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On Saturday, October 4, at 9:30 am, The Bow Lake Baptist Church will present an Interactive Presentation with Marina Forbes entitled Russian Iconography: 1,000 Years of Tradition. The presentation will take place at 9:30 am after a Pot Luck Breakfast which will start at 9 am. MORE...
The Northwood Memory Café meets on the third Wednesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Ma’s & Mine Restaurant, 188 1st NH Turnpike, Northwood (just west of Hannaford supermarket). Memory Cafés are grass roots gatherings where people with questions about memory issues can share information or just laugh about their own observations. Fall gatherings will be September 17 and October 15. For more information, call Lucy Silva at 603-942-9848. Contact person: Lucy Silva P.O. Box 170, Northwood, NH 03261.

Third Baptist Church will be hosting a free town-wide BBQ on Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 4 to 6 pm. Then plan on joining us the next day, Sunday, September. 7, at 9 am as we kick-off the fall work with Rally Day (Sunday School for all ages). Other ministries include Youth Group, Bible Studies, Men’s Group, Ladies Service Circle, Choir, Children’s Church, Senior Ministry, and more. Please contact Pastor Muzzey at 664-7750 for more information.

Strafford Recreational Sports is seeking a Basketball Coordinator for the 2014-2015 recreational basketball season. If you are interested, please contact SRS President Susie Ashley at 664-9558.
The Faith Formation program at St. Joseph’s Church in Northwood seeks to provide youth and children in grades K-10 with the knowledge, experiences, and skills necessary to become faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. We help to promote the knowledge of faith, the meaning of the liturgy, and prepare students to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Our theme for the fall is “Follow the Son!” Join us for Orientation Day, Sunday morning, September 14, from 8:30 to 9:30 at St. Joseph’s Church on Route 4 in Northwood. For more information, please contact Jeannie Garcia at 269- 4143, 942-8716, or the Rectory at 435-6242.

What is RCIA? RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. If you are interested in the Catholic faith or are Catholic but have not received a sacrament, adult classes are offered at Our Lady of Lourdes-St. Joseph’s Parish. Please contact the Rectory at 435-6242.
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The Strafford Library Association (Hill Library’s “friends group”) offers a $500.00 per calendar year fund for reimbursement on admission fees to any museum in New England. A family can request up to $25.00 per visit per year (amount not to exceed the actual admission fees). All you need to do following a visit to a museum is fill out a reimbursement request form (which will include the patron’s library card number) and submit it at the circulation desk in the Library, together with the receipt from your visit which shows the full cost, number of attendees, and the date. Requests made after the $500 fund is depleted will not be processed. The required form will be available at Hill Library or can be downloaded from the Library’s website—http://www.straflib.org . There are hundreds of museums throughout New England. Visit the following websites for more information: http://www.museumlink.com ; http://visitnewengland.com ; or http://www.HistoricNewEngland.org .
Here are the locations where you can find a copy of the Strafford Community Calendar: Elf ’s; Crown Point Camp Ground (summer only); Hill Library; Post Office; Strafford School; Strafford Town Hall; Isinglass Store; K & J’s Diner; Nippo Lake Golf Club; Sheilah’s Deli & Market; Northwood Garage and Northwood Physical Therapy.
Please join the Strafford Women’s Club on Monday, September 22, 2014, at 1:30 pm in the Idlepines Room of the Bow Lake Church. Our regular business meeting will be followed by the always entertaining Pint, Pound & Yard Sale and light refreshments. All women are welcome! We would like to extend our thanks to all who attended our ice cream socials this summer and participated in our summer raffle. Your support is greatly appreciated.
The Strafford Historical Society benefit yard and bake sale was a big success again this year. The Society would like to extend great thanks to those who donated items for the sale and also offer a big round of applause to those who helped us set up and work the event. We couldn’t have done it without you! If you missed our sale, please join us next summer. Donations are always welcome.

The next meeting of the Society will be on Tuesday, September 16, for our regular September potluck supper meeting. The supper will begin at 6:30 pm. Please bring a dish to share. All are welcome.

We are pleased to announce that beginning this month the Society will be opening Austin Hall for several hours each week. Watch for signs for open hours; and if you see a car parked at the Hall, please stop by and visit. We love to share our history!
Supervisors of the Strafford Checklist will be sitting at Town Hall on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, between 7 and 7:30 pm for additions and corrections of checklist per RSA 654:27, 28. No additions or corrections shall be made to the checklist after this session until election day, except as provided in RSA 659:12, RSA 654:8 II. No change of party until after the primary election September 9, 2014, according to RSA 654.34. If you are registering as a new voter, proof of citizenship, age, and residency in Strafford needs to be provided.
No one likes to see summer end, least of all gardeners. But we’ve all been reaping the benefits of our hard work this past spring and summer (zucchini anyone?), and are starting to think about finishing up in the garden for another season. At our September 8 meeting, we are delighted to have the talented Glenna Nutter demonstrate how to use the end of summer’s flowers in arrangements. MORE..
On Saturday, December 6, and Sunday, December 7, 2014, from 9 am to 4 pm, at more than twenty locations, the Christmas in Strafford event takes place in homes, studios, The Bow Lake Grange Hall, and Waldron Store. All will be piled high with beautiful hand-crafted products. Please note that The Bow Lake Grange Hall will only be open on Saturday the 6th with many crafters and the opportunity to enjoy a lunch of homemade soups, stews, and chowders. Every location is a welcoming place filled with beautiful items and good cheer! Be sure to follow the map to each stop, and be ready to spend a fun day (or two!) in Strafford! The map is available on November 1 in the Strafford Community Calendar, downloadable at the CIS website, and available in local businesses. MORE...
Thank you to everyone that supported our Summer show, Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes. A special thanks goes out to the three local businesses that sponsored the Summer show: Big Eric’s Little Deli, Carlson Detective Agency, and Sheilah’s Deli & Market. Congratulations to everyone involved in the production of Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes; the audiences loved this heartwarming, funny show.

