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Anna Boardman Concert

Neave Trio to Perform at Amherst Town Library

The Trustees of the Amherst Town Library welcome the public to this year’s Anna Boardman Concert Series on Sunday, November 4th at 5:00 p.m. The Neave Trio with violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and Pianist Eri Nakamura will present a program of music to delight the audience. “Neave” is a Gaelic name meaning ‘bright’ and ‘radiant’, both of which WQXR claims applies to this trio’s music making. The Boston Musical Intelligencer included Neave in its “Best of 2014” and “Best of 2016” roundups, claiming “their unanimity, communication, variety of touch, and expressive sensibility rate first tier.” Neave has performed and held residencies at concert series and festivals worldwide and has appeared frequently as soloists for Beethovern’s Triple Concerto with orchestras across the country. In the fall of 2017, the Trio joined the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College as an Alumni Artists, Faculty Ensemble-in-Residence. Highlights of their 2018-19 season include a residency at the University of Virginia, and concerts at Chamber Music Corvallis, Valley Classical Concerts, Center for the Arts Music Series, Northeastern Illinois University’s Jewel Box Series, Rochester Institute of Technology’s Performing Artists Concert Series, and Leaf Peeper Concert Series, among others. The concert is free and open to the public but reservations are required due to limited seating. All are welcome to stay after the concert to meet the musicians and enjoy refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library and the Trustees. Reservations can be made by calling the library at 673-2288 or visiting the library’s Cellist Mikhail Veselov, Pianist Eri Nakamur and Violinist Anna Williams, home page at:

Souhegan High School Presents “Almost, Maine”

“Almost Maine” cast getting ready to perform at SHS, November 15th, 16th and 17th

AMHERST – “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani, is the most widely performed play in American high schools for the past eleven years, and the students of Souhegan’s Theatre Department are thrilled to be bringing it to local audiences this November. The play inventively explores the mysteries of the human heart, touching audiences with laughter, heartbreak, and hope. It is a whimsical tale of all the different types of love. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is found, lost, and confounded. But the bruises heal and the hearts are mended – almost – in what has been described as a “comic, romantic roundelay” by the New York Times. These are real people, experiencing real moments

(with a pinch of mysticism), all happening within the same 15some minutes across the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. Although the show can be performed by as few as 4 actors rotating through all the parts, the Creative Team of Jennifer Stover, Denise Jacobs and Stan St. Onge chose to cast each character separately to involve as many students as possible. The talented cast of 23 students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, act in pairs (and one trio) to bring their individual vignettes to life. Numerous students are also involved behind the scenes. They are involved with every aspect of production, from assistant directing, to costumes, hair and make-up, to stage management,

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and lighting, sound, and set construction. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and are available at The Homestead, Moulton’s, The Black Forest, the Souhegan High School Welcome Center and at the door. Performances are Thursday November 15th, Friday November 16th and Saturday November 17th at 7:00pm at the Souhegan HS Theatre. Concessions at all performances will be provided in partnership with the Souhegan High School PTSA and will support both the theatre program and Project Graduation. We hope you will join us, and we thank you for supporting the arts at Souhegan High School.

Special November Program in Partnership with Amherst Garden Club and the Amherst Library! AMHERST – On Thursday, November 8th, Jennifer Koerber, will lead a program entitled "Guides to Your Garden: Learning More About Plant Identification Apps". The program will be held at the Amherst Town Library, 14 Main Street in Amherst Village beginning at 2 PM.   Registration is required for this free program.  Call 6732288, email  or visit the library website at  and select the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.”    In this 1½ hour session, participants will learn how to find and install a number of plant identification apps and garden helpers for both Apple and Android devices. The basics of apps will be reviewed,  specific plant identification apps, including ones that work in different ways will be discussed, tips for taking better photos

Jennifer Koerber

of plants will be revealed, and there will be plenty of time for hands-on practice in the library garden, weather permitting. Jennifer has nearly two decades of experience in libraries. She has taught many tech-related courses, including a very popular, recent "Tech Tuesdays" series at the Amherst Town Library. The program is being co-sponsored by the Library and the Amherst Garden Club. 

AJWC Announces 18th Trot Off Your Turkey 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

Actorsingers Present PIPPIN - November 9 - 11 NASHUA – Actorsingers is pleased to announce that it will produce PIPPIN, the 2013 Broadway Revival November 9-11 in Nashua at Keefe Center for the Arts. Tickets are now on sale online at or by phone at 320-1870. There’s magic to do when a prince learns the true meaning of glory, love and war in Stephen Schwartz’s iconic and unforgettable musical masterpiece. With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner,

three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, this updated circus-inspired version of Pippin continues to captivate and appeal to the young at heart throughout the world. PIPPIN is directed and choreographed by Donna O’Bryant, musical direction by Amanda Morgan. Continued on page 9 u

AMHERST – Trot Off Your Turkey on Friday, November 23, 11 Church Street, Amherst. This family-friendly event and stroller friendly course is one of AJWC’s largest events in Amherst. It is made possible through the generous support of our local sponsors and the women and families of AJWC who kindly share their time and skills to make this event happen. Toyota of Nashua will provide a pace car for the event (  and Millennium Running provides the timing. 1 Mile Fun Run starts at 9:00 AM; 5K starts at 9:30 AM. Online registration will close at 9:00 am on November 20, Race day registration will be available on the Amherst Town Common. Payment will be accepted in the form of cash or check ONLY on race day. Cost:  1 Mile Fun Run – $10 / 5K race – $25. To register and for more details go

to https://trotoffyourturkey. This is a nice opportunity for the community to come together for some exercise and most importantly, fun! We are fortunate to welcome back Alan St. Louis to sing the National Anthem. Alan holds the world record for the most consecutive National Anthems sung in one year! Our awesome turkey mascot will be there for photo ops with kids and families. AJWC’s Trot Off Your Turkey event is part of the Toyota of Nashua Gate City Series: a series of five races in the Greater Nashua area. Proceeds from each race benefits a different charitable cause, in this case, the AJWC.  In addition to leveraging and supporting the missions and causes of each race, the series fosters fitness, health, camaraderie, light competition, and fun for all. 

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Letters & Opinions Re-Elect County Commissioner Rowe

Helping Our Neighbors For Over 40 Years

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Registered Republican Supports Shannon Chandley For State Senate

Support and Admiration For State Representative, Reed Panasiti

I would appreciate your vote for me as a Hillsborough County Commissioner. As one of three commissioners, I am responsible for the management of the five county departments: Nursing Home, Registry of Deeds, County Jail and County Attorney. I am familiar with the job, as I have served as a commissioner for the past three years and before that as a member of the Hillsborough County Executive Committee for over a decade. I am pleased to report that, through prudent management, we have reduced the Hillsborough County tax budget. Even with this reduction we have been able to provide quality services to our citizens. We have been able to accomplish this as Hillsborough County is the most cost-effective county government in New Hampshire. The county has no debt and a reasonable surplus for difficult financial years. As a result of this excellent fiscal management, the county tax represents approximately 5 to 6 % of your municipal real estate tax. This compares to the local property tax in communities in other counties being as much as 30% of the local tax. I am committed to keeping the county budget low and, at the same time, providing quality services to the citizens of Hillsborough County. May I have your vote? Commissioner Robert Rowe Amherst

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Absentee Ballots

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The polls will be open from 6AM to 8PM at Souhegan High School.

Absentee ballots are available to registered voters of the town. NH law requires that you vote in person at the polls unless you declare one of the following absences: • You plan to be absent on election day from the town where you are domiciled. • You cannot appear in public because of observance of a religious commitment. • You are unable to vote due to a disability. • You cannot appear at any time during polling hours at the polling place because an employment obligation. For the purposes of this application, the term “employment” shall include the care of children and infirm adults, with or without compensation. Any person who votes or attempts to vote using an absentee ballot who is not entitled to vote by absentee ballot shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. RSA 657:24

Absentee ballots may be requested in person at the town clerk’s office from 9AM to 3PM, Monday through Friday and Tuesday night from 4:30 to 6:30 and up to 5PM on Monday, Nov 5, 2018. They must be returned by 5PM on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Absentee ballots may be requested by mail by submitting an application to our office. Absentee ballots may be mailed to the Town Clerk’s office or delivered in person. If the voter cannot return the ballot, a family member may return the ballot but an Absentee Ballot Return Form (RSA 657:17) must be signed. Absentee ballots cannot be returned to other departments in the Town Hall and will not be accepted by other department employees. Applications can be found at and scanned and emailed to, or mailed to: Town Clerk PO Box 960 Amherst NH 03031

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Sleazy Political Mailings To the editor:

It’s that time of year again.....almost on a daily basis our mailboxes are filling up with political mail pieces. I was pleased to see that some were from my friend and representative Shannon Chandley who is running for State Senate in my district.  On more than one occasion in the past few weeks I have received some pretty sleazy and untruthful mail attacking Shannon and her record.  The group responsible is attempting to characterize Shannon being in favor of legalizing prostitution. I have personally known Shannon for at least 12 years.  She is thoughtful, willing to listen and has integrity.  She has built a strong coalition of Democratic, Republican and Independent voters in her home district.  She is currently the Director of the Board of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Assault and is a strong leader for women’s rights in our community.  Shannon is also dedicated to ending the opioid epidemic that plagues our state. Shannon will faithfully represent our towns of Amherst, Merrimack, Milford and Wilton.  I will be voting for Shannon Chandley for my State Senator on November 6th, and I hope you do the same.  Thank you. Robin Hefflefinger Amherst


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We’d like to publicly announce our support and admiration for our State Representative, Reed Panasiti, who is running for re-election in Hillsborough County District 22. We encourage our fellow citizens of Amherst to take a few minutes and review Reed’s profile on State of New Hampshire House of Representatives website ( Please note that Reed is a thoughtful moderate Representative who takes the time to thoroughly understand the implications of proposed legislation before casting his vote. Reed will represent the people of our district honorably and ensure that our voices are heard in the State Capitol. Many of you likely already know Reed, a multi-decade Amherst resident, associated with the long list of civic contributions he’s made to our fine community. Perhaps you’ve run across Reed proudly wearing his ‘Dress Blues’ while representing the US Navy in Memorial Day parades, or spending countless hours in Board of Selectmen and Zoning Board meetings. Reed is a true patriot...he is genuinely a good, honest man with a heart of gold; never wavering on doing the right thing, regardless of whether he’s looking out for the interests of his family, friends or fellow citizens. A man of his word who you can count on! On Election Day, please give due consideration to re-electing Reed to proudly represent District 22 in the New Hampshire State House. Thanks! Steve & Kathy Johnson Amherst

The Alphabet Soup Co. is Closing After 41 Wonderful Years To the editor:

Time to say “goodbye” to each and every one of you who has shared the journey with me throughout the years. It is with heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for your warm friendship, encouragement and support in building the unique retail business that was Alphabet Soup Co. Looking forward to the next chapter of my life that will include a move to that enchanting land that is New Mexico; my oldest son, Sean,has resided in Santa Fe for close to 20 years and I look forward to spending more time with him, sun, blue skies and less winter! And, since retail is in my DNA, will most likely continue the hunt for treasures on a part time basis, aka Alphabet Soup Co./NM!! The shop, located at 1 Old Coach Rd., New Boston, NH will officially close Dec. 22; all inventory and display pieces will be on sale at 50% off. Hours will be Wednesday through Saturday 11-4. 603-487-2412. Sincerely, Marge McGann New Boston

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I have been a resident of the Town of Amherst for twenty-five years and I am a registered member of the Republican party. While I admire and respect Gary Daniels, I plan to support Shannon Chandley’s run for State Senate in the November election because she transcends partisan politics and works to advance legislation on behalf of our communities.  For over ten years, I have known Shannon personally and considered her a friend. She has demonstrated a genuine care for her constituents, and the type of bipartisan spirit which too often is missing in Concord. It seems these days that there are far too many ungrounded attacks and mischaracterizations of our elected representatives or candidates for public office. These shameful and wholly partisan expositions are solely and unfortunately predicated on advancing an ideological agenda.  These types of editorials serve only to deepen the divide between the public and our elected leaders. They do nothing but result in a lack of policy-based, legislative action.  When political discourse becomes hyper-partisan, our leaders cannot find a middle ground on many issues, largely because of either a fear of betrayal to their constituency, or because they are too beholden to their party’s tribally ideological tenets.   Shannon Chandley is a different type of politician because she is a different type of person. The thoughtful, caring, mother of four that I know will work hard to ensure that all of her constituents are heard regardless of any party affiliations and she will work to find middle ground with all, once elected.  Shannon is right for District 11 because it’s time we see past Partisan Politics.  Patrick W. O’Mara Amherst

The Amherst Junior Women’s Club has coordinated the Home-Life Project for over 40 years, providing holiday food baskets to over 1000 families thanks to the help and generosity of our community. What a wonderful demonstration of caring for our neighbors in need! This community project will take place at the Amherst Fire Station on the third Saturday in December. Volunteers from the AJWC and the Amherst Lions Club will coordinate and deliver baskets of food and household essentials to Amherst families in need. Our local Girl Scouts will once again donate Cookies-In-A-Jar to add a festive touch to the baskets. Last year we delivered baskets to over 35 families. Without the generous help of individuals, area businesses, and organizations, this project would not be possible. We ask that citizens of Amherst consider making a monetary donation to this project. Any amount you give will make a difference and help bring joy to your neighbors this holiday season. Please mail your tax deductible contribution to the Amherst Junior Women’s Club, Home-Life Project, P.O. Box 513, Amherst, New Hampshire 03031. 100% of your donation goes directly to those families in need. Thank you very much and we wish you and your families a warm holiday season. Lisa Caulton & Tracey Hanlon, Home-Life Co-Chairs Amherst Junior Women’s Club

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VOTE – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018 – POLLS ARE OPEN 6:00AM-8:00PM Historical Perspective

New Hampshire – The Form Of Government Our Founders Invisioned – Why? While our Federal government and other state governments struggle with having professional legislators and money controlling elections, this is not so in New Hampshire. New Hampshire has a unique form of state government. The form of government that our founders invisioned: a true citizen’s government. A state government that is the closest to true democracy, next only to the New England, form of town meeting. The form of government in each of our 50 states is based on the states constitution, and the constitution is formed as a result of the individual state’s history at the time of the adoption. While the constitutions of the more recent states are more uniform, with fewer differences, this is not so among the original thirteen colonies. The New Hampshire government is a result of our largely unknown and unappreciated pre-revolution history. This Colonial history has resulted in a state government that is heavily weighted to empower the citizens. To understand why this form of government is so radically different from that of other states an understanding of the pre-revolution history is helpful.

but rather a five-member Executive Council elected by the voters. Thus, the people, through their elected Executive Council members must approve all appointments and all but the smallest state contracts. As a result, the post of governor in New Hampshire is that of having only one significant power: the veto power for bills.

