On flooding … Recycling fishing line … Egrets influx … Sen. Gregg in movies … Historical Society Open House
Staff of Rye Reflections
Seagull hovers above the Uncle Oscar, a 20-passenger vessel skippered by Sue Reynolds, enroute to Rye Harbor from Star Island on one of its many daily visits to the island. (Jim Cerny photo)
A just-published federal report on the floods of May, 2006, and April, 2007, gives short shrift to the Seacoast on the subject of future remedies.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) concentrates on rivers, lakes, basins and dams, stating the following regarding the consequences of development in coastal communities:
"Imperviousness in the Seacoast region increased from 4.7 percent in 1990 to 8 percent in 2005. Thus, the Seacoast is approaching that threshold and could experience more significant flood impacts as development continues."
The report stated that the 2006 rainfall volume ranged from 6 inches inland to more than 14 along the Seacoast over a two-day period. In 2007 amounts ranged from 4 to 8 inches in 2 days. "The heaviest rainfall was over coastal areas during both events."
Clearly not-far-inland communities such as Newmarket, Exeter-Durham and the Dover-Rochester-Somersworth area were badly affected, but "the study focuses on the basins and dams within the Salmon Falls, Suncook, Piscataquog, and Souhegan Rivers." However, the report acknowledges that "The highest flow rate ever recorded on the Lamprey River in Newmarket occurred during the May 2006 flood, and the highest flow rate ever recorded on the Oyster River in Durham occurred during the April 2007 flood."
The full report is available at
Egrets by the dozens stop for a visit in wetland area off Ocean Boulevard in Salisbury, opposite the "All American Tavern". (Linda Gebhardt photo)
Did you know it takes fishing line 600 years to break down in the environment? That's what Blue Ocean Society director Jen Kennedy told Seacoastonline.com in announcing a recycling/disposal program for fishing line and other gear. Bins are being placed along the coast, such as at Rye Harbor, the Hampton State Pier, Wentworth by the Sea Marina and Great Bay Marine in Newington.
Clear fishing line presents a hazard for fish, who can get tangled in it, birds, wildlife, boaters, divers and beachgoers.
To underscore her 600-year figure, Kennedy adds, "That's six times longer than tin cans and batteries, 17 times longer than fishing nets and 40 times longer than plastic bags."
- U.S Senator Judd Gregg of Rye has become a movie star. Gregg is appearing in a movie, I.O.U.S.A., having to do with growing debt and entitlement spending. His role as creator of a bipartisan task force won Gregg the role. Although it is playing in 400 theaters, none is in N.H., according to politicker.nh.
- Two authors have been booked for book signings at the Rye Public Library in September. Harold Whitehouse, author of Home by Nine: The Real South End, will appear on Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m., and Stuart Wisong will be there on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign the book about his dog entitled, Angel Come Home.
- New officers for the Rye Over 55 Club are Merle Harmon, president; Jane Langley, vice president; Sandi Marston, secretary, Bea Ann Kendall, assistant secretary; Meg Cartwright, treasurer, and Marge Robertson, assistant treasurer. Not restricted to Rye residents, the club will hold a noon lunch on Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Rye Congregational Church with guitarist Tony Romano providing country and western music. A trip to Castle in the Clouds with an on-site buffet luncheon will take place on Sept. 17, leaving the church at 9 a.m. and returning at about 5 p.m.
- The Rye Historical Society is throwing a party with a purpose on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. The Historical Society will host an Open House to get input on an upcoming exhibit. Attendees will be treated to food and drink as well as entertainment between 5 and 6 p.m.
- The 25th annual Car Show, sponsored by the Rye Lions Club, will be held at Parsons Field on Sept. 21 (with a rain date of Sept. 28).,
Thomas Berger's "Tunicate".
- The Old Portsmouth Library will be the site of Sunday Salons, all starting at 2 p.m., beginning on Sept. 21 with Stories on the Seacoast, featuring the Pontine Theatre's Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews who will present a scenes from stage adaptations of popular Portsmouth literature (Charles Brewster's "Rambles about Portsmouth" and Thomas Bailey Aldrich's "The Story of a Bad Boy"). The Portsmouth Historical Society is sponsoring the salons that later will include on Sept 28 a slide presentation on the Isles of Shoals by Stephanie Voss Nugent and Oct. 26 readings by Mimi White and other area poets from their poems about the sea. The locale, now called the Discover Portsmouth Center, is at corner of Middle and Congress Streets. Call 603-436-8420 for more information about the schedule, tickets and reservations.
- Now in progress and running until Sept. 30 is a stone sculpture exhibition (see photo at right) by Thomas Berger of Kittery at the Seacoast Science Center. More information at www.seacoastsciencecenter.org.
- The self-guided Fairy House Tour in Portsmouth is scheduled for Sept. 20-21. More information at www.fairyhouses.com.
- The arrest of a Tucson man by Rye Police has prompted area officials to warn against door-to-door solicitations for charity. It's illicit to solicit in Rye without a town permit.
- As part of an overall cutback of 200 flights a day nationally, Southwest Airlines will cut three of its daily 15 flights out of Manchester as of Jan. 11.
- Persistent rain this summer has prompted the Department of Environmental Services to warn residents of dangerous mold that can occur when a building interior becomes wet. What to do? Check out www.des.nh.gov/ARD/EHP/IAQ/index.html.
- The Rye Driftwood Club, recently cited by the Chronicle TV show for its revival of the Celia Thaxter garden on Appledore, has given a boost to the Hampton Falls Historical Society in its membership drive. The Driftwood Club donated shrubs and perennials as well as labor, for which the club will be honored with a reception tea on Sept. 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the museum across from Town Hall.
- A new state law went into effect last month tightening already tight federal restrictions on outdoor wood boilers. The EPA provides a list of certified makes and models at www.epa.gov/woodheaters/models.htm. For questions on state requirements, contact Pamela Monroe at DES (603-271-0882).
- The state primary election is Sept. 9. Two seats will be contested for State Representative in the Rye/New Castle district. Incumbents David Borden of New Castle and Otto Grote of Rye will be running for re-election on the Democratic side; Republican candidates are Jeff Gilbert of Rye and Will Smith of New Castle.
Bumblebee zeroes in on coneflower at Strawbery Banke's Goodwin House gardens.(Jim Cerny photo)
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