Talk of the towns

Published: 07-15-2023 11:00 AM


■This Thursday at 6:30 p.m., at Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 South Main St., Author Marjorie Burke presents her new book, “Claiming Me: Reflections of an Octogenarian!” Marge spends several days a week writing in the Gibson’s Cafe, and we’re thrilled to share her work. Claiming Me is a heartwarming, humorous, intimate account of a life well-lived. Can’t make this event? Order a signed copy of “Claiming Me” through our website, and leave your personalization request in the order notes! Also at Gibson’s, join the Poetry Society of New Hampshire on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. for an afternoon of verse! Their headliner this month is Matthew E. Henry, the author of the full length collections the “Colored Page and The Third Renunciation,” among others.

■Monday through Friday, Camp Don Bosco (for boys ages 6-14) comes to Rollins Park and Christ the King Parish. Information and Registrations at Camp Fatima (for boys) and Camp Bernadette (for girls) still has some openings for Campers (ages 6-15), Dining Hall Worker (age 15), CIT (age 16), Counselor (age 17+). Go to for more information.

■Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, on Tuesday will have a trip for all ages to Ogunquit Beach Maine! Leave from IHM, 180 Loudon Road at 9:30 a.m. To go and for information, contact Heather Zyliak at They are also going on Tuesday, July 25 to Mt. Sunapee State Park, Newbury! Leave from IHM at 9:30 a.m. It’s for all ages. Again, contact Heather.

■Go discuss current and cold cases or simply to swap reading (and watching and listening) recommendations with the True Crime Book Club on Tuesday at the Library! RSVP is required. This is a casual gathering of true crime aficionados with no reading requirements. The TCBC meets every other month on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. RSVP online to attend.

■It’s a Double Header for the Nevers Band! Concord Parks and Recreation Department presents the Summer Concert Series on Thursday at the Pierce Manse with a Friday Rain Date and on Tuesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at the State House. Get those toes tapping!

■Uno Pizzeria & Grill on Fort Eddy Drive is hosting a Kids Cookie Decorating Party. It’s Christmas in July on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Kids Eat Free with purchase of adult entree. Call and make your reservations today!

■Gear up for Fall Sports! Join NHTI’s free Training Clinic Athletic Performance Clinic and Conditioning & Injury Prevention for grades 6-12. Boost performance, prevent injuries, and have fun! Our evidence-based 10 session clinic is designed to reduce the risk of common overuse injuries and keep athletes healthy throughout the season with station-based training. It’s on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Led by experienced Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists, this clinic is open to athletes regardless of skill level. The course runs Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 10 at 31 College Drive. Go to for more information.

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■Join in on Thursday, 8 p.m. for Ghost Funk Orchestra, at Bank of New Hampshire Stage. Don’t miss your chance, Get your tickets today!

■Who doesn’t love things that Glow-in-the-Dark!? They’re talking glow sticks, black lights and other glow-in-the-dark fun, taking place Friday, at 5 p.m. at Sensory Seekers. They encourage you to wear your best glow-worthy attire at 85 Manchester St.!

■Pope Memorial SPCA, 94 Silk Farm Road, hosts a Low Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic on Saturday from 10 a.m. to Noon. Space is limited, register today! Several vaccinations will be offered from $15 to $25 including a Microchip. Online Registration is required. They are unable to accept walk-ins. Register and pay online.

■There’s a Street Closure for the Concord Farmers Market on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Capitol St., from Green St. to North State St.

■ On Tuesday, July 25 at 7 p.m., online only via Zoom, Gibson’s presents a virtual launch day author event with Michael Koryta, author of An Honest Man. The murder of several politicians at sea has shattering implications for a local lobsterman and a young boy in an action-packed thriller. Signed bookplates are included with your purchase of An Honest Man from Gibson’s Bookstore! RSVP is required at

■As we all enjoy the summer weather outside (between the raindrops) and our walkable community, please be kind and pick up after your dogs.

■Two free concerts in Penacook this week! The Nevers Band will perform at Rolfe Park, located on Community Drive, on Tuesday, July 18, at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, July 19, Sam Post and the group Kassia will perform a concert at the United Church of Penacook, 21 Merrimack St., from 7 to 8 p.m.; this Outreach concert is offered through Avaloch Farm Music Institute.

