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North Hampton

The Select Board Year in Review

he North Hampton Select Board is pleased to submit its annual report on major activities of the 2012 calendar year and 2012/2013 fiscal year which runs from July 1st through June 30th. One constant any Select Board must embrace is change is inevitable. In reflecting upon this past year we must recognize significant changes to the face of North Hampton. In September we bid farewell to Steve Fournier after serving five years as North Hampton Town Administrator. Steve accepted the same role in the Town of Newmarket. Steve provided North Hampton with professional administration that included sensible budgeting, modernization of our financial department, successful union contract negotiations, sensible policy procedures, and much more. Those of us who worked with Steve and had the chance to get to know him personally and professional know that he is destined for great successes. Dave Caron, an experienced manager with more than 30 years of municipal management, was hired as interim town administrator. Dave assimilated quickly into his role and did a superb job handling the daily affairs of the Town as well as preparing the next fiscal budget. This Select Board tasked itself

and a subcommittee comprised of Dave Caron, Budget Committee Vice Chairwoman Margaret Allen, Zoning Board Chairman Bob Field, Fire Chief Dennis Cote, Police Chief Brian Page, and Public Works Director John Hubbard with recruiting our next full-time town administrator. With cooperation and significant input from all involved we were fortunate to hire Mr. Paul Apple as North Hampton Town Administrator. Paul has been the town administrator in Allenstown since 2010. He is also an attorney who worked for NH firms representing several municipalities and school districts. We all welcome Paul to the community and look forward to a successful partnership. In March we bid farewell and happy retirement to long-serving code enforcement officer and building inspector Richard Red Mabey. Reds infectious smile, dedication, and knowledge of building codes, planning procedures, and code enforcement made him one of the most recognizable and respected faces throughout North Hampton. Red was replaced in the interim by Charlie Smart. We thank Charlie for his service to the Town. Kevin Kelly, our new ~ continued on page 2

NHS Grade 3: The Seven Wonders of North Hampton

e know youve heard of The Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Perhaps you have explored other lists naming seven natural wonders or wonders of the modern world. If you know childrens books you may have heard of the wonders of Sassafras Springs, but did you know that North Hampton has its own Seven Wonders list? The third grade class at North Hampton School has created it. After reading The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by ~ continued on page 2

NHS Grade 3: The Seven Wonders of No. Hampton ~from the cover
(the site of the first school in town) to North Hill. Mrs. Rockwell of The Little Boars Head Commission generously shared storyboards about the Fish Houses and their history so the eight and nine-year old students could imagine them full of activity and industry. We learned a great deal about our town and how our lives are shaped by the history and the culture of our past. Here are some things we learned while collecting our stories that we thought were especially interesting. We have a Paul Revere bell hanging in our Town Hall. It is special not only because of who made it, but also because many of those bells were worn out from all the ringing they did. Can you imagine wearing out one of those huge bells? At one point the Samuel A. Dow store had over 500 different household, food, and hardware items for sale. It was truly a one-stop shop right in the middle of town. Also Ogden Nash, famous author and poet, made up words so his poems would have the right rhythm and beat. He realio, trulio did. We learned that the trains changed many things in North Hampton some residents thought the changes were good and while others did not. Change comes no matter what and we still think we live in a beautiful and Wonder-full town. We know we do not have all the names of the many commission and community members who made this Wonders trip such a wonderful success. The Grade 3 teachers would like to thank Donna Etela and all of the Heritage Commission for sharing brochures with each of the students. Thank you to Marcy McCann for reaching out to past Centennial Hall

author Betty Birney, third grade decided to search for Wonders in North Hampton. Just like Eben from the book, our third graders traveled through the town collecting the stories of nearly twenty different town sites. Starting at the John Dearborn Garrison marker and traveling east toward the Atlantic the fifty-seven third graders listened to tales of long ago, learning what an important part their town played in our countrys history. With the support of members from the North Hampton Heritage Commission, The Little Boars Head Commission and the Friends of Centennial Hall teachers were able to gather important information to prepare for the tour of the town. Seventh and eighth grade docents synthesized this information and told the special story of each site as the third graders arrived. Third graders learned that famous people from history may once have stood on the very spot they were standing on now. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and General Lafayette had been near the Green. President Franklin Pierce and Ogden Nash had been near our beach. Mrs. Brooks came to share her own school experience at Centennial Hall with us. It must have been fun to be altogether in just four rooms. It was interesting to imagine a time when it would be difficult to travel from Little River

students so present students could imagine school in another place in town. Thank you to Mr. Gross for first allowing teachers to tour the Drake Farm Barn and then graciously sharing the donkeys weeks later when all the children arrived that was a high point for many.

