Contoocook river region town crier for the week of Jan. 8, 2023

Published: 01-06-2023 10:11 AM

DUNBARTONHistorical Society anniversary

■Congratulations to the Dunbarton Historical Society, established in 1963, on its 60th anniversary.

■The DCC Book Club has a new name, Beyond the Book. This month the club is reading No Time Like the Future by Michael J. Fox. Discussions are held the first Thursday of the month in the Vestry or on Zoom. For any questions or for the Zoom link, please call Barb at 496-3253.

■The Curios Shop will be accepting donations of household items, small furniture, and just about anything except books, clothing, and computer items. Hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call to make sure they’re open at 774-2682.

■No school on Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

■Town Hall construction update: Power and electrical parts are still needed, but tile and stair treads are installed.

■Virtual library program on Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom, “Delightful Vegan Sauces for Everyone,” virtually presented by Leslie Cercier. Join “The Organic Gourmet” farm to table chef, cooking teacher, and cookbook author Leslie Cerier on Zoom. Learn how to create rich, easy to prepare sauces to woo any palate. Please email for the link. The library’s “No Book” Book Party will be held on Jan. 18 at noon in the library foyer. Come together to plan book titles for the coming year. Light refreshments will be served. No need to bring anything. Read to a Dog is back at the library. Mr. T has returned! Children in Kindergarten to Grade 4 who register will have a 20-minute session, from 2:45 to 4 p.m. The next date is Jan 19. Please call the library to register!



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HENNIKER / WEAREQuiz Bowl team televised

■Weare Zoning Board Public Hearing is on Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and the Weare Planning Board will be holding its public hearing on Jan. 12, at the Town Office Building beginning at 7 p.m.

■The John Stark Regional High School Quiz Bowl team beat Newfound 230-100 in the Granite State Challenge. You can watch them on a prerecorded/televised competition on NH PBS on Feb. 4.

■On Jan. 10 will be the Henniker School District Board Meeting at 6:15 p.m. at the Henniker Community School and Public Hearing for the Budget at 7 p.m. On Jan 11 is the Weare School District Board Meeting at Weare Middle School at 6 p.m. and Public Hearing for the Budget at 7 p.m. On Jan. 13 is the John Stark School District Board Meeting at JSRHS at 6:30 p.m., and Public Hearing for the Budget at 7 p.m. On Jan. 19 is the John Stark Idol Competition sponsored by the Tri-M Society at 7 p.m. in the Cafe (Jan. 26 snow date). On Jan. 23 there will be no school for a Teacher Workshop Day at JSRHS only.



■Knitting Purls group meets every Monday at 1 p.m at the Fuller Public Library, bring along any project you are working on.

■On Jan. 9, the Military History Book Group meets at 2 p.m. at Fuller Public Library to discuss Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose, anyone is welcome to join.

■Jan. 10 is How To’s Day at Fuller Public Library at 1 p.m., “Start the New Year with Less Stress!” Dr. Naomi Hall offers practical solutions for stress overload. Call (603) 464-3595 or email to sign up.

■On Jan. 12, play Scrabble or Cribbage at Fuller Public Library every Thursday at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend!



■The Recreation Department is holding a winter pickleball information session on Jan. 14 at 1 p.m., in the Harold Martin School multi-purpose room. This session is for those who missed the opportunity this past fall to play pickleball, but would like to play Saturday indoor games this winter at Harold Martin and in the spring outdoors at George Park. To register for the Recreation Department Pickleball program you must be 18+ and pay a one-time $25 registration fee. All those registered must attend the Jan. 14 session in order to be included in the indoor winter program and spring self-led program, access to Team Reach App, and use of the Town equipment. Full details are online at

■Come see the Hopkinton Town Library’s second annual community art show. The show will be up through January. There are works of all kinds from 25 local artists. Some items are for sale.

■The Hopkinton High School drama department will be presenting Frozen Jr. on Jan. 13 (7 p.m.), 14 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.), and 15 (2 p.m.) in the High School auditorium. The cast includes students from all three Hopkinton Schools. Tickets are available at the door - $10/$8 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased in advance (cash or check) at the Hopkinton Town Library. Tickets also will be sold at Hopkinton High School on Jan. 7 and 14 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

■Hopkinton Little Explorers starts in January! Linden wants to share her love of nature with your children, ages six to nine, during this fun winter program. Sign up online now as space is limited at

■Hopkinton Winter Walks with Linden are almost here! What a great way to continue your appreciation of nature after the First Day Hike and add in some exercise at the same time! Join us for this four-week program. Register online at

■Hopkinton residents in need of assistance with heat, food, housing, and medication should contact Human Services Director Alicia Presti at (603) 746-8244 or email

■The Slusser Center offers in-person dining for Wednesday Senior Lunch. A $5 donation is requested. Information is at (603) 746-8263 or 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 for adults 50+.

