Talk of the towns

Published: 07-01-2023 6:00 PM


■The Math Team at NHTI finished first among the New England member schools, first in the Northeast region, fifteenth in the nation overall and took the Lois A. Martin trophy. Ryan Coyne was also awarded a $100 prize for being the top NHTI performer on the two competition exams. NHTI offers a comprehensive Mathematics associate degree program. For more information on the Mathematics program and the NHTI Math Team, contact Dan Shagena at

■ Join the Concord Community Center for Summer Game Night Program. They’ll play games, work together and build community while being around positive adult mentors to work through challenges and build self-confidence. Game Night with Friends is a six week program from 4:30 to 6 p.m. starting Mondays on July 10 and ending August 14.

■ On Thursday, July 13, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., raise awareness during NH’s Childhood Chronic Condition Awareness month at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, 2 Institute Drive. It’s a great opportunity for parents, caregivers, children and teens to learn more about the Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions and what we do. There will be free pizza, Planetarium show, Scavenger Hunt and Photo opportunities with Superhero Characters. Five youths with chronic health illnesses will receive prizes for their impact in their community.

■ Join Cheers Bar & Grille, 17 Depot St., for Game Time Trivia every Friday Night at 8 p.m. Also, themed trivia at 7 p.m. on Thursday Nights too! Go to for more information.

■ Join Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 South Main St., on Wednesday, July 12, for a true Concord mystery in this music-biography of Connie Converse, a mid-century New York City songwriter, singer, and composer whose haunting music never found broad recognition. Our local connection? Connie Converse grew up here and was valedictorian in the Concord High graduating class of 1942! Author Howard Fishman presents To Anyone Who Ever Asks: The Life, Music, and Mystery of Connie Converse. This is the mesmerizing story of an enigmatic life which included the bizarre legend that at fifty, she simply drove off one day and was never heard from again. She seems a significant outsider artist, a missing link between a now old-fashioned kind of American music and the reflective, complex, arresting music that transformed the 1960s and music forever.

■Then on Thursday, July 13 at Gibson’s, Joan Radner presents her new book, Wit and Wisdom: The Forgotten Literary Life of New England Villages! In rural New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, ordinary men and women, farmers and intelligentsia, selectmen and schoolchildren came together to write and perform poetry and witty parodies and debate a wide range of topics, from women’s rights and temperance to slavery, migration, and more.

■ Celebrate the wackiness in every family with a Broadway musical adapted for middle school-age performers! Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man. Everything will change on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. See this on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Chubb Theatre at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St.

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■Join other Book Lovers in a low-pressure book club at the Heights Community Center, 14 Canterbury Road on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Chat about what you’ve been reading and listen to recommendations. There are no assigned books in this group; just come and share your latest reads! Library staff will take notes and share the group’s recommendations on the website. Register to attend at

■Come watch a family-friendly movie at the Regal Cinema, 282 Loudon Road, for just $2 on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.! There are two movie options. Exact showtime may differ each week, so be sure to check the schedule at

■ Bring your gearheads to Cruise Night at Arnie’s, 164 Loudon Road, Tuesday, 5 to 7 p.m. Check out a wide variety of antique and classic cars. While you’re there, you can also enjoy some ice cream or other tasty snack!

■ Intown Concord invites you to have fun with extra festivities and sales on the First Friday of each month at shops throughout downtown Concord! You can expect to find shops open late, giveaways, sales, live music and other activities to for all from 4 to 8 p.m.!

■ Enjoy your hot dogs, the fireworks and Nevers Band at Memorial Field, but take just a moment to remember the amazing feat of our ancestors, many from here in New England, who brought forth an incredible new nation, a format never tried before but often copied in the following decades. The title Independence Day, really means something! Enjoy!

■Two events are coming to Penacook’s Rolfe Park in July. Concord Public Library will host a “Storytime in the Park” this Wednesday, July 5, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Also, the Nevers Band will perform at Rolfe Park on Tuesday, July 18, at 7 p.m. The park is located on Community Drive.

■The Concord Public Library’s Summer Reading Program “All Together Now” has begun. You can stop by the Penacook Branch Library, at 3 Merrimack Street, Penacook, to learn more about the program, or at




■The Allenstown Historical Society will meet on July 5 at 6 p.m. at MRF building off Rte. 28 on Lavoie Drive. We are open to the public for more information call 603 485-4437.