Select Board Year in Review

~continued from the cover full-time code enforcement officer and building inspector brings to North Hampton a wealth of knowledge in this challenging field as well as tremendous community involvement. We also bid farewell to recreation director Diane Wheeler and welcomed her replacement, Jim OHara. Residents of all ages enjoy the programs and events organized by the recreation department. From our youngest residents who benefit from summer recreation programs, homework club, naturebased Coyote club, ski club to the wonderful senior members of PASA, Jim continues to serve the recreation needs of our entire community. Through the diligence of the Town department heads and interim town administrator, the Select Board once again submitted a modest budget for the new fiscal year. At the time of this printing the proposed

North Hampton Community Newsletter Winter 2013

FY 2013/2014 budget represents a 3.4% increase over the previous fiscal year. This total increase is due to several obligations: The legislative body passed warrant articles allowing for salary increases for both the Police/Highway and Fire departments (offset by significant reductions in healthcare costs). State mandated increases to the state retirement fund. Voter approved police and highway department vehicle lease payments. Hydrant fees Contracted services. The Select Board is very pleased to recommend a warrant article for the 2013 ballot that, if passed by the voters and supported by government grants, will protect approximately 53 acres of land from any future development in is what is commonly referred to as the Governor Dale Farm. Thanks must go to the Conservation Commission and Southeast Land Trust for their tireless efforts to protect this sensitive agriculture farm land. Voters turned out in record numbers for the 2012 Presidential election. The Town counted 80% of registered and first-time registered voters at the polls. Thankfully we have a new ballot box in operation and scheduled replacement of a decades-old ballot box in the budget for continued voter support. As consideration of construction of a new Town campus continues, we must thank all those who helped complete the renovation of a fixture in North Hamptonour own Town Hall. Members of the Public Works Department, Historical Society,

Heritage Commission, recreation department, and many volunteers have transformed the old town hall into a vibrant, central meeting place in North Hampton. No definitive decisions have been made yet on a new library or new municipal campus; however, a key component to the recruiting process of the new town administrator was a presentation of his insights into these projects. These projects are a priority in 2013. The Select Board has several other priority items on its to do list in 2013 including: Reconsideration of the Large Assembly Ordinance Beginning the Town-wide property revaluation Renovation of the Town Clerk/Tax Collectors Office Several policy revisions Progress continues on the North Hampton Beach Redevelopment Project. The new bathhouse is larger and includes two additional toilet fixtures per restroom. It also includes dressing rooms and a family bathroom. The Towns of Hampton and Rye approved hookup of the newbathhouse to their existing sewer line running north and south on Route 1A. This will certainly improve the appearance and services at North Hampton beach. No report would be complete without thanking all our wonderful employees, staff, and volunteers. Your contributions to departments, boards, commissions are vital to the effective management of North Hampton. We sincerely appreciate all the time you donate to making North Hampton an incredible community. ~ All the best, Jim Maggiore, Chair, Phil Wilson, Larry Miller

iN this issue
Select Board ........................... 1 NHS, Grade 3.......................... 1 Greenhouse Flocking............. 4 PAL.......................................... 4 Cub Scouts Pack162 ............... 4 Friends of the Library ........... 5 Boy Scouts Troop 162 ............ 5 Energy Committee ................. 6 Pancakes & Comedy Show .... 6 Library Trustees ..................... 7 Library History ...................... 7 Conservation Commission ... 8 NHPL Youth Programs .......... 9 Historical Society................. 10 Agricultural Commisson .... 10 Centennial Hall .................... 11 Planning Board .................... 12 Heritage Commission.......... 13 NHPL Programs .................. 14 Girl Scouts ............................ 15 NHS, Art Museum................ 15 NHS, Play in April 2013 ....... 15 NHS, Grade 8........................ 16

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The North Hampton Community Newsletter is published four times a year to inform citizens of news of Town Boards, Commissions, Departments, and North Hampton School. Short news items from non-profit groups in town are welcomed and will be included on a space available basis.

North Hampton Community Newsletter Winter 2013

Flocking Fun & the North Hampton School Greenhouse

he Greenhouse Projects fundraiser, Flock-For-TheGreenhouse, concluded at the end of November raising $7,000! The flock of playful pink flamingos traveled throughout town surprising families and generating interest in the greenhouse project. Thank you to all for your enthusiasm and overwhelming support in our on-going effort to raise funds for a school greenhouse. for more information on the project or to make a taxdeductible donation, contact Bob copp, Greenhouse Project chairperson at

PAL News: People Active in Learning

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AL had a busy and productive fall, kicking off with the Harvestfest. PAL volunteers, staff and students hosted over 350 people to a spaghetti supper featuring our own Charlie Brindamours sauce. The evening was complete with games, activities, and a performance by a Native American drumming group. The Innisbrook fall fundraiser provided everyone with wrapping and gift options raising close to

$4,000 to support NHS enrichment activities. Thanks to you all for helping us meet our goal. Thank you to the town of North Hampton for your generous donation to PAL for providing the November election workers with meals for the busy day. A big thanks to the local businesses that supported our school directory with advertisements. The NHS directory will be sent home December 21. PAL will begin planning for a

busy winter/ spring in January. The enrichment committee is proposing a science enrichment program. PAL will be hosting the former Girl Scout Father Daughter dance. We will kick off the spring with our Flip Flop fundraiser, Original Works Art, and Story Telling Around the World event to name a few activities! Please join us for our next meeting January 8, 7:30 pm at the NHS! ~Co-chairs Justine Pallatroni and Nancy-Jane Luff

