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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.

Neighbors helping Neighbors Strafford Fire & Rescue is hosting its annual Prime Rib Dinner with all the fixings on October 4, 2014, at the Bow Lake Grange Hall from 4 to 7 pm. Tickets are now available via telephone to the Bow Lake Station, 664-6863. Ticket price = Adults and Seniors $15.00; Children 6 and under eat free. Don’t miss this delicious night off from cooking.

The Strafford Library Association’s regular meeting will be held at Hill Library on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 7:00 pm. We are a “friends” group so all friends of Hill Library are welcome. Please join us.
Scouting in Strafford is gearing up for the busy 2014-2015 year. One of the Troop 23 goals for this year is an increased community service presence. For the month of October, we have two events planned. The first is clean-up of the Grange Hall. This will happen on Saturday, October 11, beginning at 10:00 am. Our other service event is one we need your help with planning. The Troop would like to do clean-up work on some of the many small cemeteries scattered about Town. We would like to do this on Saturday, October 25, again starting at 10:00 am. If you know of any places that could use this type of work that day, please contact us at StraffordTroop23@gmail.com , and someone will get back to you right away. Please watch this space each month for updates on Troop activities; and thank you for supporting Scouting in Strafford!
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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; Hill Library; Post Office; Strafford Town Hall; Strafford School; Isinglass Store; K & J’s Diner; Sheilah’s Deli & Market; Nippo Lake Golf Club; Northwood Garage; Northwood Physical Therapy; and online at www.straffordcommunitycalendar.com .

Beginning with the November issue, online readers of the Strafford Community Calendar will have the opportunity to enjoy the same experience as those who read our printed version. It will be posted in PDF format, complete with ads and working links, on our website. We will print instructions for accessing the online version in the November issue and on our website.

October is the time for our annual family pasta supper, an event of fellowship, a gathering before the busy holiday season arrives. All members and their families are invited to attend on Monday, October 27, 2014, at 6 pm in the Bow Lake Grange Hall. Don’t forget to bring the food you signed up for; your own plates, cups and utensils; and your items to sell on the Country Store Table, our fun Club mini-fundraiser.
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Theatre will proudly present the award winning musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on October 23, 24, and 25, 2014 at 7 pm in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA campus. With lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tells the Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors which comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph was his father’s favorite son, a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. The title character of Joseph is played by Junior Isaac Guzofski, and the Narrators of this great story are played by Senior Rachel Dallaire and Junior Janais  Axelrod. Other cast members bringing the tale to life include Seniors Olivia Anatone, Hannah Grady, Jordan Roach, Colton Rush, and Alec Schleich; Juniors Jessica Cooper, Claire Hammond, Damian May, Jared Neal, Emily Therrien, and Ryan Wadleigh; Sophomores Cassandra Barnhart, Sierra Brady, Lauren Burrows, William Girard, Joseph Guptill, and Arianna Jones; and Freshmen Zachary Helm, Nina Laramee, Kayla Pollak, and Allison Rose. The production is directed by faculty member Elizabeth Lent with musical direction by David Deardorff and choreography by Kolby Hume. Reserved tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors, and will be available after October 16, 2014, by calling 942-5531, ext. 237; by email to elent@coebrown.org ; or at the main office before or after school. This dazzling and entertaining performance is one you don’t want to miss.
Supervisors of the Strafford Checklist will be sitting at Town Hall on Saturday, October 25, 2014, between 11 and 11:30 am 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. If you are registering as a new voter, proof of citizenship, age, and residency in Strafford needs to be provided.
Fall is here, with all that entails -- putting our gardens to bed, decorating our homes for Halloween and Thanksgiving, and planning for next year’s Garden Club activities. After a rousing success with our first Blueberry Pancake Breakfast this past July, we will definitely host another one next year! Be on the lookout for details about that, as well as our very popular annual Plant Sale in May, and other interesting SGC events to come. 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...
Our season officially started when we held our first meeting on September 11, 2014. We have several months of hard work ahead of us. By the time you read this, our volunteers will have been out on the trails doing our routine maintenance and inspection. We also have some major repairs scheduled. Trail work officially started on September 21 this year and usually runs through mid-November. We meet Sunday mornings at the Bow Lake Grange Hall at 9 am. Contact Club President Shawn Barry at 969-4705 or Trail Master Kerry Omand at 664-2558 for more info on what we do and how you can help. As a side note, Coe-Brown students can receive Community Service hours by volunteering with the Club.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at 7 pm at Nippo Lake Golf Club. We will also be holding our annual Fall Social on Thursday, October 23, which will be held at Nippo as well from 7-9 pm. For more info on our trail work, meetings, Club sportswear, trail rides and more, check out our website at www.straffordswampstompers.org .
The Strafford School PTO would like to thank everyone who attended the Open House and volunteered to “Jump In” to help us this year! We had a great planning meeting for Pumpkin Hollow and are excited to welcome our new committee members. Pumpkin Hollow will be held at Strafford School on October 25, 2014, from 4 to 7 pm. Please join us for this annual event! Stay tuned for details about a Barnes and Noble fundraiser in November and our Christmas Craft Fair!
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.

