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Please Note:
The pulled pork drive-through at the Grange Hall and the fireworks over the Dam have been postponed from July 3, to Saturday, July 5.
The Strafford School Board is in the process of establishing an Athletic Committee and would like to invite up to two community members to serve on this Committee. Please forward your letter of interest to: SAU #44, Attention Brian Monahan, 23A Mountain Avenue, Northwood, NH 03261; or email: rgadomski@nhsau44.org . Deadline is Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
The ice cream flag is flying. A colorful bouquet of balloons is tied to the porch rail of the Bow Lake Grange Hall. What does this signify? It’s time for the Strafford Women’s Club Annual Ice Cream Social. This huge social event of the summer in Strafford will be held from 4 to 8 pm on Wednesday, July 9. Bring your family, friends, and visiting guests to create a tasty sundae from delicious vanilla, chocolate, or coffee ice cream. Choose from a myriad of delicious toppings: hot chocolate or butterscotch syrup, fruits, candies, nuts, whipped cream, and a red cherry to top it all off. Small sundaes are $2.50; large $3.50. Add a homemade brownie for 50 cents.

The Strafford Women’s Club strives to keep prices affordable for families by donating most of the supplies, so that the money earned can support scholarships for Strafford students, an eighth grade award, and other worthwhile community projects. Not only will there be all this delicious “fun you can eat” but also a display of raffle prizes donated by area businesses that will be awarded at the second SWC Ice Cream Social on August 6. Add to this a great time socializing with friends at the Grange Hall, rain or shine; cool or hot weather, and you are sure to have an enjoyable evening.
As a result of the resignation of a Board Member, the Strafford School Board has a vacancy to fill by appointment until the next election in March 2015. This position requires a significant time commitment. Anyone interested in this position should send a letter to: Board Applicant, SAU #44, 23A Mountain Avenue, Northwood, NH 03261. Please mark this letter “Confidential”. The Board will accept letters until July 2, 2014, and will make the appointment after the letters are reviewed.
The Strafford Women’s Club is offering tickets for sale for its Summer Raffle 2014 Fundraiser for scholarships and select community projects—One Ticket for $1 or six tickets for $5. Tickets are available at our Ice Cream Socials on July 9 and August 6 at the Bow Lake Grange Hall or from Carol Cooper at 942- 8164. A partial list of prizes includes gift certificates to Berrybogg Farm & Bev Nemetz; Big Eric’s Little Deli; Dunkin Donuts; Halo’s Family Hair Salon; Hannaford Northwood; Heritage True Value Hardware; Isinglass Country Store Gas; Johnson’s Seafood & Steak; K & J’s Diner; Liu’s Garden II; Market Basket; Nippo Lake Golf Club; Northwood Garage; Piece Time Puzzles; Pied Cow Gifts, LLC & Marilyn Price; Sheilah’s Deli & Market; Studley’s Florist; and more to come. Drawings will begin at 7 pm during the August Ice Cream Social. Many thanks to our generous donors!
On Saturday, August 16, 2014, from 1 to 4 pm the Strafford Library Association is hosting a celebration at Hill Library—40th Anniversary of the Dedication of Hill Library. Save the date. Jim Cozine is (again) making us an Adirondack chair to raffle off at the Anniversary Party. Get your tickets at the Library or from an SLA member. There will be music, food, face painting, a puppet show, cake & ice cream, and a book sale. We would appreciate donations of books for our book sale. If you have any books in good condition you can part with, please drop them off at Hill Library prior to August 16.

Come back to Hill Library at 9:00 pm on the 16th for a star gazing program to experience the August skies with the NH Astronomical Society and our new telescope.

Please join us for the planning meeting on July 10, 2014, at 7 pm at Hill Library. All friends of Hill Library are welcome to attend this important meeting.
