Dear Stratham Residents,
Please read below for news and notes from the Town of Stratham. In this edition:
- Veteran's Day Ceremony
- Curbside Collection - Regular Schedule
- Employment with the Town
- Special Town Meeting Recap
- Clerk's Corner
- Friends of Wiggin Memorial Library to hold Craft & Bake Sale
- Wiggin Memorial Library Events
- Stratham Historical Society
- Parks & Recreation - Upcoming Programs
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The Select Board
Michael Houghton, Chair Allison Knab, Vice-Chair Joe Anderson
VETERANS DAY CEREMONY
Please join us in honoring our nation's veterans on Saturday, November 11th at 11:00 at the Veterans Garden at Stratham Hill Park.
CURBSIDE COLLECTION ON REGULAR SCHEDULE
Trash and recycling pick up will not be impacted by the Veterans day holiday. The next delay will be Nov. 23 and 24 due to Thanksgiving.
EMPLOYMENT WITH THE TOWN
The Town is hiring for a variety of full and part-time positions:
- Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer
- DPW Director
- Finance Assistant
- Planning & Community Development Office Coordinator
- DPW Operator/Laborer
- Seasonal Plow Operator
Please consider sharing these opportunities with your contacts who may be interested in full or part time opportunities and working to serve the public with a wonderful team of committed public servants. Join us! Employment opportunities here!
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING RECAP
On Thursday, October 26th, the residents of Stratham voted (unanimous voice vote!) to adopt the Stratham Community Power Plan, prepared by members of our Energy Commission. This plan will reduce electric supply rates and save the residents of Stratham money. We thank the Energy Commission for its dedication and the tremendous amount of work they've put into shepherding this initiative. In the background, we will be working with the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire to prepare a launch of this program in 2024. We look forward to keeping you updated through this newsletter.
Property tax bills will be mailed out to property owners this month, please keep an eye out for them. If you escrow your taxes, please reach out to your lender if you have any questions. Once the bills are mailed you will be able to see the most recent up to date property tax info here.
As a reminder, you can register your motor vehicles (4) months in advance if you will be traveling during your renewal period.
We’ve received several phone calls and emails regarding the November 7th election. Stratham does not have an election on November 7th.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY CRAFT FAIR
Saturday, November 4, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Friends of Wiggin Memorial Library's Craft and Bake Sale is coming up Saturday, November 4th! The event will take place at the Stratham Town Hall, Room A. The event will feature 18 local vendors offering a variety of gift-able items, from hand-made jewelry to paper crafts, knitted items, tie-dye, framed and unframed cross-stitch, photography, and more! Plus there will be delicious home-baked goods, including pumpkin whoopie pies, cookies, and other sweets. This Craft & Bake Sale is the Friends' one big fundraiser for the year, so we urge you to visit and purchase these fine, locally-produced items. Be sure to enter the Friends raffle, too, for a gift bag loaded with goodies.
SPECIAL VETERANS DAY EVENT
Saturday, November 11 at 1:00 pm
Join us for this special Veterans Day event: “A Survivor’s Story.” Up until his death in December 2004, Gerald C. McLees (World War II veteran) was one of the last living survivors of the USS Squalus, which sank on May 23, 1939 during sea trials off the coast of Portsmouth, trapping 33 survivors in 243 feet of water off the Isle of Shoals. The miraculous rescue of these survivors with the McCann Rescue Chamber has become a legendary example of the United States Navy’s teamwork and ingenuity. In addition to the McLees’ presentation, there will be a short subject video called, “The Model Maker” about a Naval Shipyard employee making a replica of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard commissioned nuclear powered submarine, USS Maine, in his basement.
HISTORY OF THE PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD
Monday, November 13 at 7:00 pm in the Morgera Room, Stratham Firehouse
In keeping with the tradition of military-themed programs around Veteran's Day, the Stratham Historical Society and Wiggin Memorial Library are co-sponsoring a program given by Joseph Gluckert, Historian and Museum Director at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The Shipyard dates back to 1800 and has built and repaired ships from the days of wooden sailing vessels right up through the nuclear era. During wartime and for many decades, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was a vital employer of Stratham residents.
This program is free and open to the public.
STRATHAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY OPEN HOUSE
Tuesday, November 14th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
You're invited, and you're invited to bring friends, neighbors and particularly Stratham residents. The Stratham Historical Society will open its historic doors to the public to share a peek at the Society's inner workings including its library, museum, collections and some of the local historians who proudly volunteer at the Society. It's surprising how many people drive by the familiar 1912 stone building daily, but have never ventured inside. This is your chance to become more familiar with an important Stratham structure that proudly sits on the National Register of Historic Places. Location: 158 Portsmouth Avenue corner of Winnicutt Road, Stratham
UPCOMING PROGRAMS - PARKS & RECREATION
Once again Parks & Recreation will be partnering with McIntyre Ski Area to provide ski and snowboard lessons to students during McIntyre’s Mighty Macs school lesson program! McIntyre has been providing snowsports programs to children for over 25 years. McIntyre provides children with a fun, safe and unintimidating environment to learn a sport that will last a lifetime!
We are excited to announce we are now offering this program to 6th graders from SAU 16!! Registration opens October 31st via stratham.recdesk.com
Youth Basketball 2023/24
Registration OPEN NOW through November 10th
This program is for STRATHAM Residents ONLY (K-6th Grade)
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS: COACHES NEEDED!
PLEASE SIGN UP TO COACH WHEN YOU REGISTER YOUR CHILD UP TO PLAY. No basketball experience is necessary – just a desire to spend quality time with your child.
We are excited to offer a travel program again this season. Travel teams will have limited gym space and will create teams based on interest for 3rd- 6th grade boys/girls teams. This travel program is highly competitive. Tryouts will be scheduled in December following the kick-off the recreation program. More information to come!
Boxwood Tree Workshop
Join us for a fun night out at: The Stratham Municipal Center on Monday, November 27th at 6pm. Cost: $50.00
Learn how to make a beautiful fresh boxwood tree to enjoy for the holidays. Register here.
Questions? Contact Zach Cherry, Program Coordinator at Stratham Parks & Recreation firstname.lastname@example.org Phone (603) 772-7450
Senior Coffee Socials
Fridays, 9-10am at the Stratham Municipal Center
Come join us every Friday for coffee, tea and great company!
Shades of Ireland Travel & Tour
October 26th - November 4th , 2024
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 Time: 9:30 AM
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Come learn about how you can explore all that Ireland has to offer with this special travel information presentation by Travel and Tours.