Bob and Barbara are back! If you would like a part in the next radio show featuring Strafford’s Dynamite Corners event, please contact straflib@metrocast.net writing “Bob & Barbara” in the subject line.

Open Mic Night continues October 24 at 7 pm for family friendly comedy, poetry, acoustic music, and strumalong.

The Hill Library has posted an opening for Director in http://nhlibraryjobline.blogspot.com/  position starting January 1, 2015. MORE...

Ducks over the Dam. The day started out with the Boy Scouts hosting a pancake breakfast at the Grange Hall. Yum! Once breakfast was served and bellies were full, the Scouts helped out setting up our event. At 1:00 pm 918 ducks toppled over the Waldron’s Pontoon Boat into Bow Lake for the annual Ducks Over the Dam Race. The ducks wobbled their way to the finish line with Fred Trethewey’s duck reaching the Dam ahead of all others winning the first place prize of $300. Karen Zander and Bernie Metzger’s duck was close behind taking 2nd place with a prize of $150.00; followed by the duck of Gwen and Frank Wilson’s for the 3rd place prize of $75.00. Music played in the background, the grill was fired up for those Maple Leaf Hot Dogs, and kids were winning prizes chucking the duck. Fun was had by all. Congratulations to all the winners; and loads of thanks to all who purchased ducks, helped out with the activities, and came to enjoy the afternoon with us. We hope to see you next year. MORE...
At the September 8, 2014, Town of Strafford Republican Committee meeting, we heard from Republican candidates seeking the two seats representing the towns of Strafford and New Durham in the New Hampshire House. Kurt Wuelper and David Bickford were selected in the September Primary. Visit our website for more information about the candidates and their political views—http://straffordtownrepublicans.wordpress.com/ . Please join us October 13, 2014, at Hill Library at 6:30 pm where we will hear from Tim Dillon, Executive Council candidate. We will also talk about the upcoming General Election on November 4, 2014.
Ready Rides is a non-profit organization formed to provide rides for senior and physically challenged neighbors in Barrington, Durham, Lee, Madbury, Newmarket, Northwood, Nottingham, and Strafford who need transportation to medical appointments. To request information about registering as a rider, please email us at info@readyrides.org or call 603-244-8719. For more information as a driver, rider, or supporter, please contact Carolyn Clarke 664-9375 or Martha English 664-9089. 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.

Ready Rides continues to recruit volunteer drivers, 25 years old or older, who could offer a few hours now and then to provide rides so people can continue to live in their own homes. We will continue to offer a training session for the convenience of new drivers. Please bring your driver’s license, car registration, and proof of automobile insurance. Currently the Northwood Congregational Church has graciously agreed to continue to “parent” Ready Rides.
Late last spring you couldn’t help but notice the Horse Chestnuts in full bloom. One in particular caught my eye. It was right in my neighbor’s yard. How could I have ignored it all these years? In checking the Big Tree register, I realized Strafford didn’t have a champion Horse Chestnut. A call to our Strafford Big Tree coordinators, Dolly & Dennis Theriault, got the tree measured. In the process we had a good chat with our new neighbors, Ginny and Jim Keddy. They are the new owners of the old JoAlCo horse farm and are thrilled to have a champion tree in their yard.

The tree actually turned out to be two trunks growing together, so only the larger trunk was measured. It has a circumference of 99 inches (so you can imagine how big it looked with the two trunks). The tree is 42 feet tall and has an average crown spread of 54 feet. We got to use the Big Tree Program’s brand new laser range finder to measure the height, but backed up the figure with the trusty clinometer to be sure. This is the first Horse Chestnut to be measured in Strafford. You may know of one that is larger. Just put a measuring tape around it at about four and a half feet. If it is larger, call Carolyn Page at 664-2934 or email at carolynenzpage@gmail.com . We’d love to have some more big tree activity in Strafford.

At left, Dennis and Dolly Theriault with JoAlCo Road’s “Big Tree.”



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