■The Concord Planning Board will hold a public hearing Wednesday, July 19, at 7 p.m., regarding new development at Merchants Way. The development proposed includes a Concord Hospital Urgent Care facility and a 30,000-square foot building for new retail establishments. The plans received Major Site plan approval at the June Planning Board meeting. You can contact with comments or questions.




■The Town of Allenstown is looking for a Part Time Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector and must be a Allenstown Resident. The position is for a 20 hour week and no Fridays. For more information and job description please call Tax Clerk Kathleen at 603 485-4276 ext.116 or at

■A Taste of Rhode Island is the next trip that the Suncook Senior Center is planning a two day adventure including the Newport Car Museum, a tour of Marble House, dinner and Ghost of a Chance at the Newport Playhouse, a local guided tour on the second day along with a lobster luncheon or prime rib at Cap’n Jack’s before heading home. Call Nancy at 603 485-9181 for details.

■Affordable Hearing will be held on July 17 at 12 p.m. come in for a free hearing test or cleaning for your hearing aides. Please sign up the hearing test takes about thirty minutes and hearing aid maintenance is about 15 minutes. Arts and Crafts on Wednesday, July 19 at 10 a.m. will be making Christmas ornaments in July.



■Tomorrow, beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Boscawen Public Library is hosting a special evening of “Music and Stories.” Award-winning children’s musician Steve Blunt and author/illustrator Marty Kelley team up for this fun, fresh library show with music books and lots of laughs. Don’t miss this highly original combination for kids & their families at the library.

Join the Old Home Day Parade! The Old Home Day Committee is seeking costumed walkers and decorated bicycles for the parade on Saturday, August 26. The theme of this year’s parade is “Flashy Flock – Chickens” and the line begins at 10 a.m. and the parade starts at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded but participants must sign the release form by 9:45 a.m. on parade day to be eligible!

■ The Boscawen Public Library reports that activity in the Summer Reading Program “All Together Now” is robust! It’s not too late for kids to pick up their packets and collect stickers for reading to earn great prizes. A Rock Painting/Free Style Painting workshop will be held on Thursday, July 27 at 2 p.m. The program ends on Saturday, Aug. 5 with the Comedy Juggling act of Bryson Lang.



■The 2023 Bow Rotary Summer Concert Series debuted on Thursday evening, July 13 and continues through the summer until Aug. 17. All concerts will be held at the Town Gazebo as always however please note that this year the concert series has moved from Sunday to Thursday evenings. Concerts will all begin at 6:30 p.m., ending at 8 p.m. and in the case of inclement weather they will be moved inside the Bow Community Building. The next concert in the series will be held on July 20 with “Supernothing,” a Raggae/Rock five-piece band that draws influences from artists such as Sublime. Bob Marley, The Elovaters, the Movement, Dirty Heads and more! And they occasionally bring elements of hip hop, funk, ska and punk to the table as well. Be sure to have your dancing shoes on for this one! Future performances are as follows with more details to come each week: July 27: The Freese Brothers Big Band, Aug. 3: Mr. Aaron, Aug. 10: Bow Junction and August 17; The Rockin Daddios.

■Bow Young at Heart will meet on Wednesday, July 26, at the Old Town Hall, 91 Bow Center Road, Bow and will feature the presentation “Founding Fathers: What Were They Thinking? with Richard Hess, sponsored by the NH Humanities Council. On Aug. 9 BYAH will host NY Times bestselling author Michael Tougas, who will give a slide show presentation about his book “The Finest Hours ... The True Story of the US Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue.” His book has since been made into a movie by Disney starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. This presentation is also sponsored by the NH Humanities Council. The public is invited to attend both of these free events. Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by a BYO Lunch at 12:30 p.m. and the program. Dessert will be provided. Bow Young at Heart is open to all Bow and Bow area residents age 55 and older however the public is always invited to attend any of their meetings or events.



■Message from Town Clerk/Tax Collector – The Office will be closed the week of July 16 thru July 22.

■Church News: All are welcome at Sunday summer worship at 9:30, and Fellowship at 10:30 in the Parish House. Please come for one or both! Wednesday Walkers meet up at 9 a.m. at the Gazebo. Good conversation fuels all levels of strolling! Wednesdays Stillness in the Center, 7-8 in the church. Candlelight, quiet music, and silence for your contemplative prayer and meditation. Come for 10 minutes or the full hour, as you wish!