If there is one overriding goal in the establishment of the New Hampshire government, it is a strong opposition to the executive branch. This was ultimately expressed in the New Hampshire constitution, giving the ultimate governmental power to the people. Here are a few examples that illustrate just how New Hampshire government differs from other states.




The first and most singular difference the size of our legislature. New Hampshire has 424 legislators, of this 400 constitute the House of Representatives. Ours is the third largest legislative body in the English-speaking world, and far more than any other state, and by a large factor. Based on our population we currently have one House member for 3,096 residents. Compare this to states such as California having a state representative for every 500,000 citizens, or New York with one for 134,000 citizens, Florida with one for 177,000 citizens and Illinois with one for 108,000 citizens.


While legislators in other states can earn upwards of $70,000, plus expenses, our representatives are limited to $100 a year. In other states and the federal government, the legislature controls the salary and many legislators run for the money and are therefore owing to money influences. No so in New Hampshire. The constitutional amendment of 1889 limited the salary to $100 a year.


To emphasize the goal of obtaining a “peoples government” our founders insisted on a weak executive branch with the governor having extremely limited powers. We chose not to have a lieutenant governor,


Our uniqueness goes even further to insure an open government. Once an individual is elected he/she can file any number of bills. In some legislative terms I have seen one individual file over 60 bills. It is not unusual for there to be in excess of a thousand bills being processed, and none can be quashed. All must receive a full committee and House vote. No bill can be pocketed by leadership, as in the federal government.


Article 10 of the New Hampshire constitution gives, no encourages, the citizens the right to revolt if public liberty is perverted stating, in part: “the doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression is absurd, and slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.” At the time of the Revolution the population of New Hampshire was approximately 60,000. The vast majority, 60 plus percent of the residents, lived in the southeast portion of the state in and around Portsmouth. The second largest populated area was along the Connecticut River. The third consisted of the residents scattered in small settlements in the New Hampshire wilderness. All of the communities, except for coastal and river towns, were basically isolated from one another. Roads, except around Portsmouth, were little more than muddy and rocky wood trails, largely impassable except on foot or horse back. As a result the heritage and interests of the residents in the west differed greatly from the citizens in the south-east. These immigrated from Eastern Massachusetts and had families in and around Boston. These residents had a strong loyalty to the citizens of Boston and were sympatric to the plight of the Boston citizens. The residents of the Connecticut river communities immigrated from western Massachusetts and Connecticut and lacked the Boston connection. Except for the residents in and around Portsmouth they were largely removed from the revolutionary activities occurring in Boston. The last New Hampshire governor prior to the Revolution was John Wentworth. His government gave the appearance of a democratic form. Wentworth established two citizen bodies – the Assembly, consisting of elected members from towns, and the Governor’s Council, an appointed group made of men loyal to the Crown. From this you might conclude that the citizens had a say. Not so. Wentworth selected the towns and number of Assembly members from each based on the loyalty of the communities. A small costal town might have three members whereas the largest town, Londonderry, had one. And Wentworth had the absolute power to

ignore the vote of the two bodies, and even to dissolve them. Although both bodies were structured to provide loyalty to the Royal government, both had a substantial number of members who agreed with the position of The Sons of Liberty in Boston. As a result, the citizens of New Hampshire became dissatisfied with the form of taxation, the corrupt judicial system, as well as events occurring in Boston. All supported by Wentworth. The breaking point came in the winter of 1773. In 1773 Assembly members and New Hampshire citizens expressed strong opposition to the harsh English military rule in Boston. In early 1774 the Assembly members requested, no insisted, that they be allowed to establish a communication system in New Hampshire to alert leaders in all communities as to the happenings in Boston. Wentworth refused the request. The request was repeated and Wentworth dissolved the Assembly on June 8, 1774, stating that the assembly had engaged in matters inconsistent with His Majesty’s service and the good of his government. The Assembly members reacted to this action by joining together and moving the legislative body to Exeter and establishing the peoples’ government. Notices were sent to all communities, no matter how small, requesting them to send a delegate and be a member of the new government. Most towns complied. As a result, a nonviolent political revolution had occurred in New Hampshire almost a year before Concord and Lexington. This was easier

and less risky in New Hampshire than Boston where a large army was garrisoned on Boston common. Here, only six or so British soldiers were in place and located only in Portsmouth and New Castle guarding the fort, William and Mary. The next and most pivotal event for the New Hampshire rebel movement occurred on December 13, 1774 when news was received from Paul Revere that the King ordered the removal of weapons, powder and shot from arsenals in New England. Revere carried a warning from the Sons of Liberty in early December 1774 that the arms secured in fort William and Mary, guarding Portsmouth Harbor were to be removed. This infuriated the members of the militia in and around Portsmouth. On December 13th 1774 a large armed mob, mostly militia members, attacked the fort and removed the arms. This was the final event; the King’s rule was over in New Hampshire. Wentworth first moved his family to Fort Willian and Mary and then from the state. As a result, four months before Concord and Lexington the military quest for independence commenced. This view, against a strong executive branch, was easily carried into the New Hampshire Constitution.

Robert H. Rowe, Commissioner Hillsborough County Amherst


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Bulletin Board HOLIDAY EVENTS Unitarian Universalist Church Holiday Craft Fair. December 1 Holiday Fair & Café at 20 Elm Street, Milford, 8:30 AM. to 2:00 PM

Hot breakfast and lunch available; handcrafted gifts, ornaments, jewelry, laurel wreaths, baked goods, candy, jam. Ritzy Boutique has gently used treasures. Complimentary mulled cider and fancy cookies from 9-11 a.m. at the Garden Door entrance.  Children’s sing-along and parade with Amy Conley; meet by the piano in the sanctuary at 1 p.m.

Congregational Church Holiday Fair is Nov. 17 The annual Amherst Congregational Church Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., will provide shoppers with great choices for holiday decorations, gifts and edibles. The lower level of the church will be transformed into a series of charming boutiques filled with food, gifts and decorations. Holiday items include hand-decorated fresh Maine balsam wreaths as well as unique table arrangements. The decorations area will feature hand-made miniature birch bark houses, which can be used as ornaments or on table or mantle displays, as well as other birch-themed decorations and unique hand-made holiday products. Items perfect for Thanksgiving include table decorations and one-pound bags of South Carolina pecan halves. The Bakery will be loaded with fresh baked goods just in time for Thanksgiving. Freshly cut Vermont Cabot cheddar cheese will also be available. Complimentary coffee and mini-muffins will be available during the morning. A delicious homemade soup lunch will provide shoppers with an enjoyable break and a chance to chat with friends. The proceeds from the Fair enable the Woman’s Association to contribute to the support of the historic church building, church programs and community charities. Questions? Contact the church office at or 673-3231

Lions Club 38th Annual Craft Fair The Amherst Lions Club 38th Annual Craft Fair is set for Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Amherst Middle School, 14 Cross Street, Amherst. The event is free and open to the public, 9 am -3 pm. The Lions will feature more than 100 unique crafters. In addition, we’ll have a food court and raffle tickets for sale for at least 60 prizes. This fair is juried, offering only handmade or crafted by the vendors. Like last year, we’re offering free tote bags to our guests (until they run out). Interested crafters may request at application via

2018 Holiday Toy Store Since 1987, the Holiday Toy Store, a 501(c)(3) organization, has been committed to assisting local families in need by providing children (aged newborn through 15) with holiday gifts, free of charge. Over the years, the Holiday Toy Store has evolved into an incredible community effort involving various individuals, businesses, and civic organizations. At the Holiday Toy Store, qualified parents/guardians “shop” for gifts for their children from a large selection of new, current, age-appropriate toys purchased with funds we have raised. Free children’s books are given to families. We even supply our families with wrapping paper! Shoppers leave the store with an overwhelming sense of relief and appreciation for those who have helped them. This year, the Holiday Toy Store will provide gifts for over 500 children of Amherst, Brookline, Milford, Mont Vernon, and Wilton. We have been successful in our mission due to the generosity of our community. We are asking for your help in continuing the work of the Holiday Toy Store. We are aware that you are constantly being asked to support different organizations, but hope you will consider the enormous value of our efforts to the local children we serve. We would appreciate your help through a monetary donation or a donation of gift cards to be used to purchase gifts for the children we serve. We ask you to consider making a tax-deductible donation today. Also, we accept donations of new toys- look for donation boxes in Amherst in Milford soon! Please make checks payable to “Holiday Toy Store”. Donations can be mailed to us at: Holiday Toy Store, PO Box 6, Amherst, NH 03031.

NH Antique Co-Op’s Annual Holiday Open House November 23–25, 2018 (Friday–Sunday), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Holiday exhibit on view November 9, 2018 through January 3, 2019 Family-friendly; Free & open to the public. New Hampshire Antique Co-op invites all to their Annual Holiday Open House, held the weekend of November 23– 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shop is festively decorated for the holiday season and visitors are invited to enjoy delicious refreshments, cookies and other sweet treats.

Final 2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday November 3, 8:00AM-12:00PM at Nashua Public Works Garage, 9 Stadium Drive, Nashua For residents of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Pelham, and Windham. $10 user fee per vehicle, additional charges for quantities exceeding 10 gallons or 20 pounds No Latex Paint, No Electronics, No Medications.  For more information and a complete list of accepted items, visit:

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Dr. Joseph Raczek Dr. Sarah Radny 380 Nashua Street, Milford, NH • 673-7428 Community Based Family Eye Care Since 1986

SNOW PLOWING ACCEPTING AMHERST HOMEOWNERS NEAR OUR ESTABLISHED ROUTES Ask us to plow and clear your driveway of snow this winter. We can also move snow away from garage doors foundations, or end of driveways, clearing entrances for better visibility and safety... Limited routes availabile. Schedule now!

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Town News Historic Amherst

Amherst’s Earliest Library – 1792-1832 BY KATRINA HOLMAN Amherst’s first lending library was organized in September 1792. It was just over three decades after Amherst was incorporated as a town, and two decades after Amherst became the site for the county’s court sessions and deed registrations. It was the same year that the first scheduled stage coach ran, once a week, to and from Amherst – Boston being the other terminus. It was two years before the first newspaper was established in Hillsborough County (Amherst Journal and New Hampshire Advertiser published at Amherst, N.H., 1795). And 100 years before Amherst gained a public library building. The existence of the Amherst Library Society can be divided into the following phases: (1) Constitution signed September 1792; (2) charter via incorporation in June 1797 with 32 proprietor-members from 5 towns (23 from Amherst, 4 from Milford, 3 from Merrimack, 1 from Francestown, and 1 from New Boston); (3) reorganization in 1817 following loss of two thirds of old members who took many of original books with them, leaving 107 volumes; (4) turned into “circulating library” in 1819 with 131 volumes kept in “the library room” in Amherst Village; and (5) dissolved in 1832 and remaining 128 books auctioned off.

Original Proprietors

A page from Amherst Library Society record book

The Amherst Library Society was run (1792-1832) that shows the earliest proprietors’ privately by gentlemen proprietors. Who names. were they? Although its Constitution is transcribed – with date – at the beginning of the surviving record book of the Rev. Jeremiah Barnard, Amherst’s taxpayAmherst Library Society, the signatures of er-supported clergyman. From 1793 through the founding members were not copied, so 1816, Rev. Barnard was one of the trustees for it’s not known how many there were. But the all but one year! The other trustees chosen minutes of the early annual meetings name for the first year, 1793, were three in the legal the elected trustees and librarian. Guess who profession, Samuel Dana (Sr.) who was trust(by occupation) the earliest key players were? ee for the first five years until his death, JoshThe best-educated, such as clergyman and ua Atherton, and William Gordon; as well as lawyers, as one might expect. But also inn/ a businessman and storekeeper in the Village tavern-keepers and a storekeeper – likely be- named Robert Fletcher. Hotel proprietor Dr. cause their businesses were an ideal place to Samuel Curtis served as librarian for 7 years keep the volumes. The Society’s winter-time and as trustee for 13 years (between 1796 and annual meetings were held in a tavern in Am- 1817). Other librarians included tavernkeepherst Village, until the big change in 1817. er John Watson for 5 years (between 1799 and The man voted as chairman-moderator of 1807) and storekeepers Wm and Robert Read the first annual meeting, in January 1793, was (in 1808 and 1810).

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Crotched Mountain Ski/ Ride Programs and Passes Tuesday Night Ligths

Youth Season Passes for Sale

There is nothing like getting out of school and heading to the mountain for an afternoon/evening of skiing and snowboarding. Students will be picked up from Wilkins Elementary School or AMS and driven to Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride in Bennington NH. Students will have the opportunity to rent equipment, take a lesson and have some free skiing time before heading back to Wilkins School by 8:10pm. Chaperones Needed: Parents are more than welcome to chaperone on this program. If you are not a snow sports kind of person, we can still use you in the lodge or at the bottom of the slopes. If you are a skier or snowboarder, we would love to have you join us on the mountain. Who: Grades 1-8 When: Tuesdays, 1/15-2/12 Where: Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride Time: Students return to Wilkins School at 8:10pm

Transportation Options: NEW this year...One Way Transportation to Crotched: $30 Transportation to and From Crotched: $55 Crotched Mountain is offering youth season passes at a discounted rate! Crotched Mountain Only Youth Pass -

This is a great gift from a parent who doesn’t want to ski or schlep their kids over to Mount Snow. These passes are only for sale through ARD’s program. Total price: $349 Youth Explorer Season Pass-

Retail value of $599. Sign up using Amherst Parks and Rec code and save $200! 7 Mountains to choose from and no black outs dates!

