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Canaan . . .

A friendly Community created by helpful neighbors and willing volunteers. A community that shares in

A strong community tied together by efficient and responsive
Town Government and civic and community groups.

For Boards, Departments & Town Information, visit our Town Government Page or the Town Offices Tab.

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A place of Opportunity that provides the perfect setting for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs & Craftsmen in the natural beauty that draws visitors to our lakes, trails and mountains. We come from a variety of backgrounds, have diverse talents, hold independent views, and express ourselves in many different ways.

For a closer look at how you might find your perfect niche here, visit our Opportunity Page.

The Heritage of New England still plays a strong role in Canaan. We value our history, meeting places, old ways, and lessons from the past. Our heritage helps us to embrace the future.

For images from our past, understanding of our history and our efforts to retain our traditions, visit our Heritage page.

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Official Notices:

To request Town Notices by email, Click Here.


Winter Parking Ban in Effect Nov 1-Apr 16

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Remember that there in no street or public parking lot parking between 11 PM and 6 AM.

Violators may be fined and towed. This ban runs between Nov. 1 and April 16.


Reminder- Dec 1 (or first snow fall)-May 1:

Cemeteries are open to pedestrian traffic only. Burials are not permitted during this time. See the Cemetery Page for more info.

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Until the first snow fall, not all gates will be unlocked but every cemetery will have a gate open. After the first storm, the gates will be closed.




We recently had 6 residents ask the Fire Department for water to be pumped into their wells.   We are unable to fulfill those requests because we do not have the ability to sanitize the water for drinking and a dry well will just absorb the water and it would not be feasible. 

If you need water, you can fill containers from the village water system at the elevated faucet on the west end of the Town Green.  

The Village of Canaan draws water from Canaan Street Lake, which is down 10 to 12 inches and the region is in abnormally dry conditions. 

Please click HERE to check out these suggestions on the Town of Canaan website to help conserve water.  


Canaan Town Library

The library is now open by appointment.

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LIBRARY BY APPOINTMENT:  Mondays 4-8pm (new), Tuesday 1-5 pm, Wednesday 5-8 pm, Friday 9-12

The library will be open by appointment three days a week. You will be able to schedule a 30 minute appointment for you and members of your household (up to a total of 8 people, infants and toddlers count!) to use the library.  Appointments must be booked prior to arriving at the library. Please call or email and we will schedule your specific 30 minute time slot.

LIBRARY TAKE OUT AVAILABLE AS SCHEDULED:  Monday 5-7 pm, Thursday 1-3 pm, Saturday 10-12 pm

You can:
• browse the stacks
• check out materials
• use a computer
• send a fax
• make photocopies

For folks who would like to grab their library materials and go -- Library Take Out is a great option!

Please call 523-9650 or email circulationdesk@canaanlibrary.org to learn more and schedule your appointment. Please remember that we are excited to see you and your families, but currently, there will not be time to visit or linger. We will be happy to assist you in finding materials and answering reference questions. To make appointments available for a larger group of patrons, we ask that you be prepared to check out materials that can last you and your family 3 weeks. If you need to supplement these materials, feel free to use our Library Take Out program. For more information please visit our website: https://www.canaanlibrary.org/


Closings & Events:

 *Upcoming Events: Click Here!

Notice: Holiday Closings!

Thursday, December 24:
Closed: Town Office, Library

Friday, December 25:
Closed: Town Office, Library, Transfer Station

Saturday, December 26:
Closed: Town Office

Friday, Jan 1:
Closed: Town Office, Library, Transfer Station



These meetings are open to the public. 

Board of Selectman Meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the conference room on the lower level of the Library at 5:00 pm.  

Canaan Conservation Commission:  Will meet at 7:00 pm the first Monday of the month, as a Zoom Meeting.  Please click on the CCC link above to access further Zoom login information.

The Trustees of the Library will meet the third Monday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Library.  Attendance at these meetings require a mask.

Meeting of the Planning Board shall be the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 6:30 pm at the Mascoma Community Health Center Conference Room.

Meeting of the  Historic District Commission, shall be held the third Monday of the month at 7:15 pm at the Mascoma Community Health Center Meeting Room.

The Friends of Canaan Village will meet November 10th and December 8th at the Canaan United Methodist Church at 6:30 pm.


Meeting of the Budget Committee will be 7:00 pm in the Meeting Room at the Fire Station:

  • Thursday, November 19th
  • Thursday, December 3rd
  • Thursday, December 17th
  • Wednesday, January 13th
  • Public Hearing, Thursday, January 14th:
  • to present the budget and warrant articles to the public and allow response time.


