in the fall. Please contact HYSA for more details.



WARNERHelp plan town’s 250th birthday

■On May 29 at 3 p.m. at Jim Mitchell Park will be a meeting of Warner Democrats Free childcare provided.

■On May 30 at 9 a.m. the American Legion Post 39 seeks volunteers for its Memorial Day program. All are welcome. Meet at the Legion Hall next to Reed’s North parking lot. To volunteer, contact Charles Trowbridge, at (603) 456-2992.

■On June 2, from noon to 4 p.m. at Foster Farm – 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 and click on “Workshops + Events.”

■Want to help plan Warner’s 250th Birthday (Sestercentennial) celebration in 2024? Come to a planning meeting on June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Warner Town Hall. We need ideas and people willing to help organize events. 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. – 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 4 from 9:30 am. to 12:30 p.m. – Pillsbury Free Library will hold a mini book sale. Volunteers are needed to set up on June 3, or take down on June 15 at 12:30 p.m.

■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 7 at 7 p.m., there is an American Legion Post 39 meeting at Legion Hall. Any veteran is welcome to assist with the goals of serving veterans, their families and towns. For more information, visit

■On June 8 at 1:30 p.m. – 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.

■Help the people of Ukraine! Pillsbury Free Library and United Church of Warner are collecting humanitarian donations, which can be dropped off in containers at the Church Parish House at any time through June 10. Visit to donate or view a list of needed items. Donations by cash or check may be dropped off in the church sanctuary during the Sunday 10 a.m. worship service.

■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.

Elibet Chase


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