The N.H. legislative act of incorporation (giving the Amherst Library Society the right to sue and be sued, and restricting fines not to exceed $10 for each offense and donations not to exceed $3000), enacted in June 1797, began with this preamble: “Whereas a general diffusion of useful knowledge in a land of liberty has a happy tendency to give security to Government, and make better men & better citizens, therefore be it enacted …” It listed 32 men by name, of which the first 23 were those of Amherst, in this order: Samuel Dana [Sr., former judge], Joshua Atherton [legal-political], William Gordon [register of probate, first postmaster], Jeremiah Barnard [Rev.], Samuel Wilkins [Jr., Deacon], Daniel Campbell, John Shepard, Daniel Warner [see Secomb p. 813], Robert Fletcher [storekeeper], Jonathan Smith [Jr., register of deeds], Samuel Curtis [tavern/inn-keeper, apothecary], Ephraim Barker [meetinghouse-builder], Nathan Cleves [tailor in Mt. Vernon], David Danforth [tavern-keeper & blacksmith, SW part of town], Amos Elliott, Elisha Felton, Wm Fisk, Timothy Hartshorn, Wm Read [at 377 Boston Post Road farm], James Roby [deputy sheriff, auctioneer], John Watson [saddler & tavern/ inn-keeper], and Capt. Ebenezer Wakefield. Many were prominent men in town – Secomb’s History features sketches of Atherton, Campbell, Gordon, Shepard, and Wilkins. Among the originals remaining in 1817, those nine who quit then were Atherton’s son, Rev. Barnard, Campbell, Curtis, Danforth, Fisk, Nichols, Roby, and Warner’s widow. Among the originals from other towns were Rev. Jacob Burnap (see Secomb’s humorous Swinington sketch, p. 920), who quit in 1817, and Matthew Thornton, both of Merrimack, and a clergyman from Francestown. Shares could be sold or otherwise transferred, as long as the trustees approved the new member.

Female Members

Neither the constitution nor the subsequent charter nor any version of the by-laws restricted proprietorship to men. Borrowed books were explicitly prohibited from being shared with anyone besides family members, so surely there were women among the readership. In 1815, Miss Sally Stanley (b. 1789) was accepted by the trustees as proprietor Continued on page 10 u

Amherst Recreation Programs and Events Total price: $399!! (discount code below, prices valid until 11/15/18)

10:00am, directly after class.

Trips for Adults

Who: Children ages 3-6 When: Thursdays 9:00 AM- 9:45 AM

Christmas In The Clouds

Start Smart Basketball

Bring your holiday spirit and join us on a trip up to the Castle in the Clouds. We will tour the Lucknow Mansion and learn about the history of the grounds, visit the Artisan Fair to shop for gifts created by local artists, have lunch (on your own) at the Carriage House Restaurant and find wonderful Christmas Card photo spots! Who: Adults Where: Depart from Birch park (11 Baboosic Lake Rd) When: Saturday, Nov 17th, 2018 Time: 9:30am -5:30pm Fee: $35 Residents, $45 Non-Residents (includes admission and transportation)

Ugly Sweater Brewery Tour

Join Barley and Hops and Amherst Parks and Rec for a day of beer and holiday cheer! The mini bus is back for a multi-stop brewery tour throughout Southern New Hampshire. We will explore the history, brewing techniques and samples of Able, Long Blue Cat, and more. Please don your ugliest Christmas sweaters and prepare for a day full of memories. Who: 21+ Where: Meet at Barley and Hops, 614 Nashua St, Milford, NH 03055 When: Saturday December 1st, Time: TBD Fee: $30 Residents, $40 Non-Residents

Toddler Programs Tiny Toes Dance

Join us on Friday mornings for Tiny Toes Dance! This program is open to boys and girls ages 3-5 and will give students an intro to dance. Located at PMEC. Let’s get groovy! When: Fridays 10:15-11am Next Session Starts 10/19.

I Love Nature

Miss Nicole will be taking children outside to explore and learn about the natural world we live in. Children will begin each class with a craft project and then learn at circle time. And please join us for our optional weekly hike that begins at

“Start Smart Programs, created by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, help kids get ready for sports…and succeed in life. It is an innovative step-by-step approach that builds confidence and self-esteem in a fun and safe sports environment.” This once a week program is an opportunity for children to be introduced to the game of basketball with the support and presence of a parent. Sessions will last one hour for six weeks. Skills will build with every session and exercises will become more challenging as the program progresses. We have divided the groups into 3 & 4 year olds and 5 & 6 year olds. Each participant will receive an individual manual highlighting the skills that will be developed though pictures and text. There is a maximum of 12 participants in each group.

Youth Programs Basketball For Youth

Don’t miss out on the opportunity for skill development, team building, fun and exciting weekly games! Please note that the start date for practices & games, date of the last game and the game/practice locations are tentative and may change based on the number of teams we field, gym availability and the weather. Weather permitting, all games will be completed by February school vacation with the exception of all Travel Basketball. Divisions will include: 1st & 2nd Grade Recreation Hoops 3rd & 4th Grade Recreation Hoops 5th & 6th Grade Recreation Hoops Travel Register for Hoops before 11/7 and save $25.

Basketball Open Gym for Youth

Amherst Recreation will be opening up the AMS gym for some pre-season open gyms. This program is open to boys/girls, and will be run by volunteer parents/coaches. Please bring a basketball and

clean basketball sneakers. Please see grades/times below.

Who: Boys grades 5th/6th, Thursdays 6pm-8pm (Starts September 13th)

Girls grades 5th-8th, Saturdays 3:30-5:30pm (Starts September 22nd) Where: AMS (Amherst Middle School) basketball courts When: See Times Below Fee: $20R; $25NR

Trip to The Strategy Zone

Amherst Recreation will be traveling to “The Strategy Zone” Outdoor Laser Tag Combat, on November 5th for a fun day out of school! During this “No School day”, Amherst Recreation staff will transport participants to and from The Strategy Zone. All participants will be supervised by the Amherst Recreation Staff.

What is outdoor laser tag?

At the Strategy Zone, you will have the opportunity to be a part of a live combat simulation. Outdoor laser tag is a fun twist on indoor laser tag. It is similar to paintball, but without the actual paintball “wounds!” All simulations are organized using high-tech laser equipment. Participants will be outside for the entire program. Sound fun? Come on down and give it a try! Program Details Who: Boys and Girls grades 5 and up Where: Meet at the front of AMS parking lot at 9am, pick up at AMS at 4pm When: Monday, November 5th from 9am-4pm Fee: $40/$45 (includes roundtrip transportation and ticket to “The Strategy Zone”)

Safe Sitter

Why take a safe sitter course? Safe Sitter® is a medically-accurate, up-to-date babysitting course that teaches young teens life and safety skills. This course includes a copy of The Official SafeSitter®Babysitter’s Handbook for each registered participant which they will bring along on all accepted babysitting jobs. Program Details Continued on page 5 u • NOVEMBER 2018 •



No registration required. No storytimes during the week of Nov. 19-23 For storytime details, please go online to and go to the Children’s Room page, call us at 673-2288, or come on down to the Children’s Room and get a copy of our Storytime Brochure.

Amy Lapointe, Library Director 14 Main St., Amherst NH Phone 673-2288 Fax 672-6063 email: web Summer Hours: Mon.-Thu. 9:30 - 8:30 Fri. 9:30 - 5:00; Sat. 9:30 - 12:30 Sun. CLOSED


As I write, from beside the wood stove, the birdbath has yet to skim over, flowers are still in bloom, deer have munched out the left over veggies, and the lawn keeps calling. There is a pushy, eye-catching crowd at the feeders. As in A Field of Dreams, fill the feeders and they will come. And come they do! At the moment: 12 species with 38 individuals; and eat they do. The little peeps go through roughly a gallon per day of Flyer’s Choice. Bird watching comes with a price, but name a hobby that does not. The hummingbirds, stocked up with nectar, have already headed for the Yucatan. Soon after them, the last monarchs shipped out for the Southwest and Mexico. We hardier, or is it more stubborn, ones will stay to see what is coming.

Make-it/Take-it Craft

BE THE PARENT, PLEASE: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat A Skype-visit presentation by author Naomi Schaefer Riley.

How much screentime is too much for our children? The explosion of technology in the world today is presenting parents with the daily challenge of determining a healthy level of interaction with the on-screen world for their children. Come to the library to hear author Naomi Schaefer Riley discuss her recent book, bringing to the conversation the latest research on technology usage and drawing from her own experience as a mother of three. Don’t miss this important, timely program. For more information, and to register, please visit our website and/or call 673-2288.

Kids and Parents Knit Together w/ Miss Sadie Mondays in November from 3:30-4:30

Come to the library for this learn-to-knit program for kids and their parents, too. Miss Sadie will share some knitting stories to set the mood, and then, over the course of 4 weeks, she’ll teach you how to make a hat of your very own. The techniques that you learn can then be used to knit other things outside of class. We’ve found that the adults have just as much fun with this program as the children do, so don’t hesitate--sign up now! Grades 2-4. Please register online. Family Storytime is offered Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00am from November 6 to Dec. 12. For preschoolers of all ages. No registration is required. No storytimes during the week of November 19-23. Little Listeners Lapsit Time is offered Thursday and Friday mornings at 10:30am from November 1 to December 14. For children age newborn to 30 months. No registration is required.

S.T.E.A.M. Storytime is offered Wednesday afternoons from November 7 to December 12 at 3:30pm. This is a story program especially for our primary-school kids. Come on over to the library on Wednesday afternoons for a healthy snack, some stories, and a project/craft that explores some of the principles of the world around us. The middle of the week is a great time to come and ‘check in’ at the library --- We love to see you! For ages 5-7, younger siblings are welcome to come along...

By Bruce B. Beckley,

This month’s artists are from Nellie’s Treehouse---make a point of stopping by to see their artwork, which will be up for the month of November.

Monday, November 12, at 7:00pm: A Program for Parents

No storytimes during week of November 19-23.

Backyard Buffet

Preschool Art Gallery

Activities in the Children’s Room November 2018


It’s About Conservation

Our popular make-it/take-it Craft Table will be open for the week of November 12-18. The craft will be Thanksgiving Turkey Stick Puppets! Minecraft Club –Thursdays at 3:30pm. Join other Minecraft enthusiasts each week when we show off our skills by completing a challenge---then we’re free to work on any aspect of the game that we’re interested in. There are several computers available for use, but feel free to bring your own. This is not an instructional class, although we’re always learning from each other. For kids ages 7 and up. Space is limited, so please register online. Paws-for-Reading with Brook and Monica Our favorite therapy dog, Brook, and her handler Monica, will be here from 3:30-4:30 to listen to our children read on Monday, Nov. 12 and Monday, Nov. 26. If you haven’t tried it before, it’s lots of fun, and a great confidence-booster for beginning readers. Come in or call (673-2288) to make an appointment. Read to Buttercream the Bunny We’re so lucky to have a wonderful Girl Scout, Julia, and her pet rabbit Buttercream coming to read with the kids on the weeks that Brook and Monica are not here. This month, they will be here on November 5 and November 19 starting at 4:00 pm. Come in or call (673-2288) to make an appointment. Matchbox Mania Friday, November 2 from 3:00 to 4:00. Come on down to the library to explore our huge collection of matchbox cars. There are all sorts of materials available to build obstacle courses and race the cars--the only limit is your imagination! Kids ages 4 and up.  No registration required. Come and Build Friday, November 17 from 3:00 to 4:30. iPads and apps are great, but sometimes, children just need to build something with their own hands! Come on down to the Children’s Room, and let your child explore our collection of building materials. We have plastic tubes, marble racers, blocks, magnetiles, mobilos, lots of Legos, and more! Let’s see what we can build! For kids ages 4 and up. No registration is necessary. Tech Time at the Library Friday, November 30 at 3:00pm Come and explore our collection of S.T.E.M.based activity kits: Snap-Circuits, Citiblocks, Ozmobots, and more...we make them available, you enjoy an opportunity for make-your-own fun! For ages 7 and up.

Poet philosopher James Whitcomb Riley suggests: “Whatever the weather may be,” says he – “Whatever the weather may be, It’s the songs we sing, an’ the smiles we wear, That’s a-makin the sun shine everywhere; An’ the world of gloom is a world of glee, Wid the bird in the bush, an’ the bud in the tree, An’ the fruit on the stim o’ the bough,” says he, “Whatever the weather may be,” says he— Whatever the weather may be!


Let’s Make Soup: the Perfect Winter Comfort Food Homemade soup is the best winter comfort food! It is easy to make, inexpensive and tastes so good. Join Paula Garvey as she demonstrates the basics of soup making. She will show you how to make a homemade stock/broth from scratch, a thick creamy soup (roasted potato and leek soup) and a classic Italian Minestrone from Ina Garten. You will have a chance to sample the finished dishes. We will be conscious of cost and nutritional value while appreciating the richness of tasty homemade dishes. Thanks to Hannaford Supermarkets for donating the ingredients.

This Amherst Town Library program will be held at Souhegan High School in the Family and Consumer Sciences Room on Wed. November 14 at 7:00PM. Paula Garvey was born in Ireland and studied education and Home Economics at Trinity College Dublin. She taught Home Economics in Ireland for 12 years before moving to the US in 2001 with her family. She currently lives in Amherst and teaches Family and Consumer Sciences at Souhegan High School. Paula’s unique view on food comes from growing up in Ireland, where local, fresh food was readily avail-

able. Her love of food stems from growing up in a home where her Mum cooked every day and her father was involved in the meat business, as well as her extensive travel. All adult programs offered at the Amherst Town Library are free and open to the public. However, registration is REQUIRED for each program due to space limitations. You can register for these events listed above by calling 673-2288 or by visiting our website at  and selecting the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.”

Who: Boys and Girls ages 11-15 (must be 11 by the start date of the program) What: Safe Sitter® Babysitter training course Where: PMEC- Moose Room When: Tuesday, November 6th Time: 9:30am - 3pm Fee: $75R; $85NR --Course includes a participation manual, all necessary tests, and a graduation certificate after the course has been completed --A minimum of 5 participants is needed to run each course.

German Workshops for Beginners

Welcome to Frau Clark’s German Workshop! Frau Clark is a German speaking American Citizen born in Germany. She has previously taught German to children at Wilkins School and Amherst Middle School. These before-school sessions will provide the basics for the beginning student. Class time will include grammar, phonics, pronunciation and occasional worksheets. Learning will incorporate common phrases, the German alphabet, games and FUN!! Who: 1st-4th graders Where: Wilkins School, Classroom TBA When: 7:55- 8:25AM Thursdays

*Classes are held before school (7:55-8:25am) at Wilkins School. *A 2 hour delayed start to the school day will delay the start of class by the same amount of time. (If school will start at 10:25, class will begin at 9:55)

Spanish Workshops

Welcome to Senora Rowley’s Spanish Extra Curricular Workshop! These before-school sessions will provide basics for beginners and challenge the more advanced student. Who: 1st-4th graders When: 7:55-8:25am Wed. 11/712/19 Where: Wilkins School, Classroom TBA

Learn to Play Ukulele

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Amherst Recreation Programs and Events

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NOAA says: temperatures above average with average precipitation. The Farmers Almanac says: cold and white with above average conditions. Nature’s predictors say: Wooly bears have wide brown waste bands, so be ready for long a hard winter. Pine cones, neither high nor low, seem undecided. Scientists commenting on these and other myths about nature’s predictors, point out that plants and animals don’t look ahead. Nature may look back at what happened last summer but doesn’t anticipate winter.

