State soccer champions! … Sewer renewal complicated … Discount Rx cards … Warrant articles shaping up … Frigid harbor rescue
Staff of Rye Reflections
The U-13 champs from Rye: Back row (from left), Coach: Guy Stearns, Charlie Hanna, Beckley Stearns, Mark Whitaker, Carter Madden, Colin Monahan, Taylor Schwartz, Morgan Blanchard, Coach: Charlie Griffiths; front row, Will Nee, Sam Berube, Austin Helm, Robbie Carr, Tyler Dewsnap, Tommy Griffiths, Bryan King. (Rye Soccer Assn. photo)
Rye's Under-13 boys soccer team has now done it all.
Representing the smallest town in the Division 1 state championships, the Rye team walked off with the New Hampshire title, defeating Merrimack in the final, 2-1.
The team also won the N.H. Soccer Association's Sportsmanship Award, voted on by officials for fair play.
And this is the team that was elevated to Division 1 after winning the state title in its division in 2007. Meanwhile, Rye's U-14 team came within a whisker of a state Division 2 title but lost in the final to Hopkinton, 2-1. The U-13 team will be moving up to that age bracket next year and has its sights set on doing at least as well, according to Charlie Griffiths who will continue to coach the team along with Guy Stearns.
"This team has been resilient all year," said Griffiths, pointing out that the team lost its opener, then won 13 and tied one. The boys also trailed in the title game, but got a goal with 10 seconds left in the first half from Bryan King, who also scored with 20 minutes left, taking a feed from midfielder Beckley Stearns deflecting a shot off a Merrimack player. Goalies Robbie Carr and Tyler Dewsnap kept the lid on Merrimack after the first goal which resulted after two Rye players lost their footing. (More information at the Rye Soccer Association website
In girls soccer the undefeated Seacoast United U-11 team also won the U-12 state title with a 4-0 victory over the New Hampshire Classics. Shanley King of Rye is a member of that team.
And on the college level Amanda Whittet, a senior at Gordon College, was named to the New England Intercollegiate Soccer Association team that will play in the Soccer Bowl on Dec. 7 at Salem State College at 11 a.m.
An issue that bears watching: Rye has requested renewal of its agreement with Hampton for “treatment and disposal of wastewater”. The sewer contract, which covers an eastern section of Rye, is due to run out in October, 2009. What might seem like a pro forma extension is now not that easy. According to Hampton Town Manager Frederick W. Welch, a day after the signing in 1989 “the Hampton Townspeople at their Special Town meeting took away the authority of the Selectmen to regulate sewers and consequently the authority to decide whether or not to renew the Agreement.”
It gets even more complicated: “Where no Hampton Town Meeting has directed the Selectmen to exercise the non-renewal option … the Agreement is considered by the Hampton Selectmen to have been renewed already for some period of years not less than 5, but the length of the renewal term must be determined by Town Meeting vote, so long as it is not for less than 5 years.”
Welch further stated in a letter to the Rye Sewer Commission that the Hampton Selectmen plan to submit a warrant article “at a future Hampton Town Meeting to enable the voters to specify the period of such renewal.”
Meanwhile, Rye received an unexpected 46% rate increase in Hampton’s quarterly bill, according to Interim Town Administrator Michael Farrell, throwing the present budget $30,000 out of whack.
Even though the tide was going out, this kayaker was literally a stick-in-the-mud, but his patience paid off when a wave sneaked in after a few minutes and swept him out for a nice joy ride on a calm day. (Gail Beamer photo)
- Heroes aplenty emerged when fire struck 15 Sagamore Road on Nov. 20: The Portsmouth ambulance crew that saw smoke and called the Fire Department … Rich Pettigrew, owner of Seaport Fish next door who entered the flaming building, only to find the babysitter and child who were on the second floor had gotten out … Pettigrew and his staff who provided coffee for firefighters and helped organize the dropoff of clothes for the family of four children who lived in the building that was being renovated on the first floor for use by We Care Cleaners … and those who donated clothing and goods from the Seacoast area and well beyond.
- Talk about public servants: A woman burst into the Selectmen's meeting 45 minutes into the proceedings, waving her tax bill and saying she was there to pay her tax bill that had a deadline of that day. Offices had closed almost three hours earlier, but Selectman Joe Mills offered to sign and date the envelope and stick it under the Town Clerk's door. Just then someone walked by the courtroom door. It was Town Clerk Beth Yeaton. With great glee the taxpayer handed her now-on-time check to Yeaton, who obviously had been burning the midnight oil.
