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Winter in Winchester

Icy trees stand on Scofield Mountain in Winchester in a view looking south over Northfield, Mass., and the Connecticut River Valley on Dec. 26.

Monadnock Humane Society to close to public for walk-in adoptions

Beginning Saturday, the Monadnock Humane Society in Swanzey will no longer be open to the public for visiting or walk-in adoptions due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the region.

The organization will instead offer adoptions by appointment only. The decision was made to maintain a healthy work environment for employees and volunteers, according to a news release from the humane society.

Visitors to the adoption center will be asked to adhere to hygiene protocols. Visits will be limited to those for the purpose of surrendering or adopting an animal and participating in necessary programs, such as the food pantry and spay/neuter clinics.

MHS will continue to monitor the evolving situation and will adjust open hours, staffing needs and service availability as necessary.

Anyone interested in setting up a meeting with an adoptable animal may contact MHS at 603-354-4004. Additional information on available animals will be offered by phone. To see pets that are available for adoption, visit

Jaffrey Public Library receives grant to support 'Project Grandparent'

The Jaffrey Public Library has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the N.H. Charitable Foundation, made possible by gifts from the Bernice Clay Fund for Lifelong Learning. The grant will help further the library’s mission of lifelong learning by supporting a new program called Project Grandparent. Project Grandparent will provide learning technology support to grandparent caregivers who have stepped into the role of caregiver/educator for their grandchildren.

Project Grandparent is designed to address the needs of local grandparent caregivers, including the need to become familiar with technology while addressing concerns for Internet safety, the understanding of parental controls, and the limitations of the technology and Internet access availability at home, especially in rural areas where broadband availability is limited.

The funding for Project Grandparent will provide 20 “Launchpads” for checkout at the library to provide safe, ready-to-use learning technology for grandparent caregivers/educators. Launchpads are learning tablets with vetted content for children. They are pre-loaded with learning games and interactive educational content that do not require downloading or Internet access. Because they do not require Internet, Launchpads are accessible for everyone, even in rural areas.

Additionally, Project Grandparent will provide in-person workshop sessions, led by library staff, for grandparent caregivers on tech topics and educational resources, tailored to meet their needs. These workshop sessions will be included as part of the library’s winter learning program for the winter and early spring months of 2022.

For more information on Project Grandparent, call Jaffrey Public Library Director Julie Perrin at 603-532-7301.

Rindge library receives grant for children's learning stations

Ingalls Memorial Library in Rindge recently received a grant of $8,654 from the N.H. Charitable Foundation. The funds will be used for the purchase of AWE Platinum All-in-One Learning Stations for the library’s children’s room as well as online access that families can enjoy from home.

The grant will help further the library’s mission of providing access to information to all members of the community. This grant was made possible by gifts from the Bernice Clay Fund for Lifelong Learning.

“The mission of AWE Learning is to inspire an enthusiasm for learning by supporting school readiness and literacy in the community,” Library Director Donna Straitiff said in a news release. “This mission complements the library’s mission perfectly. This wonderful opportunity will help us achieve our goals.”

For more information, visit or call 603-899-3303.

Your Words: Keene lodge is grateful for grant from Elks National Foundation

Keene Elks Lodge 927 was fortunate to receive a grant from the Elks National Foundation this year to use in the local community. The Lodge voted on donating winter coats, snow pants, boots and mittens to local schools and individual families in need. The funds allowed us to make these purchases for 60 local children.

Keene Elks want to send out a huge thank you to Ron at Northeast Mountain Footwear, on Route 12 in Swanzey for working to give us such a great deal on boots and to Beth and Katie at Sierra at Winchester Street plaza in Keene for doing all the shopping. Both of these stores really showed what helping in the community is all about and we truly appreciate it.


Grant Coordinator

Keene Elks Lodge 927

Birth: Charlotte Ann Lawrence

On Dec. 6, at 11:25 a.m., a girl, Charlotte Ann Lawrence, was born in Keene to Mariah Tetreault and Christopher Lawrence of Spofford.

The newborn weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and measured 20 inches.

The baby joins one sibling, Kayden Tetreault, 2. The maternal grandparents are Kellie Marcotte of Spofford and Richard Tetreault of Surry. The paternal grandparents are Charles and Leah Lawrence of Keene and Gynger Lawrence of Winchester.

Birth: Behric Dean Harrison
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On Dec. 16, at 4:55 p.m., a boy, Behric Dean Harrison, was born at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough to Amy Roy Harrison and Bryce Harrison of Ayer, Mass.

The newborn weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and measured 18 inches.

The baby’s maternal grandparents are Steven and Tina Roy of Jaffrey and the paternal grandparents are the late John and Helene Harrison of Townsend, Mass.

Public Muse, Dec. 31, 2021

The Holiday Season is Over

It’s time for me to put away

The Christmas ornaments

Then I will bring the tree outside

And wait for warmer months

I’ll take down all the Christmas cards

The tinsel and the wreath

The mistletoe still hanging there

That no one stood beneath

The stockings on the chimney hearth

Will all be taken down

The music from the radio

Has stopped the Christmas sound

And on my shelf the fruitcake sits

No one had had a bite

Back in the freezer ’til next year

Again on Christmas night

The Holidays are over now

The carolers are gone

It’s time to build a large snowman

Out there upon my lawn