■Part time Deputy Town Clerk is needed and must live in Allenstown. The Part Time, afternoons is for 20 Hours per week and no Fridays for Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector. For job description of the position please contact Town Clerk Kathleen at 603-485-4276 x 116 or at

■Beginning on June 26 the Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s Office will be closed from 1 to 2 p.m. for lunch. Allenstown Transfer Station will be closed Saturday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 4 for the 4th of July holiday. The Suncook Senior Center will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. On July 5 the Arts and Crafts at 10 a.m. will be making Birthday Cards.



■Signups for “All Together Now”, the Boscawen Public Library Summer Reading Program are off to a great start. Kids can earn stickers for reading and be rewarded with terrific prizes. As part of the library’s summer reading program, there will be special activities offered through-out it. Elementary grade students are invited to “Let’s Read Out Loud!” on July 13 beginning at 2 p.m. “Music and Stories” presented by Steve Blout and Marty Kelley is a special evening event for children and their families on July 17 at 6:30 p.m.

■Avaloch Farm Music Institute at 16 Hardy Lane is holding Community Concerts on Friday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. Concerts will be held on July 7, 14 and 21, Aug. 18 and 25 and Sept. 1, 8 and 15. A donation of $10 is suggested for this wonderful evening of music in a bucolic setting. More information on the concerts and the institute can be seen at

■ Merrimack County Complex is offering two six-week programs that are free to residents of the county. The programs run from July 17 to Aug. 21. Resilience Reins is offered on Mondays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and connects, engages and encourages healing for young survivors of trauma, their families and caretakers. “Fun on the Farm” is held on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and is an opportunity for children ages 8 to 14 to learn about horses and ponies. To register contact Kristen McGraw at or call 603-497-2343.




■The Bow Rotary announces their 2023 concert line-up to be held at the Town Gazebo. NOTE: The concert series has moved from Sunday to Thursday evenings and will begin at 6:30 p.m., ending at 8 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved inside the Bow Community Building. The first concert of the season will be on July 13 is: The Bowzos Band. The Bowzos Band is made up of five Bow High School musicians who play a variety of musical genres ranging from Classic Rock to Indie/Alternative. The band members are Micheal Sardella, Eli Wilkening, Sam Cooper, Benjamin McDowell land Addaline McGraw. They are certain to entertain your entire family and are very excited to have this opportunity to play for Bow residents. Following concerts will be held on: July 20th: Supernothing, July 27th: The Freese Brothers Big Band, August 3rd: Mr. Aaron, August 10th: Bow Junction and August 17th: The Rockin Daddios. More details about the bands to come.



■Canterbury Community Farmers Market, Wednesday, 4-6:30pm, center of Canterbury next to the Elkins Library. SNAP/EBT and Veterans’ Market Dollars accepted. We match first $20 of SNAP purchase! 20+ vendors, easy access, live music weekly. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or check our website for schedule of musicians, special guests, kids’ activities, and demonstrations. 2023 is the Market’s 17th year!

■The Town Clerk-Tax Collector’s Office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, for Independence Day. Reminder that property taxes are due Wednesday, July 5. The Office will beclosed the week of July 16 thru July 22.

■Special Summer Programs at Elkins Public Library – Big truck day – Thursday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., join us as we celebrate our Community Helpers with Big truck day! Come take an up close and personal look at these vehicles and talk with their drivers (this is a great time to thank them for what they do for our town). Stay for the Parade of Trucks at 12 p.m.; this event is rain or shine.



■The Chichester Central School has set up a Summer 2023 STEM Challenge. All students are challenged to design and build a fairy house or gnome home during the month of July. Projects should be completed at home and be less than 1x1’ and made from many natural products as possible hot glue is ok and keep plastics to a minimum. Completions need to be done by August 15 and design to be placed in the outdoor classroom from 5:30 to 6:30. An ice cream treat will be enjoyed and a walk upon the upgraded school trails.

