Illustrated bites of Island news

Jim Cerny, reporting and photography

Ribbon cutting ceremony Public occurrences Church steeple Parks plans redux Historical Society meeting Piscataqua ship spotting Fall survivors Early southeaster Quick index to back issues

Ribbon cutting ceremony

On November 17 there was a formal ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the new Safety Complex for the Fire and Police Departments. A public open house to view the building is scheduled for Saturday, December 12, 9:00 a.m. - noon.

The New Castle selectmen: Pete Gamester, Lorn Buxton, and Patty Cohen.

Members of the building committee who were present: Dave McGuckin, Jeff Hughes, Tom Smith, and Eric Kates.

Members of the fire department who were present: Chief Dave Blanding, Peter Rice, Ryan Chase, Terri Golter, Mark Wooley, and Reggie Whitehouse.

return to top of page

Public occurrences

Several town events are worth noting. Chuck Petlick, long-time building inspector, retired and is replaced by Don Graves. Graves, who lives in Stratham, is full time as building inspector in Rochester, keeping part-time hours in New Castle: Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00-6:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 12:30-5:30 p.m.

The Town Clerk, Priscilla Hodgkins, announced new hours beginning December 9. These are: Monday 3:00-6:00 p.m. (no change), Wednesday 8:00-11:00 a.m., and Thursday 8:00-11:00 a.m.

The latest addition to the Police Department is Jared Knox, in trainee status.

Chuck Petlick.

Jared Knox.

The New Hampshire Municipal Association recently held workshops and meetings, which were attended by selectman Patty Cohen and town tax collector Pam Cullen. New Castle received second place in its population category for its 2009 annual report, which is prepared by Pam Cullen.

Pam Cullen with award for the town annual report.

Pam Cullen and Patty Cohen examine winning town reports.

return to top of page

Church steeple

As we reported in January, 2009, the Congregational Church is on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the conditions for that status is the preservation of the old steeple while the fiberglass steeple provided by T-Mobile is in use. The plan is to have Preservation Timber Framing of Berwick, Maine, restore the steeple at their shop, then bring it back and incoporate it as a functional gazebo on the Church grounds exact location to be determined.

Old church steeple, prepared for transport to be restored.

return to top of page

Parks plans redux

In June the New Hampshire State Department of Parks and Recreation released a plan for the future of the State parks, soliciting input from all stake holders and visitors. The timing of the release and the way key points were stated generated a lot of confusion, so they stepped back to prepare a revised plan, which was released on the Parks Web site on November 23rd. This revised plan is much expanded, consisting of a 57-page main report and 19 appendices.

There are four public information sessions with a deadline of December 24 for input. The Seacoast session was December 1, with a very polished overview by Parks director Ted Austin.

The parks in the immediate Seacoast are: Fort Constitution and Fort Stark in New Castle; Odiorne, Wallis Sands, Jenness, Rye Harbor, and White Island in Rye; North Hampton in North Hampton; and Hampton Beach in Hampton.

return to top of page

Historical Society meeting

The New Castle Historical Society held its annual meeting, electing new officers and board members and previewing the exhibit panels that are under development. Rodney Rowland stepped down after six very successful years as President and remains ex officio on the board. Rodney is replaced by former Vice-President Jim Cerny and Joan Hammond steps into the position of Vice-President. Two new board members were elected, Alexander Kennedy and Irene Bush, replacing retiring members Bruce Smith and Clint Springer.

The exhibit committee, chaired by Nancy Borden, is working with Portsmouth graphic designer and artist Denise Brown to develop a panel for each century of New Castle's history, with the panels to be mounted on the walls and to include artifacts and extended history essays.

Panel showing New Castle in the 1600's.

return to top of page

Piscataqua ship spotting

As reported last month, the Navy's dock landing ship USS Carter Hall was at the Shipyard. On November 4 it left, requiring the unusual maneuver of pivoting at the wide part of the Piscataqua between the Shipyard dry dock and Peirce Island, using three Moran tugs and three Navy tugs. This image was captured from Four Tree Island, half-way through the turn.

Carter Hall in mid-turn.

The 2009 season saw the replacement of the original Dinghy Dock floating restaurant with the Dinghy Dock II at the Wentworth Marina. And as a result of negotiations between the Marina and the homeowners association, the restaurant is moved from A-Dock to E-Dock, to reduce the impact of noise.

The new Dinghy Dock II on E-Dock at the Wentworth Marina.

The Bosphorus Queen (IMO 8517384) was unloading salt at Granite State Minerals in Portsmouth. The ship is flagged in Panama, built in 1986, with a capacity of 26,842 DWT.

The salt ship Bosphorus Queen unloading in Portsmouth.

The Alice Oldendorff (IMO 9183776) arrived, notable in appearance for its Krupp self-unloading system of hoppers and vibration feeders. The ship is flagged in Liberia, built in 2000, with a capacity of 50,259 DWT. It is one of 300 vessels operated by the EO Group.

The bulk carrier Alice Oldendorff arriving on the Piscataqua.

Detail of the hopper and conveyor systems on the Alice Oldendorff.

return to top of page

Fall survivors

Tenacious red oak leaves the red oak family of species has pointed leaves and the white oak family has rounded leaves, named for the color of their wood, not the color of their leaves.

Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) are one of winter's sentinels after they finish releasing their seeds.

Yellow crab apples linger on trees, providing food for birds during hard times in the winter. These are at the New Castle Common.

return to top of page

Early southeaster

On November 14 we had a strong southeast rain storm, or sou'easter, with over two inches of rain. The winds were not exceptionally strong, but blew (fetched) from an easterly direction for an extended period of time.

Waves at the New Castle Common.

return to top of page

Quick index to back issues of Saltines

December, 2009