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Town crier for Feb. 18, 2018

Published: 2/19/2018 9:19:18 AM
ALLENSTOWN Senior center reopens

The Allenstown Town Hall will be closed Monday for President’s Day.

The Suncook Senior Center is reopening Tuesday with all their regular schedule classes ready to go. It’s good to be back.

Bone Builders will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center.

Cribbage Club is held Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center.

Bingo is held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center, 8 Whitten St.

The Suncook Senior Center will begin Tai Chi classes every Friday, at 9 a.m. starting March 2. The Pastel drawing class will resume March 6 at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call Kelly at 485-4254.



ANDOVER The Hub has computer, German lessons

Residents who have a computer software question or want to learn a new skill can sign up for a half-hour appointment on Thursday at The Andover Hub, 157 Main St., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to work with freelance computer consultant Pat Michaud of Concord. The sessions are free of charge, but donations to The Hub are greatly appreciated. Bring your own laptop or device if you like (PCs only, no MACs); Pat will also have laptops available. Those interested can email to set up an appointment or just drop in and take their chances.

German-language speakers, both those who are fluent and those less so, are invited to join a monthly German conversation hour on Thursday at 4 p.m. at The Andover Hub, 157 Main St. For more information, contact Gisela Darling at 735-5681.

The 34th annual Willis Nowell Memorial Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby for kids age 15 and younger will be held Saturday at Eagle Pond in Wilmot, off Route 4, sponsored by the Andover Fish and Game Club. Registration starts at 9 a.m., tackle and bait will be provided as well as free refreshments, and there will be lucky prizes, ribbons, and trophies. The bad weather date is Feb. 25. For more information, call 735-5311.



BARNSTEAD Meet the candidates

Meet the candidates on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the town hall; come prepared to ask questions. For more information, check out the library website,



BOSCAWEN Grab stack of flapjacks

Pancake Breakfast for Hearts will be served at the Horace Chase Lodge, 53 N. Main St., on Saturday from 8 to 10 am. This is a fundraising event sponsored by the Priscilla Chapter 51, Order of the Eastern Star, to support cardiac rehabilitation for all at Concord Hospital. The menu includes plain or blueberry pancakes, bacon or sausage with beverages. Cost is $8 for adults and teens, $4 for ages 6 to 12 and children 5 and under eat for free.

Save $10 when you sign up your kids for baseball and softball by March 1. To register your children and for more information, call, text or email Dave Armstrong at 799-8070 or

Upcoming events at the Boscawen Public Library include the book discussion group’s meeting on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. They will be reviewing the true story, “The Radium Girls,” by Kate Moore. School vacation fun is planned Feb. 28 with a Kids Movement Music and Yoga Class at 11 a.m. and Kids Craft Time on Feb. 29 at 1 p.m. Children and parents/guardians are invited to enjoy these special activities and sign-ups are recommended.

The Boscawen Elementary School PTA is meeting on Thursday 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the school library.

The town municipal offices and public library will be closed Monday in celebration of President’s Day. The Boscawen Elementary School, along with the Merrimack Valley School District, will be in session and enjoying their winter vacation in the following week from Feb. 26 through March 2.



BOW Trade and talk stamps

The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will meet at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in stamp collecting is welcome to attend, buy, sell and trade. Meet other collectors and learn more about this hobby while enjoying the fellowship of others who have varied interests in Philatelic resources and issues. Also, learn about the latest cutting edge information on stamp collecting. For more information, call Dan Day at 228-1154.