■Chichester Property Taxes are due on July 11. The tax collector hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 to 3:30 and Tuesday 8 to 7. A secured drop off box is available outside the town office to leave your taxes. The Town of Chichester web site page will guide you to paying your property taxes online. If you mail in your taxes the post mark on July 11 will be accepted. Interest starts on July 12.

■The Chichester Youth Assn is offering soccer for children age 4 through 6th grade this fall. This popular and well attended sport will accept sign up by July 20. Volunteers are always needed. The sign up is now available at



■This month, the DCC’s Beyond the Book group discusses Before The Coffee Gets Cold: by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. Discussion is scheduled for July 6, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please email for location. Happenings at the library: Special Story Time Guest Reader! Chief Remillard will be the guest reader on Wed, July 5, at 10:30 a.m. It is always a good story time when the Chief comes to visit. Stories, rhymes, music and maybe a chance to see his cruiser! LEGO Build Parties will be held on Thursday afternoon: July 6, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Drop by to free build and create! Chair Yoga with Sherry Gamble will be Thurs, July 13 at 11 a.m. Wear comfy clothes. Meet at the library. Chairs are provided. Sponsored by the library. All are welcome.

■ Town Offices closed all day July 4.

■Also, if your dog is not currently licensed please contact Dunbarton Town Clerk Linda Landry by calling (603) 774-3541, extension 107, by e-mail at, or in-person during regular office hours to complete this process. Dogs may be also be licensed online by visiting this link: Starting on July 21 our police department will be issuing civil forfeiture notices to unlicensed dog owners. Unlicensed dog owners will have the option to pay a $25.00 civil fine within 15 days of being issued notice and license their dog or contest the fine in District Court at a later date.



■ZBA Public meeting will take place on July 5th at Epsom Central School begins at 7 p.m. Epsom Parks and Recreation Commission Volunteer Needed – please send an email to or visit the town office for more information.

■Old Home Weekend is approaching. Again this year we are looking for parade participants. Floats, decorated bicycles, tractors, hot rods, antique cars, marchers, anything that would be great in a parade. If you would like to participate and need information, you can contact me at 419-0511. The parade has been getting better every year. Let’s show our town spirit and join in the fun on August 11th. The Old Home Day Committee is looking for middle or high school students for community service to volunteer at Old Home Day. Please contact Terry Riel at 603-848-7371 or email at

■Let’s appreciate this beautiful country and this upcoming independence day! Hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend! Have you seen the beautiful circle yet? Take a drive by and see the 300 flags that have been put out!! Looks wonderful!



■Graphic Novel Book Club at the Franklin Public Library, Monday, July 3 from 4-4:45 p.m. Do you enjoy graphic novels? Do you like dogs? This event is for you! Paws: Mindy Makes Some Space, is the second book in the series described as the “Baby-Sitters Club for pets” - stop in for this free event!

■Mr. Aaron, Song and Dance at the Franklin Public Library, Wednesday, July /5 10-11 a.m. Described as the “Best Children’s Performer” by NH Magazine, Mr. Aaron will be bringing his talents to our library for free! Find out more about Mr. Aaron at:

■Concert in the Park (during the Franklin Farmer’s Market) atMarceau Park, Thursday, July 6 at 5 p.m. North River Music kicks off the first concert in the park for 2023! Enjoy great outdoor music with friends and neighbors and visit the Farmers Market from 3-6 p.m., too!



■The DoBros is a down-home Warner-based quartet performing both acoustic and electric music with a collection of original tunes and a healthy dose of classic covers. Each show is deeply rooted in improvisation, creating a unique and organic experience. 6:30 p.m. July 4th! You can follow them on facebook here

■Public hearing to hear public comment and testimony for the Comcast franchise renewal agreement (2023-2030) - Monday, July 10 @ 7 p.m. at Weare town office building conference room.

■Weare job opportunity - DPW Director - full time - salary range ($70,000-$85,000) - see job advertisement on town web site. Posted until filled.

■Upcoming theatre event: July 14 @ 7 p.m. @ JSRHS Weare Henniker Youth Theatre camp presentation of Alice in Wonderland. Free. Upcoming theatre event: July 21 @ 7 p.m. @ JSRHS Weare Henniker Youth Theatre camp presentation of Square Pegs–a new William Ogmundson musical adaptation of Tomie DePaola’s Oliver Button is a Sissy. Free.



