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Henniker, New Hampshire

Henniker is a traditional New Hampshire community with a population of approximately 4500 residents.
During the winter months the local residents share their town with other New Englanders who take to the slopes at Pat's Peak Ski Area - just a mile from the center of town. The ski area has six lifts, snowmaking, a ski racing program and offers private ski lessons.
From September to mid-May, Henniker bustles with nearly 800 New England College students. New England College is a small liberal arts college that was founded in 1946 for veterans of WWII.
New England College opens its doors to the community in many ways. Use of their sports facilities, which now includes an indoor ice arena, their library, a new art gallery featuring prominent national artists as well as student exhibitions is all open to the public. In the academic realm, local high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to take freshman level courses at no expense. The College runs its own radio station and newspaper and welcomes the community to a wide variety of cultural events.
Henniker built a regional high school, John Stark Regional, on Route 114 with the neighboring town of Weare. The school opened in September of 1987. The pre-existing high school building is being used as the Henniker Middle School, which was rebuilt in 1995. The school has a good reputation for its individualized language arts and math programs as well as a challenging program for the gifted and talented.
In addition to a public kindergarten, White Birch Community Center, a private non-profit organization, offers a variety of services to the town's people. It maintains a nursery school, Crayon College, for 3 and 4 year olds, a day care center for children 18 months to 12 years old, and holds adult fitness programs as well as senior citizen activities.
Henniker is a nice place to enjoy a meal out, whether for pizza, a sandwich, a good old fashioned no frills meal, or a gourmet dinner. We also offer several country inns and a motel with indoor pool. Along our streets you will find a pharmacy complete with old-fashioned soda fountain, a bakery, a gourmet coffee/gift basket shop, a florist, a hardware store and a farm/garden supply store. There are also 2 banks, 3 gas stations and several service stations as well as 3 campgrounds, 3 hair salons, a Laundromat, a public library, 2 law offices, public accountants, real estate offices and a funeral home.
The town also has a physician (internal medicine), a dentist, a physical therapist and veterinary clinic for both are and small animals. The neighboring town of Hillsborough, only ten minutes away, has a medical center. A hospital with cardiac center and a variety of medical clinics are all in Concord, the state capitol, just 30 minutes away.
The Contoocook River winds its way through the town and is crossable by five different bridges, one of which is a covered bridge only for foot traffic. During spring the tumbling waters of the Contoocook offers some of the best white water canoeing and kayaking in New England.
The town government is run by a Board of Selectmen and has an active Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Conservation Commission, Historical Society and a number of other active church and civic groups. The Henniker Athletic & Recreation Program runs baseball, softball, tee-ball, basketball and soccer programs for school-age children. Henniker also has an award winning volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.