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Has your child wanted to learn an instrument, but you aren’t sure you are ready to commit to the expense?

Robert Allwarden, the music specialist at Wilkins, is introducing a brand-new program with Amherst Parks & Recreation: Learn to play the Ukulele!! Who: 2nd-4th Graders* Where: After school at Wilkins When: Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 New Session starts 10/23

Birthday Parties at PMEC

Create amazing birthday memories this year with a Birthday Party for your child age 3-12 at the Peabody Mill Environment Center! We have many themes to choose from!

Adult Programs Kitchen Cold Remedies

Looking to kick the cold season in a natural and convenient way? Come learn about the various culinary herbs that aid in fighting the common cold and that are found in your very own spice rack. We’ll be taking a closer look at 8 common culinary herbs and spices, their medicinal properties, and ways to prepare them. We will dive into the best herbal preparation for each plant, whether it be a warm tea, herbal steam bath, or infused honey. Observing and sampling as we go along! Then we’ll roll up our sleeves and make Fire Tonic. Fire Tonic, better known as Fire Cider, is a traditional herbal cold remedy that is made infusing vinegar with powerful spices and vegetables. Bring your hands and an open mind. All materials will be provided. Most of the herbs will be organic, depending on availability. *Please note that herbs in this recipe are VERY hot and spicy. Who: 18+ Where: Amherst Makerspace When: Thursday January 10th Time: 7pm - 8:30pm

Elderberry Syrup Workshop

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learn all about Elderberry. We will discuss the various ways this herb is prepared and used, as well as make our very own Elderberry Syrup. Elderberry syrup is a delicious and effective way to support the immune system during a cold or flu. The elderberries, found on the Elder shrub, have been used for thousands of years as food, medicine, and tools. The flowers, berries, leaves, and bark can all be used but the berries are renowned for their ability to prevent upper respiratory infections. Adults and kids alike enjoy this sweet syrup. You will leave the class with one mason jars of freshly made Elderberry Syrup, a better understanding of this plant, recipes, and the happy feeling of bringing something naturally amazing into your life and starting your very own apothecary. Bring your hands and an open mind. All materials will be provided. Most of the herbs will be organic, depending on availability. Who: 18+ Where: Amherst Makerspace When: Thursday November 8th Time: 7pm-8:30pm

Full Moon Hikes

Come join us for a full moon hike led by a naturalist at PMEC! Fun activities along the trail for all ages. Have you ever hiked in the woods at night without a flashlight? If you are willing, we will give it a try! You will be amazed how well you can see in the full moonlight without one. Afterwards there will be hot cider or lemonade (depending on the season) around the fire, as well as stories to share. Who: All Ages. Families welcome! What: Full moon hike at PMEC When: Times are dependent on season. Where: Peabody Mill Environment Center. Meet at the pond next to the parking area. Minimum of 6 participants required to run program.

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Vincent van Gogh: Heart Soul and Mind at the Amherst Town Library

Monday, November 12, at 7:00pm: A Program for Parents

Be The Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat A Skype-visit presentation by author Naomi Schaefer Riley How much screentime is too much for our children? The explosion of technology in the world today is presenting parents with the daily challenge of determining a healthy level of interaction with the on-screen world for their children. Come to the library to hear author Naomi Schaefer Riley discuss her recent book, bringing to the conversation the latest research on technology usage and drawing from her own experience as a mother of three. Naomi Schaefer Riley is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute focusing on issues regarding child welfare as well as a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum. She also writes about parenting,

higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture. She is a former columnist for the New York Post and a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer, as well as the author of six books, including, Be the Parent: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat (2018). Ms. Riley’s writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the LA Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She appears regularly on FoxNews and FoxBusiness and CNBC. She has also appeared on Q&A with Brian Lamb as well as the Today Show. Don’t miss this important, timely program. To register, please visit our website or call 673-2288.

Few artists have struggled to reconcile mind and spirit as deeply and sincerely as Vincent van Gogh. He sold only one painting in his lifetime, yet he is now one of the most admired artists the world has known – largely because he touches in us something of what he sought for himself.  This complex, troubled genius was a pioneer in so many ways, changing the way we see color and texture on canvas.  On Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00 PM, scholar Nancy Baker will lead an exploration of the work he produced over the scant ten years he painted, offering suggestions on how to look at his work the way he painted – subjectively.   On Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 PM, participants will view the 2017 experimental film, Loving Vincent, created using paintings from van Gogh’s work that you will have discussed on November 6. After many years of teaching classical languages, philosophy, and the history of ideas at Souhegan High

School, presenter Nancy Baker now spends her time volunteering. She is immediate past executive chair of the Guild of Volunteers at the Currier Museum of Art and is an active docent there.  Nancy gives talks on art, language and the history of ideas at the Currier, libraries, senior living enrichment programs, and community groups in the greater area.  She is chairman of the Amherst Library Board of Trustees and is an enthusiastic supporter of the role of the free library in communities. All adult programs offered at the Amherst Town Library are free and open to the public. However, registration is REQUIRED for each program due to space limitations. You can register for these events listed above by calling 673-2288 or by visiting our website at www.  and selecting the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.”

More Letters Scott Courtemanche For State Representative

Please Elect Julie For Amherst State Representative - District 22

Support For Our Women Candidates

To the editor:

To the editor:

To the editor:

My name is Scott Courtemanche and I am asking for your vote to be your next State Representative for Amherst. As a corporate finance professional, I possess the necessary skills and knowledge to establish fiscal responsibility and common-sense spending. I understand the importance of a strong economy – as a husband and father of three, I know that without a reliable and thriving economy, my family’s well-being is put at risk. As a result, I will fight for the values that Granite Staters hold dear: no income or sale taxes, small government, and a strong, conservative budget. With these policies, we can look forward to business growth, more jobs, higher wages and benefits, and for the nearly eighty thousand NH workers who currently travel out of state for their job, it can mean more time at home with their families. I am a fiscal conservative and a strong Constitutional supporter who brings an open mind to every discussion. I can guarantee that I will be there to listen and to engage in intelligent discussion about the topics which matter most to you. I am running to be a voice for the residents of Amherst, and on November 6th, I hope you allow me that honor. Please vote for Scott Courtemanche – the right choice for Amherst. Thank you, Scott Courtemanche Amherst

Panasiti For State Representative To the editor:

I am grateful to all the Amherst residents who voted for me on Primary Day. I am humbled by your vote of confidence and I ask you once again for your continued support on the November 6th general election. That day will be an exciting political day for New Hampshire. Many strong candidates on both sides will be vying for your vote. I ask that you support the candidate who you feel will do the best job for Amherst. If I am that candidate, I promise to carry on the hard work I started 2 years ago to ensure Amherst and the state of New Hampshire continues to be a great place to live, rise a family, or own a business. Thank you once again for your vote and please tell all your friends and family to vote on Tuesday, November 6th. Reed Panasiti Amherst

Unfair Attacks on Shannon Chandley To the editor:

Over the last week or so, I received some pretty nasty and untruthful mail attacking Shannon Chandley and her record. You may have gotten some of these pieces too. They attempt to paint my Representative, Shannon Chandley, as an unbounded taxer, a fringe-leftist radical, and someone who is even in favor of legalizing prostitution. The Representative I know voted to reduce taxes on numerous occasions; voting to reduce Property Taxes (HB-1673), Business Taxes (SB 564), and taxes on Recreational Vehicles (HB 579). Chandley has also built a strong coalition of Democratic, Republican, and Independent Voters in her home District of Amherst in a manner in which a “leftist radical” could never do. Moreover, she is also currently Director of the Board of the New Hampshire Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Assault and in that capacity, she has been a strong leader for women’s rights in our community. These accusations are absurd and stand in direct contrast with the type of issues based, positive campaign that Shannon Chandley is running. While Shannon is talking with voters every day at their doors or at community events about creating an environment suitable for young families and ending the opioid crisis, her opponents are playing the same partisan game which has made ordinary citizens like myself lose faith in some of their elected officials. I’m not losing my faith in Shannon and I will be voting for Shannon Chandley on November 6th, and I hope you do the same. Lori Bruno Amherst POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT

Wake up America! Our way of life, Our core democracy is being threatened. The economic prosperity (as reflected in the stock market) currently being enjoyed will be short lived. We need furtherance of the fundamentals to allow for more economic growth and development. Our move away from globalization is definitely not the answer. We must think deeply and re-institute the policies and procedures which have proven to be successful. I can speak on a number of issues from healthcare to the environment. But the truth is, we must fight against polarization and focus on becoming united as democrats and republicans.  A bi-partisan approach is imperative on all issues if America is going to prosper. We must get big money out of politics and have a system of checks and balances to bring about compromise. I will work hard to unite politicians on both sides of the isle. I humbly ask for your vote. Visit me at Sincerely, Julie Radhakrishnan Amherst

Pignatelli Seeks Return to Executive Council To the editor:

My name is Debora Pignatelli and I am running to return to the Executive Council. I was your Executive Councilor in Amherst for eight years, until 2015, when I needed a hip replacement. Not too many people know about the Executive Council, sometimes called The Governor’s Council.  So, why is the Executive Council important?  The Council meets regularly and has significant power over things such as: Judicial appointments, appointment of State Agency heads and members of the state boards and commissions, and approval of all significant state spending and that involves the major portion of our state budget, input into our 10 Year State Highway plan, relations between state and local government, and constituent service.  As you can see, the Council is important. When I was your Executive Councilor, I loved the job and thought I did a good job.  I would like to return and continue to represent Amherst and the other 32 communities in District 5. I would appreciate your vote on November 6th.  

On November 6th:


Peter Hansen for STATE REP

“November brings additional challenges to sound government. I trust that my service to you, our district, and to the State of New Hampshire will have earned me your continued support in the November 6th Election.” • NH needs a balanced state budget – we gave you that along with a SURPLUS.

• NH needs to grow better jobs and now has the lowest unemployment rate in years. • We instituted programs which brought in new businesses and great jobs.

• We created a program to insure healthcare for our citizens.

• We created a school choice program that meets all students needs.

• Our state employees retirement system is now stronger and better managed. • Despite opposition we reduced electrical costs and will continue the effort.

“With your vote on November 6th, I will return to Concord to work for you on these and other issues, including our drug epidemic.”

— Rep. Peter Hansen proudly serving Amherst and NH Peter Hansen, Fiscal Agent, Amherst, NH

Support For Chandley For State Senator To the editor:

What have I looked for in a candidate before going to the polls to vote? I look for an intelligent, articulate, dedicated, honest, fair, involved, experienced, knowledgeable one! Shannon Chandley is all of these things. I will be voting for Shannon on Tuesday, November 6 to represent us in Concord as our State Senator from District 11. Liz Overholt Amherst POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT




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Stay the Course to Ensure Continued Prosperity To the editor:

Governor Chris Sununu and our Republican legislature have served us extremely well in the last 2 years. Low unemployment, a much-improved business environment, our nation’s lowest poverty rate, and the fastest growing economy in New England are all evidence of this great work. New Hampshire is moving in the right direction. We need to stay the course to ensure continued prosperity. I will vote to re-elect Governor Sununu on November 6th and send Reed Panasiti, Pete Hansen, and Laurie Sanborn back for another term in the NH House. I will be voting for newcomer Scott Courtemanche to join them. I also look forward to re-electing State Senator Gary Daniels, Executive Councilor David Wheeler, County Commissioner Bob Rowe and County Attorney Dennis Hogan. We are fortunate to have all these great folks willing to serve and keep our state and county government limited, efficient, and responsive to the needs of our citizens. We also need to elect a member of Congress who will represent NH values in Washington, not the other way around. It’s time for a change so I will be voting for Steve Negron. Please support all our Republican candidates when you go to the polls on November 6th. Mark Vincent Amherst POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT


Over the past 30 years, I have been afforded the opportunity to serve on numerous boards and have been fortunate to serve in several elected positions at both the local and state level. This has given me the opportunity to work with a wide range of talented and ambitious individuals (and a few dullards) in a range of cooperative and competitive circumstances and environments. Although there are all kinds of talented individuals with varying sexual orientations, my personal observation is that women, regardless of party or political affiliation, have the best set of tools to work in dynamic group environments. They are open minded, good listeners, work well collaboratively and generally seek solutions in the best interests of their constituents. Women are also more willing to seek compromise over conflict, reducing tensions and improving results. Which leads me to the purpose of my letter. I heartily encourage all voters to support our women candidates. They are prepared, capable and ready to serve. Let’s give them a vote of confidence. I am sure that they will represent our interests honestly, energetically and effectively. Paul D. Spiess Amherst




Entertainment Steve Previte Fall Open Studio Stephen Previte will hold his Annual Fall Open Studio in conjunction with the NH Open Doors statewide touring event this weekend Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 & 4 from 11-4 PM at 112 Silver Lake Road, in Hollis. At this exhibit he will be showing a collection of both traditional subjects, which he is well known for, and an exciting new collection of urban/industrial paintings on paper. He is looking forward to speaking with people about the contrasting terms and styles of these diverse subjects and to see where their taste lie. He works with the medium of oil paint in a style that he describes as “Representational Impressionism”. His main attraction regardless of subject matter is always that of light and atmosphere. He shows his paintings throughout New England and New York and among some of his more notable exhibits and awards are: Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, 2008, 2007, 1997 NHAA Exhibit Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, Mass, 1996 Invitational Ex-

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hibit Previte says he always enjoys seeing old friends and making new ones while sharing both his paintings and conversation with them. He will also be accepting new students for oil painting classes which he conducts at his studio in Nashua. Light refreshments will be served. For information about either the Open Studio or Art Instruction please call 465-2647 or visit

Actorsingers Present PIPPIN - November 9 - 11 Continued from page 1

“Pippin is representative of the need inside all of us to reach for something extraordinary. The show is at times exciting, surprising, poignant and meaningful but ultimately, it’s a story about redemption and self-discovery. The audience will leave with a sense of reflection into their own lives.....arrive curious, leave enchanted! ” according to Director/Choreographer Donna O’Bryant. Amanda Morgan who has music directed over 30 shows, with groups all over the state says “This is one of the most talented casts I’ve had the privilege of working with! Vocally, there are no weak links, and everyone in the cast has a drive to make this show something truly special for our audience”. Costumer Designer Jake Egan stated that “Designing Pippin has been a process unique and spectacular and unlike any other. While completing my initial research I found a lot of responses to the initial Broadway costume concept and consequently the revival, but very little as to the reasons why each were chosen. While most times that makes life for a Costume Designer more difficult, here in this case, that vagueness gave me the opportunity to have immense freedom and the use of a wide array of design inspirations  that ultimately culminated in this multi-cultural collective that represents the many civilizations, aesthetics and representations that would have influenced such a troupe of Players back in the show’s original period. Using the revival’s newly scripted circus concept, I was able to find unique and unexpected ways of using these cultures in both large and small ways, in order to create the ever-changing wardrobe architecture of the show. We have large pieces, we have garments built on extreme versions of historical undergarments, we have small