The Strafford School Board would like to invite community members to serve on this Committee to share their knowledge of energy efficiency. Please forward your letter of interest to: SAU #44, Attention Brian Monahan, 23A Mountain Avenue, Northwood, NH 03261; or email: rgadomski@nhsau44.org . Deadline is Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
Summer is the time when the Historical Society offers many events. If you missed the June production of Little Women at the Waldron Store to benefit the Historical Society, please plan to join us for another event. On Tuesday, July 15, please join us for this year’s SUMMER ROAD TREK. Meet at the Old Waldron Store at 520 Province Road at 6:30 pm to head out for a tour that will include visiting an historic home on Ricky Nelson Road. We hope to visit two historical homes, a graveyard or two, learn a bit of local geology, and more. See you there! MORE...
Do you want to be WEIRD? I do! God created so many WEIRD and AMAZING animals it’s hard to pick a favorite. Even people are WEIRD sometimes. Sometimes being weird can make us feel lonely or sad, but at Weird Animals VBS we will learn that even when we feel weird, Jesus loves us! This summer we can all be WEIRD; even the adults! Being WEIRD is awesome! MORE...
We are back in full swing with all our usual summer activities, after a busy spring beautifying Strafford in both private and public spaces around town. The Dam Garden is in good shape with the regular attention it receives from our dedicated and faithful volunteers.  MORE..
Competitive Sailboat racing on Bow Lake was first organized by Captain Robert “Chief ” Evans, USN Retired, in 1974. It began as a one-day regatta for all interested in racing and drew 10 - 12 boats of various classes. Chief Evans, Dave Dupee, and Merrill Steward served as the initial race committee. By 1980 it was decided to race every weekend on one day per weekend for 8 weeks beginning in July and ending in August, as it does today. MORE...
After such a terrible winter, and writing this in early June, is it even a question that we would be wondering if true summer will really ever arrive and actually stick around long enough to enjoy? I do see signs of hope all around Bow Lake—docks and boats going in, kayaks and the new stand-up paddle boards (referred to in the sport as “SUPs”) skimming along the surface. In fact, one website ( www.standupsisters.com ) proclaims that what makes paddlers awesome is that they can paddle in any type of outfit during any type of weather on any type of water while doing yoga, fishing, or any number of activities. Those characteristics may come in handy if we actually get a summer this year! MORE...
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; Nippo Lake Golf Club; Bow Lake Inn (summer only); Sheilah’s Deli & Market; Northwood Garage; and online at www.straffordcommunitycalendar.com .
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.
Didn’t plant a garden? Hill Library patrons can check out bucket gardens complete with cage, tomato plant, flowers, spices, and instructions. First come, first serve—due back November 2014.

It’s not too late to sign up for Summer Reading, and it’s not just for kids! Preschoolers, elementary students, youth, and adults can earn rewards for reading. Young readers can hand in their reading time pages and take a prize from the treasure box. Readers of all age who hand in reading logs will be eligible for a number of raffle prizes.  MORE...
Last month the Grange Hall saw the return of the Black Fly Ball. It was organized and hosted by Patrick Lavoie who donated the proceeds to benefit the Grange Hall. A big thank you goes to Patrick and his sidekick Sherry. The band was great, as was the turnout. Let’s hope they’ll do it again next year as a wonderful summer kick off!  MORE...
Tom Brophy launched this annual Christmas in July Boat Parade on Bow Lake 11 years ago. We carry on the tradition this year on Bow Lake on Saturday, July 5, gathering between 8 and 8:30 pm in front of Bennett’s Bridge. Rain date is July 12. We will be traveling counter-clockwise around the lake. There are no fees, no registrations, and no commitments; just decorate and enjoy the fun. Lead boats will start just after 8:30 pm. Jump in and join the line at any time. For additional information, email Patrick Lavoie at patrickplavoie@gmail.com . All themes are allowed so get creative and add to the holiday weekend festivities. If you are on the shore, show your support with flashlights, add your own festive dock décor, or flash us your house lights! Enjoy the parade, join us this year, and have fun!