The days are getting shorter, that means The Halloween Dinner Show is right around the corner! Auditioning A Ghost will be a spooky good time! By mid-September you’ll be able to make your reservations for October 31, November 1, or the November 2 matinee.

The Strafford PTO has been recharging this summer after a very busy spring. As the newly elected officers began work in January 2014, we set some very aggressive fundraising goals in order to generate additional resources to meet the growing needs of our School. Through the hard work of many volunteers and the generosity of our community, in addition to successful community building events, we were able to meet out fundraising goal of $10,000 to budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The generosity of our members and the community will be directly responsible for creating change at Strafford School in the upcoming year. MORE...
The Bow Lake Church continues to extend an invitation to all community women to come together for a once-a-month pot luck breakfast. This gathering is designed for women of all ages to enjoy the fellowship of one another as well as giving the opportunity, through the easy channel of food, to become better acquainted. There is no charge, no homework, no deadline and no lists, but we do ask that everyone bring a dish to pass. Each breakfast features a new (and brief) speaker. Breakfast begins at 9 am on the first Saturday of every month in the Idlepines Room of the Church. Place settings and beverages are provided. Welcome! Come and enjoy.
The Library staff and Trustees are launching their new website on September 1. Please visit us at http://www.straflib.org to check it out.

Thank you to everyone for a wonderful Summer Reading Program and for the Strafford Library Association’s celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Dedication of Hill Library! MORE...
September! Yep, it’s that time of year again when we kiss summer goodbye. It certainly had its highs and lows, but now we look forward to the colors of fall and the you know what of winter.

The Grange Hall is the venue of choice for a wide range of activities and is especially suited for community use for private functions. Our rentals have been very successful for things like weddings, birthdays, organization meetings and many more activities. In addition, there are fund raising events put on by the BLCC and the Lakeside Players. Please think about the Grange Hall for your next social or business need. Call Sherry at 664-2487 for information and reservations. MORE...
On August 11, 2014, State Senator Jim Rubens, a candidate for the United States Senate, visited the Town of Strafford Republican Committee meeting. Visit our website for a detailed recap of the meeting—
http://straffordtownrepublicans.wordpress.com .

Please join us at Hill Library at 6:30 pm on Monday, September 8, 2014 as we hear from the four Republican candidates for the New Hampshire House representing Strafford and New Durham. Kurt Wuelper, David Bickford, Mike Harrington, and Ted White are running for these two seats.
The Strafford School Board would like to officially welcome and introduce our new administrative team, Dr. Scott Young, Principal, and Ms. Alison Roberts, Assistant Principal; and our new 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Susan Spezeski. Some background information for each is provided below.

Mrs. Susan Spezeski comes to Strafford School with a wealth of teaching experience spanning over a decade in the classroom with students ranging from preschool to 5th grade. Mrs. Spezeski holds a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from Plymouth State University. In addition, Mrs. Spezeski has credentials and experience as a K-4 literacy teacher. Most recently, Mrs. Spezeski taught at Bow Memorial School as a 5th grade teacher in Science, Math, and Reading. The interview committee was impressed with Mrs. Spezeski’s passion for teaching and her obvious love of working with children. Mrs. Spezeski will be joining Mrs. Roy teaching 2nd grade this year, and we are pleased to have her join our School community. MORE...
At their August meeting, the Strafford Town Democrats met the Democratic team for the New Hampshire House of Representatives—current Representative Bob Perry of Strafford and Democratic candidate Ellen Phillips of New Durham. The Towns of Strafford and New Durham are a combined district that elects two State Representatives to represent them in Concord. MORE...
OREOBELLE’S PRODUCTION OF “Solid Gold”, A Variety Show
Produced by Sharon Price; Creative Director, Pamela Howley-Crawbuck. Join us to hear the delightful sounds of songs from the seventies and eighties. Choose from two performances at Roger’s Pizza, 869 Central Avenue, Dover, NH, on Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13, at 7 pm. Tickets are $13 with reservations; $14 at the door. For information or reservations, contact bella@metrocast.net .

Cast—First Row: John MacDonald, Master of Ceremonies;
Second Row: Jean Barry, Pamela Howley Crawbuck and Carol MacDonald;
Third Row: Robert Taylor, Chris Laux, Walter Laux, Joseph Burke and Jason Morse, (Sharon Price, not shown).

Bear-Paw is again offering one of its most popular family friendly field trips, the footprint casting workshop on the Suncook River in Epsom on Saturday, September 13, from 2 to 4:30 pm. Bear-Paw Board member Lisa Clark, who has collected footprints from many places around the world, will bring kits with materials necessary for making footprint casts to keep for each participant. On two previous versions of the workshop, Lisa has found an excellent section of the Suncook shoreline where numbers of animals have come to the river and left tracks in the riverside sediments. Kids and adults will enjoy learning the techniques and almost certainly take home a well-cast souvenir or two from the excursion. Preregistration is a must so Lisa can assemble kits for everyone; for directions to the site; and so that Bear-Paw can send out notification if the weather causes a change in plans. Preregister at info@bear-paw.org or call 603 463-9400. MORE...


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