    The Budget Committee is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom Video meeting.

    This is a video conference you can participate in using a smart phone or computer. Please participate with mute on. If you are on the video conference and want to talk, waive your hand and the Board Chairman will call on you.



    11/19/2020 @ 7pm at the fire station– Bob Scott
    12/03/2020 @ 7pm at the fire station– Bill Bellion
    12/17/2020 @ 7pm at the fire station– Amy Thurber

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    The yoga classes at the Meeting House this summer were amazing! Practicing yoga together outdoors is wonderful in so many ways. Thank you all who were able to join us. Erin and I hope to offer outdoor yoga classes in 2021 from June through October. But until then...

    We’ll be offering indoor yoga classes in November and December at the Mascoma Community Health Center (MCHC), and a once a month online Zoom yoga class.

    You have choices! Attend yoga classes in person at MCHC with Sonya or Erin, and/or virtually on Zoom once a month with Erin.

    *Please note: In-person classes begin at 5:45 pm Online Zoom classes begin at 5:30 pm

    To sign up for classes:

    In person at MCHC, 5:45pm, $12 adults/$10 seniors and students: https://fallschedule.as.me/mascomayoga

    On Zoom, 5:30pm, no charge, optional donation to MCHC: https://fallschedule.as.me/zoommascomayoga

    In person classes at MCHC will be limited to 4 students.

    Masks must be worn at all times. There is hand sanitizer available in the entryway.

    Please bring your own filled water bottle, yoga mat and any other props you would like to use (blocks, strap, blanket). No props will be available.

    Students will set up yoga mats at least 8 feet apart in the Physical Medicine room.

    Please remember: If you have a cough, are running a fever, or have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms please do not come to class.

    Please bring a check made out to Erin or Sonya (depending on who is teaching) or cash in the exact amount ($12 per class or $10 senior/student). No change will be available.

    Erin’s Zoom classes are no charge, with optional donation to MCHC.

    Would you like information about other online yoga classes offered by wonderful local yoga teachers in the Upper Valley?

    Alicia Green teaches a yin yoga class on-line on Fridays at 5 pm and also teaches privately. You can learn more on her site: http://www.agreencoaching.com/classes--workshops.html

    Sue Kirincich has 4 on-line classes during the week and also teaches privately. Sue’s online class info is at sueyoga.com

    Stay healthy, stay safe, breathe slowly and smile,


    You've asked & asked and we heard you!

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    We are now open for breakfast and lunch with our handheld breakfasts as well as having our full breakfast menu back. We are very excited to offer you great lunch options.

    603 breakfast menu

    603 lunch menu

    The best news is with adding lunch again we will have more bakery items, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, pies, tarts and a whole lot more.





    Disconnection of public services:
    Click HERE

    Prohibition of evictions and foreclosures:
    Click HERE

    Emergency Unemployment Benefits for Self Employed and Employees of others:
    Click HERE

    Paying the rent:

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    New Hampshire households with reduced income or increased expenses may be eligible for rent assistance as part of the federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund. Information can be found here and applications obtained here. If you need help applying, you can contact the helpful folks at LISTEN Community Services (603-448-4553, here


    An Update on Friends Feeding Friends Food Distribution

    This past week was the LAST week the Friends of Mascoma is distributing food through the pre-registration system with local law enforcement and emergency services we have had in place since March. We will close all food distribution operations for one week and REOPEN on Tuesday July 7th in Enfield and Wednesday July 8th in Canaan. Here is what the new set up will look like:

    ·Walk up only. No pre-registration is required.

    ·All shoppers and volunteers must have a mask. If you do not have one, one will be provided to you.

    ·All shoppers are to practice appropriate social distance guidelines.

    ·Enfield Pantry: Tuesdays from 4pm-6pm behind the Enfield Police Station out of the EPD garage bay

    ·Canaan Pantry: Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm at the FOM and MTD garage bays

    · Who are these pantries for?: Our pantries are open to anyone in need of a 3-day supply of groceries that lives in one of the 5 Mascoma Valley Towns: Canaan, Dorchester, Grafton, Enfield and Orange.

    ·How often can someone visit the curbside pantries: Once a week at either location. If you cannot make it to either location during those hours and don’t have a family member or friend who can pick up for you, please call 603.632.4542 or email elkozma@friendsofmascoma.org our Executive Director Eula Lee Kozma.