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hidden pieces that are left to the audience to find— like the script says, “Everything has its season; Everything has its time - Show me a reason and I’ll soon show you a rhyme” every costume piece in the show (close to 680!) is there for a reason for being there, every piece holds a representation and every piece is connected to the other, if not by direct line, then by rhyme. My hope and aim is that the visual stories woven onstage in the costumes allow the audience greater interactive thought and engagement with the show, it’s pageantry, it’s presentation and it’s story. This has really been one of the most exciting shows I’ve had the honor of designing to date; I hope it excites and titillates the audience as much as it has me! “ The cast of PIPPIN is comprised of 34 local actors from New Hamp- The cast of PIPPIN is comprised of 34 local actors from New Hampshire shire and Massachusetts and is led and Massachusetts. Show times are 8:00pm November 9 and 10, and by Aly Aramento as Leading Play- 2:00pm matinee on Sunday, November 11. er, Eric Berthiaume as Pippin, James Middleton as Charlemagne, Kerry Schneider as Berthe, Becca Tarr as Fastrada, Caity Glover as Catherine, Doug Reed as Lewis and Sophia Battaglia as Theo. The cast also includes Jen Ryder, Sarah Wenrich NASHUA – Stephen Hamilton, virtuoso concert organist, has as the Manson Trio and the Band long been prominent on the American organ scene. On Sunday of Players include Barb Amaral, November 18th at 4:00 pm, FIRST MUSIC opens its 11th season Kayleen Bertrand, Cheri Birch, Sam celebrating the 333rd Anniversary of The First Church of Nashua Campanella, Tina Cassidy, Lo Dilwith a tour-de-force on the 4,000-pipe historic Anderson Memorilon, Patrice Doherty, Lauren Friedal Organ: Austin Organs Inc., Opus 1406 to 1926. Come hear the man, Victoria Gill, Jed Holland, majesty of this magnificent symphonic instrument, in a program Holli Kenison, Joel King, Amanfor all ages, with well-known works and some surprises in store! da Langer, Kelli Loughlin, Kelsey (Underwritten by the Huber Family Trust) Marot, Hailey Mierzwa, Amara  The First Church of Nashua (1 Concord Street) is proud to host Phelps, Angèlica Rosenthal, Samanthis music outreach to the community, in a beautiful Romantha Searls, Erik Shaffer, Don Smithesque-revival architectural setting. Ample parking is available beWeiss, Nicole Straussberg, Samanhind the church, and handicap-accessibility is available between tha Weiss and Jessica Wells. the old and new buildings. Ticket prices for PIPPIN range Free Admission! Optional free will offering at door from $18-$20 and are now on sale First Music has brought the Joy of Music to the Gate City since online at and by 2008, and their current season is an eclectic mix of offerings sure calling 320-1870. Group sales (10 to please every taste. More information about the Series’ concerts or more) are also available at Pipmay be found under or by sending an e-mail or call 320-1870. For to additional information, visit PIPPIN is rated PG13.

FIRST MUSIC Begins 11th Season Sunday, November 18


Moulton’s Kitchen Manager Takes Comfort in Comfort Food AMHERST – Jen Dalton is one busy lady, showing up at Moulton’s Market before sunrise most days. Her morning routine includes baking desserts, making donuts, quiches and other tasty treats, preparing soups and getting the place ready for customers who stop in for what she calls “real food, comfort food.” Moulton’s is a regular stop for lots of local residents, and as Moulton’s kitchen manager. Dalton is a familiar face to many customers, with a ready smile and a knack for knowing the names of most regulars. She’s worked at Moulton’s for seven years, a blink of an eye in the food business, but Dalton has been a cook and a baker since she was a five-year-old keeping her grandmother company in her kitchen. You could call her a “Jen of all trades,” she says with a laugh, telling a visitor, “I love the coziness, the country store atmosphere. We have a good grasp of what people want.” She greets the young mothers who stop by after their library visits with their kids, as well as the older residents she calls “the knights of the round table,” who enjoy sitting by the windows after the morning rush and catching up with each other. A couple of times a month, Dalton caters

Jen Dalton, Kitchen Manager of Moulton’s Market, Amherst.

meals for the local Lions’ Club, and with that ready smile and easy laugh, it’s not hard to imagine that her skills as a people person are as appreciated as her culinary talents by folks who rely on Moulton’s for a take-home meal or carefully prepared sandwich. Moulton’s has a fairly large menu for a small-ish store, she explains,

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Nashua Chamber Orchestra, November 17th, 18th Concert

Nashua Chamber Orchestra, music director, David Feltner

NASHUA – The Nashua Chamber Orchestra, music director, David Feltner, opens its 2018—2019 season on Saturday, Nov. 17th and Sunday, Nov. 18th, with works by Poulenc, Vanhal, Balmages and Mozart. The featured soloist is Pascale Delache Feldman, internationally acclaimed French double bassist. Ms. Delache-Feldman will perform Johann Baptist Vanhal’s 1785 Double Bass Concerto in D Major. The program also includes Two Marches and an Interlude, by Francis Poulenc, Wood Splitter Fanfare and Lullaby to the Moon, by Brian Balmages. The concluding work is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, dubbed Haffner.


SATURDAY, NOV 17th, at 7:30 PM, Judd Gregg Hall, Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St. SUNDAY, NOV. 18th, at 3:00 PM, Milford Town Hall, 1 Union Square on the Milford Oval

Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance at Darrell’s Music Hall in Nashua, and the Toad-

stool Bookstore in Lorden Plaza, Milford, or on line at the web site: Prices are $20: adults; $15: seniors, college students and military; students under 18: free. Each concert is followed by a reception where audience members can mingle with the musicians. For information, check website or phone NCO President, Jackie O’Dowd, 582-5211. Francis Poulenc (1899—1963) was a French composer and pianist. During World War II, Poulenc resisted the Nazi occupation by including patriotic French themes in his music. Two Marches and an Interlude, commissioned for the 1937 International Exhibition in Paris, is representative of Poulenc’s distinctive idiom. Johann Baptist Vanhal (1739— 1813), was a prolific composer of the Classical period whose works were largely eclipsed by his more famous contemporaries, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. His music was published in Paris and Vienna, where he had many devotées. He was highly regarded by Haydn and

Mozart, who performed his works. Solo artist Pascale Delache Feldman began her studies at age nine with her bass player father. After receiving her Artist’s Diploma from the Paris Conservatory, she came to the US at age 17 to study at Philadelphia’s prestigious Curtis Academy. In addition to her solo appearances, Pascale has played with the Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, among others. She has an active home studio, and is on the faculty of the Longy School of Music, New England Conservatory and Tufts University. Commanding a formidable technique, a prodigious repertoire and a fearless temperament, Ms. Delache-Feldman is a dynamic solo artist and a perceptive teacher. Brian Balmages is a living composer, born in 1975. His musical talent was evident from an early age, at the piano, which he used to create his compositions. The trumpet became his serious instrument. He earned an undergraduate degree in Music Industry from James Madison University, and a Masters in Media Writing and Production from the University of Miami. In the words of the composer: “This lullaby honors the ‘living moon,’ portraying various emotions including the loneliness of seeing us from space.” Even in this digital age of hip-hop and synthesizers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s name is a household word. A childhood prodigy under the tutelage of his ‘helicopter’ father, he left his native Salzburg at an early age to concertize in the royal courts of Europe. Like a shooting star and despite his early demise, Mozart (1756—1791) left to posterity a body of over 600 scintillating works: chamber pieces, concertos, symphonies, operas, and masses. Musical ideas flowed from Mozart’s brain like wine at a wedding. Said his good friend, Haydn, “Posterity will not see such a talent again in a hundred years.” The Haffner Symphony No. 35, K. 385 in D Ma-

Pascale Delache Feldman

jor was composed in 1782, commissioned by the Haffner family of Salzburg. It is always remarkable how a master can use the simplest material to create a work of genius, accessible to all. So it is with the Haffner Symphony. Mozart uses the basic building blocks of western musical idiom to fashion this conventional yet completely original Classical symphony. At the very opening, an octave (the same pitch eight notes higher or lower), played with mesmerizing force and supplemented with trills, scales and basic arpeggiated (played note by note) chords, is the prime element on which the entire exuberant movement is built. The second movement charms the listener with its nuanced grace and warmth. The foursquare minuet is balanced by its lilting trio. The last movement bounds along with restless energy at a furious pace, a tour de force for string players, punctuated by booming percussion. It is easy to love this symphony. With its facile good humor, harmonious idiom and deceiving simplicity, it reflects a bygone era of civility woefully absent in our contemporary cultural context.

2nd Annual Art: Salon-Style Exhibition & Sale at New Hampshire Antique Co-Op On view in the Tower Gallery at New Hampshire Antique Co-op November 10, 2018 through January 30, 2019 MILFORD – New Hampshire Antique Co-op is pleased to present the second annual Art: Salon-style gallery exhibition and sale, featuring original and affordable paintings from the 1800s to the present and hung in the style of traditional 19th century French salon exhibitions. Art: Salon-style spotlights more than 50 oil paintings and watercolors with affordable prices ranging from $30 to $995. The works cover an array of categories from still life to landscape, Impressionist to Hudson River School, and Abstract to Realist. You’ll find oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, White Mountain School paintings, unsigned 19th c. American and European paintings with original giltwood frames, Modernist works, and much more. The exhibit opens November 10 and will be a part of New Hampshire Antique Co-op’s Annual Hol-

iday Open House, held November 23-25. Enjoy refreshments while perusing the chock-full gallery, ready for you to discover that perfect something for the antique aficionados and art collectors on your gift list. With so many genres of painting styles represented, there is something for everyone. Salon art exhibits began in France in the 17th century and showed works by leading artists of the time. The paintings in these salon exhibitions were hung from floor to ceiling in the gallery. Between 1748 and 1890, the Salon de Paris was considered the greatest annual art event in the Western world. Sponsored by the Academie Royale and Ecole des Beaux Arts, the Salon de Paris was open to all artists to apply. Later in the 19th century, other competing organizations created their own exhibitions that were also called salons, featuring a variety of works hung to fill the gallery walls from

Salon-style gallery wall at New Hampshire Antique Co-op

high to low. Be sure to visit Art: Salon-style in the Tower Gallery at New Hampshire Antique Co-op for a modern

take on this centuries-old tradition, on view from November 10 through January 30, 2019. Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

New “Garden House” Shed for Amherst Garden Club Thanks to grants from The Norwin S. & Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation and The Milford Rotary Club, the Amherst Garden Club now has a beautiful and practical  new central home for all of its tools, teaching materials and gardening supplies!  Thanks to the generosity of these two New Hampshire organizations, a new Reeds Ferry “Garden House” shed is now a reality and will help the Garden Club in its mission of providing education, resources, civic landscaping and environmental responsibility to nurture the love of gardening in  Amherst

and beyond. The club also would like to thank the Town of Amherst and Val at Amherst Earth Products for their assistance in making this long-sought dream a reality.  The Amherst Garden Club is one of the largest in the state and holds a huge plant  sale the second Saturday of May each year as well as garden speakers at their  monthly meetings, open to the public.   For more information on the Amherst Garden Club, please visit our website at  www.amherstgardenclub. org.

Amherst Garden Club Charitable Fund Seeks Applications for Grants The Amherst garden Club Charitable Fund welcomes qualified applicants for the 2018-2019 year. Proceeds from our fund raising activities as well as memorial gifts are added to our fund each year and then awarded to local community projects that are consistent with our mission. Our mission is to provide education, resources and networking opportunities for our members to promote the love of gardening, civic landscaping and environmental responsibility.

Recent grants have been awarded to the Women’s State Prison Gardening Program, Joshua’s Park and Community Gardens, Mont Vernon Village School Gardening Project, The Amherst Town Library Gardens and the Amherst Garden Club Garden House Project. Information and applications can be found on our website: Questions can be directed to Grants are awarded on a rolling basis and reviewed when applications are received.

DISCover Amherst with Amherst Community Foundation Amherst Community Foundation was proud to take part in Amherst Old Home Day by hosting “DISCover Amherst”, a disc golf tournament, which took place at Birch Park. The event was a great success, with 18 teams participating and 23 sponsors. Our mission at Amherst Community Foundation (ACF) is to enhance the quality of life in Amherst by raising and providing funds for programs that benefit our community. ACF will provide ways for individuals, organizations, and corporations to channel their philanthropic giving for educational, cultural, environmental, or health and wellness initiatives within our town. We strive to make a positive impact on our community. Do you have an idea to improve the quality of life in Amherst? Do you want to get involved? Learn more at http://www.amherstfoun- and contact us at info@ We look forward to partnering with our community. Thank you to everyone involved in making DISCover Amherst a success including the following sponsors: Alkemy Partners LLC, Cardoza Flooring, Ciardelli Fuel, Amherst Label, Inc., Barley and Hops Craft Beer and Wine Shoppe, The Bennett Family, Premier Home Inspection Services LLC, Blackbaud, Hampshire Football Club, Physicians Resources LTD, 603 Painting LLC, Welts, White & Fontaine, Team Balsama BHHS Verani Realty, Deb Farrow Caldwell Banker RB, Countryside Self Storage, Breakin Chains Disc Golf Supplies, Classic Signs, Amherst Friends of the Library, Andy Rowe, Amherst Recreation Department, SpeedPro Imaging Solutions, Innova ,William Bo Dean and Nancy Pariser.

For 10 years, Marie Grella has organized placing wreaths on veterans’ graves


Wreaths Across Amherst Project Under Way By Cliff Ann Wales With Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving around the corner, Marie Grella is requesting that citizens not forget the veterans in town. For the past 19 years Marie has taken on the job of placing flags, markers and wreaths at the 480 gravesites of veterans buried in the five cemeteries across town. Marie initiated the holiday wreath project 10 years ago. “I’m

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2018 AMHERST TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL SCHEDULE Celebrating December and Winter Holidays observed by Amherst, NH Residents! FRIDAY, December 7 AMHERST TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY 6:00 - 6:30 pm @ the Village Green across from Amherst Town Hall Free event!