The Bow Heritage Commission would like to remind Bow residents to plan on paying a visit to the new Baker History Room located at the Baker Free Library in the very near future. Hours of access will be published on various media sources in February. (This is a climate-controlled secure room and can only be accessed on scheduled days and by appointment). Come check out the arrowheads, Henry Baker’s 1914 book collection, Revolution and Civil War military documents, the Luther Morgan Rifle, Frank White’s survey maps, Alexander Cemetery Inscriptions, old dog registrations, photos and more. You might even decide to volunteer to serve a shift or two to help others enjoy the room. Members of the Heritage Commission will be glad to talk with anyone who has documents and artifacts they would like to donate or place on loan to the Baker Room and there is still a need for monetary donations to make the room all it could be. For more information, contact Gary Nylen at 496-5239 or or Faye Johnson 228-8149 or

The Bow Mills United Methodist Church invites students in kindergarten through 12th grade to Kids Night In. Children and youth can stay for one to three hours. This offer continues for the second Friday of each month through May 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. All are welcome, whether church participants or not. There is no cost for this fun event. Snacks will be provided along with games and other adventures. To register or for more information, call 224-0884 or email

Concord Regional VNA is offering “Life After Loss,” an eight-week adult grief discussion group on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Bow Mills United Methodist Church. Trained grief facilitators will provide grief support and education to participants who have suffered a recent loss. The group size is limited to 12 participants and sessions are free. Registration is required. To register, call 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 2828, or visit


CANTERBURY Learn to tie fishing flys

Elkins Public Library will be closed for President’s Day on Monday. Book Group meets on Tuesday at 7 p.m. reading Days Without End by Sebastian Barry. See library website for full program at On Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., Physicians for a National Health Program’s Dr. Camilla Jones, a retired pediatrician, will present research from the nonprofit regarding the value of high quality health care being accessible to all. And the Winter Warm Up will be March 1 at 11 a.m. with Simon Brooks, an award-winning folk storyteller. Share mac ‘n cheese and snacks afterwards.

At Canterbury Elementary School, PE teacher Kristin Doucette is coordinating a Jump Rope for Heart event on Thursday from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. The children are fundraising for the American Heart Association and then taking part in a jump off. Also, February school vacation will be Feb. 26 to March 2.

Introductory Fly Tying classes have started in the Parish House on Wednesdays this week and next week, from 6 to 8 p.m. Class is sponsored by N.H. Fish and Game and is limited to eight people. Email Jessie Tichko at to register or call 783-4026.

Morris Dancing practices begin again Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Parish House. Contact Polly Camire for information at 783-8374 before 9 p.m.

4-H’s county presentation day will be March 10 at Merrimack Valley High School. Contact Laura Crockford at 540-9877 for more information.

Canterbury Historical Society plans to organize an exhibit “Out of the Archives” later in the spring. Please be in touch with the society with ideas of items to show. Email

The first session of the town meeting will be March 13 for ballot voting and second session March 16.

Loudon Food Pantry donations may be dropped off at Elkins Public Library.


CHICHESTER Attend selectmen forum

Monday is President’s Day. The town offices and the library will be closed.

Lover’s of the Chichester Library will meet at Monday at 7 p.m. at the library. Everyone is invited.

The new library director has been chosen. She is Caroline Pynes. She would like to learn how to play the ukulele for story hour. If anyone can help, go to the library and introduce yourself.

On Tuesday, the selec board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall. This is a special time of year with budget hearings and voting and election of town officials coming in March. If you wish to be brought up-to-speed on town happenings, the minutes of selectmen’s meetings are on the town website. Click on departments and “Selectmen” and the minutes are available.

On Wednesday, the knitting group will meet at 3:30 p.m. at the library. The Girl Scouts will be meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the agricultural commission at 7 p.m. at the library.

The Chichester Grange will meet at 7 p.m upstairs in the Grange Hall. Kevin Belval will chair the meeting and Carolee Davison will bring refreshments.

On Thursday, preschool story hour will be at 10:30 a.m. with Barbara Pappas and Caroline Pynes bringing stories, crafts and a snack. Cemetery Trustees will meet at 4:30 p.m. at the town hall.

The re-evaluation of town properties and buildings is underway. Avitar representatives are working toward a full re-evaluation. If you are not home when they call, you will receive a letter to set up an appointment.