Cub Scouts Pack 162

appy New Year from the North Hampton Cub Scouts! We loved seeing so many townspeople in Centennial Hall after the annual tree lighting! The scouts and their families had fun preparing and sharing goodies and enjoying a night of holiday socializing with the community! We have a lot of excitement coming up in 2013! Many of the boys have just gone to a special scout night at the Monster Jam Truck Show at the Verizon Center in

Manchester! The scouts were able to meet the drivers, see the trucks up close and then enjoy an electrifying show! Coming up next week, some of our scouts will be travelling to Boston to visit and then sleep over at the Museum of Science! Next month, we will celebrate 103 years of scouting with our annual Blue and Gold Banquet at the No. Hampton School and of course, in the spring, we look forward to the Pinewood Derby, one of the boys favorite events of the year!

If your family is interested in scouting, wed love to meet you! Cub Scout activities foster community service, encourage special family time and build lasting friendships. We invite you to visit our Pack website at Please join us on the 3rd Wednesday of the month for our whole family Pack Meetings, in the NHS cafeteria from 6:45 to 8. Or contact our fearless Cub master, Porter Davis at for more information.

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Friends of the North Hampton Public Library

or many of us our community library is a special place to learn, meet and share ideas. Since the budget only goes so far, a group called Friends of the North Hampton Library holds an annual membership drive seeking additional funds to help with programs and other things that our library budget will not allow for. By now you should have received a brightly colored mailing asking for your support as a Friend of the North Hampton Library. Any level

of support is welcome; and if you would like to be more involved, you are always welcome to be part of our committee. We have decided that we will meet the last Monday of every other month at 6:30pm to discuss how we as Friends of the Library can enhance the important work the library provides in our community. Our new board of directors welcomes your questions and participation in Friends of North Hampton Library.

If you have misplaced the membership drive mailing, you are always welcome to mail a donation to Friends of the North Hampton Public Library, 237A Atlantic Avenue or leave a donation at the Circulation Desk in an envelope marked Friends of the Library. Your contributions are much appreciated and are tax deductible. Contact the Library at 964-6326 with questions.

Boy Scouts Troop 162

nights camping in Bethlehem, NH and hiking Mt. Pierce and to Arethusa Falls, and a weekend in December cabin camping at Camp Bell in Gilmanton Iron Works, NH. The scouts enjoyed lots of outdoor activities, hiking, outdoor cooking, and also worked on rank advancement requirements. The achievements of the scouts were celebrated at a Court of Honor in November, with family members and Webelos Cub Scouts in attendance. Four scouts earned rank advancements and a total of 27 merit badges were presented to troop members. Scouts were also recognized for their attendance at scout summer camp and for some of the activities they completed there. Several scouts were recognized for completing training programs as well. Community members Brenda Tharp, Amy Kane, Don Stevens, and Neil Hiltunen were thanked for their work with scouts on the Environmental Science, Citizenship in the Nation, Scuba Diving, and Personal Fitness merit badges. Troop 162 meets weekly on Monday evenings, and all boys in 6th grade to 18 years old are welcome to join at any time. No prior scouting experience is necessary. For more information please visit

roop 162 enjoyed a very busy fall with weekly meetings, merit badge work, service projects and camping trips. Scouts would like to thank the community for their support of the Scouting for Food collection and for supporting the annual wreath sale fundraiser. Scouts participated in the Historic District Camporee, spent two

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North Hampton Energy Committee

number of projects including motion sensing lights, facility related upgrades (fans, motors, HVAC) and the use of more energy efficient Energy Star rated computers, monitors, and printers/copiers at the school. The estimated savings in electricity costs alone calculates to be well over $8,000 in the past five years. The school scored an overall 85 on a national basis, where scores of 75 or greater qualify for the EPA Energy Star Rating. The rating is comparison based, and gives a very good overall picture of how the North Hampton School rates with other schools nationally in similar climates. The Energy Committee presented the findings to the School Board on October 25th, and the full presentation can be found on the towns website under the Energy Committee page. This is a very good example of how municipalities can reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and cut costs using a proactive approach. We can all conserve and minimize our impact on the environment through knowledge and constant vigilance. Individually we should set a goal to reduce our energy consumption at home, at work, in our businesses, and in our town and community. This requires thoughtful utilization of our natural resources and responsible actions in our everyday lives. If you have ideas on how we can accomplish this please feel free to stop by one of our meetings and get involved. Meetings are currently held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7PM at the No. Hampton Public Library. We are actively searching for new members, so please contact Peter Philbrook at 603-964-5930 if you are interested in participating. Dates of meetings are flexible.

he North Hampton Energy Committee recently completed a comprehensive energy usage evaluation of the North Hampton School. The committee has been entering data for the past several years into the EPA Portfolio Manager, an energy management tool, which is used to rate a buildings energy performance with other similar facilities. The data showed a significant trend of energy savings at the school. The electricity consumption at the school has been trending downward for the past several years (see chart above). The reduced electricity demand was realized through a

IHOP Pancake Breakfast & Winterfest Comedy 2013 Show

aturday January 26th, IHOP Pancake Breakfast at Town Hall, Magic Show at the Library. Clydesdale Sleigh Rides outside Centennial Hall, Chili Cook Off at UCC, Bonfire at Dearborn Park, Fireworks sponsored by Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon and LOCO Running, Tickets on sale at Town Offices soon. Friday February 1st, WinterFest 2013 Comedy Show at The Old Salt.

