Tower for Rye? Aquarion seeks increase A site for sore cyclists Primary election results in Rye Spicy N.H. races

Jack Driscoll

From outside in

The status of Harbor Road beyond the turnaround opposite the harbor breakwater (above) will be the subject of a public hearing before the Rye Board of Selectmen, probably on October 20. At issue is whether the road is private beyond the turnaround from which these photographs were taken, the one below looking back at Rye Harbor. (photos by Jack Driscoll)

Tower power  

Will the Town of Rye end up with the Pulpit Rock Tower in its lap with no particular use in mind for it?

A few years ago Rye eyed the tower as a place for a cellphone antenna. But opposition from neighbors and the cost in the thousands to clean out bird and animal droppings put an end to discussions.

Along came a group of Seacoast residents who can't get cellphone reception. The tower as a relay station seemed enticing to them. They tried twice in two years to work out an arrangement, the last time this past spring with interest from Verizon.

But the neighbors organized an apparently successful opposition, then offered to help find another antenna site.

The state Fish & Game Department had obtained use of the 73-foot tower from the federal government in 1978 for surveillance of lobstering violations. That need no longer exists. So the Friends of Pulpit Rock came up with a proposal that the tower could be turned over to the Town of Rye with the proviso that Rye would not allow an antenna and that the neighbors would raise the funds for a cleanup.

Fish & Game leaped at the idea, suggesting the tower was akin to a lead weight around its neck, and has submitted papers to the Selectmen offering to allow Rye to take over an "easement ownership" of the tower. The paperwork has been relayed to Rye counsel.

Residents along the coast still can't get a cellphone signal, but, hey, Rye might get a free tower out of the deal.  Such a deal?

Drip treatment

The Aquarion Water Company has begun the rate-increase process that will affect customers in Hampton, North Hampton and the Rye Beach and Jenness Beach districts of Rye.

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission received the application on August 29 and is expected to take 10 months to study the details and hold hearings before ruling. Aquarion is requesting interim rates during the deliberations.

In a briefing of Rye Selectmen on Sept. 22, Aquarion Senior Vice President Larry A. Bingaman said the impact on a residential customer using 67,000 gallons a year would be an increase of 21 cents per day or $75 per year.

Rye would account for $157,000 of the $5.6 million projected increases that Aquarion says are needed to recover the cost of investment the past three years (the last increase was in 2005).

The $157,000 was broken out as follows:

Click here for a rate application overview and newpaper articles on the increase request.

Way to go  

It was a celebration not a competition that brought out cyclists in droves from Hampton Beach State Park to Wallis Sands to New Castle and on into Portsmouth, a distance of 21.5 miles, on Saturday, Sept. 20. They were marking the official opening of the state's portion of the East Coast Greenway. Actually it's only a preliminary route as the 3,000-mile trail from Key West, Florida, to Calais, Maine, takes shape. New Hampshire's organizing group that includes the Rockingham Planning Commission has posted signs to mark this state's leg of the trail. More information may be found at www.greenway.org.

The sign at left is on the westerly end of Cable Road as it feeds into Central Road.

Obama? McCain?

Statewide and local races have added even more flavor to the November Presidential election. Governor John Lynch is being challenged by Joe Kenney, a state senator; Republican John Sununu is defending his U.S. Senate seat in a rematch against former governor, Jeanne Shaheen; Jeb Bradley is looking to regain his U.S. Congress seat from Carol Shea-Porter who beat him in 2006; Christian Callahan is running against Martha Fuller Clark for her state Senate chair, and a tight four-way race for two seats in the state House of Representatives pits incumbents David Borden and Otto Grote against Will Smith and Jeff Gilbert. What follows are the Rye results of the September primary election that saw a 17.3% turnout of eligible voters, that broke down into 520 who took Republican ballots and 288 who took Democratic ballots:

GovernorJoseph Kenney377
U.S. SenatorJohn Sununu
Tom Alciere
U.S. RepresentativeJeb Bradley
Dave Jarvis
Geoff Michael
John Stephen
Executive CouncilorRussell Prescott422
State SenatorChristian Callahan418
State Representative
(vote for two)
Will Smith
Jeff Gilbert
SheriffDan Linehan427
County AttorneyJim Reams421
County TreasurerEdward Sandy Buck III415
Register of DeedsCathy Stacey422
Register of ProbateAndrew Spizz Christie411
County CommissionerKatherin Kate Pratt423
Delegate to
State Convention
Patrick T. Mahoney
Bob Brown (write-in)

GovernorJohn Lynch
Katy Kathryn Forry
U.S. SenatorJeanne Shaheen
Raymond Stebbins
U.S. RepresentativeCarol Shea-Porter261
Executive CouncilorBeverly A. Hollingworth246
State SenatorMartha Fuller Clark250
State Representative
(vote for two)
David Borden
Otto F.Grote
SheriffDavid J. Lovejoy209
County Attorney(No candidate)
County TreasurerDavid E.Ahearnb208
Register of DeedsPhilip Nugent203
Register of ProbateDebra E. Crapo231
County CommissionerNorman J. Patenaude209

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Well wishes

Fall colors are spilling over outside home on Wallis Road. (Bill "Pappou" Drew photo)