The town of Chichester Planning Board invite the public to its regular meeting March 1 at the fire department at 6:30 p.m. as an informational session on the proposed zoning changes to be voted on March 13. A copy of the zoning ballot is available on the town website or at town hall.



DUNBARTON Come for breakfast

Community Breakfast on Sunday at the Congregational Church Vestry continues for the month from 8 to 10 a.m. Everyone welcome. A $5 donation supports scholarships to Camp Horton Center this summer.

N.H. Humanities presents “Benedict Arnold, Patriot (and Traitor)” on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the library. We all “know” Benedict Arnold, the traitor of 1780, but this ignores his many exploits of 1775 -77 when the dream of independence was at its most fragile. Host George Morrison will take you along a journey through New England, Quebec Province, and New York exploring historic and modern images and memory.

A book discussion of “The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried In A Chilean Mine and The Miracle That Set Them Free” by Hector Tobar will be held Wednesday at noon at the library. Bring your lunch.

The next Read to Dogs at the library will be Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. Sessions are 15 minutes. Bring a book or choose one there. Contact the library to sign up.

February school vacation will be Feb. 26 to March 2.

February vacation week fun at the library includes pajama storytime and a stuffed animal sleepover on Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Come on down in your pajamas and bring a special stuffed animal for story time. Enjoy a few bedtime stories, then tuck in the stuffed animals for a sleepover at the library! Animals can be picked up Feb. 28. On Feb. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m., enjoy a Lego Build Party with new Legos that will be out for you to create what you wish. On March 2 at 1 p.m., there will be a movie matinee. Come down for popcorn and a movie.

Supervisors of the Checklist will hold a session for correction of the checklist March 3 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at town office.



EPSOMWatch ‘Glass Castle’



The Concord Epsom Elks Lodge will be holding their “All you can eat” breakfast for the month of Feb. 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. Cost is $9 adults, $7 veterans and $4 for ages 4-12.

The library will be closed Monday in observance of President’s Day

Story times will be held Mondays at 10 a.m., Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.

Toddler Time will be Wednesdays 10 a.m. Children and their caregivers enjoy stories, songs, movement activities and simple crafts.

Lego Club will meet Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Plan to join the fun and build with the libraries large collection of Legos.

The Book Discussion Group will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. to discuss “On Tyranny.” The author, Timothy Snyder, writes that “the Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy.” Anyone wishing to join in the discussion is invited to stop by the library to obtain a copy of the book.

EYAA Softball and Baseball registration is now open. Registration will be open on the EYAA website through Feb. 25 a the standard registration rate. Late registration will run from Feb. 26 through March 3 and will include additional late fee. Players registered during the late registration period may be placed on a wait list if the roster is full. Questions regarding softball should be directed to John Carignan. Questions regarding baseball should be directed to Natalie Casey.

Are you thinking about your 2017 taxes? Need help with your return? The library will be hosting the VITA/TCE Taxaide Program to assist you with your tax preparation and submission. The program is jointly sponsored by the IRS and the AARP Foundation. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) focuses on individuals and working families; TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) focuses on seniors with the majority of TCE programs sponsored by the AARP Foundation TaxAide program. You will need to make an appointment by going online to or calling 1-888-227-7669 or 211. The volunteer tax preparers are certified by the IRS in ethics and federal tax law.

A zoning board public hearing will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Epsom Town offices.

The Friends of the Library are hosting a Meet the Candidates forum at the library March 4 at 2 p.m. at the library.

This is a great opportunity for citizens to meet the people running for office in our community and to hear from them as well as ask questions.

The Friends are also seeking bakers for the upcoming March 13 election and hope to have homemade pies and breads from our Epsom chefs. The election will be held at the Epsom Central School, and baked goods can be dropped off at the library on March 12, or they may be dropped off at ECS the morning of the election.

Happy 9th birthday to my sweet twin granddaughters Emma and Ava on Saturday! Grammy and Grampa love you to the moon and back!