Dave Rattigan & Scamps Comedy is featuring the side-splitting acts of Paul Gilligan and Dave Russo. Cocktails and Silent Auction beginning at 6pm and Comedy Show at 8pm. Tickets are $25 and are available for Pre-Sale to North Hampton residents only at Town Offices until January 16th. After The Pre-Sale, tickets will be available to the general public at The Old Salt. They can be reached at 603.926.8322

For more information, please go to . If you would like to see a new program offered, please contact the Recreation Department at 603-964-3170 or by email at johara@northhampton-nh. gov. We would be more than happy to take your suggestions! ~Thank You, Jim OHara Recreation Director

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North Hampton Public Library Trustees

his summer the North Hampton Public Library (NHPL) Trustees completed a comprehensive building program which details the recommendation for the future library service needs of the people of North Hampton, NH. The building program is designed to provide the facility requirements of the NHPL to meet the public needs in the decades to come. With our building program now complete, NHPL is moving forward in its quest to build a new library on the town owned land at the corner of Alden and Atlantic Avenues. Our next step includes creating a Building Committee to oversee and steer the new library project. This committee will be comprised of townspeople and others representing the towns interests. The Building Committee plays a pivotal role in creation of the new library. This committees responsibilities include: the search for and selection an architectural or architectural-engineering (A/E) firm; making decisions on the

development and stages of the new library in relation to the work of the firm; defining project goals; and overseeing the project and budget. The committee will work in conjunction with the A/E firm to prepare the bidding documents, manage the building process, approve payment requisitions, make material and color choices; define technology needs etc. We are actively looking for residents to serve on the Building Committee. In addition to establishing a Building Committee, a fundraising and marketing expert will be retained to assist and coordinate the fundraising necessary to complete a new library project of this size and scope. The Trustees and the Director have met with potential non-profit fundraising experts and will soon determine which consultant best meets our needs. The NHPL Trustees will present a Warrant Article to the townspeople requesting $50,000 dollars on the March 2013 ballot. With these funds, NHPL will be able to proceed with

the initial site plans and development including, but not limited to retaining a fundraising consultant, site preparation, and beginning the architectural design process. The Select Board has unanimously approved the inclusion of the Warrant Article for the March 2013 vote. In years past the town has supported four warrant articles raising a total of $200,000 that the library matched in invested funds necessary to begin the process of building a new library. Passing this warrant article will be a major step towards building a new library for the residents of North Hampton. Investment in the library is an investment in the health and prosperity of our town. The Trustees ask for your support in March. If you are interested in serving on the Building Committee or have any questions, please contact Susan Grant, NHPL Director at nhpl@ or speak to any of the NHPL trustees. Thank you! ~ Library Trustees, Kelly Parrott, Chair, John Kollmorgen, Susan Leonardi

The road to the new (1973) Library

n 1965, the Town of North Hampton Building Committee identified a new library among the primary needs for town buildings. This was just ten years after the Town had voted the addition to the orginal 1908 (stone building) Library. It would take the dedicated work of Library Trustees and townspeople of North Hampton seven more years to break ground for the new library. Photo on Right: September 30, 1972
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Conservation Commission Update: Preservation of a Historic Governors Estate

t its public meeting on December 12, the Select Board passed a motion to include a warrant article for a one-time appropriation of $150,000 to place the former Governor Dale estate, on Post Road, into conservation. In that meeting, the Select Board was joined by the Budget Committee to participate in a presentation and discussion of the proposal. In recent months there was much discussion about developing the property for a major workforce housing project. However, the developer, Mr Joseph Falzone, notified us in the late summer of 2012 that his preference was to place the land into conservation. Mr. Falzone added that the Gov Dale estate had many conservation and historic benefits that would make it appealing in preserving the open space and rural character of this historic 55-acre parcel. Mr. Falzone subsequently contacted the Southeast Land Trust to see if it had interest in pursuing a possible conservation easement, coupled with an application to the Federal Government for a Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program grant. The Land Trust agreed to pursue the easement acquisition and to be the steward of the land. Over the intervening months, our conservation commission engaged in this initiative with the understanding that it would need to make a significant financial commitment to reach the goal of preserving the land. Discussions ensued into the

fall months with the Land Trust, Mr Falzone and the Conservation Commission toward reaching agreement on the terms of the conservation easement. In early December, an Option Agreement was executed between Mr. Falzone and the Southeast Land Trust with the terms as follows: Sales Price of 75% of the appraised value of the property, estimated to be approximately $2.377 million. The price would not exceed $1,782,500.

