Lemonade stand the best … Rye plans swine flu clinic … 3 Workforce zoning amendments? … Civic League re-forming … CIP Plan wins acceptance, not approval … RCD shovels at the ready
Members of Rye Reflections staff
Rye Lions Club car show featured a perfect day, a big turnout and first-rate entries, including this 1938 Buick Special, owned by Dave Gelinas of Manchester. (Jim Cerny photos)
Badger Farms Creamery's 1957 Divco truck, owned by Jack Grover, Danville. For more on nostalgia surrounding this year/model, check out this New York Times article. 1934 Rolls Royce Shooting Brake ("woody") headlight details. Owned by Mark Harrison, Exeter.
The best in the US! The pre-teens who operated the mobile Moving Mountains lemonade stand on Rye Beach and Pirates Cove Beach this summer have been adjudged the Grand Prize Winners for 2009 of an Inc. Magazine competition. And they ended up as guests of the Today Show
Abby Suchocki, 11, Allison Jodoin, 11, and Lia Jodoin, 7, were the named entrants for the hotly-contested Best Lemonade Stand in America Contest, but they also got lots of help from Holly, 9, and Emily Cassidy, 13, Jodoin cousins from Harrisville, R.I., Grant Shambo and Ava Rohacek.
Their proceeds of $1,886 go toward funding girls for high school in rural China (The Moving Mountains China charity was founded by Mrs. Kim Jodoin; click here
for its website.) They picked up another $1000 donation from the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, because they used its ReaLemon juice in their recipe.
You can read more about their achievements and those of other winners at www.inc.com/lemonade/2009
You can read an interview with Abby by clicking on Inc. Q&A
, and you can see Emily Cassidy's Today Show
interview on You Tube
O yeah, their brownies were yummy, too.
With less visibility than the efforts on federal and state levels, Rye officials are actively preparing to play a role in dealing with the H1N1 virus, should it become necessary.
Included is a plan for a clinic to be set up in Rye in the coming weeks to vaccinate at a cost of $30 those who don't receive vaccinations from their physicians or elsewhere.
A rundown on various efforts was presented to the Board of Selectmen on September 8 by Lt. Ron Hordon of the Fire Department; Dr. Gail Snow, Rye's health officer; Alan Gould, director of emergency preparedness, and Fire Chief William Sullivan. Hordon traced the history of this virus strain, dating back to 1918 and surfacing four times since; described plans for target groups to receive shots at Portsmouth High, probably the third week of October (Click here
for the state's vaccination distribution plan), emphasized the need for citizens to wash their hands regularly and possibly avoid handshakes and stated that the Portsmouth Community Radio Station at 106.1 FM has agreed to broadcast official information when necessary.
Dr. Snow said there is no way to predict how big a problem the so-called swine flu might be but urged anyone with flu symptoms to stay home until a day after the fever breaks.
Gould, armed with a notebook of information that was about eight inches thick, said, "My big concern at this point … is the effect on the (Town) workforce." He also advised that every expenditure by the Town in connection with combating the virus should be documented, given that there could be Homeland Security reimbursement should costs run high.
Meanwhile, Superintendent George Cushing of SAU50 (Rye, New Castle, Greenland and Newington) has written a letter to parents
specifying ways they can help and explaining that decisions concerning schools will be made in conjunction with the state Department of Health and Human Services Communicable Disease Control Section.
With school-age beachgoers back in class the older generation has the beach to itself. Above, kite surfer nears speed limit flying flat out; below, higher kite produces a gliding ride. (Jack Driscoll photos)
Kite-surfing buddies wait their turns at State Beach; meanwhile … … paddler patiently makes his way to calmer — and safer — waters.
Rye voters are likely to see three zoning amendments on the ballot at the March 9, 2010 Town Election.
The Planning Board and its subcommittees have been tangling with the tricky task of compliance with the state Workforce Housing Law
, and indications are that the board will make adjustments to the Master Plan and work out zoning amendments to put Rye in compliance with the state Workforce Housing Law whose deadline for a plan to be in place has been extended to January 1. The law was enacted in 2008 as an effort to stem the shortage of "working households", including purchase and rental.
Town Counsel Michael Donovan has advised the board that it would be legally prudent to adjust the Master Plan as a backup to the zoning amendments that are still under discussion. In brief, proposed amendments may include:
- Determining the most appropriate locations for workforce housing ownership.
- Allowing for multifamily workforce housing of at least five dwelling units per structure and also identifying areas where such uses would be permitted.
- Considering mixed-use development, conservation subdivision or village design "as planning models that could help the community diversify its existing housing stock," according to a draft.
The southwestern corner of Rye is believed to have potential for housing development. In addition the statute requires that half of the opportunities for households must take place in residential areas.
Commercial districts, such as along Route 1, could be used for multifamily workforce housing. Being considered are enlarging the Commercial District west of Route 1 and rezoning some Commercial Districts to Business District.
Assisting in the process is Glenn Greenwood, assistant director of the Rockingham Planning Commission
They raised the roof — and more — on the house across Brown Court from the Carriage House Restaurant on Route 1A in order to put in a new foundation. (Jack Driscoll photo)
- Steps are underway to revive the Rye Civic League led by Alex Herlihy, director of the Historical Society, whose initial meeting on September 22 drew six citizens and pledges of interest from ten others. The purpose is to provide factual information about civic activities and issues. Founded in the late 60's by Frances Holway and active for about 24 years, the original Civic League distributed a news letter with schedules of upcoming meetings and information of governmental and political activity in Rye, much of which was derived from regular attendance at board and commission meetings by league members.