FRANKLINDon’t miss the derby

Today is the last day of the fishing derby at Webster Lake at Griffin Beach from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Franklin High School Winter Carnival events take place all week. Visit for event information.

The Franklin Mayor’s Drug Task Force is presenting a fundraising comedy show, featuring Bucky Lewis, on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Franklin Opera House. All seats are $15 and can be purchased ahead at, by calling 934-1901 or at the box office the night of the show.

“The Man of Le Mans,” nominated for the Cannes Film Festival Award, will be shown Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Franklin Opera House. $5 admission. Don’t miss this story of how Steve McQueen, one of the most volatile, charismatic stars of his generation held dear to the pursuit of his dream. Enjoy this film as part of the Opera House’s “Dare to Dream” film series. Tickets at the box office or call 934-1901 or visit

The Franklin School Board will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin Middle School library.

The Franklin Area Lions Club will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m. at The Soda Shoppe. Contact person Linda Powers at or 848-3373.

The Pines Community Center in Northfield will be offering dog training classes Wednesdays, beginning March 7. Offerings include beginner for pups under 5 months, beginner manners (dogs 5 months to adult) and intermediate manners (dogs 6 months and older and having competed beginner manners). Call The Pines at 286-8653 for full details.

Wayne Blanchard will be at the TRIP Center on Friday for long term support counseling. Call 934-4151 for further information.

A blood drive will be held at Franklin Savings Bank, 67 Laconia Road, Tilton, on Wednesday from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Winter storms have created a shortage in collections. Please visit to schedule an appointment.



HENNIKER / WEARE Half-day Friday

Friday at Henniker Community School will be an early release day. Students released at 12:45 p.m. In Weare, students will be released from the middle school at 11:40 a.m., the elementary schools at 12:30 p.m. From Feb. 26 to March 2, there will be no school for February vacation.

Sign-ups for baseball, softball and track and field at Weare Middle School will start Wednesday and go through March 16 in the main office. Students will need to get a permission slip and the health office will make sure all documents are on record. Baseball and softball tryouts will be held March 26 to 28. Girls will be 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. and boys will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Teams will be posted on the gym lobby doors on March 28.

The PTO will meet at Center Woods Elementary School’s library on Monday at 7 p.m.


HILLSBORO / DEERING Take yoga class

On Tuesday and Thursday, weekly chair yoga classes provide a gentle form of exercise helping to improve endurance, flexibility and stability. Classes meet every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church and Thursdays at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s. Enjoy one or both classes. Call Janett Gilman at 478-3544 to enroll or for more details.

On Wednesday, enjoy a Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition. Greater Hillsboro Senior Services is heading to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., to observe more than 125 works by O’Keeffe in an exhibit entitled “Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style.” While there, take the opportunity to observe 873 additional displays in the outstanding museum. Departing Shaw’s at 9 a.m. Admission to the museum is $18 for seniors. The transportation cost is $15. Lunch is on your own. Call Linda Kowalski at 464-5264 to reserve your seat.

On Friday, GHSS is changing it up and stopping at Target and Ocean State Job Lots in Concord for a change in our shopping experience. Leaving Shaw’s at 10 a.m. Cost of the bus is $6 and lunch is on your own. Call Linda Kowalski at 464-5264 for a reservation.



Darwin as Literature will be held today at 4 p.m. at the Hopkinton Town Library. Dan Dustin reads from Darwin’s The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals with commentary.

The Hopkinton Town Library has a program called “Words on Wheels.” The program delivers library materials to residents who are unable to come to the library. To schedule a delivery, contact Karen Dixon at 746-3663 or

Registration is now open for Hopkinton Youth Sports Association spring tee ball, softball, baseball and field hockey. For more information, visit

Hopkinton Youth Sports Association will be holding its annual meeting March 11 at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. All who are interested in HYSA are welcome to attend.

Senior lunch is every Wednesday at noon for a $4 donation. This week is Shepherd’s Pie, salad, bread and a dessert. For more information, call 746-8265.