- U.S. Senator Judd Gregg, a Republican from Rye, resigned his seat last Monday on a new Congressional panel formed to monitor the federal bailout, citing workload, especially as the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.
- Rosalie Powell Andrews, who ran for the Board of Selectmen this year, has expressed an interest in Rye's old police station, diagonally across from Town Hall, in her real estate sales capacity. In a letter to the Board she requested an on-site inspection for "a clear picture of its condition", adding: "It is my understanding that there may be a mold issue that would need to be addressed. It would be my intention to bring to the inspection a mold expert, a builder and perhaps a demolition company, should demolition be the only option." The board agreed to a guided inspection tour. Last year the Rye Water District expressed an interest in using the building but backed away.
- Lynn Joslyn, who lives at 180 Washington Road, said she has heard gunshot sounds in the Town Forest on two occasions and both times saw cars with out-of-state license plates parked in the vicinity of the Forest. In one instance a hunter emerged from the woods and, she told Rye Selectmen, claimed his safety "was not on right" and the gun fired. Plans for posting more "No hunting" signs are in the works.
The renovation of the Spinelli house on Ocean Boulevard is complete. Owner Michael Spinelli exudes about the dawn view: "The morning sun is a birth of new energy." This photo from a helicopter was taken by Joseph St. Pierre. Look for a six-foot electrified wreath on the top skyporch for the Christmas season.
- Especially concerned about the safety of his officers from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., Police Chief Kevin Walsh asked for and received support from the Selectmen for his plan to purchase a Taser gun.
- Free discount prescription cards are now available at Rye Town Hall as well as at numerous other locations, according to the Rockingham County Commissioners. The cards may be used by all county residents, "regardless of age, income or existing health coverage" and are accepted by most pharmacies, according to the commissioners. The program is sponsored by the National Association of Counties and administered by Caremark Rx Incorporated. Other locations include community action agencies, senior centers, nursing homes, adult day care centers and visiting nurses agencies.
- The Town of Rye has declared Harbor Road private from the point that it turns right beyond the Rye Harbor jetty, precluding plowing and post-storm cleanup. A notice of decision written by Town Counsel Michael Donovan was signed by Selectmen on Dec. 1. A motion for a re-hearing may be filed within 30 days. Chairman Craig Musselman stated at a Nov. 17 Selectmen's meeting that the situation presents "a convoluted, complicated set of legal arguments," adding, "I have been surprised that owners had in their deeds that it was a private right of way." DPW Director Bud Jordan said the section of road was “almost impossible to plow”, that there was no way to turn around a plow, and he considered it too dangerous for drivers.
- After months of discussion Rye’s Planning Board has voted to change the term “nursing home” to “nursing facility” and delete the terms “convalescent [home]” and “home for the elderly” from the special exception provisions of the zoning ordinance. A warrant article to that effect will go to the Jan. 30 Deliberative Session. Webster at Rye, deemed a “home for the elderly” in 1981 was given assurances that “improvements” to its facilities on Washington Road would be approved if they were within the present footprint.
- Less discussion resulted in a Planning Board warrant article adding “adult cabaret”, “adult arcades” and “Body Art” establishments to the list of regulated adult establishments in the zoning ordinance. Aw shucks.
In past years the frostbite sailors from Frosty Fleet No. 9 have spent their winter months sailing in the Portsmouth/New Castle waters. This year they are trying out Rye Harbor, beginning with Nov. 23, the second coldest day since 1893, according to one weather expert — and with wind gusts hitting at least 40 miles per hour. The sails of 11 boats were bobbing and dipping, throwing one hardy soul into the freezing waters in the center of the harbor. Top two photos were taken from the north side of the harbor, the rest from the Harbor Road side.
Into the water. A rudder adjustment.
Let the races begin …
Man overboard …
Man overboard as his boat capsizes. Motorboat to rescue; sailor, still in water, bails boat.
Recovery time …
Sailor gets warm; sailboat flounders. Respite over; up 'n at 'em.
As you were …
In less than 10 minutes frostbite sailor returns to the action and all is well. (Jack Driscoll photos)
(For story and closeup photos of Frostbite Sailors in February edition of Rye Reflections, click here).
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