This was further contingent on: A Federal Farm and Ranchland Protection Program Grant of 50% of the appraised easement value; a commitment of $350,000 from the North Hampton Conservation Commission Capital reserve fund for conservation, which was obtained from prior years Current Use penalty payments and authorized by the Town pursuant to RSA 36A; an additional $150,000 from the Town conditioned upon approval by the March, 2013 Town Meeting vote; Select Board approval to accept the Executory Interest of the conservation easement; easement appraisal review and acceptance by the US Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); negotiation of the final exclusion and building areas within 45 days of the

option; exercising of the option and updated appraisal by March 29, 2013; completion of the Title by February 1, 2013; an Environmental Site Assessment by April 1, 2013 and a closing date no later than October 1, 2013, with one 60 day extension. The alternative of the workforce housing was financially daunting. In a presentation at the Select Board/ Budget Committee meeting, it was noted that the added annual cost to taxpayers would be about $0.50-$0.90 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, depending on the number of school children that lived in the development. It would cost a homeowner with an average value home of $400,000 about an additional $200-$360 in property taxes. The conservation easement would cost that same homeowner with a $400,000 home a one-time tax payment of $60 in 2013. While we are well aware of other important capital improvement needs in Town that will impact the tax rate, we believe Town voter support for the conservation article will have multiple benefits, including preserving the historic and rural character of the Governor Dale property as well as mitigating a potentially large school tax increase. We encourage your support for this warrant article. ~ Chris Ganotis, Chairman

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Programs for Youth at North Hampton Public Library

TWOS TIME WITH MS. STACY Story time for ages 2-4 Thursday Mornings from 10:15-10:45 Winter session 2013: January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, (no 28th) and March 7, 14 SATURDAY STORIES: Two Saturdays each month! at 11:00-11:45, 2/2, 2/16, 3/2 and 3/16. Ages 3 and up. Please sign up to help us plan for Saturday Stories. Registration is required for Story Time but drop-ins are always welcome just call us and let us know you will be joining us. WINTERFEST MAGIC SHOW! Saturday, January 26 at 11:00am

Polar Express Party 2012! Thanks to Bill and Claire Halley for bringing the train!

Ages 6 and up. Sign up required. Thursday, January 24 3:45-4:30, Thursday, February 7 3:45 4:30, Thursday, March 7 3:45-4:30.

Youth ages 7+ are invited to attend. Bring a knitting project you are working on. Share ideas for projects. Some knitting ability is required. Kids new to knitting can learn one at a time in the group. Meets Wednesdays 4 -4:40 - Jan. 16, 23, 30 Feb. 6, 13, 20, Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27

Polar Express Party 2012!


A fun book discussion group for students in grades 7 and up! Participants are invited to choose and discuss classic and current fiction for young adults. (Sixth grade students are also welcome to join the group.) Winter 2013 Meeting dates and upcoming books: Thursday, January 17 7:00 7:45 Book: Flip by Martyn Bedford Tuesday, February 21 7:00-7:45 Book: Emperors of the Ice by Richard Farr Tuesday, March 27 7:00-7:45 Book: (to be chosen at January meeting)

Meet Caroline Abbott 1812 the brand new Historical American Girl. grades 2+ Tuesday, February 12 3:30-4:30 with Mrs. Anne Atkins. Limited to 12 - Sign up today!

Rainbow over NHPL - at the end of the rainbow youll find your public library!

Fourth Grade Students and Teachers from North Hampton School caroling at NHPL!

North Hampton Community Newsletter Winter 2013

North Hampton Historical Society

he Historical Societys largest and perhaps most notable accession this year is the Hobbs Farm Records donated by Glenn Martin. Curator Priscilla Leavitt and Cynthia Swank selected about half of the materials on offer. Dating from the 1930s to 1990s, the records detail farm operations, including raising cows and later sheep. Paul Hobbs maintained records in remarkably good order and we expect their arrangement and description to be done relatively Photo from Scenes of the Past in North Hampton a publication created by quickly this Winter, making them the societies founding members in 1971. more accessible. Fund to furnish the Special Room, storage room, and exhibit Access to its collections is a Collections Room in the Library space shared with others in a new challenge for the Society. For the that architect Edward Benton Miles Library will highlight our now past ten years its collections have was designing in 1972. If all goes hidden collections. been stored in Town Offices above well, a more functional Research the Police Station. The Historical Society hopes to return to the Library when there is a new building with S P A C E. In fact, its dj vu all over again. In 1971 Library Director Roberta Craig, Library trustees Dot Hobbs, Frances Leavitt and Hazel Whenal, and the Friends of the Library participated in organizing the Historical Society under the leadership of Paul Kelleher, its first President. The Society, in turn, created two publications, Scenes of the Past in North Hampton and Samples of Hobbs Farms Map of North Hampton from the records that were recently 1857 Chace survey, whose proceed added to our collection this were earmarked for the Building year, donated by Glenn Martin

Agricultural Commission News


ook for a new Winter Farmers Market at Rolling Green Nursery at 64 Breakfast Hill Road in Stratham. It is open from 10am to 1pm on January 19,

