Suncook Valley town crier for Oct. 11, 2020
■The Allenstown Economic Development Committee is sponsoring a Town Wide Halloween Lighting Contest for all those who love to decorate their homes in the fall. This is a great community event. The winners will be announced and first-, second- and third-place prizes (trophies and gift certificates to local businesses) will be awarded at the Awards Ceremony. All you have to do is to register your Allenstown home at [email protected] Residents can vote in this contest.
■The Allenstown Economic Development Committee would like to challenge school students to write a spooky short story and read it at the Award Ceremony for the Halloween Lighting Contest. If you are interested, contact [email protected]
CHICHESTERHeritage group to meet
■Town Offices and the library will be closed on Monday for the holiday.
■The Road Advisory Committee will meet at the town sheds on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
■The Conservation Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall on Monday.
■On Tuesday, the Chichester Historical Society will meet from 9 a.m. to noon at the museum
■The Board of Selectmen will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall
■On Wednesday, Parks & Recreation will meet at 6:30 p.m.
■The Planning Board will meet either by phone or Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. The agenda includes lot line adjustment for DBU and Mihacik; BMT Construction two new lots on Granny Howe Road; Taz Talo site plan review, Dover Road. For instructions on how to join the meeting, check chichesternh.org.
■On Thursday, the Chichester Heritage Commission will meet at the Grange Hall at 7 p.m. A program on historic districts will be presented by Megan Rutnik and Brandee Loughlin from the N.H. Division of Historical Resources. Come and learn about this effective preservation tool used in many communities. All are welcome. Please practice social distancing and wear a mask. Call 798-5709 for additional information.
■On Friday, Trustees of the Trust Funds will meet at 9 a.m. at the Town Hall.
■View a Chichester sample ballot at chichesternh.org.
EPSOMBlood drive to be held
■ There is no school on Monday for Columbus Day.
■A Planning Board meeting will be Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at 940 Suncook Valley Highway.
■A Planning Board public hearing will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 940 Suncook Valley Highway.
■Epsom Central School will have an early release day on Wednesday. Grades K-3 will release at 1:05 p.m. and grades 4-8 will release at 1:15 p.m.
■A Conservation Committee meeting will be Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at 940 Suncook Valley Hwy.
■An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be on Thursday from 12:30-5:30 p.m., sponsored by Elwood O. Wells American Legion Post 112 on Short Falls Road. Masks are required per Red Cross guidelines. Call 731-1810 with questions. The Red Cross will also test your blood for antibodies to COVID-19 and inform you at a later date of the results.
■Several sessions are being offered to register new voters and make corrections, additions and deletions to the checklist prior to the Nov. 3 general election. Sessions are Oct. 19 (4-5 p.m.), Oct. 22 (6:30-7 p.m.) and Oct. 29 (5-6 p.m.) at the Town Office. The only service offered on Oct. 29 is the registration of new voters. Applicants should bring photo ID, proof of Epsom residency, proof of U.S. citizenship and wear masks. Qualified applicants who do not bring proof with them may register if they sign an affidavit attesting to their qualifications.
■The DEA National Take Back Day will be on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Epsom Police Department. The police will be taking back unused or expired prescription medications, a public safety issue that can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. For more information visit takebackday.dea.gov.
■Catamount Womenaid offers a fall 5K for all levels of runners or walkers. The 2020 Deerfield Veterinary Clinic Catamount 5k will be virtual and can be run anytime, anywhere between Oct. 24 and Nov. 1. Register at catamountwomenaid.org. All proceeds will help people in Pittsfield, Deerfield, Epsom, Northwood and Strafford who need emergency financial assistance.
■Happy birthday to Shelby Riel on Sunday, Judy Levasseur on Monday, Andy Crowley on Tuesday, and Lori Laframboise on Saturday! Have great celebrations.
PEMBROKEBook discusses murder
■“I Have Struck Mrs. Cochran with a Stake” Virtual Book Talk will be on Oct. 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. Join author Leslie Lambert Rounds for a virtual talk about the 1833 murder of Pembroke resident Sally Cochran. This event will be held via the WebEx Meetings platform. Registration is required. Please email the Library at [email protected] to receive instructions to access this event.
■Outdoor Story Time will continue for the month of October on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m. The event will meet outside on the grass behind Town Hall for stories, music and a simple take-home craft. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and mask. There will be social distancing. Story Time will be canceled in the event of rain. Registration is required and limited to 10 people who are Pembroke residents. Please call the library at 485-7851 or email [email protected] to register.
PITTSFIELDLots of fall festivities
■Free sugar pumpkins will be available at the FB Argue Recreation Area on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to take home and carve. The PES PTO will be supplying carving kits for each family. Bring the carved pumpkins back to the Rec Area (aka Town Beach) on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parks & Rec committee members will light them several nights of the following week.
■The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce will hold a meeting on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. If you are interested in attending the meeting, contact Andi Riel at [email protected]
■On Oct. 24 at 2 p.m a “Throw-A-Treat” Parade will be held. Wear costumes along the parade route! The parade will be starting at Clark Street to Oneida Street, left on Manchester Street, right on Tilton Hill Road, right on Wildwood Drive, left on Tilton Hill Road, right at the fork onto Catamount Road, left on Carroll Street, left on Main Street to Dowboro Road, right on Quail Ridge Road, left on Dowboro to South Main Street, continue down Main Street, right on Chestnut Street, right on Bridge Street, left on Depot Street, left on Barnstead Road, left on High Street, left on River Road, right on Page Street, left on Watson Street, right on Lyford Hill Road, straight through the lights onto Leavitt Road, left at fork to Loudon Road, across Route 28 to Crescent Street, left on Concord Hill Road, slight right to Main Street, left on Elm Street to Depot Street, through the intersection to Catamount Road and right to Clark Stark. Any groups or organizations that would like to join the parade should contact Minni Plante at 290-4068.
■Save the date! Oct. 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. will be Field of Treats at the Pittsfield Youth Baseball/Softball Association Tilton Hill Fields. Visit the PYBA Facebook page for more information. Families and local businesses are encouraged to sign up for a booth!
■Calling all kids 18 and under (Pittsfield residents only please)! Carve, paint or decorate a pumpkin for judging at the Jack O’Lantern Jubilee on Oct. 25 during Field Of Treats. Drop your pumpkin off between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. at PYBA Fields on the day of the event. Write your first name, last name and phone number on the bottom of pumpkin. Three cash prizes will be awarded.
■The Parks & Recreation Committee is sponsoring a Virtual Halloween Costume Contest. Post your child’s costume picture on the Pittsfield NH Parks & Recreation Facebook page (with contact information) by Oct. 28. The three most creative costumes will win a prize. Winners will be announced on the Parks & Rec Facebook page.
■The PES PTO will have a Pumpkin Scavenger Hun on Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grab your phone and look all over town for our creatively designed and specially placed pumpkins (31 in all). The first to post all 31 pumpkins on the PES PTO Facebook page wins! There are first-, second- and third-place prizes.
■For the sixth year, Catamount Womenaid offers a fall 5K for all levels of runners or walkers. The 2020 Deerfield Veterinary Clinic Catamount 5k will be virtual and can be run anytime, anywhere between Oct. 24 and Nov. 1. Register at catamountwomenaid.org. All proceeds will help people in Pittsfield, Deerfield, Epsom, Northwood and Strafford who need emergency financial assistance.
■Happy birthday wishes to Zach Powers on Thursday! I hope you enjoy your special day.
■Happy anniversary wishes to Rick and Beth Chase on Friday!