    · If you are not able to physically get to the either location due to health reasons or other serious matters please call 603.632.4542 or email elkozma@friendsofmascoma.org our Executive Director Eula Lee Kozma. Special arrangements will be made on a case by case basis.

    · What information is required: If you are a new pantry shopper, for statistical tracking purposes, we ask many questions. They are simple questions that do not require any paperwork on your part. Please come prepared to verbally let us know the name of your head of household, date of birth, relationship to head of household, and town and state of residence for each member of the household, as well as the number of and ages of all people in the household. If you are an existing pantry shopper we may confirm a few details, but you will not have to answer all questions again.

    ·A note on safety: The Friends of Mascoma Foundation is following guidelines from the CDC as well as normal food handling and safety procedures. All staff and volunteers are practicing physical distancing of six feet or more, and signage encourages all pantry shoppers to do the same. All staff and volunteers are participating in mandatory health checks upon entering the building each day; anyone who presents with symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is asked to self-quarantine before returning to the pantry. Pantry volunteers are wearing gloves when handling food, and they are wearing cloth masks when in the same room with other people or when stocking the pantry. We have set up hand sanitation stations inside our regular pantry and practice proper hand washing. Per the CDC and the FDA: “Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.”


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    The Canaan Police Department would like to better serve you. We are asking that you invite all your friends and family, especially if they live in town or in the area, to like our facebook page. We have approximately 3700 likes and followers but would love to double that. As you already know we push out a lot of valuable information and feel that it would benefit us as well as others to help us solve issues that come up or to advise you of things happening in the region. Please help us reach our goal. Thank you.

    Click HERE to go to the Canaan Police Department Facebook page


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    A dream – High speed internet for everyone in Canaan with little or no cost increase!

    The Grafton County Commissioners have formed a Broadband Committee to explore the possibilities of a county-wide initiative for broadband. Brigitte Codling, Town Manager of Haverhill, Carina Park, Town Administrator of Campton, Nicholas Coates, Town Administrator of Bristol, Andrew Dorsett, Town Manager of Littleton and Canaan’s Mike Samson are the members of the working group. Bonnie Labrie of Canaan is working with Samson to provide technical assistance at the meetings.


    The goal is to assure that every resident has access to high speed internet service in Grafton County.  This service is critical for remote education and people working remotely from their homes. The access will increase the value for all homes currently without internet access.


    Canaan started work on a project for the Town of Canaan about six months ago. We have been exploring the financial viability of implementing a plan for Canaan and have looked to the progress of other communities for examples. Canaan will be following two paths; implementation within Canaan without outside help or implementation through a county initiative.


    We need your help!!!

    We have received 91 responses so far. We only need 1,664 more to create a complete map!

    THE FIRST STEP IS TO TEST EXISTING SPEEDS - We’d like you to use a free computer app that is sponsored by the National Association of Counties to test your internet speed. This app is risk free and only takes a few moments. We would like everyone to test your speed on your computer at home and on your smart phone.


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    Thank you for your help!


    What's Open in Canaan


    Barney Insurance Open, Walk-ins welcome. Please wear a face covering. Business by phone and email 523-4407 info@barneyinsurance.com


    Canaan Food Mart Open

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    Canaan Hardware: 
    Monday to Saturday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Sunday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

    We maintain 6' isolation distance

    We will take orders by phone and you can pick up at our door.


    Dyers & LineX
    Open Mon - Thurs  8 - 4 523-4442
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    Our Canaan store is open Monday-Sunday, 10AM - 5PM.  (603) 632-5331

    Given the large number of donations being dropped off at our stores, it is critical for us to revise our donation hours going forward. LISTEN’s donation hours will change to be 9AM to 12PM, seven days a week.

    Please note that if a vehicle/donor is in line to donate at noon, they will be unloaded. This applies to both locations that are open at this time, the Miracle Mile store in Lebanon and our sister store in Canaan.  

    For the protection of our staff and donors, we are unable to assist with the donation process. Staff will be there to guide donors, but for everyone’s safety, they are unable to physically assist.  Our furniture pick up service is unavailable at this time. 

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    Canaan Pizza
    1209 US-4, Canaan, NH
    (603) 523-4314
    Open Sunday to Thursday 11am to 9pm
    Friday and Saturday 11am to 10pm

    We are open for take out only.  Call ahead and we will deliver to your car.



    Evans Expressmart
    Open regular hours  523-7578

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    Golden Ming
    Takeout only. Appetizer menu only.

