Saunders Restaurant being sold
N.H. girds for beetles
Aquarion raises prices and ire
State cuts to slam Rye
Beattie brings Shoals to life
Primer on water is a winner
Sad ending for Hampton Cinema
Members of staff
This is one of 20 amaryllis blossoms on an indoor plant now three feet high that was given as a gift to Kathy Feltz of Hampton. The bulb was purchased from a Jackson & Perkins catalog.(Judy Palm photo)
Saunders Restaurant is likely to remain open until Labor Day, but owner-operator Doug Zechel has confirmed that the Rye Harbor restaurant is under a sale agreement. It's a bittersweet proposition for Zechel, who has been connected with the restaurant for 38 years.
The 2.72-acre site has been on the market for about two years and is listed at a price of $3.9 million by the Bentley By The Sea real estate agency, which notes that the property has 262 feet of frontage on the scenic harbor.
Technically it is a two-lot parcel. The prospective owner, Rye Harbor Realty, LLC, of 144 Washington Street in Portsmouth, plans eight single condominium units with a height of 28 ft., four units on the harbor where the restaurant sits and four on the south side of Harbor Road where there is now an overflow parking lot for the restaurant. A single septic system on that side of the road will service all eight units. The sewer system stops about a quarter mile south of the restaurant at Locke Road.
Atty. Peter Loughlin will be representing the buyer, requesting several variances, before the Zoning Board of Adjustment on Wednesday night, March 11, accompanied by developer James Nadeau of York, Maine. (He's no relation to the attorneys by that last name in Rye and Portsmouth). Atty. Loughlin's law office address is the same as Rye Harbor Realty's.
Only a few years ago condominiums replaced a restaurant just a few hundred yards across the marsh south of Saunders.
Once again we are being attacked by unwanted beetles that are threatening our forests. The three insects that the State of New Hampshire will target with a media blitz this summer are the Asian Longhorn Beetle, the Emerald Ash Borer, and the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid was found several years ago in Portsmouth. Last year it was identified in Rye. Now it is in 17 towns in southern New Hampshire. The Asian Longhorn Beetle is not in our state but has infected trees in Worcester, Mass. And the Emerald Ash Borer has now infiltrated our state. It comes in via camping visitors and local folk who take cut wood (for the camp and home fires) from one location to another, spreading the beetle in the process. The trees these insects will destroy are, in part, maples, birches, ashes, hemlocks, etc. If you find one of these insects, contact your local Cooperative Extension office. (See Rye Reflections story last May
regarding the battle against the Woolly Adelgid that infested hemlocks in Rye.)
Mourning dove perched on bristles of a broom on 9th Street porch in Hampton, possibly thinking it was a nest? There he stayed for an hour, ignoring nearby sounds of cars starting and doors closing. But the last straw (pun intended) was the click of the camera, and away he flew.(Judy Palm photo)
It'll take some convincing at a public hearing this month to overturn a major rate hike proposed for those on the Aquarion Water Company system in Hampton, North Hampton and parts of Rye (no increases are in the works for customers of the Rye Water District, according to a spokesperson). Aquarion has applied for a 21-percent rate increase and received approval in mid-February for a 7.65 percent temporary hike, effective as of Feb. 1, from the N.H. Public Utilities Commission. The next step is the PUC hearing at Winnacunnet High School at 6 p.m. on March 25. Residents and their state and local representatives are expected to turn out en masse. Aquarion argues that it has invested $5.6 million in system improvements in the last three years and is facing increased operations costs.
Surfing on Jenness Beach in the winter can be a chilly proposition. Can you blame the one that got away on being too bundled up? (Gail Beamer photo)
Did you know? By the mid-1660's the population of the Isles of Shoals was about 600 and for a number of years the Isles were considered by the English to be the most valuable colony in northern New England.
(file photo by Jim Cerny)
That was among the nuggets imparted by marine educator Ann Beattie, president of the Isles of Shoals Historical and Research Association, before a standing-room-only crowd at the Rye Public Library on Feb. 19.
From 1640 to 1775, she said, the Society for the Propagating of the Gospel to the Indians and other "persons" living in North America was quite active at the Shoals. For more than a century previous to the Revolutionary war, the little settlement flourished with a church, school house, court house and the usual municipal offices.