February 2 and 16, and March 2 and 16. (1st and 3rd Saturdays) ( farmersmarket.htm) In fact, there are Farmers Markets every weekend

throughout the winter when you include the Exeter, Rollinsford and Newmarket locations. They are festive and fun and your local farmer can answer any questions

North Hampton Community Newsletter Winter 2013

you may have about their products. We also have a new vendor in the Seacoast selling rabbit meat. ($4.80 / lb.) You may contact her at: And, dont forget our local Moor Farm on Walnut Avenue for milk, honey, eggs, and various meats. Contact: Do you know what you are buying? Organic? Conventionally grown? or Genetically Modified? In general, if the numeric code contains 5 numbers and starts with 9, it was grown organically. If the numeric code contains 4 numbers or a zero followed by 4 numbers, that fruit or vegetable is grown conventionally. If the numeric code contains 5 numbers and begins with 8, it is genetically modified. The Master Gardeners Demonstration Herb Garden was prolific in, this, its first year.

We thank Ginny Shannon and Lisa Cote for creating and caring for this garden which is useful for instructional, harvesting and propagating purposes. Their availability at the garden to help and to answer questions has been a great asset. We now need volunteers to help maintain this garden and allow it to continue to produce. North Hamptons Community Garden across from Dearborn Park continues to expand the number of gardens and gardeners. The School Gardens at the site produced more fresh vegetables for the school cafeteria than in previous years and the soils continue to improve through proper amendments and care. Fresh herbs (fennel, basil, thyme, oregano, chives, sage, dill & marjoram) were harvested as well as onions, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplant. All were

used in the school lunch program. Garlic was planted this fall for harvest next year. Our thanks to Margaret Allen and her team for their work planning and maintaining this resource. Coming Soon...New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo, February 3rd and 4th. At New Hampshires Greatest Winter Fair, there is something of interest for everyone! The infamous FARMO game for kids of all ages, great exhibits to visit, and interesting educational sessions! There will be student demonstrations, animals, and even an auction or two. http://www. Hope to see you there. ~ Cindy Jenkins, chair, Dick Wollmar, Bob Copp, Walter Nordstrom, Dieter Ebert, and Sylvia Cheever, alt.

Centenial Hall Seeking local Support for Window Replacment

elp us become more energy efficient by supporting the installation of a new window at Centennial Hall. While every gift we receive is vitally important to Centennial Halls restoration, right now we need your help to replace each of the Halls original, single pane main floor windows. With your gift of $2400 we can purchase and install an energy efficient, historically accurate window. We will gratefully acknowledge your generous support with a sponsorship plaque placed at each window. With only three windows replaced to date, the front lobby is already requiring less energy to maintain an appropriate

temperature. Reducing our fuel costs and making the lobby more comfortable for the students and families of the Halls many visitors is another of the significant improvements we look to complete with your assistance. Your gift to the Friends of Centennial Hall (FOCH) has the greatest impact possible because 100% of the funds we receive go directly to renovation and restoration projects. Volunteers manage: the building, and restoration, while we take no salaries or offices, there is no overhead that chips away at your donation. By making a donation now, you will help us to continue opening the entire building to even

more of the arts, celebrations and education programs that enrich our community. To learn more about North Hamptons unique and historic landmark please visit www. ~ The Friends of Centenial Hall Marcy McCann, President

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North Hampton Planning Board Update

Subdivison: Lot & Line Adjustment


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Site Plan Review Conditional Use Permit: Sign Permit Conditional Use Permit: Workforce Housing Conditional Use Permit: Other Change of Use Design Review (Subdivision) Two-Lot/One Lot Subdivisions Subdivision & Lot Line Adjustment Site Plan Ammendment

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fair share and the Towns actual percentages of workforce housing units. For example, if the Towns fair share percentage is 46%, but the Towns actual percentage is 42%, 52% of a proposed developments units would have qualify as workforce housing under statutory and regulatory standards ([1.5 x (46% - 42%) ] + 46%). AMENDMENT TO THE SIGN ORDINANCE: This proposed amendment is intended to clarify that feather signs, recently appearing throughout the IBR, are prohibited. VISION SESSION SUMMARY: Chaired by Shep Kroner, these sessions found that residents remain committed to the three vision principles from prior Vision Sessions: Preservation of the rural New England seacoast character and heritage, commitment to Yankee thrift, and building community. In summary, residents: Wish to improve access management on Route One Prefer to educate residents about the importance of -- but not to regulate -- septic monitoring and maintenance There was little support for a sewer system, as it would overburden taxpayers and the higher density development that it would permit would drastically alter the character of the Town. Although unsure about how to address the aging municipal complex, residents expressed

