Merrimack Valley region town crier for the week of July 31, 2022

BOSCAWEN Reptile program

■“Reptiles On The Move” will be presented at the Boscawen Public Library on Aug. 8. This exciting, fun-filled interactive reptile program for all ages begins at 6:30 pm This program concludes the end of the Summer Reading Program and participants are reminded to redeem their stickers for prizes.

■The Book Discussion Group is meeting on Aug. 9 at 2 pm at the Boscawen Public Library to share their feedback on the novel Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty.

■Coming Soon to Boscawen! A fabulous week of Old Home Day activities! Honoring the sheep filled history of Boscawen, Adele Sanborn and Jeff Abbe have created and distributed life-sized sheep cut-outs throughout the town. Participants will paint and put their creations on display starting Aug. 20. Drive by and see them on April Avenue, Park Street, North Main, King Street, Queen Street, Water Street, Corn Hill Road, and Weir Road. The Agricultural Commission will judge the flock for “best in show” and the winners will be announced at Old Home Day Celebration on Aug. 27. Prizes will be awarded by the Old Home Day Committee.

■On Aug. 23, John Porter will talk about NH Barns at Twiggs Gallery. The Annual Old Home Day Golf Classic will be held on Aug. 25 at Den Brae (entries are closed). Elektrisola will host their second annual 5K race starting at the foot of Depot Street. Call (603) 796-3001 for more information.

■Old Home Day events kick off on Aug. 27 with the wonderful parade that leaves from the Town Offices at 11 am Want to add a float, antique car, band, or group of cub scouts? Call Polly Dawson at (603) 796-3001. At noon, the action shifts to Jamie Welch Park for an afternoon “Down by the Riverside” for a series of free activities. More details will be in our future columns. Fireworks at dusk end this day of fun.

■The activities aren’t over yet! On the morning of Aug. 28, Jeff Abbe will lead a tour of the New Boscawen Town Forest on North Main Street (across from the former Marshall Gun Shop). At Twiggs Gallery, from 1 to 3 pm, Adele Sanborn with host Percheron Poets with an Open Mic for poetry reading.



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CANTERBURY Sign up to donate blood in town

■We are bringing Blood Drives back to Canterbury and we are looking for donors! The drive is on Aug. 2 from 1 to 5:30 pm at the Canterbury Woods Country Club. Visit for more information.

■NH RSA 289:2 requires the town to provide burial space for deceased persons. Maple Grove Cemetery, located at 334 Baptist Road, Canterbury, NH, is the town’s primary active cemetery, and is facing a shortage of lots available for sale to residents. Despite implementing new concepts to utilize the existing layout and cleared space available, a space constraint is still imminent. When addressing this issue in the summer of 2021, the Cemetery Trustees realized the best way to utilize the space available was through clearing existing property the town already owns to maximize the number of grave sites. In the fall of 2021 Trustees began a program of garnering information pursuant to expanding the cemetery’s footprint and to clear space on the southwestern corner of the cemetery (closest to Baptist Hill Road). This will then allow the addition of approximately 400 full graves. In addition to new grave sites, this project will also give the cemetery a second access, off Baptist Hill Road, for a service entrance for maintenance and possibly a second exit for funerals and visitors. The project is expected to be presented to the voters in a warrant article at the March 2024 Annual Town Meeting and, if passed, work should progress through the summer, with lots available for sale to residents in the fall of 2024.

■Understanding Debt at Elkins Public Library on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 pm, in 30-minute appointments, starting Aug. 3. Get a free debt review, and understand the impact of borrowed money. Dave Balshaw with Guaranteed Rate Affinity will be offering reviews and help every Wednesday. Bring your mortgage, car loan and credit card statements for a review. Call the library to sign up.

