Peeps Contest at Dover Public Library

Peeps Contest at Dover Public Library

The Peeps Show contest starts in April. Dover residents, Dover students, or Dover Public Library cardholders may enter. All Peeps displays may be dropped off at the Dover Public Library beginning Monday, March 30 through Saturday, April 11. The first 10 entries can pick out a free plush Peep chick. Select one of our age divisions for your entry.  See more details online or ask at the desk. What will be this year’s popular theme? Little Women?

18th Annual Dover Public Library Poetry

18th Annual Dover Public Library Poetry contest for grades K-12.  Contest entry forms will be available in mid-March but it is not too early to start working on those poems!  Prizes will be awarded in six different categories:  Grades K-2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8, 9 & 10, and 11 &12.  Poems will be judged on originality, style and creativity.  Deadline for entry is April 15th. Students may pick up information about the contest at the Dover Public Library, any Dover school library, or at our website at  All participants are invited to attend an “Evening of Poetry” on Monday, May 18th at 6:30pm; refreshments will be served.  Students are invited to read their poetry at this event, but this will be purely voluntary.  For more information about the contest please contact Denise LaFrance at 516-6050.

Garrison Player Summer Camps

Broadway Intensive training at teen Summer camp with Melissa Manseau. For ages 12-17. Audition coaching, resumes writing, scene study, vocal and dance training. Camp runs June 29th-July 3rd. Tuition $250, space is limited. Sign up at

Willy Wonka Jr theater Summer camp For ages 8-14 from July 20th thru August 8th with Garrison Players. Campers will experience all aspects of the production. Sign up at

Dover Kiwanis Keeps Little Feet Warm This Winter

Dover Kiwanis Keeps Little Feet Warm This Winter

Community Group Provides Winter Boots to more than 100 Local Kids


For the last 30 years, Dover Kiwanis has provided new winter boots to children in the community. The signature program has kept thousands of little feet warm and dry in the cold New England winters.   This year, the organization provided more than 100 new pairs of boots to kids in the area.


“Donating boots is tougher than collecting coats, mittens or gloves,” said Dover Kiwanis President William Burr.  “We can’t ask people to donate the boots on their own, as the boots need to fit the kids.  We never know in advance each year what the need will be.”


Dover Kiwanis works closely with elementary school officials in Dover, Somersworth and Rollinsford, who alert the club to families in their districts who need assistance.


“We are committed to meeting all requests and find that every year more and more children are in need.  It’s thanks to the dedicated members of Dover Kiwanis and the generosity of the Seacoast community that we can assist local families and for more than three decades they have come through,” added Burr.


Dover Kiwanis purchases the boots through donations made by local businesses and individuals.  This year’s donors included AE Alie & Sons; Alexander’s Restaurant; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 8; Burns Security; DF Richard; F.W. Webb; Garrison City Equipment Management; James F Flynn Insurance Agency; Jewelry Creations; Lynch Insurance; McIntyre-McCooey Funeral Home; Profile Bank; Reddy Family Chiropractic; Relyco; Somersworth Storage; Sons of the American Legion Squadron 8; Strafford Appliance; Tasker Funeral Home; Tri City Subaru; and Wyskiel, Boc, Tillingham & Bolduc PA.


Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Dover Kiwanis focuses on supporting the children of Dover, Rollinsford and Somersworth,and strengthening the Seacoast community. Other programs include volunteering with the Dover Children’s Home and End 68 Hours of Hunger, and awarding an annual scholarship to a deserving local high school student. 


If you are interested in becoming a member of Dover Kiwanis, please contact or stop by Strafford Farms at 6:00 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month and attend a meeting.

Barn Preservation Talk, Advice and Techniques

Barn Preservation Talk Offers Advice and Techniques


South Berwick, Maine- On Thursday, March 12 th at 7pm, John Porter from UNH and Arron Sturgis from Preservation Timber Framing will co-host a talk about barn preservation techniques at the Counting House Museum at 2 Liberty Street in South Berwick.