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he Planning Board reviewed 19 new applications during calendar year 2012. The Board also worked on a proposal to introduce amendments to the Workforce Housing Ordinance and Sign Ordinance, and conducted Vision Sessions with the community as part of on-going work to update the Master Plan. APPLICATION REVIEWS The Board opened reviews of 19 new applications submitted during the year, of which 17 were completed. Compared with 2011, the number of cases was the same. The above table summarizes these cases and actions taken on them. WORK FORCE HOUSING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT: The Planning Board is proposing to amend the Workforce Housing Ordinance that provides for a Conditional Use Permit process

to develop Workforce Housing in the Town. This amendment would make two significant changes to the Ordinance. The first change introduces a trigger that provides for this Ordinance to be in effect if and only if the Town has not reached its fair share of workforce housing units as determined by statutory and regulatory standards. When the Town has met or exceeded its fair share, the Ordinance would not be in effect. The second change would help ensure that, as the Town approves future Workforce Housing Developments, the gap between the Towns fair share and its actual Workforce Housing Units closes. Any proposed development would be required to have a percentage of workforce housing units equal to or greater than the Towns fair share percentage plus 1.5 times the difference between the Towns

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a desire for a municipal complex that serves community-oriented programming for all ages. CODE ENFORCEMENT: After Red Maybe retired as the Towns Building Inspector, the Select Board recruited Kevin Kelly to replace him. Mr. Kelly is a deeply experienced and capable Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector and has been diligently identifying violations and initiating

actions to correct violations and deficiencies he has discovered. We welcome Mr. Kelly to the Town of North Hampton. Laurel Pohl served at the Planning Board Representative to the Capital Improvements Committee; Tim Harned, Barbara Kohl, and Phil Wilson drafted the Workforce Housing Amendment, and the Planning Board with the help of the Building Inspector and Circuit Rider

Brian Groth drafted the amendment to the Sign Ordinance. PLANNING BOARD MEMBERS: Dr. Joseph Arena, Jr.; Tim Harned, Mike Hornsby, Barbara Kohl; Shep Kroner, Chair; Laurel Pohl, Vice Chair; and Phil Wilson, Select Board Representative. Alternate Members: Tom McManus and Nancy Monaghan ~ Respectfully submitted, Shep Kroner

North Hampton Herritage Commisson

he National Register of Historical Places Registration Form has been submitted for the Town Hall. If all goes well we should be informed of the decision in late January 2013. Our wonderful 1843 building has been carefully restored, following the Secretary of the Interiors Guidelines for Historic Buildings. The landscaping is very much in keeping with the period of the building. The wonderful stone walks, door and the steps are very similar to what was found in old photographs. On October 22 a simple granite bench was placed under the tree and dedicated to Jane Palmer, who was a strong advocate for Town Hall. If you havent had a chance to visit the building lately, please do so, you will be pleased and proud. The Heritage Commission is planning on submitting an application to the State Register of Historic Places for the old library building/Clerks Office. The library was designed by J. Lawrence Berry, a Boston architect, and completed in 1907. It remained the town library until 1973 when the present library was built. The Tudor Revival

building was approved at the March 1907 Town Meeting with a cost not to exceed $5000. To put all that into perspective, the architect was paid $100 for his plans. The Library Building Committee was established to carry out the vote. The members were Otis S. Brown, Joseph O. Hobbs and Arthur E. Seavey. The design of the building is very similar to a library in Woburn,MA designed by Berry and built in that time period. The building is a little gem. Next time you go to the Town Clerks Office, look up to the beautiful paneled ceiling in the foyer and check out the carved hearts on the

wainscoting in the lobby. All of this is original to the building. The ongoing survey work is progressing due to the tireless efforts of the our great volunteers. All the photographs have been taken, the map work is progressing and the inventory forms are starting to take shape. I would encourage anyone with an interest in historical research, architecture and ancestry to contact us. We can always use more volunteers, just drop us an email and tells us where your interests lie. ~ Donna Etela, Chair North Hampton Heritage Commission

Completed in 1907, this building served as the town public library until 1973. It currently houses the offices of the Town Clerk/ Tax Collector
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Upcoming Programs at NHPL!

THREE GENEALOGY PROGRAMS FOR FAMILY HISTORY BUFFS! Preserving Family Treasures - Feb 5th at 6:30 pm. Jessica Bitely of Northeast Document Conservation Center will introduce us to the basics of caring for genealogical and family collections. Discussion will focus on the practical steps for the preservation of papers, photos, books, textiles, and other objects so future generations can appreciate family experiences, heritage, and history. Examples will be shown of the safe display, storage, and care of some of the most common items in family collections. MARCH 5TH AT 6:30 PM. THE NEW HAMPSHIRE HUMANITIES COUNCIL PROGRAM-- FAMILY, MEMORY, PLACE: WRITING FAMILY STORIES. What family stories do you carry with you? What story do you tell over and over? What landscape do you cherish the most? One of the deepest human instincts is to tell our life stories, to figure out who we are and what it means to be human. This interactive workshop led by Martha Andrews Donovan and Maura MacNeil explores how the landscapes of our lives shape the stories that we tell. Participants explore the themes of family, memory, and place through sample narratives and a series of short writing exercises, gaining a deeper awareness of how their stories can preserve personal, generational, and communal history. Call the library to sign up.

