Merrimack Valley region town crier for Oct. 11, 2020
■The Town Offices, the Public Library and Merrimack Valley Schools (including Boscawen Elementary School), will be closed on Monday for Columbus Day.
■New Hampshire’s general election is quickly approaching on Nov. 3. Don’t delay if you need an absentee ballot. Request your application from the Town Clerk’s Office. The town strongly advises that completed absentee ballots are mailed at least one week prior to the election.
■Staff at the Boscawen Public Library are pleased to see an increasing number of familiar faces returning to the library in addition to new patrons. The library is open from 12 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. No appointment is needed. However, the library does limit the number of people inside to 10 (including staff). Patrons can use the computers and the copier in addition to checking out books and movies. Masks are required to be worn. Curbside pickup of items continues to be available. Book requests can be made at [email protected] or 753-8576.
CANTERBURY Trails available
■Supervisors of the Checklist will be at the Elkins Library from 9 a.m. to noon 2 on the following Saturday mornings Oct. 17 and 24 to register new voters for the upcoming election on Nov. 3. They will be taking new registrations and answering any questions people may have regarding the General Election. Please have a photo ID and proof of Canterbury residence. Proof of residence can be from a license or a bill with the town address on it. There will be a mandatory meeting on Oct. 27 to enter all applications into the State database in time for the Election on Nov. 3.
■The Canterbury Town Clerk-Tax Collector’s office is back open to walk-in service, Monday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday 3 to 7 p.m. and Thursday noon to 7 p.m. Residents are asked to continue utilizing the drop box outside the building to drop off payments or use the online option at Canterbury-nh.org. Please wear a mask and maintain social distance while visiting the office. The absentee ballot for November election is available on the town clerk’s page of the town website and also the secretary of state’s website, and can be obtained by mail, call 783-0153. Town Clerk will be available on Nov. 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. for last minute election business and return of absentee ballots. The Town Moderator also will be at the Town Clerk’s Office at the Sam Lake House from 1 p.m. on Nov. 2 to conduct partial processing of absentee ballots, and this session is open to the public to observe.
■Elkins Public Library has reopened: masks will be required, hours will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. noon. Curbside pickup is still available. Many of the reestablished groups and programs are now virtual. Call Sue LeClair 783-4386 for Zoom links and information. See the website elkinspubilclibrary.org for further program details.
■Halloween in Canterbury Center is canceled this year.
■Canterbury Historical Society requests journal submissions to [email protected] regarding the COVID pandemic. Please send with names, address and information about location of any photos attached to assist in archiving this material.
■Church in the Woods trails on the grounds are open for walking, hiking, reflection. See kairosearth.org for more information.
■Canterbury Shaker Village grounds are open for walking or hiking during the fall. See website at shakers.org for details.
■Petals in the Pines’ Tell Trail is open for self guided tours. Grounds are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 31. Admission $5 per child, free passes available for Canterbury residents from the Elkins Public Library. Call Donna on 783-0220 or see petalsinthepines.com.
■CUCC: Bells in the Center and 2 minutes of silence. At 7 pm Pastor Sara Rossig or others have been ringing the church bells every evening. Anyone is welcome to come stand for 3 minutes outside and reflect.
■Bells are rung in the Center followed by 2 minutes of silence at 7 p.m. every evening. Anyone is welcome to come stand for 3 minutes outside and reflect.
■Canterbury Country Store can pre-bag and deliver orders of groceries thanks to local volunteers. There is a minimum order of $20. Please call ahead for home delivery allowing 24 hours notice if possible. Call 783-9933 or see the new website, canterburycountrystore.com
■Loudon Food Pantry serves Canterbury residents. Check out the Food Pantry website for a list of current needs and donations. Food parcels are given out from a list to recipients in their car. Call Sue on 724-9731, or see LoudonFoodPantry.org.
SALISBURY Get spooked at the haunted barn
■The Budget Committee will meet at Academy Hall on Monday at 7 p.m. The public is always welcome.
■The Old Home Day Committee will meet at Academy Hall on Thursday at 6 p.m. The public is always welcome.
■Come to the Salisbury Woods Haunted Barn and Trail and get scared for a great cause. This spooktacular event is a fundraiser for the Salisbury PTG, MVMS, PTO and MUBU and will be open Saturday, Oct. 24 and Oct. 30 from 7-10 p.m. It it located near the Salisbury four corners (intersection of Route 4 and Route 127), 19 Franklin Road. Tickets are $10 and available online only. Purchase tickets at app.hauntpay.com/events/thesalisburywoods2020. Visit facebook.com/thesalisburywoods. This haunt is not recommended for small children. Masks are required for all attendees.
■Library hours for pick-up and delivery are Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays from 1 to 7 p.m.,Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Story time is live on Facebook on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. The library also offers genealogy resources Ancestry and Heritage Quest to patrons for free. To access Ancestry, just log into your patron account and there is a link on the sidebar after you log in. For Heritage, contact the library for login information. Visit salisburyfreelibrary.wordpress.com or the library Facebook page for the updates on reopening, links to virtual programming and events, eBook and audiobook collections, and other digital resources. All you need to get started is a library card. If you don’t have one, the library staff and set one up via phone or email. Interlibrary loan is back, but please allow an extra week for delivery as there are quarantine procedures in place to make sure materials are handled safely.
■October vehicle renewal registration information has been mailed to those who need to renew. Please follow the directions in the letter enclosed and the town clerk will mail your new stickers and registration to you. This only covers vehicles previously registered in Salisbury, not new vehicles or vehicles of new residents. Online vehicle registration for renewals and dog licensing is now live. See the town’s website under the department of the town clerk for that information. If you cannot access these services online contact the Town Clerk’s office by phone (648-6322), fax (648-6658) or email ([email protected]) for questions about vehicle registration renewals or dog licenses. For new vehicles, marriage licenses and vital records, please email the town clerk and request an appointment.
■For more information regarding Salisbury and town events, visit the town’s website at salisburynh.org or on Facebook.
WEBSTERDates to know for the upcoming election
The following are important dates for the upcoming election:
■On Oct. 24, the absentee speed vote session takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Safety Building. You may register to vote, apply for an absentee ballot, fill out your absentee ballot and get help with paperwork. You may also drop off your completed absentee ballot. Masks required.
■Oct. 26 is the last day to register to vote before the election from 6-7 p.m. at the town offices. Masks required.
■On Oct. 29, the pre-processing of absentee ballots takes place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. This session may be live streamed. Masks required.
■On Nov. 1, a mandatory meeting for all election officials, inspectors of the election and volunteers who have been contacted by the town moderator begins at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall. Masks required.
■Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. is the last time to request an absentee ballot application from the town clerk. Masks required.
■On Nov. 3, election day is from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Town Hall. you may register to vote, drop off your absentee ballot, vote absentee, or vote in-person during these hours. Masks are required.
■A reminder that if you wish to volunteer to help out during the elections or afterwards counting the ballots, get in touch with the town moderator at [email protected]
Look in the October Grapevine for an Application for State Election Absentee Ballot-RSA 657:4 and all of the information listed above, plus other election information.