Contoocook River Area Town Crier for the week of June 19, 2022

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■ The annual Dunbarton Fire Department Chicken BBQ returns on June 26th. Servings are noon to 2 p.m. or 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and children 12 and under are $10. Most firefighters have tickets for sale. If you have any questions, please PM [email protected]

■ Dunbarton Public Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program “Oceans of Possibilities” will be held June 28-July 29. You’ll be able to pick up the Reading Logs from the porch entrance on the Route 13 side of the building once their program has started. For any questions, see the library website or send an e-mail to: [email protected]

■On June 29, the library presents Touch a Truck at 10:30 am on the Town Common. Meet a policeman and a firefighter. Parental supervision is required and cameras are highly recommended. IMF calls the library at 774-3546.

■This month, the DCC Book Club is reading “At Home in Midford” by Jan Karon. The discussion is scheduled for July 7 at 7 p.m. Call 603-496-3253 for Zoom link or with questions.

■The City of Dunbarton is updating its 2017 Risk Mitigation Plan. The Risk Mitigation Committee is seeking your views regarding severe weather, hazardous events and mitigating those risks in Dunbarton. Individual responses will remain anonymous and will be compiled for the Risk Mitigation Plan data collection to help guide priorities. Only one survey per household, please. Go to



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■ Storytime at the Tucker Free Library is Wednesdays at 10:30 am. For more details, check out their newsletter.

■June 21, Henniker Summer Concert presents Downtown Horns, a small eight-piece big band at the Angela Robinson Bandstand, starting at 6:30 p.m., and June 23, Joel Begin plays at the Farmer’s Market from 4-7 p.m.

■ Congratulations to Dave Tilley of Henniker who received the Global Leader Award from the World Affairs Council of NH for his efforts to build friendships and understanding on a global scale.


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■Hillsborough Hospitality, June’s 250th event, June 25 is a free barbecue with music and a water ski show at Manahan Park. Lunch is 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and the water ski show is 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Let us know you’ll be there by joining the event on our Facebook page or through our website, We encourage carpooling because the parking lots are small.


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■ There is a new story on the Story Walk to accompany the Hopkinton Public Library’s summer theme, Oceans of Possibilities.

■ The Hopkinton Public Library Summer Reading Program runs from June 28th to August 12th. The weekly programs are intended for children entering grade 5 and below. Registration is now open. Register online from home or at the library to reserve a spot for each program.

■Last week we were able to take a break from this busy end of the year to celebrate our 2022 retirees. We are forever grateful for their passion, commitment and dedication to the Hopkinton School District. Thanks to Mark Dickson, Bill Carrozza, Pam Moskal, Eileen Reinacher, Patrick Royce and Sue Roberts. We will miss you!

■June is National Milk Month! Contoocook Creamery is proud to be NH’s family dairy and a fifth generation farm. To celebrate, support and learn more about the farm, visit

■ Storms Fitness is offering a summer special for students under 24.

■The Hopkinton Rotary Club is planning its golf tournament for June 24 at Beaver Meadow Golf Club in Concord.

■ The Recreation Department offers kayak and canoe rentals at Kimball cabins. See details at Available on specific dates and times.

■ The 2022 Two Villages Art Society Summer Membership Fair runs July 1-30 at the Bates Building.

■ Registration for Kimball Pond swim lessons is open for Hopkinton residents. Register at

■Register for over 50 active living programs with the Hopkinton Recreation Department at (603) 746-8263 or online at Feel free to stop by the Slusser Center weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a tour and to pick up a full program listing. The Slusser Center offers in-person dining for Wednesday Senior Lunch. For more details, please call the Slusser Center at 746-8265. A $5 donation is requested.

■ The Hopkinton and Contoocook of Commerce Police Officers Association announces the resumption of the fireworks show at Elm Brook Park on September 24th. If you would like to donate to the fireworks show, you can send donations to the Hopkinton Police Officers Association, PO Box 499, Contoocook NH 03229 or Contoocook Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 174, Contoocook NH 03229 .

