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We were lucky enough to have 5 Strafford residents as part of the undefeated Barrington U8 All Star softball team. The girls went an amazing 17-0 and won the State Championship over rival Concord in mid-July. This is a remarkable feat. Strafford team members are Courtney Thomas, Pitcher; Madison DeCota, 3B; Makenzi Glidden, LF; Head Coach Craig Thomas; and Assistant Coach David Glidden. Kudos to all of you!

Come to the Third Baptist Church at 4 pm on September 6 and enjoy a free barbecue! Everyone is invited.
If you missed the Strafford Women’s Club Ice Cream Social last month, come on down to the Bow Lake Grange Hall on Wednesday, August 6, from 4 to 8 pm for our second (and last) Ice Cream Social of 2014. 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. MORE...
Crucial Questions to Ask Before Renting a Lake Cabin

My thirty-something daughter and her friends were considering renting a cabin (sight-unseen) and developed the following questions to ask the owner. I thought you might enjoy a few of the millennial generation’s deal-breaking inquisitions: Does the house have a cabiny smell? More importantly, does the house have Wi-Fi? Should we bring toilet paper or is that provided? Is there a coffee maker we’ll have access to? If so, should we pack beans, ground coffee, or K-cups? How bad are the bugs and bears in August? More importantly, how bad are the neighboring kids in August? Is there a dishwasher? Have you ever seen renters kill each other because nobody wanted to do the dishes? What do you recommend? More importantly, how large is the recycling bin and how many cases of beer would you say it fits? MORE...
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 Social on August 6 at the Bow Lake Grange Hall or from Carol Cooper at 942-8164. Prizes include gift certificates to Nippo Lake Golf Club and Rochester Country Club; five small hand-blown glass vases from NH Juried Craftsman Kevin Engelmann; Berrybogg Farm & Bev Nemetz; Big Eric’s Little Deli; Cooper Hill Restaurant; Dunkin Donuts; Halo’s Family Hair Salon; Hannaford Northwood; Back-to-School Backpack from Hamilton Drilling & Blasting; Heritage True Value Hardware BBQ tools; Isinglass Country Store Gas; Johnson’s Seafood & Steak; K & J’s Diner; Liu’s Garden; Market Basket; Northwood Diner; Northwood Garage; Piece Time Puzzles; Pied Cow Gifts, LLC & Marilyn Price; Sheilah’s Deli & Market; Stonewall Kitchen Breakfast Basket; and Studley’s Florist. Drawings will begin at 7 pm during the August 6 ice Cream Social. Many thanks to our generous donors!
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; Northwood Physical Therapy; and online at www.straffordcommunitycalendar.com . Please read the instructions on page 2 of this issue before submitting articles, ads, and photos for publication in the Strafford Community Calendar. As always, thank you for your support and cooperation.
Please join us for the 12th Annual Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival at Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Road, Milton Mills, NH, on Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 10 am to 3 pm. This family-friendly celebration of the natural world features fun and educational outdoor activities and gets bigger and better every year! Almost thirty nature-related interactive events and 600 participants are expected again in 2014. Take a hayride to the river and look for wildlife living in its clear waters. Observe rescued wild NH animals; try fishing with your kids or let them explore a corn maze or petting zoo; go on a guided walk with nature experts; watch demonstrations of traditional rural skills; take your child on a discovery walk in the woods; and much more! Rain or shine; no pets please; rest rooms and most events are wheelchair accessible. Co-sponsored by Moose Mountains Regional Greenways and Branch Hill Farm. For more information call (603) 978-7125, email info@mmrg.info , or go to www.mmrg.info/festival .
The Strafford Historical Society is holding a YARD & BAKE SALE at the Waldron Store on Saturday, August 9, from 8 am to 2 pm, rain or shine! Again this year, we will have a big tent to give us shade and protection from the rain. You may rent a table to join us under the tent for $10, or we will happily take your donations for the Historical Society table. The Yard Sale will continue to Sunday, so if you miss us on Saturday, be sure to stop by on Sunday morning. The best selection will surely be Saturday morning! Contact JoAnn Brown at 664-2225, Liz Evans at 664-7736 ( eevans.strafford.nh@gmail.com ), or Ken Berry at Hill Library with any questions. Donations of items and baked goods for the sale are gladly accepted and may be dropped off at the Waldron Store. This is our big annual fundraising event, and we are looking forward to seeing a good crowd. Proceeds will be put toward building repairs at the Waldron Store and toward the Austin Hall painting fund.
Now accepting registrations for the 2014 Season of NH Thunder Cross Country for grades first through fifth. The program will be held at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Track/Cross Country Trail. Kids will participate in running games such as scavenger hunts, relay races, and obstacle courses while they learn the fun of running on the trails, being active, and making healthy choices. Participants will also receive a t-shirt to keep. This year we will be adding local cross country trail races to the schedule.