6:30 - 8 pm @ the Congregational Church of Amherst Hosted by the Congregational Church of Amherst & Amherst Lions Club Donations accepted, no reservations needed


2018 Holiday Toy Store Since 1987, the Holiday Toy Store, a 501(c)(3) organization, has been committed to assisting local families in need by providing children (aged newborn through 15) with holiday gifts, free of charge. Over the years, the Holiday Toy Store has evolved into an incredible community effort involving various individuals, businesses, and civic organizations. At the Holiday Toy Store, qualified parents/guardians “shop” for gifts for their children from a large selection of new, current, age-appropriate toys purchased with funds we have raised. Free children’s books are given to families. We even supply our families with wrapping paper! Shoppers leave the store with an overwhelming sense of relief and appreciation for those who have helped them. This year, the Holiday Toy Store will provide gifts for over 500 children of Amherst, Brookline, Mil-

ford, Mont Vernon, and Wilton. We have been successful in our mission due to the generosity of our community. We are asking for your help in continuing the work of the Holiday Toy Store. We are aware that you are constantly being asked to support different organizations, but hope you will consider the enormous value of our efforts to the local children we serve. We would appreciate your help through a monetary donation or a donation of gift cards to be used to purchase gifts for the children we serve. We ask you to consider making a tax-deductible donation today. Also, we accept donations of new toys- look for donation boxes in Amherst in Milford soon! Please make checks payable to “Holiday Toy Store”. Donations can be mailed to us at: Holiday Toy Store, PO Box 6, Amherst, NH 03031.

10 am & 1 pm @ the Amherst Town Library Space is limited, so advanced sign up is required. Register at www.


10 am - 3 pm @ the Wigwam (on the corner of Middle and Cross Streets) Hosted by the Amherst Historical Society Birch Bark House


Congregational Church Holiday Fair Returns on November 17 The annual Congregational Church Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., will provide shoppers with great choices for holiday decorations, gifts and edibles. The lower level of the church will be transformed into a series of charming boutiques filled with food, gifts and decorations. Holiday items include hand-decorated fresh Maine balsam wreaths as well as unique table arrangements. The decorations area will feature handmade miniature birch bark houses, which can be used as ornaments or on table or mantle displays, as well as other birch-themed decorations and unique hand-made holiday products. Items perfect for Thanksgiving include table decorations and onepound bags of South Carolina pecan halves. The Bakery will be loaded with fresh baked goods just in time for Thanksgiving. Freshly cut Vermont Cabot cheddar cheese will also be available. Traditionally popular booths include the treasures tables, an ex-

panded jewelry selection, American Girl doll clothes, the knits table, and a variety of versatile options on the gifts tables. Attractive raffle baskets will each have a theme. Fairgoers can choose to enter the drawings for the  Thanksgiving basket, breakfast basket, chocolate basket, wine basket and others.  Silent Auction  bidding will take place until 1:00 and will include items of local historic interest and unusual gift items.  Complimentary coffee and mini-muffins will be available during the morning. A delicious  homemade soup lunch will provide shoppers with an enjoyable break and a chance to chat with friends. The proceeds from the Fair enable the Woman’s Association to contribute to the support of the historic church building, church programs and community charities. Questions? Contact the church office at  or 673-3231.

2 - 5 pm @ the Amherst Fire Station Hosted by the Girl Scouts of Amherst and Mont Vernon


3 - 5 pm @ the Amherst Fire Station Hosted by Amherst Fire Rescue Free event, just bring your own camera!


Given by the Souhegan Valley Chorus with special guests New Hampshire Youth Chorale 7 pm @ Souhegan High School Adults: $15; Senior/Students: $10; Children 12 and under are free. More information at

SUNDAY, December 9 PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH MRS. CLAUS 8 - 11 am @ the Amherst Fire Station Hosted by Amherst Fire Rescue Donations accepted, no reservations needed


10 am - 3 pm @ the Wigwam (on the corner of Middle and Cross Streets) Hosted by the Amherst Historical Society


11 am - 1 pm @ LaBelle Winery More information at


12:30 - 2 pm @ the Congregational Church of Amherst Given by the Amherst Town Band and SHS A Capella Singers Free event!


Given by the Choirs of the Congregational Church of Amherst 3 pm @ the Congregational Church of Amherst Free event!


Two Seatings: 9 - 10:30am & 10:30 am – noon @ the Congregational Church of Amherst Tickets go on sale November 1 at Tickets are limited and are on a first come basis. $10 per person; 12 months & younger free. Contact Marti Warren at with questions.

LUCT Funds Put to Good Use Last spring Amherst’s citizens voted ‘yes’ on Warrant Article 25, providing the Amherst Conservation Commission with a portion of the LUCT funding from the previous year (2016-2017) that had already been collected from developers. This money, a total of $43,500, was slated to be used for three projects to help improve the conservation and outdoor recreation potential of town land. Soon, Amherst residents will see one of these projects, involving invasive species in the Great Meadow, starting to take shape. Invasive species have become common in Amherst. When invasive plants take hold in our town’s open spaces, they displace native species and the wildlife they support. Invasive species spread exponentially, meaning that if they are not controlled, they can become many times costlier and more difficult to control in future years.

One of Amherst’s most visible and cherished open spaces, the Great Meadow (across from Wilkins elementary school) currently suffers from Oriental bittersweet, autumn olive, honeysuckle, multiflora rose, and barberry. $5,000 from the LUCT funds was allocated to control these invasive plants using an integrated approach that will protect soils and ecosystem health. This is a two-year process, with the initial steps being taken this fall. The Conservation Commission thanks the townspeople for their vote, which will allow for the restoration of the Great Meadow to its native ecological species composition. The treatments should help to eradicate invasive species, while allowing the native plants a chance to flourish and thrive. This will allow it to remain a natural and beautiful space for people to enjoy for many years to come!


JerriAnne Boggis and Pauline Landrigan

The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire was the topic at the recent meeting of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) held at the Black Forest Café. AAUW Program Chair Pauline Landrigan is shown here sharing her observations with Executive Director JerriAnne Boggis. At least 10 cities in New Hampshire,

including Milford, have self-guided walking tours detailing the black history of the region. As an example, Boggis cited the statue of Harriet E. Wilson, the first black woman in American to write and publish a novel highlighting the life of an indentured servant in the north, that is located in Keyes Park in Milford.


​ mherst Tree Lighting Festival schedule: A Amherst Tree Lighting Festival contact: Michelle Arbogast (


The Memory Tree 2018

Cookies at New Hampshire Antique Co-op’s Annual Holiday Open House

New Hampshire Antique Co-Op Hosts Annual Holiday Open House November 23–25, 2018 (Friday–Sunday), 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily Holiday exhibit on view November 9, 2018 thru January 3, 2019 Family-friendly; Free & open to the public MILFORD – New Hampshire Antique Co-op invites all to their Annual Holiday Open House, held the weekend of November 23–25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shop is festively decorated for the holiday season and visitors are invited to enjoy delicious refreshments, cookies and other sweet treats. The Holiday Open House features three days of events, including a gift card raffle, a scavenger hunt, a food pantry donation drive, as well as special savings throughout the shop. New Hampshire Antique Coop’s dealers are stocking up their booths with unique antique gift ideas and nostalgic items of yesteryear. Friday, November 23, kicks off the festivities, including a weekend-long storewide sale on Black Friday. Visitors can stroll the charming Main Street shops of New Hampshire Antique Co-op and discover unique items sure to please the antique enthusiasts on their gift lists. Take a chance on guessing how many candy canes are in a jar—the closest guess wins a $100 New Hampshire Antique Co-op gift card. Test your scouting skills with an antique-themed scavenger hunt to win prizes. Next is Small Business Saturday, a nationwide endeavor to encourage patrons to shift their shopping. Re-

member to shop small and shop local throughout this holiday season. Your local family-owned businesses truly appreciate your support. Don’t miss SHARE Sunday, when customers are encouraged to bring in donations of non-perishables and dollars to benefit SHARE, a local food pantry based in Milford, New Hampshire. SHARE donations will gladly be accepted all weekend long. Look for the donation box in the front plaza at NHAC. Another annual New Hampshire Antique Co-op holiday tradition is a vintage holiday-themed mini-exhibit. This year’s vignette, created by renowned antique ornament expert Beverly Weir-Longacre, is a whimsical Candy Cane Forest display, featuring items from Bev’s vast collection of ornaments and vintage holiday memorabilia. Bev annually shares pieces from her extensive Christmas collection in one-of-akind holiday-themed exhibits she creates especially for NHAC, on view from November 9 through January 3. All are welcome to NHAC’s family-friendly traditions at the Annual Holiday Open House. Drop in for some old-fashioned cheer. Shop local and treat yourself to a weekend of antiquing—it’s the perfect solution to enjoy the busy holiday season.

AMHERST – The lighting of the Memory Tree is a 24 year-old tradition in our community sponsored by the Amherst Garden Club. The tree sits on the town common and is decorated with tiny white lights in remembrance of loved ones who have passed. For a small donation, anyone may have a loved one recognized on the Memory Tree. The tree will be lit during the Amherst Tree Lighting Festival on December 7th and will remain lit into the New Year. Names of the remembered are posted on a large sign beside the tree. Each year money donated is used to fund a worthy community cause that aligns with the mission of the Amherst Garden Club. The club’s mission is to provide education, resources and networking opportu-

nities while promoting the love of gardening, civic landscaping and environmental responsibility. Last year, proceeds went to The Amherst Garden Shed Project and to the Master Gardener Free Seed Program that distributed seed packets to 175 schools and youth programs in NH. Donations are $10.00 for an individual or $25.00 for a family and may be sent to The Memory Tree/ Amherst Garden Club, P.O. Box 694, Amherst, NH 03031 and must be received by December 3th. Thank you for your support of this tradition of remembering loved ones and supporting our community. Stop by, enjoy the beautiful tree and read the names of those remembered.

MEMORY TREE 2018 Print Donor’s Name Clearly:________________________________________ Donor’s email address:____________________________________________ Phone #_________________________________________________________ Name of person/s to be remembered:__________ Family - e.g. The John Smith Family - $25.00 (per family) The Family Individual Name – e.g. Smith, John - $10.00 (per Individual Name) Last Name_______________________ First Name______________________ Last Name_______________________ First Name______________________ Last Name_______________________ First Name______________________ Last Name_______________________ First Name______________________

Please make checks payable to: The Memory Tree/Amherst Garden Club PO Box 694, Amherst, NH 03031 Deadline: Please return by Monday, December 3, 2018. Thank you! Need more info? Contact: Barb Dalrymple @345-7101 or Deb Curran @673-6339 or Andrea Maniglia @ 801-7532.




Amherst’s Earliest Library – 1792-1832

(having acquired a share from an in-law relative). That made her the first woman to become a member of the Amherst Library Society in her own right. After her marriage to Nathaniel Shattuck, Esq. in 1816, her husband officially took over her share. The second woman was Lucy Damon (1794-1877) of Amherst, “spinster” (that is, unmarried), who purchased a share in 1828. Over the years, a few other women became proprietors by taking over the share of their deceased husband or father.


Initially each proprietor had to pay $10 (a non-trivial amount back then) over four years for the purchase of books. From time to time, there was an additional assessment made on each share. In 1801, the Society “voted that the Treasurer collect $1 on each share of the three payments by 1st of June next.” At 1807 meeting, the Society voted for the “4th assessment of $1.” In 1817, after a complete reorganization with fewer members, new subscriptions were opened at $5 per share. For 1821-1823, each share owned by a resident of Amherst was subject to an annual tax of 25 cents. In 1824, the Society voted that each share be divided into two shares, each worth $2.50. (So proprietors, who managed to recruit a new member, could retain their own membership and recoup some of their costs at the same time, but very few did.) At the start, members had the right to take out one folio or quarto volume or two smaller sized books at one time and keep for 2 months, and no longer, and the overdue fine was one cent per day for the larger and half a cent per day for the smaller. In the first year, this time limit was adjusted for members living outside of Amherst, who could keep books for 3 months at a time. The new by-laws drawn up after incorporation by the N.H. Legislature kept the same duration limits, for any two volumes at a time, and reduced the fines to half a cent per day per book; but if not returned by the annual meeting in January (regardless of when checked out), there was a fine of 25 cents per book. In 1811, the Society “voted that all fines more than 60 cents be erased, never more to be brot into remembrance.” After 1817, members were allowed

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to take out one book per share (increased to two books the following year) and keep for one month; members who were inhabitants of other towns had a longer period; and the fine for overdue books was 1 cent per book per day. However, as compensation for the librarian, whose duty was to deliver books out & receive books at any time except Sunday, he had to be paid 2 cents for each book at the time it was “delivered out.” To give you an idea of some of the books on offer: In 1795, the Library Society voted to purchase General Washington’s Letters, The Fable of the Bees, and Don Quixote. At the same meeting, they also voted that “one third of the money of the Library Society be appropriated to the purchase of books on moral subjects including Divinity.”

Open to Public

This private Library was designed from the very beginning to be quasi “public” in that provision was made in the original Constitution for nonmembers to borrow books for a fee. After incorporation, the new by-laws crafted in Jan. 1798 stated: The Preceptor of the Aurean Academy shall have the same privilege as members in the use of the Library. Nonmembers may borrow books paying 34 cents for 2 months & in that proportion for a longer time, but not for a shorter time.