The Quilting Group meets every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Slusser Center. Bring your sewing machine and all materials for your current project. Bring a lunch. It’s a great chance to socialize and share quilting ideas. There is no fee for this program.

The Slusser Center will be closed for President’s Day on Monday.

Contoocook Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hopkinton Town Hall. SNAP/EBT accepted. For more information, visit

Dino Snores evening storytime will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Hopkinton Town Library. Stay and Play Cafe will be Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; it’s a time for parents, caregivers and children to play. Coffee, tea, and hot cocoa provided. Bring your lunch or a snack, if you’d like. Storytime is for children ages 3 to 5 and lap time is for children birth to 2 years with a caregiver. Storytimes are held Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Lap time is on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Sign up to read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Free and open to the public.

“Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf is on the Story Walk trail this winter. Read the book, then see the new movie. Story Walk is located behind the Slusser Center and playground.

Dial-a-Ride is an all volunteer organization established in 1979 by Anne Slusser and the Hopkinton Woman’s Club in response to the needs of many Hopkinton seniors who were having difficulty getting to medical and personal appointments. A driver must be at least 18 years of age with a valid N.H. driver’s license, a safe car, and basic auto insurance. Please consider volunteering for Dial-a-Ride. You can really help. For more information, call 746-4357 and leave a message.

Please consider getting dinner at Dimitris on Monday night. Mention that you are there to support the fundraiser for the High School Interact Club going to Nicaragua, and Dimitri will donate 20 percent of the proceeds to the fund! The students leave this week to volunteer in Nicaragua. Thanks to you and to Dimitri’s for your support!



LACONIA Lots of meetings

On Tuesday at 6 p.m., the Laconia School District policy committee will meet at the superintendent’s office. The school board will meet at 7 p.m.

Laconia High School PTO will meet Wednesday 6 p.m. at 345 Union Ave. and the Woodland Heights Elementary School PTO will meet 225 Winter St.

Stand Up Laconia will meet Thursday at Huot Career and Technical Center, 26 Dewey St.

The Laconia City Council will meet Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at Laconia City Hall.

Huot Career and Technical Center’s Open House will be March 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.


LOUDON Talk with politicians

State Reps. Howard Moffett and Michael Moffett for Merrimack District 9 and Howard Pearl for Merrimack District 26 invite any and all interested Loudon residents to a Legislative Listening Session on March 10 at 10 a.m. in the conference room of the Maxfield Public Library. Topics will be up to the audience, and may include your representatives’ reasons for their votes on bills that have already been acted on by the House, and your views and their views on pending legislation.



PITTSFIELD Enjoy Winterfest

Winterfest will be held Saturday through March 2 during school vacation. Saturday is Community Activities Day from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Community Center with crafts, games, activities and food. There will be a movie night at the PMHS lecture hall, sponsored by the Rotary Club, on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, wildlife encounters will be held at the community center from 1 to 2 p.m., and there will be a cookies and milk pajama storytime at 6:30 p.m. On Monday, Candy Bar Bingo will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the community center, there will be an indoor rock climbing trip from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $10 leaving from Pittsfield Youth Workshop. On Wednesday, take a trip to the Escape Room and the mall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. leaving from PYW. Cost is $10. Friday, take a trip to go snow tubing and visit the ice castle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $15. Food donations will be accepted at all events to benefit the elementary school’s Food 4 Kids program.

The board of selectmen will hold a public hearing Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. on keno, at 7 p.m. on the creation of municipal and transportation improvements capital reserve fund and at 7:30 p.m. on the donation of inflatable boat with trailer and their storage for the fire department. Visit the town website,, to access more information.

At the Senior Center on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., Bill Parker will perform. Help keep the winter blues away by coming in listening to music, with a live musical performance. Parker sings a wide variety of music from the Great American Songbook while playing the keyboard and harmonica. Come, enjoy the free concert, and stay for lunch. If planning to stay for lunch please call 435-8482 to RSVP, so the meal can be planned accordingly.

