Illustrated Bites of Island News

Jim Cerny, reporting and photographs

Island Items newsletter Fire and police building Primary election Clothesline art show Fort Stark maintenance Henrys' Market A peaceable kingdom

Island Items newsletter

You can get the August, 2008, edition of the New Castle Town newsletter, issued by the Office of the Selectmen, here, in Adobe PDF format, running to ten printed pages.

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Fire and Police building needs

On September 25 the New Castle Selectmen held a public meeting to solicit candidates to serve on a new Building Committee. This Building Committee will have seven members, including the fire and police chiefs, plus the Board of Selectmen as ex-officio members. Eric Katz will chair the Committee, with four more members to be selected from the public, plus an alternate. Eric Katz distributed a mission statement.

The Building Committee is to report back to the Selectmen by December 15, allowing for review and input before presenting a report to the Budget Committee in Feburary, 2009, with the expectation of the Town voting on a warrant article in May, 2009.

Front and side elevations of the initial proposed New Castle Fire/Police building. Click on the drawing to see a larger version. (by TMS Architects)

The Selectmen also accepted a proposal by Chet Lang to proceed with a complete redesign of the town Web site.

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Primary results

These are the results of the New Castle primaries, excluding races for county offices and excluding write-ins where there was a candidate on the ballot. There is a separate table for Democrats and Republicans.

GovernorKathryn Forry
John Lynch
U.S. SenatorJeanne Shaheen
Raymond Stebbins
U.S. RepresentativeCarol Shea-Porter79
Executive CouncillorBeverly Hollingworth74
State SenatorMartha Fuller Clark76
State Representative
(vote for two)
David Borden
Otto Grote

GovernorJoseph Kenney105
U.S. SenatorJohn Sununu
Tom Alciere
U.S. RepresentativeJeb Bradley
Dave Jarvis
Geoff Michael
John Stephen
Executive CouncillorRussell Prescott128
State SenatorChristian Callahan129
State Representative
(vote for two)
Will Smith
Jeff Gilbert
Delegate to
State Convention
Wayne Semprini24

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Clothesline art show

Linda Gillespie.
On Saturday, September 20, 42 artists from New England and New York participated in the annual Clothesline Arts Show for the benefit of the New Castle Congregational Church Guild, organized by Linda Gillespie. In Linda's words:

There were oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, pen and ink works, and jewelry to suit every price range. Quincy Whitney was there with her recently published book, "Hidden History of New Hampshire". Claudia Hopf, author of two books on scherenschnitte (papercutting), was there with her exceptional work.

And there were a number of photographers.

Clothesline art show in progress.

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Fort Stark maintenance

Several pending maintenance projects were completed in September due to gifts and outstanding efforts by organizations: (1) restoration of the entrance flag pole (thanks to a gift by Brian and Emily Hall and the willingness of Ricci Construction Company to go the extra mile); (2) re-roofing of the Machine Shop, which was leaking, and which is now functioning as a visitor center to house artifacts and displays (thanks to the State Division of Parks and Recreation); and (3) securing the Oil House to store marine rescue equipment (thanks to Sam Page).

Brigade leader Peter Rice sizes up a measurement for the flag pole while welder Andy Croteau holds the tape.

Grinding the old finish on the flag pole.

Re-roofing of the Machine Shop with 50-year rated shingles. Left to right: Ben Wilson, Arnold Bright, and Randy Duquette.

New door to allow use of the oil house for rescue equipment..

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Henrys' Market progress

Hayhurst with daughter Amalia.

Hayhurst with carpenter.

Ana Gabriela Hayhurst will be the manager of Henrys' Market when it opens later in October.

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A peaceable kingdom

Two Suffolk sheep now resident in New Castle.

These two sheep, sometimes called Hillary and Sarah, spent their first summer in New Castle, keeping grass cut. As with some other New Castle residents, they will be spending their winter elsewhere, expected to return in 2009.

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In case you get lost

A tee shirt seen at the Wentworth Hotel.

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October, 2008