Existential Crisis

The Library Society’s annual meeting in March 1811 “voted that the consideration of the expediency of selling the library be postponed indefinitely.” What could have been going on? In 1807, another society for literary-minded Amherst folks had been established, called the Franklin Society. It met regularly for discussion “for the improvement of its members in literary pursuits.” And the Franklin Society purchased a “library of 240 volumes of valuable books” (Secomb’s History, p. 456). Joseph Cushing, publisher of the local newspaper, the Farmer’s Cabinet, and proprietor of a bookstore in Amherst Village, was a founding member. There was overlap of only a few members between the two groups, including Charles H. Atherton, who was its first president; but the Franklin Society also

Nathaniel Shattuck, a lawyer who is said to have built the house at 3 Old Jailhouse Road while in debtor’s prison (because of his failed lawsuits on behalf of victims of the failure of the Hillborough Bank), served as librarian-treasurer-secretary from 1817 until 1830, keeping the books in “the Library Room” where annual meetings were held. (This appears to have been in Shattuck’s law office somewhere in the Village.) The final librarian was Thomas M. Dickey, a saddle and harness maker who had joined in 1819. The final annual meeting, in January 1832, was held in Dickey’s house at 16 Main Street, with John Secombe, who had joined around 1812 and been a frequent trustee since 1817, acting as moderator. Sarah Leonardi, Assistant Director of Amherst Town Library, unwraps the newly-conserved Amherst Library Society record book (1792-1832) and its custom-made archival box, a file-stick with digital images, and report from NEDCC conservator.

invited clergymen from Amherst and neighboring towns as well others (such as J. K. Smith, a lawyer and member of Amherst Library Society) as honorary members. The final librarian of the Franklin Society was John Farmer, who taught a private school in Amherst at the time. Its book collection was auctioned off in May 1818. Just as the Franklin Society was ending, the Amherst Library Society was floundering. At the Library’s annual meeting in January 1817, 20 of the 32 members voted to withdraw from the Society, so their portion of the book collection was divided amongst them (drawn by lots). And they voted that “the residue of money in the Treasury be paid over to the Selectmen of Amherst for use of the Poor of said Town.” That was noble – but puzzling, as 12 members decided to continue: Rev. Moses Bradford (of Francestown), Maj. Turner Crooker, Joseph Crosby, Capt. Amos Elliot, Timothy Hartshorn, Capt. John Secombe, Nathaniel Shattuck Esq., J. K. Smith Esq., Wm Wakefield, Daniel Weston, and Dea. Samuel Wilkins, and one other who sold his share (for $5) rather than take books. Seven new members joined, including the new minister in town, Rev. Nathan Lord, who donated some books to pay for his share.

And at the end of the year, the Society was left wtih 107 volumes valued at $91. Then in Nov. 1818, Richard Boylston, publisher-editor of the newspaper and proprietor of a bookstore next to his home at 1 Carriage Road, announced that he would “let on hire, a lot of Books of between one and two hundred volumes, which he has set apart from his stock” as the Amherst Circulating Library. The terms were: “Persons taking books from this library, will be charged for the use thereof – … for a duodecimo or smaller volume per week 6 ½ cents; and after the second week 12 ½ cents; for each octave volume 12 ½ cents; and after the third week 25 cents per week.” The Library Society responded at their next annual meeting, held Jan. 1819, by voting to become a “circulating library” and announcing this in Boylston’s paper: “Any person, by complying with the requisitions of the Bye-Laws, the same as the proprietors, may have access to [the Circulating] Library, by paying, at the rate of half a cent per day, for the use of each volume, during its detention.” The Society voted the following year to continue as such. No new titles were added to their collection of 131 volumes, reduced to 128 by the end.



Melissa Lyon Flint

Nashua Historical Society Program with Rebecca Rule

Melissa Lyon challenges later Flint, 63, of Amin life. Togethherst passed away er they were able on September 27, to travel to many 2018 at her home. places around the Melissa was born world, including on April 11, 1955 her beloved vain Trenton, NJ to cation (and wedH.B. and Mary ding) destinaJane Lyon. She tion of St. John. was the beloved She was a fierce baby sister to her lover of people, older siblings a cheerleader to Pat and Thomas. her friends and Raised in Lawfamily, a skilled renceville, New athlete and skier, Melissa Flint Jersey she was a quick wit with a well-loved in her sharp mind, and school and community, earning she had an unmatched love for and many awards as a star equestrian ability to communicate with aniand also the most outstanding cit- mals. She found most joy in her asizen award in high school. sociations with her animals, family, She attended UNC - Chapel Hill, and friends. studying political science and EnShe is survived by her husband glish. A great job opportunity took Scott; step-sons, Brad and Eric; her to Boston, where she not only mother-in-law Edna Landry; brothdeveloped a love for New England, er, Tom (Thomasa) Lyon; nieces, Jubut also rose quickly in her compa- lianne (Michael) Lewis and Shanny to vice president of Old Republic non (Mitch) Cornelius; and her Title Insurance, early in her career. honorary mother Barbara Clark. She had a zest for life, adventure, In lieu of flowers, donations can be people, and especially animals. made in Melissa’s honor to the New In her thirties she was diagnosed Hampshire Society for the Protecwith Crohn’s disease; she always tion and Care of Animals (NHSPtried to maintain a positive attitude CA) ( / 603-772-2921). despite the many health trials and Memorial service to be held at a latillnesses that followed throughout er date. her life. Go to www.lambertfuneralhome. She was blessed to find her hus- com band Scott in the midst of her health

Informational Session for Amherst Scouting BSA Troop 7 AMHERST – This will be an all-female youth-led scouting unit starting February 1st, 2019! On Wednesday, November 7th from 6:45-8:15 PM at the Amherst Middle School there will be an Informational Session for Amherst Scouting BSA Troop 7, an all-female youth-led scouting unit starting February 1ST, 2019. After extensive research and listening to families and top Scouting leaders from across the country, the Boy Scouts of America voted favorably to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Amherst NH Cub Scout Pack 613 was successful as one of New Hampshire’s early adopters welcoming girls since March 2018.

The girls had a great time participating in their rank advancement adventures and were able to attend Summer Camp! These girls along with many new recruits are continuing their scouting journey that now includes having a troop to crossover in to.  Beginning February 1, 2019, Scouting BSA will begin accepting girls between the ages of 1117. Please come and meet with the newly formed Troop 7, an all-female scouting unit, committee members and program leadership and learn more about the Scouting opportunity for your girls!  We look forward to talking with you and answering any questions pertaining to girls in scouting.  If you are unable to attend the night, or just cannot wait, please email us at

NASHUA – Rebecca Rule will be presenting That Reminds Me of a Story at The Nashua Historical Society on Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity.  Rebecca Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what’s special about this

rocky old place. She’ll tell some of those stories - her favorites are the funny ones - and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own. This program is free and open to the public through a grant from the NH Humanities’.  The Nashua Historical Society is located at 5 Abbott Street, Nashua.  For more information, visit http://

Boys & Girls Club Auction Fundraiser MILFORD – The Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley will hold its 18th annual fundraising auction on Saturday, November 17th at the Club’s facility at 56 Mont Vernon St. in Milford. The evening includes an appetizer reception with silent auction, a catered dinner, and a live auction. Proceeds from the evening help underwrite their afterschool, vacation time, theater arts and STEAM programs - now serving over 1,000 members from Milford and surrounding towns. It also supports needs-based scholarship assistance to ensure all kids have access to programs regardless of ability to pay. The Club is actively seeking additional sponsors, advertisers, and

auction donors. If you would like to contribute an item or service or sponsor the event on some level, please contact the office by October 31st. For information on these opportunities to be recognized as a supporter of youth, and to purchase tickets, visit auction. Call 603-672-1002 x 12 or email with any questions. The Boys & Girls Club Souhegan Valley would like to sincerely thank all of their event sponsors as well as “Dream Sponsors”: Alene Candles, Cirtronics Corporation, Edward Jones Investments, Hitchiner Manufacturing and Jay Steel, LLC for their year-long commitment to the organization.

Southern New Hampshire Services Accepting Fuel Assistance Applications The Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) has begun taking applications for the winter season that runs from December 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019. The program is managed by Southern New Hampshire Services in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties. An in-person interview is required of all new applicants. Households can call to make an appointment to come to their local SNHS’ office to apply. Information on program qualifications and documentation needed to complete the application process will be provided when the appointment is scheduled. Hillsborough County offices are open Monday through Friday in Manchester, Nashua, Peterborough and Milford. The office in Hillsborough is open on scheduled days. The Fuel Assistance Program is expected to open on December 1, but the actual date is based on when federal funds are released. Applications for assistance will continue to

be taken for anyone who wishes to apply for the program through its end in April, 2019. Fuel assistance benefits are a grant and do not need to be repaid. The benefits are not meant to pay for the entire winter heating bill but rather are there to help the client get through the winter. Benefits range from $105 to $1575 per season. The benefit amount is based on household income, annual heating costs and housing type. Clients whose heat is included in the rent may have their benefit sent to the landlord as a rental payment on the client’s behalf if their rent is not subsidized. Additional information, including household income requirements and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, can be found in the Fuel Assistance section under the “Energy Assistance” tab on the website. The website also lists the location of the Outreach Offices located in the two counties.

Survival of Old Records

It would be 1859 before another library was organized, the Amherst Library Association, which was the genesis of our present Amherst Town Library. Once Amherst had a building to house its public library, opened in 1892, it soon was viewed by the library trustees as a suitable repository for historic documents and artifacts (such as an antique clock, still there). The 18th annual report of the Trustees of the Amherst Town Library (p. 26 of Amherst’s annual town report for the Year Ending Feb. 15, 1898) noted donations including an “ancient copy of Amherst Town Treasurer’s book for the year 1770” given by Mrs. H. C. Dodge; an “ancient book of John Farmer’s” donated by H. W. Secombe; and “record of Amherst Library Association [sic, should be Society], 1793 [sic, 1792] to 1832, from the heirs of E. D. Boylston.” Label on inside front cover of the Amherst Library Society record book says: “Given by Mrs. H. C. Dodge 1897.” The donor was the former Miss Abby Frances Boylston (b. 1845), daughter of newspaper publisher and local-history-preserver Edward D. Boylston (1814-1895) and the wife since 1886 of Henry Calvin Dodge (18441902), proprietor of the Old Corner Store in Amherst Village from 1881 to 1896, when they moved to West Medford, Mass. Although two historic manuscript books held by our Town Library, namely John Farmer’s jour-

nal called “The Medley” (1807-1813) and Franklin Society record book (1807-1818), were conserved and digitized in 2018 as part of a N.H. Mooseplate grant to Amherst, shared by the Heritage Commission & the Library, alas there was insufficient funding to include the Amherst Library Society record book. A private donor offered to pay for half of the cost of treatment and digitization by Northeast Document Conservation Center, if the Library could find a matching-funds donor. The Nipmugs chapter of The Questers, non-profit, met the challenge, donating $1280 for their half. Materials used in the conservation (for repairing tears and cleaning) of this volume include: vulcanized rubber sponges, Japanese kozo paper, Aytex–P wheat starch paste, Jade 403 adhesive, MacGregor handmade wove paper, and lignin-free buffered folder stock. The newly-conserved fragile old record book is now safely stored in a custom-made archival Micro-Climate box. “The Nipmugs are so proud to be able to help preserve this special piece of Amherst history for posterity and enable its use for research. Our money came from selling Amherst suncatchers. We thank everybody who bought one, including persons from England, France, and Australia!” said Nancy Head, president 2016-2018. The primary donor, Bill Veillette, said, “It was my pleasure to help the Town Library conserve such an important record of its own history.” Amy Lapointe, Director of the Amherst Town Library, said: “As technology makes people less connected in a “real” way, there seems to be an uptick of interest in local history and genealogy. I think there is comfort in feeling rooted in the past. I’m thrilled that we were able to raise funds to be able to conserve the Amherst Library Society record book so that it will live on for future generations to enjoy. Furthermore, having it digitized makes it more accessible to anyone/ anywhere / anytime AND protects the original.” ATL is working on a means of making their digitized historic documents and record books accessible via internet. In the meantime, visit the reference librarian to peruse the digital images.

Local Police Officer Completes First Line Supervisor Training at Roger Williams Univ. BRISTOL, R.I., September 28, 2018- The Justice System Training and Research Institute at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., in partnership with the New England Association of Chiefs of Police, recently recognized Sergeant Nicholas A. Skiba of the Amherst, NH Police Department for the successful completion of the “Command Training Series: First Line Supervisor Course,” a two-week comprehensive training program for police supervisory personnel. Coursework addressed contemporary concepts of management and leadership relevant to the responsibilities of first line supervisors in a modern criminal justice agency. The program, presented by experienced academics and law enforcement practitioners between September 17 and 28, discussed topics including operational leadership and management principles, problem-solving, organizational and interpersonal communications, labor relations, disciplinary issues, and ethical decision-making. Graduates of the session represented police departments from throughout New England. Roger Williams University is a leading independent, coeducational liberal arts university at which students live and learn to be global citizens. With 41 academic programs and an array of co-curricular activities on its Bristol, R.I., campus,

R WU is committed to its mantra of learning to bridge the world. In the last decade, the University has achieved unprecedented academic and financial successes and continues to be recognized by US. News & World Report as one of the top ten educational institutions in its class.

“Best Best of of NHNH” 2018 -NH Magazine -Yankee Magazine






November 23-25



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TOWN OF AMHERST Public Hearing Notice:

The Amherst Board of Selectmen hereby announces to the citizens of Amherst the convening of a Public Hearing to determine the need to amend utility pole license language pursuant to RSA 231:161.

Landry Meeting Room, Town Hall – 2 Main Street Tuesday, November 13, 2018 7:00 p.m. • NOVEMBER 2018 •

Sports Shorts

School Subjects Students in the News Saint Anselm College 2018 Spring Grads List

Saint Anselm College has released the list of graduates for the 2017-2018 school year. The following students graduated on Sunday, May 20th: Amherst: Morgan Brady, Bachelor of Science, Nursing Alexandra Safarz, Bachelor of Arts Honors, Education Studies

Local residents make Dean’s List at Wentworth Institute of Technology

Boston - The following local students have made the Dean’s List at Wentworth Institute of Technology for the school’s summer 2018 semester. Alexander A Carlson of Amherst and Hannah Claire Osborn of Amherst. Award Winners (l to R) Nick Jordan, John Henzell, Quade Bell

Souhegan Varsity Golfers Wrap Up Successful Season With Annual Awards Banquet

Team captains (l to R) John Henzell, Jeffrey Boehm, Nick Jordan

The Souhegan Sabers varsity golf team closed their season with the awards banquet at SHS on Thursday, Oct 25. SHS finished 13-12 with wins over Portsmouth, Oyster River, and Goffstown to qualify for the State Tournament as the 7th seed.  At the Division II Team State Championships held at Pease golf course October 9, Souhegan finished fifth with a combined score of 413.  Seniors Jeff Boehm and John Henzell both led the way for SHS with a score of nine over par 80. Boehm and Henzell advanced to the Division II Individual State Championships held at Derryfield Country Club on October 12, where Boehm was the top Souhegan scorer and finished ninth in the state.  Henzell had a strong round as well and finished 10th in the state.  Congratulations to the team on a successful season.

