Around Town

  • Aramis Olivo, as the pumpkin specter, won the scariest in middle-school-and-up category. COURTESY PHOTO

  • Roland Wildes and Cambria Wozmak as the Joker and Harley Quinn. The duo won the cutest in the middle-school and up category at the Temple Trunk or Treat event. COURTESY PHOTO

  • The pet cemetery by Phil Marchuk was the first-place winner for the trunk decorating.  COURTESY PHOTO

  • Avery Masterson, as the pumpkin fairy, won the cutest in the elementary category, COURTESY PHOTO

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 9:47AM
Trunk or Treatwinners announced

Temple families gathered in the center of town on Halloween night to participate in Trunk or Treat sponsored by the town’s recreation commission. The commission began the tradition four years ago and this year’s event was the largest so far. Prizes were award for best costumes and best trunk decorating.

Winners: Preschool – Cutest: Sage Leonard, Scariest: Chase Bouchard, Most Creative: Zeke Beckman; Elementary – Cutest: Avery Masterson, Scariest: Cole Bouchard, Most Creative: Lex Condordio; Middle School and up – Cutest: Roland Wildes and Cambria Wozmak, Scariest: Aramis Olivo, Most Creative: Natalie Somero; Family — first place: Daravang Family, second place: Urbone Family; Trunks – first place: Phil Marchuk and second place: Urbone Family.

The commission is looking for new members. If you are interested in helping organize fun events like Trunk or Treat, contact Amy Cabana at amyc3364@aol.com.

The Mansfield Public Library is sponsoring an afternoon with traditional folk musician Jeff Warner on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 pm. The free event will be held in the Town Hall and is open to all. Warner will share his “Songs of Old New Hampshire.” You can learn more about Warner at jeffwarner.com.

If you have news you’d like to share, please contact me at templearoundtown@gmail.com.

Beth Crooker


Eager to be back and sharing news

Last year I made a big decision.

When you have lived in one place your whole life it’s hard to get lost, but I did. I found myself a stranger on roads that I had ridden on my whole life. I have lived in Delaware my whole life, and I love my home state. I love the beaches of Sussex County, the long farm-lined roads and Amish homes of Kent County, and the rich history of New Castle County. After thirty years of the sights and sounds of Delaware, I was ready to see other sights. When I thought about where to plant my roots, all I had to do was look for a framed picture.

I went to school at Franklin Pierce University. My dad, wanting me experience life outside of Delaware, insisted that I apply to colleges seven hours away from home. It was Franklin Pierce’s brochure that intrigued me. One picture was of a boathouse nestled amongst a lake and a mountain. Another picture showed Mount Monadnock behind student housing. This was beautiful and exotic and very different from Delaware. When I visited the campus, I was sold.

I only lasted two years at Franklin Pierce. I was homesick and transferred to the University of Delaware. Before I left, I snapped a picture of the Jaffrey mill with the Contoocook River rushing between it. That picture was framed and placed in my home in Delaware. I never questioned its existence among pictures of family and friends, but it became an unspoken promise to myself that I would come back.

Now that I’m back I’m eager to receive and share news.

On Nov. 15 at noon, there’s a free Thanksgiving dinner for Jaffrey and Rindge residents 65 and over at the John Humiston Post 11 American Legion Hall on Webster Street in Jaffrey at noon. Deadline to sign up is Nov. 13. To reserve your seat call Marlene 532-8434.

Send your news!

Toni Zajaczkowski


Rindge plans its 250th celebration

The committee spearheading Rindge’s 250th celebration is meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Rindge Town Office. All are welcome. Volunteers needed. Join in the fun. Many events are being planned including Charter Day, Historic Home Tours, Soap Box Races and a Parade. Support the fundraising efforts by purchasing your own “250th commemorative coffee mug” available at the Rindge Town Office (lower level) and the Library. Contact rindge250@gmail.com for more information.

Conant High Drama Club will be performing the Music Man on Friday Nov. 17 and Saturday Nov. 18. Both performances are at Pratt Auditorium and begin at 7 p.m. Rindge resident and Conant senior Kenny Smith will be playing the role of Harold Hill. Tickets are $10 for students and $13 for adults.

Steve Rapson will be the feature performer on Nov. 10, closing out the fifth season of monthly music at the Meeting House Stage. Sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m. and the music begins at 7 p.m. Performers are encouraged to sign up for an open mike slot which consists of two songs or 10 minutes, whichever comes first. Performers can reserve a slot up to a week ahead (no earlier) by emailing dave@meetinghousestage.com.

If you have news or an event you’d like to share contact me.

Maryann Harper


The beavers are back in town

You’ve heard of house cats coming back. In Sharon, the beavers came back.

This summer, without an approved site plan from our Planning Board, a hearty group of them went to work under our Mill Road bridge, under which the Gridley River passes. By late summer folks walking on the bridge noticed a two-foot difference between the water height on the upstream side and the downstream side. Great if you’re a kid catching your first brook trout on the upstream side (good job, Jack), but not so good for flooding ... especially when ice jams hit in the spring. Our select board and conservation commission were notified, and a number of beavers were “removed.” We’ll see how long that lasts. There’s always a chance that a warrant article comes up during town meeting to build a wall around Sharon to keep out the beavers.

The select board will be meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall. Carl Newton, Ted O’Brien and Linda Paris are doing a good job attending to the matters of the town, but you can see for yourself on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Obvious safety tip after last week’s storm: Drive slowly enough to avoid plowing into fallen trees, downed power lines or the guy in the pickup truck who swerved to block both lanes as we approached each other at 40 MPH to tell me “The road’s closed.” Keep from making a bad situation worse. We’re all in this together.

Matt Craig