The cost is $35.00. Register by August 22 to avoid a late fee of $10.00. The program begins the first week in September and runs through mid-October from 5:30-6:30 pm. Practice will be one or two nights. Schedule will be determined by mid-August. For more information, please contact Karyn Fisher at 5fishers@metrocast.net . You can register on-line at www.straffordrec.org .
The heart of summer is upon us—sunny days, pleasant evenings, fireworks going off around the lake, blueberry pancake breakfasts (hope you enjoyed ours on July 27 at the Grange!)—and everyone is busy in their garden. We work at least once a month at the Dam Garden, and this year it is very lush with all the sunshine and rain we have had. If you want to join us at 9 am on the Monday following our monthly meeting, we always love to have extra help. 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...
…Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes, a Comedy/Drama by Sandra Fenichel Asher and produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company. It is directed by David Raynes, who directed other popular plays here, such as Nunsense, Nunsense II, Kitchen Witches and Moon Over Buffalo. Please join us at the Bow Lake Grange Hall, 569 Province Road, Strafford, NH, on August 8 & 9 at 8 pm and August 10 at 3 pm. Tickets: $12/$10. For Reservations: 603-742-7187. Check out our website at www.thelakesideplayers.org . MORE...
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 has again made an Adirondack chair to raffle off at this event. Wait till you see this mahogany beauty. Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance at the Library, from an SLA member, or at this event. 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.
Check out our new Café & Bookstore located inside the door and to your right. Thank you to the Trustees and volunteers for making our library a home away from home!

Congratulations Readers! The Summer Reading raffle will take place during the Strafford Library Association’s 40th Anniversary of the Dedication of Hill Library party on August 16 from 1 to 4 pm. Come back at 9 pm for the NH Astronomical Society and a chance to use our new telescope. MORE...

Even after two delayed openings due to Mother Nature, the Pulled Pork Drive-Thru was another success story. A big thank you goes out to Morgan Edgerly and The Edgerly Funeral Home for the generous support of the dinner. Without help such as yours, and the great crew of volunteers, events like this just wouldn’t happen. MORE...
At the July 14, 2014 meeting of the Town of Strafford Republican Committee, Rep. Frank Guinta joined us to discuss his campaign for the First District seat from New Hampshire. Rep. Guinta was Mayor of Manchester and Representative in the United States House.

Please join us on the second Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8 pm at Hill Library. On August 11, 2014, Jim Rubens, candidate for United States Senate, will visit with us. David Bickford, Ted White, Kurt Wuelper, and Mike Harrington have signed up to run for the New Hampshire House for the Republicans.

Visit our website for more information—http://straffordtownrepublicans.wordpress.com .
The School Board Teacher Contract Negotiation Committee would like to thank all those who came out to our first public forum. Some very good information was distributed, and there were some really good discussions. We will be hosting another forum at the School on Tuesday, August 5, at 7 pm. The items that were handed out are available on the School website, and we will have more hard copies at the meeting if folks can’t download them. There is no specific agenda for the forum; it’s more of an information gathering session where we answer questions about the negotiation process. Almost half of the school budget is spent on the contracts, so it’s a great way for people to learn where their tax dollars are going. MORE...
There are no lazy, hazy days of summer for the Strafford Town Democrats. 2014 is an important election year, with Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Carol Shea- Porter both up for re-election in the fall.

State races are a hub of activity as well. Governor Maggie Hassan is up for a second term. Strafford’s own State Representative Bob Perry ( www.perry4nh.org ) is running for reelection; Ellen Phillips of New Durham, a retired schoolteacher, rounds out the State Rep race on the Democratic side. The combined district of Strafford and New Durham elects two State Representatives. In the State Senate race, the Democratic candidate for the district representing Strafford is Nancy Fraher of Chichester. MORE...
First of all, Ready Rides would like to thank the anonymous donor who gave a contribution to Ready Rides while waiting for her pulled pork dinner on July 5. It’s only because of contributions like yours that we can continue to do what we do; everything helps! Monetary donations are always needed and appreciated and can be mailed to Ready Rides, P.O. Box 65, Northwood, NH 03261. Your gifts are tax deductible. Thank you. MORE...
So how is our Town Forest doing after five years of a variety of forestry practices? In mid-July Town Forester Charlie Moreno led Conservation Commission members on a tour through portions of the forest where work has been carried out. On the Weidman lot in areas that had been thinned, there is good regrowth and increasing trunk size of older and young trees. That area had had a great deal of invasive bittersweet, barberry and burning bush, but Charlie and helpers had cleared nearly all of it. We found and pulled small remainders that show maintenance will need to be ongoing. Beyond the new bridge up the hill, Charlie led the group in the area where huge 150-year-old trees remain, but some large trees had been taken to create sunny spots in the deep forest. Dozens of baby pine trees were now springing up in these open spots. Here and there some downed trees had been left to rot naturally. MORE...
The Strafford Women’s Club August 25, 2014, meeting will be held in the Idlepines Room of the Bow Lake Church at 1:30 p.m. Following our usual business meeting, we will participate in a unique scavenger hunt. Don’t forget to bring your purse; you never know what we will be looking for in your purse. If you have a free afternoon, we would love to have you join us. Light refreshments will be served.
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