APRIL 11TH AT 6:30 PM DIANE GRAVEL A CERTIFIED GENEALOGIST will talk about dead ends and hitting those brick walls in our genealogy research.

Dickinson to Dylan, and Mary Oliver to Lennon & McCartney, in a salute to the romantic tradition. DONT FORGET THE LIBRARY HOSTS TWO BOOK GROUPS. The daytime group meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 2 pm here at the library. The other group, Works of Wonder, meets in the evening periodically and is led by Holly Perrault, former UNH professor, who always brings a unique perspective and lively discussion to the group. Call the library or visit our web site for updated information regarding Works of Wonder. New members are welcome to both groups. ~ Susan Grant, Library Director

APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH AND APRIL 18TH AT 7 PM NHPL will host John Perrault, a North Hampton poet and performer, to celebrate with a performance sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, of Spring Poets: Barbara Allen to Blackbird Once upon a time, poetry and song were inseparable. The break up came during the Renaissance. In England, two great Romantic poets, Wordsworth and Coleridge, engineered a reconciliation with the publication of Lyrical Ballads in 1798. This radical work merged the ballad form with the plain spoken lyric of the heart. English language poets were freed to feel once again, to sing once again, of common themes in the common tongue. John Perrault brings his guitar to sing and recite a few of the early ballads, plus a line of lyrics from Burns to Wordsworth, Keats to Frost,

News from the Childrens Room at NHPL

eep warm and curl up with a good book! Lots of kids love to read on the way to or between hockey games, swimming, dance, scouts and other activities! We also have great audiobooks on CD for when traveling in your car. Drop by the library and see what is new in our book collections for youth. If you got an E-Reader or other new device this holiday - go to the Overdrive icon on our web page to access the NH Downloadable Audio and E Books Consortia. You will need your library card number have no fines or overdue books to access Overdrive. Happy Reading Everyone! ~ Ms. Lorreen Keating, Youth Services Librarian

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Art Museum Coming in February to NHS

n February the walls of the North Hampton School will be transformed into an art museum created by artists and writers from the fifth grade. The museum is a culmination of an 8-week Art & Writing Project. One goal of the project is to have students understand that art evokes strong emotion. To help reach this goal, students will spend time viewing many different styles of famous art and choosing one particular piece

that stands out to them. They then attempt to recreate the artwork exploring different media, analyzing how media choice can impact the emotion. A second component is a creative writing piece that evokes that same emotion. After the revising phase, students create a final draft of their writing and record themselves reading their pieces. They put this all together on a podcast, complete with self-selected introductory music to set the mood for any listeners.

Community members are invited to tour the museum with the aid of a school-provided iPod. Each fifth graders creative writing piece can be heard while viewing the multiple artistic interpretations of a famous painting. Having a real audience for student work is critical - we hope community members will come take advantage of viewing first hand the work that is created here at school.

NHS Play: Come One, Come All, APRIL 2013

he play this year at NHS is set in the 1950s and filled with nostalgia for those of us who remember fondly the music and jargon of that time. It is call Hot Rod and, you guessed it, is about drag racing. Fun and funnyconsistent with the style of musical Marsha Zavez so carefully selects for the students- it is sure to please young and old alike. This years performance will be held right here at NHS. Our stage has been extended to allow for a greater number of performers and more liberty of motion. The construction was done by Dr. Lorei, Mr Singer, and Brian Murray primarily- with helpful hands from Ms Zavez and Jen Baker. Mr. Singers Dad donated the lumber for the

project. Thank you Seacoast Mills Building Supply Inc.! While students enjoyed the venue at WHS, it was becoming prohibitive to secure a date and the time needed for dress rehearsals, creating the set, and disassembling it..etc. We are excited to have invited Jeffrey Elwood as assistant director to Marsha Zavez this year, which will bring a fresh and exciting energy to the production. Jeffrey was one of the founders of Cocheco Arts and Technology Academy and is

the Director of the Rye Junior High Theatre and Camp Center Stage. His passion is to encourage young people to identify their gifts and passion and reach their potential. We welcome him with open arms.. Nurse Julie will direct the music and Alden Caple will return to choreograph a few numbers. So get on your bobby sox and pedal pushers and prepare yourselves for a rip roaring show! Show dates are scheduled for April 5th, 6th, and 7th.

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North Hampton School: Eighth Grade is DC Bound

huge thank you to the community for supporting the North Hampton performers and students during the November talent show. The money raised will help get the eighth graders on their way to Washington, DC. In addition, the eighth grade class is selling calendars for $5.00 apiece. Each calendar purchased enters you into all 31 daily drawings for the month of January. Prizes include gift certificates and cards, car washes, cleaning service and mini golf plus much more! Calendars can be purchased from the front office of North Hampton

School. Studentsfor-hire is another way for kids to earn money for their trip. If you find yourself in need of help, North Hampton School may have just the student to help you. Students are available for hire whether it be snow shoveling, dog walking, babysitting or any other odd job you need help with around the house or yard. For more information or to hire

a student contact Dana HansonBabyak at or 964-5501, ext. 234.

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