■Shared Harvest of Hopkinton will start next week. Donate fresh garden vegetables and eggs from your garden. Donations are accepted from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Slusser Center. Donation dates: July 5, 19, Aug. 2, 16, 30. All donations go to the Food Pantry.

■Join us for July 4th fun in Hopkinton! Parades, music, entertainment, food, contests (pudding eating, root beer chugging, mystery contest), Tooky bake off, live music, roaming juggler and games! Rain or shine. Full details are available at

■Contoocook Farmers Market is in full swing for the season. Join us every Saturday 9-12 at Riverway Park in downtown Contoocook. Life music every week. July 8th Joel Begin.



■Join the Suncook Senior Center in an overnight trip to Newport, RI October 1 and 2.

■Tour Marble House “Cottage”, visit a car museum, dinner and a play and time for shopping too. All rooms at Wyndham Newport have 2 king sized beds. Call Nancy at 603-485-9181. All are welcome.

■Pembroke & Allenstown Old Home Day would like your organization to create a float or to march in its parade, on Saturday, Aug. 26. Call Jocelyn 603-485-3352 or email: They are also looking for volunteers to help with Memorial Park cleanup on Sunday, August 27, call Jenn 603-545-7391. Great way to get community service points!



■The Pittsfield Old Home Day Cookoff this year will be Very Berry Cook-off. This event is sponsored by the Victory Workers 4-H Club. Anyone and everyone is invited to submit their BEST Berry (any berry) Dessert and bring it to the 4-H Booth at Dustin Park by 8:45 a.m. on Sat, July 22. The public will pay $1 for a bottle of water and the chance to try a small sample of each entry and then vote for their favorite. Cash prizes will be awarded: 1st- $75, 2nd- $50 and 3rd- $25. Please contact Andi Riel at 603-435-6346 or email at to register.

■The South Pittsfield Community Club will hold a Ham & Bean Supper on Sat, July 8 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Club House at 444 Dowboro Rd, Pittsfield. Cost for Adults is $10, Children ages 6-12- $5 and under age 6 is Free. Eat in or Take out! The menu is Ham, baked beans, brown bread, potato salad, drinks and pies.

■The Hanging Flower Basket project is in the works by a small volunteer group. Donations are gladly accepted. Checks can be mailed to Pittsfield Hanging Basket Fund, C/O Donna Keeley, 256 True Road, Pittsfield




■Kick off your July 4th at the Annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast from 7:30-11 a.m. at the United Church of Warner, 43 East Main Street. Proceeds benefit the United Church of Warner and the Warner Historical Society, and American Legion Post #39 will sponsor a raffle to raise funds for the Legion. The Historical Society’s Barn Sale runs from 9 a.m. until 12 noon, and the Museum will be open from 9-noon.

■ On Thursday July 6, 6:30-8 p.m., Jake & Taylor Armerding grace the Main Street Stage. Gifted musicians, Jake and Taylor have performed with the pros and will provide an amazing show. For the full summer program, visit

■The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum’s Annual Powwow will be held Saturday, July 8, from 11 a.m. through Sunday, July 9, at 5 p.m. Enjoy music, drumming, dancing, and more. Storytelling with Willow on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. in the Museum auditorium. For more information and to sign up to help, visit And, don’t miss Warner Historical Society’s Tory Hill Author Series guest Ted Levin who will discuss his book The Solace of Sunrise, Saturday, July 8, 7 p.m. at the Warner Town Hall.



■Registration has begun for this year’s Summer Reading Program at the Webster Free Public Library, “All Together Now,” a celebration of all things friendship, kindness, and helpfulness. For the children who sign up, there are two parts to the program: keeping track of their reading with some incentives, and (for the younger kids) attending storytimes. The program gets started Monday, July 10 with our 6:30 p.m. storytime. Our final storytime will actually be a visit from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center with “Animals with Bad Reputations.”

■The Transfer Station will be open regular hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on July 3rd. The compost is ready. Check in and let the staff know you are going to get some. One load per household until the demand slows.

■What’s happening in town? July 22: Fire Department Chicken Barbeque 4:30 – 6 p.m., July 29: Church Supper (ham and bean) 4:30-6 p.m., and August 19: Old Home Day.