RUSSIAN ICONOGRAPHY: 1,000 YEARS OF
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.
NORTHWOOD MEMORY CAFÉ
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.
FREE BBQ & MORE
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.
SRS SEEKS BASKETBALL COORDINATOR
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.
CATHOLIC RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES
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
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.
NOTES FROM THE TOWN CLERK
MUSEUM REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM
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://visitnewengland.com ; or
WHERE TO FIND THE STRAFFORD COMMUNITY
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
STRAFFORD WOMEN’S CLUB
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 CHECKLIST IN STRAFFORD
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.
STRAFFORD GARDEN CLUB NEWS
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.
25TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN STRAFFORD
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
THE LAKESIDE PLAYERS PRESENT…
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
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.
STRAFFORD SCHOOL PTO
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.
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
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!
BOW LAKE COMMUNITY CLUB FOR THE BOW LAKE GRANGE HALL
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
TOWN OF STRAFFORD REPUBLICANS
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—
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.
STRAFFORD SCHOOL BOARD
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
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.
TOWN OF STRAFFORD DEMOCRATS
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
Cast—First Row: John MacDonald,
Master of Ceremonies;
Second Row: Jean Barry, Pamela Howley Crawbuck and Carol
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
email@example.com or call 603 463-9400.