Scott Brown in town Rye to buy Goss Farm Surf & Swim Club back on docket Wentworth Home files for Chapter 11 Downtown Gap store closing Screech owl creates excitement Zechel loses seat Beach bills aim at smoking, trash infractions Dredging dump off Wallis Sands beach?

Staff of Rye Reflections

The shadow knows

The long shadows of a winter afternoon play off a house on Sagamore Road in Rye. (Jim Cerny photo)

Ties to Rye trigger discussion
and presence of Senator-Elect Brown

Several early-morning regulars at the Hungry Horse sipped coffee the Saturday after the special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts. The main topic of conversation was the election of Scott Brown and how life would change for him and his family who had been fairly visible in Rye in the summer, given that they have a second home here.

"You won't be seeing him coming in here," said one.

A short time later the cafe door opened, and in walked Scott Brown and his wife, Gail Huff.

Brown had passed up the Sunday talk shows on January 24 to relax at his Rye home, as noted in an article in the Boston Herald, which also ran an illustrated history of the Massachusetts Republican who, in dramatic fashion, captured the U.S. Senate seat that had been held by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

Before he set off for a rash of meetings with political and community leaders, the press and Jay Leno, Brown took time out to visit with third graders at the Dondero School in Portsmouth where his niece goes to school. He wanted to thank the pupils for sending him congratulatory letters. Even the teacher was "freaking out" over his surprise 8:45 visit. (Click here for full story.

Familiar faces in Rye before national limelight: Senator-elect Scott Brown with wife Gail Huff flanked by two daughters, Ayala (on left), a Boston College student, and Arianna, a Syracuse University student.

Goss property being preserved

At a hastily-called meeting (one-day public notice) that took 15 minutes the Rye Board of Selectmen agreed to a $1 purchase-and-sale agreement for the development rights for nine acres of the 210-year-old Goss Farm property whose main house was lost to a fire 11 months ago.

In return for unpaid taxes and a Conservation Commission expenditure of $663,000, the Town would acquire the $1.3 million property at 251 Harbor Road on the west side of Route 1-A. Easements would be given to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's and Natural Resources Conservation Service's Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP), which was set up to provide matching funds for such purposes.

According to minutes of the board meeting on January 28, Selectman Craig Musselman had thought the board was to be presented an acquisition proposal, but Jim Raynes, chairman of  the Conservation Commission, "explained that the Town will be buying the land at the same closing as the Easement closing." Raynes was participating by telephone.

The Town of Rye agreement is with Joseph W. Goss of Center Ossipee, N.H., Sandra Munsey of Forestdale, Mass,, Sarah M. Silk of Wolfeboro, N.H., Corinne Carignan of Eliot, Maine and Marilyn Bolduc of West Ossipee, N.H.

The Selectmen  also voted to place the sum of $260,000 as "Earnest Money" in an escrow account, pending execution of the sale.

Before-and-after photos of the Goss farmhouse appeared in the April, 2009 edition of Rye Reflections.



Trees in Rye Cemetery express the solitude of the season, in all its bleakness and beauty. (Kim Reed photos)


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