■Many camp options are available on the Hopkinton Rec website,

■Writing Camp is a time for students in grades 3 through high school to spend a week reading, writing, and sharing their literacy experiences with others. Two sessions are available: June 27 and August 15, full day and half day options. Please contact Trish Walton [email protected] or Joan Follansbee [email protected] for more information.

■ Hopkinton Recreational Summer Camp costs are out of reach for some families. If you are able to help a family pay for these programs, please send a check payable to City of Hopkinton Social Services with “Camp Bursary” on the memo line. Please mail donations to Hopkinton Human Services, 330 Main Street Hopkinton, NH 03229.

■ Baseball camp for players ages 7-15 will be held June 27-30 at Hopkinton High School. For a registration form, email Coach Chase at [email protected]

■ The Contoocook Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 9 am to noon in the Gazebo behind the Contoocook Train Depot. Stay up to date by visiting the Contoocook Farmers’ Market Facebook page.



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■The Pillsbury Free Library Summer Program has begun! The summer theme, Oceans of Possibilities, is open to children in kindergarten (completed) and up. Special activities are scheduled for Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. To register and for more information, call 603-456-2289 or visit the library’s website.

■Warner Parks and Rec offers a number of summer programs. For more information, visit

■ The Learning Institute at New England College has opened registration for its July courses. Summer courses are presented on Zoom and led by LINEC volunteers with subject matter expertise and include informal discussions. For more information and to register online, visit or call 978-743-9077. Registrations are open until June 25.

■Every Saturday, 9am-1pm, on the Warner Town Hall Lawn, find great produce and produce at the Warner Area Farmer’s Market.

■ The Warner Historical Society Barn Sale is open Tuesdays from 1 to 4 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to noon.

■June 24 at 7 p.m., the New Hampshire Telephone Museum presents Phone Phreaking, the story of a group of tech misfits who hacked into the telephone system. Free for members; $5 for non-members. Available in person and virtually; advance reservations required. Visit for more information and to register.

■ On June 25 from 1 to 3 pm, the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum hosts a corn husk doll-making workshop led by Jill Schock. All materials provided. The cost is $25 for members; $30 for non-members. For more information, visit

■ On June 25, come to the first-ever Kearsarge Area Pride event! From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Warner Farmer’s Market, shop for homemade treats to benefit the Affirming Spaces Project. Then, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Jim Mitchell Community Park, join us for a Pride picnic. The picnic will include crafts, games, a diversity story hour from 2-3 p.m., and tables for local businesses and organizations. Picnics can be ordered in advance from The Kitchen Warner. For more information, to volunteer, or to sign up to help with the bake sale, visit

■June 25 from 2-4 p.m. The Boston Post Cane will be presented by the selectors to longtime resident Phil Lord. The event will take place at Warner’s United Church and the presentation will be at 2:45 p.m.

■The Women’s Summer Softball League begins June 26 and runs until August 7 on Sunday nights. Registration information can be found at

■On June 28 at 2 p.m., a kite-making workshop will be hosted by the NH Telephone Museum and led by Glenn Davison. Admission $5. Contact the museum for more information; register at

■ There will be a live concert at the Jim Mitchell Community Park Amphitheater on June 29 at 6:30 pm by Green Heron. The performance is free to the public with donations appreciated;

■Family Closet is full of summer clothes, many at discount prices. Also, take donations; the most needed are maternity clothes, men’s shoes, towels and bedding in good condition (no pillows).

■Starting July 1, Warner Connects NH Food Pantry and Community Resource Center will be accepting applications for the 2022-23 Fuel Assistance Program. Applications are available at the CAP or Warner Connects offices at 49 W. Main Street, Warner. Questions? Dial 603-456-2246.

■ On July 1 at noon at Warner City Hall, volunteers are needed to read Frederick Douglass’ famous speech, “What to the Slave is Your Fourth of July”. To volunteer, email [email protected]

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