Barns are an important part of New England’s historical identity and in Porter’s recently released second edition of his book, Preserving Old Barns, he uses knowledge from his own experience as well as includes details from other experts in fields such as barn restoration. Porter presents the reader with an invaluable resource on barn design, use, maintenance and restoration. This talk will offer guests the chance to ask Porter and Sturgis questions about barn preservation concerns. Guests are encouraged to bring pictures of their barn.


Preserving Old Barns is a resource for barn owners to assess, care for, and celebrate their special structures. The illustrated, full color second edition features over two hundred pictures, one hundred pages of new information from Porter, and barn preservation techniques from timber framer Sturgis. It provides a practical understanding of the history, function, and preservation of old barns.


Author John Porter writes from the vantage point of one who grew up on a dairy farm, working every day in 1850s barns. He spent his career working as a Cooperative Extension Educator, helping people retrofit old barns and build new ones to meet the changing demands of agriculture.


The Counting House Museum is currently closed for the season, though appointments can be requested. The museum is open June – October on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-4pm. More information is available at


Cornerstone VNA Receives Grant from the Walmart Foundation

Cornerstone VNA Receives Grant from the Walmart Foundation

Rochester, NH:  Cornerstone VNA, a nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, was recently awarded a $500 community grant from the Walmart Community Grants Team and Facility #1749 in Somersworth, NH. The grant funds will be used to purchase flowers and plants that a Cornerstone VNA Hospice volunteer will deliver to Hospice patients. These special deliveries are a touching way to help honor patients at end of life and bring them joy.


Nancy Nicolazzo, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator remarks, “We are so very grateful for the generous donation from Walmart that will make it possible for Barbara Kelczewski, Hospice Volunteer, to brighten the days of patients and their families by bringing them beautiful plants and flowers.” According to Somersworth Walmart Assistant Store Manager, Zac LaRoche, “We are happy to support a tremendous cause, any way we can help, we are happy to be here for you!”


For more information about the Hospice Volunteer program at Cornerstone VNA, contact Nancy Nicolazzo, Chaplain/Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at 603-332-1133 x1239 or


About Walmart:

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 275 million customers and members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2019 revenue of $514.4 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting, on Facebook at and on Twitter at /walmart.


About Cornerstone VNA:

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit organization currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit or call 800-691-1133.


The Garrison Players present Little Women

The Garrison Players present Little Women, performed by their talented Youth Education actors.


Little Women is Louisa May Alcott’s autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother. The story tells of how the sisters grow up, find love and find their places in the world.


Directed by Autumn Allen, the cast features Genevieve Allen, Sarah Carlson, Sydney Coppola, Lila Field, Anelia Holden, Haley Newick, Ella Orchard-Blowen, Eowyn Ouellette, Matthew Polychronis, Maddie Roy, and Ashley Willett.


The performances are March 13-22, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by calling 603-750-4ART or at All performances are held at the Garrison Players Arts Center, located on Route 4, at the corner of Roberts Road in Rollinsford.  


Garrison Players Arts Center (GPAC) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based community theatre group dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the area by presenting high-quality theatrical performances geared for family audiences. Established in 1953, the players encourage people of all ages to enjoy and participate in the many facets of the performing arts, and to help maintain the Garrison Players Arts Center. For more information about auditions, shows or GPAC, visit the website at

Monthly Dinner

Monthly Dinner at St George’s Church on March 7th from 4 to 6pm. St George’s Church is on Mechanic St and the menu this month has a St Patricks Day flavor. Cost $10 for adults- $5 children. Come One Come All and have a ball.

Monthly Dinner

Monthly Dinner at St George’s Church on April 4th from 4 to 6pm. St George’s Church is on Mechanic St and the menu this month has a Greek flavor. Cost $10 for adults- $5 children. Come One Come All and have a ball.

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