    Phone (603) 523-7979
    Hours: Tue - Thu: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sat: 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
    Sun: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Heartstone Therapeutic Massage is open by appointment.  Relax after all this stress !

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    Hersey’s Transmission: 632-7669, Monday to Friday 8:30-5
    open Monday-Saturday
    PLEASE CALL (603)523-2029 to reserve a time to come and shop.

    golden ming logo Golden Ming
    Takeout only - Appetizer Menu Only

    Phone (603) 523-7979
    Website http://goldenming1.placeweb.site
    Status Today 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Tue - Thu: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sat: 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
    Sun: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Independence Acres
    311 Gristmill Hill Road, Canaan

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    meat prices

    Iron Dog

    523-4472 Available for for Dog Boarding

    Monday to Friday 8-5, Saturday 8-12 until May 1st
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    The 603 Bakery & Cafe
    1182 US Rte 4, Canaan,
    (603) 523-7709

    Menu:   HandheldsDrinks, Smoothies

    We will be open Monday-Saturday 6am to 11am offering breakfast, lots of bakery items and coffee/espresso drinks. We are happy to introduce a full SMOOTHIE menu!!!! We are offering call ahead and curbside for those who request it, others can come on in and grab food and drink, safely and quickly.

    We tried the order ahead for baked goods and customers were very happy, we will do this everyday!!!! So please, please order the day before for any bakery orders of 6 or more items & we will have it ready for quick pick up! As always, especially during these uncertain times CASH IS KING! 

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    Jakes - Canaan

    OPEN 6-9 Mon-Sat and 6-8 Sun

    We are now offering curbside pick-up at our Canaan, NH, location, for any item available in the store.  Curbside pick-up will be available 8am – 3pm, 7 days a week. Please call us at 603-632-1230 and say, “I’d like to place an order for Curbside Pick-Up."

    jakes fruits jakes foods   jakes meats jakes deli

    We have locally made facemasks on their way to each of our stores that will sell for $5.50 each.  Feel free to call your local Jake's to check on availability.

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    Jim’s Garage
    632-7957, Monday to Friday 8-5

    Mascoma Auto
    Monday to Friday 8:30 -6:30, Saturday 9-2
    Mascoma Bank
    The Lobby is now Open !

    Perry’s Garage
    252-8602, by appointment
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    Cathy & Stu's Pleasant Valley Store
    253 US-4, Canaan, NH
    (603) 632-4603
    Monday to Saturday 5am to 8pm
    Sunday 7 am to 7 pm.

    Tell them what you need and they will bag it up and bring it out to your vehicle. We also have a take-out window. 

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    Prepared take-out meals available - click HERE for Menu

    They will deliver for a $5.00 charge. Handicapped seating only in the store.


    Iron Dog

    Available for for Dog Boarding

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    Take-out Open
    Thursday to Sunday, 8am-2pm

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    “RWB takeout is in full swing!  Come to the window or call ahead.   FRESH APPLE FRITTERS on Saturday :)


    menu We will also be introducing ICE CREAM on SATURDAY! Pure and simple...the way ice cream used to be. First 20 ice cream customers will receive a special cookie treat! We hope to see you this weekend!”

    We are ecstatic to be opening up our window for TAKE OUT SERVICE. Hours are THURS-SUN 8am-2pm and we have our full breakfast and lunch menu, specials, baked goods, espresso, and drinks available. We may be working out a few kinks in the first couple weeks to see what works best for this new platform — we appreciate your patience as we do so!

    Outdoor socially-distant seating is in effect in the front and backyard. We are a staff who wear masks and gloves, and hand wash frequently between gloves! If you’d like curbside or any other assistance, we are happy to oblige. We will have purell stations available and are taking all precautions to sanitize any areas customers frequent. We ask that everyone be conscious of other patrons and to please wear a mask when ordering or in close proximity to customers not in your party 🙂 we are always here to help if you’d like something wiped down or have a question regarding health and safety precautions — please reach out!

    Thank you to everyone supporting us during these ever-tumultuous times. we at rwb want to bring you some normalcy as we navigate the uncertainty and unrest and do our part, in turn, to bring about positive change and learning in our community.


    Suds Your Duds

    1182 US Route 4, Canaan
    6 AM - 9 PM -- Last Load in by 8 PM

    To View regular Town Office Hours & Contacts, please view the "HOURS/Contacts Tab" above.


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    From left to right: Alv Elvestad, Linda Jones, Judith Kushner, Sue Jukosky, Jamie Jukosky, Melissa Allen, Andrew Cushing, William Mackey, Alton Hennessy.