Much of what we know about the 19th Century life on the Isles off Rye came from the writings of Celia Thaxter (1835-1894), whose father arrived with his young family in 1839. Celia Thaxter wrote extensively about their experiences on Appledore, how they managed to survive the weather, the loneliness, and yet keep in touch with friends, said Beattie.
She also talked about Thomas Laighton (1839), a promising young Portsmouth businessman, who became the lighthouse keeper on White Island. He purchased several of the other islands in that year. Ultimately he succeeded as a hotelman with the purchase of the Mid-Ocean House on Smuttynose. He went on to build the Appledore House, a huge success after its 1848 opening.
- Mike Farrell, interim Town Administrator, represented Rye at a recent meeting of the N.H. Municipal Association which voted to support a 5% increase in the gasoline tax in each of the next three years to fund the rapidly diminishing State Highway Trust Fund. He also reported that Rye stands to lose up to $97,000 this year from cutbacks in state block grants that are under consideration and may have to pay out $57,000 if retirement contributions are shifted to the local level. Phew.
David McPhailRye resident David McPhail has been honored by the Newburyport Literary Festival for his contributions to children's literature, having been author and illustrator of nearly 100 books. The Festival is being held on April 24 and 25.
- Abnormal icy conditions have increased concerns of local, state and federal officials regarding fresh water contamination, given that the amount of chloride in New Hampshire is 100 times more than it was 50 years ago. Average citizens can help by using salt on ice (but never on snow) on walks and driveways only for safety; by sweeping up excess salt and sand after the ice melts; and by storing in sealed containers.
- In his new position with Municipal Resources, Inc., Alan Gould finds himself in the midst of a controversy. Rye's former Town Administrator is one of three authors of an After Action Report regarding a fire situation in Gloucester, Mass., that had led to the resignation of the fire chief. Full details were reported in the Gloucester Daily Times on Feb. 28.
- Municipal Pest Management Services lost its contract with the Town of Rye by the narrowest of margins. The Mosquito Control Commission called for sealed bids this year. Dragon Mosquito Control came in with a figure of $94,500; Municipal bid $94,734.
- The Rye Police Department has an opening for a full-time police officer resulting from the resignation of Matthew Doyle. Click here for more details. Meanwhile, Doyle has opened a convenience store at Rosewood Mall, 150 Lafayette Road, at the site of French and Italian restaurants that went out of business. Doyle plans to open a cafe at the rear of the store in the near future.
- A Hampton woman plead guilty in Portsmouth District Court last month for theft by deception, having used her 7-year-old daughter to solicit cash for a charity from businesses on 1247 Washington Road while her mother waited outside in a car. Similar incidents had been reported in North Hampton and Portsmouth, but in this instance, her arrest followed an investigation by Rye Police Officer Heather Porciello.
The recently-released New Hampshire Water Resources primer is chock full of solid, pertinent information. It was produced by the N.H. Department of Environmental Services with assists from expert individuals and organizations. A few factoids:
- With nearly 17,000 miles of rivers and streams, 1000 lakes and large ponds, 238 miles of ocean and estuarine coastline and potable water throughout the state, New Hampshire is relatively water rich.
- Although New Hampshire has just over 18 miles of Atlantic coastline, the states two major estuaries, Great Bay Estuary and Hampton-Seabrook Harbor, have nearly 220 miles of estuarine shoreline.
- Coastal watersheds of New Hampshire represent only 9 percent of the state, these areas provide essential habitat for more than 130 rare species.
- A two-foot rise in sea level by the end of this century is likely to increase the amount of New Hampshire seacoast land at risk. Click here for an interactive sea level map.
- Climate change is also expected to increase the frequency and severity of intense rainstorms and corresponding flooding.
Go to des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/wrpp/primer.htm
for the full report.
The curtain came down on Hampton Cinema Six on February 15. The cinema had provided a family environment for entertainment on the Seacoast for 29 years and had many devoted fans. In combination with the Galley Hatch you could enjoy a dinner and show or simply have a popcorn lunch and see a movie. Some of the staff had worked there for years, including students who worked there summers.
These four women have been going to the Hampton Cinema for years on Fridays for a popcorn lunch and a movie. They are (from left) Jan Bernarducci, Martha Williams, Kathy Sowerby and Eileen Marine. Eileen spends several months in Florida each year but planned a trip home to take part in the farewell. (Photos by Judy Palm)
The marquee for closing day.
Hampton Cinema Six.
Staff preparing to serve the public for one of the last times.
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