Souhegan Crew Pull Silver at NH Championships Regatta On Sunday October 14, Souhegan Crew Team competed in The NH Championships Regatta in Pembroke NH. The Men’s Varsity 4x were silver medalists. The athletes are from left to right: Jules Thenin, Austin Pollio, Ollie Toy, and Ethan Mercier

Recent SHS Boys Soccer Team Results October 16, 2018 • Sabers v. Bow HS     

1 2 FT      SHS          0 1 1 BHS          2 2 4       Goalkeepers      SHS: Ethan Ramm 9 saves BHS: Carl Griffin 4 saves Time    Team Goal 7min    BHS  Will Cohen 35min   BHS  Michael Elsasser   57min   BHS  own goal 59min   BHS  Patrick Vanham     78min   SHS  Miles Drum           SHS 1 wins - 12 losses - 0 draws BHS 9 wins - 4 losses - 2 draws

Assist Michael Elsasser Carl Griffin unassisted Sebastian Parker-Christou

The first half remained exciting as the Sabers pushed against a strong breeze.  Chances created, opportunities were discovered, but just couldn’t find the frame.  Several excellent passing sequences occurred throughout the game that included 7 pass combinations down each flank!  The work late in the game was a shining example of great passing, movement off the ball, and combination play into the attacking third to create the opportunity for Miles Drum to finish. Kudos to the work rate of the whole team today!


Amherst Recreation Programs and Events


Hike at PMEC Sat. Jan 19th 5:307 PM

Scandinavian Gnome Making

A Gnome, Tomte or Tomtenisse is a creature from the Scandinavian folklore. He/she lives in the house or in the barn and secretly act as your guardian. If treated well they will protect you! Please join Katarina Viebke for a magical and fun night of creating these lovable Gnomes. Katarina is a native of Sweden and has lived in Amherst for over 3 years. She is excited to share her talent for making adorable Gnomes. The Gnomes are made of Swedish grey sheepskin, felt hat, and body from wood. Each person will make 2 gnomes, all materials are included in the price. These adorable creatures make fabulous gifts... just in time for the holidays! A minimum of 6 is required to run this class Who: Adults When: Tue Oct 30th 6:30-8:00pm FULL

NEW Session added: Thurs. Nov 29th 6:30-8pm Where: PMEC, Lab Room Fee: $45.00 resident, $50.00-non resident

Hiking and Yoga in Nature

Get ready for a fun and active morning of hiking, yoga and meditation. Build strength, endurance, flexibility and balance while exploring nature and finding peace in the outdoors. The class will consist of a 45 minute guided kike on the PMEC trails with some stops for meditation and asanas, leading back to the pond for a 45 minute outdoor guided practice. Class will meet at the kiosk in the PMEC parking lot at 9am on Sundays!

Power Barre & Cardio Barre

Power Barre is a ballet inspired fitness class that strengthens and tones the entire body. The hour class will be high intensity with low impact choreographed to fun music. NO dance experience is required and modifications can be made for all levels. When: Tuesday mornings 9:3010:30 AM

Cardio Barre is a unique, high energy/no impact exercise class that combines barre work and light weights with continual fat burning motion and cardio blasts. Central to the workout are toning and resistance exercises for the butt, legs, torso, core and arms to sculpt muscles and elongate the appearance of your body. It is a great combination of strength and cardio conditioning


October 13, 2018 • Sabers v. Hollis Brookline HS     

1 2 FT      SHS          0 0 0 HBHS         2 3 5       Goalkeepers      SHS: Ethan Ramm 9 saves HBHS: Ryan Coutu 4 saves Time    Team Goal 2min    HBHS JJ Kennedy         13min   HBHS Bryan Wright       57min   HBHS JJ Kennedy         74min   HBHS Jake Sacks         78min   HBHS Jake Sacks           SHS 1 wins - 11 losses - 0 draws HBHS 11 wins - 4 losses - 0 draws

Local Students Honored as Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholars

BRUNSWICK, Maine - - Bowdoin College held its annual Sarah and James Bowdoin Day ceremony Friday, October 19, to honor those undergraduates who distinguish themselves with excellence in scholarship. Those students who are designated Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholars are in the top (highest GPA) 20

percent of each class for the previous academic year. In addition, those scholars who earned a GPA of 4.0 are designated Sarah and James Bowdoin Book Award winners. The following Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholars are from your area: Steven Upton, of Amherst is a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 2020. Upton is earning a major in Francophone studies and economics and a minor in earth and oceanographic science.

Rachel Lia of Amherst Member of Rowing Varsity Eight Named as WPI Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week

WORCESTER, MA - The varsity eight from the women’s rowing team, which includes Rachel Lia, has been named as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 21st. Melissa Bazakas-Chamberlain, Christine Hovermale, Kinsey McNamara, Marlies de Jong, Amelia Harvey, Rachel Lia, Caitlin Kean, Eva Barinelli and coxswain Madison Healey placed third and earned a medal in its toughest test of the fall season at the historic Head of the Charles. The third place crew (18:42.328) only trailed defending national-champion Bates (18:18.054) and Williams (18:38.890). The Engineers also bested Ithaca, Smith, Wesleyan and Tufts who were fourth through seventh.

Annual Enrollment Open House The Amherst Preschool will hold its Annual Enrollment Open House on Saturday, December 8th from 10am-12pm.  Feel free to stop in, tour our space, meet staff and ask questions regarding enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year.  We are located in the Christ Church at 58 Merrimack Road in Amherst.  For more information, please email  or visit our website at

Preschool in the Village is an independent, non-profit early learning center, located across from the town common. PIV has been supporting families in Amherst and surrounding towns since 1995, and offers half-day learning programs for children 2.5 to 6 years old, as well as an extended day option until 3:00pm. We do have a few openings for this school year, so call Miss Tina if you would like to schedule a tour at 672-3168.

Apple Pies at Preschool in the Village Parents and staff at the Preschool in the Village have their aprons, peelers, and rolling pins ready to make homemade apple pies! This annual fundraising event supports curriculum enrichment, and our apple pies have been a sweet part of family celebrations for twenty years. The pies are ready to bake or freeze, so you can stock up for the busy

holiday season. If you would like to order one of our delicious pies, download the order form from our website under “Forms”, and send it to PIV with payment by Tuesday, November 6th. Pies will be available for pick up on Wednesday, November 15th between noon and 3:00pm.

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Senior Saturday for the Sabers didn’t quite work out as planned.  Early on HB attacked down an exposed flank, and found the side netting after a long run into space.  Seniors did the Sabers proud though, with great pressure and lots of fight throughout the match.  Saber Seniors include Camden Fritz, Josh Lacaillade, Pat Conway, Seth Facey, Evan Loconto, Khaled Nazeer, and Rylee Young.  The art gallery included 7 fantastic caricatures and wonderful poems created by their team mates to honor our outgoing crowd.  Plenty of chili and cornbread were consumed in a post match feed!  Thanks to all those supplying the delicious victuals.  continued from page 5

that allows you to get everything you need in just an hour workout.

be amazed how well you can see in the full moonlight without one.

True Potential

What is The Amherst Makerspace?

When: Thursday Mornings 10-11am New Sessions starting 10/25

TRUE POTENTIAL is a program designed specifically for women which encompasses nutrition, result-based workouts and mindfulness. The workout is a high-intensity interval-based total body workout, which uses a cardio/strength/core format, ending with a moment of quiet reflection. Three class times: 7:45-8:45am at PMEC on M/W/F 9:00-10:00am at PMEC on M/W/F 7:00-8:00pm at SHS on T/Th

Yoga for Adults

We offer three class options for Adult Yoga with long-time instructor, Leslie Formby. Make time for yourself with exercise and mediation and choose the one that works for your schedule! Tuesdays at PMEC, 8am-9:15am Wednesdays at SHS, 6:30-7:45pm Thursdays at PMEC, 8am-9:15am

Full Moon Hikes

Come join us for a full moon hike led by a naturalist at PMEC! Fun activities along the trail for all ages. Have you ever hiked in the woods at night without a flashlight? If you are willing, we will give it a try! You will

Amherst Makerspace

Amherst Makerspace is a collaborative project with the Amherst Recreation Department and the Amherst Middle School. An entire wing at the Amherst Middle School, is open to the surrounding communities during non-school hours. We provide the ultimate workshop for paid members, to use State Of the Art tools, share knowledge, work on projects, network, and build things. Our goal is to foster a highly collaborative learning environment that is excellent for individuals who learn best by doing and making, with like-minded people or self-directed.

Repair Cafe

The Amherst Makerspace is hosting people with skills, to help you repair a broken item that you may treasure or something you wish to save from the trash heap. We will have woodworkers, welders, electricians, computer techs and general handymen/women on hand to help you fix your item. Broken furniture, bicycles, toys, toaster, vacuum cleaners, lamps or electronics. If we can fix ain’t broke. When: Third Thursday of every month, from 6-9pm

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Mont Vernon

Historical Society to Receive Proceeds from Mont Vernon Artisans Raffle

31st Annual Messiah Sing! in Mont Vernon Performances with orchestral and organ accompaniment will be held Saturday, December 1 at 7:00PM and Sunday, December 2 at 4:00PM. Admission is free and a free will donation opportunity is provided during the performances. The Messiah Sing! tradition was begun by a small group of very courageous church members and their choir director who recruited their friends and persuaded their neighbors to join in the fun the first year. It has grown to include as many as

The Mont Vernon Messiah Sing! Committee has selected the rehearsal and performance dates for the 31st Annual Messiah Sing! In Mont Vernon. The invitation to join is open to all who love to sing. Soloists are selected from the chorus during auditions following the second rehearsal. The music used is selections from the G. Schirmer score for the work by G. F. Han-

del. A limited number of scores are available for loan and scores are available for purchase for $10. The rehearsals and concerts are held at the Mont Vernon Congregational Church at 4 South Main Street in Mont Vernon. Rehearsals will be held on Sunday evenings November 11, 18, and 25 from 6:45 to 9:00PM.

Meeting Tuesday, November 8

The Mont Vernon Historical Society will hold their last meeting of the year on Thursday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room on the first floor of the Town Hall. The agenda will include a review of new displays being considered for the museum when it reopens in May and activities for 2019. The meeting is open to members and those interested in learning more about the society. President Eloise Carleton will be presiding.

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Contact, President Eloise Carleton:; Museum Curator Mary Jo Marcely at; Assistant Museum Curator Sandy Kent at

Please join us for Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School, for children aged 4 – 12 years, will begin on October 7. Our monthly Community Dinners are held on the third Thursday of each month from 5 – 6:30 p.m.  There is no charge for this meal, although donations are welcome. 


The Alphabet Soup Co. is Closing After 41 Years

Gospel Children’s Choir practice.  

Does your child love to sing? If so, come and join us every Tuesday, starting October 30, from 4 - 5:30 p.m.  when we host the Gospel Children’s Choir practice.  

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Time to say “goodbye” to each and every one of you who has shared the journey with me throughout the years. It is with heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for your warm friendship, encouragement and support in building the unique retail business that was Alphabet Soup Co. Looking forward to the next chapter of my life that will include a move to that enchanting land that is New Mexico; my oldest son, Sean,has resided in Santa Fe for close to 20 years and I look forward to spending more time with him, sun, blue skies and less winter! And, since retail is in my DNA, will most likely continue the hunt for treasures on a part time basis, aka Alphabet Soup Co./NM!! The shop, located at 1 Old Coach Rd., New Boston, NH will officially close Dec. 22; all inventory and display pieces will be on sale at 50% off. Hours will be Wednesday through Saturday 11-4. 603-487-2412.


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The Mont Vernon Library Trustees invite the community to a pubThe Friends of the Library will lic presentation of “A New Library be offering coffee and baked goods Vision” by DSK Architects + Planon Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6th, ners. The library trustees, staff, and in the Mont Vernon Village School team from DSK have worked over Multipurpose Room from 7:00am- the past months to collect data, 4:00pm. Stop by and treat yourself survey land, compile information and support the library. Donated from a professional needs assessAfter School Junior Book goods happily accepted. ment, and have combined it with Clubs public input to create a vision for National Parks Series: a new library in Mont Vernon. We Back to school, back to book Join us on Thursday, Novem- are excited to share the vision of the clubs! Junior Book Clubs are back at the library just in time for the start ber 15th at 7:00pm for the last of building along with the estimated of school.  Miss JoAnn has picked our three part series with National costs associated. Please join us for amazing books and activities this Parks enthusiast Steve Farrar. Steve the first look at the future library on year! Books are available to borrow will share photos and his knowledge Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30pm at the library starting in Septem- of the Rocky Mountain parks from in the Mont Vernon Village School ber.  Groups will meet on Wednes- his extensive travels to the regions.  Multipurpose Room. All ages weldays after school from 4-5pm for a Registration required. Space is lim- come. Refreshments will be served. snack, book discussion, and craft.  ited. Call the library at 673-7888 to Coffee and Books Returns Meetings begin in October.  Space reserve your seat.  Coffee and Books is back for is limited.  Registration is required.  Thanksgiving Centerpiece the fall!   Stop in from 10:00am Call or stop in the library to sign up.  Workshop 5:00pm   every Tuesday starting Questions? Call 673-7888 Local florist and artisan Sue Ries Sept. 25th and treat yourself to a is offering a Thanksgiving center- complimentary cup of coffee or Which group are you in? Eager Readers: 1st & 2nd Grade piece workshop on Sunday, Novem- tea and a cookie while you search ber 18th at 12:00pm. Come learn to for books and materials.  This pro(1st Wed. of the month) Bonkers for Books: 3rd & 4th make a beautiful arrangement for gram is generously sponsored by your table. Space is limited to 12. the Friends of the Library. Grade (2nd Wed. of the month) Page Turners: 5th & 6th Grade Registration is required. $25 material fee. Call the library at 673-7888 (3rd Wed. of the month)

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A personalized plaque may be ordered for your home or given as a gift. They are suitable for old homes and new. You choose the wording. There are two shapes and three sizes available with the prices ranging from $40-60. Order forms available at the Mont Vernon General Store, Daland Memorial Library, and Selectmen’s Office in the Town Hall. Payments need to accompany each order. Money raised will be used for ongoing preservation projects in the museum.

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125 chorus members from 21 communities and an outstanding small professional orchestra has been added. The trumpet and timpani surely add to the thrill of the performances. The talented director is Jennifer Erdody who also directs the Milford HS music program and the Souhegan Valley Chorus. For additional information please call Kathie Fitzgerald at 673-2696 or visit the Facebook page: Messiah Sing – MVCC.

Museum Curator Mary Jo Marcely recently learned the Mont Vernon Historical Society has been selected to receive the proceeds from the Mont Vernon Artisans Raffle held during their thirteenth annual fair on Saturday and Sunday, November 3&4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be two baskets full of an assortment of artisan wares. Jewelry, stained glass, fine wooden crafts including Shaker boxes, quilts, mittens, and art are some of the works expected. Sixteen artisans are planning to participate. Their work will be on display and for sale in both the Fire Station and the Meeting Room in the Town Hall. Raffle tickets will be $2 each or six for $10. There is no charge to see the fair which is a part of the state wide shopping and touring NH Open Doors event.

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