Rachel Baker

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SALISBURY Soccer sign-up

■The MVSD School Board will meet on Aug. 1 at 6:30 pm Please see their webpage for more information at

■Youth Recreational Soccer sign-ups have opened as of July 22. Here is the link to sign up ( and if you would like more information you may email [email protected]

■On Aug. 14 at 2:30 pm after the Firefighter’s muster hang around at the Maplewood Ball Field and play in the Annual Softball Tournament. Ages 14 through 100 are welcome to join the fun! Ribbons will be awarded to the winning team! There will also be a kid’s kickball game just before the tournament begins. For more information please email Kathleen Doyle at [email protected]

■The Historical Society is now accepting items for the White Elephant Sale on Old Home Day Aug. 13. Items should be clean and in good shape. No electronics please! Items may be brought to the meetinghouse during open hours on Sundays between 1 and 3 pm We are also looking for volunteers. If interested in selling raffle tickets, Society merchandise, White Elephant items or being a docent please email at [email protected] Your help would be greatly appreciated. The Salisbury Historical Society’s website at for more information.

■The Old Home Day committee will meet at Academy Hall on Aug. 9 at 7:15 pm Please see the town website at for Zoom information if you would like to join virtually please join us in the Old Home Day Parade on Aug. 13 at 11 am This year’s theme was chosen by the Students at SES and is “Nature & Space.” Ribbons and prizes will be awarded for each category listed. All children participating will receive a gift card for free ice cream and a 2022 Old Home Day commemorative button. Contact Lisa Walker at [email protected] or by phone at (603) 496-2334. Please sign up by Aug. 8. If you would like to be a vendor please email [email protected]

■The Library Trustees will hold their monthly meeting at the Library on Aug. 2 at 6:30 pm If you are unable to attend the meeting in person and would like to attend remotely, we can connect you via Zoom, but we need 24-hour advance notice. Please call or email the library at [email protected] or phone 603-648-2278.

■The Salisbury Farmers Market is open for the Summer Season now through Aug. 29, hours are 3 to 6 pm Every Monday afternoon at the Town Green on Route 4 throughout the summer. If you are interested in being a vendor at the market, please reach out to Helen Binette at (603) 648-2156.

■Ing. 13 Old Home Day, book sale at the Library from 8 am to 3 pm, Puppet Show at 12:30 pm and Summer Saturday Library Cafe sponsored by the Friends of the Library; coffee is always available at this event. The treats change weekly, check the SFL Facebook page for the menu. Children’s Storytime & Crafts continues every Thursday at 5:30 until Aug. 11. All are welcome, especially children. The Salisbury Free Library has an abundance of new books in all age categories and genres. Please make sure to email ([email protected]), stop in, or let us know on our Facebook page if there are any books you would like the library to acquire. The library is in need of size small/medium cardboard boxes. If you have any – can you please bring them to the library. Searching for ones that wouldn’t be too heavy when filled with books.

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WEBSTER Zoning hearings

■Due to a week-long certification class, the Town Clerk’s office will be open only from 5 to 8 pm on both Aug. 1 and 3.

■On Sept. 13, New Hampshire will hold primary elections. The following candidates have registered to run to represent Webster as Representatives in the New Hampshire House. In District five, Lorna Carlisle of Salisbury and Ken Wells of Andover are running as Democrats and Louise Andrus of Salisbury and Deborah Aylward of Danbury are running as Republicans. In District 26, Alvin See of Loudon is running as a Republican and David Nesbitt of Webster is running as a Democrat.

■In the District 7 New Hampshire Senate Race, Richard Lobban of Bridgewater is running as a Democrat, and Thomas Dunne and Dennis Innis of Bradford are running as Republicans.

■The Webster Zoning Board of Adjustment will hold two public hearings on Aug. 9 at 7 pm The hearings will be held at Webster Town Hall in the Grange Hall. In the first hearing, the Board will consider an application from Julie Tomchak to appeal a denial for a Temporary Occupancy Permit. She is also requesting a variance to the setback requirements. To build a single-family home within the 20-foot setback. The property is located on Map 10 Lot 5-184 on Deer Meadow Road in the Pillsbury Lake Village District. In the Second Hearing, the Board will consider an application from Joshua and Andrea Hart for a special exception to the setback requirements. To build an accessory structure within the 50-foot setback. The property is located on Map 5 Lot 49-6 at 54 Blackberry Lane in the residential/agricultural zone. If a decision is not reached, the hearing(s) will be continued at the next scheduled meeting.

Nancy Picthall-French

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