Contoocook river region town crier for the week of Feb. 19, 2023

Published: 2/17/2023 10:26:20 AM
Modified: 2/17/2023 10:25:32 AM
BOWSpeech contest

■The Bow Rotary’s annual “Rotary Speech Contest” for local high school students is now in progress. The purpose of this contest is to challenge high school students to develop their public-speaking skills and to explore how they make decisions that affect other people. The basis of the contest is Rotary’s “Four-Way-Test,” a tool to encourage ethical decision-making. The contest is open to local high school students who either attend BHS or who are residents of Bow or Dunbarton and either attend other schools or are home-schooled. The Rotary Four-Way Test: Of the things we think, do or say: (1) Is it the truth? (2) Is it fair to all concerned? (3) Will it build goodwill and better friendships? and (4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Application deadline is on Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. Email the application to The contest is on March 8 at 6 p.m., and will be held live at the Baker Free Library, lower level. Prizes: $500, $300 and $200 respectively; Rotary District Final: 1st Prize: $650. The three runners-up will receive $350 each.

■Bow Young at Heart on March 8: “A History of NH Primary” presented by John Gfroerer and sponsored by NH Humanities Council. The public is invited to the Old Town Hall, 91 Bow Center Rd., Bow. Social hour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., bring your own lunch and beverage, dessert is provided. The club will have a book and puzzle swap at the March 22 meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

■A $1,000 Bow Garden Club (BGC) scholarship is available for a graduating BHS senior who is pursuing an education in any of the plant sciences (horticulture, conservation, forestry, etc.). An application may be acquired through the BHS counseling office or by contacting BGC Scholarship Chairman Debra Wayne at or (603) 715-1466. Applications need to be received by April 30.


DUNBARTON‘Drive Through Ashes’

■On Feb. 22, Ash Wednesday, the Congregational Church in the center of town will observe Ash Wednesday, the beginning or Lent, with a new “Drive Through Ashes.” Drive by the Dunbarton Congregational Church between 4 to 5 p.m. St. John the Evangelist Church will join them on this date. You may choose to receive the imposition of ashes on your forehead, hand or not at all.

■Supervisors will be in session on March 4 from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the Town Office. Corrections and additions to the Checklist will be received.

■Chair Yoga with Sherry Gamble. Meet at the DCC Vestry across the street from the library on Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. Wear comfy clothes. Chair provided.

■School vacation week will be from Feb. 27 through March 3.

■At the library is “Read Aloud to a Dog.” Mr. T is a registered/certified therapy dog from Therapy Dogs International, Chapter 205. Children in Kindergarten to Grade 4 who register will have a 20-minute session on March 2 and 16 from 2:45 to 4 p.m. Please call the library to register.

■This month the DCC Book Club, Beyond the Book, is reading Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote by Johanna Neuman. The discussion will be on March 2 in the Vestry or on Zoom, from 7 to 8 p.m. Call Barb at 496-3253 for more information.

■Maker’s Mornings will resume monthly at the Dunbarton Congregational Church Vestry building for anyone wanting to create in a supportive atmosphere. The focus will be on collage. Other mediums are being explored. Drop in with scissors or with a yarn or paint project you’re working on from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. The next one is scheduled for March 7. For more information, contact

■Construction of the Town Hall update: Exterior doors have gone in. Electrical work is underway.



HENNIKER / WEARERecycling program

■Twenty-six Weare Middle School students and their families collected clothing and household items that were donated to the Epilepsy Foundation Clothing Recycling Program, raising $2,663.80. This fundraiser helps offset the cost of the 8th grade Washington DC trip.

■The John Stark Model UN Club participated in the Wildcat Model United Nations Conference at UNH in Durham on Feb. 11. The JSRHS participants were Evan Browne, Daphne Walsh, Jack Ries, Emily Barriere, and Tess Mosher.

■New Weare Town Office hours: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Town Clerk hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

■To view the sample ballot for Weare visit and a reminder that town offices will be closed on election day (March 14).



■On Feb. 21, Fuller Public Library’s Cookbook Club meets at 12:30 p.m. to taste and discuss Julia Child’s The Way to Cook. Call the library at (603) 464-3595 to sign up. Also, our Mystery Book Group meets at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano.


WARNERMuseum events

■On Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., join the fun at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum’s second Annual Snow Snake Games sponsored in partnership with the Abenaki Trails Project. Campfire and s’mores, too! The event is free but regular admission applies to tour the museum. For more information, visit the Snow Snake Event Page.

■Join the Kearsarge Area Chamber of Commerce for Business After Hours at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum (MKIM) on Feb. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. This free event will have food, raffles, and music by Colin Nevins. The MKIM galleries at 18 Highlawn Rd. will be open.

■A Public Hearing to receive comments on the draft Protected Instream Flow Study Report – Warner River will be held on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m., at the Warner Town Hall.

■Family Closet Thrift Boutique is back! All winter coats, boots, and sweaters are $5 for February. Open Wednesday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 49 W. Main St. Spring and summer donations will be accepted starting April 1. Call 603-456-2183 for questions.

■Registration for Warner Youth Sports Association spring softball and baseball is open! For details and to register, visit Also, umpires are needed. If interested, contact Tyler at or Becky at

■Warmer-uppers – coats and firewood - are still available at Warner Connects NH at 49 W. Main St. Seasoned split wood can be picked up in the back parking lot, and wood pellets are available at the office. For coats and other cold-weather apparel, stop by the tent or call (603) 456-2053 to set up an appointment.

■Free At-Home Covid-19 Test Kits can be picked up at the Pillsbury Free Library, courtesy of NH DHHS. Businesses and non-profit organizations may pick up boxes of disposable masks.

■The Warner Parks and Rec. CoEd Softball League is open to adults ages 18+. All skill levels are welcome to play. Find signup forms (labeled 2022 but fine for 2023) at

Elibet Chase


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