- Marty Chapman, executive director of The Housing Partnership, has had to sharpen his scissors this fall. He's scheduled a ribbon cutting for a Kennebunk complex on October 15, and not too long thereafter he'll be doing the same in Rye for the 24-unit Retirement Community Development at the old Rye Airfield off Route 1. "We signed our formal funding agreements this week (week of September 21) with New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority which clears us to solicit construction bids early in October. If all goes well, we will have a groundbreaking celebration sometime before Thanksgiving," Chapman said.
- Big news for fish. The Winnicut River Dam Removal Project in Greenland has been awarded $500,000 in stimulus funding, one of 50 nationally out of 814 proposals to be selected. The plan is to install a fish passage under an upstream bridge, "reopening a passage to more than 39 miles of habitat for migratory fish like river herring, smelt and American eel," according to the state DES, which provides detailed information (click here), including a webcam connection.
- Taking a cue from a marketing technique used by farmers, local commercial fishermen are developing a community-supported fishery (CSF) initiative. A buyer enters an agreement to buy local seafood over a pre-determined length of time at specified pickup locations with the guarantee that it is fresh, caught off the N.H. coast and carries an "N.H. Fresh and Local" brand. Using community-supported agriculture (CSA) as a model, the initiative resulted from a collaboration that included the UNH Cooperative Extension and N.H. Sea Grant, the N.H. Commercial Fisherman's Association, Yankee Fisherman's Cooperative as well as local seafood groups, restaurants and fish markets. Click on nhseafood.com.
A granite bench at Rye Harbor's commercial wharf was set up in late September to commemorate Lloyd Hughes, a fishermen for 54 years who died at age 81 in August. A Rye resident since 1951, he was founding member of the Portsmouth Fisherman's Co-op. (Jack Driscoll photo)
Rye also is mourning the loss of one of its leading citizens, Patricia C. Foss
, 62, who died of ALS (Lou Gehrig disease) on September 17. The wife of Stephen Foss for 38 years, she was co-founder of Tate & Foss Real Estate and was active in numerous charitable activities on the Seacoast.
Word has been received of the death of Franciscan priest Rev. Thaddeus Sapio
, 71, who studied and later served at the Shrine in Rye. Fr. Sapio died of cancer in Anderson, S.C., where he had been parochial vicar of St. Mary's Church.
In 2003 townspeople voted in favor of forming a Capital Improvements Program (CIP) as a vehicle for identifying and planning for capital expenditures. Incorporating such an entity into the way the town governs and budgets was a slow process. This year the CIP, chaired by Martin Klenke, has put forth a five-year plan that was deemed "excellent" by the Board of Selectmen at a September 8 meeting (The full report is on the town website
. Click on Capital Improvements Plan under Town on left side.) However, the Selectmen weren't quite ready to "approve" the plan as requested by the CIP but did vote to "accept" it. How a CIP functions is governed by state law, as summarized in a state resource handbook
. Much is recommended by the statute but little is mandated.
"We can accept it but don't have to abide by their plan," said Selectman Joe Mills.
"I don't think we have made any decisions on parceling out expenditures," said Selectman Crais Musselman, who made the motion that was agreed upon: "to accept the CIP Report for further deliberation for findings of Capital Expenditure."
Clearly the Selectmen and the Budget Committee have the last word on the annual budget, before it is presented to the voters. They don't want to be bound by the CIP plans but this time around seem to find value in the process.
(Jack Driscoll photo)
- Priscilla Jenness, chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen, has broken a bone in her foot and is sidelined for several weeks, but she has only missed one meeting. Mrs. Jenness is participating via a two-way telephone hookup (see photo at right) for board meetings and all-important budget deliberations.
- An apparent communications error led to a heated exchange between Joe Mills of the Board of Selectmen and Garry Layman, treasurer of the Rye Public Library board of Trustees last month. Layman and Trustee Chairwoman Sallie Mackie responded to a request to appear before the Selectmen. Mackie had to leave before the unscheduled agenda item was raised by Mills who said he had been told the Library trustees changed their position and now wanted to join the Town in seeking bids for a heating fuel contract. Mills said that Layman "berated" and "made fools out of the Board of Selectmen" when he informed the Budget Committee earlier that the Library would seek bids on its own, because it also wanted a service contract in the package. "If you take it as a personal offense, that's wrong," responded Layman who further stated that the Library had not changed its position. After more back-and-forth it appeared the two entities would go their own ways … still.
George Armstrong at his Rye Harbor booth. (Jack Driscoll photo)
- Popular and always on the go, George Armstrong is known for his upbeat manner. He seems to know everyone. Instead of "goodbye" he always says, "Happy Day". For 23 seasons he has worked the seacoast for the N.H. Division of Parks and Recreation at Ragged Neck Park, Wallis Sands Beach, Odiorne Park and the last several years at Rye Harbor. This has all come after retiring from Hampton in 1980 after years as a school principal there and elsewhere in N.H. and Mass. Now, at 86, George is telling co-workers and friends that this is his last year working. He plans to make up for lost time and do some traveling. "Happy Day, George."
- Cadet Cheyne Rocha of Rye has completed his seven weeks of Cadet Basic Training (CBT) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was accepted into the Corps of Cadets recently. A graduate of St. Paul's School, he played a year of junior hockey with the New Hampshire Junior Mavericks. He is the son of Larry and Candace Rocha.
- Ken Fox, former Rye Selectman, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of The Housing Partnership.
The scene, near and far, is serene from the porch of the late Polly Morton on the south side of Concord Point. Mrs. Morton died in May, 2008, at age 99 and was one of the founding members of Rye Reflections. Her regular offerings were entitled, "Polly's Porch". A memorable place and a memorable lady. (Bill "Pappou" Drew photo)
CORRECTION: For the first two days of the September issue "Rye Crisp" erroneously reported that Rye Selectmen had approved a five-year extension of the cable franchise agreement with Comcast. In fact, Rye had obtained a three-month extension.
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