The library board of trustees will meet on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the library. The public is welcome to attend.

The Pittsfield Circle of Home and Family group will meet on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Community Center. For information, contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or

The Suncook Valley Rotary Club will meet on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Community Center. For more information, contact Donna Keeley at

Stand Up Pittsfield, formerly known as the Pittsfield Wellness Coalition, will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at the PMHS Media Center. New members are always welcome and encouraged to attend.

Town and school district absentee ballot applications may be mailed, faxed to 435-7922, scanned and emailed to or hand delivered to the town clerk’s/school district clerk’s office. We will mail the absentee ballots as soon as they are available. The last day completed absentee ballots can be received in person is the day before the election. If absentee ballots are returned in person they must be handed to the town/school district clerk or deputy town clerk only. Applications may be downloaded from the town website at or by stopping in at the town clerk’s office.

Pittsfield has been chosen as one of the communities in New Hampshire to participate in a smoke and carbon monoxide distribution, installation and education grant program. The requirements are an owner-occupied home, no rentals and children under 6 years old and/or adults over 60 years old residing in the home. To sign up for a home safety inspection and free smoke and CO alarms installed by a volunteer member of the fire department call 435-6807 or email

Tickets are now on sale for the Pittsfield Players Kids’ Theater Workshop presentation of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. The show will run at the Scenic Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the shows are $8 for kids under 12 and $12 for adults and can be reserved by calling 435-8852.

The Pittsfield Conservation Commission will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall.

If you enjoy seeing the beautiful flowers at the town hall and police station, please consider making a donation to help defray the costs of purchasing the plants and the maintenance of them. This project is organized and managed by volunteer, Ted Mitchell. Please note in the check’s memo line “For Town Hall Flowers” and mail to Ted Mitchell, 77 Dowboro Road, Pittsfield.

A dinner fundraiser is scheduled for Feb. 28 at Dominick’s Pizza, Pasta & Things from 4 to 8 p.m. A modified dinner menu will be available and $ from each entrée will be donated to the cause. Dominick’s will be assisting Parker Bolton and his “CHAD buddy” Chichester Officer Phil Arnone raise funds for the Battle of the Badges challenge in March. There will also be a raffle with donations from local businesses. Tickets are $1 with the proceeds going to C.H.A.D.

The Infant/Toddler Diaper Pantry will be open Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church. Young Families are given supplemental diapers and wipes. Everyone is welcome. Please use the Chestnut St. entrance. Monetary and product contributions are most welcome. Please call the church at 435-7471 to arrange for drop off.

A free movie night will be held at Joy Church, 55 Barnstead Road on March 2 at 6 p.m. The movie Ferdinand will be shown. There will also be free popcorn, candy and drinks.

Happy birthday wishes to Patty Houle; enjoy your special day! A very special happy birthday to my nephew, Lucas Fries, and to my nieces, Emma and Ava Foster. I hope you all have a wonderful day. Auntie loves you!



SALISBURY A week of reading

This is book fair week at Salisbury Elementary School. The children always look forward to the book fair coming to town. Wednesday is Family Night; the children will be challenged to work through a variety of special activities, and to solve an mysterious mystery. Friday culminates the month with the popular all-day Readathon. Keep reading.

Salisbury’s fifth annual Winter Carnival/Ice Hockey Tournament was rescheduled to today at 10 a.m. at the Maplewood Recreation Ice Rink.

The Town Clerk’s Office will be closed Monday for the President’s Day holiday. She will have regular hours on Tuesday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Selectmen will meet Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Academy Hall.



WARNER See Hatch perform

Maple Weekend in Warner will be March 24 and 25. Visit nine sap houses and many special events throughout the village.

Will Hatch and Co. will play in the gallery Friday at 8 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 at the door to go toward the work of MainStreet Warner, Inc., and Jim Mitchell Community Park.