The Strafford School Board would like to congratulate our Strafford students, who recently graduated from Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. Congratulations: Benjamin Bailey, William Ballou, Leanne Baratier, Jeremy Brassard, Shannon Burke, Jessie Carney, Katie Cilley, James Cornish Jr., Katharina Cozine, Emily Davis, Robert Dolen, Jesse Driscoll, Lucas Fisher, Benjamin Flood, Samuel Fortier, Mary Fowler, Kendra Gagnon, John Grace, Kasey Hamlett, Julia Helton, Hannah Heselton, Andrew Hooper, Gwyneth Horne, Allyson LaFrance, Reno LaPanne, Glen Lalus, Aidan Leavitt, Dylan Leclerc, Zachary May, Donald McCallion III, Amy Mercedes, Kayli Miles, Amy Morrow, Jordan Murphy, Shannon Quinn, Daniel Rivera, Shawntel Ross, Sheryl Saunders, Alexandra Savioli, Jordan Shurtleff, Peter Slowik, Elena Smith, Daniel Somers, Kyle Stevens, Madison Stowell, Elanie Trainor, Sophia Wensberg, Nathaniel Wiggin, Andrew Woodward, Mariah Wright, and Noah Young.
At their June meeting, the Town of Strafford Democrats hosted special guest Nancy Fraher, the Democratic candidate for New Hampshire State Senate in District 17 (the 11-town Senate district Strafford has been a part of since 2012). Fraher lives in Chichester and recently retired from a teaching career that spanned 35 years, most of it teaching American History. “My interest in the job was definitely sparked by all those years teaching history and government,” Fraher said with a smile. She is ready to champion many issues of import to the state, from working to ensure that the minimum wage is a living wage, to educating the public about the Affordable Health Care Act. MORE...
Ready Rides is almost at the 500 rides provided mark through the end of May! Isn’t that wonderful? And it could not be done without YOUR help and support. Thank YOU! A total of eight towns are now involved: Barrington, Durham, Lee, Madbury, Newmarket, Northwood, Nottingham, and Strafford. Strafford is well represented not only as riders but also drivers and Board members. All help is greatly needed and appreciated. MORE...
Here in Strafford it is good to see cars stopped to help a turtle cross the road safely. And we know that the turtle has a specific errand in mind whether it is egg laying or traveling back to a known territory, so it is important to place the turtle off the road in the direction that it was going. Otherwise, with determination, it will just set off on its intended path again. We also do not disorient the turtle by taking it away from its well-remembered territory to our own yard or pond.  MORE...
Our next meeting will be on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 1:30 pm in the Idlepines Room at the Bow Lake Church. Ken Berry from the Strafford Historical Society will be our guest speaker. He will present an overview of the current needs of the Society and their past accomplishments. All ladies are invited to attend our meetings so please join us.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our summer Ice Cream Socials at the Bow Lake Grange Hall on July 9 and August 6, 2014.
Senator Bob Smith, former U.S. Senator and candidate for U.S. Senate, visited the Town of Strafford Republican Committee in June. He is concerned with what has gone on with our nation recently. He hopes to help get us back on track fiscally, bring down the debt, repeal ACA, and bring back our freedoms that are vanishing. Senator Smith realizes that his 12 years of service in the Senate will make him effective in general and specifically enable him to step right in to senior slots on committees. An example of the freedoms infringed locally was when the Gilford dad, who was displeased with what was written in his son’s textbook, read the bad passages aloud and was then led away in cuffs for the vulgarityhe was relaying from the textbook. NSA spying, IRS targeting, Common Core, and other Government intrusion into our lives are things that Senator Smith opposes and will seek to stop. He will lead for lower taxes, respect of the 10th Amendment, respect of the 1st Amendment, respect for the 2nd Amendment, respect  for all Amendments, and respect for the Constitution itself. He finds that Senator Shaheen can be defeated and that Bob’s want for more freedom is the major differing plus. MORE...
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