    Great job by the volunteers who submitted the application!

    Mascoma Valley Preservation (MVP) spent a day cleaning up around Canaan's B&M freight shed in August 2020. Thanks to all who chipped in and to the Town of Canaan for chipping all the brush!

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    Canaan is a Dry Town in September !

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    In September 2019 there was a major water break. Read the complete story HERE.

    July 2019 Flood

    On July 11, 2019, a torrential rain storm hit Canaan at 8:15 PM. More than 6 inches of rain came down in less than 2 hours. Streams overflowed, flat roads had many inches of standing water and roadside ditches washed out taking more than half of the driving lanes of the dirt roads downstream.

    A total of 29 town roads were damaged. A total of 13 miles of the 35 miles of road experienced severe damage. Several roads were impassable. In addition, there was damage to several town facilities including the transfer station Road bridge.

    In all there was about $400,000 in damages to roads and facilities. The Town is expected to take at least two months to complete repairs. Canaan is waiting on a storm declaration so that we can be reimbursed by FEMA for part of the cost.

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    More photos may be seen on the Emergency Management Page.

    Thank You Cardigan Mountain School!

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    volunteers piling brush
    volunteers near a brush pile
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    Thank you once again for the student work teams from Cardigan Mountain School that helped clean the Village and take the limbs out of our three largest cemeteries.

    Canaan Bird & Garden Club turns 80

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    Seventeen current and past members of the Canaan Bird & Garden Club met in April to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the club. The first meeting of the club was held April 15, 1939 at the Hinman house on Canaan Street (currently owned by the Goins) with Zepheryn Clark voted in as the first president of the club. Folks enjoyed reminiscing and looking over old minutes/pictures/etc. that Nancy Loomis provided from our archives.

    News from Cardigan Mountain Art Association

    art council logoThis spring Cardigan Mountain Art Association will restore and display Canaan's historic stage scenery. CMAA has engaged Curtains Without Borders, Inc., a Vermont-based nonprofit conservation team, to work with volunteers to bring the painted 'drop' curtains back to life and in public view. The four 1890s painted curtains (a grand drape and 3 backdrops used at the Canaan Meeting House when it had an 2nd floor stage) and the 1924 grand drape from the Indian River Grange Hall are part of Canaan's cultural history and great examples of scenic art.


    Canaan's historic Meeting House will be the work site from May 29 through June 5. We will celebrate the project with a display of the curtains and a talk by Christine Hadsel, Director of Curtains Without Borders. 

    Volunteers are essential for the project's success and visitors are welcome to stop by and see work in progress. Please call Judith Kushner at 603 523-4337 (or email judith.kushner@gmail.com) if you would like to help and for more information.

    CMAA is grateful for many generous financial contributions to this project and for a grant from NH State Council on the Arts. CMAA is supported in part by a grant from the NH Mooseplate program and New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.  

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    And. . . .

    Don't forget to check out the Old Home Day Photos on the Old Home Days Page and the Christmas in Canaan Galleries on the Christmas in Canaan Page

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    These are the standard Holiday Observances. Please watch the News & Alerts Tab for other closings or changes in this schedule.

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    Administrators Hours: Mon-Fri: 8-4 If front door is locked, please use back door.
    Mon-Wed-Fri: 9-12 & 1-4
    Tues-Thurs-Sat; 9-12 Wed; 6-8
    523-4850, Non-Emergencies
    523-8808, Non-Emergencies
    Winter: 7-3:30 Mon-Fri
    Summer: 6-4:30 Mon-Thurs
    Water & Sewer Department
    W&S Operator: 304-9380
    Town Administrator: 707-9349
    Tours available upon request.
    Library: 523-9650
    Library is currently open by appointment only.
    Sunday: Center Closed
    Monday: Center Closed
    Tuesday: 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
    Wednesday: 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
    Thursday: 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
    Friday: 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
    Saturday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
    The Transfer Station is closed on the following holidays: New Years Day, Independence Day, the Saturday before Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
    Tax Assessor 523-4501 x 103
    Mon-Fri: 8-4
    Building Inspector: 523-4501 x 103
    Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm
    Human Services: 523-9901
    Mon-Fri; 9-12
    Town Finance Office: 523-4501 x 107
    Mon-Thurs; 8-3
    Recreation Coordinator: 523-4501 x 111
    By Appointment
    Website Manager: 523-4501 x 108
    By Appointment

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    Mike Samson

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    Laura Bicknell

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