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Page 6 Boscawen Library News Merrimack Valley Voice for February 2018 An workshop HAS BEEN CANCELED (possible reschedule on March 27th) for folks who wish to research their family history. Erin Apostolos, known as the Genealogy Librarian will help participants navigate, and provide information on various genealogical topics. The workshop is held after closing so attendees can use the library computers. Or bring your own device such as a laptop or I-Pad. Space is limited so be sure to sign-up by calling the library at 753-8576 or emailing them at A School Vacation workshop featuring craft activities will be held at the library on Thursday, March 1 at 2 pm. More information will be on the library’s website at Sign-ups can be made at the library or give us a call about two weeks prior to the workshop. The Merrimack Valley Voice February 01, 2018 and Brainflakes are put out at 10 am for kids of all ages including adults. A Kindle is available for loan. A great bargain for non-residents; you can join the library for a lifetime membership of $20.00. Sign up for the library’s monthly newsletter at to find out what is happening at the library. The library will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2018 in honor of President’s Day. Thanks, Mary Boscawen Public Library 116 North Main Street, Boscawen NH 03303 (603) 753-8576 Cyan Magenta Yellow Black “The Radium Girls” is the Book Discussion Group choice for their meeting on Tuesday, February 20 at 2:30 pm. The book tells the story of a dark chapter in American labor history when female employees were exposed to the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. It became one of the biggest scandals of early 20th century and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights ensued. Books are available at the library for whomever wants to read this gripping narrative, whether or not you wish to participate in the discussion. Ongoing activities at the library include the Adult Craft Group on Mondays from 2 to 4 pm, Bone Builders on Monday and Wednesdays at 9:30 am, Gentle Chair Yoga classes on Wednesdays at 9 am and Storytime/Crafts on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Every Saturday, Legos, Magformers, Gears, The Voice - Not Just A Newspaper Flyers Letterhead Small Run Business Cards 603-568-0428 Branding Ask About Mailers Advertising Advice & Consultations

February 01, 2018 The Merrimack Valley Voice Page 7 The Dunbarton Door Dunbarton Historical Awareness Committee Guinea Road, Dunbarton NH Official town records reveal very little of Dunbarton's black population - both slave and free. The only marriage record discovered to date is that of Scipio Page and Diner (Dina?) Colby. Census records from 1790 document three "free" blacks in Dunbarton: Sip Page, Samson Moor, Ceasar Porter. According to Alice Hadley's Book "Where the Winds Blow Free" not only did Sip (Scipio) Page live in the Bella Brook area, but a black woman known as Nannie Prince as well. Guinea Road is so named because it was believed the people concentrated in this area were from the "Guianas." Oral records differ as to whether it was the South America or Africa Guianas/Guyanas and it's hoped further research will uncover a written record. Articles from "The New Hampshire Gazette" published in Portsmouth continuously since 1756 might reveal clues. Anyone wishing to research that source or others is welcome to join us and collaborate. Please contact Donna Dunn, Chair 603-494-9967 (Call/Text) or if we could predict the weather – right? So while you huddle next to your wood stove with a large cup of hot chocolate you may find yourself having the same burning thought my husband did. What is the crazy fluctuation in extreme temperature doing to our outdoor plants and trees? So I did some research. Apparently it’s common (that means everyone but me) knowledge that cooler temperatures can trigger a plant to reduce growth and start storing its energy. As the temperature approaches freezing a plant stops its growth and if we are talking perennials, the plant becomes dormant so they are better able to withstand cold temperatures. According to the experts, plants in our area of the globe can handle brief periods of warming and in most cases won’t break their dormancy period. So the news is good – the plants are going to be just fine. If, however the warming becomes unusually long and more extreme, we could see an impact. All this to say, when we are hoping for warmer weather it may be best if it doesn’t arrive too soon. So enjoy the cold knowing that the beautiful color and aroma of our outdoor plants awaits us in just a few short months. Since we mentioned outdoor plants it seems only fair to give equal billing to inside plants. Our President, Enid Larson shared this helpful information and it seems to complement our winter segment nicely. Dunbarton Garden Club Submitted by Karen Cusano, Program Coordinator Are we having fun yet? This winter gets a gold star for being both challenging and exciting at the same time. Of course it wouldn’t be New England Nicole Howley ® REALTOR 603.361.3210 (cell) 603.625.5665 (Office) Everyone knows that most house plants need less water in the winter due to a slower growth rate, some even go dormant, so don't over water, that can lead to root rot. The surface soil will dry out so it's a good idea to poke your finger down an inch or two below the surface to check for dryness. Be sure to use water that is about the same temperature as the air, this will keep from shocking the roots. Something else to keep in mind, since they are hardly growing they don't really need fertilizer, save that for the warmer months. When you start to see signs of new growth or the existing leaves begin to perk up this is the time to resume fertilizing. Low humidity is also a concern during the winter months. If you have a humidifier move your plants to a spot where they can benefit from it. If you don't have one, try putting your plants in clusters, they naturally release water through their leaves and by grouping then together they will benefit from the moisture. The bathroom is also a good spot for moisture from showers, or the kitchen from boiling water. Another trick is placing plants on or near a tray of water. Be sure the plants aren't sitting in the water, this can be accomplished by placing the pots on top of stones that are higher than the water level. There is less sunlight during winter, plus it comes in at a lower angle, so allow your plants to follow the sun. You can do this by moving your plants to a brighter place in the house, a good spot being a south or west facing window that remains sunny all day. Also be sure to rotate your plants so all sides of it will benefit from the sunlight. Your plants will thank you for taking these tips in to consideration and you will be rewarded with healthy, happy Proud to sponsor the Dunbarton Door Let Me, Help You, Open The Door To Your New Home! 803 Elm St. Manchester, NH 03101

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