■Dial A Ride is open for rides for Hopkinton/Contoocook residents for medical appointments and any other errands such as shopping, banking and barber or hairdresser 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 open Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon inside Maple Street School. Stay up to date by visiting the Facebook page Contoocook Farmers’ Market. SNAP/EBT accepted.

■Social Emotional Learning Backpacks are available to check out at the Hopkinton Town Library. Through a partnership between the Hopkinton Town Library and the school district, there are assembled backpacks for families to borrow filled with books, activities, resource recommendations and games supporting healthy and age-appropriate social-emotional development. This initiative was made possible with support from the Hopkinton Library Foundation.

■Winter Parking Ban in effect through April 15. For the purpose of snow removal and winter highway maintenance, there shall be no parking upon any public right-of-way, or in any public parking lots within the Town of Hopkinton between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Exceptions: Cedar Street parking lot – six marked spaces facing toward and running perpendicular to Cedar Street; municipal parking lot at Riverway Park – five marked spaces facing toward the bandstand and running parallel to the Contoocook River. All vehicles found in violation are subject to fines and may be towed. Costs of removal and storage fees shall be at the expense of the owner of the vehicle.



WARNERLive music

■Enjoy live music this on Jan. 8 at 4pm, when Reed’s Acoustic presents Arthur James. And don’t forget Trivia Night every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Reed’s North, 2 E. Main St.

■On Jan. 8 at 4 p.m., MainStreetBookEndsBookGroup will meet on Zoom to discuss Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs. For more information and a Zoom link, visit

■Warner 4-H Club meets on Jan. 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the United Church of Warner. Youths ages five to 18 and families are welcome. For more information, contact Susan Jenna at (603) 456-3394 or visit Warner 4-H on Facebook.

■Plan to attend the upcoming public hearing being held by the Warner Planning Board regarding proposed amendments to the Warner Zoning Ordinance on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m., in the Lower Meeting Room at Warner Town Hall. The following amendments will be considered: Groundwater Protection District, Housing Definitions and Permissive Zoning Ordinance. Written comments may be submitted until noon that day. For more information, visit

■On Jan. 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the NH Telephone Museum hosts a winter homeschool day, Code Breaking! Come explore Morse code on their working telegraph, decode secret messages, and more. Space is limited, so purchase tickets now! The program is $5 for adults and $8 for children, and limited to 12 students per session. Parents must accompany their children for the duration of the program. For more information and to register, visit

■All are invited to Magdalen College’s Community Fish Fry on Jan. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m., at 511 Kearsarge Mountain Rd. Kids five and under eat free. Ages six to 12 are $8, ages 13 and up are $15. For more information, contact Laura Cramer at or (603) 456-2656.

■The Pillsbury Free Library will be hosting a free mobile COVID 19 vaccine clinic on Jan. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On-Site Medical Services will have initial vaccines for those who have never had one, as well as covalent boosters (Moderna and Pfizer). Bring insurance cards if you have any, as well as past vaccine information. For more information contact the library.

■Join the monthly craft circle at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum on Jan. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring a project to work on for an informal gathering with fellow crafters.

■The Pillsbury Free Library’s Circle of Friends will meet on Jan. 11 at 1:30 p.m. at the Library to discuss upcoming activities for the year, which may include assisting with fundraising activities such as a flea market, book sales, bake sales, and community socials. All are welcome.

■Join the Pillsbury Free Library Book Group on Jan. 11 at 1:30 p.m. to discuss Winter in Paradise by ElinHilderbrand. Copies available at the library!

■All are encouraged to attend the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Warner Fall Foliage Festival on Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Membership will vote on the Board’s funding recommendations and swear in new Board members. Positions of Board President and Volunteer Coordinator still need to be filled for the Festival to continue. To learn more or volunteer, contact the current Volunteer Coordinator, Beth Lukaitis, at

■Family Closet Thrift Boutique will be closed for Winter Break until Feb. 1 no donations will be accepted. Spring and summer donations will be accepted starting April 1.

■The Pillsbury Free Library seeks a detail-oriented person for financial tasks, monthly bank reconciliations, and check and report creation. Approximately two hours a week. Weekly or biweekly with training provided. For more information, contact the Library at (603) 456-2289.

Elibet Chase