■Library News: Steve Blunt will perform July 22 at 10 a.m. Join us for a Summer Concert with Steve Blunt - Singing Songs together. Join us as we sing and dance along to his multicultural playlist. If the sun is shining we’re going to turn the concert into a beach party so, bring a towel, because you just might get wet!



■The Chichester Fire Dept and Police Dept will have a storytime in conjunction with the summer reading program of The Chichester Library on July 22 at 10 a.m. at the town safety complex. The Kona Ice cream truck will be at 11. A tour of the fire station and police station will take place at 11. Make and Take crafts will be available to take home. A limit of 75 children attendees and must register at 798-5613. Save the date of Aug. 1 from 6-8 with the police dept providing “National Night Out” at Carpenter Park.

■The School Board will meet on July 19 at 6 p.m. at the school for a regular board meeting. Kristine Saturley has assumed the duties of school Treasurer for the year 2023-2024 school year. The Trustee of Trust Funds have scheduled their monthly meeting on July 21 at 9 a.m. at town hall. The Town Clerk and Tax Collector has hired a new assistant clerk and tax collector. The town clerk assistant will be trained to become a certified municipal agent.

■Chichester Town representatives Clayton Woods and Cyril Aures remind us that the fiscal year at the state house started this month. A bill that required tweaks at the Committee of Conference comprised of Senators and Representatives passed on a simple voice vote. House Bill 281 a bipartisan bill which included an energy compromise that eliminated old procedures and provided a streamlined process for transparency and control that would allow cost benefits to constituents. The House voted against HB 61 to spend $200K for a study to recommend new surface setbacks for landfills.



■2023 Summer Fisher Cats Reading Challenge: Our friends at the NH Fisher Cats are offering a Children’s Summer Reading Challenge. Earn free Tickets! Read five books and record the titles on the forms available at the library. Return to the Fisher Cats by July 31 to be eligible. Select a game to attend in 2023 and mail the completed form to the Fisher Cats. On game day, bring your glove and ball, and you can play catch on the field at Delta Dental Stadium.

■The DCC’s Book Club: Beyond the Book will be reading “The Overstory” by Richard Powers. This book has won numerous awards: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, Winner of the William Dean Howells Medal Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Over One Year on the New York Times Bestseller List, A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post, Time, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. Discussion is scheduled for Thurs, Aug 3. For location or questions, contact

■Read aloud to Mr. T: Read Children in Grade K to 4 who register will have a 20-minute session on July 27 at 11 a.m. For more information or to register for a session with Mr. T, call the library, 774-3546.



■Old Home Day will be on August 11, 12, and 13 with the Old Home Day Theme “Hometown America.” There will be floats and a bike decorating contest. Keep your eyes open for flyers and more info to come. 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 at 603-848-7371 or email at

■Library News: Mahjong meets Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Knitters group Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., Movie Matinee Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., Teen Time Wednesday 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Board of Trustee Meeting , Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Bedtime Storytime, Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

■The Epsom Town Band will have a summer concert on Friday, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Webster Park. Additional concert is scheduled for Aug. 4. July 28 is a rain date for either July concert. The Board of Selectmen Meeting will meet on Monday at 6 p.m., the Economic Development committee will meet on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., the Planning Board Committee will meet on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., the BCEP meeting will meet on Thursday at 6 p.m. at BCEP, 115 Laconia Rd, Pittsfield.



■Beauty & the Beast at Franklin Opera House, continues. Remaining performances are July 16 at 2 p.m. and July 20, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at

■Concert in the Park (Tim Hazelton) at Marceau Park, Thursday, Aug. 20 5 p.m. Live music every Thursday in July and August! - Visit the Farmer’s Market for some tasty treats and homemade gifts from 3-6 p.m. Sit and listen or dance around to the live music! Bring chairs and/or blankets.

■Make-Your-Own Animal Tracks at Franklin Falls Dam - Activity Center, Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free event! Wildlife isn’t always easy to spot, but we can learn about who might be padding through our backyards and woods and riverbanks through the evidence they leave behind. - Learn about the different animal tracks you may find in NH & create your own plaster track!



■Coming up at Tucker Free Library Tues, July 18 at 11 a.m. is the Page Turners Book Group. On July 19, there’s Summer Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

■Tuesday’s Henniker Concert is Blues Brews & BBQ is 5 to 8:30 p.m. with music by Frankie Boy & Blues Express with Great Groove Theory.

