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Jim Cerny, reporting and photography
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Flag on the excursion boat "M/V Thomas Laighton".
These are a few of the many events and happenings in June!
- Police swearing-in. Four new members of the Police Department were sworn in at a recognition ceremony on June 11
New officers, from left to right: Jared Knox, Matthew Tyler, Kurtis Boissonneault, and Alex Mitrushi (note sergeant stripes) shaking hands with Pam Cullen who administered the oath of office. Click on image for larger view.
- Church Guild. On June 26 the Church Guild successfully held its annual arts and crafts fair, with 51 exhibitors, earning over $4,000. Earlier in the month the kitchen in the Parish Hall was dedicated to Pauline Harris, a very active member who passed away in January, just shy of her 95th birthday.
The fair underway on the Church grounds, with excellent weather.
Sign at the Parish Hall kitchen.
- Gundalow talk.
Molly Bolster.On June 8, Molly Bolster, Executive Director of the Gundalow Company, spoke to the New Castle Historical Society about the history of gundalows on the Piscataqua and plans to build a new reproduction. The existing gundalow was moored in New Castle for the week with several opportunities to tour it and hear about its history.
While the existing gundalow will still be used, a new vessel that meets Coast Guard standards will not only be safer but will allow charging for visits to support the project. Construction will take place on the old Puddledock grounds at Strawbery Banke.
Among the interesting stories was learning to use the leeboard so the gundalow would sail in a straight line rather than in circles.
- Fort Stark. Volunteer activity continues at Fort Stark, with work on the grounds that includes expanding the parking lot and building stone walls. Volunteers are keeping the visitor center (former machine shop) open for several hours on weekend afternoons.
Jenny Rosenson digging. Mike McAndrew with wheelbarrow.
The American Independence Museum
in Exeter is holding its festival on July 17 in celebration of the Revolutionary era. A highlight is the re-enactment of a battle between Colonial forces and British troops, with re-enactors in period costumes and firing period weapons. See the pictures below from last year.
British soldiers firing at the Colonials.
Colonials firing at the British.
The images for this month are a reflection of the summer activity with excursions, fishing, and research.
The "John M. Kingsbury," research vessel for the Shoals Marine Lab, passing by White Island at the Isles of Shoals.
The reproduction gundalow "Edward H. Adams," teaching vessel for the Gundalow Company, moored in New Castle with the UNH pier in the background.
A lobster boat with seagull escort at the harbor mouth, Kittery Point in the background. Click on image for a larger version.
June is a month of garden tours. The annual New Castle Village Garden Tour, sponsored by the Pontine Theatre, took place on June 13, despite damp and drizzly weather. The annual Portsmouth Pocket Garden Tour, sponsored by the South Church, took place on June 18-19, as reported separately
in this issue. And June 8 was the annual planting of Celia Thaxter's Garden on Appledore Island.
June 8 was planting day for Celia Thaxter's garden at the Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore. This shows the planting team pausing to celebrate a member's birthday with a bit of non-alcoholic bubbly. From left to right: Jen Meister, Pam Boutilier, Priscilla Chellis, Mark Boutilier, and Lisa Tutinas. Click on image for a larger version.
Poppies in transit for the planting of Celia's garden, with the research vessel the "John M. Kingsbury" moored in the background.
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