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Some young beachgoers are wearing wetsuits these days either down to the knees or down to the ankles, not so much to be like the "big-boy" surfers, but to stay warm. For the most part in July the water temperature was warmer than normal and the late afternoons and evenings were generally warm. But for youngsters who spend a lot of time in the water or on boogie boards, the wetsuits do the trick. (Gail Beamer photos)

More of same in August

By Hank McFarland
Finally an old-fashion summer! Those of us who have been enjoying the warm seawater temperatures and sultry humid weather can no doubt look forward to more of the same in August, the dog days month, during which water temperatures typically peak.

Interestingly, according to NECN weatherman Joe Joyce, one of the factors influencing our summer weather is an area of exceptionally cold air centered over the North Pole. Its presence is causing storms to move rapidly from west to east over the northern United States and bringing New Hampshire showers and thunderstorms on a regular basis.

Ocean Boulevard has been crowded with beach goers, especially on weekends, and careful driving is the order of the day.

Eider and ducklings. (Hank McFarland photo)
Swimmers at Wallis Sands State Park received an unwelcome surprise on the afternoon of July 21 when a large and uncommon jellyfish washed in with the surf. Although the jellyfish was not alive, its disintegrating remains touched many swimmers, and a hundred or so reported various degrees of discomfort. Rye ambulance crews called in help from surrounding towns when it appeared that some people could suffer a severe reaction to the toxic jellyfish. There was a great deal of media attention, but no political candidates managed to take advantage of the situation.

Speaking of the ocean, it was a spotty year for our web-footed friends the eiders. Our official Rye Reflections spotters report smaller numbers of baby ducklings this year. One stalwart mom appears every day with her little brood of three.

Fun at the beach includes collecting shells and posing for pictures as proven by Kianna, Peighton, Vivian, Emma and Sophia at the Fort Stark shore. (Theresa Frampton photo)

      (The following items are by members of the "Rye Reflections" staff.)


Getting up there

Pulpit Rock in Rye has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

The designation comes at a time when the town is considering a proposal for takeover of the the tower from N.H. Fish & Game at the behest of a citizens' non-profit group called the Friends of Pulpit Rock, originally formed by neighbors when others who live along the seaccoast were advocating Pulpit Rock as a cell tower site. The Rye Board of Selectmen presently is considering whether to form a Heritage Commission which apparently would be a required first step and would involve approval by Rye voters.

In announcing the National Register designation, one of about 89,000 in the U.S., the N.H. Department of Historical Resources stated the following: "Pulpit Rock Base End Station is marked by an eight-story silo-like structure that rises sharply above the tree line over Route 1A and the rocky New Hampshire coast in Rye. Built in 1943, the tower was used to triangulate the guns at nearby Fort Dearborn (now Odiorne Point State Park). It is one of several coastal structures built to strengthen the defense around Portsmouth Harbor and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard during World War II. The tower is occasionally opened to the public by the Friends of Pulpit Rock."


Sun breaks through Sunday morning cloud cover as paraglider swoops over Jenness Town Beach at 6:30 a.m. Paragliding is a recreational and competitive sport. Learn more at Wikipedia. (Jack Driscoll photo)



Turkey families find the woods on the south side of Grove Road to their liking, but tend to venture forth into the neighborhood generally in the dawn hours. Here a mother and nine babies take a morning stroll that includes occasional stops to dig for grubs. (Jack Driscoll photo)

Quick index to last two years of Rye Crisp


August, 2010