Att: Wall thieves Parks draft delayed Molly Rowlee's birthday On cove and creek Town forest expands Souter hardly retiring Dan Brown book due out

Staff of Rye Reflections

Stonewalling thieves

Stone walls are prevalent throughout the Seacoast, even on the Isles of Shoals. This one was built on Appledore. (Jim Cerny photo)

New Hampshire's recent updating of its 1791 law to protect stone walls from thieves prompted numerous readable stories regarding these treasured markers. The Boston Globe took a broader look at the New England-wide problem, while Wayne Hooper was inspired to check out the history of stone wallsin Seacoastonline.

The one-time N.H. fine of $15 is now triple that amount, but also requires the guilty party(ies) to pay attorney fees and restore the wall, a cost that could run into the thousands in many cases.

Robert Thorson, a University of Connecticut geology professor whose studies have carried him 20,000 miles across the region on foot, according to the Globe, says that half of New England's stone walls were built to mark off farm fields between 1775 and 1825.

Other stories, each adding a bit more insight, appeared in The Eagle-Tribune of Massachusetts amd The Times-Argus of Vermont.

Wait'll next year

August came and went, and the promised re-issue of the state Division of Parks and Recreation's draft of its Ten-Year Strategic and Capital Improvement Plan is now promised for the beginning of November. However, there were 300 public comments since the first draft was ordered withdrawn early in July by DRED Commissioner George  Bald (see Rye Crisp in  the August issue of Rye Reflections). A new timeline calls for a draft by November 2, public sessions concluded by November 25 and a final version completed by January 4, 2010. The Legislature will have to be petitioned to extend the draft deadline of September 30. For more information, go to the state Parks website.

Surfers salute Molly

(Judy Palm photos)

Molly Rowlee's 6th birthday would have been August 22. The day began hazy, hot and humid as hundreds of surfers gathered at Plaice Cove and North Beach
in Hampton. They were there to help Molly's family and friends honor the day without Molly. Last February Molly was diagnosed with anaplastic large-cell lymphoma. Six months later, on July 12, she died. The Rowlees are a family of surfers, and the surfing community had come together several times during the illness to raise money. On August 22 they were there for a celebration of her life. The beach at the cove was covered with surf boards, and each one had a flower on it. The surfers rode their boards out, formed a heart, sang "Happy Birthday" and threw the flowers into the water. Those who couldn't go into the ocean did the same from the shore. There were many tears and hugs, but Molly had a meaningful and friend-filled birthday. The surfing community is continuing to hold fund raisers to support families like the Rowlees. More information and a list of events is available at www.mollyrowlee.com.