Storytime will be held March 8 from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. at MainStreet BookEnds in partnership with Simonds School teachers. Come and enjoy a read-aloud with friends in kindergarten through second grade.

On March 2 from 10 a.m. to noon make shrink-art keychains with Laura Jean Whitcomb for free. Make two key chains, one for you, one for a friend. It can be for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, or just because. You will write or draw on “shrinky plastic,” watch it shrink and add your charm. Suggested for 8 years and up, but younger is okay with a parent.

On March 4 at 2 p.m., there will be a panel discussion and informational meeting on “Medicare for All” with representatives from the Granite State Physicians for National Health Program. Learn what it is and what it is not. Bring your questions, concerns, and personal stories of navigating our present health care system .

Schoodacs Coffee Shop holds an open mic every Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The Warner Men’s Club will meet Feb. 26 at Warner Town Hall. The social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner catered by the Appleseed Restaurant, then a presentation of “The Effects of the 1918 Flu Pandemic in Warner” by Rebecca Courser. Prospective club members are invited to join in as guests for the evening. Members and guests should reserve for the dinner on or before Feb. 23 by emailing or contacting one of the officers or directors. For more information, visit

View Alice’s Ordinary People at the Warner Town Hall on March 2 at 7 p.m. and stay for a discussion. This film tells the story of Alice Tregay’s impact on the Civil Rights movement in Chicago and the progress of African Americans in politics up to and including Barack Obama. This event is co-sponsored by the Pillsbury Free Library of Warner, the Warner Historical Society and the Hopkinton Town Library. Admission is free. Donations accepted.

The Pillsbury Free Library Circle of Friends will hold a Wine and Cheese Party and Silent Auction on March 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. All profits from the Wine and Cheese go toward the continuing renovations of the historic Warner library building. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the library,MainStreet BookEnds or the door. The event features live music, a gift basket raffle, plus fantastic auction items donated by area artisans, businesses, and service providers. Donations to the auction will be accepted through Feb. 28. Call 456-2393 or 456-3664 for more information.

The 2018 annual Indoor Warner Flea Market will be April 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside town hall. Fees are $15 per 6-foot table/space to benefit the Pillsbury Free Library. Spaces are allocated in advance based on order received and requested location, if available. A printable vendor application is available at the library website Call 456-2289 for information. Applications may be mailed or dropped off at the library.

The Book of Truth Reading Group will meet at the Pillsbury Library on Mondays at 4 p.m. No homework, simply reading for the hour with each other. Free e-copies are available, bring your laptop. Walk in or email Dick Mueller at for more information or to get your copy.

The Warner Volunteer Hub is a place to check on the latest projects and opportunities that you can volunteer for, without having to sign up for hours a month. We encourage people of all ages to join. Organizations, clubs and community groups are encouraged to submit their projects to the website. Volunteers sign up directly with the organization as they are available or able. Find the Warner Volunteer Hub at

Spirit Week at Simonds Elementary School will be this week with Winter Carnival on Friday.

There will be no school week of Feb. 26 to March 2 for February vacation.



WEBSTER Delicious fundraiser

Pillsbury Lake District will hold a Chocolate and Cheese Fondue Tasting event on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse. BYOB. All of Webster is welcome.

Webster Free Public Library is closed Monday in honor of President’s Day.

Webster Free Public Library Book Group will meet Thursday to discuss “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams.

“I Love to Read” month continues at the elementary school. This week’s special events include: Buddy Reading, Student Readers Read Alouds and Mystery Readers revealed. The month pulls together on Friday’s popular all-day Readathon and Golden Tickets Read Alouds.

Special shout out to Webster Congregational Church member Terry Ohlson-Martin, who spearheaded a project this Christmas season to give every resident in Merrimack County Nursing Home a homemade quilt or blanket – 319 people. Terry, along with countless other neighbors and strangers, exceeded the goal with 334 items. Thank you Terry for having the dream. One person can make a difference!


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