■Weare Henniker Youth Theatre has rescheduled their summer musical theatre camps to the weeks of Aug. 7 and 14. To register or for more details email:

■Chief Christopher Moore raised money for Weare’s food pantries during the town’s patriotic festival by spending one minute inside a makeshift jail cell in the town park for every dollar donated. “I love the support of the community and I’m more than happy to sit in there and I think my wife is too,” Moore stated. Rumor has it almost $5,000 was raised – nice work everyone!

■A busy week for meetings in Henniker: Monday the Budget Advisory Committee Meeting is at 4:30 .p.m., Energy Committee Meeting at 5:30 p.m., and Henniker Youth Athletic Committee Meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday Road Management Committee Meeting is at 6:30 p.m., then Wednesday Conservation Committee Meeting (As Needed) at 7 p.m.



■Seedy Saturday is July 22 at Fuller Public Library from 10-11 a.m. Robin will be talking about Composting! It’s easier than you think!



■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 19, Aug. 2, 16, 30. All donations go to the Food Pantry.

■Contoocook Farmers Market is in full swing for the season. Join us every Saturday 9-12 at Riverway Park in downtown Contoocook. Live music every week.

■The Rotary club presented David Feller as the Hopkinton Rotarian of the Year. Congratulations on a well deserved honor!



■The Suncook Senior Center has planned 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.

■Memorial Park Summer Concert Series:July, 22, 2023 - 6 p.m. A Tribute to Willie Nelson. All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring your blankets, chairs, and, of course, family! (Sponsored by the Pembroke Recreation Dept.)

■Pembroke/Allenstown Old Home Day Committee is looking for floats for the parade on Aug. 26. If your organization is interested, call Jocelyn 603-485-3352. Volunteers are also needed. If interested in helping with this yearly event, contact Jen 603-545-7391 or



■Pittsfield Old Home Day is July 22. From 7-10 have breakfast at the fire station; cost is donation. At 9 a.m. Dustin Park activities begin with vendor/craft fair, food, music (by Jackie Lee and by Don Smith), free caricature and face painting, kids games, and Jujubee the Clown balloon twister. Also at 9 a.m. is the Very Berry Cook-off; sample and vote for favorite. There is still time to submit your favorite Berry dessert – contact Other events include car show, tours of the Old Schools,” Kids Bike Parade, cookout , free swim, Little Red Wagon Theatre group, Duck Race and All Class Reunion. A Nevers Band Concert at Drake Field and fireworks close out the day. For more information, contact Andi Riel at 603-435-6346 or



■This week’s live presentations include blues musician Arthur James at Reed’s North on July 16 at 4 p.m. On Thursday, July 20, 6:30-8 p.m., enjoy the sophisticated guitar work of Tom Pirozolli on the patio, brought you by MainStreet Warner, Inc. Donations are appreciated. The Tory Hill Author Series presents NH historian Jack Noon discussing his book New Hampshire Fish and Game: A History, on July 22 at 7 p.m. at the Warner Town Hall. Tickets are $10 each.

■Fun activities for kids are still available this summer. Kearsarge Center for the Performing Arts offers their second Summer Camp August 21-25, which provides excellent summer dance training in a range of styles. Visit for more information. Twin Ridge Farm offers two sessions of Pony Camp suitable to riders of all levels: July 24 – 28 and August 14-18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $500 per child. Visit for more info. Pillsbury Free Library has free passes to museums from Warner to Boston. Learn more at

■New blue windshield stickers are being issued by the Warner Recycling and Transfer Station. Visit the Transfer Station office with your car registration or tax bill to get your new sticker.



■Are you looking for something to do when it’s raining? The library has museum passes that are available to anyone with a card, and cards are free to Webster residents. The passes are for the Currier Museum, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, the NH Telephone Museum, the SEE Science Center, Strawbery Banke Museum, and the Fells. For more information, stop by the library and either ask the director or pick up a brochure at the front desk.

■The Summer Reading Program at the Webster Free Public Library, “All Together Now,” a celebration of all things friendship, kindness, and helpfulness has begun. 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. Storytimes are on Monday at 6:30 p.m., and our final storytime will be a visit from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center with “Animals with Bad Reputations.”

■July 29: The next church supper (ham and bean) will be on Saturday, July 29 from 4:30-6 p.m. Don’t miss another wonderful meal made by our neighbors. Meals are served the fourth Saturday of the month through October.